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Drunk at work? No, just resting.

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I know I don't get enough sleep. I really struggle with it. There's always so much churning around in my head that it takes quite a long time to fall asleep, and once there, I am prone, like very many, to waking in the middle of the night with the mixer still on, seemingly only able to drift off once again just before the alarm sounds. So when my colleagues in the CSR team arranged a lecture by Dr Vicky Culpin of Ashridge Business School on the topic of sleep I was one of the first to sign up.

Elearning. L&D's hard to kick habit?

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I was talking about elearning design with a colleague recently and we wondered briefly what constraints we had on ourselves that we ourselves imposed. Scrolling seems so self-evidently the right solution to lots of text, yet lots of authoring tools are predicated on a fixed screen format of design that not simply encourages the text 'n next approach to learning design.

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Who have you left out?

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When you're designing training courses* do you ever give any thought to the people who aren't going to participate? No, of course not, they're out of scope. The question I put to you is, should they be? I've been attending an early stage pilot of a new module in our leadership training programme. As is customary with these things a senior member of staff was on hand at the start and end of the day to put things in context**.

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3 mysterious "features" of the LMS experience that ruin them for me

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I've been working with LMSs for a long time and with everyone there are some common moans. Here are a couple that leapt out at me today. Remember, my experience is in large corporate LMSs, often from big global providers. Yours might be different. I hope that it is - I've certainly heard good things about some companies' offers. By all means enlighten me in the comments.

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"Enlighten us but make it quick"

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That''s the cry of Igniteers everywhere. I''ve attended, spoken at and organised Ignites for (checks date of earliest posts ) nearly four years. Since running the first one I''ve always thought they''d make a great contribution to my favourite* annual exhibition Learning Technologies. Since then, LT has grown and it''s even gained a sibling, Learning and Skills. It''s bigger and better than ever. And at last, it has Ignite. Meet Ignite Learning Technology and Skills , or Ignite LTS if you will.

Optimism - L&D's vice

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With election fever gripping the nation (ahem), I''ve been thinking a bit about polling and it occurs to me that we are subject to some of the same errors that cause pollsters eggy faces after the election - you know, where the media outlets start their witch-hunt to find out why the predicted outcome didn''t match the one we got.

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Why I don't like Twitter

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Let me start by making one thing really clear. I like Twitter very much. I find it very useful and it has probably become my number one personal learning tool over the last year*. However, I am becoming increasingly sceptical about its use as a social learning tool in any organised sense and in particular, there are some characteristics of how it is being used that frankly I'm not altogether comfortable with.

One-minute paper

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I was looking for something quite unrelated when I came across the concept of the "one minute paper". It's a very simple concept for quick and dirty feedback, seemingly used by people in the HE/FE sector. It's not rocket science, just basics really, but it for some of our instructors I think it would be helpful, so I produced a form for them to riff on and wrote out some details for the wiki. Thought I'd share it and our template with you. Firstly, some credits.

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No elearning, thank you very much!

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Our organisation has been asked to review and feedback on the new guidance for one particular area in which we are involved. I was particularly struck by the vehemence of its position with regards to elearning: [1] The use of e-learning may offer a number of benefits to an organisation. However, in all but the smallest healthcare organisations such a small GP’s practice with a single stage [activity] plan, e-learning is not acceptable as the sole means of training staff.

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The informal learning plugin, on an LMS near you soon

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I just read a tweet from Jay Cross that took me to a post from a representative of Blackboard, makers of the dreadful LMS, purporting to dispel "myths" about informal learning. Given that I take informal learning to be a conceptual notion of knowledge acquisition and sharing rather than a defined and fairly uncontroversial body of knowledge like, say, climate science or evolution, I was intrigued and felt I needed to know more about these "myths".

When social is a taxing problem

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One of the projects I''ve been keen to push on with my current employer is extending our elearning provision beyond the isolated horrors of the self-study elearning "course" to more collaborative social opportunities. In this respect we''re quite lucky; with our current performance and learning management suite provider we have access to an advanced, mature enterprise social network (ESN) platform that is integrated with current user profiles.

A simple language learning resource

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I stumbled across this - not exactly sure how or why. I would sooo love something like this for Japanese*. It's wonderfully simple: each blog post is written in an accessible way, tagged as to what element of language is the key point and a short quiz to test comprehension is appended.

In defence of jargon

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"Every science requires a special language because every science has its own ideas." Ettiene Bonnot de Condillac (circa 1780) "Jargon" has been a fairly persistent meme on Twitter lately. I seem to be in a minority amongst a group of learning tech people which I feel is well meaning, but misplaced in its desire to obliterate "in" language.

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"Listen, Observe" - the sound of chances squandered

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Day three of my PTLLS and, and after a whistlestop tour of TNA (training needs analysis, for the uninitiated; "straightforward" apparently) and teaching methods (PowerPoint isn't, but reading is, and so is "e-learning"* - best suited only to reflective/theorist learning styles though), we had gotten as far as lesson planning. Building on earlier work on SMART objectives we were required to plan a lesson to meet the objective we had written.

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Gamification by example - my slides

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After a suitable delay, here are my slides from my talk at the eLearning Network's October Converting Classroom Courses event in London. I've added a summary of what I said on each slide in the notes. Gamification by example View more presentations from Dan Roddy This was the "winning" talk on the day.

Things I'm fed up of doing in the 2010s

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These are some productivity (for which read "Windows/Office") activities for which the case against was clear and present 5 years ago, or longer, and yet which persist. They're a mixture of training related and general points. Dealing with email. Need I go on? Irritating inbox limits, lost communications, spam, single line throw away comments, documents mailed to a dozen people on the same network. I despise email.

Dan experienced 'creating a Tin Can API statement'

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I've just read up on Tin Can API. I've been meaning to do it for ages and I'm kinda pleased that, as it turns out, Tin Can does pretty much what I had assumed it would do - but it does it better than I could have imagined and way more besides.

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3 Guiding Principles to Support the Human Dimension in Learning

Speaker: Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting

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weelearning - we want you to have it

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In his latest post on our weelearning website , Sam Burrough explains why we are encouraging everyone to pick up on our idea and go with it: If you’re lucky enough to be heading to this week’s Learning Technologies Conference or Exhibition , one thing is guaranteed, you’re going to meet a lot of cool, interesting people. You may even end up down the pub with one or two of them, especially if you’re going to Curation Camp.

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Gaminess in learning

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Failed by VISA

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Just when I thought the "Verified by VISA" experience couldn't get any worse, the usually reliable eBuyer manages to pull off a real doozy: See the problem? WHAT THE HELL DO I CLICK ON NOW!? After a moment's consideration I tried hitting tab and thankfully it scrolled the frame you can't see and skipped to the next, unseen box. I'm not entirely sure this was the envisaged user experience at First Direct or eBuyer.

Fresh Look at Learning Design by Patrick Dunn

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Following the usual twisted thread of discovery I stumbled upon an interesting video by Patrick Dunn of a webinar that I suspect I had intended to join, but missed. Not having a stumbleupon account, and in the spirit of blog-based sharing I have rekindled recently, here it is for your delectation. "A A fresh look at Instructional Design" - eLN webinar presentation from patrick dunn on Vimeo. Good old Vimeo. Far better than other video sites I could mention.

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A BETTr type of conference?

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It's an interesting time to be involved with education in the UK. The government is hacking wildly at the structures that have been familiar for so long; results from UK schools seem to be slipping sharply; the industrial education model looks to be broken. And where can we find solutions to these problems, to bring education in this country back on track?

Prepare better for lightning talks

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I'm heading to London tomorrow to take part in another eLearning Network event , this time speaking as part of their Pecha Kucha programme - a great way to get to events for a more affordable price. Pecha Kucha is a form of lightning presentation (one that is less than 10 minutes) very like Ignite , which I'm closely involved with. However, although I watch lots of talks, I don't often give them. One reason I don't is it is quite time consuming to sit down and thrash the idea out.

Badgification

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Rule 1: use symbols your users will relate to In keeping with the craze for following crazes, I've decided to add "badges" to our company wiki, Wisdom. I built Wisdom first as a personal note-taking tool on our development server, but then it has grown in to a fairly healthy internal resource for my colleagues. I've usually managed to get contributors by cozying up to new starters and giving them the erroneous impression that everyone always uses the wiki for everything.

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Why I'm still at Blogger

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Started off here. Always been here. Love the backdrop on this one. Can't be bothered to move. End of. (I I love Wordpress and I am happy to self-host these things , but Blogger is fine for what I need it to do). Hopefully that will answer that question now and in the future

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Why video is your cheap option

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Video was once both a dream and a nightmare. A dream because only in your wildest dreams would you ever get funding to put together training videos. And a nightmare because there was no easy route to do it - you needed expensive cameras, editing suites and reproduction facilities. Since it is now possible to shoot, edit and upload video all from a mobile phone, it is time to revisit video again. And to show how easy it can be, here's a good example that I really like.

Help wanted - virtualize me!

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Due to an unfortunate confluence of events it looks like I won't be able to make it to WOLCE this year. Fact is, I wasn't intending to go. I was a little disappointed by it last year, and now that Learning Technologies has Learning & Skills to run alongside, I really couldn't see the point in going. Not to say that it is bad, only for my needs right now, WOLCE isn't really right.

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Revisiting old useful ideas - learnscapes

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For whatever reason, this diagram by Clark Quinn has stuck in my head, and for the fourth time of calling I found myself scrabbling to find it, including tweeting the man himself to see if he could identify it from my patchy description. Taken from " eLEarning Tools " 17 April 2007 at Learnlets Clark's original post came in to being around the time of the big PLE debate if I remember correctly* and heck, it mentions social in the era "BT", or "Before Twitter".

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Compliance in health estates training

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I was required to speak to a group of estates managers at a recent training event organised by IHEEM , the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estates Management, on the topic of compliance. Naturally enough, we fielded a presentation on just how that topic applied to training. I've never stuck anything on Slideshar e before, but thought I'd give it a try.

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A good BETT

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Each year I go to Learning Technologies and see the posters for BETT and curse that I've missed what is billed as "Europe's biggest educational technology event". Given what drags me to Olympia every January, I've always suspected that something at BETT would interest me too, so I swear to myself that I will go and renew that vow a year later, as I walk to LT20xx and respy the next round of forgotten posters.

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