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The Burden to Have an Informed Opinion

Tom Spiglanin

I thought too about other sources of information, such as television news. Even journal articles aren’t necessarily credible sources of information today. The Burden to Have an Informed Opinion. Patti Shank recently wrote about the Burden of an Informed Opinion. She eloquently distinguished having an opinion from having an informed opinion. Having an informed opinion, the result of critical thinking, is a core component of personal knowledge management.

How to Create Effective Test Questions

CourseArc

Since online learning often separates teachers from learners across time and distance, we rely on evaluations – in the form of tests, quizzes and assessments – to judge each student’s successful comprehension of the content (and to judge how well the course designers presented their information). If every student answers a question correctly, does that mean your question is too easy, or is it a perfect example of an effective test question?

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How to Measure Online Course Effectiveness

CourseArc

Instructional designers aim to provide the necessary content to accomplish these goals, but sometimes the delivery of a course or training isn’t very effective. Luckily, there’s a proven process that helps you measure the effectiveness of your courses and start to fix any problems in their delivery. This level seeks to evaluate whether your learners acquired the information, skills, and knowledge they were expecting to obtain.

Inspire to learn

Learning with 'e's

I'm quite at home in this area of academia, and my thinking is shaped and informed by these disciplines, so I was delighted to be invited to speak. All of my content is licensed under Creative Commons, so that others who wish to, can freely use it, repurpose it, and redistribute it without cost. For me, it's the best possible discipline to apply to my practice as I strive to become a better teacher and a more effective learner. Unported License.

#EDENchat How effective is mobile learning?

Learning with 'e's

British Summer Time when we will engage in a free flowing, question driven discussion on the question ''How effective is mobile learning?'' I hope you will join us tonight for an hour of informal learning and sharing. Photo by Johan Larsson on Wikimedia Commons #EDENchat How effective is mobile learning? by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Sound Effects in E-learning: Top 8 Sample Music Sites

CommLab India

Many instructional designers add music and/or other sound effects to make their e-learning courses more interesting for learners. So, why don’t we provide background music and/or other sound effects in our e-learning courses ? It is also important to remember, we should add music and/or sound effects only when they enhance the learning experience. Audionautix : All music in this online collection is created by Jason Shaw and released under the Creative Commons License 3.0.

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I Believe in the Importance of a Personal Learning Network

Tom Spiglanin

I recently came across this description, which fits well: “A PLN is an aspect of (the larger professional network), where the individual has a group of people within his or her virtual professional network, and the relationship with each is based upon a common interest, collaborative project or research. Recognizing this learning and making good use of it requires effective personal knowledge management practices. International License. International License.

I Believe in the Many Emerging Roles for Learning and Development Professionals

Tom Spiglanin

It may not have been effective, but it was accessible to a large, geographically dispersed audience. A sizable number of employees are more adept at finding information than those in Learning and Development. Like many professions who feel they “own” content areas, the strategy of being the sole purveyor of organizational knowledge can’t scale to keep up with the growth rate of information available at every employee’s fingertips.

I Believe in the Inverse Relationship Between Experience and the Value of Formal Learning

Tom Spiglanin

To be clear, I’m not talking about learning styles or preferences, nor am I making assumptions about attention spans or preferences for the format of information. Conversely, informal methods have very high value for the expert but relatively low value for those new to a given field. ” This is effectively a form of mobile learning, and mobile users represent an increasingly large fraction of employees. International License. International License.

The ripple effect

Learning with 'e's

Anyone who is interested in the social media phenomenon would be very interested to read this from Abday Adhikari, writing in the Guardian : Every time we publish information on the internet, we are effectively starting a conversation, because people can respond or react to it. We are susceptible to the ripple effect, but direction changes can be made if the network requires them. Unported License.

I Believe in the Importance of Personal Knowledge Management

Tom Spiglanin

But how do we sort through all this information, effectively filter content, judge the good from bad, and make sense of it all? The latter might be defined as, “the process of capturing, developing, sharing, and effectively using organisational knowledge.” We all recognize Internet search as one way we find information. This step in our PKM plan is partly about exercising common sense, but also requires critical thinking. International License.

I Believe in the Value of Sharing

Tom Spiglanin

I’m not talking about the monetary value of a social share (which business people are keen on doing ), but rather the less tangible value that comes from sharing knowledge, making an individual more productive, effective, and efficient. Proprietary information must be steadfastly protected, such as organizational knowledge, unique processes, trade secrets, products in development, and intellectual property, among others. International License. International License.

Revisiting 70:20:10

Tom Spiglanin

Lombardo at the Center for Creative Leadership and formally described in Lombardo and Eichinger’s book, The Career Architect Development Planner , published in 1996. As for brand persona and elements, 70:20:10 does have some of these, largely in acknowledging that informal learning comprises the preponderance of learning in the workplace. As mentioned earlier, the concept comes out of the Center for Creative Leadership. International License.

Revisiting 70:20:10

Tom Spiglanin

Lombardo at the Center for Creative Leadership and formally described in Lombardo and Eichinger’s book, The Career Architect Development Planner , published in 1996. As for brand persona and elements, 70:20:10 does have some of these, largely in acknowledging that informal learning comprises the preponderance of learning in the workplace. As mentioned earlier, the concept comes out of the Center for Creative Leadership. International License.

MOOCs In Workplace Learning – Part 2: Designing a MOOC

Learnnovators

@ ignatia (Inge de Waard) describes MOOCs thus in her Master’s Thesis: “MOOC is above all referring to a pedagogical model with independent learners, access to information, opportunity to create emerging, spontaneous, yet not directed learning communities, etcetera. Organizations are beginning to realize this and are seeking to shift their learning strategy to more fluid and dynamic methodologies like MOOCs, social and informal learning.

Learning and the Changing Workplace – Part 3

Tom Spiglanin

When an organization’s data, information, platforms, and services are housed in the cloud and outside the corporate firewall, employees have more facile access to their information and will be more free to work at times and places of their choosing. Illustration of both the hierarchical workplace network and the public network from the perspective of a single connected worker, who is effectively a node on both networks. International License.

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Learning and the Changing Workplace – Part 1

Tom Spiglanin

Jay Cross recently summarized presentations by Peter Henschel from 1999, calling for changes in L&D and how most learning is social and largely informal. Informal learning is increasingly acknowledged as important, but viewed as the responsibility of individuals and their managers, not a role for L&D. Informal learning remains something outside the L&D purview. This work by Tom Spiglanin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0

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MOOCS IN WORKPLACE LEARNING – PART 2: DESIGNING A MOOC

Learnnovators

@ ignatia (Inge de Waard) describes MOOCs thus in her Master’s Thesis: “MOOC is above all referring to a pedagogical model with independent learners, access to information, opportunity to create emerging, spontaneous, yet not directed learning communities, etcetera. Organizations are beginning to realize this and are seeking to shift their learning strategy to more fluid and dynamic methodologies like MOOCs, social and informal learning.

Copyright and Intellectual Property in Instructional Design

Obsidian Learning

In today’s world, access to just about any kind of information imaginable is available at the click of a button. In learning and development, and instructional and graphics design, it can be tempting to use such resources to demonstrate a procedure (YouTube video), illustrate a point (funny photo/meme), or simply improve the auditory and/or visual presentation of your content (sound effects/cool graphics).

Small Changes Make a Difference

Tom Spiglanin

Charles Jennings (who will be speaking at the ASTD conference this week) has promoted a 70:20:10 framework for organizational learning, where on-the-job and informal learning represents the preponderance of each employee’s overall learning. It took about two hours, and I learned enough that I’m confident I could now effect the repair in less than a third the time – I learned that much by just doing the task and meeting the challenges as they arose.

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Old technologies don't die

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Photo by Steve Wheeler We connect with each other and with information in many ways. They are accessing information, listening to music, watching TV or a movie, perhaps making a call to a friend or family member. We can connect to information in many ways, and we should never rule out completely the older, more traditional technologies, because they still have uses. Unported License.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Jane Bozarth: Better than Bullet Points

Learning Visions

Effective design using PPT as a tool. It’s very easy to load content on slides – but it takes more creativity to move learner to actual understanding! “Select, organize and integrate&# Select important information Organize it into meaningul wholes Integrate it with real world problems Select: Help the learner understand what they’re going to do. Taking information and applying it to a real problem How do we keep from overloading learners?

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eLearning Tip: The Difference Between Copyright Free and Royalty Free

eLearning Brothers

Finding quality assets (images, sound effects, video, etc.) Royalty Free – The right to use copyrighted material or intellectual property without the need to pay royalties or license fees for each “use” or per volume sold, or some time period of use or sales. Creative Commons – These licenses allow creators to communicate which rights they reserve, and which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients or other creators.

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How to Make Sure Your Course Meets Its Learning Objectives

CourseArc

Scientists, economists, accountants, and mathematicians all have one thing in common: they all deal in “absolutes.” To be effectively measured, these objectives must be framed in terms of the ABCD guidelines proposed by educational psychologist and theorist Robert Mager to include: A = Audience. Image: “ Bullseye ” by Emilio Kuffer, via Flickr Creative Commons License.

Motivated Learners Find A Way

Tom Spiglanin

While the device is touch sensitive, what enables Ari’s speech is the eyegaze attachment that reads her eye position and uses that gaze information to control the mouse pointer. Despite all these challenges, Ari is learning to use the eyegaze device effectively. They’re on laptops looking up many pieces of information, from the organization the facilitator represents to details of the topic far beyond the confines of the classroom. International License.

I Believe that Learning is Inherently Social

Tom Spiglanin

We may follow a manual to effect a repair we’ve never attempted before. Learning by experience can be quite effective. ” But while effective, it isn’t terribly efficient on its own. Learning alone may be effective, but very inefficient. It’s efficient in some ways, but it’s not effective. It seems to be both effective and efficient at transferring skills, knowledge, and even attitudes about the Starbucks customer experience.

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The Work-Life Balance Myth

Tom Spiglanin

Today, however, it’s much more common for technologies, especially Internet-based, to find widespread use outside traditional organizations and only slowly make their way inside. Today, our mobile devices keep us perpetually connected to our online resources, our personal information, and our social networks wherever we are, including while at work. People instinctively reach for their personal smart phones and start searching for key information the team needs to move forward.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Kineo Webinar on Webinars!

Learning Visions

Join Kineos Mark Harrison for a free webinar on webinars: Building effective content for your online sessions. Cammy at Learning Solutions #ls2010 Audio Interview with Will Thalheimer on Common Des. Interview with Tony Karrer on Informal and Social. Wendy Wickham This work by Cammy Bean is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

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“Good Enough” in Learning and Development

Tom Spiglanin

20% should be self-directed, social, and informal, leaving 70% for experiential learning in the workplace. Clark looked at formal learning, the 10% portion of learning, as the enabler of the remaining 90% – first the 20% that is self-directed, social, and informal, and then the 70% that is experiential and in the routine flow of work. This is followed by the next 20% that is informal and social, resulting from a moderate but more prolonged effort. International License.

I Believe in the Erosion of Hierarchies

Tom Spiglanin

In the last several articles , we focused on aspects of the changing workplace and also discussed behaviors that those of us in the learning and development (L&D) role can adopt to help improve our effectiveness. The hierarchy is commonly represented with the org chart, a two-dimensional block diagram showing the authoritative wiring of the organization. ” 3 In fact, the flow of information along wirearchy-like paths has already been realized and not a future state.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Kineo Product Knowledge E-Learning Webinar

Learning Visions

Monday, July 13, 2009 Kineo Product Knowledge E-Learning Webinar Kineo will be holding a free webinar on creating effective product knowledge e-learning on July 16th, 2009. Keeping it short and focused: sales people who need product knowledge information work in challenging, fast paced and often noisy retail environments. Keeping costs down: Given the pace of change, product knowledge e-learning has got to be cost effective, otherwise the maintenance costs will be prohibitive.

The New Nerd

Tom Spiglanin

So I think the nerd effect is a real consideration with the adoption and acceptance of wearable smart objects. I’ve heard many things about why Google Glass failed as a wearable smart object (if you accept that it has failed), but this article by Steve Mierzejewski highlights four key failures: design, etiquette, security concerns, and superiority displays (referring to the effect of having what others don’t and flaunting it, whether intentionally or not).

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It’s Happening…

Tom Spiglanin

Formal training has never represented the preponderance of workplace learning, far surpassed by informal social learning and mentoring. Collaboration directly leads to informal social learning, and it’s inevitable. As people learn from their earlier efforts, their content will also improve in both quality and effectiveness over time. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Kineo Webinar: Compliance Training Case Study

Learning Visions

Sunday, August 23, 2009 Kineo Webinar: Compliance Training Case Study Kineo will be holding a free webinar on developing cost-effective compliance training on Thursday, August 27, 2009. Rapid E-learning provides an alternative to develop compliance training cost-effectively and quickly. Cammy at Learning Solutions #ls2010 Audio Interview with Will Thalheimer on Common Des. Wendy Wickham This work by Cammy Bean is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0

What a Difference a Year Makes

Tom Spiglanin

As I work through the online agenda planner, I’m looking sessions that help me better understand how to connect training to corporate strategy and how to improve the effectiveness of face-to-face training opportunities. Last year I was primarily focused on integrating informal and social activities into organizational learning programs. This work by Tom Spiglanin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0