Mind the gap

Challenge to Learn

He states that a lot of people do not use their talents or for that matter even are aware of what their talents might be. We need to do different things and we need to do them in a different way. That is the gap I’m worried about.

Learning Technologies 2010 – Day 2 Recap

Upside Learning

After having a great first day at the Learning Technologies 2010 I was looking forward to an exciting second day. They focus on the learning & training market and Josh sure knows more about the trends in the industry than most others. Rob shared what new are their doing at BDU.

Game Based Learning 2010 – Recap: Day 1

Upside Learning

Among the experiences they shared I liked the idea of ‘jamming’ – which I understood as ‘uninhibited experimentation’ – trying to get together to try to do new things without fear of failure. After finding people you know, you may request to add them as an associate.

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Doing and knowing

Learning with e's

This is a follow on post from my recent Knowing and Doing blog post. Today, I was doing some personal research related to a book I have been reading. I found Saipan in seconds, releasing me to do other research on the island, using the links Google supplied.

Aligning Training to Performance Objectives.We All Do This.Right?

Integrated Learnings

In other words, you've identified the performance gap that training is supposed to close. Oh, and of course, you've determined that training is in fact an appropriate way to close that gap. However, many of the training folks I know moved into training-related positions without a formal background in the field. How do performance objectives enhance accountability? By Shelley A. Gable. You've analyzed the client's needs. The client's goals are clearly defined.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Brent Schlenker: Marketers and Game Developers Know More About Learning Than We Do!

Learning Visions

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Brent Schlenker: Marketers and Game Developers Know More About Learning Than We Do! Live session with Brent Schlenker: Marketers and Game Developers Know More About Learning Than We Do! How do we use new and emerging technologies in the learning space? Point of today’s conversation: talking training, design and development if a marketing person were doing it. What are they doing that’s different?

Taxonomy of Learning Theories

E-Learning Provocateur

Where do you start? Which theory do you choose? A valuable means by which a learner can close the gaps in their existing schema, and broaden and deepen their knowledge, is to engage with other people, ask questions, debate ideas, and share experiences. .

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Five Barriers to Effective Learning in Organisations

Performance Learning Productivity

This sounds simple enough, but requires many L&D professionals to adopt a new mindset and new approaches to the way they do their jobs. If there’s a gap between expected and actual performance, don’t jump to a TNA. Step back and analyse the root cause of the gap first.

Automation is out; Innovation is in! How will L&D address this?

ID Reflections

And what is alarming is that even today, most ( read almost all ) organizations still focus on training people to do what can so easily be automated or even outsourced. Again, I have used Harold Jarche's version of the diagram to show where there is a gap.

Using Punctuation and Mark-Up Language to Increase Text-to-Speech Quality

Tony Karrer

While handling the grammar quite well, the TTS voice by itself cannot know the nuances and emphases (prosody) needed to bring out the intended meaning of the sentence and will produce a compromise prosody. Authors need to fill the gap. How do I love thee?

Questions I’m no longer answering

Spark Your Interest

OK, truth be told, I’m not that cocky, it’s more like questions I wish people were no longer asking me: Do you sell leadership development courses? Many years ago I read “ Why employees don’t do what they are supposed to do&# by Ferdinand F.

The Adventures of Developing an e-learning Course!

ID Reflections

What type of IT support or technology do you need? Whose buy-in do you require to ensure that there is post-rollout support provided to the learners? Do they know how their inputs can impact the overall development process and final output?

The Unofficial eLearning Salary Calculator

Learning Visions

As a nice little follow up to the ranting we’ve been doing about the eLearning Salary Gender Gap , Travis Smith took the bull by the horns and created a little salary calculator based on all of the variables reported on by the eLearning Guild in their latest salary report.

The five moments of need: designing with the learners in mind.

Good To Great

For instance, I know we all talk about ‘point of need’, ‘just in time’ and ‘on the job’ learning, but Bob’s explanation of the five moments of need really brought this to life for me. This has really stuck in my head and is definitely making me think differently about what I do and why.

Power to the SMEs! – a Presentation the BBP Way

Learning Visions

Well, I started it but then didn’t get beyond the first few chapters – realized I really needed a project to try it out with as most of the book is the how-to-do-it part. And as a speaker I found it really helped me know where I was in the presentation.

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Sales eLearning – 21 Great Resources

Tony Karrer

What’s an instructional designer doing attending sales training? Yes, I know haven’t posted anything interesting last few days. A Formula for Storytelling in eLearning - Integrated Learnings , April 6, 2010 When a client asked our team to develop a sales skills enhancement course, we opted to base the training on the methods of the most successful sales person in the department. Yes, I was in sales for many years and know what to expect.

When or When Not to Use Open Source LMS?


Now, the million dollar question – How do Open Source & Proprietary LMS’s compare on Cost Front? You love Microsoft!

Rethink Refresher Training

Integrated Learnings

How often do you receive requests for refresher training? And how do you handle those requests? First of all, I've learned to identify an actual performance gap. Instead of simply asking what skills to refresh, I now know to determine the client's broader goals and where the current state is relative to that. Secondly, I've learned to look for causes of the performance gap. So what do you do? Do you have similar stories to share?

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: 7 More Things You Dont Need to Know About Me.

Learning Visions

Monday, December 29, 2008 7 More Things You Dont Need to Know About Me. Does this cover me for the 7 Things You Dont Need to Know About Me Meme that Sue Hickton just tagged me to do? I could also say that its exhaustion -- a by-product of motherhood -- three kids ages 5 1/2 - 7 months will do that to a person. So Im just doing six. Hard to resist the pull of needing to do more, more, more. And of doing it better.

Yes, I do in fact follow 616 blogs

Janet Clarey

Please…it’s about as lazy as the attempted new Gap logo. I know *you* want to read but do I?). How do you categorize your reading? How many subscriptions do you manage? Ricky: We’ve got to use our brains. Lucy: Well, let’s see.

Writing & Grammar: Of Hooks and Ladders

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

by Jennie Ruby Proofreading is a quality control check of text and layout that many of us are asked to do with little or no training. For example, how do you indicate that you want the space between words to be closed up? Do you scratch out both words and write toothpaste in the margin? Do you draw a circle around the area and write a note in the margin saying, "Please remove the space between the words to make one word"? How do I know this?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Describing What You Do: Instructional Design

Learning Visions

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 Describing What You Do: Instructional Design Youre at a playground and you start talking to the mom sitting on the bench next to you. Eventually, she asks you what you do for work. What do you say? This was me yesterday: Playground Mom: So, what do you do? Thats a great description, but it still doesnt help me tell the woman on the playground what it is that I do. How do you explain yourself?

Consultation/Training Needs Analysis checklist

ID Reflections

Is there a stated training need, i.e., has clear areas of performance gaps been identified by the LoB manager/training department? What is the gap that is being sought to be fulfilled. It is not really possible to do a one-on-one mapping of a training program—be it e-learning, ILT, blended, etc.—with We all know what we could do if we had more time, if the client opened his wallet a bit more, and all other ideal situations.

Because you can use one technology doesn't mean you can use them all

Clive on Learning

Conversely, only 42 percent of students believe there is enough support for educational technology, evidence of a perception gap in how adept students are versus how savvy they are presumed to be. It's quite possible that a great many people have learned how to do what they want to do with mobile phones and games machines without having a clue how they work.

Just a sec…

Janet Clarey

Think in terms of m-learning in 2010. What is happening RIGHT NOW as in, “I’m doing it&# and not just “planning on doing it&# or “hoping I’ll be able to do it.&#. Potential vs. what is actually happening.

Role of a Learning Consultant: Insightful discussion imported from LinkedIn

ID Reflections

Sahana Chattopadhyay Senior Consultant at Zensar Technologies What does a Learning Consultant do? I am interested in finding out if there are any defined set of tasks that a learning consultant would do to enable organizational learning. But there would still be some baseline tasks that a consultant would do in this respect. Sushant Singh Even i am interested to know about the same, can anybody help please. I don't know if that's true for mid-sized companies.).

Aligning Training Efforts with Strategic Organizational Goals

Kapp Notes

What do the learners need to know to support the goals of the organization? Step Two: Identify Courses and Material that Support Strategic Knowledge Objectives The next step is to determine how much current curriculum and materials exist to support each Strategic Knowledge Objective and what learning gaps need to be filled.

Four roles for social media in workplace learning

Clive on Learning

I won't re-iterate the statistics because you know already what a fundamental difference it makes to be so connected so comprehensively and so continuously. Organisations can do their best to satisfy the needs of employees for on-demand information but they will rarely be able to cover it all on a top-down basis. I know this discipline will not be for everybody, but for those that really engage the opportunities for learning exceed all others.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Instructional Designers

Integrated Learnings

The idea is that knowing what you want in life allows you to act in ways that help you realize your goals. This is what we should do as instructional designers as well. Our objectives, and all development work that follows, should directly help to close that gap. On the one hand, SMEs often want everything they know to make it into training. What do you think? By Shelley A. Gable.

Facebook for e-Learning


Some of them are your learners and they know how to use Facebook effectively! I highly encourage you to leave a commend if you know any other Facebook Educational Application. WorldCat You can do research, catalog your librarys collection and of course share it with your learners.

It’s not a surprise when change comes slowly

Clive on Learning

In the various workshops I run, I meet l&d practitioners every week; I know what they do, what they think and what pressures they are under. The trouble is that, in many cases, the experts, i.e. l&d professionals, are either ignorant of the opportunities now available for relieving the pressures, unsure of what to do or just plain resistant.

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Why mistakes matter

Clive on Learning

I like to believe it doesn’t happen very often, but I do have to acknowledge it when I am. You empirically have better recall for knowledge if you tried to access it, even though you know you don’t have it. Mistakes are welcome because they provide the learner with motivation to explore further and provide you with an opportunity to share what you know. In Mea Culpa and Rethink on Pre-tests , Clark Quinn makes a confession: Well, it turns out I was wrong.

Free e-Learning books


> If you know a free e-Learning book that is not included in the list please I will highly appreciate if you write a comment with a link to that book. -- -- CU Online Handbook - University of Colorado Denver (Update 12/06/2010: suggested by PRL ) Do you currently teach online?

ID Live with Charles Reigeluth on EdTechTalk

Learning Visions

Most important for instruction in information age paradigm: Think in terms of a task space (project-based learning, problem-based learning, inquiry-based…) – students work together on a task until they encounter a knowledge gap. Generality, practice, feedback (tell them how, show them how, let them do) – if any of those 3 elements is missing from instruction, learning will be more difficult for students. He has been doing research on this. What do you want to learn next?

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The Open Screen Project – Will It Succeed?

Upside Learning

Here’s one of them to give you an idea of what it really means: Why is Adobe really doing this? For RIAs, the target HTML5 specifications do have the potential to deliver a comparable experience. Or they all know HTML 5 will – ultimately.

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“Past experiences can result in ‘misadoption’ of e-learning”

Janet Clarey

An older paper by Dr. Irina Elgot I recently ran across doing some research really resonated with me. maybe its because people don’t know they always approach instructing the same way and can’t envision another way because they’ve never been exposed to it.

Take a Peek Inside TechSmith - Interview with Bill Hamilton

Visual Lounge

What do you think? How many employees do you have? What do you look for in people you hire? What do you say to other companies who feel this is impossible to do? How do you get everyone to feel included while not bogging the company down in hours of meeting time?