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WEB COURSEWORKS  ASTD ICE 2009 -Impressions
| THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2009
I’ll confess that I may not have been at the ASTD conference every day this past week, but I do have some impressions of the event I’d like to share. I was pleasantly surprised at the large turn-out (unofficial estimates are somewhere around 8,000), which was comprised of a large contingent of international attendees and probably a good amount of people networking for a job. This was my first visit to ICE since the DotCom Era.
CLIVE ON LEARNING  E-Learning Debate 2009
| WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
Today saw a tremendous gathering of the who's who of UK learning technologies in the historic debating chamber of the Oxford Union. Many thanks must go to e-learning developers Epic for putting together this event and allowing their own industry to be placed under the microscope. The motion was as follows: "This house believes that the e-learning of today is essential for the important skills of tomorrow." " Needless to say this wording is open to all sorts of interpretations.
TONY KARRER  2009 Top Posts and Topics
| TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009
It’s interesting at the end of the year to go back through blog posts to see what my Best of 2009 is. I’ll also do a post similar to my post last year 2008 2009 that will look at my 12 eLearning Predictions for 2009. But for now, let me just focus on my Best of 2009. Discussion Forums for Knowledge Sharing at Capital City Bank eLearning Portal Integration Data Driven Notable Topics for 2009 Work Skills and Knowledge Work Work Skills Keeping Up?
THE E-LEARNING CURVE  Learning Professionals’ Skills 2.0 – Learning Circuits Big Question July 2009
| THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2009
This month's Learning Circuits Blog Big Question is. In a Learning 2.0 world, where learning and performance solutions take on a wider variety of forms and where churn happens at a much more. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more. skills development Learning Circuits Blog Big Question Learning Professional
THE E-LEARNING CURVE  E-Learning Tools List - Top 10 for 2009
| FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2009
Every year Jane Hart – owner and proprietor of the estimable Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies website asks learning professionals to submit their Top 10 E-Learning Tools for the. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more.
RAPID ELEARNING  Over 100 Free Handwritten Fonts
| TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2009
One of the questions I’m asked the most is, “What font are you using?” And it’s usually asked when I’ve used a handwritten font. That’s because handwritten fonts really stand out from the font crowd. Many of you are stuck with the default computer fonts. So you end up with elearning courses that all use the same familiar fonts. When you do want a font that’s less formal, you’re kind of stuck with comic sans, and we all know how much people like comic sans.
CLIVE ON LEARNING  The Big Question: Predictions for 2009
| MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
The Learning Circuits Blog Big Question for January asks what are your challenges, plans and predictions for 2009? Here are my offerings: Challenges Keeping innovation and change on the agenda when all anyone's interested in is survival. Keeping the income flowing in when spending on external contractors could take a hit. Plans I want to finish my project Learning in all Contexts , which has been on the back burner too long.
LEARNING WITH E'S  Weapon of mass detraction
| THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2009
It became a phenomenon in 2009. Galper was keynote speaker at the High Ed Web 2009 conference held in Milwaukee, USA earlier in the year. Expo (danah boyd) The great keynote meltdown of 2009 (Michael Fienen) Image source (edited) Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's. No, not Twitter. I'm talking about the use of Twitter as a weapon of mass detraction - as a means of heckling keynote speakers at conferences.
TONY KARRER  Hot List - April 1, 2009 to April 11, 2009
| MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2009
Top 100 eLearning Items - eLearning Technology , April 7, 2009 Interesting that my own post got the top spot. My top ten tips for getting started with eLearning: - Ignatia Webs , April 6, 2009 It ain’t always easy to dive into eLearning. Building Better Learning Games - Learning Visions , April 9, 2009 Interested in building casual games for your learners? Don't Waste Your Time , April 1, 2009 This has been brewing for some time now.
EXPERIENCING ELEARNING  My Top Ten Tools for Learning 2009
| THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009
As of January 2009, Sakai is our LMS, a great improvement over our previous system. I’m updating my Top Ten Tools for Learning for Jane Hart’s Top 100 list. I decided this year that I wouldn’t look at my 2007 or 2008 lists first and would just start fresh. I’m also organizing my list into tools for personal learning and for developing courses. Personal Learning.
LEARNING VISIONS  Top Nine Posts of 2009
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2009
Building Better Learning Games My live blogged notes from an April 2009 webinar with Enspire learning. From January 2009, in which I get Karl Kapp’s goat ;) 5. I wrote this one back in June 2009 and it does seem to be the year of Moodle. The eLearning Guild’s 2009 LMS report certainly agrees , and by evidence of the number of corporate Moodle projects we’ve worked on this year at Kineo the tipping point seems to have arrived. Why not ten? I don’t know.
TONY KARRER  Learned about Learning in 2009
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2009
And as part of this, I’ve been taking advantage of: 2009 Predictions How Did I Do? 2009 Top Posts and Topics , Top 125 Workplace eLearning Posts of 2009 and just running through my blog posts for the year. 2009 has continued that effort. And many of my 2009 Top Posts and Topics are related to exactly this. However, during 2009, I had a bit of an aha moment. was considered a hot term in 2007 and 2008, but not in 2009.
LEARNING VISIONS  Cammy Beans Learning Visions: My Top Ten Tools for 2009
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 My Top Ten Tools for 2009 Cammys Top 10 Tools of 2009 These are my favorite tools in support of my own learning adventures. ASTD TechKnowledge 2010 #tk10 ▼ 2009 (87) ► December (6) ► November (11) ► October (10) ► September (7) ► August (4) ► July (5) ► June (6) ► May (10) ▼ April (6) Games for the Six and Under Crowd (iPod Touch/iPho.
LEARNING WITH E'S  Here's to the crazy ones
| THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2009
Are you considered a little crazy? Are your ideas looked on with scorn, or with mild amusement? Well, don't give up. Twice I have come across the same quote today, in two different versions, and I now think that someone, somewhere is trying to tell me something. So I share it here with you.
LEARNING WITH E'S  A Web 2.0 wonderland
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2009
Instead of simply recommending some Web 2.0 tools to you in the traditional way, I thought I would do something different. It's the festive season after all, and if that's not a licence for a bit of fun, then what is? So here are the links to some tools some of you already know about and may have been using for some time, and perhaps a few tools you have not heard of, or would like to try out. Many more Web 2.0 tools can be found with links on the Go2Web20 Website.
TONY KARRER  Selling Learning Communities – Not Everyone Will or Wants a Group Hug
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2009
Jack Merklein from Xerox Global Services did a really great presentation at LearnTrends 2009 entitled - Common tools for Diverse Communities at Xerox Global Services. You can find the LearnTrends 2009 Recording including Jack’s presentation. A few follow-up thoughts. Jack is responsible for the development, care and tools for learning communities and knowledge sharing initiatives. In practice this means a lot of different things and across many different learning communities.
ADOBE CAPTIVATE  Collaborative learning using Captivate and Twitter
| FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2009
I’ve finally managed make a decent recording of my session at the Adobe Learning Summit. The session was titled ‘Collaborative learning using Captivate and Twitter’- and showcases a new idea around how we believe Captivate courses of the future can help bridge the gap between 'Classroom based training' and eLearning. Follow this link to view the demo (runs 18 mins). This makes use of a Captivate widget that we will be sharing with you in the near future.
KAPP NOTES  Learning in 3D Summer 2009: Class Five
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2009
Scripting tips from Matt. This week's class was a whirl wind of different platforms. We started in Second Life and then we went to ProtoSphere and then to Centra and then back to Second Life. We visited the Genome project and the Particle Laboratory in Second Life, both great places and then we went into ProtoSphere to check it out and then we went to learn a little about scripting in Centra and then we went into Second Life to do some scripting.
KAPP NOTES  Learning in 3D Summer 2009: Class Four
| WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2009
Class visits the Holocaust Museum in Second Life. This class consisted of three different parts. The first part we visited the exhibit at the US Holocaust Museum. The interactive nature of the exhibit and the interactions of the avatars with the exhibit made it a great educational place to visit. Holocaust Museum has some really well done effectives like fire and falling glass. We then had guest speaker Heather Gee. Heather provided a great tutorial on how to build a building within Second Life.
KAPP NOTES  Learning in 3D Summer 2009: Class Three
| WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2009
Experimenting with building in SL. This class was a blended class, as I am travelling in AZ, I recorded the first part of the session as an asynchronous class which students listened to before attending the "live" session. The recording discussed Learning Archetypes and using the ADDIE model to create instruction. The presentation below combines last night's class with some concepts (like the Tony O'Driscoll's Seven Sensibilities) that we covered in other classes.
KAPP NOTES  Learning in 3D Summer 2009: Class Two
| TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009
Border crossing created in Second Life for use at Loyalist College. This class began with a tour of the border patrol work done by Ken Hudson and others at Loyalist College. It took a while but we were able to get everyone assembled and then toured the area and where able to see both the automobile crossing and the location used for air transportation training as well. Impressive. Here is a video about the project at Loyalist.
KAPP NOTES  Learning in 3D Summer 2009: Class One
| WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2009
Getting the class together in SL. Recently, we had our first summer class of the course "Learning in 3D," the class focuses on how to create 3D learning spaces and how to use those spaces effectively to promote learning and to leverage the wonderful attributes of 3D. First we talked about different levels of Gamers (Game 1.0-4.0). To find out what level gamer you are, consider playing Gamer Rater.
TONY KARRER  Open Source LMS
| THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2009
Open Source life, LMSs beyond Moodle - Learning Rocks , December 18, 2008 The Right Way To Go About Open Source LMS - Upside Learning Blog , October 23, 2009 The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point? Learning Visions , June 26, 2009 Concerning Open Source, LMSs and SCORM: Correcting Some Common Misconceptions - The E-Learning Curve , October 19, 2009 To open source or not? MinuteBio , June 12, 2009 Moodle! -
TONY KARRER  12 eLearning Predictions for 2009
| MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
In my post, 2008 2009 - written in December 2008, I looked at how well I did in those predictions, and my results were pretty good, not perfect. Some training will still be preferred face to face such as when team building or in-person soft skills are important, but 2009 will be the year when we realize that we should be justifying any in-person training. 2009 is going to be a big year for this issue. Last year I laid out in January my Ten Predictions for eLearning 2008.
E-LEARNING PROVOCATEUR  Business applications of Twitter
| THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2009
Earlier this week, I attended a Twitter Camp billed Twitter is not for dummies. I had the privilege of facilitating one of the breakout sessions, which focused on the business applications of Twitter. We discussed a range of issues around this topic, and we generated some really bright ideas that I feel are worth pursuing in the corporate sector. Some of the ideas specifically relate to e-learning, while others may fall more comfortably into other portfolios.
TONY KARRER  2008 2009
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2008
It's always interesting to look back at the past year - 2008, think about what has changed for me during the year, and think about what that means for the next year - 2009. In my Ten Predictions for eLearning 2008 , my last prediction was: Prediction #10 => Knowledge Worker Skills - Just Beginning in 2008, Big in 2009 The discussion of knowledge work skills is going to be BIG. We won't hear much this year, but in 2009, this will be something you'll hear in a big way.
WILL AT WORK LEARNING  Will at Work Learning: Myths the Business Side Has About Learning: Result of Data Gathering
| SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2009
About Search This Blog Web Notable Books Sponsoring Ads (vT1) Tracker Sponsoring Ads (vG2) « Performance Support for High-Stress Situations | Main | Famous Measuring-Training Story from Neil Rackham » Friday, 23 January 2009 Myths the Business Side Has About Learning: Result of Data Gathering I've been gathering a list of Myths that the Business Side Has about Learning. link] Posted by: Dan R | Saturday, 24 January 2009 at 05:57 AM Very useful will.
TONY KARRER  Curator Editor Research Opportunities on eLearning Learning
| THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2009
This results in posts such as: LearnTrends - Sound - Best of eLearning Learning Design - Knowing Doing Gap - Best of eLearning Learning Camtasia - LMS - LCMS - Best of eLearning Learning August 2009 These posts are sent via email to people who have subscribed to the Best Of. eLearning Learning continues to improve, but I'm hoping to find people who want to work with me to make it even better.
UPSIDE LEARNING  Does your organization need a Chief Learning Officer?
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009
Innovation in eLearning | Upside Learning CIPD Learning and Development Survey 2009. Upside Learning sponsored the inaugural CLO Summit India at the end of last week. My partner Amit Gautam and I attended the summit and came back satisfied with the level of participation seen at this inaugural summit. Overall we felt it was a great inaugural event that pulled in some respected names to speak. There were some equally respected names in the audience too.
MAKING CHANGE  Why you want to focus on actions, not learning objectives » Making Change
| WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2009
Pop quiz! What do these people need to do? Put out the fire. Describe the techniques used to extinguish a fire. What does this woman need to do to stay in business? Sell flowers. Explain the principles of the flower-selling process. This young man wants you to give him money. Which objective are you more likely to fund? Build a home for a displaced family in Sudan. Describe how to build a home for a displaced family in Sudan. Learning objectives are wimpy.
TONY KARRER  Social Software Adoption
| MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2009
Dion Hinchcliffe declared 2009 - The year of the shift to Enterprise 2.0. You can find all sorts of interesting resources via eLearning Learning around Adoption. Not surprising, the terms most closely associated with Adoption are Adoption of Social Software and Adoption of Enterprise 2.0. There are some great resources on this such as: Ten tips for choosing & using social software Adoption of Web 2.0 and eLearning 2.0
BOZARTHZONE  Alternatives to Kirkpatrick
| SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2009
While the Kirkpatrick taxonomy is something of a sacred cow in training circles—and much credit goes to Donald Kirkpatrick for being the first to attempt to apply intentional evaluation to workplace training efforts—it is not the only approach. Apart from being largely atheoretical and ascientific (hence, 'taxonomy', not 'model' or 'theory'), several critics find the Kirkpatrick taxonomy seriously flawed.
THE ELEARNING COACH  Learner Personas for eLearning
| MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009
One thing we can learn from the field of User Experience design is how to create user personas , better known as learner personas in the world of eLearning. Personas are well-developed profiles of audience member groups for whom we are designing a course. These audience groups are prototypes of learners in your target audience that share common characteristics, such as their training goals, job responsibilities, educational background or skill level.
TONY KARRER  Business of Learning
| MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2009
The challenges for publishers has been well documented: From Terrible to Terrifying : “The stats show that total newspaper ad sales dropped by an unprecedented 28.28% in the first quarter of 2009, a deep plunge that represents a loss of more than $2.6 This is a very strange time. While increasing amount of concept work and the pace of change puts a premium on learning, the business of learning faces an incredibly difficult time.
LEARNING VISIONS  Cammy Beans Learning Visions: eLearning Guild 2009 Salary Report
| WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2009
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 eLearning Guild 2009 Salary Report Check out the 2009 salary report from the eLearning Guild. ASTD TechKnowledge 2010 #tk10 ▼ 2009 (87) ► December (6) ► November (11) ► October (10) ► September (7) ► August (4) ► July (5) ► June (6) ► May (10) ► April (6) ► March (9) ► February (4) ▼ January (9) Do Instructional Design Degrees Get "Wasted"?
UPSIDE LEARNING  The Right Way To Go About Open Source LMS
| FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2009
As responses to a recent post where I listed f ive things not to do while selecting an LMS I received a couple of queries about using an Open Source LMS, customizing it to suit the requirements and if it is advisable to do so. There were also questions around the best approach to use an open source LMS and on how to estimate the amount of maintenance such might require on an ongoing basis.
JAY CROSS  eLearning is not the answer
| FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2009
eLearning is not a big cost-cutter. Corporations are flocking to eLearning for all the wrong reasons. It’s cheaper: no travel, no facilities cost, no instructor salaries. This sort of fanciful thinking tripped up eLearning ten years ago. In that first wave of eLearning, venture capitalists and the learning industry saw fortunes to be made by replacing instructors with computers. It didn’t work. Clive Shepard wrote about this a few months back.
TONY KARRER  Top 20 Posts for Q1 2009
| MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2009
Twitter as Personal Learning and Work Tool 12 eLearning Predictions for 2009 eLearning Conferences Tool Set 2009 Remote Collaboration Better Memory Share Best Practices – Patterns Information Radar How long does it take to select an LMS? One of the best things about having kids is getting a Spring Break with them. I'm fortunate enough to be doing that this week.
UPSIDE LEARNING  Mobile Learning in India
| SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2009
Six in ten people (more than 4 billion individuals) around the world are carrying a powerful computing device in their pockets and purses. They don’t realize it, but today’s mobile phones have the computing power of a personal computer from the mid-nineties, while consuming a fraction of the energy and are made at significantly lower cost.
RAPID ELEARNING  7 Tips for Better E-Learning Scenarios
| TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009
Tidbits: Next week, I’ll be in Washington DC at the ASTD 2009 International Conference & Exposition. In a previous post, we looked at how you can make your elearning courses more effective and engaging by getting your learners to pull the course content rather than you just pushing it out to them. A great way to create a pull-type course is build it around problem-solving scenarios.
ELEARNING CYCLOPS  Reflecting on 2009's Posts - Big Question
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009
December's Big Question at the Learning Circuits blog is "What did you learn about learning in 2009," but they also suggest looking at your top 2009 posts for "aha moments." So, here are my top ten 2009 posts according my blog's best of list found through eLearningLearning. I cannot speak about what I learned without mentioning that in 2009 my employer (Provident Bank) was acquired another bank.
-  TRUST – if L&D is to have any impact, it's vital
Trust is very important in our lives. As children we put our trust in our parents. As we grew we learned to make decisions regarding when we should trust and when we should be more circumspect. When we start a new job or project we spend time figuring out who we can turn to for advice, who we can trust, and whose advice we need to double-check. With the rise of the networked society and the increasing use of social networking tools, trust is probably on our minds every day.
-  What Does a 21st Century L&D Department Look Like?
A month ago, on April 21, Jay Cross at learntrends co-ordinated a round-the-globe series of online conversations on how learning can impact performance in organisations. Starting on the US West Coast and ending somewhere east of New Zealand, these virtual conversations opened up a whole Pandora’s Box of issues around the challenges and opportunities that learning & development faces if it is to really have an impact of organisational effectiveness.
-  Accountability for Business Results
UK politicians have been in the spotlight over the past few weeks with their creative use of the parliamentary allowance scheme. Flipping” was one common way that some found to maximise their allowance income. This involved declaring one of their homes - either in their constituency or in London closer to the House of Commons - as their main residence, then claiming all manner of expenses against their second home. Then they’d “flip” and claim expenses on the other house.
ID REFLECTIONS  Social network begins where google search stops!
| THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2009
ID REFLECTIONS  About Declarative and Procedural Knowledge and the Expert-Novice Divide
| SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2009
I have been reading the book Telling Ain’t Training by Harold D. Stolovitch and Erica J. Keeps, a combined ASTD and ISPI publication. This is a must read for all trainers, performance analysts, and learners. This is a short, seemingly easy read but packed with practical advice, analytical insights and great suggestions from these experienced trainers. I have planned to document a few points in my blog for future reference and to capture my reaction to the book as I read it.
ID REFLECTIONS  Informal Learning: People can train you but they can't "learn" you.
| FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2009
As always, Jay Cross gets his points across in a langugae all can understand, identify with, apply. Some key points: Informal learning vs. formal learning 1. Informal learning is never over. Its going on all the time. Formal learning has a fixed goal, syllabus and usually ends with some recognition. You know when its over. More than 80% of learning in the workplace is informal learning. Social networks are vital to informal learning.
RAPID ELEARNING  How to Create E-Learning Courses That Don’t Waste Your Learner’s Time - The Rapid eLearning Blog
| MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2009
EXPERIENCING ELEARNING  CCK09: Connectivism and Constructivism
| THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
Magnetix. This was written as a comment on April Hayman’s post comparing Legos and Magnetix as metaphors for constructivism and connectivism. One of her readers, Plain_Gillian, said she was struggling to verbalize the difference between the two learning theories. My response is below, but you should go check out the original post and discussion there too. I think the table comparing learning theories to connectivism is a good way to start.
-  The eLearning Singularity or The Inevitable Evolution of eLearning Development
Or we look back at 2009 and reflect. Its that time of year again where everyone wants to know what's coming up in 2010. Both are excellent practices, but I think everyone has pretty much covered all of the bases. If you can't find any, then just leave me a comment and I'll see what I can find for you. This might not be much of a look into 2010 but I definitely feel a new trend. I'm not even sure what to call it.
TONY KARRER  Leave A Comment
| WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2009
Blogs are all about conversation. I just saw a post that explained to readers how to leave a comment, and I thought that might be a good idea to have that post as well and it would be a nice addition to the content in my First Time Visitor's Guide. Please, if you have thoughts or questions on one of my posts leave a comment. It shows me that you care. That it inspired a thought or a question. I learn a tremendous amount from the comments on my blog. So, please, please, leave a comment.
TONY KARRER  Corporate Training
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2009
Jay Cross - father of the Informal Learning Flow has been doing some great writing recently that look at the future of corporate training. His recent posts make me really think (that's good) but also make me wonder. How many people really have the opportunity to pursue the Future of Corporate Training? More on this below. But first some context. Courseware and Broader eLearning Jay's post eLearning is not the Answer : Corporations are flocking to eLearning for all the wrong reasons.
UPSIDE LEARNING  eLearning Development: 4 Tech Considerations When Using Videos
| TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2009
With increasing bandwidths and better compression techniques available, use of videos in Flash platform based eLearning courses is on the rise. However, often we find videos not being used optimally. This could leave your learners with a bad experience. Here are a few technical aspects to keep in mind when working with videos. Please do share any others that you may know in comments area. Choosing source video.
UPSIDE LEARNING  HTML 5 and eLearning Development
| THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2009
A couple of weeks back we posted about Silverlight posing some (at this time, actually little) competition to Flash. Now we have HTML 5 coming up – this makes the race hotter. Or does it? Those of you have heard of HTML 5 will know it’s a new version of HTML and XHTML being promoted by Google and Apple in a bid to move the web away from proprietary technologies like Flash, Silverlight and JavaFX. It makes HTML more powerful by adding new elements like video and audio.
SKILFUL MINDS  SharePoint is not Enterprise 2.0 or Social Networking " Skilful Minds
| SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2009
The title for this post is drawn from a recent assessment of SharePoint 2007 offered on Thomas Vander Wal's bog, Personal InfoCloud. Thomas' post, as always, offers a unique point of view on what Enterprise 2.0 consists and, specifically, how SharePoint measures up. He isn't offering his own formal assessment as much as reporting the stories clients and potential clients shared with him over the past couple of years.
FROM THE COLEFACE  2009: the year of bad measurement?
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
However, what we will see in 2009 is even more pressure being exerted on L&D departments and suppliers alike to get more from less. So my tip for a trend to watch in 2009 is bad measurement…and lots of it. Having been at Learning Technologies, I got the sense that the e-learning industry is maturing to the point where there’s little radically new.
LEARNING WITH E'S  Dialectical innit?
| SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 2009
Well let's have a little New Year's fun shall we.? There is an absolutely hilarious app available called The Dialectizer which turns any web site text content into. Elmer Fudd, Swedish Chef (remember the Muppets?), Jive talk, Redneck or. yeah Cockney, innit? Below is a blog post of mine from New Year's day which has been dialectized into Cockney.
CLARK QUINN  Seed, feed, & weed
| THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
In my presentation yesterday, I was talking about how to get informal learning going. As many have noted, it’s about moving from a notion of being a builder, handcrafting (or mass-producing) solutions, to being a facilitator, nurturing the community to develop it’s own capabilities. Jay Cross talks about the learnscape , while I term it the performance ecosystem.
RAPID ELEARNING  5 Common Visual Design Mistakes
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2009
I was working with a student intern the other day. We reviewed his first attempt at a rapid elearning course. For this review, we focused on the course’s visual design. Overall, he did a great job, especially for someone just starting out. However, he made some mistakes that are common to many of the courses I see. I thought I’d do a quick rundown of what they are and provide some tips on how to prevent them. Not Considering the Impact of the Visual Design.
LEARNING VISIONS  My Top Ten Tools for 2009
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009
Cammy's Top 10 Tools of 2009 These are my favorite tools in support of my own learning adventures. Google Reader It's how I stay informed on the latest blog posts and news. Used to be my first stop in the morning after email, although that's recently changed. Now I stop first at Twitter. Tweetdeck I'm officially hooked to Twitter and use Tweetdeck to organize and group those I follow. My best column: eLearning, of course!
JAY CROSS  Informal Learning 2.0
| FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2009
Published in Chief Learning Officer, August 2009. Effectiveness – Jay Cross. Informal Learning 2.0. Jay Cross. In the world of business, the era of networks is crowding out the Industrial Age. Network connections are replacing rigidity with flexibility, penetrating internal boundaries and silos and obliterating the walls that have separated businesses from their customers.
LEARNING VISIONS  eLearning Guild 2009 Salary Report
| WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2009
Check out the 2009 salary report from the eLearning Guild. Brent Schlenker asks, " Are you making over $78k as an elearning professional?" Want more? Here's an older post of mine on salaries for instructional designers.
THE LEARNING CIRCUITS  Learning 2009
| TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009
The Big Question for December is: What did you learn about learning in 2009? We are going to continue a tradition in the Big Question. If you are a blogger, I would highly recommend taking this as an opportunity to go back through your blog posts over the year and looking for any "aha moments" or highlight the posts that you think were the best/most interesting.
THE ELEARNING COACH  Characteristics of Adult Learners
| MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2009
When it comes to learning, adults are not over sized children. Maturity brings unique characteristics that affect how adults are motivated to learn. By appealing to the unique qualities of adult learners, we can design more effective and motivating online courses. Here’s a list of generalized characteristics common to many but not all adult learners. Autonomy. Adults typically prefer a sense of control and self-direction. They like options and choice in their learning environment.
THE ELEARNING COACH  Reality eLearning
| FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2009
We have reality tv and virtual reality, so why not reality eLearning? I don’t mean in the visual sense, but in terms of cognition. Learning in the workplace is created to improve and enhance job performance. So workplace learning should include a strong dose of reality to prepare learners for the varied situations that arise during work. As far as I can tell, reality is fluid. It warps, it changes, it flows, it halts, it screeches and surprises.
RAPID ELEARNING  The Project Management Tip You Can’t Ignore
| TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2009
The following week, I’ll be at DevLearn 2009 in San Jose. Managing elearning projects requires good communication between the instructional designers and subject matter experts. In most cases, this communication happens via email. Thus, better email communication ultimately leads to better project management, which most likely means better elearning courses. At a recent ASTD conference, I ran into Mike Song , the author of The Hamster Revolution.
JOITSKE HULSEBOSCH ELEARNING  I want to facilitate online discussions but how do I choose the right platform?
| SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2009
Photo: participants in our workhshop on online facilitation In many situations non-ICT specialists want to organise some online conversations and are looking for a good online space. A discussion forum functionality is key for this purpose, other things are nice to have but often blur the decision about the forum to choose. Situation 1 : You're looking for an online platform for your sailing club or for your family to prepare for the yearly family reunion.
ELEARNING BROTHERS  Is Classroom Training More Credible than Online Training?
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2009
Recently at a round-table discussion about eLearning in the Commercial Lending industry an interesting point surfaced periodically: “Why is classroom training perceived as being more credible than online training?. I think that this varies a bit by industry (and commercial banking is not known to be pioneers in the latest technology) but many people believe that classroom training is the “best way.
ELEARNING WEEKLY  Basic mLearning with BlackBerries
| SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2009
I’ve spent the past few weeks figuring out how to design and deploy content that can be accessed on BlackBerry phones. I’ve run into some obstacles, but overall it’s been a good experience. I thought I’d share my adventures here and talk about some of the speed bumps I encountered (to hopefully save you some time and frustration).
ELEARNING CYCLOPS  LearnTrends 2009 Archive Videos Now Available
| FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2009
If you were not able to attend this past week's LearnTrends Conference, they have recorded the sessions and made them available at the link below. link] The sessions were wonderful. Thank you to everyone who put it together. I learned quite a bit during these 3 days and plan to visit the recordings of the few sessions I was unable to attend. Social Media ISD m-Learning e-Learning
TONY KARRER  eLearning Learning – March 1 – 15 2009
| THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2009
Here are the top items via eLearning Learning.
KAPP NOTES  Fall 2009 Corporate Advisory Event Starts Today
| WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009
Today marks the beginning of one of my favorite events of the year. Our annual Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) event. This is an event where students of instructional technology have a conference with professionals in the field where they can learn, exchange ideas and select students for jobs and internships. It is a great win-win event.
LEARNING WITH E'S  Edubloggers 2009
| TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009
It's that time of the year and the Edublogger Awards are upon us again. Josie Fraser has done a remarkable job over the past few years organising this event. She deserves all of our thanks for the impact and reach it has had over the last few years in encouraging a veritable phalanx of creative and energetic posts on every educational topic imaginable.
KAPP NOTES  How Long Does It Take to Develop One Hour of E-Learning-Updated for 2009
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2009
And now, I have partnered with Robyn DeFelice of DishingDesign and we have updated the article for 2009. Time to Develop One Hour of Training Perhaps the most interesting part of the article is the comparison of 2003 and 2009 numbers. In 2009, the low estimate is 49 and 89.both higher. Ever wonder how long it takes to design and develop one hour of e-Learning?
-  Allen Tough, informal learning pioneer
Allen Tough, a brief talk at the 3rd New Approaches to Lifelong Learning (NALL) Conference. Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. February 19, 1999.
BOZARTHZONE  The Myth of "Best Practices"
| MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2009
I get lots of requests for list of "best practices".in in e-learning, in the virtual classroom, in instructional design, in classroom presentation. Here's the deal: there's no such thing. A "best practice" is best only in the precise, specific context in which it exists. I don't recall who first offered this analogy, but think of it this way: what works in my marriage won't necessarily work in -- and may even damage -- yours.
INTEGRATED LEARNINGS  Pointing to the Five Moments of Learning Need
| SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2009
I can remember a project a few years ago where the subject matter expert (SME) fought and fought to include his 20-step process (complete with details and charts) in the course we were developing. He eventually persuaded his boss and won out, so we built the process into the course. Feedback from the learners was not positive and ranged from comments like "what is this and why in the world would I need to know it" on down to, shall we say, less positive remarks.
JAY CROSS  LearnTrends 2009
| SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2009
LearnTrends 2009 is going to be awesome. Check the Agenda on the LearnTrends 2009 tab. Yesterday I drew up the tentative agenda. Our theme is convergence in corporate learning. We aim to explore how to corral the loose pieces of learning technology, both on the web and off, in order to come up with a unified, targeted strategy for moving forward. These people… …will be addressing these topics: Convergence in Learning. Extending Learning to the Edges of Organizations.
E-LEARNING PROVOCATEUR  Reach for the clouds
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009
Earlier this week, Michael Bromley , Head of Online Services at Telstra Business , visited my workplace to provide me and my colleagues with an overview of cloud computing. What is cloud computing? Michael defines “cloud computing as: …common business applications, platforms or infrastructure that are hosted on the internet (i.e. in the cloud) and are accessed locally from a web browser, while the software and data are stored remotely on servers.
KAPP NOTES  Resources for Researching Virtual Worlds
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2009
Recently, a number of individuals have inquired about resources for virtual world research. Here are some valuable links. Please add your own resources in the comments. Journal of Virtual World Research --Great resource. This journal has freely available PDF articles describing the vast amount of work being done in virtual worlds. Recently, the journal featured a number of articles on using virtual worlds in the field of Healthcare.
LEARNING VISIONS  Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Jane Bozarth: Better than Bullet Points
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 Jane Bozarth: Better than Bullet Points Jane Bozarth : Better than Bullet Points: Creating Engaging eLearning with PowerPoint. Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Session hosted by Training Magazine. Effective design using PPT as a tool. Not PPT 101. But will talk about how to make instruction more engaging, interactive and interesting. Why PowerPoint? We have it. It’s cheap.
RAPID ELEARNING  5 Essential Rapid E-Learning Tips
| TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2009
A manager I know works for a multibillion dollar company that has its own elearning group. However, when she needs to train her staff of about 200, she has no access to the elearning group’s resources. Without rapid elearning tools, she’d be hard pressed to offer her team the benefits of online learning. However, with rapid elearning tools she’s gone from no elearning to dozens of quick hit elearning courses.
UPSIDE LEARNING  US eLearning Market Stats: 2009
| MONDAY, MAY 10, 2010
eLearning Network today released the below graphic providing some stats about the US eLearning market in 2009. That report put the world market in 2009 at $27.1 Related posts: Global Self-Paced eLearning Market Forecasts eLearning Development India: Results of Salary Survey 2009 CIPD Learning and Development Survey 2009. Click To Enlarge The Image. Earlier this year I had mentioned about Ambient Insight’s report on global self based eLearning market forecast.
UPSIDE LEARNING  Nintendo’s Four I Standard
| FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009
I was digging through some older GDC related posts during the course of some research yesterday. In a keynote that Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata delivered to a packed house at this year’s Game Developers Conference. He mentioned the “Four I’s that Nintendo uses as a standard for the games it develops. The reason, I believe, is that it meets the standards we set for all software we develop. We call these standards the Four Is.
RAPID ELEARNING  3 Graphic Design Principles for Instructional Design Success - The Rapid eLearning Blog
| MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2009
TONY KARRER  Contest - Win a Free Copy of Digital Habitats via LearnTrends 2009
| MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009
Nancy White and John Smith will be doing a session at LearnTrends 2009 (a free online conference – you should definitely go register). We would really appreciate if your blog post can also mention the conference and the innovation awards and the Digital Habitats Contest: LearnTrends 2009 - Free Online Conference LearnTrends Innovation Awards Rules 1. Session Descriptions Below are the descriptions of the sessions that Nancy and John will be involved with at LearnTrends 2009.
UPSIDE LEARNING  CIPD Learning and Development Survey 2009
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2009
CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) recently published their annual Learning and Development report and is now available for download. Some data that’s emerged is quite interesting. “Fewer practitioners (39 per cent) are involved in “introducing or extending e-learning” this year, a fall of 6 per cent on 2008.. It’s disappointing to read that a little more than a third of the respondents will introduce or continue their eLearning programs.
LEARNING VISIONS  Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point?
| FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009 The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point? ASTD TechKnowledge 2010 #tk10 ▼ 2009 (87) ► December (6) ► November (11) ► October (10) ► September (7) ► August (4) ► July (5) ▼ June (6) The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point? Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Richard Nantel of Brandon Hall recently posted about average LMS prices.
THE E-LEARNING CURVE  I'm an Irish Web Awards 2009 Finalist!
| MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2009
I am delighted to announce that I have been shortlisted as a finalist for two categories in the 2009 Irish Web Awards sponsored by Realex Payments. I’ve been nominated for the following categories: Best Education and Third Level Website The E-Learning Curve Blog (you’re reading it now) Best Podcaster E-Learning Curve’s Other Podcasts The awards ceremony takes place in the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Dublin on just under two weeks from now on Friday October 10th 2009.
ELEARNING BROTHERS  Knowledge vs. Information…Which is it?
| TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2009
Is there a difference between Knowledge and Information? As training professionals are we sharing information, teaching knowledge, or both? Last week I was discussing Commercial Lending training with various designers from financial institutions and someone mentioned how we aim to give knowledge not information. The comment made me start to think about how courses are created. What is knowledge and was is just information? Maybe they are the same?
THE ELEARNING COACH  Writing Learning Objectives—Part 1
| FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2009
© Connie Malamed 2009. There are really TWO categories of learning objectives based on their purpose. One type of learning objective is for internal use—the design team, client and subject matter expert. The other type is for the audience members. If designers would write different learning objectives for each category, the world would be a better place. This is because internal learning objectives tend to be too technical and non-motivating for your eLearning audience.
UPSIDE LEARNING  Learning Management: What does a Training Company need an LMS for?
| TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009
Training companies the world over are changing the way they operate and the services they offer customers. An important one is the inclusion of eLearning (or online training) as part of their core offerings for existing and new customers. Such an offering is not purely driven by a cost-saving strategy on the customer’s part, but is also due to the growing acceptance of eLearning as an effective way of delivering training.
ID REFLECTIONS  Love-Hate Theory, Learner Motivation, Connectivism and Other Such Thoughts.
| SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 2009
Preamble I missed IDCI session yesterday but am thankful for the tweets from @gargamit100 and @sreyadutta. These followed by Sreya’s post gave me some idea of the discussion. You can read the post here: Business-driven Learning and LH Theory (Love-Hate Theory). The post set me thinking about when do we use “Love vs. Hate” to design a training program.
ELEARNING CYCLOPS  Estimating course development times
| WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2009
I have seen a lot of estimates out there regarding development times per hour of e-learning content. It baffles me how some designers, not all, can rattle off "150 hours to develop an hour long course." There may be times where we are pushed in a corner and we need to quickly estimate development time without all the information we require, but to get a realistic estimate I suggest we consider the following: The complexity of the content.
EXPERIENCING ELEARNING  LearnTrends: Personal Knowledge Management
| TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2009
These are my live blogged notes from Harold Jarche’s LearnTrends session on Personal Knowledge Management. My side comments are in italics. Sense-making with PKM. When he moved to consulting and didn’t have an IT department and those resources, he realized he had to do something different. Idea from Will Richardson: what do you do when you read a blog post and come across an interesting few sentences? What do you do with that system?
CLIVE ON LEARNING  Five media forms
| TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009
Last week I posted on Exploring e-learning in all its forms , which Mark Bethelemy elaborated on in his post From formal courses to social learning. Mark referenced a number of alternative models which somehow led me to Diana Laurillard’s conversational framework.
TONY KARRER  Rapid Learning Management Systems
| TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2009
I've been asked numerous times over the past couple of years by various types of people and companies a very similar question: I plan to or have been conducting and charging for training workshops for clients. I'd like to creating this as self-paced eLearning possibly with other capabilities as well. And I want to charge for this. How can I do that?
TONY KARRER  Free Webinars
| MONDAY, JULY 27, 2009
Have you ever wanted to have a single list of the various free webinars brought together in a single place? In conjunction with eLearning Learning , we are working with Jon Udell (thanks Jon) to use his calendar aggregation technology to bring together a list of free webinars that we believe will be of interest to learning professionals. Free eLearning Webinars Let me know if you think this will be valuable.
TONY KARRER  Using Social Signals to Find Top eLearning Resources
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2009
I recently had a great experience working with Abhijit Kadle one of the authors of the Upside Learning Blog ( disclosure ). As part of writing an eLearning Games White Paper he had collected a wonderful list of articles, posts, white papers, etc. as part of his research.
TONY KARRER  Text to Speech
| THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2009
As part of the eLearning Tour , Christopher von Koschembahr demonstrated a podcast where he conducted an interview. The interviewer was a female voice asking questions. She would ask a question and then he would respond. What was interesting is that the interviewer was produced using Text to Speech. You can listen to the result at the 12:23 mark of the first video on the eLearning Tour page. The effect was interesting. For short bursts of text, the computer generated voice was okay.