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.

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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Making Intranet Discussion Groups Effective

Tony Karrer

An interesting article - 6 Steps to Effective Discussion Forums on your Intranet , but I don't necessarily agree with all of his ideas. Let me start with the first one, to have an effective discussion, you need critical mass. The problem for most forums starts (and ends) here. I don't remember where I read this, but several people have found a similar 100-10-1 metric for forums. Out of 100 people in the rough target audience, 10 will sign-up and read forums, 1 will contribute.

Tags, Search Effectiveness, Personal Benefits

Tony Karrer

So for me, it's not quite the folksonomy effect that most people talk about, but based on these articles, I'm starting to think that's what other people are finding as well A couple of interesting recent posts and my experience in my Collaborative Learning Class has me thinking about the usefulness of Tags both personally and in workgroups.

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Agile Microlearning Explained

Personalized training is a powerful and effective approach that assesses an individual’s. organizations—even though it was much more effective than. techniques, deliver an extremely effective adaptive microlearning solution. described by the spacing effect).

Something Everyone Should Do

Tony Karrer

We aren't sure what our foundational models are, we don't know if they are effective, we have few publicized alternatives and we have new technology thrown at us at break-neck speed. And then carve out 30-60 minutes to think through the questions: What will you remember most about 2006?

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Check Out BrainPOP

Kapp Notes

Can you develop one for handling customer objections, creating an effective email, or safely operating a piece of equipment? __ Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide

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

Kapp Notes

technologies comfortably and effectively. 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.

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

Kapp Notes

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). There are video game based learning tools for a variety of topics including Algebra and Spanish.

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Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Learning Spanish in a Game

Kapp Notes

It is an interesting and effective approach. In addition to being in Algebra (see Algebra Game ), my 12 year old son is also in a Spanish Class.

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Blogcast from Bloomsburg: Leveraging Optimal Software Training

Kapp Notes

The training they create are e-learning modules that emulate the software system but they use those modules in class to make the training easier and more effective for the learners sitting in class.

Adoption of Web 2.0 and eLearning 2.0 Revisited

Tony Karrer

Tools to Make Reading & Research More Effective and Personal and Group Learning Using Web 2.0 A consistent pattern in our response to new technologies is we simultaneously overestimate the short-term impact and underestimate the long-term impact. -

Learning Design in a Nut Shell

Tony Karrer

In fact, the Art of Learning Design is dealing with the variability of the myriad of performance needs, considerations and possible delivery models and tools; working through the combinations; to arrive at a delivery pattern that will be effective.

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Future Platforms for eLearning

Tony Karrer

Collaboration will be part of the environment, but we'll still be struggling with getting collaboration to work effectively as part of the system - so we'll still underuse those features. The recent article by Dion Hinchcliffe - Blogs, wikis, and Web 2.0

Beta Program, Email List, Acquisition - A Case Study in What Not to Do

Tony Karrer

The Product Team Jan 6, 2006 Any word on the Beta? Apr 11, 2006 Any word on the Beta? Apr 11, 2006 I received an email about registering for the Beta from the new company. Apr 11, 2006 I had the same experience. May 22, 2006 On the new company's blog, it says that the product is in full beta, and that they have already received feedback. May 22, 2006 I believe that the prior Beta program is gone. May 23, 2006 Abandoning their products is pretty easy.

Facilitating Adoption of Web 2.0 Tools

Tony Karrer

Tools to Make Reading & Research More Effective Personal and Group Learning Using Web 2.0 Nancy White just posted Second Wave Adoption where she discusses various aspects of helping adoption of Web 2.0 type approaches. This is definitely an interesting question and something I've written about before: eLearning Technology: Adoption of Web 2.0 and eLearning 2.0 Revisited Enterprise 2.0 - What's the PU? Web 2.0

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Managing your RSS Feeds

Tony Karrer

Tools to Make Reading & Research More Effective My basic strategy is: Quarantine Folders I create a "Trying Out" folder for each three month span. 2006" and "Trying Out - Nov. 2006". 2006". Coming back from my vacation, I realized that I needed to go through a clean up exercise again on my RSS feeds. It turned out to work pretty well for me this time around because I have been following the advice I've seen a couple of places: Controlling RSS Overload.

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Peer Review vs. Search Engine Places - Quality of Information in a Web 2.0 Sources

Tony Karrer

6 (November/December 2006): 12-13 - Scholarly Reputations: Who's Got Buzz? The effect may not be rational but it is increasingly true, regardless of whether the work is otherwise associated with any peer-reviewed process. Interesting article from EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 41, no.

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

Definitions: Alternatives to the ADDIE Instructional Design Model

Kapp Notes

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. Check them out and see if you can broaden your thoughts on the topic of designing effective instruction.

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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? Not sure I can capture these differences effectively - it's just a "feel" right now. we've seen some pretty amazing discussion. But, we've also reached an interesting point.

Q&A - eLearning Standards Especially SCORM

Tony Karrer

6, 2006: Judy Brown has left her long time position, but the good news is that she is writing a blog - SCORM Watch. And - Suresh Susarla, the Business Analyst in the Workforce ADL Co-Lab at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee, asks important questions to determine whether you need SCORM: Do you need to control learner access to courseware, track learner progress, or monitor the effectiveness of your e-learning content?

Definitions: ABCD Objectives

Kapp Notes

Here is how to create an effective Learning Objective. While objectives can be stated and developed using a variety of techniques, one of the most effective methods is to state an objective using the ABCD format The ABCD format is an acronym representing the words, audience, behavior, condition, and degree. A behavior like “understand how to sell a product” is not effective because “understanding” is difficult to measure.

Using Moodle to deliver self financing courses

Moodle Journal

As this will effectively be a trial, I have given the course for free in return for a comprehensive feedback and review. 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.

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More on Changes to ISD, ADDIE, HPT

Tony Karrer

is having a fundamental effect on software development and software developers are in the same state as ID folks. Interesting blog discussion going on that relates back to LCB's November Big Question (you can find my earlier summation ). Part of the discussion is Where Will the Change Come From? and reading the comments on the post: If You Believe It's Broken - How Do You Change Our Industry/Models/etc? is interesting. As is Tom's post: Providing a change model.

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Collaborative Learning Using Web 2.0 Tools - A Summary

Tony Karrer

€ "In order for the class to be effective I would be charging up front. While it's nice to try to leave things open, it may be more effective to be somewhat dictatorial. However, most of the participants felt that pairs/teams were more effective. Background Over the past six weeks, I've been leading a course: Collaborative Learning Using Web 2.0 / eLearning 2.0

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

Kapp Notes

I suggest you get yourself a copy and read it while thinking about how powerful and effective games are for teaching and molding behavior. 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.

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IBM Bloggers - A Lengthy List - But No Worries

Tony Karrer

I've found that if they are blogging about topics that I'm interested in, the natural network effect of blogs will eventually get me there. (Or I've been reading Luis Suarez's blog for a while, and he just had an interesting post that pointed me to IBM's BlogRoll. While lots of the blogs listed there have interesting technical topics, I don't have the time to examine them each. but I'm not worried.

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Design: Behaviorism Has It’s Place

Kapp Notes

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. 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.

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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Web 2.0 Tools, Networks and Community (Individuals vs. Collective)

Tony Karrer

And, I don't believe that this connection effect will stop with blogging. This has had an interesting effect of establishing closer ties within the blogger network. Nancy just created a post out of an article and presentation that I had linked to before: Full Circle Online Interaction Blog: Blogs and Community - launching a new paradigm for online community? This is an interesting piece that made me think about the new landscape created by Web 2.0 tools.

Guy Kawasaki - Art of Panels

Tony Karrer

Panels where the speakers just show up and answer questions often end up rambling and not nearly as effective as panels where speakers are prepared for introductory discussions and context setting. Good post by Guy - The Art of Panels.

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IBM Bloggers - A Lengthy List - But No Worries

Tony Karrer

I've found that if they are blogging about topics that I'm interested in, the natural network effect of blogs will eventually get me there. (Or I've been reading Luis Suarez's blog for a while, and he just had an interesting post that pointed me to IBM's BlogRoll. While lots of the blogs listed there have interesting technical topics, I don't have the time to examine them each. but I'm not worried.

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Rapid and Really Rapid eLearning

Tony Karrer

What's interesting about this is that we see this same kind of effect with Wikis that allow us to post content at the click of a button on a site. I ran across a link to an article on Learning Circuits - Rapid E-Learning Grows Up and I apologize, because I can't remember where I found this link. While the author, Joe Fournier, and I share some opinions, I think we differ a bit on where things are heading longer-term. Let me walk through this.

Design: Creating Questions for Compliance Training

Kapp Notes

This approach to compliance training would be far more effective than our current models. 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).

Significant Work Needed to Help Instructional Designers

Tony Karrer

models like ISD, if used creatively, can help produce highly effective learning programs. The November LCB Big Question was "Are ISD / ADDIE / HPT relevant in a world of rapid elearning, faster time-to-performance, and informal learning?" I was planning to try to write up a summary at some point (similar to last month's eLearning Technology: Top Ten Reasons To Blog and Top Ten Not to Blog ), but I must say this month it was a lot harder.

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Beyond Search - REAP

Tony Karrer

Tools to Make Reading & Research More Effective This feels like the most important battleground in learning how to learn via Jack Vinson's post Knowledge workers do more than search , found the article: Beyond Search is REAP. The point is that searching is really just the beginning for most activities. From the post: Beyond Search is REAP - Retrieve, Extract, Arrange, Present.

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