Mind the gap!

Learning with 'e's

Instead, let me say that the ''listening but not hearing'' problem is just one of the ''gaps'' teachers and students experience just about every day in education - chasms and transactional distances that can open up between intentions of one person and misrepresentations of another. It''s a serious problem. Sounds like a no-brainer, I know, but it''s actually a lot more complex and nuanced than that. Images from various sources Mind the gap!

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. That’s where most creative talent in organizations go.

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Obama’s Going to Close the Skills Gap. But Does It Even Exist?

Mindflash

So what could possibly be the trouble with more retraining to close the ‘skills gap’? Skills Gap, What Skills Gap? Nobel laureate and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has long led the charge of those asserting the skills gap is mostly fictional. “ Structural unemployment is a fake problem , which mainly serves as an excuse for not pursuing real solutions,” he has written.

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?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Do Instructional Design Degrees Get "Wasted"?

Learning Visions

Friday, January 30, 2009 Do Instructional Design Degrees Get "Wasted"? ID student commented: My problem with the industry is that the degree in instructional design is required of management. Is the degreed-ID the department manager and not doing any actual design work? You need to know how to work with other groups and meet their needs." And lord knows that the battalions of MBAs in the financial industry havent heaped up laurels lately.)

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: I Say Instructional Designer, You Say Tomah-toe

Learning Visions

Tuesday, June 09, 2009 I Say Instructional Designer, You Say Tomah-toe As you may know, I struggle with describing what I do. My personal elevator speech when people ask me what I do for a living. "I teach people to do stuff using technology." I've been describing what I do as translating subject-matter expertise into a form most suited to the specified audience, and then applying the appropriate technology to deliver it.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Half of Companies Blocking Facebook

Learning Visions

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 Half of Companies Blocking Facebook Christy Tucker has been musing on Social Networking as LMS: Problems and Opportunities. One real problem is corporate fear of social networking tools. Of course, no company can do so, but many of them still try. Theyll understand that cultivating loyal users and employees by treating them right so that when they do talk about the company (which they will) theyll have nice things to say.

Conflict resolution

Learning with 'e's

The theory American psychologist Leon Festinger was interested in the conflict that we experience when our beliefs or values do not coincide with other values and beliefs. Festinger, 1957, p 2) How it can be applied in education A lot of learning is based upon making decisions and solving problems. Indeed, problem based learning is thought to be one of the most effective situated learning methods. Some problems we encounter in education have conflicting outcomes.

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? 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." Besides, he told me, I didnt have a degree in ID, so obviously I didnt know anything.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: When the Content is Really Boring.

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But what do you do when the content itself is just plain boring? Dont teach the learner what they already know. What do you do when youre handed a pile of content that makes you want to roll over and die of boredom? With any luck, the client has a reason why the learner needs to know the boring stuff. As in, the learner will actually DO something, preferably something useful, once they know the info. What else can you do really?

Light the blue touch paper.

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We know what is coming next, we can control it, and it doesn't tax our minds that much. But for today's schools and universities, where we should be trying to 'draw out from within', surely order and predictability run counter to creative learning and self-driven critical enquiry. Yet we can do so much more by encouraging students to question for themselves. Do we need anarchy in the school system? There are many possible solutions to ill-structured problems.

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

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in high school, which involved solving problems like figuring out the volume of weird spaces. 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? I had never seen such an excited group of people as the day I introduced ADDIE to the Project Management group and related that process to how they do business.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Second Life Backlash and Controversy

Learning Visions

As you may know, Ive only been there once. Steven Groves in the comments writes: What the Gartner report went on to say that you left out was a recommendation to continue on in a SL effort anyway, albeit with eyes open and cautiously, keeping a lookout for all the problems they cited. 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 perhaps we can do some of the key things (e.g.,

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Debunking the Learning Styles Myth

Learning Visions

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 Debunking the Learning Styles Myth As you may know, Ive been on a focused mission to better understand so-called learning styles and their place -- or not -- in e-Learning. I think the problem here is not with learning styles, but with the attempt to match the teaching to a particular style. There are generally many ah-ha moments as people understand the why of the rationale folks do things so differently from the way they do.

The State of Instructional Design

Tom Spiglanin

The challenge now is how best to do this when, at the same time, employees are also nearly always working as work and life become fused. If only designing an optimal solution for the workplace were as simple as knowing every possible alternative for a given knowledge need or performance gap and then choosing the best blend of approaches. This will mean finding ways to reach beyond the confines of what each of us know or what we’ve done. Just do it.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Design and Market Sector Differences

Learning Visions

In the survey Ive been running, Instructional Designers: Do You Have an Advanced Degree? But even within the corporate market, I know the roles of the instructional designer vary widely. What kinds of programs do you design? Do you have a graduate degree in ID? What do you do? What do you design? Do you have a graduate degree in ID? Personally, Ive had no problems switching back and forth between the academic and corporate sectors.

How to Make Online Learning Easy for First-Time eLearners

CourseArc

This is more than just a UX problem; it’s a barrier to continuing education and career advancement for millions of potential students. To help bridge these gaps — especially for older learners — you should balance the delivery of your material across multiple media types. Do not dive directly into core learning modules, or you may scare off your least-experienced eLearners. YouTube caption example by Jil Wright via Flickr’s Creative Commons License.

How to Find, and Embrace, Your Company’s Hidden Experts

Mindflash

Because the more we know what our “thing” is — the more we know our unique abilities — the better we can identify our inner “expert.”. Every company has hidden “experts” who, with some effort, can help support the organization by teaching what they know best — by sharing their expertise with the entire organization. What core skills do all employees need? What development do specific employees need?

Recap of our Twitter Chat with David Kelly: Why People #HateTraining

Mindflash

Too often training is used as a solution to problems it has no business being involved in. What we call learners is really someone looking for help doing their job. Additional tweets from participants: @kelly_smith01 – Another reason why folks #HateTraining is that they already know or have easy access to content – they don’t need it. tmiket – People #hatetraining b/c it’s often do TO them instead of FOR them.

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

Learning Visions

Can do an awful lot with PPT. It’s very easy to load content on slides – but it takes more creativity to move learner to actual understanding! Use scenarios – apply what you know to make a decision.Ask the learner to take info that’s not clearcut and apply it using a question (in PPT – picture of a farmer and 3 images of “experts&# to ask for advice. Whose advice do you follow?) The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

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Where is the road map?

Learning with e's

No matter how much successive governments pontificate on 'the way ahead' and no matter how much (or how little) money they throw at the problem, the fact is - we are standing still, because no one really knows where we are going. Anyone who claims they know the way forward is either deluded, or lying. Yet we do know this: Education needs reform, because far too many young people are being let down by the current system. Warning - this is a rant.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Learning Myths with Dr. Will Thalheimer

Learning Visions

Learners know how to learn. Do we really know if were teaching the right stuff?) Given that the Business side holds some myths as self-evident, what can we as learning professionals do about it? Business side doesnt understand what we do, dont see the value add of learning and development. Whenever there is the gap between the engine-room and the pilot, there are issues as to where we are going. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Video Games, Tire Swings and Learning

Learning Visions

He didnt know exactly which ones to pick, but it got Son thinking. AND we both think its important that the kids do sports, and have a creative outlet. School takes care of academics, they each play a sport (or 2), and they each takes lessons in some creative endeavor.guitar, piano, writing, coding, etc. I know my kids very well. Sure, I do call him a mushbrain when he gets too wrapped up in Wii or his Nintendo DS. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Essential Reading for Instructional Design?

Learning Visions

David Merrill ] The Design of Everyday Things , by Donald Norman Other ID books of note that have been recently recommended to me: e-Learning by Design by William Horton (recommended by Christy Tucker ) What Every Manager Should Know About Training by Robert Mager (recommended by Dave Ferguson ) The Non-Designers Design Book by Robin Williams (not the comedian) (this was recently recommended to me by someone who asked the same question on LinkedIn. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: My Top Ten Tools for 2009

Learning Visions

So easy to clip from articles online, jot down to do lists, and tag and organize it all. My iPod Touch I know that this is a piece of hardware, but it makes learning and recording information on the fly a breeze, at least when theres wireless around. Flash I dont actually develop a thing with Flash myself, but our designers and programmers do some fabulous stuff with it! What tools do you use? (I I would add Captivate and Jing.man do I use Jing!

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Informal/DIY Learning: Montessori School for Adults?

Learning Visions

Now, I dont know all the theory and Ive only read a bit about Maria Montessori (the founder of this approach) and the Montessori Method. Montessori educational practice helps children develop creativity, problem solving, social, and time-management skills, to contribute to society and the environment, and to become fulfilled persons in their particular time and place on Earth. Heres what I see: Kids get to choose what they want to do for their "work" each day.

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

Learning Visions

Instead, I want to know about your regular computer/digital game playing habits. EvilSue.awareness is the first step.But seriously, why is this a problem to you? So Cammy, I play most of the games you listed, although, I currently do not have an account in any MMORPGs. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew! Cammy at Learning Solutions #ls2010 Audio Interview with Will Thalheimer on Common Des.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Design: Wheres Your Center? Whos Your Master?

Learning Visions

What strategies do you use to ensure a project stays learner centric vs. sponsor centric? How do you ensure your consulting expertise gets communicated in a development project? The more I get into this field the more I realize how big a problem (if you can call it that) it is to create the right learning for the student, but still appease the person thats ultimately paying you. Not foolproof, especially if the client already knows everything.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: 31 Days: Days 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16

Learning Visions

I know it does to mine. That said, I do think each of us finds his or her own niche. Beyond that, I think all I can do is provide my own take on things in a fairly transparent way. Ive tried to post on things that I havent been able to find much about when Ive been doing research, figuring others might have the same info gaps. Ive been doing this for awhile now, trying to give life to old posts that generated a lot of interest. I dont know.

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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: Meeting Face to Face

Learning Visions

Its nice to know who youre really talking to. ha Do we undervalue non-verbal communication? For several online classes I’ve had to take, we have a professor who requires us to post a information page with an picture to let everyone know what we all look like and we present them during the class. 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.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: e-Learning Content & Version Control

Learning Visions

This is definitely a gap and I intend to start having this conversation going forward. If they dont do anything, find out why. At my company, we use SVN for version control (at a basic level I know that its a tool that allows you to check files in and out and keeps track of versions, etc.). However, i think with this type of learning becoming increasingly popular it will not be a problem. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: My Objection to Learning Objectives

Learning Visions

As Michael Allen says in Michael Allens Guide to e-Learning : "Learners think, Im supposed to do my best to learn whatever is here, so I might as well spend all my time learning it rather than reading about learning it." (p. If they fail, theyll know what they are going to be able to do when they finish your program (hopefully, complete the task). Based on their performance, learners will see if they are beginners or advanced, and where their gaps in knowledge might lie.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Making Six Sigma Training Fun

Learning Visions

Do you think I went too far with the rubber duck motif? Six Sigma is not (as in "should not") be about decoding acronyms and stating how many babies get dropped on their heads; its about using data to identify and solve problems worth solving. Anybody knows that rubber ducks can make a real splash. As an advocate for eLearning myself, and as a professional creating eLearning, I totally know what youre talking about in regards to your clients not being 100% sure of your ideas.

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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. They do not necessarily implement them.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Visual and Auditory Multi-Tasking

Learning Visions

Mixed visual-auditory stimuli have an underadditive effect, so that if you have to do both at the same time, total brain activation goes down. I dont know if this has been supported by research. I do think its all about building connections for our learners, not creating passive experiences in which no actual thinking is required. Ill do some more sleuthing and see what I come up with. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: What’s the Difference: Learning Designer vs. Instructional Designer?

Learning Visions

Are we – as in the collective we of the eLearning ‘industry’ – making a conscious shift away from Instructional Designer since no one on the outside knows what that means? What do you think?? What I do spans a broader scope. Learning is something that learners do. I feel my role as an L&D consultant begins with the analysis of whether a training intervention is what I really need to solve the performance problem at hand.