Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Im Mrs. Dalloway

Learning Visions

Tuesday, July 24, 2007 Im Mrs. Dalloway Im just back from vacation and still trying to make the transition back into work mode. I do love this book. To stay above water, you must try to act like nothings wrong, but you know that the truth is catching up with you.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Im a Gamer 3.0!

Learning Visions

Friday, December 14, 2007 Im a Gamer 3.0! If youve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that Ive been really into the whole topics of gamers -- who is, who isnt, and should we even use that term? Im so pleased. If you go to the gym, do you listen to the radio or an mp3 player? When I do have the time, Id rather walk in the woods and listen to the wind. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

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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? Me: Im an instructional designer. Im sort of distracted by the naked boy who just ran by (not mine). How do you explain yourself?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: 7 More Things You Dont Need to Know About Me.

Learning Visions

Monday, December 29, 2008 7 More Things You Dont Need to Know About Me. Does this cover me for the 7 Things You Dont Need to Know About Me Meme that Sue Hickton just tagged me to do? I think Im an inherently lazy person. I could also say that its exhaustion -- a by-product of motherhood -- three kids ages 5 1/2 - 7 months will do that to a person. Im supposed to tag seven other people, which Im feeling really lazy about. So Im just doing six.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Best Practices for Software Training?

Learning Visions

Ive been involved in I dont know how many training modules, ranging from the overly long to the shorter chunked variety. Remember, all I do is online, self-paced eLearning). The next project Im about to take on is going to be more of a just-in-time performance support tool.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Name That Tool

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Friday, May 01, 2009 Name That Tool I just got a FaceBook query from someone and I thought you all could help: Im looking for a tool you might have come across, but I dont even know what product/programming group it belongs to. Id want to be able to do a couple things with the data before giving the user feedback. Im sure I could do a better job describing this, so let me know if Ive been clear. What tool do you think hes looking for?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Design Stress

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If youve read my current job description , you know that I do a lot of other things for this small company. Im excited. Im eager. Im nervous. Ive spent a lot of time in the past year thinking about ID, connecting with other training and eLearning professionals, reading books, learning about better ways of doing eLearning. And now Ive actually got to do some better eLearning myself. You can do this. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Designers: Do You Have a Degree in ID?

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Friday, November 02, 2007 Instructional Designers: Do You Have a Degree in ID? Im curious what other folks experiences has been. 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." Im so happy to see you post this up.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Currently Working On.

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Plenty to do, but not in a frantic way. More just-in-time performance support tools; "hey, how do I do that?" " Most Awesome Project Ever This project kicks ass, if I do say so myself. Were creating an orientation program for a national sorority.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: eLearning Authoring Tools Review -- Help!

Learning Visions

A high level overview for learning and development types who dont actually use the tools, but want to know whats out there, when you might use it, and some of the pros and cons. Now, Im not much of a tool user myself. Do you know of another tool besides adobe connect for creating an on demand module that has the webcam/video locked in the upper corner while having a ppt. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

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. wait, Im getting verbose. What do you do when youre handed a pile of content that makes you want to roll over and die of boredom?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: 31 Days: Days 17, 18, 19, 20, & 21

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Monday, August 20, 2007 31 Days: Days 17, 18, 19, 20, & 21 If youve been following along with the 31 Day Challenge, you may know that its starting to wear thin. Nevertheless, Im trying to keep up. Then again, Im not trying to stay on top of hundreds of comments a day.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Personal Hard Drive

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Mark writes, "You wanna know what a PLE is? Late, we go back to our various storage facilities for all the hard-core processing we do with our brains. Then I realized Im a constant notetaker, in the pen-and-paper sense. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Are You A Gamer?

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Cousin, I do consider myself to be a gamer and while my interests used to fall into the "Grand Theft Auto" category, over the past couple of years I have moved more to PC games and since I have limited time with two kids.online flash games (some with an educational tilt). But Im no gamer.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Getting Started in Instructional Design

Learning Visions

Ill share with you what I know and point you in the direction of some great resources where you can learn even more. For me, instructional design is about designing "engaging and effective" asynchronous learning experiences (web-based training programs). Im a writer and a schmoozer. Ive always had the good fortune to have a team of graphic designers and programmers who do that heavy lifting. Oh and I saw your post about telling other moms what you do.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Building Community in Second Life: Renaissance Island

Learning Visions

Friday, August 24, 2007 Building Community in Second Life: Renaissance Island As you know, Ive been trying to walk-the-talk and experiment a bit with Second Life, role my virtual sleeves up and see what all the fuss is about. Im trying to remain open to both sides.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Second Life Backlash and Controversy

Learning Visions

And Im not implying that Im a Second Life naysayer. As you may know, Ive only been there once. 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 they do like to use it to visit new places or do group activities." Ive been exploring the use of Second Life for a client for whom Im developing an e-Learning strategy. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Designers Poll: Market Sector and Advanced Degrees

Learning Visions

I want to know if theres a difference in the ratio of working instructional designers with advanced degrees in the corporate and academic sectors. However, I do work for a for-profit company, which means Im sort of in-between. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew! Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff.

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Podcast 14: Managing Nonprofit Member Education at The Land Trust Alliance

Talented Learning

Q&A HIGHLIGHTS: As many people know, I live on a farm, so conservation and natural resources are a big part of my life. But I didn’t know about land trusts until I met you four years ago, Mary. How do you do that? What other types of interests do you serve?

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Audio in eLearning: Cultural Differences?

Learning Visions

Do you use audio on every slide because the client says people will think its broken if you dont? Weve taken this up before and many of us IDs know the strategies for using audio most effectively by now. We know to avoid narrating text word for word, for instance.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Free the Learners -- Free the LMS

Learning Visions

But how will we know if they are learning? I reply that it’s the same way we always do: check afterward to see if they’re performing up to expectation. Im wondering if people actually use all that data that does get tracked now for formal learning. Im mean -- do they really use all that data? The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew! Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Debunking the Learning Styles Myth

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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. 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. I prefer to get the big picture view first, and often a diagram or metaphor will do that for me. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: DIY vs. Formal Learning

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007 DIY vs. Formal Learning DIY Learning (Do-it-Yourself) is the term of the week, it seems. Elliot Masies most recent Learning Trends newsletter leads with the headline "DIY: Do It Yourself Trends". He quotes an article by Dion Hinchcliffe in ZD Net in which Dion states, The idea of DIY (Do It Yourself) is to get developers and IT departments out of the demand loop and letting users self-service themselves. What do you think?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: 31 Days to a Better Blog: Days 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8

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But I do think some good is coming out of it. Michele Martin is doing a fabulous job of keeping this little sub-group connected. I have a bit of catching up to do. Ive been doing this off and on throughout the day and find it tedious. I have been known to do that in the past in order to fix egregious spelling and grammar errors. Ive sort of done that already today, but I think Ill do it again. Already I can tell you that Im just going to skip this step.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Strategies?

Learning Visions

What instructional strategies do you use to make your content more memorable and engaging? Im not just thinking about the gadgets and the gizmos that you use or the instructional design "method" behind the process (e.g., Do you ever develop a mnemonic for a custom course?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Women, Gaming & the Guild Master Ceiling

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A basic premise of the book is that gamers are on their way into the workplace and will be changing how we do business. Im concerned that women will be excluded if such a focus is put on gaming skills -- or at least the gamer label. Im just raising some questions.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Design and Market Sector Differences

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In the survey Ive been running, Instructional Designers: Do You Have an Advanced Degree? I primarily design self-paced eLearning programs. 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? Im guessing youre designing online distance learning courses.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Designers with Degrees: Survey Update

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Thursday, January 03, 2008 Instructional Designers with Degrees: Survey Update Over 50 instructional designers have now responded to the survey: Do You Have a Degree in ID? He goes on to say that current ISD programs are more like history programs. Do you agree with Brent?

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LMS for the Next Generation of Corporate Learners: An Insight

G-Cube

Professionals who design LMS are experts in their area – they know the best technology practices that can be utilized in learning. Most users utilize the devices to shop, bank, look up information, chat through IM as well as do Video chat and of course, use it to make audio calls.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: 31 Days: 8, 9 & 10

Learning Visions

Obviously, thats not my focus so I took Micheles advice and tried to do something from Darens Get Your Blogging Groove Back series. I know, from having looked at my stats at the time and the comments that came in, that these posts seemed to generate some interest. What do you think?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Audio in eLearning: When Rough Around the Edges is Better

Learning Visions

Tuesday, June 09, 2009 Audio in eLearning: When Rough Around the Edges is Better At our seminar today on using Articulate and Moodle and "Doing More for Less" , the conversation turned (as it always does) to using audio in eLearning. Im not sure if the SME was reading a script, reading the notes, or just speaking from the heart. This past year we started doing more video interviews with SMEs using Flip cameras over the XL1. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

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How L&D Can Deliver Real Strategic Impact to the Organization

Enyota Learning

Learning and development departments that will drive strategic impact can do so by creating learning strategies that are contextual, specific, and timely. They can encourage the use of different communication modes including IMs, Newsletters, and forums.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Scrambled Egg Mind of a Beginner

Learning Visions

Thought Id check-in and give you all a quick status update on what Ive been up to: As you may know, I recently started with Kineo as the VP of Learning Design. Im in that beginner-mind zone. Im suddenly racking up lots of frequent flyer points. Im @cammybean.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Value of Instructional Designers

Learning Visions

I come from an old-school approach: I sort of understand the technology, but I leave the graphics and programming expertise to others. The programming skills should be left to the programmers. Do you think instructional designers should be able to use the tools? Who knows?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Jott This Blog

Learning Visions

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 Jott This Blog I havent had so much time lately to blog, as this project Im working on has been quite grueling. I find my best time for thinking up excellent blog entries is late at night when Im lying in bed. Things Im learning: I have to talk much more slowly.