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A BETTr type of conference?

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The SoE website wasn't responding when I wrote this, so here are links: Paul was interviewed by the Grauniad in 2009 and blogs here. It's an interesting time to be involved with education in the UK. The government is hacking wildly at the structures that have been familiar for so long; results from UK schools seem to be slipping sharply; the industrial education model looks to be broken. And where can we find solutions to these problems, to bring education in this country back on track?

2009 - the year of consumer e-learning

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In fact, I'm going to make just one, as I believe it ties together a number of threads that other commentators have already: 2009 will see a rise in consumer e-learning. We should all be aware by now that making any attempt to predict the future is a fruitless task, if our goals are to accurately anticipate what's going to happen. If, on the other hand, the goal is to have something somewhat amusing to look back upon and produce a wry smile 12 months from now, then I'm all for predictions.

2009 - the year of consumer e-learning

Learning Rocks

In fact, I'm going to make just one, as I believe it ties together a number of threads that other commentators have already: 2009 will see a rise in consumer e-learning. We should all be aware by now that making any attempt to predict the future is a fruitless task, if our goals are to accurately anticipate what's going to happen. If, on the other hand, the goal is to have something somewhat amusing to look back upon and produce a wry smile 12 months from now, then I'm all for predictions.

Training Specialist - one of the 30 best careers for 2009?

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They list their choices for the 30 best careers for 2009 and amongst those on offer (3 others: usability expert, firefighter, clergy) you'll find Curriculum/Training specialist. Just spotted this interesting article on the US News website - bit late as they posted this before Christmas, but better late than never. This vague categorisation seems to take in the job spec of just about anyone in the EduBlogosphere, but then we're a flexible bunch.

A cure for the page/slide hangover?

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One of the example demos for online presentation tool Prezi makes a very valid point: slides are a side effect of an old unused technology, slide projectors. Still, all presentation software today relies on slides.

My 10 Ten Tools for Learning

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I've been giving this some consideration lately as I've found myself populating and repopulating a couple of machines at home and work with all that I require to keep me happy. So, here they are: 1. Google Search (Personal) Despite the never ending torrent of brilliantly useful stuff that the Big G churns out, it still is barely necessary to append "search" to their name to be clear what you mean when you say Google is a vital tool.

My 10 Ten Tools for Learning

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I've been giving this some consideration lately as I've found myself populating and repopulating a couple of machines at home and work with all that I require to keep me happy. So, here they are: 1. Google Search (Personal) Despite the never ending torrent of brilliantly useful stuff that the Big G churns out, it still is barely necessary to append "search" to their name to be clear what you mean when you say Google is a vital tool.

Flash - when and where?

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The cleverest part of this site's page is that it embeds an Articulate interaction directly on the page. Not thought of that before, but I can think of instances when that may be quite appealing. However, I'm struggling to see why you would want to do this. Sure, it moves nicely enough and has pretty colours, and it 'chunks' thing up a bit.

Flash - when and where?

Learning Rocks

The cleverest part of this site's page is that it embeds an Articulate interaction directly on the page. Not thought of that before, but I can think of instances when that may be quite appealing. However, I'm struggling to see why you would want to do this. Sure, it moves nicely enough and has pretty colours, and it 'chunks' thing up a bit.

Free, now with added capitalisation

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I've just trawled through the working and reworking of ideas spawned by Chris Anderson's book Free. It got a big response from the likes of Malcolm Gladwell and Seth Godin and on it went. I lost quite a bit of time in there. The basic premise is that with the cost of production asymptotically approaching zero, you can more or less round it out to nothing. If it costs nothing to make, then you give it away Free.

Free, now with added capitalisation

Learning Rocks

I've just trawled through the working and reworking of ideas spawned by Chris Anderson's book Free. It got a big response from the likes of Malcolm Gladwell and Seth Godin and on it went. I lost quite a bit of time in there. The basic premise is that with the cost of production asymptotically approaching zero, you can more or less round it out to nothing. If it costs nothing to make, then you give it away Free.

What passes for work

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I've just abandoned a post in which I wondered if it was time to ditch the 'e' in elearning. I was prompted to think about this as it is the question I have submitted to present to Eliot Masie when he speaks to an e-Learning Network seminar this week.

What passes for work

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I've just abandoned a post in which I wondered if it was time to ditch the 'e' in elearning. I was prompted to think about this as it is the question I have submitted to present to Eliot Masie when he speaks to an e-Learning Network seminar this week.

Internal Communications Manager - "trainer" for the informal learning era?

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The Internal Communications 2009 * show boasts in the email (though not clearly on that link, but definitely on this PDF ** ): HR And Internal Communications Debate Should internal communications and HR be integrated?

Internal Communications Manager - "trainer" for the informal learning era?

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The Internal Communications 2009 * show boasts in the email (though not clearly on that link, but definitely on this PDF ** ): HR And Internal Communications Debate Should internal communications and HR be integrated?

Why I do what I do

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Learning rocks. Let me say that again. Learning new things rocks. It's a buzz. Learning gives me a thrill. When I learn something new I feel good. It doesn't matter if that is an immediate and interesting fact that won't materially change my life*, or the slow dawning that things I have read weeks or months ago are coming together in my head to be synthesized in to a powerful new understanding that I know will make my personal or professional lives easier, more productive or just plain better.

Why I do what I do

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Learning rocks. Let me say that again. Learning new things rocks. It's a buzz. Learning gives me a thrill. When I learn something new I feel good. It doesn't matter if that is an immediate and interesting fact that won't materially change my life*, or the slow dawning that things I have read weeks or months ago are coming together in my head to be synthesized in to a powerful new understanding that I know will make my personal or professional lives easier, more productive or just plain better.

"Do you have a blogging policy?"

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Just got back from another interview, but this was the first one where I asked "Do you have a blogging policy?" I'm hardly a high profile blogger - there's only you that reads it - but nonetheless, a couple of the people I've spoken to recently have indicated that they are aware of my online activity. Perhaps because I am the top ranked "danroddy" (in categories as diverse as 'frisbies owned', 'slices of toast consumed annually' and ' Google rank ') this should be expected.

"Do you have a blogging policy?"

Learning Rocks

Just got back from another interview, but this was the first one where I asked "Do you have a blogging policy?" I'm hardly a high profile blogger - there's only you that reads it - but nonetheless, a couple of the people I've spoken to recently have indicated that they are aware of my online activity. Perhaps because I am the top ranked "danroddy" (in categories as diverse as 'frisbies owned', 'slices of toast consumed annually' and ' Google rank ') this should be expected.

Learning Technologies 09 - the exhibition

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I've only been to LT a couple of times before, back in 2005/6. There seemed to be much more going on this year and that point of view was reinforced by a conversation I had with a former colleague who felt that this year there were genuine innovations in evidence, rather than last year which, for him at least, had been a load of waffle and hot air. Others may differ in this view of course. In this post I'll look at the exhibitors and I'll talk about the (free) talks that I caught later.

A cure for the page/slide hangover?

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One of the example demos for online presentation tool Prezi makes a very valid point: slides are a side effect of an old unused technology, slide projectors. Still, all presentation software today relies on slides. Likewise, most e-learning (asynchronous courseware) still exhibits features of its flat/linear predecessors. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as some very good stuff has been done using those earlier technologies, but the computer screen is not a page or a slide.

Learning Technologies 09 - the exhibition

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I've only been to LT a couple of times before, back in 2005/6. There seemed to be much more going on this year and that point of view was reinforced by a conversation I had with a former colleague who felt that this year there were genuine innovations in evidence, rather than last year which, for him at least, had been a load of waffle and hot air. Others may differ in this view of course. In this post I'll look at the exhibitors and I'll talk about the (free) talks that I caught later.

eLearning breaking through - Articulate reviewed

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Before Christmas I mentioned that I'd spotted a review of Moodle in a national magazine. Well, I bigger and more widely influential magazine, PC Pro, has reviewed the current darling of the rapid development movement, Articulate Studio. They rate it quite highly, it scores 5 of 6; here's the summary: A simple, fast and effective way to produce sophisticated online presentations, but it's expensive.

eLearning breaking through - Articulate reviewed

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Before Christmas I mentioned that I'd spotted a review of Moodle in a national magazine. Well, I bigger and more widely influential magazine, PC Pro, has reviewed the current darling of the rapid development movement, Articulate Studio. They rate it quite highly, it scores 5 of 6; here's the summary: A simple, fast and effective way to produce sophisticated online presentations, but it's expensive.

Will's Webinar - Learning Myths

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Attended the Will Thalheimer webinar (sorry, I just can't call it webinosh). Struggled a bit since I signed in at the last minute (thought I'd registered in advance but I didn't get any reminder like last week - which I missed anyway.) So, here are the notes I hammered down and later I'll add my reflection on the approach - this was my first non-sales type webinar. I liked it. Contemp notes Gathered 140 myths. Wow, that's a lot of myths! Top myth, bad learning design is good learning design.

Will's Webinar - Learning Myths

Learning Rocks

Attended the Will Thalheimer webinar (sorry, I just can't call it webinosh). Struggled a bit since I signed in at the last minute (thought I'd registered in advance but I didn't get any reminder like last week - which I missed anyway.) So, here are the notes I hammered down and later I'll add my reflection on the approach - this was my first non-sales type webinar. I liked it. Contemp notes Gathered 140 myths. Wow, that's a lot of myths! Top myth, bad learning design is good learning design.

Learning Technology - making the most of a learning opportunity

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I sat last December eyeing up the conference line-up for this year's Learning Technologies , the UK's main commercial e-learning event and was drawing up a fantasy timetable. Sadly, being a lowly freelancer with no-one to pick up the tab* for the eye-watering ticket cost, it was nothing more than day-dreaming, which was a real shame as the line up includes quite a few speakers that I'd like to see (how about Itiel Dror , Tony Buzan , or George Siemens ?) Still, never mind.

Learning Technology - making the most of a learning opportunity

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I sat last December eyeing up the conference line-up for this year's Learning Technologies , the UK's main commercial e-learning event and was drawing up a fantasy timetable. Sadly, being a lowly freelancer with no-one to pick up the tab* for the eye-watering ticket cost, it was nothing more than day-dreaming, which was a real shame as the line up includes quite a few speakers that I'd like to see (how about Itiel Dror , Tony Buzan , or George Siemens ?) Still, never mind.

The 'learner' fallacy - delusions of influence in L&D

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The training/development/HR profession is always intensely interested in its own use of language. Perhaps because it spends so much time alongside the diversity hounds of the HR department, or in the company of the mind-benders of NLP, the 'Training Department' has seen the change to 'Learning & Development' and is obsessed with its 'learners'. While this is laudable, and shows a commendable attempt to place the focus on the recipient of their endeavours, it strikes me as a bit odd.

The 'learner' fallacy - delusions of influence in L&D

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The training/development/HR profession is always intensely interested in its own use of language. Perhaps because it spends so much time alongside the diversity hounds of the HR department, or in the company of the mind-benders of NLP, the 'Training Department' has seen the change to 'Learning & Development' and is obsessed with its 'learners'. While this is laudable, and shows a commendable attempt to place the focus on the recipient of their endeavours, it strikes me as a bit odd.

A BETTr type of conference?

Learning Rocks

The SoE website wasn't responding when I wrote this, so here are links: Paul was interviewed by the Grauniad in 2009 and blogs here. It's an interesting time to be involved with education in the UK. The government is hacking wildly at the structures that have been familiar for so long; results from UK schools seem to be slipping sharply; the industrial education model looks to be broken. And where can we find solutions to these problems, to bring education in this country back on track?

2009 Top Posts and Topics: Kapp Notes

Kapp Notes

The ASTD Big question this month is an annual question: What did you learn about learning in 2009? So one of the tasks I will do to answer this question is to see what posts were the Best of 2009 from several different sources. How Long Does It Take to Develop One Hour of E-Learning-Updated for 2009. Here are my top posts via Google Analytics for 2009.(I'll So there are my most popular posts for 2009.

Top 100 Learning Game Resources

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Building Better Learning Games- Learning Visions, April 9, 2009. Marc Prensky – Twitch Speed, June 17, 2009. Using computer games in education- ThirdForce Blog, January 30, 2009. Digital games and learning gains (PDF), June 17, 2009. By Kurt Squire, June 17, 2009.

Best of eLearning Learning - First Half of December 2009

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December 1, 2009 to December 15, 2009. eLearning Templates – 20 Resources - eLearning Technology , December 7, 2009. It’s Culture, Leadership and E2.0 … or fail - trainingwreck , December 13, 2009. Hot Topics in eLearning for 2009 - eLearning Learning Posts , December 2, 2009. Collaborative learning using Captivate and Twitter - Adobe Captivate Blog , December 11, 2009. Dont Waste Your Time , December 10, 2009. ZaidLearn , December 9, 2009.