A New Website, Part Six - Drupal Modules

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Modules A module is some additional programming that gives your site some additional functionality. A number of optional modules come installed with the original Drupal download. In addition, you can get many more modules from the Drupal web site. The first step, then, is to look at the list of modules that comes with the Drupal download. So I select 'Site Building' -> 'Modules'. So I activate the module. This will happen for every module.

Module 100

Text-to-Speech eLearning Tools - Integrated Products

Tony Karrer

These products promise to automate the process of adding audio to eLearning thereby streamlining and accelerating the production of eLearning courses. We’ll look at: Adobe Captivate 4, 5 (with TTS narration feature) Tuval Software Industries Speech-Over Professional (for PowerPoint) Requirements for a TTS Product First, let's set down the requirements that eLearning professionals would expect from a production TTS tool and see how these two products fulfill them.

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Healthy and Productive Nonprofit Meetings: What Does the Research Say?

Beth Kanter

That’s why we included a module in the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders peer learning group on meeting design and facilitation – and these days it is an important leadership skill. In preparation, I’ve been studying the research and best practices for productive meetings. ” Many of these practices are used at companies that pride themselves in having productive meetings. What Research Says About Productive Meetings and Conference Calls.

The Secret Sauce for Productive Nonprofit Meetings that No One Talks About

Beth Kanter

One of the modules is on meetings. So much of our work life is being in meetings, but many times are a participant, not the meeting leader. What can we do as a participant to make meetings more productive? Look Out for Others: While this is the role of the meeting leader, it is a great way to contribute productively to meetings. Flickr Photo by Iain.

from training to learning

Harold Jarche

Whatever learning needs to happen for getting work done at the front line — on production floors, in sales, or in customer service — often is not generated, or even recognized as needed, by the training organizations.

Making Business Sense of Social Media and Social Networking – Twitter For Business

Luis Suarez

Education on social tools is more aligned towards showing and demonstrating a change of habits ; basically, shifting gears into new ways of getting the job done; figuring out new methods of becoming, even more, productive carrying out daily tasks and activities by injecting various 2.0 IBM Innovation Knowledge Management Knowledge Tools Learning Personal KM Productivity Tools Social Computing

A Review of SAP Jam

Dan Pontefract

The hurdle was overcome well before we went live to the organization, but the lesson for others is to ensure you sort through the relationship of Jam to BizX if you are launching other SuccessFactors modules at the same time. Overall, Jam deployed to the organization easier than some of the other SuccessFactors modules. (I Learning Module Integration. A greater degree of integration with the Learning module is still necessary.

Review 183

Never Underestimate the Power of Education and Enablement

Luis Suarez

Eventually, it’s all about how you come as close as you possibly can to discover and find out plenty more how people really work, how do they do their daily tasks, what they struggle with, what they learn, what gets them stuck, what they do in a heartbeat without too much thinking, what they still consider potentially pernicious pain points to their own productivity and may be what makes it tick for them.

Innovation Hubs in the Global Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last week I wrote about Cloud, Services and the Transformation of Production , based on Part I of Escape from the Commodity Trap: Will the Production Transformation Sustain Productivity, Growth and Jobs? , Part II of the paper deals with the economic and policy implication of this ICT-based production transformation. . Clearly, the way out of this trap is to create distinctive high value added products - both goods and services. Product creation.

EPortfolios and Badges Workshop - #OEB14

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

What you will see today are four key products we have been working on this year. Each module has six sections: objectives, questions, investigate, activities, etc. The course isn''t available yet - we have the structure and write-throughs as the modules, but what we hope to get from you is input from you. In the third level the students will present their products: skills like presenting, sharing, assessing.

Module 195

Online Newspaper Software

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

These are sites set up using Drupal and then expanded with various modules. There are four newspaper-specific Drupal module packages: * NodeStream - publish content in newspaper style * OpenPublish - OpenPublish is an online news platform that emphasizes visitor engagement and ease of content creation. Modules for facebook like and Disqus comments. PressSmart Suite of products for newspapers, including ePortal and emobile.

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. With a library of granular learning assets at your fingertips, you can create content assembly applications that let your users assemble their own learning products by searching, selecting, and sequencing content into new eLearning courses, ePubs, Common Cartridges, QTI assessments, and more.

Digital Learning 4.0: How to Guarantee Measurable Learner Impact Where Others Have Failed

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Slide presenting a lego analogy of how modules can be fitted together to personalize the experience. Respect the holy trinity of virtual learning: design, production and delivery. Don't have design and production off in their own corners. Summary of: Digital Learning 4.0: How to Guarantee Measurable Learner Impact Where Others Have Failed Paul Hunter Director Digital Learning, IMD Business School IMD is a business school based in Switzerland.

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Re-thinking Workplace Learning: extracting rather than adding

Charles Jennings

New Opportunities On the positive side, the ‘extracting learning’ approach opens up a new area of opportunity for L&D – beyond the module, course and programme and into the daily workflow as a mechanism for effective development, increased performance and greater productivity. A decade ago the Corporate Executive Board published a report detailing the findings of a study into the role managers can play in employee development.

Deeper activities

Clark Quinn

So for each module, I’m looking for a meaningful practice. For A colleague asked whether this meant that they’d always generate a product of learning, and my preliminary answer was yes, and then I realized that there was another way to view it. It could also be the trace of the learner in a simulation, but in some sense that’s a product as well. The A while ago, I argued for an activity-based curriculum. The

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: opportunities and challenges for the L&D profession

Charles Jennings

ON THE SURFACE THERE IS GENERAL SATISFACTION WITH EXISTING LEARNING INTERVENTIONS The vast majority of people attending learning events or learning interventions (classroom training, eLearning modules, virtual sessions) reported that they were satisfied with the event or intervention (in the survey 84% declared they were satisfied or very satisfied).

Survey 181

Pull Platforms for Performance

John Hagel

These three operating processes are: customer relationship management, product innovation and commercialization and infrastructure operations. Product innovation and commercialization.   Similar to customer relationship management, the metric that drives this core operating process is simple: product (or service) life-time value.   Across virtually all industries, product life cycle compression has become a fact of life. 

Cost 166

Five Barriers to Effective Learning in Organisations

Charles Jennings

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? One is in the focus on process over product. Barrier 3: Convenience Anyone who has heard me speak about the need for change in the way L&D goes about its role in improving performance and productivity will have heard me use the term ‘conspiracy of convenience’.

Module 186

Managing Learning?

Charles Jennings

LMS technology emerged from a need to automate process management and record-keeping systems in the post-World War II era when the focus was on industrialisation and the development of mass production techniques. Donald Taylor recently published an article titled ‘ What does ‘LMS’ mean today ?’. In it Donald posited something I’ve been advocating for years. It is this. Learning can only be managed by the individual in whose head the learning is occurring.

PKM 173

Economic structural change is NOT industry compositional change

Trends in the Living Networks

Perhaps the best frame to understand the nature of structural change is the rapid rise of the “modular economy”, in which value is created in smaller and smaller modules over time. This is illustrated by examples such as the modular approach to manufacturing that has made Chongqing the global capital for motorcycle production, or the modularization of professional work flow led by firms such as UK’s Lovells.

The Age of “Lean Manufacturing” in Learning Content Management Systems


The “manufacturing” of software requires people to create, test and ship products in a systematic approach, as you would with physical goods like automobiles. In the case of software, or let’s say “digital products” in general, the “production systems” have undergone vast technological change, in the same way as traditional manufacturing techniques. And then came along came object-oriented programming and all of a sudden the “production system” changed.

System 130

Yes but… (and the Isaiah moment is still with us)

Dave Snowden

Coming to the end of two weeks in New Zealand and I’ve been struck by a dreaded lurgy , or possibly lurgies which have hit productivity not to mention the loosing the will to live moments in the early hours of the morning when local anaesthetic lozenges aren’t up to the task of allowing evening brief moments of sleep.

Module 109

7 Minute Segments & Experts

Nancy White

The soup-to-nuts program takes about six hours, but rather than delivering it all in one fell swoop, or even through a series of hour-long, do-it-yourself modules, Google breaks the information into bite-sized chunks lasting no more than seven minutes each, so agents can download and peruse them at their desks, on their commutes, even on their cell phones while watching Little League or waiting in line at airport security.Online games help agents dial in their knowledge.

Module 114

The Only Person Who Behaves Sensibly Is My Tailor

Charles Jennings

We measure how many people have attended a class or completed an eLearning module, or read a document or engaged in a job swap or in a coaching relationship. Attending a course or completing an eLearning module tells us little apart from the fact that some activity occurred. “The only person who behaves sensibly is my tailor. He takes new measurements every time he sees me. All the rest go on with their old measurements.”

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

Charles Jennings

Why would you put greater trust in someone who worked for a store with a vested interest not only in encouraging you to buy from them, but also to buy the products that gave them the highest return? I recall using one enterprise LMS that required 13 clicks of a mouse (some counter-intuitive) to register and launch an eLearning module. Yesterday another great British institution slid into the history books.

Text-to-Speech vs Human Narration for eLearning

Tony Karrer

The other posts are: Text-to-Speech Overview and NLP Quality , Digital Signal Processor and Text-to-Speech , Using Text-to-Speech in an eLearning Course , and Text-to-Speech eLearning Tools - Integrated Products. Company-wide training modules by an IT Process & Quality Manager at a Large Global Communications Corporation. Global web training by a Systems Engineering Manager at a Large Product Corporation.

Interwoven flows of activity, not a PERT chart

Dave Snowden

Now I've been involved in software development for many years, this will be the third application product I have taken to market from scratch, although the first time with my financial future at stake! This gives considerable flexibility when you are building new modules, or interacting with other applications or capabilities. The danger is that doing this right takes a long time and people don't see the final product until the end of the process.

[berkman] Dries Buytaert: Drupal and sustaining collaborative efforts

David Weinberger

Drupal has 10,000+ modules, 300,000 downloads a month, 1.5M Dries points to a common pattern: From innovation to bespoke systems to products to commoditization. Proprietary software tends to stop at the products stage; it’s hard to become a commodity because proprietary software is too expensive. Module developers can get funded from LSD. The 15,000 modules are maintained by the community.

Drupal 146

STEM Literacy is for Everyone

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Among LINC’s key projects is Blossoms - Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies , which is developing a large free repository of video modules created by gifted volunteers from around the world to assist school teachers with math and science courses. When things go well, they make us much more productive. MIT professor Richard Larson recently wrote an excellent opinion column - STEM is for Everyone.

Skills 194

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. Again, I’m sure some LMS vendors have sold their products to clients on the basis that they provide a solution in a box.

[liveblog][act-tiac] A federal portal in the age of search?

David Weinberger

USA.gov is a platform that offers a full suite of bilingual products, built around a single structured API: information, contacts, social media, etc. Also, it’s built to so its modules and content can be reused. Sarah Crane , Dir., Federal Citizen Information Center, GSA., is going to talk about USA.gov. “In a world where everyone can search and has apps, is a web portal relevant?,” ” she asks. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points.

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Systems Thinking, Safety and Risk Management

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These include the hierarchical decomposition of the system into relatively independent, functional modules and components; making the individual components and functional modules as reliable as possible; having well defined processes for the assembly and operation of the systems; extensive simulation of the behavior of the components, modules and overall system; and continuous quality measurements and improvements. .

System 119

Scaling the Edge: Cynefin™ as a journey

Dave Snowden

the mix of 360º feedback from peers and clients, narrative journaling and wiki-participation will all give us data that reflects many months of shared work and thinking that we can use to measure both theory and practice as a by product of network knowledge creation. So the core knowledge will now become a ten week, five module mixture of theory and practice. For most of my life I’ve been working with various forms of symbiosis and synthesis.

Wiki 140

books in perpetual beta

Harold Jarche

Finding Perpetual Beta is now in production. Meanwhile, collaborative work is dominating both transactional and production work. For example, students in a US education doctoral program will be using these ebooks for one of their modules. This new ebook is part of the continuing journey to understand how individuals and organizations can manage fundamental changes in networked society, business, and education.

eBook 160

Atlantic Workshop on Semantics and Services - Day 1

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

So ontology modules can be efficiently interchanged. You can get different perspectives to a module. The knowledge base of the 'utilizer' modules are augmented by sets of nominals from 'realizer' modules. After augmentation, the knowledge engines are not expected to take into account the realizer modules any more. Diagram makes it look like data from the realizer module is integrated into the utilizer module). Diagram of 'requirements' module).

Module 100

Why Online Learning is the Best Type of Learning for Employees


In fact, an online learning module can often be completed in a fraction of the time that it would take to learn the information in a classroom setting. Online learning facilitates green living and working by eliminating a learner’s need to use paper products. Have you ever noticed how things are constantly being improved upon? Pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, technologies, companies, and entire cities seem to always in the process of changing for the better.

Types 61

Managing Multiple Learning Managment Systems - The High Cost of Choice


These support desks typically perform three functions: Quality testing: to ensure learning products perform correctly on each target LMS. In a few minutes, you’ll understand the nuts and bolts behind this breakthrough Bravais module. Did you know that today there are approximately 500 Learning Management System vendors in the market? 1 Did you also know that no one vendor, or small group of vendors, have significant market share?

Cost 109

Jay the Novice

Jay Cross

Elliott asked for a show of hands: How many of us had actually completed a module of eLearning in order to learn something? Most of the senior people from these companies had never experienced the product! Ten years ago Elliott Masie led a workshop for eLearning vendors at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle. Honchos from dozens of top-tier eLearning companies filled the lecture theater. Everybody was new at this, so we spent a lot of time on nuts and bolts.


Clark Quinn

In making the Workplace of the Future project with Learnnovators, we were barreling along full tilt, working on the second module, and I was getting increasingly worried about the fact that we hadn’t tested the first. My diagramming bent had me map out the workflow of a client’s production process, to identify opportunities to tweak the process to bring in better learning science with minimal interruption. Listening, as I mentioned, in this case to Guy Wallace.

[liveblog][act-tiac] The nation's front door

David Weinberger

USA.gov is a platform that offers a full suite of bilingual products, built around a single structured API: information, contacts, social media, etc. Also, it’s built to so its modules and content can be reused. Sarah Crane , Dir., Federal Citizen Information Center, GSA., is going to talk about USA.gov. “In a world where everyone can search and has apps, is a web portal relevant?,” ” she asks. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points.

Module 100

Less is more: A different approach to L&D in a world awash with information

Charles Jennings

This is a very different world than one focused on producing modules, courses and curricula full of ephemeral information – detailed content that has a relatively short half-life and is unlikely to be remembered in any detail beyond a post-course assessment, even if to that point. This post appeared on the TrainingZone.co.uk site last month. I’ve re-posted it here for people who don’t choose to register on the TZ website.

Skills 164

Text-to-Speech Overview and NLP Quality

Tony Karrer

Like most major innovations it needs to be accompanied by a slew of minor supporting innovations that make it practical, easy to use and effective: modulating the voice with speed, pitch and emphasis, adding silent delays, adding subtitles, pronouncing difficult words and coordinating voice with visuals. Text-to-speech (TTS) is the automatic production of spoken speech from any text input. A better way is to use modulation tags to directly emphasize a word.

Beyond the Course

Nigel Paine

Enterprise software is more complex and expensive but is locked, securely behind a firewall and integrate with other existing products. It an excellent example of applying a magazine logic to what could have been a pile of dry learning modules that would probably have been ignored. I was asked to speak at a conference in Edinburgh organised by a smart British e-learning company called Brightwave and jointly run with Sky.