Sat.Nov 08, 2008 - Fri.Nov 14, 2008

President Elect Brings Web 2.0 to the People

Kapp Notes

We all know that President-elect Barack Obama used text messages and his web site to a distinct advantage in the election. Well, we now know his is going to be using those tools in his presidency as well.

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Concept Worker

Tony Karrer

Daniel Pink's book A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future contains a description of new age - the Conceptual Age. He describes how our society has gone from agricultural to industrial to the information age. But then he describes how we've really moved on past that to a new age where the dominant value for most organizations are created by high-end knowledge workers working on concepts. He calls them creators and empathizers.

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Get to Know Your Learners (And Avoid These Pitfalls)

Rapid eLearning

I once worked on a project for new machine operators who were not able to meet their quotas within 90 days of being hired. I assumed that I would build a standard course that took them through the tasks.

Carrying off the prizes

Clive on Learning

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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Tony Karrer

I'm at the Dan Roam - The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures - keynote at DevLearn. You can find something similar here. What problems can we solve with pictures? All of them. We all know how to do this. Three quarters of our brain is dedicated to visual processing. After you hit age six or seven, in education we stop emphasizing visual thinking. The act of creating the picture forces us to think in new ways.

Why it's not worth paying peanuts

Clive on Learning

In his posting All of the Above - how to cheat Multiple Choice Questions , Donald Clark provides the following quote from a talk given by Professor Dylan Wiliam, Deputy Director of the Institute of Education, gave at the ALT conference in 2007: “The variability at teacher level is about four times the variability at school level. If you get one of the best teachers, you will learn in six months what an average teacher will take a year to teach you.

Blending Online and Classroom Instruction: At the Same Time

Kapp Notes

Last night, Scott came to my class to talk about "Polished Presentations" usually he drives up to Bloomsburg for the presentation but last night, due to a mix up on my part, he was unable to make the 120 mile trip.

Adding Pizzazz to e-Learning Videos

eLearning Cyclops

I am currently working on adding short videos into a web based training course. These are approximately 2 minute videos of the subject matter experts (SMEs) who are extrapolating on the content at hand. The SMEs did a wonderful job, but.a little extra "pizzazz" would increase attention. So here's what I did. I imported each video into Flash and added layers above the video. In these layers I added text that emphasized key information in their presentation.

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.

eLearning Research

Tony Karrer

At a panel at DevLearn. We have: Will Thalheimer, Work Learning Research Kevin Oakes, I4CP Claire Schooley, Forrester Chris Howard, Bersin Kevin Martin, Aberdeen Biggest trend is Learning 2.0 trend. Allow people to work faster, better through informal learning. eLearning 2.0 addresses informal, on-the-job. It's relatively new. Bersin is publishing report on learning 2.0. Collaborative. Learner in charge. Looking out there for the information they need. Find it. Use it. And it sits there.

Rapid drag and drop authoring

Clive on Learning

Rapid development tools are by definition going to adopt a position towards the 'easy-to-use' end of the scale, even though this usually means compromising on functionality. One feature that I find I really miss is the ability to include drag and drop activities. Here's why: Drag and drop is great for testing whether learners can identify the parts of something, e.g. the bones in the body, the parts of a machine, an area on a map. It's also great for having learners put objects into a sequence.

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Medina keynote on Brain Rules at DevLearn 08

Clark Quinn

John Medina gave the closing keynote at DevLearn, based upon his book Brain Rules. He covered two of his 12 rules, on memory, and on exercise. He spoke fast, was enthusiastic, funny, and knowledgeable. He talked about myths of learning, and said that he didn’t think there was a lot neuroscience had to say to learning design (thankfully, cf Willingham ). One of his points was that our brains evolved to provide ongoing performance guidance over hours of constant motion (evolutionarily).

Digital scaffolding

Learning with e's

Earlier this week at the Open EdTech Summit in Barcelona, I spent some time with Professor Paul Kirschner of the Open University of the Netherlands.


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.

New Literacies

Tony Karrer

At the Tim O'Reilly keynote at the DevLearn conference. His outline is very interesting in that he's promising to talk about the "new literacies." I'm hoping this is going to be similar to Work Literacy. He uses the same quote I often use from William Gibson - The future is already here, it's just not evenly distributed. Pattern recognition is key. What do these companies have in common: Google eBay Yahoo Amazon MapQuest Craigslist Wikipedia YouTube Built on top of Linux (open source). Services.

It's all getting a bit serious

Clive on Learning

I took a bit of flak about my posting The world's a safer place today , mainly from those with a different political perspective, but also from one anonymous reader who commented that he or she was "close to dropping you from my feed list, as I've had about enough of the irrelevant political commentary. Please get back to online learning, instead of pretending to be a political pundit." " Fair enough.

DevLearn 08 Keynote: Tim O’Reilly

Clark Quinn

Tim O’Reilly, Web 2.0 guru , talked to us about what web 2.0 is and led us to his implications for what we do. He started off talking about tracking the ‘alpha geek’ These are the folks who manage to thrive and innovate despite us, rather than because of us. He’s essentially built O’Reilly on watching what these folks do, analyzing the underlying patterns, and figuring out what’s key. He talked about the stories that Web 2.0

Go Kings!

eLearning Blender

I went to see the Sacramento Kings play the Pistons on Tuesday night and ended up getting a whole lot more than I bargained for. I was picked out of the crowd to come down to the court and compete in a "name that song" contest sponsored by Verizon wireless.

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!

Per Question Reports

Tony Karrer

I received a good question from a reader: Our school district uses Blackboard. We have recently been exploring putting more coursework online and have experimented with the Articulate line of products. Blackboard has done well for us although I am not pleased with their support of the SCORM standards. I would like to be able to export SCORM test results by user/by question but all Blackboard seems to support is general pass/fail records.

Muy Caliente

Learning with e's

The weather this week may have been cooler than I have experienced during my previous visits to Spain (usually I'm there in the summer when the sun is a raging demon in a brazen sky) but the company was 'hot and cooking'.

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User-Centered System Design

Clark Quinn

Back when I did my PhD, I was fortunate to be in Don Norman’s group when they were developing some of the primary design principles about designing for how people really think (&# cognitive engineering&# ). It focused on designing for the way people work (my twist was designing for how people learn). I recently ranted about animated gifs, and I’ve got a similar catalyst here. As background, people don’t do many things exactly the same way.

Fun and games at DevLearn 08

Jay Cross

Brent Schlenker is on stage at DevLearn, prepping us for the day, when the fire alarm goes off. Brent will henceforth be known as Mr. Cool-under-pressure. Find more videos like this on Internet Time.

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.

Twitter board - Tim O'Reilly

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Twitter board - Tim O'Reilly Originally uploaded by Brent Schlenker DevLearn 2008 Conference & Expo - November 10-14 - San Jose, CA

If you live in the U.S., thank a Veteran today.

Mark Oehlert

Veteran's Day is November 11


Story Telling, Minimalism Instruction, Blogosphere, & Internet vs Books

Big Dog, Little Dog

Dion shows how to give good interview - Signal vs. Noise. On stories and narratives. A lot of musician interviews wind up with a pulling-teeth vibe where you can sense the artist would rather just let the music do the talking.

Food politics

Jay Cross

Food is life. Read Michael Pollan’s letter to Obama , our new farmer-in-chief. Eating well is ecologically sound.

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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.

Twitter board - Tim O'Reilly

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

REDFLY – a perfect Mobile Companion?

Steve Howard

Tired of lugging round your giant ‘developers’ laptop? Or do you need a secure but lightweight way to access your email and files that is more accessible than your phone? Over the last few weeks I have been testing out a new gadget, or as my wife says, a new “toy” This great new gadget has the interesting name of REDFLY (yes, all caps … sorry!), and it is used to enhance the features of your mobile phone.

Managing Users in Moodle

eLearning Blender

This week I was able to overcome what I thought would be one of the most difficult hurdles in a Moodle implementation. I was having nightmares about setting up and maintaining over 1000 user accounts. I knew that Moodle had some options to make this easier but didn't realize just how easy it would be. Moodle provides a couple of different options for managing users in bulk (at least I am only aware of 2).