One busy week for Moodle

Moodle Journal

Lots happening this week. Ran a Moodle training session for staff on thursday morning, seven made it and it really went down well. My plans to hold a Moodle conference at the end of term seem to be taking shape with the 19th December looking promising; you can expect some photos and pod cast from that, maybe even video.

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Breakthrough eLearning: Reflections on Learning 2005

Breakthrough eLearning

Breakthrough eLearning Reflections on how to break through some of the barriers that prevent the achievement of excellence in eLearning.The 5-E Framework: Establish Value / Effect Change / Engage Stakeholders & Learners / Experiment / Evaluate Results Tuesday, November 08, 2005 Reflections on Learning 2005 I attended the Learning 2005 conference last week, along with about 1,500 others in the training field.

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Schools hate businesses, businesses hate schools

The Learning Circuits

As a gross generalization, schools hate business and businesses hate schools. Let me defend that: Schools hate business 1. Businesses hate schools 1. Businesses rail against classrooms, even their own training classes. Business people love talking about academic reform. But when a company is performing sub-par, business people don't talk about Xerox reform or corporate reform. The development side of schools want donations from businesses.

Is Attention Important in Learning?

The Learning Circuits

Chris Caposella a VP in the Microsoft Information Worker Business Unit says that "People are ultra connected. Half of workers felt a need to respond to e-mails immediately or within an hour, and one in five people reported being "happy" to interrupt a business or social gathering to respond to an e-mail or phone message. A recent CNET article noted that the typical office worker is interrupted every three minutes by an e-mail, IM, phone call, etc.

3 Major E-learning Trends: Evolution of Self-paced Online Courses from 2005 to 2016

CommLab India

The way humans learn and develop has changed drastically; learners in 2016 are different to learners in 2005. In this post, I’ll go through three of the major e-learning trends that brought about major changes in the way we create online courses from 2005 to 2016.

Back to the Future

The Learning Circuits

As I understood the post, the purpose was to start a dialogue, to try and build a business case and discover a migration path from what Sam called "Snake Oil” - training that had been proven NOT to work - to new approaches that DO work (e.g.

Summary of Original Snake Oil Comments

The Learning Circuits

Initially, the thought of summarizing the 60 comments that came in reaction to Sam Adkins' Snake Oil post was daunting. But the reality turned out to be a joy.

Esse quam videri

The Learning Circuits

If you work for a business, be a business person. The cover story of the last issue tells WLP (workplace learning and performance) professionals that Business Acumen is Priority One. Instead of acting like a business person, why not become one?

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A Reading from "Learning By Doing"

The Learning Circuits

It gave me a chance to present one of my favorite charts: It suggests in order to understand "The Humanities" (the wisdom of the people who came before us), one thing you have to understand is business strategies.

Ergonomic Education Anyone?

The Learning Circuits

For some time now I have been advocating that anyone in the knowledge transfer business - and that's probably everyone reading this - needs to start becoming aware of the incredible work being done in the areas of educational psychology, cognitive sciences,brain research, etc.

PowerPoint. Back in Style

The Learning Circuits

Beginning with the 2005 school year, I'm even teaching an experimental class called Presentation Skills. It was interesting to note how concepts from Cliff Atkinson's book "Beyond Bullet Points" is now reaching the mainstream of business sector training initiatives. It was good to see the recent article by Jay Cross concerning PowerPoint in the latest issue of Chief Learning Officer.

What would I see if I rode on a beam of light?

The Learning Circuits

And this carries on from schools to the business world. This Tuesday (October 11, 2005) on PBS -- Einstein's big idea: The Legacy of E = mc2Before Einstein, scientists would observe and record something, and then find the right mathematics to explain the results. Einstein comes along and reverses the process by finding a beautiful piece of mathematics based on some very deep insights into the way the universe works and then makes predictions about what ought to happen in the world.

SimWord of the Day: Map

The Learning Circuits

Maps are one of the trickiest areas for building business simulations. And yet maps already are a critical tool of business (and all) communication. A map is part of any simworld, that influences the visual experience of the player, level design, type of knowledge captured, and also the play/know/do. There are maze structures: the goal is to travel to the right spot (or spots), or get something (like a ball) to the right spot, sometimes even learning what the right spot is.

SimWord of the Day: Probe

The Learning Circuits

New business processes are being developed. Maps, be they physical or conceptual, have dark spots - places that we don't know and probably should. Thousands of great new drugs and other technologies are possible, but not "found" yet. Marketers have a phrase "you've never tasted your favorite cereal." The concept of probing (alien encounters aside) involves diverting resources from a life-as-usual process-optimization strategy and taking a risk on finding something better.

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SimWord of the Day: Rush (or Tank Rush)

The Learning Circuits

This term is increasingly used in real business situations, both for people internally planning to get support for their idea "let's do an email rush before the report is released," and externally, "it is not enough to be an early mover. For those of you who play Real Time Strategy games, to rush is to, early on in a scenario, build a large, mobile army and attack an opponent, hopefully catching them unaware while they are still building up their infrastructure.

SimWord of the Day: Actuators/Units

The Learning Circuits

And as I like to say, when computer gamers and CEO's agree on reification frameworks, can business schools and corporate training groups be far behind? Computer games are filled with actuators. Actuators turn one resource into another. They might turn money into customer satisfaction. They might turn research into finished products. They can be bought, built, placed, and upgraded. They might require a constant stream of resources (fixed costs) and/or variable.

Software as Service: What are the Four Pillars for Elearning?

The Learning Circuits

Here, as in other businesses, the capability to provide identity management, roles, personalization, and contextual choices is critical. As I get ready for the new year and a new job, I find myself with more time for deep thinking. I've stumbled on to a really interesting framework for thinking about enterprise elearning. Phil Wainewright of ZDnet wrote about a recent presentation by JP Rangaswami, CIO at top global investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (DrKW).

Merger mania in and around eLearning

The Learning Circuits

If you haven't read their cover story on how mass collaboration is shaking up business you should as they talk about how large scale collaboration has changed the delivery of services like auctions (eBay) and product like books ( which makes you think about how mass collaboration could change the sharing of knowledge which until recently has been done on a small scale, typically geographically driven, basis or through static content.

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Authoring Simulation Genres: Interactive Spreadsheets

The Learning Circuits

Interactive spreadsheets focus on abstract business school issues such as supply chain management, product lifecycle, accounting, and general cross-functional business acumen. One well-understood simulation genre is interactive spreadsheets. Students allocate finite resources along competing categories at successive turn-based fixed intervals, and each time they watch their results play out on dense graphs and charts.

consolidation continues - BlackBoard + WebCT & more.

The Learning Circuits

Personally I like its focus on 'on-demand learning' and its Services Oriented Architecture as I think generic content is a tough business to be in. Wow, consolidation is running rampart in the eLearning space as everyone continues to merge or acquire. Look to your left and look to your right; easily one of those will not be around in six months.

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OnLine Gaming As A Learning Tool

The Learning Circuits

In my own experience I have found that to teach about collaboration and collaboration technologies, talking about it (lecture) was not adequate, and that I had to create the BTG (business transformation game), which was a hands-on, scenario-based, role-playing game that helped people learn about collaboration technologies as well as their behavioral interactions by actually using a variety of technologies in a scenario we created. Fist, I want to reveal my bias in this area.

"Grand Theft Auto"ing Edutainment Software

The Learning Circuits

If a persistant world had a GTA visual structure, you could see hundreds of people wearing your trendy new hats as you walked down the street) Business building/ logistics Logic games Historic settings Physics simulators Medical/vet Ecosystems/genetic engineering Space Traffic Emergencies Negotiation simulators Trucks, dinosaurs, dating, status, shopping, horses could co-exist in different locations as themes and reward structures.

Criticizing the person versus criticizing the idea

The Learning Circuits

A post I made on schools and business hating each other definitely hit a bit of a nerve with some people outside our community, posting in. One aspect of Virtual Leader that I have liked is that it forces players to differentiate between criticizing ideas and criticizing the people who sponsor them. And yet, the exact mixture of the two provides a lot of additional information as to how raw, even how religious, the conversation is getting.

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E-Learning: Channels, piracy, and outrage

The Learning Circuits

Ironically, there will be a race, between using simulation techniques to actually better preserve local ways of doing business, and the the propagation of single ways (much, much better skills than are possible today) that will threaten to erase diversity of knowledge. I said back in a speech in 1999 that e-learning was over-rated in the short term and under-rated in the long term. I believe that statement is probably more true today, at least for the formal learning area.

Elliott Masie and the Emperor's New Slide Show

Clive on Learning

I was interested to read in Donald Clark's review of Learning 2005 that Elliott had decreed that there should be no PowerPoint at the show.

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Tools of E-Learning Hacks

The Learning Circuits

I would like to show you how smart I am and tell you why Harvard Business School is doomed. This is an odd industry, sometimes a very cruel industry. What amazed me when I first entered it, and what still amazes me today, was the amount of hacks that people generally accepted as experts. There was/is this bizarre premium on volume and intensity over actually well thought-out and/or well-researched and/or deeply intuitive statements.

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Education Arcade

The Learning Circuits

Held in conjunction with E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo, and with games now exceeding Hollywood in terms of revenues, this is big ), the Education Arcade last year heard how the industry was turning away from trying to address educational games, and we heard a repeated story this year, suggesting that the only way to do real big games was either a killer business model (ahem), or having it sponsored as a promotion. A few weeks back, I attended the Education Arcade 's recent event.

Workflow learning vs. the "me-focus" culture

The Learning Circuits

Corporations started taking for granted ubiquitous desktop computing and internet connections, and started looking to leverage them to improve business processes and cut costs. The idea of workflow learning is surprisingly controversial. I attended the "Innovations in E-learning” symposium last week, put together by George Mason University, the US Naval Education and Training Command, and the Defence Acquisition University.

One Version of the Future

The Learning Circuits

My system also gives a list of requested initiatives from my notes for meetings with my business partners, industry benchmarking numbers for similar initiatives and a reminder that I never took the training for the forecasting component of our new financial software - with a link to the online training. We'll get so close to our business partner that we'll become one of them. Per Mindy B's request, here's my version of our future. I can elaborate a little now.

Food, Apple, and learning

The Learning Circuits

The latest e-Learning Forum meeting described a performance support solution that was done in a few months on a very modest budget, but which is giving the sponsoring business a major boost.) What do a fantastic meal and the iPod have to teach us about learning? I believe they both have valuable lessons to teach us about scoping our work. The meal was a relaxed evening at Manresa , where the chef served up some two dozen exquisite small tastes.

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Macrodobe or AdobeMedia?

The Learning Circuits

So it will be interesting to see if Adobe either: spins off a collaboration company or business unit from the combination of Breeze, FCS and PDF, or if they will choose to integrate these three technologies into an offering that might even challenge Microsoft. Since I have been covering the area of eCollaboration (which includes some forms of eLearning) for the last 15 years, I talk to lots of vendors about their plans for collaboration and their future.

What are topics about which a Learning Professional should be uniquely proficient?

The Learning Circuits

Organizational Strategic Skill Gaps (OSSGs) Needs Analysis VERY PROFICIENT Enterprise Strategy Business Unit Strategy Project Management Technology Trends Application Interface Design? I would greatly value all of your input. What are topics about which a Learning Professional should be UNIQUELY PROFICIENT (i.e. you know more than anyone else in your organization), and VERY PROFICIENT (i.e. critical knoweldge to do your job)?


The Canary in the Training Coal Mine

The Learning Circuits

There is the old cliche that train companies should have realized they were in the transportation business and invented and embraced airplanes. I bring this up because I think a lot about the training business. This always seemed a bit dim to me. There was just not that much value-add they could have, well, added. I don't mean the vendors, but the internal training group. What is the best model for them? For any group, what is their "brand," and what is their core competency?

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Learning vs. Training

The Learning Circuits

But I am saying that the Training community has at most a two percent ability to directly influence general rich learning environment, and an eighty percent ability/responsibility to accomplish the successful deployment of specific (and hopefully business critical) learning objectives. The cliche is that training is not important, learning is. And consequently there is one school of thought that suggests we look at the richest possible learning environments, and then replicate them.