Sat.Jan 31, 2009 - Fri.Feb 06, 2009

Two Wisemen

Kapp Notes

What does it take to be wise? It has to be more than knowledge, it has to be more than just experience, it is more than just training, but all those things are required as a foundation for wisdom. Then you need to add insight, creativity, looking at things through the right lense and a certain type of focus. It also requires a quiet conviction that you can prevail and you are right. I think all of these traits define two recent heros. One is Chesley B.

Blogging in a Walled Garden

Experiencing eLearning

Kylemore Abbey Garden. One of the features of Sakai that our team was looking for in a new LMS is a blogging tool. I admit some significant improvements in usability are possible in this tool. However, it does give us the option of blogging within the system.

Trending Sources

e-Learning Benefits and Challenges

Learning Developments

e-Learning is an important consideration in education for several reasons: Implimented correctly, it can reduce some of the costs associated with education It allows schools to educate people they could not previously (e.g. people that work for a living, people geographically dispersed, etc.) Many students communicate better in a web based environment than in the traditional classroom.

Can 'Competencies' be Taught?


I tend to agree with Marcus Buckingham ( First, Break all the Rules ). Do you? What's been your experience with "competencies"? Competencies are part skills, part knowledge and part talent. They lump together, haphazardly. Consequently, even though designed with clarity in mind, competencies can wind up confusing everybody. Managers soon find themselves sending people off to training classes to learn such 'competencies' as strategic thinking or attention to detail or innovation.

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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Book on 3D Learning Environments: What Do You Want From It?

Kapp Notes

Standing in a virtual book store requesting input on "Learning in 3D" book.


Tony Karrer

This is likely my last post in the Tool Set series. This post likely will be quite a bit different because I'm convinced that most people have used different search tools enough that they are pretty comfortable with their current search behaviors.

Iconoclasm 2.0

E-Learning Provocateur

I’ve been seeing a lot more social media icons on websites these days, and you may have noticed that I’ve recently added a few to this blog.

It takes years to perfect this type of timing

Clive on Learning

Thanks to Jeroen van Eeghem for this picture, which captures the moment at Learning Technologies 2009 when Jay Cross (right) strolled past as I delivered my presentation on the exhibition floor, just as his picture appeared on the slide. I'm not a fatalist, but what are the chances of that?

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.

Tribes, clans and totems

Learning with e's

Now that my new edited volume ' Connected Minds, Emerging Cultures ' has finally hit the bookstore shelves, I have a little time to reflect on the contents of the 17 chapters, by 19 authors.

Building Measurement into Our Training-Development Process

Learning Visions

Another lunchtime webinosh with Dr. Will Thalheimer. The topic today: Building Measurement into Our Training-Development Process. Guest speaker today is Roy Pollock, CLO of Fort Hill Company. Roy wrote Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning. Roy has a new book: Getting Your Money's Worth From Training & Development. A Guide to Breakthrough Learning for Managers/Participants. (A

Given this post, readers will be able to describe my perspective on course objectives to 100% accuracy

eLearning Cyclops

If you write clear objectives, make sure your course's content allows participants to meet those objectives and your assessment measures whether the objectives were met, then you are doing a great job. If not, please give me a minute of your time. Objectives have a purpose. They are NOT just to tell participants what they will learn at the beginning of a course. I think of them as a contract. It is an agreement between the content and the audience.

What Goes in the LMS?

Tony Karrer

Recently I posted on Learning Materials asking the question - What Goes in the LMS? The responses via comments were truly fantastic. In fact, they were too fantastic to have them "buried" as comments. And I wanted to add some of my thoughts, so I'm post again on this topic. Oh, and, as always, the answer is "it depends" - but let's try to come up with a few suggestions. Should go in the LMS - Only finished content. Anything with per-learner, strict tracking requirements.


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.

Ten ways to thrive in a downturn

Clive on Learning

This video provides a record of a talk I gave on behalf of the eLearning Network (eLN) at Learning Technologies 09 last week in London. The presentation was aimed at a UK audience and is mildly promotional on behalf of the eLN, but I think the sentiments apply pretty well everywhere at the moment and a little promotion for a not-for-profit never does any harm. Note that the video is in two parts. If you prefer you can download a PDF version (300K).


2009: the year of bad measurement?

From the Coleface

Having been at Learning Technologies, I got the sense that the e-learning industry is maturing to the point where there’s little radically new. However, what we will see in 2009 is even more pressure being exerted on L&D departments and suppliers alike to get more from less. This will inevitably lead to more effort on measuring results as a means of prioritising scarce resources. So my tip for a trend to watch in 2009 is bad measurement…and lots of it.

What Learning Professionals Can Learn From the Steelers

Kapp Notes

Having grown up in the Pittsburgh area during the Steelers first run at four Super Bowls, I am a born and breed Steeler's fan. Loved seeing the team get number six! So why are the Steelers so successful and what can Learning and Development professionals learn from the Steelers. First, one of the things that Ben Roethlisberger said to his team in the final minutes of the game when he walked on the field and got into the huddle hoping to to march down the field was ".it’s

More on ASTD Keynote

Tony Karrer

I know that Jon didn't create his post - ASTD TechKnowledge Comments in order to get me to post and link to him. But it certainly made my day when he said - It was Tony Karrer (number one eLearning Blogger) who was awarded my five stars for his engaging Thursday morning opening speech that put David Pogue’s message in a context that made sense for attendees.

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!

Stacey - learner of today

Clive on Learning

I was really impressed by the work shown at Learning Technologies 2009 last week by Kirstie Donnelly and Deborah Prynne of learndirect.

The Big Question

eLearning Cyclops

February's Big Question on the Learning Circuits blog is "What is the impact of the economy on you and your organization? What are you doing as a result?" Here is my response: I am an e-Learning designer at a bank that is currently being acquired by another larger bank (this is how the economy affected my organization). The acquisition will be complete by June, at which time I will be facing a lay-off.

Job 2


Clark Quinn

I’m on the Board of Directors for an educational not-for-profit that has had almost 30 years of successful work with programs in classrooms, nationally and internationally. However, 5 years ago or so when I joined, they were doing almost nothing with technology.

Corporate Social Media Policies

Tony Karrer

There's a very interesting set of questions in the post Happy New Year! AND do you have opinions about social media governance? This is by an IBM employee, Jen Okimoto, who works in the domain of Web 2.0 and is asking about a very important issue. Access to and Governance of Social Media Tools in Corporate America. This is a big issue. I've posted before a list of Corporate Policies on Web 2.0

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.

Does President Obama Support Locking Your E-Learning Course Navigation?

Rapid eLearning

A while back we looked at unlocking the player navigation to make better elearning courses. It’s worth revisiting because it’s still one of the questions I’m most frequently asked. There are various reasons that we give for locking navigation.

Imagined worlds

Learning with e's

Here's my last post reviewing the new publication ' Connected Minds, Emerging Cultures '. When we started out writing our chapter on cybercultures, Helen Keegan and I didn't know that it would eventually end up being the final chapter in the book.

Economic Impact

Clark Quinn

The Learning Circuit’s Blog Big Question of the Month is “What is the impact of the economy on you and your organization? What are you doing as a result?&#. Heavy topic, but appropriate for the times. I’ll answer two-fold: myself, and what I see for clients. First, the impact: for some organizations it appears mostly an issue of scale, trying to do more with less, but for others it’s more cataclysmic; layoffs, no ability to secure capital for activity, no new business.

Hot List - Second Half of January

Tony Karrer

As I was at ASTD last week, I missed doing my Hot List for the week. You can find out more about this in Hot List and Hot Last Week. So, I've compiled the list for roughly the second half of January. Hot List - 1/17/2009 - 1/31/2009 Posts Twitter as Personal Learning and Work Tool How to Convert Your PowerPoint Presentation into an Elearning Course Building a Learning Portal YouTube videos inside Slideshare Learning 2.0

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.

Digital, Rapid eLearning, & Social Media Conversations

The Learning Circuits

Cyborg nation?

Learning with e's

Here's a continuation of my post-publication review of the highlights of ' Connected Minds, Emerging Cultures ' - the book on cybercultures in online learning released last week by Information Age Publishers, USA.

(New) Monday Broken ID Series: Objectives

Clark Quinn

This is the first in a series of posts on some broken areas of ID that I will be posting on Mondays. The intention is to provide insight into many ways much of instructional design fails, and some pointers to avoid the problems. The point is not to say ‘bad designer’, but instead to point out how to do better design. The way I’ve seen many learning solutions go awry is right at the beginning, focusing on the wrong objective.