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Stop creating, selling, and buying garbage!

Clark Quinn

I was thinking today (on my plod around the neighborhood) about how come we’re still seeing so much garbage elearning (and frankly, I had a stronger term in mind). One of the causes is unenlightened designers. You know, it’s not like one dreams of being an instructional designer as a kid. This is not to touch on their commitment, but even if they did have courses, they’d likely still not be exposed to much about the emotional side, for instance.

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The Case for eLearning in the Workplace

TOPYX LMS

eLearning is one that’s here to stay. Over the years, eLearning has become one of the most popular styles of learning in the workplace. eLearning helps adult learners keep and later use crucial training information. What do microlearning and eLearning have to do with one another?

Are Instructional Designers Making Themselves Irrelevant?

Xyleme

The answer is, over 50%, through instructor-led and virtual classrooms and another 22% through rapid authoring tools that convert PowerPoint presentations to eLearning. The easy thing for an instructional designer to do is to rely on simple instinct and maintain the status quo.

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Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Lots of discussion and debate around interesting questions for eLearning professionals. Grows - But Creating "eLearning 2.0 Elliott Masie Learners as designers. Tony Bates - eLearning Outlook for 2011 1. Here are my top 10 eLearning predictions for 2011.

Free chapters from Implementing eLearning

Jay Cross

Seven years ago, Lance Dublin and I wrote a book entitled Implementing eLearning. We wrote that for eLearning to work, you needed to set the stage with change management and sell the stakeholders with the methods of consumer marketing. Marketing Design.

Top 100 eLearning Items

Tony Karrer

Using eLearning Learning , I thought it would be interesting to go look what it thinks are some of the top items of all time. Introducing The Conversation Prism eLearning Trends 2007 and 2008 TechCrunch White Label Social Networking Platforms Chart How to Insert YouTube Videos in PowerPoint Presentations LinkedIn Tips and Tweaks: Do More with your LinkedIn Account Introduction to Wikis, Blogs, Social Bookmarking, Social Networking and RSS Corporate Policies on Web 2.0

Safety Training Design

Tony Karrer

Some interesting discussions are going on in the Big Question for February The Learning Circuits Blog: Instructional Design - If - When - How Much. I thought I'd take a cut at an answer based on something we've been involved with recent - the design of safety training. This is where design comes in. So, what does this case of Safety Training Design have to do with Instructional Design - If - When - How Much? Students don't care about instructional design.

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Because quality matters

Clark Quinn

And I joined with some others to promote quality elearning. They might be persuaded to buy products that can’t really deliver what’s promised. Yet we still see strategies limited to courses, and courses designed poorly, and thus money being wasted that could be doing good. We are seeing more people interested in improving their learning designs despite considerable budget and time pressures. design meta-learning strategy

Manifesting in principle

Clark Quinn

My thoughts are related: Tool vendors should ensure that their tools can support designers interested in these elements. The real issue is in the design. We’d like custom content houses (aka elearning solution providers) to try to get their clients to allow them to work against these principles, and then do so. Of course, we’d like them to do so regardless! I’ve argued in the past that better design doesn’t take longer. design strateg

Carrying forward

Clark Quinn

During my presentation in Minneapolis on future-looking applications of technology to learning, the usual and completely understandable question came up about how to change an organization to buy-in to this new way of acting in the world: to start focusing on performance outcomes and not courses. I suggested making small changes in what was being done now: push back a bit on the immediate request for a course, and start really diving into the real performance problem.

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CoP Series #10: Stewarding Technology for Community | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Elearning is growing and evolving hand in glove with a constellation of technologies that have their roots in a number of places. We are designing for social learning and interaction. This is both a technological and social design issue.

Start with the 70. Plan for the 100.

Charles Jennings

BUY THE BOOK: www.702010institute.com The book is divided into 100 numbered sections across 313 pages in ‘coffee table’ format. 10 solutions include training and development courses and programmes, eLearning modules and reading.

The Need to Adapt to the Speed of Change or Die: lessons for L&D from the retail industry

Charles Jennings

One said “the real advantage of going to a store like Jessops was that you can speak to an expert who can advise on everything you might need to know about buying the right camera for you. You don’t get that when buying online”. Poor interface design is often the answer.

The top 10 opportunity costs for single source content strategy

Xyleme

eLearning Courses? Unfortunately, creating better eLearning is little more than making marginal improvements to the status quo. Dispersed Subject Matter Experts and Designers work together more creatively and efficiently.

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Cheap books on learning worth the price

Jay Cross

Since I’m in the midst of writing a book on solo/DIY learning, I thought I might learn something from these freebies: 45 Elearning Tips and Tricks , by John Araiza. This is an instructional designer’s record of twelve years’ experience. Advice is for building courses.

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The ‘Least Assistance’ Principle

Clark Quinn

He was disagreeing with “buying rapid development tools to bash out ill formed ‘e-learning’ to an audience that will not only be unimpressed but also none the wiser - or more productive&# , a point I want to nuance. I agree with not using rapid elearning to create courses for novices, but there is a role for bashing out courses for another audience, the practitioner. That, to me, is the role of rapid elearning. Tags: design

A Theme Park E-Learning Application

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Here''s the challenge (from the E-Learning Professionals Group ): "Can anyone give me suggestions of how to blend learning objectives with ELearning. My goal is to have the user not know they are taking a course." Here''s the context: " Based on his other questions, Brian is looking to develop training for visitors to theme parks that will teach them about the park. As such, the learning objectives would be fairly low level knowledge about the park."

Why Work Smarter?

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

A straight forward book designed for managers who want a natural way to improve performance – without the typical management consulting crapola. – Peter Shea, in eLearn Magazine. Buy a Fieldbook. Here are some blurbs from the next edition of The Working Smarter Fieldbook.

Real learning – let’s not confuse it with completing templated exercises

Charles Jennings

Learning professionals spend a significant amount of their time (maybe even the majority) designing and delivering content and then evaluating completions and short-term memory outputs from structured mandatory and compliance training modules and courses.

How Khan Academy Nike Training Club and SparkPeople Motivate Users Behavior

Tony Karrer

I mentioned in my post Online Systems for Behavior Change that I'm working on a very interesting project that is designed to lead to some important changes in behavior that has already had dramatic impacts. Rather, I'm collecting some thoughts in terms of design concepts.

Informal Learning – the other 80%

Jay Cross

School is chock full of formal learning — courses, classes, and grades that obscure the fact that most learning at school is either self-directed or informal. To thrive in this environment, everyone must become student and faculty and publisher and instructional designer.

50 best articles on Working Smarter for the first half of 2012

Jay Cross

If you haven’t had time to keep up with what’s going on in learning, design, social business, and intellectual capital this year, here’s a reprieve: the top 50 articles from the last six months. Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems .

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January 2010 Informal Learning Hotlist

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Electric Icarus: NASA Designs a One-Man Stealth Plane - Scientific American , January 19, 2010. Top 10 eLearning Predictions for 2010 - eLearning Technology , January 18, 2010. Four pointers to the chasm between elearning and video game designers - edublogs , January 4, 2010. The Best Times to Buy Anything, All Year Round [Buying Guide] - Lifehacker , January 5, 2010. Top Informal Learning links for the first month of 2010.

Connectivism & Connected Knowledge

Jay Cross

But we (and I mean all course participants, not just Stephen and I) managed to explore what is possible online. Those that observed (or lurked as is the more common term), hopefully found value in the course as well. I am listening to George’s mid-course video message.

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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): A Flashback to an Angry Bill Gates

Mark Oehlert

I decided to download (Moviemaker) and buy the Digital Plus pack.so Of course that meant completely getting rid of all my Outlook state." e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Firefox Can make even GMail Better | Main | SCORM 2.0

Best of Working Smarter Daily this year

Jay Cross

ABC: 10 reasons NOT to create a course and 10 other options . My colleague, Clark Quinn, recently wrote a blog post, Yes, you do have to change, in which he explained how he felt that “ the elearning industry, and the broader learning industry, is severely underperforming the potential”.

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Business of Learning

Tony Karrer

Particularly, I'm interested in the question of: While training as a publisher of courses and courseware faces an increasingly challenging market, what other things can learning businesses successfully sell to internal or external customers? Browse eLearning Content

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Point Solutions vs. Suites and Composition

Tony Karrer

One of the more interesting back-stories in Blended Learning / eLearning 2.0 LAMS provides rich functionality for designing a "flow” of learning activities, especially where these activities rely on collaboration between students to drive the learning process.

Contest - Win a Free Copy of Digital Habitats via LearnTrends 2009

Tony Karrer

So, if you don't win the free copy, then you should go buy it. And, of course, happy to answer any questions. We use the polarities that are developed in Digital Habitats to tie these examples together and give you design ideas for program development. eLearning Technology.

Multimedia Storage

Tony Karrer

My first reaction was - just buy more disk space. Under their contracts everything becomes the property of the government once they receive tasking and begin developing a course (and I do literally mean 'everything'). It's pretty much set up so that each contractor has a 'folder' on the development network - they subdivide within that folder as necessary depending on how many courses they're working on, etc. Browse eLearning Content at www.elearninglearning.com

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Go straight to the finish line

Jay Cross

Thomson Reuters’ Andy Jones described the journey from eLearning to knowledge-sharing, saying “Thomson Reuters Technology Operations has taken business-focused learning to a new level. Cycle times for product design, manufacturing, and deployment are shorter and shorter.

Hot List - April 1, 2009 to April 11, 2009

Tony Karrer

Luckily, I have a short cut to seeing the stuff that is generating interest across most of the top eLearning bloggers. So, here's the hot list for April 1 - April 11 via eLearning Learning. Top 100 eLearning Items - eLearning Technology , April 7, 2009 Interesting that my own post got the top spot. My top ten tips for getting started with eLearning: - Ignatia Webs , April 6, 2009 It ain’t always easy to dive into eLearning. Browse eLearning Content

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He Had a Bad Day

Tony Karrer

I hate to tell you, but while you are technically correct that learning is an outcome of something else you can still sell "learning solutions" - solutions designed to achieve learning as an outcome. I'd personally rather have us talk performance, but the industry has landed on learning, e.g., CLO, LMS, WLP, oh and eLearning. Of course, when I think about it, we should be talking outcomes. Maybe I should buy a beer for him in San Jose

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Rethinking conferences

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Conferences have traditionally provided foundation knowledge for instructional designers, trainers, CLOs, and others in the field. PresentationCamp is an ad-hoc gathering of passionate folks who want to share, interact and spread the love around the topic of presentation design and delivery.

Notes from Tallinn

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Edison quote about the internet) - learners need "digital wisdom" - need to appraise what they're looking at - "Darwinism" - the wisdom of the crowd, what happens on Wikipedia - new crowdsourced evaluation tool - new: course credit for Wikipedia page - community as curriculum - seventh - twitter is all about breakfast - titter is about much more than trivia - it becomes a stret corner, a broadcast channel, an amplification tool - jcbarrington.blogspot.com - John W. What is elearning?

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Gaming and Learning

John Hagel

JSB and Thomas focus in particular on the role of games like World of Warcraft in building leadership talent: In this way, the process of becoming an effective World of Warcraft guild master amounts to a total-immersion course in leadership.

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Beyond Assessment ? Recognizing Achievement in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Is open online learning or the MOOC, the massive open online course, or informal learning in general doing the sort of thing that we need? People aren''t completing their courses. It''s the basis for instructional design. You start with what you want them to learn, design an experience, cause them to learn it, build in some checks, and see that this has all happened in the end. Of course, the publisher will provide some financial backing.

Dust-up at Training Zone

Jay Cross

Jay Cross, the man who coined the term ‘elearning’, believes the web is revolutionising the way we learn. Not through the kind of elearning of the 1990s but via the explosion of online communities which effectively democratise the way we learn. Cross believes the era of traditional course-led training is coming to an end and that informal, social learning is the way forward. Cross says: “The question is not; which course do I go on?

Dust-up at Training Zone

Jay Cross

Jay Cross, the man who coined the term ‘elearning’, believes the web is revolutionising the way we learn. Not through the kind of elearning of the 1990s but via the explosion of online communities which effectively democratise the way we learn. Cross believes the era of traditional course-led training is coming to an end and that informal, social learning is the way forward. Cross says: “The question is not; which course do I go on?

Dust-up at Training Zone

Jay Cross

Jay Cross, the man who coined the term ‘elearning’, believes the web is revolutionising the way we learn. Not through the kind of elearning of the 1990s but via the explosion of online communities which effectively democratise the way we learn. Cross believes the era of traditional course-led training is coming to an end and that informal, social learning is the way forward. Cross says: “The question is not; which course do I go on?

Dust-up at Training Zone

Jay Cross

Jay Cross, the man who coined the term ‘elearning’, believes the web is revolutionising the way we learn. Not through the kind of elearning of the 1990s but via the explosion of online communities which effectively democratise the way we learn. Cross believes the era of traditional course-led training is coming to an end and that informal, social learning is the way forward. Cross says: “The question is not; which course do I go on?

Communities of Practice Series with Darren Sidnick #1 | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

But first lets get practical and think about the role of CoPs in eLearning. When we learn something in a course, it can go in one ear and out the other. practice in an elearning context late last year.

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How to Get the Most out of a Conference

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

These have of course their power cords (each neatly coiled) and connecting wires (I have two baggies containing essential cords - chargers for iPods and Pads, earbuds, USB connectors, adapters for digital projectors). My cameras are in a separate bag (of course!),