Learning Circuits: Lead Balloons, Stone Canoes, and Learning StylesLearning Circuits: Lead Balloons, Stone Canoes, and Learning Styles
"By now, it should be clear that my intention is not to make an argument for more attention to learning styles. Frankly, my own view of learning styles is that although much of the research and theorizing is fascinating, it's essentially a red herring--because so much of how people learn is (1) a function of where they are learning, and (2) dependent upon what competency they are trying to learn."
Learning Circuits: A Model for Self-Paced Technology-Based TrainingLearning Circuits: A Model for Self-Paced Technology-Based Training
"Additionally, most corporate employees only take self-paced, technology-based training when they need new information or skills to successfully complete a recently assigned task or project. Thus, employees typically apply their new skills within a few hours or days of taking the training. This just-in-time context creates an authentic learning environment where the learner
Wired: Schools Rule on Classroom GadgetsWired: Schools Rule on Classroom Gadgets
"Students who bring their own PDAs to school today mostly use them as organizers and notepads. But many newer models have wireless Internet access, making it ever more difficult for teachers to detect students exchanging gossipy notes or test answers."
Jay Cross: VNU Supplier SummitJay Cross: VNU Supplier Summit
Jay's blogging the VNU supplier summit. Some interesting cost figures on LMSs and content.
Stanford: Designing Effective Step-By-Step Assembly InstructionsStanford: Designing Effective Step-By-Step Assembly Instructions
The "Design Principles for Assembly Instruction" in the PDF text are useful. The rest of the article describes a system for developing visual assembly instructions.
Poynter: Visual EdgePoynter: Visual Edge
"For six days in September, nine teams of professionals, educators and student journalists joined a group of multiple media coaches at The Poynter Institute to diligently explore advanced visual reporting techniques. The resulting stories, a series of multiple media packages, comprising of digital, still and video photography and natural sound are published here for your enlightenment."
Adaptive Path: The Business Value of Web StandardsAdaptive Path: The Business Value of Web Standards
"[h]ow important is standardization to an individual business like ours? Do Web standards give organizations a return on investment? Does the transition to XHTML and CSS make financial sense? The answer to those questions is yes."
StudioID: Blogging in Corporate AmericaStudioID: Blogging in Corporate America
"This is a presentation I gave to the Usability Professionals Association on 16 September 2003. The full title was "Making sense of weblogs in the intranet: What they are, why people are using them, making them useful for knowledge management". I talked about weblogs inside my company, their use in knowledge management, and how my organization is hoping to make them usable for enterprise knowledge work if the number of blogs in the company increases significantly."
IBM Systems Journal: The new dynamics ofstrategy: Sense-makingin a complex andcomplicated worldIBM Systems Journal: The new dynamics of strategy: Sense-making in a complex and complicated world
"In this paper, we challenge the universality of three basic assumptions prevalent in organizational decision support and strategy: assumptions of order, of rational choice, and of intent. We describe the Cynefin framework, a sense-making device we have developed to help people make sense of the complexities made visible by the relaxation of these assumptions."
[By Cynthia Kurtz and David Snowden]
NY Times: When Books Break the BankNY Times: When Books Break the Bank
"In the past two decades, the price of textbooks has soared. The price of educational books and supplies has risen 238 percent, while the price of consumer goods over all has increased only 51 percent, according to the Consumer Price Index... But more and more, students are fighting back, finding ways to reduce the costs. They are sharing books, using library copies or going online to find cheap used copies."
[thanks Stephen's Web]
Minnesota Historical Society: Forest, Fields, and the FallsMinnesota Historical Society: Forest, Fields, and the Falls
A comic book-style portrayal of Minnesota life in 1900, told through the stories of four real people. Simply brilliant.
Transform Magazine: Putting it Together: Taxonomy, Classification & SearchTransform Magazine: Putting it Together: Taxonomy, Classification & Search
This article tries to make the argument that having a taxonomy, classifying documents into the taxonomy, and having a search function to mine through both is a necessity for large intranets.
Stephen’s Web: Edu_RSSStephen's Web: Edu_RSS
"Live RSS feeds from 130 important sources in online education and learning."
McGee’s Musings: From managing knowledge to coaching knowledge workersMcGee's Musings: From managing knowledge to coaching knowledge workers
"This approach also leads you to a strategy of coaching knowledge workers toward improving their ability to perform, instead of training them to a set standard of performance. In this respect, knowledge workers are more like world class athletes than either assembly line workers or artists. There are building block skills and techniques that can be developed and the external perspective of a coach can help improve both. But it's the individual knowledge worker who deploys the skills and techniques to create a unique result."
CLO: Developing Competency-Driven Learning ContentCLO: Developing Competency-Driven Learning Content
"Using a competency-based training development process that incorporates performance maps (a one-page summary graphic drawing a line of sight from company goals to individual performance), companies can quickly prioritize competencies for a role. This prioritization helps identify which key competencies individual employees should focus on enhancing, as well as the competency-driven learning content that should be developed to support training objectives. This identification and prioritization process best prepares companies to meet the training needs of our ever-changing business environment."
Good Experience: Interview: Peter Coughlan, IDEOGood Experience: Interview: Peter Coughlan, IDEO
"We took IDEO's core process, and added new tools and methods to help instigate organizational change. Our high-level operating theory is, engage with the client, do a design project together. Use what you've learned from that to learn about the organization. Then redesign the *organization* to meet this offering you've created. So - design the offering first, then design the organization to successfully deliver that offering."
Poynter: The State of News MultimediaPoynter: The State of News Multimedia
Finally, if your organization is interested in doing a better job of online storytelling -- and perhaps winning in next year's SND.ies -- here's some advice from the judges on multimedia news content:
- Don't be too clever with your interface design. Make it easy for the reader without adding superfluous tricks that detract from the content.
- Don't throw too many "gee whiz, look what I can do" components into a multimedia project, when a more routine approach would have been just as, if not more, effective.
- Don't toss too much information in a multimedia package unless you're got a clear organizational scheme with which to guide readers through. Many designers add sounds to buttons, but making them too loud or obnoxious is a turn-off.
- If you're a small online-news organization, don't try to do too many multimedia projects. Focus on doing a few well during the year, rather than a bunch not as well.
EDUCAUSE: Revolution in Knowledge SharingEDUCAUSE: Revolution in Knowledge Sharing
"It is remarkable how unreflective many academics and educators are about the nature of knowledge, outside of their immediate domains of interest. To be sure, they hold some types of knowledge in high regard, and they respect the highly personalized knowledge that academics and practicing professionals have accumulated. But academic knowledge substantially remains a 'cottage industry,' with both tacit and explicit knowledge the purview of isolated craftspeople and professional guilds
Learning Lab Denmark: Open-ended manifesto on research and learningLearning Lab Denmark: Open-ended manifesto on research and learning
"Nice compilation of observations that covers Learning, Knowledge Society, Consortia, Organization and Research. For example, here
HBS Working Knowledge: Crafting a Powerful Executive SummaryHBS Working Knowledge: Crafting a Powerful Executive Summary
"Responding to a request for proposals (RFP) is pretty straightforward. You describe your company's history, your product or service, its implementation schedule, and the support you'll provide. The one stumbling block is the one section that everyone will read: the executive summary. What is its purpose? If you answered, to summarize the proposal , think again."
elearningpost Server Downelearningpost Server Down
Sorry for not posting for a few days. My web host decided to move to a new server. As a result my Movable Type Berkley database started giving some problems. Eventually I had to export all my entries from the old server and import them into the new server, along with all the templates. Everything is working fine now.
Learning Circuits: Leveraging Mobile and Wireless InternetLearning Circuits: Leveraging Mobile and Wireless Internet
"The world of mobile and wireless computing is evolving fast. However, in order to fully leverage the mobile Internet for learning, the e-learning community needs to think in terms of performance and productivity rather than traditional lecture style training or courseware. Once we untether ourselves from traditional courseware paradigm, we
Learning Circuits: E-Learning Brain TrustLearning Circuits: E-Learning Brain Trust
elearn Magazine: Is Instructional Design Becoming a Commodity?elearn Magazine: Is Instructional Design Becoming a Commodity?
"Like some architects, IDs may have become their own worst enemies by spending too much of their time (and their clients
CNN: Tech lends an ear to the workplaceCNN: Tech lends an ear to the workplace
"More and more bosses are turning to Web-based surveys to listen to their workers -- whether it's a complaint about management or new ideas on a staff canteen... Employees have a lot to say, and if you build trust into the reporting process, they will tell you what's going on -- the good, bad, and ugly."