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."
Boxes and Arrows: Sitemaps and Site Indexes: What They Are and Why You Should Have ThemBoxes and Arrows: Sitemaps and Site Indexes: What They Are and Why You Should Have Them
"Sitemaps and site indexes are forms of supplemental navigation. They give users a way to navigate a site without having to use the global navigation. By providing a way to visualize and understand the layout and structure of the site, a sitemap can help a lost or confused user find her way. Sitemaps are more widely implemented than site indexes, but both have their place and fulfill a unique information need."
Bob Regan: Flash Accessibility PresentationBob Regan: Flash Accessibility Presentation
"I have been working on a presentation for a few months, I keep refining it and adding examples to it. I thought it might be worth sharing with this group. I know several of you will read through it and send me comments. For that, I am eternally grateful."
Technology Source: Simulations and the Learning Revolution: An Interview with Clark AldrichTechnology Source: Simulations and the Learning Revolution: An Interview with Clark Aldrich
"The good news is that the three elements of simulations -- story and graphics, interface, and complex interactive systems -- represent genuine opportunities for changing how we teach and learn. In order to make the most of their potential, designers will need to invent new, educationally oriented simulation genres. These new genres will be both similar to and different from computer game genres, in much the same way that current computer game genres are similar to and different from one another."
Adaptive Path: Workshop AssetsAdaptive Path: Workshop Assets
"Below you can find the tools, deliverables, and documentation templates used in Adaptive Path's workshops. Let us know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Enjoy!"
One World Journeys: ExpeditionsOne World Journeys: Expeditions
Visual storytelling in action, some even with lesson plans..."Experience our photo-documentary Expeditions around the world. Travel to the remote mountain forests of the former Soviet Georgia, track jaguars in Mexico, dive on pristine coral reefs, document wild salmon and wildlife of British Columbia and hang with the chimpanzees in Africa."
HBS Working Knowledge: The Business of Education: An Interview with Derek BokHBS Working Knowledge: The Business of Education: An Interview with Derek Bok
"Of course there are differences between producing products and teaching classes. But certainly part of the reason for the greater improvement in commercial products is the fact that professors in a university and those who administer universities are not constantly trying new methods of teaching and learning. They are not testing rigorously to see which new initiatives work better than others, discarding the ones that don't do so well and encouraging the wider use of those innovations that do seem to be effective."
Mopsos: Is there a practical use to SNA?Mopsos: Is there a practical use to SNA?
"I am under the impression that there are major obstacle to the use of Social Network Analysis in corporate settings... he #1 problem with SNA surveys is that you actually ask people to give names. The #2 problem is that there can be tens of thousands of names to process. Employees will necessarily feel uneasy, to say the least, about answering questions about who is knowledgeable about this, and who is meeting with whom.
Training Magazine: The State of the E-Learning MarketTraining Magazine: The State of the E-Learning Market
In a way, however, bad times have helped e-learning... The direction is away from learning as an end to itself and toward its contribution to business performance. I think the downturn has encouraged the industry to reexamine itself."
Simulative: Tough Times Tough ChoicesSimulative: Tough Times, Tough Choices
Play the Governor and balance a state budget.
Resource: Interactive NarrativesResource: Interactive Narratives
"Interactive narratives are informational and storytelling experiences designed and produced for the web. They leverage great design, visual journalism and rich-media content."
This somewhat validates one element in the classification!
Resource: SidebarsResource: Sidebars
"Published by the Learning Resources Unit of the British Columbia Institute of Technology to support and recognize innovative practice in distributed learning at BCIT, and in the greater educational community."
Clark MacLeod: Information Design: An IntroductionClark MacLeod: Information Design: An Introduction
"Information design is concerned with transforming data into information, making the complex easier to understand and to use. It is a rapidly growing discipline that draws on typography, graphic design, applied linguistics, applied psychology, applied ergonomics, computing, and other fields. It emerged as a response to people's need to understand and use such things as forms, legal documents, computer interfaces and technical information."
Guardian: Hard lessons from the big e-learning experimentGuardian: Hard lessons from the big e-learning experiment
"Organisations frequently made the mistake of blowing most of their budget, sometimes millions of pounds, on the technology, forgetting that the quality of the courses they put up there was just as important."
Syllabus: Designing the Space: A Conversation with William J. MitchellSyllabus: Designing the Space: A Conversation with William J. Mitchell
"Over the last couple of decades there have been a lot of attempts to create high-tech educational spaces that have all sorts of technology built into them, like computers and video projectors
HBR: A Blogger in Their Midst
The latest issue of Harvard Business Review carries this fictional case-study in blogging to explore "the question of whether a highly credible, but sometimes inaccurate and often indiscreet, online diarist is more of a liability than an asset to her employer."
elearningpost: Interactive Visual Explainerselearningpost: Interactive Visual Explainers
Peter J. Bogaards: The underlying thinking of how people learn, acquire knowledge, and understandPeter J. Bogaards: The underlying thinking of how people learn, acquire knowledge, and understand
"The field of instructional design and technology is also valuable to the UX community, providing theories and knowledge on important aspects of human behaviour and the role technology plays influencing that behaviour. Two theories on how people learn with (information) artifacts we design, 'instructionalism' versus 'constructionism', are directly germane and very valuable for the UX community."
Space Daily: Official inquiry accuses NASA managers over Columbia disasterSpace Daily: Official inquiry accuses NASA managers over Columbia disaster
"The Board concludes that NASA's current organization does not provide effective checks and balances, does not have an independent safety program and has not demonstrated the characteristics of a learning organization."
MIT Tech Review: WhereWareMIT Tech Review: WhereWare
"Soon, hardware and software that track your location will be providing directions, offering shopping discounts, and aiding rescue workers
BBC: Computer game ‘boosts hearing’BBC: Computer game 'boosts hearing'
"A simple computer game can dramatically improve children's listening skills by teaching them to distinguish between sounds, new research suggests. The game is said to boost children's hearing by the equivalent of two years in just a few weeks."
Information Week: The Need To KnowInformation Week: The Need To Know
"Half of companies in InformationWeek Research's second-quarter Priorities survey list knowledge management as a top technology priority. What they're doing is toning down the pie-in-the-sky initiatives of yesteryear into simpler, more-focused business strategies, enabled by less-obtrusive technologies that leverage, above all, search and collaboration."
Boxes and Arrows: Synonym Rings and Authority FilesBoxes and Arrows: Synonym Rings and Authority Files
"In part 3 of the continuing series on controlled vocabularies and faceted classification, the authors explain synonym rings and authority files and how their use can bridge the gap between natural language and complex controlled vocabularies (taxonomies and thesauri)."
Optimize: Should You Be A Chief Creativity Officer?Optimize: Should You Be A Chief Creativity Officer?
"Creativity is the ability to get ideas and to be flexible and open to your environment. Innovation, on the other hand, is the application of creativity. It's trying to change the world, whether it's a little world or a big world, or simply a change in your office. Change and action come from the act of innovating. So innovation is one of those things that gets into the world and the world accepts. Creativity doesn't necessarily mean you have to innovate, but it's from creativity that ideas are born before you can begin to think of innovation."
Cooper: The Origin of PersonasCooper: The Origin of Personas
"Had personas been developed in the laboratory, the full story of how they came to be would have been published long ago, but since their use developed over many years in both my practice as a software inventor and architectural consultant and the consulting work of Cooper designers, that is not the case. Since Inmates was published, many people have asked for the history of Cooper personas, and here it is."