Thoughts about 2006 and Predictions for 2007

Kapp Notes

The Learning Circuits Blog Question for December has been posted. 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.

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Top Ten Reasons To Blog and Top Ten Not to Blog

Tony Karrer

Updates recent studies show additional reasons: Blogging and Social Networking Boosts Your Social Life. Blogging -- It's Good for You. But I may have used them slightly out of context. :) Oh, and finally, to all of you who commented or put up blog posts already, if I didn't happen to quote you out of context, I apologize. Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Blog 10. What can you know about a professional who doesn't blog his or her work?

Blogging to Build Your Business

Experiencing eLearning

I recently gave a presentation to the Online Network of Independent Learning Professionals about blogging to build your business. This is specifically about what I have learned about blogging to build your reputation as a learning consultant over my 9+ years of blogging.

Elves, Measuring Results and Informal Learning

Tony Karrer

Brent and I have been having a nice blog discussion. Our previous posts discuss what should be measured: Intermediate Factors in Learning , Intermediate Factors - Impact Many Measure One. And we finally seem to be agreeing with one exception. And this exception relates closely to my earlier concern eLearning Technology: Informal Learning is Too Important to Leave to Chance.

Collaborative Learning Using Web 2.0 Tools - A Summary

Tony Karrer

€ When I originally conceived the course, I assumed that most attendees would know about Blogs, Wikis, etc. introducing 3 new technologies (blogs, BlogLines , wikis) at the same time is a bit much" "Specific introductory directions would have been helpful.” € "liked to have started the week with more background and knowledge on blogs and wikis. I think that we achieved a different kind of understanding around Blogs, Wikis, Discussion Groups, etc.

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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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 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.

A Decade of Experience at Kineo Pacific


Kineo Pacific was originally called 'The Flexible Learning Network' and was established by Nolen Smith back in January 2006, prior to becoming Kineo Pacific in 2010. Needless to say, the team has gained a wealth of experience in that time, and now with the acqusition of Nine Lanterns (who would've been 15 years old in January 2016), the proficiency, talent and knowledge of the team is second to none. .

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Blogging and Collaboration

Tony Karrer

world: Four phases of collaboration and After blogging - collaboration. One of the wonderful things about blogging has been the ease with which collaboration occurs. If you look at some of the posts around blogging from the LCB October Big Question and my summary: Top Ten Reasons To Blog and Top Ten Not to Blog , you can see the fear of blogging, fear of inequality, but the quick turnaround.

2006 and 2007 - Dump Microsoft Now and Best Posts of 2006

Tony Karrer

Doug Belshaw post of his "20 top blog posts of 2006" Doug's perspective is a bit different than mine, but the list was interesting to see. I'm curious what people in eLearning felt were the top posts of 2006? Stephen Downes provided a list of year-end wrap-ups that had several interesting posts.

Blogs and Community

Tony Karrer

I just read Nancy White's Blogs and Community – launching a new paradigm for online community? Truly a great article on how blogs build community. Her description of a topic centric community really helps you to think about the loose community network that gets created by blogs. The article also pointed me to a couple of interesting related pieces: What's Better to Build Community: Blogs or Forums? Compares conversation in blog world vs. forums.

September Blog Clean Up

Tony Karrer

As I've mentioned before ( eLearning Technology: Managing your RSS Feeds ), I go through a ritual every three months to add and remove blogs. You can see the blogs that are in my highest priority reading list and not quarantined in the list on the right. See also: eLearning Technology: eLearning Blogs - Quick Way to Find Good Ones. I also probably need to go through my blogs listed on the right to clean out some.


Common Questions and Some Thoughts Around Blogs and Blogging

Tony Karrer

I've had a brief blog conversation with Quintus Joubert - eLearning Blog: Blogs: Engaging the reader. It started when he questioned the blogs cited on Gabe's list of top 19 eLearning blogs as ( eLearning Blog: Top 19 eLearning blogs ). His post are good to look at as an example of some of the common questions that people new to the world of blogs have. Most people who write blogs do not feel they are "publishing" or "presenting".

Blogging to Peak in 2007?

Tony Karrer

I received a great set of questions via email over the weekend roughly coming out of a two articles: Gartner: Blogging to peak in 2007 , By Some Measures, Blogging May Be Peaking. By end of 2007, will those educators who would ever dabble in blogging have dabbled? And if so, where will that leave blogging as a tool for education? Will it only be used by educators that have kept up blogging. The form of it may or may not be a blog.

Informal Learning: Structuring a Blog

Kapp Notes

There is an interest question on the Learning Circuits blog that asks whether or not it is appropriate to write a book about informal learning. Informal learning tools like blogs still require formal structure and conventions or these informal tools will be utterly useless to learners within an organization or in an academic institution. The argument goes "if informal learning is so important, why use a formal structure, like a book, to describe its value?"

Blogs vs. Discussion Groups or Mis-Understanding Blog Reading and Blog Communities

Tony Karrer

What's been most enlightening for me is the "bad rap" that blogging gets from people who've probably only visited a few blogs and have been inundated with a general media bias against blogging. Below I've listed a few of the more interesting reasons that people don't like blogs: "you have to go there to 'pull' out information" Most people participating in blog reading and especially those participating in the blog community do so using an RSS Reader such as Bloglines.


Tom Haskins - The Beauty of Blogs

Tony Karrer

A must read post by Tom - I found it inside my blog reader! I need to figure out how to add it to my post: Top Ten Reasons To Blog and Top Ten Not to Blog

Elearning platforms meeting PENS standard makes online training easier


The PENS Standard was developed by the Aviation Industry Computer-Based-Training Committee ( AICC ) in 2006, and since then, it has grown in popularity because it makes uploading Sharable Content Object Reference Model ( SCORM ) content to an LMS a one-click process.


How Do People Interact with Blogs?

Tony Karrer

I think the comment is so good that I'm writing a blog post to respond to the comment. Thus, I'd hate for readers of my blog to miss out on something that I think is pretty interesting. Part of the issue is that I have only rudimentary stats on readership of my blog and I'm making some assumptions about how people read my blog and how they participate. Thus, most people do what I do: Most blog readers read entries in the RSS reader and never touch the blog.

Should all learning professionals be blogging?

Clive on Learning

Learning Circuits asks the question, should all learning professionals be blogging? Most learning professionals have never heard of blogs and, even if they have, they do not understand the concept, let alone their relevance as a learning tool. So let's suppose we overcome that one, surely the next step is for them to find blogs that interest them and start to read them. The next challenge will be to encourage learning professionals to comment on the blogs they read.

Pew Survey on Blogging - Training Professionals Far Behind

Tony Karrer

Found via Joho Blog - Pew has a new report on a national survey of bloggers and blogging ( PDF Link Directly ). Interesting information: Eight percent of internet users, or about 12 million American adults, keep a blog. Thirty-nine percent of internet users, or about 57 million American adults, read blogs - a significant increase since the fall of 2005. 99% Blogs - 2.5% CLO Magazine or a blog?

Move from Discussion Groups to World of Blogs?

Tony Karrer

That said, in one of the groups that is looking at whether to continue, I suggested that its members consider using blogging as an alternative. I then realized that over the past few months we've accumulated some pretty good resources on this topic: So, if you want to consider whether blogging and blog reading/commenting might make sense: Top Ten Reasons To Blog and Top Ten Not to Blog I found it inside my blog reader!

Perspective in Blogs (or how Guy Kawasaki almost ruined my blogging experience)

Tony Karrer

The other day I ran across Guy Kawasaki's Signum sine tinnitu blog. I've always enjoyed Guy's speaking so I spent some time on his blog (really good stuff), but then I ran across The First 100 Days: Observations of a Nouveau Blogger where he says: The more a blogger uses the pronoun "I,” the less he has to say. If you notice my first paragraph (which is fairly standard in my blog) it contains four "I"s.

More Good eLearning Related Blogs (and Various Notes)

Tony Karrer

You can see my September Blog Clean Up. If you know a good blog on eLearning that's not in my list on the right, I'd like to hear about it in a comment. Finally - as a note to the bloggers I just added to the list, one suggestion that I'd make to each of you (and to pretty much every blogger) is to add a Blog Guide (for first time visitors). Stephen Downes and Nancy White both think its a good idead too. :) Related post: Top Ten Reasons To Blog and Top Ten Not to Blog

Blogs, Automated Translations, and a Better Site Feed

Tony Karrer

You'll have to visit my blog to see this in action. Since I've found that about 30% of the links to my posts come from blogs in other languages, maybe this will be of value. I've certainly been using it to translate from other languages to English so I can see what people are saying relative to the topics in my blog. I would suggest that readers of this blog might want to change over to the FeedBurner feed to get these added functions: [link

LCB's Big Question - Should All Learning Professionals be Blogging?

Tony Karrer

Over on LCB , The Big Question for October has been posted: Should All Learning Professionals be Blogging? Corporate eLearning Professionals are Blogging More More corporate eLearning professionals are taking up blogging. A couple recent interesting blogs as examples are: In the Middle of the Curve - Good example post that I cite later: Fear of Blogging. And as you gain experience with blogs, you can start to gain experience with other Personal Learning Tools.

IBM Taps Employees for Innovation Using Blog Like Tools

Tony Karrer

To help with that, IT rolled out in October 2004 a so-called jam ­â€" a worldwide brainstorming session that Truskowski describes as "a blog on steroids.” It drew ideas from 33,000 employees, and IBM later implemented the top 35 suggestions as determined by an employee vote. On ComputerWorld, ran into an article IBM: Tapping Employee Brain Power you may find the print version easier to read (and on one page).

The LCB Big Question Reframed: Should More Learning Professionals Be Blogging?

Tony Karrer

Out of the original October 2006: Should All Learning Professionals Be Blogging? As Peter posted ( The Learning Circuits Blog: Community Net Worth ): Now that the first wave of bloggers and blog-readers have read the initial results both in the form of serious utterances, straw polls and comic reformulations (thanks, Tony for that refreshing exercise), whither go we? Including the suggestion - blog for a month (Karl Kapp). And where does blogging fit in?

Will Blogs, Wikis, RSS, Mashups be Used in Corporate eLearning?

Tony Karrer

I saw another post from Dave Boggs, Has The Blogging Trend Begun To Fade, Even Before It Ever Got Started In Corporate Training / e-Learning Environments? In this post, Dave unfortunately lumps together blogs, wikis, mashups, rss feed together (probably because eLearning 2.0 RSS and Blogs have much slower adoption. and web 2.0 often lump them together).

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: How to comment like a king (or queen!)

Tony Karrer

Great postL: Cool Cat Teacher Blog: How to comment like a king (or queen!) found via CrispyNews

The Learning Circuits Blog: DevLearn Handouts and A Success Story: Elearning and Instructional Design Musings

Tony Karrer

Whoops, yesterday I posted a link to my recent presentation on the wrong blog. You can find the post with my thoughts around a direct success story from the presentation on LCB at: The Learning Circuits Blog: DevLearn Handouts and A Success Story: Elearning and Instructional Design Musings and you can find my presentation at: What's Now and What's Next in e-Learning: Technologies and Practices edited 10/19 to remove the link to other handouts

Personal Publishing - Balance of Blog vs. PPT+Audio – Help Needed

Tony Karrer

I received a comment from Jesse Ezell that brings up an issue that I've been grappling with and I would love to get some input (comments) from everyone who reads this blog. But several people mentioned in the blog world that they liked Masie's piece. Around the general topic of What's Next in eLearning (or eLearning 2.0), I've created three presentations (one of which is recorded), written lots of blog posts, written an article (coming soon) and had lots of discussions.

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.

Something Everyone Should Do

Tony Karrer

The Learning Circuits Blog Question for December already is getting some really great posts. And then carve out 30-60 minutes to think through the questions: What will you remember most about 2006?

The big question for December

Clive on Learning

What will you remember most about 2006? For me, it will probably be my first complete year of blogging. I have learned absolutely masses from both the process of blogging and from the content of my colleagues' blogs. Learning Circuit's big questions for December are: 1.