Dear Blogmeister - June 15, 2005

The Learning Circuits

Vicki Cerda VP Programs, Miami ASTD Chapter Vicki, here are a couple of resource sites that you can start with. Hey everyone. One of our readers has a question for the community. I have a question for you. I am looking for some examples of wikis and blogs used in classes (corporate, higher ed or even K-12 ) or in professional publications or newsletters or the like that are being used when learning, delivering training or developing training.

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Where did that file go?

Moodle Journal

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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.

Java rediscovered

Moodle Journal

I was casting around recently for some resources, particularly simulation type materials, with no particular purpose in mind, when I came across Java Applets, (Java programs that run in a web page), in fact I had known about these for ages, but for some reason had not made the connection with using them as learning object assets, so I kind discovered them for the second time.

Evaluation of Formal Learning Programs is a marketing activity

The Learning Circuits

One should not evaluate a formal learning program to justify that the money and time were well spent. One should evaluate a formal learning program to get resources for the next program. If there is a "level 6" evaluation of a training program, it is, "did it lead to growth of the training program/growth of the training group/promotion of the sponsor?" Of course lessons learned should make the next program (the X+1 program) better.

Is Attention Important in Learning?

The Learning Circuits

Some type of virtual agent that not only knows where you are, what you are doing and what collaboration programs or devices you have, but it also has a subset of your personality and is assigned to deal with specific types of tasks demanding your attention. A recent CNET article noted that the typical office worker is interrupted every three minutes by an e-mail, IM, phone call, etc. If you are working on something creative, it takes about 8 minutes for our brains to get into that state.

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Navigating the Lag of Death

The Learning Circuits

One of the trickiest parts of producing a learning program is to navigate what I will call the lag of death. This is the difference (or delta, if I am feeling insecure) between the comfort level of learning program sponsors and learning program users.

Back to the Future

The Learning Circuits

And if the trend continues, and we cannot break away from using Snake Oil, more than 75-80% of us by 2011 will be looking in from the outside, as we develop and deliver corporate training programs.

The Number 2

The Learning Circuits

That 25% includes everything from classes to online programs to simulations. Most training programs barely reach the "I Know" level. What is really needed is a true Workplace Learning program. What remains to be worked on are the Mistake-Based Programs.

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.

Lab Rats

The Learning Circuits

We could start with a finshed program from the above list that has been shown to get good results from the students, and use it to develop the other models for testing. This is a follow-on to a previous post "The Number 2".

¿Su LMS habla español?

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found that Spanish-language programming was the sixth most popular format. Why build a Spanish LMS? First, more and more of the schools with whom I've spoken this past year, individually and at conferences and meetings, have told me they need one and need one now.

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Invite or Seduce?

The Learning Circuits

It says that "Here's an interesting learning experience that we'd like to invite you to" or "Please attend this elearning program since you have expressed an interest, and we think you will find it useful."

Sometime I Feel Like a Dine-Oh-Saur

The Learning Circuits

I feel like that when I talk to people who develop 'learning' programs or even when I read some of these blogs.

Breakthrough eLearning: It’s the People, Stupid

Breakthrough eLearning

They may understand technology, but chances are they know nothing about how people learn, or how to set up eLearning programs that can be transformative.

PowerPoint. Back in Style

The Learning Circuits

PowerPoint is probably the most misunderstood, misused and maligned software program used for instruction today. Beginning with the 2005 school year, I'm even teaching an experimental class called Presentation Skills. It was good to see the recent article by Jay Cross concerning PowerPoint in the latest issue of Chief Learning Officer. I started using PowerPoint over 10 years ago in the Education arena.

24 Questions about computer games and education

The Learning Circuits

How can modding be used to better use existing computer games in formal learning programs? How can teachers/professors/trainers use existing computer games (as is) in formal learning programs? Which computer games today are appropriate for formal learning programs? Are computer games inherently counter-cultural? Are some computer games bad for children? Do computer games herald a revolution in education? For a given curricula, where would one ideally use books?

Measuring The Effectiveness of Your Blended Learning Program

Obsidian Learning

Well-designed learning usually includes ways for learners to demonstrate increased competency built into the program. Kirkpatrick & Kirkpatrick (2005) suggest that placing a dollar value on the benefits of training for non-skills-related topics is impossible.

The Most Important ingredient in Formal Learning

The Learning Circuits

I used to say that the most important ingredient in a formal learning program is motivation of the students. Having poured through thousands of results of recent big skills programs, I think the most important ingredient is the honesty of the students. But any training program of big skills requires that kernel of honesty Honesty is the genuine awareness of strengths and weaknesses, and then the impact of their strengths and weaknesses.

Searching for Competitive Information

The Learning Circuits

How many organizations about which you know do competitive analysis in the area of formal learning programs? Competitor X is killing us in the marketplace, and they do program Y?" My gut feel is not that many, but I would love to hear about examples where they do

Evolution of E-Learning

The Learning Circuits

Most organizations spend a year or two in this phase and they often start with catalog programs. In stage 2 ( Expansion ) organizations expand, they build lots of custom programs (beyond the typical catalog content) and start implementing blended programs. Yes, the LMS market is evolving and LMS systems do not do everything, but they do manage learning programs well. I feel a need to chime in.

A New Language to Describe the Knowledge of Experts

The Learning Circuits

Critical words and phrases are coming from computer game design, project management, computer programming, nutrition, engineering, TQM, environmentalism, systems theory, even golf coaching. As I get sucked into conversations about simulations with developers and researchers, both here in the states and in other countries, I am increasingly aware of the influence of the languages of several different communities.

Stepping Out: The Application Becomes the Platform

The Learning Circuits

Call it what you will but things that we used to think of as "applications" - discrete programs used for specific purposes, a search engine, a game, are becoming platforms for development. eBay was an application, an auction site, until people started developing programs that were based on eBay - like automated auction programs. Heard of it? You will. You've already seen it in action on the Web somewhere. How about Widgets ?

Characteristics of Formal and Informal Learning Episodes

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Lack of time to engage in a group learning program. Lack of time to engage in a group learning program = flexibility I don't like a formal classroom situation with a teacher = casual. Allen Tough , a Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, focused his research on the adult's successful efforts to learn and change; and in particular the 70% that are self-guided without relying much on professionals or institutions ( informal learning ).

Wait a minute, let me Google it.

The Learning Circuits

So why are we spending untold amounts of time and money on learning programs that are not necessary? Google has become a digital extension of my memory. The older I get the more I use it. If I forget how to do something, or cannot remember a fact or name or place, I Google around for a bit and find it. For example, this morning I was on the phone talking with a client. We started talking about a film and neither one of us could remember the name, only that Al Pacino was in it.

Authoring Simulation Genres: Interactive Spreadsheets

The Learning Circuits

They are often the cornerstones of multi-day programs to align a fractured department or organization by building shared knowledge and understanding. One well-understood simulation genre is interactive spreadsheets. Interactive spreadsheets focus on abstract business school issues such as supply chain management, product lifecycle, accounting, and general cross-functional business acumen.

Education's Collage of Subsidies

The Learning Circuits

One of the trickiest parts about development of formal learning programs is that so often, the learner only has a passing relationship to the cost of the program. Enterprise Programs Enterprise training programs are paid by the corporate, military, or government sponsor. I was thinking about Clark's (the other Clark) post on learner rights, and then the broader learner marketplace.

San Francisco and Los Angeles as different (but complementary) models for Formal Learning

The Learning Circuits

There continues to be a movement in corporate formal learning programs to uber-empower the learner and focus the role of content designers to a more infrastructure role. Google and Instant Messenger are the perfect model for many. And I mostly agree with this "Bay Area" position. But I also believe that "Passionate learners come from Passionate designers." Call it the "Los Angeles" take.

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The Wizard of Oz Rule

The Learning Circuits

A vendor of elearning programs had been in - one of Canada's best - and shown him a demo. He went through 27 screens before he was asked to interact with the program. If I'm asked to go for more than three screens, and I'm not asked to do something, to interact with the program, it will fail." When I was leading a team building a workflow program, we used what we called The Wizard of Oz rule. Three Clicks and You're Home!

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Learning to Control our Moods

The Learning Circuits

I believe this kind of mood awareness/engineering may become increasingly relevant for both deploying personalized learning programs and even planning formal learning events In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, author Philip Dick imagined a society where people regularly took drugs to change their mood. The only two pills I personally take are vitamins and the occasional Tylenol.

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Slow Adoption: The Fall of e-Learning Programs

Vignettes Learning

Slow Adoption: The Fall of e-Learning Programs 2. Slow Adoption: The Fall of e-Learning Programs Slow adoption of e-learning technology is one of the major reasons why e-learning programs fail. Keep e-learning programs simple, user-friendly and of course, engaging. To preview more Vignettes, slideshows and highly interactive programs, register for free to the e-Learning Architect: [link] 3. Give life to your e-learning programs. Topics this issue: 1.

Aligning Training Processes, Tools, and Metrics

The Learning Circuits

It suggests that you can rank many aspects of a Formal Learning Program (FLP) from tactical to strategic, including: Type of learning material; Types of results needed; and Processes used. With this organization, you can accurately predict how well a program will work. I don't know why, but I have been getting a tremendous amount of interest recently in a concept I first put forth a few years ago called Learning Accord.

Reducing the Cost of Information

The Learning Circuits

If we can, with our programs that are trying to make people smarter, better at their jobs, more adept and knowledgeable, can do that AND make the cost of the information cheaper in the process we win big time. Example: A more expensive cost of information would be a program that involves many people many months to develop, an live classroom instructor to deliver and four days to deliver. So how do we get our programs to take advantage of this idea?

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Sims Without the Cord

The Learning Circuits

Then find ways to develop learning programs - like simulations -that work to enable rather than disable that "natural learning process". How have you successfully (or not) created programs, activities, things to do, games to play, that helped people get into the learning zone? " Computer games are more effective learning tools because they sustain interest and attention in settings where people are normally bored."

Simulations, Microcosms, Apprenticeships, and Skunk Works

The Learning Circuits

I wrote a book called Learning By Doing , all about the use of computer simulations in formal learning programs. But in many ways, it should have been called "Learning By Doing Part I." Other, critical "learning by doing" techniques includes Microcosms , Apprenticeships , and Skunk Works. Microcosms are small, controlled, comparable, but "real" worlds or projects, such as growing a garden, planning a party, running a meeting, baking a cake.

Full Spectrum Warrior debate

The Learning Circuits

Traditionalists will far too quickly damn an entire program for not getting the mix of simulation, game, and pedagogical elements right the first time (the only acceptable sin for them is too much pedagogy). Some people are criticizing the US Army's involvement with the computer game Full Spectrum Warrior. Although I was not involved in any way in the project other than doing a case study for LBD, I take the attacks very personally as attacks on necessary innovation.