Reality TV and E-Learning: The Next Frontier? Three Possible Edu-Reality Shows

by elearnadmin
Are you one of the 2 million or so viewers who watched Charlie Sheen's UStream show (Sheen's Korner) within the first week of its broadcast? Are you one of his 2 million Twitter followers? If so, you may have witnessed a new form of reality television -- one that could have applicability to e-learning. There are courses that study cultural and sociological phenomena, and there are entire degree programs that focus on trying to make sense of our rapidly evolving world. Why not consider new kinds of informal learning? Let's look at where we are. So far, reality television and [...]

Pondering a “Post-LMS” World

by elearnadmin
Mal Poulin and Paul Bejgrowicz of RWD Technologies add intelligence to the “Is the LMS dead” debate by reframing it. They say, in a nutshell (and I’m paraphrasing): It’s not that the LMS is dead…Or even that some organizations are putting a portal in front of their LMS to make it more social and to allow access to stuff that’s not in the LMS…It’s that there are data about employees’ learning that are not in an LMS…such as data automatically collected by big ERP or CRM systems about employees’ transactional proficiency in them…and data in HR/talent systems about employees’ competencies…and [...]

I Know What Learners Need

by elearnadmin
Last Saturday, I was talking with a past colleague and good friend Virginie, an instructional designer working in the field for 10 years now. We talked about some of the struggles we go through in this profession. We tried to pin point what was the one character quality that all instructional designers should have. We both agreed that it was empathy, that is the ability to put one’s self in the learner’s seat and anticipate their needs. This, coupled with competency in applying sound instructional design techniques is what makes an instructional designer great. When I read a recent post by Archana [...]

Slideshare’s Zipcast: A light, Cloud-Based Synchronous Presentation Tool

by elearnadmin
In case you haven’t noticed, a significant trend in learning technology is the growth of small, light, cloud-based applications. Whereas older, established, solution providers focused on adding more and more features to their software, providers of these new apps keep the feature set low and focus on ease of use. Slideshare’s Zipcast is one such product. It’s a Web conferencing tool designed for synchronous online presentations and is well suited for virtual classroom applications. Unlike more advanced tools, you can’t schedule or record a presentation and can only have a single presenter. Below is a Robert Scoble interview about the [...]

Turning Employee Engagement Into Innovation

by elearnadmin
It is a truism that modern businesses run on innovation. Because we like in a time of rapid change, methods, products and processes that were current or hot ideas one year are the rejected for a fresh approach the next year. James Pasmantier of the innovation management company BrightIdea has a detailed post on how best to encourage employees to produce a continuous stream of innovations. Some of the best practices include: Consistency: It’s crucial that recognition is consistent to avoid confusion and hurt feelings. It will also make it easier for other employees to model the desired thoughts and [...]

Talent Management Revisited: Where are we now?

by elearnadmin
Talent management has now become one of the most talked-about topics in business and HR. Companies around the world are reorganizing their human resources teams to create Chief Talent Officers, Vice-Presidents of Talent Management, and Senior Talent Executives. And the software industry supporting this space continues to explode: Successfactors and Taleo are rated among the "hottest stocks" for 2011, and several other talent management vendors are planning on going public. So what IS talent management today? Well when we first started doing research on this topic (around 2004 or so), we defined talent management as an integrated set of business [...]

Six Collaboration Tools

by elearnadmin
Makeuseof.com is a good place to discover new tools and technologies, many of which can be leveraged for learning and development. This week, they’ve presented six tools to enable collaboration: TeamLab is a project management application.Sync.in is a Web-based word processor people can use to work on documents collaborativelyTwiddla is a collaborative markup toolTokbox, DimDim, Vyew are Web conferencing applications Many of the tools covered by Makeuseof.com are free, with premium versions available for a monthly fee. (RN) The 6 Best Free Online Meeting Tools to Collaborate With Your Team | Make Use Of | Jessica Cam Wong | 3 [...]

Online Learning and Development Strategy for Organizational Survival

by elearnadmin
One of the greatest challenges many of my clients share is convincing their organization’s decision makers and purse holders to invest in Learning and Development, and even more challenging—yes even now in 2011—is the argument for online learning and development. Bob Lee comes up with some pretty convincing arguments and ties them directly to the bottom line in his latest blog post entitled Learning and the State of Business in 2011. In fact, he explains something that all of us in learning and development have known for a while: an efficient and effective learning and development strategy is necessary for [...]

Technical Considerations for Mobile Learning via Tablets – A Preliminary List

by elearnadmin
About a month ago, I blogged on how Deloitte Canada’s Ducan Stewart predicted a dramatic increase in tablet sales in enterprise for 2011. As we move into February and more and more tablets emerge, so does the data and information about tablets. Yesterday, John Paczkowski blogged about a recent Morgan Stanley survey of 50 enterprise CIOs of large organizations. The survey found that over half of the CIOs expect to be buying tablets for their staff within a year. Moreover, Gary Woodill blogged yesterday about the various books about m-Learning that are now available. We can deduce from the emergence [...]

Connectivism, Networked Learning, Connective Knowledge course

by elearnadmin
George Siemens and Stephen Downes, those inveterate provokers-of-thought in digitally-mediated education, are co-facilitating what will probably be an innovative and timely online learning program titled Connectivism, Networked Learning and Connective Knowledge, beginning January 12th 2011. According to the authors, Connectivism and Connective knowledge will explore the concepts of connectivism and connective knowledge and discuss their application as a framework for theories of teaching and learning. It will outline a connectivist understanding of educational systems of the future. This course will help participants make sense of the transformative impact of technology in teaching and learning over the last decade. The voices [...]
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