Coffee and Design

What are some ways to cut corners, save time, and be more efficient at developeing eLearning?

Coffee and Design

Be sure that you check out Google’s UX designer, Michael Margolis, tips on productive design (see Google Ventures On 8 Shortcuts For Better, Faster Design Research ). Do these apply to eLearning or instructional design? Of course they do :-). Start at the end: What questions do you want to answer? Before you do any work on a research study, clarify what you want to get out of it.

Do you have the right attitude toward your eLearning?

Coffee and Design

I have been participating in a MOOC that I am involved with through NovoEd , called Creativity: Music to My Ears. It started last week and the instructor, Tina Seeling from Stanford University shared recently that if we want to be creative then we must be driven and have attitude! Previously in recent posts I have talked about her thoughts on Imagination (see Is there only one answer to the eLearning problems that you look at? Then you are not being imaginative enough…).

Insiders

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Our eLearners are suffering from information glut. What does this mean for our eLearning designs?

Coffee and Design

I have been thinking a lot lately about the concepts of information glut, data smog, information overload, etc. In a previous posting, Does it matter if you are late to class in a MOOC? Thousands a week still register for MOOCs even after they are completed… I discussed how I read an article recently from Wired that discussed how “The Internet has muddled the line between past and present” (see Netflix and Google Books Are Blurring the Line Between Past and Present ).

Our eLearners desire something human. The best designs let something human look back at them.

Coffee and Design

I have enjoyed this month’s issue of Wired, especially an article from senior writer, Mat Honan. I couldn’t find his article on the web, otherwise I would have just linked to it. I will have some sequential blog posts over the next few days with excerpts from his article, with some additional images, and thoughts to facilitate a conversation about social presence in eLearning which I have been writing and presenting about lately. Originally written by Mat Honan on Wired Magazine. May 2014.

Design 180

Does Your Company Need Help Solving These 4 Common eLearning Challenges?

If you want to know how to get ahead of the game and avoid the common mishaps in selling your eLearning courses, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve identified the most common and costly challenges faced by eLearning providers today.

What makes a teacher successful in an online classroom is no different than a face-to-face classroom

Coffee and Design

I have been involved in a heated discussion on the Chief Learning Officer Magazine group on LinkedIn and mentioned this previously on this posting, Why do we need to know the hottest eLearning trends? Why not innovate learning with what we already have? I am excited that I did year from Ladan Nikravan Senior Editor at MediaTec Publishing that my original posting will be featured in their June issue.

MOOCs – A Tsunami of Promises

Coffee and Design

Originally posted on popenici : The prediction was that MOOCs will completely change the game in higher education. Enthusiasm was general – and groupthink so tempting – that many universities across the world adopted them as a panacea for “21st century learning” (and all other problems) without hesitation or critical reflection.

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by Parachute? eLearning by Parachute? How are you bringing your learning to your students?

Coffee and Design

I don’t know if you have heard about the “float down eatery” in Melbourne which brings you your lunch in the most delightful way? Doesn’t grilled cheese sandwich tethered to a parachute and delivered right you sound ingenious? I wish I could try out this “float down” food trend, or “gravity controlled melted cheese delivery mechanism!” ” Check out Ben Chiller’s article on Fast Company, This Grilled Cheese Restaurant Delivers You Your Sandwich By Parachute.

Sound 164

eLearning Paradigms 2014

Coffee and Design

*Reblog. This content was originally posted on Will Thalheimer’s WillAtWorkLearning: eLearning Paradigms 2014. Thank you so much Will for creating this paradigms list and your efforts to the eLearning Manifesto. I created a list of eLearning Paradigms to talk about subscription learning , but I think the list could stand on its own–and I’d like comments to see what I’ve missed.

eLearning Manifesto: Can we take a dose of our own medicine? Do you want to take your own eLearning?

Coffee and Design

Let’s continue looking into the eLeanringManifesto.org which I started blogging about previously. What happened when four industry leading professionals talked about ways to improve the state of eLearning? The “instigators” of the manifesto are Michael Allen , Julie Dirksen , Clark Quinn , and Will Thalheimer.

5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development

In 2021, many of your competitors will invest in talent development software. If you make the right decision, invest in the right software, and if your organization is willing to use it, you can realize five decisive competitive advantages. To see those advantages, download Paycor’s latest guide, 5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development.

How can we get our clients to play the “What If” game?

Coffee and Design

Can we all agree that technology can sometimes be a double-edged sword? Some technology can cause people to lose their job because it is replaced by technology. Although, some technology can make new jobs possible. For example, according to Wikipedia, Dan Bricklin creator of VisiCalc , came up with the idea of an “electronic spreadsheet” during his time at Harvard. It was when he witnessed a professor’s difficulty updating a financial model due to an error on a blackboard.

Apple 126

“Labels Do Matter” A Brief Survey of Instructional Design Job Posting Titles

Coffee and Design

An interesting article that I remember reading a few years ago, Labels Do Matter by Patrick Lowenthal who I collaborate with on Twitter and the ITForum. Here he discussed the difficulty of various labels that professionals in our field hold, e.g., Instructional Designer, Instructional Technologist, Educational Technologists, etc. These are used in job postings, titles of academic programs, etc.

Survey 140

Our learners are social: Television has talked to us for decades, but it never listened!

Coffee and Design

I have enjoyed this month’s issue of Wired, especially an article from senior writer, Mat Honan. I couldn’t find his article on the web, otherwise I would have just linked to it. I heard from him on Twitter today that the full article will be made available soon. This is a continuation to my previous posting, Our eLearners desire something human. The best designs let something human look back at them.

Social 137

eLearning Manifesto: Can we break the multifaceted pattern of bad eLearning?

Coffee and Design

Yesterday I started a blog series about a recent movement in eLearning or perhaps a “manifesto” of sorts by introducing The eLeanring Manifesto Instigators. What an amazing group of professionals in the field of Instructional Design and eLearning that banded together to cause some “disruption” to the current state of eLearning. The Google Hangout started out with such a great reminder by Michael Allen of Allen Interactions and author of many instructional design books (see Michael W.

Bridging the Gap Between HR and Safety

Members of HR are known for taking on different types of tasks. Safety training isn’t always one of them, but in reality, it makes sense that it should be. Learn how safety aligns with the goals of any HR team and how managing it can make your job easier.

How do your online students identify with your university?

Coffee and Design

I have been spending some time here lately wondering if the students in my classes (and the classes that I design of faculty) are taking the class and becoming “Thor the Viking” or just an online student? There is always much to be said in terms of retention of online students. Did they complete the course? Did they sign up for another course? Did they complete the degree? Did they show up for graduation? Did they as an alumni donate to the university? The list goes on.

Online 131

How will social media change the #WorldCup?

Coffee and Design

The World Cup officially kicked off yesterday! While I am not a fan of soccer or sports in general I am interested to see the effects of social media on such a major social event. Twitter has been planning ahead to avoid another crash like what happened with the 2014 Oscars. They are also allowing users to choose your sides for the event by picking a team to unlock custom profile images, header photos, real-time scores and highlights (see Twitter & WorldCup ).

Content without design is just stuff!

Coffee and Design

What an amazing reminder from Joe Pulizzi of Content Marketing Institute that content without strategy is just stuff! Here today I would like to posit that this is the same is the same for instructional design. Content without design is just stuff! He is coming at this from a marketing perspective and the changing landscape since the 90’s and companies having a presence on The Internet. What a massive place for a company to connect with their customers but also share about their company.

Does it matter if you are late to class in a MOOC? Thousands a week still register for MOOCs even after they are completed…

Coffee and Design

Senior lecturer, Jennifer Campbell from the Department of Computer Science at University of Toronto was recently interviewed by Phil Hill from Stanford University at the 2013 MOOC Research Initiative Conference back in December. Her research grant is innovative in that it is looking at students who are late to class when taking a MOOC. Does the not participating mean the student gets an F? Does the student who is late to a MOOC feel it is unfair?

3 Guiding Principles to Support the Human Dimension in Learning

Speaker: Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting

Join Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting, for her exclusive session where she will be discussing the 3 guiding principles for the future of learning, and how these can affect the design of work in organizations.

Is there only one answer to the eLearning problems that you look at? Then you are not being imaginative enough…

Coffee and Design

I have been enjoying absorbing the first lecture in a recent MOOC I am involved with through NovoEd , called Creativity: Music to My Ears. It started this week and the instructor, Tina Seeling from Stanford University shared that her ultimate goal is to help students come up with the big ideas and bring them to life.

A Lesson Plan for eLearning

Coffee and Design

I came across Harold Jarche ‘s blog today where he discussed, a brief history education delivered via The Internet, see Learning is Connecting. Check it out. Thanks @hjarche for sharing @AnnaMuoio ‘s 2000 @FastCompany article @Cisco ‘s Quick Study: A #LessonPlan for #eLearning [link]. Dave Hallmon (@DaveHallmon) May 29, 2014.

Lesson 126

Why Google doesn’t care about college degrees, in 5 quotes

Coffee and Design

DaveHallmon : I couldn’t agree more. The purpose of a resume is just to get you in for an interview. Nothing more. Nothing less. It is the only piece of advertising that you get to sell yourself and it is “ocean front property!” If you come in and can’t prove you can do what is listed on your resume, no degree listing, multiple degrees listed, etc. will help. They don’t care about where you went to school and how many degrees you have. It is about wither you can do the job.

Google 126

Online students stuck with a Buddhism MOOC because they truly wanted to learn…

Coffee and Design

I came across an article from Slate today, The Death of MOOCs Has Been Greatly Exaggerated by Robert Wright. He wanted to share that his MOOC, titled Buddhism and Modern Psychology , is wrapping up successfully on Coursera. He then shared that he believes that the “impending death of MOOCs—massive open online courses—is greatly exaggerated.” There are many ways to look at this and I do agree… but it depends on how you look at it.

5 Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

eLearning Student Considerations from MOOC expert—Tina Seeling

Coffee and Design

In a previous post, eLearning Principles from MOOC expert—Tina Seeling I discussed some “eLearning principles” from her mini lecture on course design that I think should influence how we design eLearning experiences. Tina has a new MOOC coming up through NovoEd , called Creativity: Music to My Ears. The course starts on April 2 nd 2014 and last for six-weeks. The course is designed to explore several factors that stimulate creativity in individuals, teams, and organizations.

Expert 128

A Primer for Content Managers 

Coffee and Design

Have you come across Doug’s post on LinkedIn? Lynda.com: What Content Managers Do (and Why They’re So Important). Doug’s point about the behind the scenes effort of a Content Manager doesn’t communicate the severity of the need for content management. “But the work of the content manager is never done.

Why do we need to know the hottest eLearning trends? Why not innovate learning with what we already have?

Coffee and Design

Ladan Nikravan Senior Editor at MediaTec Publishing , asked the following question in a LinkedIn group that I follow, Chief Learning Officer Magazine. “What Are Today’s Hottest Learning Trends? Every year there’s new learning and development technology in the market, but many of the tools and trends don’t stick. In your opinion, what are the best tools and trends currently on the market, and what would you advise your peers to adopt?”

How To Dethrone Google, and Who Will Likely Do It (Hint: Not Facebook)

Coffee and Design

Really enjoyed your post @derekbrown. As Google already is, they must fight to maintain the value that they have built for their market. But what I believe sets them apart from the Yahoos and Microsofts that they have surpassed with leaps and bounds is that they are risking being innovative to add new value to what they offer. Google understands that to be successful in the tech world they must maintain value but also add value.

Google 121

The Ins and Outs of Connecting Technologies in a Modern Learning Ecosystem

Speaker: TJ Seabrooks, former CEO at Rustici Software

Have you ended up with a collection of content inputs and data outputs that might be hard to wrangle? If your organization uses multiple LMSs and has content coming from many different places, or you’re heading in this direction, this webinar is for you.

What would our eLearning designs become if we worked in one of Google’s 8 Crazy Offices?

Coffee and Design

I am currently enjoying the Creativity: Music to My Ears MOOC through NovoEd via the instructor, Tina Seeling from Stanford University. I came across something today that perhaps you may identify with. Does your habitat foster creativity? Tina shared that the problem is many of us are working in environments that do not allow us to express our creativity. But there are innovative companies that know how to provide a space for creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, new ideas, etc. are welcomed!

Google 119

Lynda.com vs. Atomic Learning

Coffee and Design

I have recently been asked to represent my department on a committee to decide with the instructional video offerings of Atomic Learning are meeting the needs of our university students, faculty, and staff. My university recently had a contract with Lynda.com but we switched to Atomic Learning almost a year ago now and there have been many complaints from all audiences.

Is It Possible That Online Students Want To Talk To Each Other?

Coffee and Design

Last week I shared a snibit from Mat Honan’s article which I also have included below and discussed that our eLearners are social. If you are interested in this topic, check out my tag, Social Presence. As The Internet has improved over the years we now are able to communicate with each other in many different ways. As we all know, this occurs globally… all around the world. We can experience these events in real time.

Embed 114

Chind?gu, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and eLearning

Coffee and Design

I have been participating in a MOOC that I am involved with through NovoEd , called Creativity: Music to My Ears. It started last week and the instructor, Tina Seeling from Stanford University shared that her ultimate goal in her first lecture is to help students come up with the big ideas and bring them to life.

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

Can we determining best practices for learning in different types of MOOCs, e.g., xMOOCs and cMOOCs?

Coffee and Design

I came across an interview today between eLeanring evangelist, Michael Feldstein from Stanford University and Martin Weller from Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology. The interview took place at the 2013 MOOC Research Initiative Conference back in December. If you are interested in the issues related to the use of technology in support of education, e.g., MOOCs, online learning, etc. be sure you check out this out and join the conversation.