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? Me: Im an instructional designer. Im sort of distracted by the naked boy who just ran by (not mine). How do you explain yourself?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Designers: Do You Have a Degree in ID?

Learning Visions

Friday, November 02, 2007 Instructional Designers: Do You Have a Degree in ID? Im curious what other folks experiences has been. If youre working as an instructional designer, do you have an advanced degree? What do you think counts more? Clive says, "I must confess I dont really care how someone has acquired their knowledge of the subject, but I do care whether they are constantly striving to do a better job." Im so happy to see you post this up.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Name That Tool

Learning Visions

Friday, May 01, 2009 Name That Tool I just got a FaceBook query from someone and I thought you all could help: Im looking for a tool you might have come across, but I dont even know what product/programming group it belongs to. Id want to be able to do a couple things with the data before giving the user feedback. Im sure I could do a better job describing this, so let me know if Ive been clear. What tool do you think hes looking for?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Women, Gaming & the Guild Master Ceiling

Learning Visions

A basic premise of the book is that gamers are on their way into the workplace and will be changing how we do business. Im concerned that women will be excluded if such a focus is put on gaming skills -- or at least the gamer label. Im just raising some questions. I think there may be a difference in whether girls identify themselves as gamers or not, even if they do play games. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Currently Working On.

Learning Visions

Plenty to do, but not in a frantic way. More just-in-time performance support tools; "hey, how do I do that?" " Most Awesome Project Ever This project kicks ass, if I do say so myself. Im a convert. Yes, Im an English major who writes mostly text bullets instead of novels. So Im curious: what drove you to revisit theory? Cammy, Im glad to hear you so revved up. Jane -- In theory, Im not against theory.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Second Life Backlash and Controversy

Learning Visions

And Im not implying that Im a Second Life naysayer. As you may know, Ive only been there once. 3) And then this morning, I was pointed to this one by my CTO: Gartner: five reasons why business should avoid Second Life by John Pospisil. Christopher Simpson also comments: As for doing business, holding meetings and such in SL, its really a matter of what works and what doesnt. But they do like to use it to visit new places or do group activities."

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: DIY vs. Formal Learning

Learning Visions

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 DIY vs. Formal Learning DIY Learning (Do-it-Yourself) is the term of the week, it seems. Elliot Masies most recent Learning Trends newsletter leads with the headline "DIY: Do It Yourself Trends". He quotes an article by Dion Hinchcliffe in ZD Net in which Dion states, The idea of DIY (Do It Yourself) is to get developers and IT departments out of the demand loop and letting users self-service themselves. What do you think?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Building Community in Second Life: Renaissance Island

Learning Visions

Friday, August 24, 2007 Building Community in Second Life: Renaissance Island As you know, Ive been trying to walk-the-talk and experiment a bit with Second Life, role my virtual sleeves up and see what all the fuss is about. had become involved in Ren Island: I became involved in Ren Island like most people did.they happened to find out about (I did through a good friend who did a lot of the build) some time hanging around and enjoying it, and then volunteered to do stuff.

How L&D Can Deliver Real Strategic Impact to the Organization

Enyota Learning

Or, specifically, how can learning and development contribute to your business’s success story? Here are some ways that L&D can make a strategic business impact: 1. Embracing the latest technologies out there on the market has become crucial to business survival. Learning and development departments that will drive strategic impact can do so by creating learning strategies that are contextual, specific, and timely. Business leaders trust quantifiable results.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: All Work And No Learning.

Learning Visions

Lately, work has just felt way too busy. Sometimes I just want to punch in the proverbial time card and go home and do the rest of my life. Of continuing to do the same crappy job, because you know how to crank out that kind of crap in the necessary time frame? How does one build learning into work -- how do you build learning into work -- when you just dont feel like you have the time? Lessons learned meetings (do people still do this?

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: All The Worlds A-Twitter

Learning Visions

That sort of freaked me out and I momentarily panicked -- how do I reply back and just how did they find me so fast? (oh, Not a bad start-up time, if I do say so myself. Like Tracy Hamilton , Im enjoying the endless thought streams. I know that Karyn Romeis has a cold. Im having fun hearing the stream of peoples activities and thoughts ("ambient intimacy"), but is that all there is to it? SoulSoup sent me a link to a post hed worked up on Twitter for business.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Value of Instructional Designers

Learning Visions

Reuben on the downside of rapid e-Learning tools: The emergence of "easy-to-use" authoring tools, however, has tempted us to believe that the instructional designer can do it all! In reducing the value of an instructional designer by handing them tools to be lone gunmen, we have created the problem of believing we can replace or eliminate the instructional designer, since our in-house resident experts can do the very same job. Do you think you actually add any value these days? [I

The ongoing work of learning standards

Litmos

And then the IMS (an initiative of Educause before being spun out as an independent effort) started creating standards, as did the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the major body in the US responsible for computing standards. The ability to track learning, critical to a Learning Management System (which really is a Course Management System), requires knowing who has done what, and how well. Then you should be designing interventions to address those gaps.

What is Screencasting?

TechSmith Camtasia

Think of your apps, websites, IMs, emails, and everything that makes up your digital world. We make Snagit and Camtasia because we know that being able to capture your computer screen at work increases productivity. You’re already doing the onboarding. How many times a day do you have to answer the same question? How do I reconnect to the printer?”. How do I access those Q4 files again?”. You know. What could screencasting do for your bids?

Why Companies Should Spend More on Social Learning | Social.

Dashe & Thomson

technologies into our training programs, but rarely do we find a client that wants to create a robust learning environment comprised of both formal and informal components. The figure was highest among large businesses, 42% of which spent money on informal learning during the year. Among industries, a greater number of technology companies and business services/consulting firms spent money on these tools.

Sales eLearning – 21 Great Resources

Tony Karrer

Instructional and Performance Strategies for Sales eLearning Learning Theory 101 for Sales and Marketing Professionals (Part 1) - Business Casual , October 13, 2008 When consulting with sales and marketing professionals who work for companies that create training products and programs, I try not to be a "training purist" when discussion goes to "positioning" their product for the market. What’s an instructional designer doing attending sales training?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Market Differences in eLearning

Learning Visions

Monday, March 23, 2009 Market Differences in eLearning Im a fan of the number 42. But I know of few variable cases too: 1. I know of companies who only hire instructional designers and buy Rapid elearning tools and expect the ID to do it all themselves to reduce the cost and over head of hiring graphic designers as well. Always do. Do watch out, Im very keen to know what people would say. Sometimes you want to do more than theres time for.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: 31 Days: Day 25 (Go Shopping)

Learning Visions

Often I have two small kids in tow or Im trying to check ten things off a list during my lunch hour. I like to go to stores where I know the layout. I like to know how long this blog has been around. A good aggregator (like Stephen Downes) will get me the info I need so Im not missing the really juicy stuff. Im sure many of you are the same. Do you have any great shopping tips that can be applied to blogging? Its too busy. Im too distracted.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Essential Reading for Instructional Design?

Learning Visions

Im not looking for the obtuse theory books. Im already feeling a bit overwhelmed. Im about halfway through Michael Allens new book, Designing Successful E-Learning. Between you and John Im going to need to ask for a visit to Ikea for a new bookshelf too! In addition to van Merrianboer and Norman, dont miss Writing Training Materials That Work: How to train anyone to do anything by Foshay and Silber. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

The Adventures of Developing an e-learning Course!

ID Reflections

What type of IT support or technology do you need? Who is the business client? Whose buy-in do you require to ensure that there is post-rollout support provided to the learners? Will this solve the business problem? What is/are the business need(s) that it aims to fulfill? Are all the client-side stakeholders (SMEs, line managers, learning and development team, business managers, technicians, etc.)

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Making Six Sigma Training Fun

Learning Visions

Do you think I went too far with the rubber duck motif? Cammy: Although I like to think Im good-humored, I am leery of "humor" or "fun" (scare quotes are deliberate) injected into training like salt water into a frozen turkey. If they were an info services company, Id focus on how we land and manage the Acme Rubber Duck outsourcing business. Im glad youre on board with my ducks! Anybody knows that rubber ducks can make a real splash. but, you know.).

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: College Women on Gamers: They Giggle

Learning Visions

That said, Im a little concerned that the gamer mentality is sometimes presented as important to corporate culture and that as a result women should get into gaming. This seems to echo the stale pattern in which women adapt to a male-dominated business culture. Im a bit of an über a-hole when it comes to stereotypical representations - the giggly "girl" (which is the name of this episode) just lights my match. I play geography games, but Im not a gamer.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Theory vs. Application in Instructional Design: One Academics View

Learning Visions

Im still a really hands-on person. Or maybe Im just too lazy and poor. Now, Im not linking to John just because he is full of praise of me (which is nice and somewhat embarrassing, I must admit.), John asks, "So does it matter if Cammy knows (and I have no idea if she does) what the Dick/Carey , Smith/Ragan, or Morrison/Ross/Kemp models are? Does she need to know those?" Do you think it matters? Do I use ADDIE? Im with you, Maria!

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Building Measurement into Our Training-Development Process

Learning Visions

Roy takes business line; Will takes the professional learning side. Hit Us Hard 31% Hurt A Little 33% Not Much Effect 33% Helped Us 3% (Is "it hasnt hurt us yet, but Im nervous" an answer?) Measuring Learning 3 Reasons to Measure Learning Prove Benefits Support Learning (testing is a useful learning strategy that helps people retain info) Improve Design Outcomes Planning Wheel (Roys model) What business need(s) will be met? What will participants do different and better?

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Memoirs of an "Instructional Designer"

Learning Visions

My current business card says Im a "Manager of Instructional Design". I have learned everything I "know" about instructional design and teaching by doing. I started my professional life in operations -- behind the scenes helping people do their jobs better. After a few years, I got involved in an IT initiative (then it was called MIS) -- designing a new software application to support our call center business. But at this point, Im here to stay.

Podcast 14: Managing Nonprofit Member Education at The Land Trust Alliance

Talented Learning

Q&A HIGHLIGHTS: As many people know, I live on a farm, so conservation and natural resources are a big part of my life. But I didn’t know about land trusts until I met you four years ago, Mary. How do you do that? How do you educate such diverse volunteer groups? We thought a forum could fill that gap, and it turned out to be a situation where a constraint created an opportunity. What other types of interests do you serve?

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning

Learning Visions

Do They? ) Im a linear reader in recovery and have been actively learning how to skim books and not feel guilty about it. Although Im not in active instructional design mode for any projects right now, I did jot a bunch of ideas. 14) Its not whether or not you played games or still do, its simply the fact that you were shaped by a popular culture that was shaped by video games. those born between 1991-2000), Im a bit of an ape (no offense to apes, mind you).

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Meeting Face to Face

Learning Visions

Its nice to know who youre really talking to. If I notice Im losing someones attention in class, Ill instantly make direct eye-contact, maybe raise an eyebrow, and start talking directly to that student, and most of the time. ha Do we undervalue non-verbal communication? I dont do any online teaching at the moment, but I do a lot of online collaboration on projects -- reviewing content with SMEs, going over storyboards, etc. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

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Facebook for e-Learning

eFront

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. They can share files, send private message and do much more through a fast and intuitive interface. Apps and tools are great but do most materials currently used work with social networks?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Corporate Crush, Realized

Learning Visions

I totally know what you mean by "corporate crush". Nice to know that these dreams are sometimes realized! In a busy kind of way. :) 10:03 PM Jenise Cook said. Dreams do come true, and Im very happy for you, Cammy. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew! Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Sunday, May 10, 2009 Corporate Crush, Realized Have you ever had a corporate crush?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: So What Kind of a Gamer Are You?

Learning Visions

At Phil Charrons suggestion, Im taking this next poll a bit deeper. Instead, I want to know about your regular computer/digital game playing habits. So Cammy, I play most of the games you listed, although, I currently do not have an account in any MMORPGs. The reason is that I am just too busy. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew! Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Emerging Technologies in e-Learning

Learning Visions

In the 90s there were one or two ways to do e-Learning: CDRoms and then the web. Anytime a new thing comes out its described as "revolutionary" - its going to change the way we do things. Just like a vending machine, you do it by yourself. Incremental: Some forms of online training support current ways of doing things Virtual classrooms, presentation software, authoring tools, assessment tools, LMS. Disruptive technologies radically change how we do things.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Who Gets to Be Called an Instructional Designer?

Learning Visions

When do you cross the line and enter the hallowed world of Instructional Design? Is it your business card? Do I claim the title of Instructional Designer? Whether these people are really sure of what they are doing, is a big question mark. In my opinion, the one who knows instructional designing reasonably well can be called an Instructional Designer. Im with you all. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Designer as Consultant?

Learning Visions

There seems to be a mix between contract and full time positions, and Im not sure how to read into that. I dont know how to interpret this, nor are my findings indicative of any official status in IDs. Youve gotten me to start thinking about what I do in a different way. There are currently two instructional designers in our organization, though we do not often work directly with one another. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

Free e-Learning books

eFront

> 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? Whether you currently teach online or you are thinking about doing it in the future, we are here to help you sort through this process and we hope that this handbook might help you along the way.