Knowledge. Defining the Problem. Somewhat.

by elearnadmin
When we consider knowledge in the organizational or workplace environment, I would suggest that the immediate word association that emerges in most peoples’ minds is “knowledge management.” As I have already suggested, knowledge is a kind of cognitive or conceptual dark matter that we know must exist, but measuring and quantifying it, and demonstrating its effects is a sophisticated business. In her 2010 article Knowledge Management Definition and Solutions, Meredith Levinson begins by asserting that “there’s no [my italics] universal definition of knowledge management.” Looking at the literature, definitions of KM cover a relatively broad range of the domain. Table [...]

Knowledge Management and E-Learning

by elearnadmin
Welcome back again my friends! After a very pleasant vacation, it’s time once again to place both feet on the tread, brace my shoulder against the spoke, and turn the mill-wheel of knowledge that is the E-Learning Curve Blog. Let’s begin again by returning to the fundamentals. When I consider e-learning as a domain and as a discipline, as well as ponder its strengths, weaknesses, implications – and how best to define it, I invariably return to Don Morrison’s definition of the term as my lodestone. It is simply the most satisfactory description of the term. As a reminder, here’s [...]

What’s New With Learning Management Systems?

by elearnadmin
What are the recent trends in learning management systems? Where are these trends leading? What are some of the issues that LMS vendors and users face today?   To find out the answers to these questions and get up to speed on everything LMS, attend the free Webinar: Learning Management Systems: Trends and Issues with Tom Werner and Richard Nantel on Wednesday, 15 September 2010, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (GMT -04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).   This Webinar will contain insights from the production of the LMS Knowledgebase 2010, a searchable database of 125 commercially available learning management [...]

What Tech Startups Can Teach Us About Online Community Building

by elearnadmin
Mashable blogger Jennifer Van Grove provides an account of How 7 Startups Are Building Their Online Communities. Specifically, she reports on the social media tools these startups use for community building as well as how they define interaction, what kind of value they place on their community as well as what kind of monitoring and measurement they consider important. The technological startups that are featured are: PandoraShwowpSeesmicDisqusPosterousKloutCurate.us It is evident that many of the techniques used by these techno-saavvy startup administrators are applicable to building online communities of all kinds. The running theme is around active listening, timely reactions and [...]

Internal Social Networks May Help Break Down Institutional Silos

by elearnadmin
The City University of New York has created its own, internal social network called CUNY Academic Commons. You can browse the site but to be a member requires a valid City University of New York e-mail address. Due to privacy concerns, most universities will not ask their students, faculty, and staff to join a public network such as Facebook. Consequently, more academic institutions are creating their own social networks. For the same reasons, I believe that we’re going to see more businesses embracing their own internal networks. The corporate intranets of the 1990s will be replaced with internal social networks. [...]

New Report: High Definition Videoconferencing for Training

by elearnadmin
Videoconferencing technologies range from audio-only Web conferencing all the way up to high definition “telepresence suites” that attempt to create the illusion of actually being in the same room as others on the conference. Which of these technologies are best for corporate training?  A new Brandon Hall Research report, “High Definition Videoconferencing for Training ,” by senior analyst Gary Woodill answers this question as it considers the latest and predicted forms of hardware, applications, and services for videoconferencing in business environments. The report identifies and discusses: Five broad drivers or motivators for videoconferencingTwenty-one innovative trends in videoconferencingEducation and training applications [...]

Do You Have an Effective e-Learning Strategy?

by elearnadmin
Is your training function keeping up with the competition? Time is short and budgets are scarce, so how can you accomplish your training goals and avoid ending up with a hodge podge of tools and processes?  You need a strategic plan! On Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S. & Canada) Lisa Toenniges, President of the Innovative Learning Group and Matt Kurtin, Lead Programmer, will present the workshop:  ”A Strategy for Powerful, Practical E-Learning: Do You Have One?” This workshop will cover the following areas to guide you in making thoughtful and strategic decisions so you can effectively create [...]

The Digital Promise: Using Technology to Transform Learning

by elearnadmin
The effectiveness and quality of online teaching would leap forward if it took more advantage of the science that originated in the work of psychologist B. F. Skinner, according to his daughter and learning expert Dr. Julie Vargas, in this eLearn exclusive article. One of Skinner's invention, the teaching machine (shown at left), was an early example of technology-based education.[continue reading...] READER COMMENTS  Read the most recent reader comments posted on eLearnMag.org. The Power Of A Name – "There is power and connection in the use of a student name. Email veers between false familiarity a..."Great Advice! – "That was great advice...."Thank [...]

Web 2.0 Tools For Students and Teachers

by elearnadmin
With the start of the new school year, many teachers and students are seeking new products and technologies to help them through their upcoming academics. With the increase of teachers using blogs and wikis, and students networking and utilizing online tools, the demand for easier and more efficient ways of learning is on the rise. To me, the growing interest for web-based learning is amazing, which brought me to thinking; what if I were to consolodate some of the helpful online products and services that can help students, teachers and administrators alike? Well, I convinced myself. The following is a [...]

Is your Organization Ready for E-Learning?

by elearnadmin
Last week I discussed the value of e-learning readiness surveys as part of an overall strategy to evaluate the effectiveness of non-formal learning initiatives in organizations. The feedback on the survey was so good, I though that I’d delve a little deeper into why you there is training (and business) value in undertaking such a survey, even if only to get a better measurement of your organization’s e-learning capability. According to Marc Rosenberg: The questions provided in this survey represent some of the most important strategic issues organizations face when transitioning to e-learning. Certainly there are additional questions and issues [...]
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