September, 2006

Is Gagne Relevant for eLearning Courseware Design?

Tony Karrer

There's an interesting discussion sparked by Donald Clark's - Gagne's Nine Dull Commandments. His basic point is that Gagne's: Gaining attention Stating the objective Stimulating recall of prior learning Presenting the stimulus Providing learning guidance Eliciting performance Providing feedback Assessing performance Enhancing retention and transfer to other contexts is in his words.

Making certificates count

Clive on Learning

Elliott Masie has been getting quite aeriated recently about overblown certifications - see Tougher certifications please. He writes: "I am quite concerned about assessments and certifications that are too easy!

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Social networking so far

Moodle Journal

I have some satisfaction and surprises reviewing the way in which my plans for introducing a social networking forum are working out with the courses this year. I have given the rounded figures in the table.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Flash Celebrates 10 Years!

Learning Visions

Check out the presentation at Adobe, celebrating 10 years of Flash. Includes video clips from Jonathan Gay and a detailed product timeline. Flash 10th Anniversary

2018 Customer Training Goals

Are your customer training goals actually achievable? Or will they be cast aside as your team gets caught up in their daily tasks? If you’re not sure, this guide can help.

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Adoption of Web 2.0 and eLearning 2.0 Revisited

Tony Karrer

A consistent pattern in our response to new technologies is we simultaneously overestimate the short-term impact and underestimate the long-term impact. - Roy Amara of the Institute for the Future.

Give Gagne a chance

Clive on Learning

Donald Clark's posting Gagne's Nine Dull Commandments was, true to form, amusing and designed to rock the boat. He pokes fun at the instructional design gurus whose pronouncements have been so slavishly followed for decades and which are so rarely evaluated for their real contribution and current relevance. As Donald suggests, Gagne's commandments do seem rather restrictive and old-fashioned.


Moodle Journal

Last week I decided to start using a podcast approach as part of my regular Moodle material. I have incorporated these as part of my level 4 groups work in Object Oriented Design. The course is delivered as a series of lectures accompanied by detailed course notes and assessed using a portfolio approach of exercises. It’s the presentation in class of these exercises that I have decided to make available as mp3’s.

Breakthrough eLearning: Break Out of the Box

Breakthrough eLearning

i wish i had a nickel for every time a client told me "we can't do that" when we suggest that they connect their learners in online discussion groups, or introduce audio elements to increase engagement, or add interactive flash

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

Learnlets » Virtual Worlds?

Clark Quinn

A number of years ago I was involved in James Burke's great Knowledge Web project. In organizing it, we were using Active Worlds, a 3D virtual environment. We'd stand around in this gorgeous room, each with our avatars, and text message

Roles in Educational Simulations and Role-Plays

The Learning Circuits

Quick question. How might you describe the different "people" in this room: Real people and avatars? Coaches, students, and characters? Teammates and competitors? Buddies? Colleagues? Leader and followers?

Monday Question - Learning Design Different Now?

Tony Karrer

Jim Belshaw suggested in a comment on a previous post suggested that a good model for a blog is to post a question each week that might stimulate discourse (something that many of us want). The question today actually comes from a Lee Kraus post.

Why you should ply your subject experts with drinks

Clive on Learning

Donald Clark has set the cat amongst the pigoen again with his posting about subject matter experts (or egomaniacs as he calls them). I have to say I'm on his side with this one. It's not often that SMEs contribute anything that a learner would want to learn from, although I'm not sure learning designers always ask the right questions (which may be why learning designers don't always produce anything anyone would want to learn from either).

State of the Front-Line Manager

It's no secret that front-line managers are essential to your organization's success. They form the base of your leadership development funnel and, most likely, account for over half of all your organization's leaders. Improving how front-line managers perform yields mouthwatering increases in how individual contributors perform.

Tell and post

Moodle Journal

I started three new level 3 groups today and as a first exercise decided they should begin to make use of Moodle by posting lifestyle styles and ambitions to a forum. Postings could include links, particularly if they had Myspace, some did.

MiniMoo cards coming in 10 days

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

ME4MOO Originally uploaded by Brent Schlenker. The website was just too cool to pass up. I immediately had the idea for capturing some of my "inworld" persona as part of my minicard image. I used a photoshop tutorial to learn how to make a comic book version of my face.

Breakthrough eLearning: Painting Your Value Picture

Breakthrough eLearning

my colleague michael grant led an interesting webinar today titled budgets paint a picture: how to use the budgeting process to set your elearning strategy. twenty-nine participants from a range of sectors (telecommunications

What's a CLO to do?

The Learning Circuits

Recently I've had the circumstances to discuss the role of a CLO in a couple different environment. With the new input I've discussed and pondered, I've come to a high level definition of what a CLO's responsibilities are. Would love feedback from anyone who cares to chime in by commenting on this post.

Content Planning Map: A Template for Training Teams

Are you delivering disjointed feature-based training? Rather than looking at small tasks, focus training content on goals that you want your students to achieve. Download the template to learn how!

Learning Design in a Nut Shell

Tony Karrer

I've recently updated my mental model of how I go about Learning Design, so I thought I'd share. These days is that we have such a big mix of different delivery models, tools, etc.

Learning 1.5 - for those who prefer evolution to revolution

Clive on Learning

This week I had the job of setting up a new Moodle site in order to run a course for a European Union project I am involved in. The people hosting the site (the very capable and modestly-priced , asked me what domain name I wanted for the site. I hadn't really given this any thought, but made a bit of an effort to come up with something that meant something - at least to me. I had a mad moment and thought of working it around 'learning 2.0'.

Myspace induction

Moodle Journal

The HND course officially started today with an induction. I had an hour to present myself and courses to them. This year has been really different though rather than explain courses in detail with references to handouts, assignments and grading, I talked almost exclusively about the part Moodle would play as a delivery platform in support of the collaborative leaning framework and assessment strategies that proved successful in last year’s trial.

Internet Timeline from the BBC

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Jane's eLearning pick of the day points us to this great source for an Internet history timeline from the BBC

The Secret to Getting Learning Results May Not Be What You Think

Do you struggle to achieve measurable results with your learning solutions? If so, you’re not alone. According to CEB, traditional training only creates 37% learning transfer. This guide explores the causes of poor transfer and concrete steps to achieving better outcomes.

Breakthrough eLearning: Budget Blues: Get it Right the First Time

Breakthrough eLearning

Budget Blues: Get it Right the First Time. This is the time of year that people may be faced with drafting budgets for their eLearning initiatives. A key challenge is that they may have not completed any significant eLearning to date

Informal Learning Blog » Community of St. John’s

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

CIMG0356 But for an isthmus connecting it to Quebec, Newfoundland would be an island. The Province retains insular charm and quaintness: Canadian for sure, but unlike Toronto or Ottawa or Quebec. In fact, Newfoundland didn't join the

eLearning 1.0 vs. 2.0 - Help Needed

Tony Karrer

I want to try an experiment. I think there's an interesting bit of content in here, but in exchange, I would ask that you maybe throw me a bone and answer a question or two in exchange.

Knowledge and Learning In The News - 9/30/2006

Big Dog, Little Dog

Most reliable search tool could be your librarian - ZD Net. Using the keywords "Martin Luther King," the first result on Google and AOL--whose search is powered by Google--and the second result on Microsoft Windows Live search is a Web site created by a white supremacists group that purports to provide "a true historical examination" of the civil rights leader. Video Fixation - Forbes. YouTube is at the forefront of a new video revolution on the Net.

The Essential Template for Your Customer Training Strategy

Looking to build your customer training strategy? The process can be overwhelming, if you don’t have a set plan from the start. This template can help.


Moodle Journal

Things Moodle-wise here at Bromley are looking OK for the start of the coming academic year. The new vle is up and running and the old version for 0506 is now only available to staff. Just the other day I found that I am to be teaching on the OO Development and OO Applications courses (that’s all about objects to us programming nerds). The courses uses Java and so I decided to begin populating Moodle with some of my Java CourseGenie materials, but was unsure where they were, home, work, CD, usb?


3 cheers for Donald Clark

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

No, really! THIS POST is so fabulous that I'm cheering out loud. This is similar to other calls for research questioning. Mark Oehlert had a great post a while back that I failed to reply to.

Breakthrough eLearning: Making the Connection

Breakthrough eLearning

i recently came across a refreshingly frank article by david maister titled "why (most) training is useless." after years of experience as a trainer he has come to the conclusion that "the majority of business training