Great content again this month. And I feel honored that social signals came in granting my post on eLearning Strategy top spot. But I’m always more interested in finding great posts that I may have missed. And interestingly several of the posts are around John Seely Brown’s keynote at DevLearn. Enjoy

  1. Top 35 Articles on eLearning Strategy- eLearning Technology, November 1, 2010I’ve been recently working on lots of eLearning strategy consulting engagements and one of my colleagues asked me to provide a set of resources around this topic. I've really been striking out. I'm hoping that people will help out. Here’s some of what I found.
  2. Understanding the Tools of the Social Learning Landscape- Free as in Freedom, November 2, 2010I am with Mark Oelhert this morning in his all day workshop about the tools of the Social Learning Landscape. Mark's focus is to look at social media tools, their impact on an organisation's culture. When Tim Orielly coined the term Web 2.0, he talked about a break in the way we do business. The catch is that you can use social media and Web 2.0
  3. The Art Of Writing Great Voice Over Scripts- The eLearning Coach, November 10, 2010Want to improve how you write for the ear? Then you'll want to read these tips. Post from: The eLearning Coach The Art Of Writing Great Voice Over Scripts.
  4. Video: Twitter for teachers, in 60 seconds- Dont Waste Your Time, November 25, 2010As we’ve all said before … Twitter is the biggest, best staffroom you can find, and share! Watch this and share with anyone who doesn’t believe you … Well, nice and simple, eh? Love it! Related posts: Twitter Tips: for Teachers & Educators. Video: the 21st Century Learner. YouTube
  5. Are apps the future of e-learning?- Clive on Learning, November 8, 2010I came fairly late to the multi-touch iOS/Android/W7 Mobile world, having been stuck on a 2-year contract with a Nokia smart phone that was great compared to the phones I'd had before, but which I now realise was hopelessly behind the game. How can this be? Well, apps tend to do one job really well with the minimum of fuss. Enough said.
  6. Principles for Designing 3D Learning Environments- Kapp Notes, November 19, 2010In yesterday’s Train for Success in-world seminar, I was asked about the principles for effective design for 3D learning experiences, here is the list of principles that can be applied to make a 3D Learning Environment (3DLE) successful. Principles for Effectively Designing a 3D Learning Environment. Instructionally Grounded. Discovery Driven.
  7. Questions I’m no Longer Asking- elearnspace, November 2, 2010I strive to strike a reasonable balance between reading blogs, books, and peer-reviewed articles. Different topics flair up in popularity (such as web 2.0 and now social media) and then fade. few concepts have longevity such as “how effective is technology enhanced learning when contrasted with traditional classrooms?&#. Autonomy is key.
  8. What digital literacies?- Learning with e's, November 21, 2010In June this year I presented a keynote speech at Middlesex University entitled Digital Tribes and the Social Web. One of the themes I developed during my speech was around the concept of new digital literacies. My argument is that new media and new opportunities for learning trhough digital technologies requires new literacies.
  9. ADDIE Backwards Planning Model- Big Dog, Little Dog, November 22, 2010I have been working on this model for some time, so I wanted to present my latest version. The ADDIE Backwards Model is quite similar to most other ADDIE type models. Note that the Learning Platform (Implement) rests on the Analysis, Design, Development, and Evaluation Phases. Analysis Phase. Design Phase. Development Phase. are created.
  10. History of Online Video - The Last 5 Years.- Visual Lounge, November 3, 2010Albertson’s is doubling, tripling, and quadrupling coupons to a max of $1.00 These Albertson’s deals are based off the prices in Arizona and apply to the Southwest Region: Arizona, New Mexico, and El Paso. Produce: Broccoli, Crowns $1 lb Grapes, Red Seedless $.77 lb Lettuce, Red or Green Leaf or Romaine $1 Salad, Fresh Express Garden, 12 oz $1.
  11. Over 75 Free Rapid E-Learning Resources- Rapid eLearning Blog, November 8, 2010The other day this guy asked me how to develop color schemes for his rapid elearning courses. Like a lot of guys, he has some issues with color perception so he wanted an easy way to match colors. have the same challenge. It’s a good thing I can trust her. Otherwise, I might show up at the conference looking like a doofus in a leisure suit. Fotolio.
  12. A 4-Step Process to Learning When Your Organization Isn't That Into It- Bamboo Project, November 12, 2010I'm sorry to say that I've been spending a lot of time lately with staff working in organizations that aren't that into professional development. Because of time and financial constraints, training is not a priority and there is little attention paid to ensuring that staff have the skills and knowledge to perform their jobs. few thoughts.
  13. eLearning Conferences 2011- eLearning Technology, November 11, 2010Clayton Wright has done his amazing list of conferences again this year and has asked me to post again. Past years eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. You can contact him at: This list is focused mostly on the first half of the year: January to June 2011. And it covers a broad range of types of topics. link].
  14. The Power of Pull - John Seely Brown- Free as in Freedom, November 3, 2010I'm sitting here at the keynote by John Seely Brown (JSB) and am I excited to hear him speak this morning. picked up his recent book, the Power of Pull for my Kindle and each time I've picked it up for a reading burst, I've struggled to put it down. This is a packed house at this point and we haven't even gotten close to being started.
  15. The Art Of Timelines For Learning- The eLearning Coach, November 17, 2010Think beyond the horizontal history timeline with these tips. Post from: The eLearning Coach The Art Of Timelines For Learning.
  16. The Future of Work: As Gartner Sees It- Upside Learning Blog, November 8, 2010Earlier today, I stumbled on this bit of research on the Gartner site; while it dates back to August there’s some interesting speculation about the Future of Work. People will swarm more often and work solo less. They’ll work with others with whom they have few links, and teams will include people outside the control of the organization,”. My place.
  17. Sleepwalkers – the emerging landscape of organisational learning- Performance Learning Productivity, November 4, 2010Arthur Koestler’s masterpiece ‘The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man’s Changing Vision of the Universe’ is a book that I have re-read every 10 years or so, and have regularly given to young people – usually for 18th or 21st birthdays – in the probably mistaken belief that it will help them understand their world a little better.
  18. Research to Practice: Games and Simulations- Kapp Notes, November 17, 2010Here is some information I compiled for my presentation at CSTD based on some studies. And the slides I used for my presentation. The Role of Games and Simulations In Learning. View more presentations from Karl Kapp. An experience as an avatar can change a person’s real life perceptions. Reference: Yee, N., & Bailenson, J.N. 2006). 038; Kim, Y.
  19. #DL10 Building High Impact Learning Communities- In the Middle of the Curve, November 2, 2010Presenters: Josh Little and Nemo Chu Bloomfire - Goal: How to become an internal marketer to your learners. Ongoing engagement. interesting - 2 people in the room looking to learn more about "community learning" but it struck me that they are still thinking of learning as a one-shot event deal.) 2 or more people attempt to learn something together.
  20. It’s New! It’s New!- elearnspace, November 8, 2010There is much talk (chatter) about 21st century skills – even OECD is trying to define what those skills for “jobs that have not yet been created, using technologies that have not yet been invented, to solve problems that cannot be foreseen&#. This statement is silly. competent educator in any era will be proficient with these skills.
  21. Reach out and connect- Learning with e's, November 22, 2010One of the digital literacies I identified in yesterday's blogpost was effective social networking. So what's the big deal about this? We all do it these days don't we? Most of us have a Facebook account, and maybe a LinkedIn account too. Lots of us use Twitter, and some of those out on the periphery may still be using Myspace or Bebo.
  22. Marc My Words: The Greatest Mobile Learning App Ever (until the next one comes along) by Marc J. Rosenberg- Learning Solutions Magazine, November 9, 2010Two-dimensional barcodes, also called 2D tags, provide a new dimension for mobile learning, performance support, and printed content. Learn how (and why) to use 2D tags in this informative. column. Mobile Learning
  23. Simplebooklet : cloud based self-publishing- Jane Hart - Pick of the Day, November 11, 2010There are lots of self-publishing sites, but here's one I just heard about that. Simplebooklet is a cloud based self-publishing platform. It is the simplest way to create and publish your own virtual brochures, flyers, flashcards, booklets, pamphlets, manuals, guides and flipbooks across the web." Take a look at
  24. Thinking about "Gamification" - the Game Layer - contexts.- e-Clippings (blogoehlert), November 8, 2010**Please use W-A-S-D keys to move through this post, mouse to look around, space bar to jump and left-click to fire. And be sure to check-in and maybe you can become Mayor of this post. In the picture, they're mechanics, get it? Like game mechanics. You get it right?)** **Update at end of post. have a problem with tabs. Seriously. Its an issue.
  25. Corporate Learning’s focus- Learning and Working on the Web, November 10, 2010Tweet Inspired by Jay Cross, Amanda Fenton asks how her Corporate Learning department could better meet the needs of employees. think these are excellent questions and the answers form the basis of addressing how to integrate work and learning in the enterprise. How could we better support this and shift our time and money?
  26. Why Games Make Great Learning Solutions- Bottom-Line Performance, November 4, 2010Finally – I have time to write a blog post about some of the wonderful stuff I’m immersed in at DevLearn 2010. Probably my favorite sessions today revolved around games in learning. Jerry Bush, the “game guy&# for Cisco shared what Cisco is doing with learning games – and it’s really impressive.
  27. Mobile Learning - 7 Interesting Patterns- Free as in Freedom, November 13, 2010Over the last two DevLearn conferences, the big buzz has been around Mobile Learning. While the thinking around this was far more mature this time around, a lot of the initial conversations still seemed to be around porting existing elearning courses onto mobile devices. Varying platforms that bring the challenge of compatibility across devices.
  28. These 12 Unique Blogs Are Written By Professors- The eLearning Coach, November 1, 2010Dip into the distinctive thinking you'll find at these blogs. Post from: The eLearning Coach These 12 Unique Blogs Are Written By Professors. academic blogs faculty blogs
  29. It's YOUR Privacy: Own It- Bozarthzone , November 13, 2010We're lucky to live near the fabulous Durham Bulls Athletic Park. This ain't your usual little hometown venue with wooden bleachers, but a big, pretty, sure-fire stadium. I'm not much of a fan but my husband is, and he often goes to games by himself to catch up with friends there. FACEBOOK privacy issues. We are its product. Don't like it?
  30. PowerPoint 2010: Inserting YouTubeVideos- I Came, I Saw, I Learned, November 19, 2010by AJ George. According to their recent reports, every minute 35 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube. That's up 10 hours from their report released just last March of 24 hours of video a minute.) With all that content, there's a good chance you might find some videos on YouTube that you'd like to put in your PowerPoint presentation.
  31. Table: Key Advantages of Serious Games/Immersive Learning Simulations- Kapp Notes, November 29, 2010Recently I was asked a series of questions by a Ph.D., candidate about games and simulations to augment his literature review. decided to answer the four questions in blog postings. So here is the answer to the first question which is, “What are the key advantages of Serious Games/Immersive Learning Simulations?&#. Game Element. Key Advantage.
  32. the Power of Pull- Learnlets, November 3, 2010John Seely Brown has given the leading keynote to the DevLearn conference with an inspiring talk about how the world needs to move to scalable capacity building using collaboration (we’re totally in synch!).
  33. Enterprise Social Learning Needs Porous Walls- Free as in Freedom, November 8, 2010I was at DevLearn 2010 last week - I had a great time presenting and I learned from some true masters. Conferences like this are a great experience in terms of actually meeting people in your personal learning network and getting to know them first hand. Why was anyone doing this? Don't all our companies have their own walled gardens of knowledge?
  34. My Top 10 'Learning' books from 2010- Sticky Learning, November 28, 2010Another year comes towards to an end and its been another year of great reading for anyone with an interest in learning. Once again I have read from a wide range of areas, all with something to add to how I think of learning. Below you'll find my top recommendations for the year along with a short summary of what I got out of reading each book.
  35. Why we need conferences- Clive on Learning, November 23, 2010It's easy to think of conferences as rather old hat - top-down and push in an era that is increasingly bottom-up and pull; very un-green when we face huge environmental challenges; very extravagant when everyone but the Chinese is running out of money. The reason? Would people attend without the keynotes and the other formal sessions? My conclusion?
  36. Presentation: Social Media & how (students) can survive online- Dont Waste Your Time, November 6, 2010had some good answers but the one that made me groan was simply “why don’t you talk to them about it?&# Me and my big mouth! Social Media & Networks: How to survive online. or “your [next] employer is watching you&# ). View more presentations from David Hopkins. Please leave all comments below.
  37. Educational Game Trailers- Kapp Notes, November 24, 2010Here are some educational game trailers that show a combination of video game-type interfaces with educational content. This, I believe, is the tip of the iceberg in terms of what can be made available and how video games can tie to educational standards. Look for an exciting video game trailer in the very near future.
  38. How PowerPoint’s New Shape Tools Can Upgrade Your Training Design- Mindflash, November 8, 2010The more I experiment with PowerPoint 2010′s new features, the more I’m impressed. Here’s a quick video that nicely highlights some of the coolest new features. The New Features in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Cool, eh? And, those are just some highlights. Here are a few illustrations to show you what I mean.
  39. Open educational practices- Learning with e's, November 1, 2010I made a video recording for Core Ed while I was at the Ulearn conference in New Zealand last month. They sat me in front of two cameras, and asked me to talk off the cuff, no script, about something that I was passionate about. OEP requires everything to be open - for access, scrutiny and repurposing. But things are changing slowly.
  40. The MOST Crucial Learning Activities and Media by Patti Shank- Learning Solutions Magazine, November 15, 2010There is a simple process that will help you figure out what learners need to be able to do in the real. world and then make sure they get adequate practice doing it during instruction. Here’s a “play along”. article that shows you the process.
  41. Ideas Favor the Connected Mind- Big Dog, Little Dog, November 11, 2010In a recent TED Talk, Steven Johnson , the best-selling author of six books on the intersection of science, technology and personal experience, gives a presentation titled, Where good ideas come from. Connecting. This ability to make an analogy between different ideas unlocks a world of potential. Twitter & Yammer), file sharing (e.g.,
  42. Collaboration is work- Learning and Working on the Web, November 2, 2010Tweet As I get together with my Internet Time Alliance colleagues here in California, I really appreciate all of the connecting and conversing we’ve done over the past two years, as our shared experiences ease the path to further collaboration.
  43. The State of Learning in the Workplace Today- Free as in Freedom, November 3, 2010I've just scrambled into Jane Hart's session about the state of learning in the workplace today. This is a guide in soundbites and images and is a way to summarise the excellent guide on Jane's website that a lot of us have already seen. There are 10 factors that are shaping the new era of workplace learning.
  44. Future of Conferences… and Group Graphics- Internet Time, November 13, 2010Example of Visual Journalist Eileen Clegg’s capture and replay of a conversation on a complex topic.
  45. Use Images that Make a Difference- eLearning Brothers, November 23, 2010I’ve written various blogs about why gratuitous eLearning images are bad. Our images should be relevant and be used as a teaching aid. It has always been interesting to me how many bad images are used in eLearning. Especially since many of us are primarily visual learners. Some types of pictures are completely ignored.
  46. PBS Article: 8 Video Game Myths Debunked- Kapp Notes, November 9, 2010A while back, PBS did a series on video games called The Video Game Revolution and they created a companion web site. One article on the site takes apart some common myths about video games. Check out Reality Bytes: Eight Myths About Video Games Debunked for yourself, in the meantime, here is small sampling of the conclusions of the article.
  47. Characters- MinuteBio, November 29, 2010I like to use characters in courses because they can personalize a course and lend themselves to creating a more informal tone and an easy means of adding humor. Here are some ways I like to use characters in e-learning. At times I like to have two guides to break up any possible monotony. Monsters, ghosts, robots, anthropomorphic animals, etc.
  48. #dl10 keynote Wednesday 3 November 2010 John Seely Brown on The Power of Pull- Ignatia Webs, November 3, 2010John Seely Brown a gray-bearded man with glasses and wearing a blue shirt and blazer. He just wrote another book called " The power of pull ". together with John Hagel III and Lang Davison. Learning demand and the art of life. The old institutions are not hacking it too well, something has to give. This method was more or less authority guided.
  49. Drag & Drop in Adobe Captivate- Adobe Captivate Blog, November 19, 2010One of the most amazing things about Adobe Captivate is that ultimately anything you can do in Adobe Flash, you can do in Adobe Captivate simply by adding a widget. Captivate’s architecture makes it ideal for extending functionality via interactive Flash Widgets.
  50. Weekly Video Roundup: What We Learn From Games- Engaged Learning, November 5, 2010“We can learn some pretty amazing things&# from video games, says Tom Chatfield. I fully agree – and this is what I have learned from video games: They can fully engage our minds, bodies and emotions. They can teach us wonderful things about ourselves, others and the world around us. Beyond that, here is a great video about games.
  51. Work Context Is Ground Zero for Expanded Role of Training- Living in Learning, November 4, 2010"How many sales deals do sales reps close in the classroom? How many process decisions by managers prevent creation of material waste while taking an on-line training course? How many impactful customer complaints are resolved in training role-plays or simulations?"
  52. The value of storyboarding- Thinking Cloud, November 16, 2010How valuable do you think formal storyboarding is in rapid elearning design? It is valuable generally because: A signed off storyboard gives you a basis for variations and asking for more time and money. It helps you defend yourself during blamestorming sessions (should they arise). How much time does storyboarding add to development?
  53. Captivate Drag and Drop Lite Question Widget- Take an e-Learning Break, November 29, 2010If you need an easy-to-use "true" drag and drop question application for training courses, check out this Captivate widget. This amazing widget allows you to create engaging drag and drop questions using any image, caption, highlight box, button, or animation that you add to your Captivate stage."
  54. Fish & Chips and Malt Vinegar (inseparable organizational pieces)- trainingwreck, November 14, 2010Truth be told, I love fish and chips. Maybe it’s the English in me, but I can’t get enough of it, despite its rather unhealthy background and 150 year history. In fact, the industry is worth today an estimated £1.2bn in the UK as reported in The Independent earlier in 2010. liken Enterprise 2.0 The Fall issue of the Enterprise 2.0
  55. Encore – Moodle: Pros, Challenges- eLearning 24-7, November 15, 2010I will be posting a new article on Wednesday, which will include access to a course built 100% in HTML5, on a player in a LMS that supports 100% HTML5. The new article on a side note: focuses on emerging technology, but with a twist – something vendors in any e-learning space should be doing or exploring, but have not yet. You must customize.
  56. Smartfailing the vintage future- E-Learning Provocateur, November 15, 2010A little while ago, Ben Betts blogged about a wonderful book called 2010: Living in the Future , which was written by Geoffrey Hoyle back in 1972. love these vintage visions of the future. Reading the book prompted me to seek other predictions from yesteryear, and I found plenty at Vintage Future. This got me thinking. More examples. Not so fast.
  57. Online Tools for Evaluating Informal Learning- The Peformance Improvement Blog, November 4, 2010Learning occurs in "informal" (another term that I don’t like but is gaining traction) settings and online, as well as in the classroom. How can we know what is learned informally and what difference that learning makes to the success of an organization? Kirsten Ellenbogen describes some of these methods on the American Evaluation Association blog.
  58. What happens if you just leave them alone?- Spark Your Interest, November 14, 2010After attending TEDxUBC , I wrote about motivation and it is still buzzing around in my head, so here’s a follow up. . This week, I watched a recorded webinar from New Media Consortium called Love to Learn featuring Lynda Weiman, founder of , which was really compelling. Neill. He that pairs girls with women, to write. Curiousity.
  59. Collaboration: It’s Not About Technology, It’s About the Culture- Learn and Lead, November 21, 2010I got a chance to talk about how companies can use technology internally to collaborate and share more effectively. started with examining what’s currently in use in organizations. Email is the most commonly used collaborative tool. Unfortunately it is also perhaps the worst tool for open collaboration in an organization. It’s about the culture.
  60. Three Tips for Putting the Humanity Back into E-Learning and More Top Tips- Learning Visions, November 12, 2010Oh, the humanity! Is your e-Learning turning out more like a horror show for zombies than a program that actually helps, gasp, people? And be sure to check out more top tips, including the latest: Tip 45: Video – bring out your inner guerilla.
  61. Questions to ask your LMS vendors- Learning Conversations, November 9, 2010There are dozens, if not hundreds, of Learning Management Systems on the market. Most, if not all, come from the position that learning interventions are to be managed in a top-down manner; employees will learn when the management direct them to do so. Real work is not like that. How does your system drive learners into it? courses/content).
  62. Tagoras Releases Second Edition of the Learning 2.0 for Associations Report- aLearning, November 9, 2010What a great way to celebrate National Distance Learning Week ! Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele over at Tagoras have updated their Learning 2.0 for Associations report — an amazing resource that every association must have! It clearly describes the key Learning 2.0 Did I mention the report is FREE!?!?? What are you waiting for?!?
  63. In which ways do you use social media for your own learning?- Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning, November 29, 2010I met Niel van Meeuwen some time ago when we talked about using social media in learning trajectories. He already mentioned his talk in Lissabon during the Eapril conference. His presentation was last Friday and he experimented with a Twitter backchannel. Very curious to hear his reflection on how it went. I'm going to summarize the outsiders input.

Hot Topics These were the hot topics in November, i.e., unusual amounts of content written about them.