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Instructional Design Orthodoxy


I will be dating myself here, but so much of the orthodoxy in the instructional design process was forged back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the only Computer-Based Training (CBT) tools were Toolbook for the PC, and Hypercard for the Mac. The idea that you might allow scrolling was to many an Instruction Designer taboo. However, in just in the past year, we’ve finally seen a shift driven, I believe, by the adoption of tablet devices like the iPad and now the Kindle fire.

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GiveMN 2012 Giving Day by the Numbers

Beth Kanter

GiveMN 2012 by the Numbers by Jeff Achen, GiveMN Digital Strategist. A quick look at the social media data from Give to the Max Day 2012 shows a sizable jump over the previous year. Check it out: Click for our full Give to the Max Day 2012 results.

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Pick of the Month: June 2012 – Informal learning, Yammer, collab platforms, change, and keep learning

Jane Hart

You can find more of the resources I enjoyed during the month in my 2012 Reading List.). A brief quiz tells you whether your organization needs to adopt formal or informal approaches. We build formal classroom courses and eLearning programmes that consist of pre-tests and post-tests.

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The future of higher education and other imponderables

George Siemens

We will be running an open online course from Oct 8-Nov 16 , 2012, addressing some of the concepts in this post. The Rockefeller Institute released a report in 2012 (.pdf) Not all countries are adopting the aggressive UK model, but tuition patterns internationally (.pdf)

Is it time for a BYOL (Bring Your Own Learning) strategy in your organization? #BYOL

Jane Hart

Adopting a BYOL strategy will however require a different approach to learning and development. It will not be about designing personalised training nor managing people’s learning for them , but rather supporting their own personal learning strategies.

Personalization for Knowledge Workers


We’ve adopted a philosophy of hiring the talent where it is, promote hard work and high quality of life, and have cultivated a virtual culture of global collaboration and communication. The LMS-centric model of monolithic courses is out of step with the way professionals want to learn.

Pulling informal learning

Harold Jarche

Knowledge has to be adapted before it can be adopted. Look at what Push can mean in the context of demand-side KM: How often are training courses aligned with the moment of need? How much time and affordance is there to put training courses into individual context?

Why Corporate Training is Broken And How to Fix It

Jay Cross

Traditional training departments cannot build courses fast enough to keep up with the speed of change. The American Society for Training and Development was founded and designers brought a systems focus to training. Standardized courses and workshops multiplied.

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Why Training Needs to go Agile (Part 1 – The Basics)


Much of what is currently rolled up monolithic, one-size-fits-all courses must give way to small but relevant content updated and delivered continuously to learners based on their individual profiles or needs. Rather than designing an entire web based document application, we start small.

Just What is a UX Manager?

Adaptive Path

Then on Twitter, Livia Labate, who leads the experience design practice for Marriott International asked, “Dear @AdaptivePath, what is a UX Manager?” I see the occasional rant about "you can't design experiences" and "you can't manage and experience."

Twitter Is Where Conversations Go To Die

Luis Suarez

Martin Varsavsky (@martinvars) August 18, 2012. . Because over the course of the last few months I have started to notice something that I never thought I would find possible, at least, not this soon.

From Race Against the Machine to Race With the Machine

John Hagel

  Their more specific recommendations in this domain include adopting new technology more aggressively, paying teachers more, eliminating tenure and keeping students in class longer. Let me suggest that the real problem we are confronting is a growing disconnect between the institutional architectures we have so carefully designed over the past century and the pressures that are mounting in our global economy.  It was achieved by adopting large-scale push programs. 

Content as a Service


As instructional designers, we create our learning products, package them up with all the content and media, wish them well, and ship them off to the LMS’s – never to be seen again. Learners must go through a cumbersome process of logging in, registering for the course, launching the course, then navigating through it to find the bit they are interested in. It takes months to create big monolithic eLearning courses that we lose control of once we ship to an LMS.

Pull Platforms for Performance

John Hagel

This core operating process focuses on the research and development required to generate innovative new products and services, getting new products and services quickly into market, accelerating adoption of these products and services and then striving to extend their lives in the market as long as possible.  Of course, it's hard to manage these levers, if they are not even measured.  We live in a world of mounting performance pressure.

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Adopting The No Asshole Rule: Don't Bother If The Words Are.

Bob Sutton

Design school project teaches bike safety - The Stanford Daily Online. Tim Brown: Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation. Tina Seelig: What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World. Bill Moggridge: Designing Interactions. A Cool Old Study » Adopting The No Asshole Rule: Dont Bother If The Words Are Hollow. " I am, of course, a big fan of this idea.

The Importance of Personalized Learning – Part 1 of 3 – K12


In K12, the business model of pursuing exclusive district adoptions meant that the content was designed broadly to serve the average learners. This content was never designed to be modular, nor serve anyone other than the “average” student.

The Joy of Business Travelling

Luis Suarez

In “ Travelling for work: 7 principles for productivity and value ” Ross put together some of the main principles that he has adopted for when he is on the road / air to get the most out of his travelling experience.

Learning in the Digital Age: The Reality and the Myth

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

When he gets the boulder to the top of the hill, of course, the boulder rolls down the hill. Of course it's a myth. Of course, he starts turning things into gold. called STEM courses, but if everybody learns science and technology, nobody's an artist. The principle of the categorical imperative tells us when somebody prescribes something as a solution, to imagine everybody in the world adopting that solution and then to ask whether it makes sense.

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Thriving in the Net-Work Era

Jay Cross

Adopting new models of learning. This approach has already been adopted by Web services, where Beta releases are launched and tested before they are finalized. For example, instructional designers no longer have time to develop formal courses.

Textbooks are dead. Or Should Be.


an emerging mobile applications developer, announced in November of 2011 that they are planning new educational apps designed for children as schools begin trading textbooks in for iPads. ” Adopting technology into the current culture of learning has many benefits. Of course, this begs the question of who is paying for the use of content.

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E-Learning Generations

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

( version française ) In recent years I have been working on two major concepts:first, the connectivist theory of online learning, which views learning as anetwork process; and second, the massive open online course, or MOOC, which isan instantiation of that process. The idea that books or courses could be broken down intosmaller chunks suggested to people that these chunks could be created in onecontext and reused in another context. One was the beginning ofopen online courses.

Predators and Producers: Whither Flat World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I made the mistake of adopting before they changed their model with no notice to any of its customers." It is neatly summed up in an Inside Higher Ed article : "Like traditional publishers, it commissioned and paid authors to produce high-quality textbooks, and to market those textbooks to professors to assign in their courses." So why couldn't Flat World have adopted one of these alternative business models?Because

Advice to Teachers on Online Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Yes, of course there are concerns. The main point,however, is that those concerns do not create a case against the adoption ofonline learning. Hence the form of courses I design and deliver - 'Massive Open OnlineCourses' modeled on a connectivist pedagogy - are based around the idea ofconnection and interaction.

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The Rise of MOOCs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Many of the ideas that go into a MOOC were around before CCK08 but that course marks the first time the format came together. These two courses were of course influenced by other work in the field - the concept of open education, in which Wiley was a pioneer, with a license preceeding the Creative Commons licenses, the open wiki, which of course was made famous by Wikipedia, and more. This is what enabled the 'massive' part of 'Massive Open Online Course'.

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Future Learning Interview

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

If you were placed by your government in charge of an initiative to promote wider adoption of online learning, what actions would you take? Accordingly: - I would begin to design and deploy an open public education infrastructure. What do you think of the argument that even well-developed online courses are inferior to face to face courses? The question would read, “are even well-developed online football courses inferior to face-to-face football courses.”

Would a Distributed Model of Government be More Suitable for a Complex, Diverse 21st Century Democracy?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

If the United States is to survive as the design and innovation hub of the digital world, it is going to have to have a government structure designed for a 21st Century World. Now of course many of my peers, raised on the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960?s, So, let different regions and states adopt those policies that they feel will advantage them in economic matters, and in raising the standard of living and overall quality of life of their citizens.

How to avoid being “nextflixed”: 5 questions for Saul Kaplan

Dan Pink

They leave no time or resources to design, prototype, and test new ones. Instead of viewing opportunities through the lens of your business model, adopt the lens of your customer. Engage them directly in the design of new business models.

Where is the study of what we do?

Mark Oehlert

What I am looking for now, is historiography's corollary in the instructional design field. . I'm not saying oppose all models but I am saying that all models and their proponents should be called on regularly to defend themselves and not just queitly adopted.

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Social Media and Cute Dogs Go Mobile And Other Cute Animal and Nonprofit Tales

Beth Kanter

Not only did they take repeated photos to see what breed of dog would match their photo, they also started to ask if we could adopt a dog. I asked Best Friends Marketing Coordinator Claudia Perrone how they were measuring success. The ultimate KPI, of course, is dog adoptions.

Places and People that Use The No Asshole Rule

Bob Sutton

  As their Careers FAQ page advises (and note they are kind enough to plug this blog): Talented and diverse people : We hire talented design thinkers who represent many perspectives, disciplines, nationalities, and points of view.

The Knowledge and Learning Transfer Problem

Charles Jennings

Of course he was right. Of course exposure to other people is one of the primary ways we learn and improve our performance. Of course we don’t ‘deliver’ or ‘transfer’ learning either. Of course this is easier said than done.

Embedding Learning in Work: The Benefits and Challenges

Charles Jennings

The Challenges One of the major challenges is the fact that until recently L&D professionals have seen their primary role as instructional designers and creators of learning content and experiences where this content and these learning experiences are separate from work.

Nothing Has Changed. Everything Has Changed.

Charles Jennings

One piece of aligning data comes from the Corporate Executive Board’s 2012 study ‘ Building High Performance Capability for the New Work Environment’. Fig: From Corporate Executive Board’s ‘ Building High Performance Capability for the New Work Environment ’ study, October 2012.

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What Does the Training Department Do When Training Doesn’t Work?

Charles Jennings

Training Industry estimates the 2012 figures for the training market at $131billion in the USA and $160billion for the rest of the world – a global total of $291billion. Training departments need to adopt new approaches, and with these new approaches comes the need for new skillsets.

My 25 Years of Ed Tech

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Of course, that was not Weller's objective. I taught myself something called MVS-JES3 and also took a communications course called 'On the Way Up'. Diversity University started out as an educational MUD; Walden University was also an early adopter, and a whole bunch more.

Determinism, Best Practice, and the ‘Training Solution’

Charles Jennings

Anyone who has even the most rudimentary understanding of chess knows that to adopt a strategy based on determinism is to often invite failure.

Five Steps to Making Your Content Mobile Ready


So, it''s a popular concept, but I don''t think the adoption for learning our technology inside to supplement for their jobs is quite there yet.”. It can come in phases, just like adoption. Looking beyond the course as a mobile output format.

The Future of Learning Management Systems: Development, Innovation and Change

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Thrun was saying (2012) 50 years from now there will only be ten institutions delivering higher education. Course completion rates are a problem, also student authentication. In Canada, similar, 12-16% of post-secondary students taking an online course for credit.

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Everything You Thought You Knew About MOOCs Could Be Wrong

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We think of MOOCs as massive, open, online and courses. There is (says a commenter) Stanford’s SPOC (small private online course). Phil: MOOCs are reflecting a trend toward a much more team-based approach to design, and teachers can get involved in that.

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How Will AI Likely Impact How We Work, Live and Play?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Roomba home robot was first introduced in 2012 by iRobot. A few weeks ago I discussed whether AI is finally reaching a tipping point, mostly based on a recently published report, - Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030.

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Open Education, MOOCs, and Opportunities

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

These systems were modeled on distance education resources such as programmed texts and course workbooks. These were designed originally by organizations such as the Open University, in Britain, and Canada''s Athabasca University. Online courses were developed according to a protocol that developed over 20 years of experience. Major LMS companies such as WebCT, Blackboard, Angel, Saba and Desire2Learn all adopted standards originally developed by IMS.

Technology, Resources and Innovation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

So we strategically cultivated student thought, integrating them into the learning design process. We launched an SXD studio - ‘student experience design’ - and threw students into the design process, connected them with vendors, and launched an SXD lab for prototyping and testing ideas.

Beyond Free ? Open Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

They are however designed to be standalone talks as well so hopefully you will not be as unfulfilled after the talk as you might be afraid of being. She challenges the concept of the Massive Open Online Course by asking, "What is the problem that MOOCs appear to have solved?"