Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Im Mrs. Dalloway

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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. Im disturbed to report that Im The Poisonwood Bible. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew! United States License.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Im a Gamer 3.0!

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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! United States License.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Describing What You Do: Instructional Design

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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? United States License.

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

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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?

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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. What have you been doing in the software training world of late? Cammy, thanks for doing this! Im thinking that teaching in a scenario-based mode (e.g., United States License.

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: eLearning Authoring Tools Review -- Help!

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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! United States License.

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: 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. Im a convert. Yes, Im an English major who writes mostly text bullets instead of novels. So Im curious: what drove you to revisit theory? Cammy, Im glad to hear you so revved up. Jane -- In theory, Im not against theory.

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? 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.

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

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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! Wendy Wickham This work by Cammy Bean is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Second Life Backlash and Controversy

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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: 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. Day 19: Respond to Comments on Your Blog I think I do a pretty good job of engaging with those who comment here. Then again, Im not trying to stay on top of hundreds of comments a day. Im not going to bother with a full-blown survey. United States License.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Getting Started in Instructional Design

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Ill share with you what I know and point you in the direction of some great resources where you can learn even more. 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. In Confessions of an Instructional Designer I share an aha learning moment when I realized just how much I dont know about instructional design. Oh and I saw your post about telling other moms what you do.

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. Thats one way for me to process the information Im seeing/hearing, and the same may be true for at least some live bloggers. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew! United States License.

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

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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! Wendy Wickham This work by Cammy Bean is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0

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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: 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: 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). Im literally not a gamer. Im not sure how I got into games.but I think it had something to do with PONG. I do play online Scrabble on what has become a daily basis. But Im no gamer.

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? 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. Do you have a graduate degree in ID? The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

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

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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. had become involved in Ren Island: I became involved in Ren Island like most people did.they happened to find out about (I did through a good friend who did a lot of the build) some time hanging around and enjoying it, and then volunteered to do stuff.

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

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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. You do know that, right?) As Im ramping up in my new job, Im talking with my new Kineo colleagues about everything under the sun. Do Americans just like to talk way too much?

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Strategies?

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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? I dont know if Ive ever done that. How could you do that in an e-learning experience? How do you get your learners to get snap happy? Do you have a public blog at this point?

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. I think there may be a difference in whether girls identify themselves as gamers or not, even if they do play games. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew! United States License.

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? Brent Schlenker of the eLearning Guild, commented on my post Memoirs of an Instructional Designer : Im one of the unfortunate ones with a actual honest to goodness Masters Degree in EdTech. If you do have an advanced degree in instructional design, what difference has it made to you? Do you know more?

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

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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. Day 9: Declutter Your Sidebar Ive been doing this off and on throughout this challenge, and even before, so no surprise when this assignment came up. What do you think? The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

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

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

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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. Although Ive been doing this work for 15ish years, the ground beneath me is shaky and I feel like Im in new waters, navigating new people, new processes, new tools. Im suddenly racking up lots of frequent flyer points. When Im actually in town, I work from the shed.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: All The Worlds A-Twitter

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That sort of freaked me out and I momentarily panicked -- how do I reply back and just how did they find me so fast? (oh, Not a bad start-up time, if I do say so myself. Like Tracy Hamilton , Im enjoying the endless thought streams. I know that Karyn Romeis has a cold. Im having fun hearing the stream of peoples activities and thoughts ("ambient intimacy"), but is that all there is to it? Ill let you know what I decide. Do you Twitter?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Jott This Blog

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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. That is, of course, if Im even awake after the kids have finally fallen asleep. Now Im trying to maximize my time on the drive to work. Ill simply have to cut and paste it into my blog tool, reformat it, and do some heavy editing.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Beginning Instructional Designers Toolkit

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Im not a big theory person. Im much more into practical application. These are terms that I have learned (some relatively recently) and thought, why didnt I know this ten years ago if its so important? Im not saying that these theories are right or wrong -- but they get tossed about and referred to with great relish by some in the industry. About Kilpatrick Levels : do you mean Kirkpatrick levels ? Im not a big theory person. United States License.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Value of Instructional Designers

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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. Do you think you actually add any value these days? [I

The ongoing work of learning standards

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Meanwhile, JVC’s VHS standard wasn’t quite as good, but they openly licensed it. And then the IMS (an initiative of Educause before being spun out as an independent effort) started creating standards, as did the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the major body in the US responsible for computing standards. If we need to track compliance, we may need to know not only that the person completed, but the amount of time spent or the successful completion.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: My Facebook has Tipped

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Im not talking about the quantity of my friends, but rather the breadth and depth. Im not sure if there was a specific tipping point for me, but I was certainly amused when one of my friends informed me that Im personally responsible for making her waste more time on Facebook than she ever thought possible. What I do notice is that very few of my professional contacts of more than five years duration have any online presence outside of email. United States License.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Getting to Good Enough

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" This adage works for me most of the time as Im designing eLearning courses. Right now, Im feeling like just getting to good would be an achievement. Client demands, project schedules -- sometimes all you can do is churn it out. Right now, Im proofing a storyboard thats full of endless text bullets and boring software demos with no interactivity -- and theres really nothing I can do about it. What would you do if you were me? Just do it.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Blogging the Personal

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In fact, Ive had very little of interest to add to any conversation of late, mostly because Im much more focused on my personal life and the many transitions Im handling there. Of course, I do see some connections that bridge the gap between my personal and professional lives: My 3 and 5 year old kids are at the end of their first month of Montessori school. But I have limited, and Im generally conscious of them. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Design Inspiration

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Monday, November 05, 2007 Instructional Design Inspiration As I mentioned last week , Im in the midst of designing my first custom eLearning course in quite awhile. Now that Ive been actually doing some writing, Im having to put it all to work. Here are some of specific ideas Ive taken from a few sources that (Im hoping) will help me design a kick-ass course: Chapter 2 of Gadgets, Games & Gizmos for Learning by Karl Kapp. Theres more, Im sure.

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

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Im losing my steam, but trying to stay somewhat on target. I know it does to mine. So go ahead and "Email or IM another blogger in your niche to introduce yourself and your blog". 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. I want to share as much as I can about projects Im working on. Im not sure Ill bother with that. I dont know.

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