The Big Question - What I Learned About Learning in 2009

Upside Learning

The Big Question posed on Learning Circuits this time,as always , is thought provoking –. It’s going to radically alter elearning and I must understand what we need do to continue delivering effective learning solutions.

August Big Question - Feedback

eLearning Cyclops

The Learning Circuits' Big Question for August is to provide feedback on the "Big Question" itself. I have a high opinion of it and have always enjoyed reflecting on the questions posed and reading the responses posted. One of the goals of the Big Question is to "Get different perspectives on topics that are of interest to workplace learning professionals." I feel the Big Question achieves that goal.

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2010 Predictions - Big Question

eLearning Cyclops

January's Big Question at the Learning Circuits blog asks for our 2010 predictions. There will be much more reflection on what works online and what is more effectively taught in the traditional classroom. Tablets will be very popular in 2010 and eventually some will add ability to effectively display reader friendly book text. So, here we go; m-Learning continues to grow.

April's Big Question

eLearning Cyclops

In a nutshell, this month's Big Question is, do you ever get stuck getting new solutions or ideas accepted and implemented by your organization or client? Identifying training needs, offering the most effective solutions and in some cases identifying human performance issues and strategies to resolve them.

ASTD's Big Question for December 2008: New Learning

Kapp Notes

The ASTD Big question this month is What did you learn about learning in 2008? Mobile Learning Via Audio Lesson One: If you want to find out how to create effective mobile learning, purchase a Nintendo DS and some educational games. Tags: ASTD Big Question

The Right Place to Find Help: ASTD's Big Question

Kapp Notes

This month's ASTD Big Question on the Learning Circuit's Blog is about Social Networking and finding help and expertise if you have a question or a concern for which you need input and/or advice. But, then the question breaks into sub-questions.

Learning Circuits April Big Question: Are We There Yet

Kapp Notes

The Learning Circuit's Blog question for this month is " ILT and Off-The-Shelf Vendors, What Should they Do ?" I am going to answer that question by recanting a story from Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning.

Reflecting on 2009's Posts - Big Question

eLearning Cyclops

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." In 2009, I learned that I was extremely lucky to have been part of, and to have learned from, such a cohesive, talented and very effective team of trainers.

Big Question for January - Quality vs. Speed

Tony Karrer

The Big Question on the LCB for January is: What are the trade offs between quality learning programs and rapid e-learning and how do you decide? There's a lot involved in this question and I plan to revisit it several times during the month. And it's not just an ROI question.

The Big Question: Keeping up

Clive on Learning

The April Big Question in the Learning Circuits Blog is simply ‘how do we keep up?’ At one level this question can be answered very simply, because keeping up has never been easier. Perhaps the more important question, then, is ‘do I really need to?’

The February BIG QUESTION!

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

What Questions Should We Be Asking? Well, I think the biggest question is STILL, "Why US?". Maybe the question is "Do we still add value to the new learning equation?" That's the question I want answers too. (My I am a big fan and highly respect her work.

Big Question - Presenting the Value of Social Media for Learning

eLearning Cyclops

Learning Circuit's Big Question this month is "How do I communicate the value of social media as a learning tool to my organization?" In response, I have put together a list of strategies I feel are important and if done right can be effective. Management buy-in Demo its use to decision makers. Show them case studies (from your industry, if possible, and emphasize return on investment (ROI)). Emphasize ROI again. Can it increase sales, reduce losses, limit errors, etc.?

Learning Circuits Big Question: Avoiding Death by PowerPoint

Kapp Notes

This month the Learning Circuits Blog Big Question is about PowerPoint. The question: PowerPoint: What is Appropriate? The presentation shows animated examples and how I converted some traditional slides into slides that are much more effective.

Design Day and the ASTD Big Question for July

Kapp Notes

Around the same time, the ASTD Learning Circuits Blog had the July "Big Question" which was "Choosing Tools" which is actually a series of questions: How does the eLearning design process need to change to accommodate such a wide variety of tools? So now that I established that point, the next question is "Can certain attributes of different media be leverage for learning?"

Big Question Follow-up - Are There Trade-Offs?

Tony Karrer

The Big Question for January - Quality vs. Speed received some responses that caught me a bit off-guard. Several people have stated in various ways that they question the question (with language that ranges from "implicit assumption" to "dumb" to "insane"). I posted on LCB a follow-up set of questions that gets at some of the contention. And yes, there are types of solutions that have a dramatically different cost-effect curve.

Don’t attempt to convert e-Learning to m-Learning – they’re different.


The question raised by the member was – “What are the key challenges in developing e-Learning content for mobile devices?” The biggest challenge with mobile-based instructions (MBI) is the reading area, which is very small even on a big smartphone. Mobile Learning can expand your reach.

LCB's Big Question - Should All Learning Professionals be Blogging?

Tony Karrer

Over on LCB , The Big Question for October has been posted: Should All Learning Professionals be Blogging? This is an interesting question and it's quite timely given recent occurrences. Okay, so to me this is a timely question, but I want to avoid the "Should all do it?" question. A forum or mailing list is most effective if everyone agrees to go to that single location and abide by those norms. Post a response to the LCB Big Question.

The Big Question: Leading the charge

Clive on Learning

In the Learning Circuits Blog , Tony Karrer poses a whole series of questions related to the role of learning and development professionals in promoting informal learning / social learning / learning 2.0

Impact of informal learning: output learning #LCBQ

Challenge to Learn

The question of the month #LCBQ is: How do you assess whether your informal learning, social learning, continuous learning and performance support initiatives have the desired impact or if they achieve the desired results? So this is an excellent question.

On demand: agile e-Learning development #LCBQ

Challenge to Learn

The Learning Circuits Big Question this month is: How do you address the “I want it now!&# We had a lot of discussion on this question but I would like to approach this months question from the perspective of the e-learning author.

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The Big Question: What did you learn about learning in 2009?

Clive on Learning

Quite a lot actually.

The Big Question: What will workplace learning look like in 10 years?

Clive on Learning

Another month of my life gone, another Big Question from the Learning Circuits Blog. And the questions don't get any easier do they? The command and control mentality is not going to go away quietly and so I'm not optimistic about the widespread effect of social media.

Context, Context, Context will make e-Learning work! #LCBQ May

Challenge to Learn

The question at the Learning circuits blog in May is: How do we need to change in what we do in order to address learning/performance needs that are on-demand? We need to make e-Learning more effective and we need to make e-Learning work!

The LCB Big Question Reframed: Should More Learning Professionals Be Blogging?

Tony Karrer

Separately, Dave Lee ( The Learning Circuits Blog: Throwing a Big Community Net ) has provided a couple of interesting follow-up opportunities including keeping track of conversations across various posts that relate to the original post and a poll. Not sure I can capture these differences effectively - it's just a "feel" right now. On the other hand, sometimes I feel that a discussion group immediately derails the conversation by forcing you into a question you didn't want to ask.

The Big Question: What did you learn about learning in 2008?

Clive on Learning

The Learning Circuits Blog Big Question for December is 'what did you learn about learning in 2008?' Multimodal learning is 21% more effective when used to address basic skills and 20% more effective when addressing higher order skills.

The Big Question: How do I communicate the value of social media as a learning tool to my organisation?

Clive on Learning

This month’s Big Question in the ASTD Learning Circuits Blog is ‘How do I communicate the value of social media as a learning tool to my organisation?’ Because it is in their interests to gain whatever knowledge and skills they need to perform effectively.

The big question for January: quality v speed

Clive on Learning

The Learning Circuits big question for January asks "What are the trade offs between quality learning programs and rapid e-learning and how do you decide?" Well, there's an assumption underlying this and I'm questioning it. Who says e-learning materials that take a long time to produce are necessarily high quality, let alone relevant or effective?

Just Do It!

Upside Learning

The Learning Circuits’ Big Question this month is: How to Get Unstuck ? I’m responding to this question from a business owner’s perspective. Demonstrating the effectiveness or worth of your ideas may be just as difficult, so be prepared to expend personal energy and time on this.

eLearning Cyclops: The Other Stakeholder Wants It Now Too #LCBQ

eLearning Cyclops

I recently posted my response to the Learning Circuits Big Question (LCBQ). They want quality, effective courses when and where they needed it, but I am sure they also want the instructional designers to be given the time needed to design and develop such a thing. Labels: Big Question , Big_Question , e-Learning. One More Thing to Add - Big Question #LCBQ. My Big Question Response - Predictions for My 2011.

eLearning Cyclops: A Priest, A Rabbi and an Instructional Designer.

eLearning Cyclops

The Learning Circuits Big Question is how do we address the "I want it now" demand from stakeholders. FYI: There are occasions where these actually may be more effective than a course, but that is usually identified during the design phase. This does not solve the problem, but reiterates the need for a more effective development timeline and approach. Labels: Big Question , Big_Question , e-Learning , ISD. It's The Big Question #LCBQ.

List to Learn, Learn to List

Kapp Notes

This month's ASTD Big Question is, again, a series of questions. Apparently one BIG question is not enough for the learning and development community. We aim to exceed expectations.

Why Open Content is Not Yet Adopted in the Workplace

Kapp Notes

ASTD's Big Question for March is How do we leverage open content in workplace learning? This constantly astonishes me, humans can generalize very effectively and we can learn from a variety of types of content, even if it is not totally customized to our situation. Content devoid of instructional strategies is not effective for many learners (some can leverage the materials, many cannot). Tags: ASTD Big Question

Do we really need to design differently for the so called "Digital Natives"?

Kapp Notes

This month, I worked with Tony Karrer to help create the ASTD Big Question (which always seems to be multiple questions under one big theme.) The main question is Learning design differences for Digital Natives?

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. This posting is some of that advice that've found to be effective. Tags: ASTD Big Question First from eLearning Learning , Here are my top posts. Online Games for Teaching Business Concepts and Ideas.

Learning for Sales Effectiveness

Learning Cafe

This session proposes a serious discussion about challenges, approaches and effectiveness of online sales training in building team performance. Big Questions. Are there any business using effective online sales training? Session Overview.

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