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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Learnlets » December’s BIG Question(s)

Clark Quinn

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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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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Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Learning about Second Life

Kapp Notes

7, 2006 -13,788 is the total number of profitable in-world business owners at the end of November Read the article How Real Money Works in Second Life __ Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content GuideIf you want to know more about Second Life, you can jump into the world and attend classes sponsored by NETg. I found this billboard as I was walking around looking for educational institutions and experiences.

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.

CAC Digest: Recap of Corporate Advisory Council

Kapp Notes

The Spring 2006 CAC Meeting was a great success. We had over 50 individuals representing 40 different companies in attendance. We had three generous corporate sponsors (Booz Allen Hamilton, EduNeering, and Weatherbee Media). We had four fantastic presentations by a very talented group of students who gave presentations that were, in the words of several CAC members, "better than most vendor presentations." Deals were made, information exchanged and networks strengthened.

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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

Breakthrough eLearning: Harvesting Your SMEs Brain

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 Thursday, November 23, 2006 Harvesting Your SMEs Brain One of the great things about working in the eLearning field is the variety it affords.

Definition: Cognitivism

Kapp Notes

In the 1980s, several theories of learning that concentrated on studying learning as an internal function of the brain and as a social process.as opposed to overt actions and stimulas-response began to gain popularity and momentum. These theories and the study of how computers processed information all converged and led to the creation of a learning philosophy known as Cognitivism.

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Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Virtual NBC

Kapp Notes

I wish you Happy Holidays and a great New Year. Hope you and yours have a great holiday season no matter where in the world you are located or how you celebrate. Also wishing you a happy holiday is the US television station, NBC. NBC set up and conducted a "get together" in Second Life on December 20th. The event is now over, however, you can visit the virtual New York skating rink and Christmas tree in Second Life.

Learnlets » A whole new me(me)?

Clark Quinn

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Learnlets » The 5 Things Meme

Clark Quinn

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Learning about Avatars

Kapp Notes

Here is a great article from the eLearning Guild on avatars. If you are not familiar with the potential of avatars for e-learning check out this article by Raj Sheth titled Avatar Technology: Giving a Face to the e-Learning Interface. The article does a great job of defining avatars and describing the different types of avatars and provides examples of how they are used in a variety of settings.

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Design: Behaviorism Has It’s Place

Kapp Notes

Stephen Downes in his response to my post titled Definitions: ABCD Objectives writes It remains puzzling that so much of the instructional design community remains rooted in behaviorism - this more than 30 years after the theory was abandoned everywhere else I am not sure behaviorism has been abandoned everywhere else. In fact, I think the best representation of the effectiveness of behaviorism is Las Vegas, if slots machines are not classic Stimulus-Response-Reward…then nothing is.

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Avatars for Learning

Kapp Notes

A great deal of research is being undertaken in the area of avatars.you know, the lifelike animated people that inhabit Second Life and other online worlds. One person doing work in this area is Amy L. Baylor at Floridia State University. She is the founder of The Center for Research of Innovative Technologies for Learning (RITL) which is creating these virtual trainers has found that learners tend to choose virtual trainer types that were similar in ethnicity to the learner.

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Out and About: Interview with Marc Rosenberg

Kapp Notes

Here is an interview I did with my colleague Marc Rosenberg author of two influential books in the field of learning and e-learning for the web site e-learningguru.com. I worked with Marc at the 2005 EduNeering Knowledge Summit a private event for EduNeering clients. I really enjoyed working with him and jumped at the chance to interview him for e-learningguru. Check out the interview with Marc and other great stuff at Kevin Kruse's e-learningguru.com web site.

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Design: Webinar Presentation of E-Learning Instructional Strategies

Kapp Notes

One of the most important elements of designing effective instruction is to use the right instructional strategies. Here is a recording of a Webinar I conducted for Adobe on the topic of instructional design strategies, it is called Six Effective E-Learning Design Strategies. Take some time to look at the examples and think how you can design instruction incorporating these strategies. __ Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide

Wake up Karl, the Meme has you

Kapp Notes

Ok, so I have been tagged in a blog exercise called a “Meme” which is much like a chain letter…always fun before computers, loved handwriting fourteen letters to avoid my impending doom or bring about incredible luck…the idea of this meme is to write 5 things that you may not know about me and then tag five other people to do the same.

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RFPs and Proposals: LMS/LCMS Selection Templates

Kapp Notes

The selection of a Learning Management and/or a Learning Content Management System is an important decision for any organization. Unfortunately, there are not many playbooks for this process. However, here is one that is very helpful. This document created by Sherry Engel--a leader of the Learning Management Team at Sovereign bank can help you through the difficult selection process.

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Definitions: ABCD Objectives

Kapp Notes

Here is how to create an effective Learning Objective. A learning objective simply states the behavior orknowledge change you would like to see from a learner. An objective is the final outcome desired from a learning event. Objectives need to be stated in a manner that is easily understood and measured by the designers and deliverers of the training.

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Check Out BrainPOP

Kapp Notes

There is a lot going on in terms of educating kids through the Internet, this same enthusiasm will be coming to an online training classes design for employees in the near future. As these "gamers" enter the workforce, they will want educational opportunities in the same vain as their educational games with which they are growing up. One site that is combining entertaining games with education is BrainPOP.

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Learning Circuits Blog: Big Question: A Follow Up Discussion on our Models

Kapp Notes

I have been having a great discussion with Mark Oehlert in his post If You Believe It's Broken - How Do You Change Our Industry/Models/etc? He also has a follow up post titled Neuroleadership and Birth Announcement that hits the nail on the head in terms of what is needed for the field--a multi-disciplinary approach that brings together great minds from seamingly totally unrelated disciplines. Check out this lively and semi-heated discussion on the problems with the field.

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Shopping in Second Life

Kapp Notes

Circuit City just announced that they are opening a store in Second Life in an article titled Circuit City Enters Second Life. The process was facilitated by IBM as discussed earlier in my post IBM Opens a Business Unit in Second Life. In my upcoming book' Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning , I make the following prediction Entire shopping malls will be online and populated with avatars.

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Science Fiction Foretells the Darkside of Games for Learning

Kapp Notes

If you are looking for a glimpse into the mentality of the upcoming gamer generation and the future of e-learning but also want to be entertained. Consider checking out the book Ender's Game which provides a compelling and, sometimes scary look at learning and gaming in the future. Ender's Game written by Orson Scott Card is a scary look into a future in which the Earth finds itself preparing for a battle against an alien race.

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Implementation: Create a Learning Council

Kapp Notes

I am continually amazed by large organizations that do not have a handle on all of the training that occurs within the organization. Many have no idea what types of training are occurring or even how many divisions or departments are conducting training of one sort or another.one group is doing training programs, another sales training, yet another new employee training and none of the trainers even know or talk to one another. Each group or division is doing it own thing.

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Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Nobel Prize Games

Kapp Notes

What do you get when you cross a Nobel Prize winning science or literature project with the desire to educate youth on science and literature.you get a web-based game of course. Go to the Educational Games section of the Nobelprize.org web site to check them out and learn a little about the projects that are worthy of a Nobel Prize. My favorite is the Laser game which is a side scrolling game like the Super Mario Brothers games but with science questions thrown into the mix.

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Design: Creating Questions for Compliance Training

Kapp Notes

No matter what industry you work in…banking, manufacturing, insurance, retail.there is compliance training that must be developed by instructional designers and taken by employees. Typically compliance training involves the following design: page-of-text, page-of-text, page-of-text, painfully-obvious multiple choice question (repeat).

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Learning Multiplication Tables in a Game

Kapp Notes

There are video game based learning tools for a variety of topics including Algebra and Spanish. Here is one for multiplication tools. Timez Attack is a new video game instructionally designed exclusively for learning multiplication tables. The game uses drill and practice disguised as a video game (as we know Drill and practice is an effective strategy for teaching facts, like the multiplication tables).

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Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: IBM Opens Business Unit in Second Life

Kapp Notes

One of your new year's resolutions better include learning to use Second Life. Well for one thing, IBM has just announced that it will open an Emerging Business Unit in Second Life. That's right a business unit designed to create value and wealth for the large company focused on, among other things, Second Life. Here is Irving Wladawsky-Berger, IBM's vice president of technical strategy and innovation talking to C/NET News about the opening of an IBM business unit focusing on Second Life.

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Informal Learning at Nick.com

Kapp Notes

There is a blog entry titled Biases that eLearning 2.0 Faces (or What are we Up Against) over on Tony Karrer's eLearning Technology blog. Tony quotes a post by a person who raises some concerns about eLearning 2.0. Like… how can you prevent garbage from being posted on blogs, do companies need to hire professional announcers for their podcasts how will organizations incorporate the next “hot” technology into their learning toolkit.

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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Brain Drain: Where in the World is Everybody Going?

Kapp Notes

Dave Lee's post, let's continue…present challenges. future predications. Got me thinking about some statistics I ran across concerning the brain drain of baby boomer aged executives and leaders retiring over the next few years. Sometimes the concept is thought of as an issue in the United States but the impact is world wide. In Europe, the pool of workers ages thirty-four to forty-four is expected to shrink by 19 percent in the United Kingdom, 27 percent in Germany, and 9 percent in Italy.

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Learnlets » Content Models

Clark Quinn

Learnlets » Content Models

Clark Quinn

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Avatars On Your Web Page

Kapp Notes

When you visit a web page, wouldn't it be nice to see if any of your fellow co-workers or students were at the site and then have a chat with them? Imaging having an online team meeting and having everyone visit a specific web site. A site called Zweitgeist has developed a technology that allows you to create an avatar and then use that avatar to have discussions with other avatars who are also visiting a specific web site.

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Shout Out: Two Bloomsburg Alum- Nick Pastore and Kat Siedlecki

Kapp Notes

A project worked on by two alumni Nick Pastore and Kat Siedlecki both of involved with online learning at Booz Allen Hamilton just won an award from the U.S. Distance Learning Association (USDLA )—the nation's premier distance learning organization. The award and information about the award is featured on the front page of Booz Allen's website. We are proud of our alumni and the contributions they are making to the industry.

Definitions: Alternatives to the ADDIE Instructional Design Model

Kapp Notes

There are a number of alternatives to the ADDIE instructional design model which are not considered or given much due in the “main stream” ID press. However, I think more than a process for creating instruction; it is the application of instructional strategies that really is the heart of designing effective learning interventions. It is the strategies that we apply to the materials we are teaching that make learning effective or not effective.

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