Thoughts about 2006 and Predictions for 2007

Kapp Notes

The questions this month are: What will you remember most about 2006? taking my lead from Tony Karrer's post ) What will you remember most about 2006? I started my blog in September 2006. The Learning Circuits Blog Question for December has been posted. What are the biggest challenges for you/us as head into 2007? What are your predictions for 2007? These are not easy questions to answer. However, here is my best shot.

Corporate pandemics of 2006

The Learning Circuits

Inspired by a batch of recent frustrating consulting gigs, a battery of medical check-ups and the current buzz about pandemic preparedness, here are my predictions for six emerging corporate pandemics that trainers will have to deal with in 2006: 1) Ulteriorsclerosis - the clogging of an important initiative by personnel or policies, for spurious reasons that mask more pernicious ulterior motives. Widespread ulteriorsclerosis will lead to the demise of several organizations in 2006.

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Nominate the Best Instructional Design Essays of 2005 - 2006

The Learning Circuits

What are the best instructional designs essays of 2005 and the first half of 2006? Mindful Learner has a great idea, based on Joel Spolsky's software post. Please nominate them by replying to this post, and include the title, the author's name, and a URL/where the essay can be found. Please also link to this post from other sites. Let's see how many great entries we can gather. Thanks! This is going to be fun. Clark

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Learnlets » December’s BIG Question(s)

Clark Quinn

Agile Microlearning Explained

Bruning, 2001; Narciss & Huth, 2004; Shute, 2006), 7 Mayer & Moreno, 2002; Phye & Bender, 1989 8 Anderson et al., COGNITIVE SCIENCE BEHIND OTTOLEARN v1.1

Wikimania 2006 and Wikiversity

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

As it just so happens, the Wikimania 2006 conferense is in full swing at Harvard. Fellow blogger and Intel colleague Josh Bancroft is blogging the event at tinyscreenfuls.com. Check out his flickr stream here. Sounds like lots of great conversations going on. Also, Mark Oehlert over at e-clippings points me to the Wikiversity. Tons of wiki goodness here. Wikibooks is fabulous in and of itself but the addition of wikiversity makes me smile.

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Lower Value of Online Degree Programs?

Tony Karrer

The post: eLearning Technology: Online Programs that Offer Training in eLearning? has provided some interesting results around online programs - and a really interesting question: How do employers view online degree programs? If you are going to spend the money and time upgrading your skills, you want to make sure the employer will recognize them. I am very curious what other people think about this. I personally hire mostly folks with undergraduate degrees and mostly they are technical.

Daylight Savings Time 2006

Marcia Conner

Last fall I posted information about the turning of the clocks. T-2 hours and some 30 minutes until the time zone craziness begins I thought it worthwhile to post something new about the change. I learned last year from people who wrote me about my post that ours was not the

Is your eLearning Broken? Seth Godin at Gel 2006

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Seth Godin at Gel 2006 [link] [link] Another great presentation by one of my favorites.Seth Godin - [link] He is the founder of Squidoo which is where you can find the Corporate eLearning Development lens - [link] and some awesome books. Watch this video and ask yourself if your elearing is broken. Is it? Do you really think people are going through your course and committing every last word to memory and applying to their daily work? Is ISD broken

Learnlets » A whole new me(me)?

Clark Quinn

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Learnlets » The 5 Things Meme

Clark Quinn

Using Moodle to deliver self financing courses

Moodle Journal

I am hopeful that Moodle here at bromley College will begin to fulfil a commercial role following an enquiry the other day from company who required a course in Website Design for one of their employees. I have been running a very successful self financing course “HTML and JavaScript for Website Designers” for some time now, however it does require a minimum of 12 students to be viable, with the next one likely to start in January.

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Learnlets » Content Models

Clark Quinn

Learnlets » Content Models

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Podcast or videocast, which do you prefer?

Moodle Journal

Do you podcast you lectures? I have started this in a small way but from the system logs the results were not encouraging. Anyway I started to give the whole idea some serious thought recently. From my own perspective, if am driving or travelling on public transport, then yes I would listen to a podcast, however if was sat in front of a computer, then I would appreciate something more visual. The feasibility of videoing and editing a whole lecture on a regular basis would for me be unrealistic.

Free learning resources from the OU via Moodle

Moodle Journal

free and open educational resources If like myself you are always on the lookout for some quality e-Learning materials, then you simply have to take a look at the Open Universities Moodle site OpenLearn. The resources here are free to use and are of an excellent quality, well done OU

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Time for a Second Life

Moodle Journal

Just recently I decided that the time had come to put my money where my enthusiasm was, so I upgraded my membership in Second Life and bought some land and see how it could be used in conjunction with my work on Moodle. In fact I bought a small island from diddster.com, these are really nice properties and the company extremely helpful.

Value Added Moodle?

Moodle Journal

Keen as I always am to make use of our vle for course delivery, I am also very keen to find evidence on its effectiveness with regard to student outcomes. One of the courses that see particularly heavy use of the vle here at Bromley is my BTEC National Software Development. Just the other day I am informed that it has attracted highest Value Added in the country for this course, wow. How much of that is due to the vle, difficult to say, but I was asked to put my views in writing; 50 words!

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Learnlets » Designing Informal

Clark Quinn

Learnlets » Not your father’s ISD/ADDIE/HPT

Clark Quinn

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Learnlets » Visuals

Clark Quinn

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Second Life from Dartmouth

Moodle Journal

I hav e just looged out of the first Second Life conference for teachers, I think. I got into the conference from a French restaurant in Dartmouth via rather a weak wifi signal, in fact I am Blogging from here still. There were plenty of people and some interesting proposals for future projects, its all looking extremely promising, all in all a great show. Well done Optimus Paul

Google for Educators

Moodle Journal

This week, I guess with no great surprise, I find that those people at Google, who no doubt have been keeping a watchful eye on our surfing habits, have made an encouraging response by launching Google for Educators. My first impression is that this has the makings of a powerful and valuable resource that already features a growing repository of materials, tools, ideas and stories.

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Learnlets » What you should learn

Clark Quinn

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Learnlets » LCB Big Question of the Month

Clark Quinn

Learnlets » Slow Learning Lifelong Learning

Clark Quinn

Social networking so far

Moodle Journal

I have some satisfaction and surprises reviewing the way in which my plans for introducing a social networking forum are working out with the courses this year. I have given the rounded figures in the table. A couple of points come to mind for me: 1 by far the most active group is the BTEC National General, but this is a year 2 group, so they already know each other well by now.

Podcasting

Moodle Journal

Last week I decided to start using a podcast approach as part of my regular Moodle material. I have incorporated these as part of my level 4 groups work in Object Oriented Design. The course is delivered as a series of lectures accompanied by detailed course notes and assessed using a portfolio approach of exercises. It’s the presentation in class of these exercises that I have decided to make available as mp3’s.

Tell and post

Moodle Journal

I started three new level 3 groups today and as a first exercise decided they should begin to make use of Moodle by posting lifestyle styles and ambitions to a forum. Postings could include links, particularly if they had Myspace, some did.

Myspace induction

Moodle Journal

The HND course officially started today with an induction. I had an hour to present myself and courses to them. This year has been really different though rather than explain courses in detail with references to handouts, assignments and grading, I talked almost exclusively about the part Moodle would play as a delivery platform in support of the collaborative leaning framework and assessment strategies that proved successful in last year’s trial.

Save-n-forget

Moodle Journal

Things Moodle-wise here at Bromley are looking OK for the start of the coming academic year. The new vle is up and running and the old version for 0506 is now only available to staff. Just the other day I found that I am to be teaching on the OO Development and OO Applications courses (that’s all about objects to us programming nerds). The courses uses Java and so I decided to begin populating Moodle with some of my Java CourseGenie materials, but was unsure where they were, home, work, CD, usb?

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Learnlets » Models, manuals, and more…

Clark Quinn

Learnlets » Virtual Worlds?

Clark Quinn

Learnlets » Constructivism vs Criticism

Clark Quinn

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XBOX on the syllabus

Moodle Journal

I have a sense or resurgent enthusiasm again with regard to the place of games in teaching: re my posting to this blog on 3DML and Robocode, when today I read that Microsoft are to offer XNA Game Studio Express , a free consumer version of Xbox tools that will run on a PC. In fact my interest in games has taken an upward leap after discovering the Sleeper Curve in Steven Johnson’s book ‘Everything bad is good for you’ ( I can recommend it).