- The Org Structure of Enterprise 2.0- trainingwreck, April 18, 2010
I’m lucky to be a member of the 2.0 Adoption Council , founded by Susan Scrupski . As a member, I have access to a plethora of sharing, information and intellect as it relates to how individuals are driving Enterprise 2.0 in their respective organization.
- Key Social Learning Roles- Daretoshare, April 4, 2010
Premise : Learning communities or networks thrive because its members possess certain skills and capabilities. Community members should be able to perform one or more of the five roles described in the table that follows. The road ahead : I am presently developing detailed role descriptions, community guidelines, role assessment tools, and the identification of appropriate learning products and offerings.
- Presentation: Twitter is Dead (really?)- Dont Waste Your Time, April 8, 2010
I was not privileged enough to be able to attend this years eLearning Conference at the University of Plymouth, but have been following some of the conversations and sessions on Twitter thanks to the #pelc10 hashtag. One presentation that really caught my eye is the ‘ Twitter is Dead ‘ from Tony McNeill . While it may have been the title that (shocked) interested
- 5 Tips to help you Plan your Next Presentation- Free as in Freedom, April 26, 2010
“Presentation is the ‘Killer Skill’ we take into the real world. It’s almost an unfair advantage.” – The McKinsey Mind . If you've followed this blog long enough, you'll know that I am big on presentation skills. I
- Five Barriers to Effective Learning in Organisations- Performance Learning Productivity, April 7, 2010
Very few of us would argue with the proposition that a lot of organisational learning and development activity is sub-optimal to the extent that it provides little value to participants and their organisations. Even in organisations where L&D priorities are closely aligned with business priorities there’s plenty of head-room for improvement. So, the question arises as to what barriers need to be overcome if L&D departments are to optimise their operations, increase the value they add to workforce performance and productivity, and remain relevant?
- Expanding On The Nine Events Of Instruction- The eLearning Coach, April 19, 2010
The nine events of instruction are a compelling foundation for Instructional Design. But a learner-generated model is needed too.
- Can You Learn from a Recording?- aLearning, April 13, 2010
We make recordings all the time: podcasts, recorded audio conferences, recorded Webinars. We make them available to our members via our Web sites and from other Web sources, sometimes for free and sometimes for a fee. We make them available because we can.
- More Random Web 2.0 Statistics- Kapp Notes, April 12, 2010
Here are some more random Web 2.0 Statistics I've been gathering for some presentations. Facebook has more than 400 million active users and 50% of those active users log in every day and 35 million of those users update their status daily. Facebook Press Room . By 2050, the population of the United States is estimated to reach 400 million (it reached 300 million in 2006).
- Social Learning Tools Should Not be Separate from Enterprise 2.0- eLearning Technology, April 7, 2010
With the recent launch of InGenius by SkillSoft, I believe it’s time again to raise a pretty important question: Where do Social Learning Tools belong? Should they be coupled with your LMS or other learning-specific tools? Or should they be separated?
- Why Twitter is so powerful- Learning with e's, April 3, 2010
There are two types of people in the world. Those who get Twitter and those who don't. OK, I'm joking, but Twitter does seem to divide people. What can you say that's worthwhile in 140 characters? some people ask.
- Social Learning = New Toolset + New Mindset + New Skillset- Social Media in Learning, April 11, 2010
In my State of Social Social Learning in the Workplace I identified 5 types of (social) learning that take place in an organisation, as well as how social social media is being used in each.
- Here Are More Than 200 Free Rapid E-Learning Tutorials- Rapid eLearning Blog, April 20, 2010
A few weeks ago I offered some advice on how to become an elearning pro without spending a dime . The essence of that post is: You have access to a lot of free tips and tricks . So there are plenty of opportunities to learn and it doesn’t cost you anything more than your time.
- 35 Top eLearning Articles and 6 Hot Topics for March- eLearning Learning Posts, April 6, 2010
Best of eLearning Learning Once again, I found myself falling behind in getting through all the great eLearning content that gets brought together by eLearning Learning. Some great stuff I would have otherwise missed. And I was happy to see that my Twitter for Learning post got the top spot for the second half of the month.
- iPads for Learning- Jane Hart - Pick of the Day, April 3, 2010
The iPad is now available in the US, although we'll have to wait a little longer for it in the UK. So how is it going to be used for education, training and workplace learning? Well, Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, has already announced that "beginning in the fall of 2010, all first year undergraduate students at Seton
- Assessment + MMORPG + Real World Challenges: How The MESH will Change Education- Clark Aldrich, April 18, 2010
Formal education institutions exist in their current form only because tests and other forms of assessment are so poor. If there was a perfect assessment system, someone could just prove what they know, regardless of how they gained the knowledge. This would render the concepts of four year college and graduate school with their archaic diplomas and transcripts instantly obsolete.
- Nuts and Bolts: When Training Works by Jane Bozarth- Learning Solutions Magazine, April 6, 2010
One of the most-discussed sessions at Learning Solutions 2010 was “The Great ADDIE Debate,” a conversation about the 21st-century relevance of the ADDIE process model (Analyze-Design-Develop-Implement-Evaluate), so often employed in instructional design. Rather than declare ADDIE dead, wouldn’t it make more sense to be sure that we are using it properly?
- Agility and Autonomy- Learning and Working on the Web, April 12, 2010
for social learning to be successfully implemented in an organisation it is not just about adding in the new tools or platforms but also about acquiring a new mindset and new skillset for both learning professionals and individuals. Jane Hart shows in this Table; Social Learning = New Toolset + New Mindset + New Skillset New Mindset: Agility
- How useful is strategic planning for e-learning?- Tony Karrer delicious links, April 1, 2010
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- Front-end analysis: not baby-sitting, not psychotherapy- Dave's Whiteboard, April 2, 2010
In an online conversation, I found myself again quoting Joe Harless. In this case, the quote was from a March 1975 interview with Training magazine. I haven’t found this online anywhere, so thought I’d summarize a bit here. A
- A Learning Paradigm Shift: Cybergogy- Janet Clarey, April 9, 2010
I was doing some research for an article and ran across a new (to me) term: cybergogy . It’s way cooler than pedagogy or andragogy, no? I’m think I’ll start calling myself a cybergogy strategist. Kidding.
- A Formula for Storytelling in eLearning- Integrated Learnings, April 6, 2010
By Shelley A. Gable One One of the things I love about instructional design is that it engages me both analytically and creatively. The up-front analysis and the evaluation components allow me to flex my analytical muscles. The challenge of applying evidence-based practices to a defined set of performance requirements prompts me to stretch creatively.
- Cool e-learning for kids (and their grown-ups, too)- Spark Your Interest, April 9, 2010
I’m working with a school district to help them figure out how to incorporate web 2.0 tools into their practices. I have to tell you it is the BEST project! I thought I’d share some of the fun stuff that
- Budgeting for Learning 2.0: It’s Not That Hard- trainingwreck, April 1, 2010
I find it remarkably sad that ‘training’ departments within organizations continue to pump out bricks and mortar classes as their sole approach to learning instead of shifting to a formal, informal and social mix. As I’ve repeatedly stated, formal classroom sessions are important, but they don’t have to be the only thing offered to the employee base, and they don’t have to exhaust the entire budget.
- Top 13 LMS (and Learning Technology) Blogs- Upside Learning Blog, April 15, 2010
The LMS market is heating up by the day for past many months now and it looks like it is going, more or less, as predicted by Bersin & Associates about 6 months back – The LMS market: hotter than ever . I have seen a significant increase in attention towards LMS both in terms of technology and also in terms of the end value being delivered by it to an organization, its end users (learners,
- iPad – is it any good for the classroom or learning?- Dont Waste Your Time, April 6, 2010
Well, it’s here; the iPad has finally landed. I had said on Twitter that I wouldn’t blog about it until I actually had one (and I’m still thinking about it) but I have read quite a bit over the weekend about and wanted to bring together the various threads of thoughts and ‘research’ already out there on whether it will be good for students, and the classroom, or not. I’ll start with my final words (!)
- Enterprise 2.0 - do the tools really matter?- Free as in Freedom, April 15, 2010
A few days back I was witness to a debate where we were discussing if the choice of tools really mattered when selecting a knowledge platform. A group of people felt that an organisation should make a far sighted decision decision about their knowledge platform and select one that offers features to scale, rate and manage information better.
- Social Learning in the Workplace 2- The E-Learning Curve, April 22, 2010
Lev Vygotsky's argues that learning precedes development. Social Learning in the Workplace 2 is a post from: E-Learning Curve Blog ...Tags: Tags: e-learning 4 stage model Lev Vygotsky social learning workplace learning zone of proximal development ZP
- How To Create A Visual Hierarchy- The eLearning Coach, April 27, 2010
You can communicate a secondary message through a visual hierarchy of text, graphics and video on the screen. Find out how. Post from: The eLearning Coach How To Create A Visual Hierarchy ...Tags: Tags: GRAPHICS MEDIA elearning design graphics for elearning screen design visual hierarch
- e-Learning and Games in Healthcare- MinuteBio, April 21, 2010
After six years in banking, I have recently returned to the healthcare industry. Thankfully, e-learning is prevalent in healthcare and very receptive to the use of games. Games are a fantastic way to challenge learners and keep them engaged and interacting with the content at hand. Like many in e-learning, I am responsible for both design and development
- Still More Alternatives to Second Life: More 3D Worlds to Explore- Kapp Notes, April 13, 2010
Here are even a few more alternatives to Second Life for you to check out. OpenSimulator or OpenSim Building in OpenSim. OpenSimulator is a 3D Application Server. It can be used to create a virtual environment (or world) which can be accessed through a variety of clients, on multiple protocols.
- Other Open Source LMS Solutions- eLearning 24-7, April 14, 2010
Here is a list of other Open Source LMS vendors, besides Moodle. This is not an all encompassing list, rather I have listed a wide swath, that you may wish to consider, including ones that are intriguing. Nor are they in any specific order. This is part one.
- Meaningful and Powerful learning... how to get students engaged by Kevin Roberts- Ignatia Webs, April 14, 2010
It always seems strange to me how new educational ideas first start of really big, chaotic debates that need to be discussed amongst a lot of people for a good deal of time.... to end up being a simple set of seemingly obvious ideas that can be rounded up in just a couple of minutes. The only thing is, only a handful of people can fit big chaotic discussions into a simple set of ideas.
- eLearning Innovation 2010 – Top 30- eLearning Technology, April 13, 2010
I had an interesting conversation the other day about whether there’s that much new going on in eLearning here in 2010. The general sentiment around the room was that many workplace learning organizations were focused on nuts-and-bolts training, and that there was little innovation. I’m probably not the best judge of whether there’s innovation going on because: People call me when they want to do something innovative. I tend to work on things that are a bit leading
- Key Steps to Preparing Great Synchronous Interactions- Experiencing eLearning, April 1, 2010
These are my live blogged notes from Karen Hyder’s webinar, Key Steps to Preparing Great Synchronous Interactions from the Training Magazine Network . My side comments in italics. Any awkward phrasing, typos, or mistakes are mine, not Karen’s.
- The Real Cost of a Free (Open Source) LMS!- Upside Learning Blog, April 29, 2010
Moodle is a good LMS with which has grown over the years and offers a host of functionality and features that are very useful to have in an LMS. Add to it the fact that its open source which makes it free to use, has made it very popular. Moodle has been able to sustain itself and keep evolving through its community, resulting in its emergence as a good option for anyone wanting to use an LMS.
- Dropbox: save and share files across the Internet- Dont Waste Your Time, April 27, 2010
Last year I left my 4gb USB stick in the socket of a PC that was sat on the floor (I know, silly me, but I was in the middle of a presentation). As I walked past I clipped the stick and bent the ’sticky-out’ bit right back … damn! The case broke and my heart sank – I use that for work and personal files to transport them between work and home (and friends, etc).
- All you ever wanted to know about informal learning- Informal Learning, April 27, 2010
YouTube of Jay’s UMBC ISD Now! webinar. Warning: This sucker is 64 minutes long. It captures my current thinking about informal learning. ...Tags: Tags: Informal Learnin
- Yammer: Best practice guide #yam- Learning Conversations, April 29, 2010
You walk into a conference room. It's your first time at this particular conference and there's no welcome pack. You can see quite a few people standing around drinking coffee and eating small pastries. But no-one's talking to each other. You have
- Explore Bloom's Taxonomy Using this Interactive Resource!- Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning , April 22, 2010
Here is a useful interactive resource for course designers to review key ideas in Bloom's Taxonomy. Just hover your mouse pointer on any accordion panel to start viewing key verbs related to a level in the taxonomy. Click on icon at the bottom of each panel to explore the level further. Using Raptivity Presenter accordion interactivity, it took about fifteen minutes to build this interactivity and to insert it in this blo
- Rapid e-learning is gaining ground- Clive on Learning, April 12, 2010
One of the benefits from my regular tussles on the tennis court with Steve Rayson of Kineo is the intelligence we get to share on the elearning marketplace as we attempt to recover our composure at the finish. This time Steve alerted me to some research that Forrester has been doing for Adobe on the development of rapid elearning in the USA. This research was summarised in a webinar
- Cheating in Online Courses- eLearning Acupuncture, April 28, 2010
A recent study in the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration (Spring 2010) by George Watson and James Sottile at Marshall University in West Virginia, provides some interesting insight into cheating at the post secondary level. They collected data from 635 post-secondary students who were asked about their dishonest behaviours, their knowledge of others dishonest behaviours, and their perception of others' cheating.
- Make it Blended!- Designed for Learning, April 26, 2010
Blended learning is not a new thing. It is not a radical concept. It is not a new-age way of thinking about learning. As Elliott Masie puts it: “We are, as a species, blended learners.” So, the blend existed much before we understood and (re)defined it. What does blended learning mean? There are many definitions of blended learning.
- Agile, Lego and Training: The common factors...- ID Reflections, April 22, 2010
Harold Jarche’s posts as always hits the nail on the head and this one is no exception. Before I launch into my thoughts, here's what Sara Ford (Program Manager of CodePlex) has to say about Agile: 1. Design and plan for the very next step, instead of designing and planning for the very next feature. 2.
- Designing for an uncertain world- Learnlets, April 17, 2010
My problem with the formal models of instructional design (e.g. ADDIE for process), is that most are based upon a flawed premise. The premise is that the world is predictable and understandable, so that we can capture the ‘right’ behavior and train it. Which, I think, is a naive assumption, at least in this day and age.
- Video: What Does it Mean to Teach in the 21st Century?- WISE Pedagogy, April 14, 2010
The following video by Kevin Roberts offers inspiration for making online education engaging: if students can get information online, what can instructors do to teach beyond the limits of imparting information? The focus is on active assignments, asking students to discuss ideas and use cloud-based networks (like Prezi) to analyze the information they are learning. As far as inspiring
- Creating Social Presence in Online Classroom (ID Live on EdTechTalk)- Learning Visions, April 9, 2010
Today’s session of Instructional Design Live on EdTech Talk is led by Jennifer Maddrell . This is the first in a three part series of the Community of Inquiry Framework. What is social presence? Rourke, L., Anderson, T., Garrison, D.
- Top five tips for achieving great typography in e-learning- Spicy Learning, April 8, 2010
Clarity and legibility are essential in e-learning. Here are Saffron’s top tips on how to use some of the basic principles of typography not only to achieve legibility but also to bring interest and energy to your e-learning projects. 1. Create contrast Always
- Jane Hart's Social Learning Academy and the 2010 Tools Survey- Element K Blog, April 5, 2010
I've been meaning to once again update readers on some of the latest work from industry expert and fountainhead Jane Hart. I'll start by noting that she has quietly kicked off her annual Learning Tools Survey, wherein she asks industry experts and practitioners to list their top ten tools for learning (broadly defined). I've participated in this survey since 2007, and have already updated my personal list in her index.
- Facebook for Learning? Boleh!- ZaidLearn, April 20, 2010
LEARNING SESSION This week's learning session explored Facebook and how we can use it to facilitate learning . As expected, thanks to the juicy topic 'Facebook', we had a full house (e-lab I mean!). For those of you who missed the learning session, here are the presentation slides: Facebook For Learning?
- The dark side of online interaction- Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning, April 27, 2010
Articles about social media often emphasize the benefits: we can now start our own movement around something that concerns us ( in seven easy steps! ), without costs talking with people all over the world (via skype ), or become famous via youtube (like Esmee Denters ). I am excited about the new possibilities too and would not like to return to the days before social media. However, you must not be blind to the drawbacks and the dark side of social media. Think of cyberbullying, and hate groups .
- What Are Teachers For?- Blogger in Middle-earth, April 29, 2010
What are teachers for? I have heard it said that teachers are assessors and that assessment is part of the teaching and learning process. I often wonder if the meaning of the word ‘assessment’ is sometimes stretched and perhaps misused in contexts to do with learning. Standard assessment At
- The Secrets of SaaS Training: Delivery- Leveraging Learning, April 27, 2010
The other day I wrote about designing SaaS training , and how it differs from traditional models. Today let’s explore best practices for delivering SaaS training. Delivering SaaS Training In In
- 3 Ways to Introduce the Element of Surprise into Your Online Training- Mindflash, April 27, 2010
Ever left your wallet at home only to find a long-forgotten $20 bill in your coat pocket – just in time for lunch? Or, Or, ever pulled up to a highway toll plaza only to discover that the person ahead of you, a stranger, has paid your toll? These These are life’s little moments of surprise and delight – a welcome break from the expected that can transform an ordinary moment into a memorable one.
- E-Learning vs. In-Person: A False Dichotomy- The Peformance Improvement Blog, April 21, 2010
Online training and conferencing advocates continue to ask the the wrong question. The April 19 th issue of eLearning Guild’s Insider Newsletter has an article titled, The True Value of Online Training, which has has a link to a whitepaper titled, How to Promote the Value of Online Training Within
- 5 Unlearnable Elements in Your eLearning- Speak Out, April 19, 2010
What are the 5 unlearnable elements that all IDs should steer clear off? 1. Definitions Definitions (especially poorly written ones) are not important. Look at a few examples. Negotiable instrument is a written document by which a right is created in favour of some person and this
- Ning… where to go when the public square charges an entrance fee?- Electronic Papyrus, April 16, 2010
Ning announced today that it will soon convert existing customers to a fee-for-service subscription or cut them loose. Jason Rosenthal, CEO of Ning , announced the shift in the company’s business model while downsizing his company by more than 40%. The first question for most Ning community owners not willing to pay up is “where do I take my online community of practice now”?
- On the future of Digital Games Based Learning in Corporate E-learning.- Stoatly Different, April 13, 2010
Having recently attended the Games Based Learning conference 2010 , I’ve come away a little bit inspired and a little bit confused. Inspired enough to shoot off a bunch of emails to clients about what games could do for their learning. Confused enough to wonder if there is any point turning my business towards this genre.
- T-Bite – What is Contextual Collaboration?- The Writers Gateway, April 11, 2010
In organizations, when groups of people are working on a project, how they effectively collaborate and support each other is very critical to the success of the project. Let us consider an example of how collaboration might occur in an organization. A
- Online Course Review for Courses in Development- Take an e-Learning Break, April 2, 2010
Rapid Intake, the guys who gave us ProForm and Unison, announced its new online collaborative course review software, called REVIEW™, that allows any course developer to post a course online and collect and manage course review feedback and comments. The reason I will use the program is its ability to load courses for review that have been developed with different types of e-Learning programs such as Articulate Presenter, Captivate and other Flash-based training.
- Workscaping, part 1 of n- Internet Time, April 20, 2010
Today CLO magazine’s Deanne Hartley interviewed me for an upcoming story about micro-learning . Is it a fad? No. Is it new? No.
- 12 simple writing rules- Learning with e's, April 28, 2010
This post is dedicated to all my students who are currently in the process of writing up their e-learning research assignments. Writing is still a central component of academic success and always will be. Yet many students still keep making the same simple errors - failing to proof read before they submit, typographical errors and grammatical errors could so easily be eliminated if only they took a little more time. As usual, I have held several tutorials with each of my students, but there is no substitute for going back to look over the rules of the English language, getting grammar
- From Ning to Elgg?- Social Media in Learning, April 16, 2010
Yesterday, Techcrunch posted, in Ning's bubble bursts ... that Ning had just announced that ... "it is killing off its free product, forcing existing existing free networks to either make the change to premium accounts or migrate migrate their networks elsewhere".
- How to Design the Visual Elements for Interactive Elearning Courses- Rapid eLearning Blog, April 27, 2010
In a previous post, I showed that when you use rapid elearning tools (as well as PowerPoint) you can build effective elearning courses . I’d d even argue that PowerPoint provides some extra benefits because of its easy authoring and graphics development. You get a lot of features and capability inside one application.
- We can’t go on meeting like this – Part 2 Better Meetings- Onlignment, April 28, 2010
Ten ways in which meeting online might save you from going out of business Part 2 Take the opportunity to re-engineer meetings and so do them better The average business professional in the USA attends more than two meetings a day. Nine out of ten participants admit to daydreaming.
- How to Get Employee Generated Content...- Visual Lounge, April 27, 2010
At your company, you have people who know the best practices and are experts in certain subjects, right? How valuable is their knowledge to the rest of the organization? Often it would be helpful to capture and share their expertise company-wide and maybe even with the public. How do you get them to share their knowledge?
- Mobile Learning on the iPhone - Getting Started by Paul Clothier- Learning Solutions Magazine, April 19, 2010
“How to make e-Learning that plays on tiny screens?” and, “How to work without Flash?” are key questions in designing mLearning content for smart phones in general, and for the iPhone in particular. Would you be surprised to learn that you may already have the tools that you need to solve these problems?
- The collapse of complicated business models- Learning and Working on the Web, April 8, 2010
Clay Shirky, in the collapse of complex business models , notes: Bureaucracies temporarily reverse the Second Law of Thermodynamics. In a bureaucracy, it’s easier to make a process more complex than to make it simpler, and easier to create a new burden than kill an old one. The premise of his article is that successful organizations and industries become more complex over time and are
- Is Google Analytics the new LMS?!- Sana Easy Bloggers, April 27, 2010
Do you want to gain access to a powerful reporting engine? Do you not want to pay for expensive software licenses? Do you not want to hire an administrator? Do you want your content to be indexed and searchable? Let me Google that for you!