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SRI-BI: Survey on Quality and Effectiveness in eLearning

SRI-BI: Survey on Quality and Effectiveness in eLearning
The following survey seeks to uncover views on factors influencing quality and effectiveness in corporate eLearning implementations. Results of the survey will be published in ASTD's Learning Circuits Webzine and other venues. Respondents who provide their e-mail addresses at the end of this form will also be sent survey results by e-mail.

Strategy+Business: The Internal Impact of External Branding

Strategy+Business: The Internal Impact of External Branding
"Indeed, for the many companies attempting to make the shift from selling lower-margin goods and services to offering higher-margin customized solutions, branding can serve a powerful internal purpose. When we were faced with this very challenge, our branding strategy was critical in uniting formerly divided business-unit and product-oriented management factions behind new shared goals and strategies to deliver solutions."

The Chronicle: The Virtual Lab Experiment

The Chronicle: The Virtual Lab Experiment
"Only a few years ago, professors saw no way to offer hard-science labs at a distance. But now a handful of institutions around the country have begun experimenting with the idea. Through computer animation and creative adaptation, students are able to do such things as conduct biology research online or perform chemistry experiments in their kitchens. And some college officials say the labs are rigorous enough that students who take them can earn college credit."

National Post: Study says boys do read, they just don’t read books

National Post: Study says boys do read, they just don't read books
"Teachers should allow boys to bring Pok

Leader to Leader Institute: Innovation as a Deep Capability

Leader to Leader Institute: Innovation as a Deep Capability
Gary Hamel: There are two core challenges to making innovation a deep capability in any organization. First, most companies have a very narrow idea of innovation, usually focusing just on products and services. We need to enlarge our view of innovation. Second, most companies devote much more energy to optimizing what is there than to imagining what could be. We need to create constituencies for "What Could Be."

Learning Circuits: What Works

Learning Circuits: What Works
"According to the study results, some types of content are more suitable for online delivery, while other content areas are more effective when delivered through classroom instruction. The training professionals who participated in the study described a variety of learning situations in which e-learning is a more effective way to deliver training than classroom instruction..."

INC: Motivating Employees

INC: Motivating Employees
"When you think about it, the success of any facet of your business can almost always be traced back to motivated employees. From productivity and profitability to recruiting and retention, hardworking and happy employees lead to triumph... Here we've gathered some of the best and most interesting motivational techniques used by successful entrepreneurs. We hope they'll motivate you, too."

Technology Review: Creating a Culture of Ideas

Technology Review: Creating a Culture of Ideas
Nicholas Negroponte: So what makes innovation happen, and just where do new ideas come from? The basic answers--providing a good educational system, encouraging different viewpoints, and fostering collaboration--may not be surprising. Moreover, the ability to fulfill these criteria has served the United States well. But some things--the nature of higher education among them--will have to change in order to ensure a perpetual source of new ideas.

AdaptivePath: Face to Face With Your Users: Running a Nondirected Interview

AdaptivePath: Face to Face With Your Users: Running a Nondirected Interview
"In a nondirected interview, the interviewer is more than just a conversation partner; you have to behave differently. You must be more vigilant about the meaning of your words and their implications. An accidental ambiguity can cause you and your interviewee to use the same word very differently; a leading question can guide an interviewee to provide a different answer than what they truly believe. Here are some guidelines..."

Optimize Magazine: Working Smarter Takes Work

Optimize Magazine: Working Smarter Takes Work
"It's natural to want to do your best and to strive for excellence. Operational excellence, or running a business at peak efficiency and productivity, is

eLearn Magazine: Predictions for 2003

eLearn Magazine: Predictions for 2003
Howard Rheingold: "Mobile devices capable of sending and receiving text and graphics, browsing and writing to the Web, and even reading barcodes and radio-frequency identity tags, will make

Fast Company: Desire: Connecting With What Customers Want

Fast Company: Desire: Connecting With What Customers Want
There's too much of everything: a head-spinning array of products, an eye-glazing gaggle of ads, a mind-numbing barrage of information. So what are the most desirable ways to reach your customers? Here are five answers:
1) Let's get metaphysical. When it comes to what people want and how people buy, it really is all in your head.
2) Those voices in your head? They're loud -- and getting louder.
3) Peace of mind has become the ultimate consumer good. Which means that marketers must become healers.
4) Besides peace of mind, people desire a sense of importance. In a world where everybody knows too much, everybody wants to matter.
5) There's one way to navigate in a world of too much choice: Choose someone to choose for you.

CIO: Where There’s Smoke, There’s Community

CIO: Where There's Smoke, There's Community
"David Savona, director of Cigar Aficionado Online says the forums are valuable as an informal polling device for demographic information as well as giving editors ideas about coverage in the magazine."

Wired: This Is Your Business, Virtually

Wired: This Is Your Business, Virtually
Business travelers sit down and hold virtual meetings on a 4-foot-by-16-foot high-definition rear-projection screen. The images are so sharp and realistic that one executive said he often forgets whom he has met in person and whom he has spoken to in the "telesuite."

Pipeline & Gas Journal: Enterprise Training System Is Trans-Alaska Pipeline’s Latest Safety Innovati

Pipeline & Gas Journal: Enterprise Training System Is Trans-Alaska Pipeline's Latest Safety Innovation
"Tim Harvey, the training director for Alaska's Alyeska Pipeline, wrote a piece for Pipeline & Gas Journal about how they implemented an LMS to help train workers in remote locations and comply with the DOT's new OQ (Operator Qualification) regulations... Nice story about how eLearning can help in the real world."
[Note: Pdf document, 1.8MB]

Boxes and Arrows: Visible Narratives: Understanding Visual Organization

Boxes and Arrows: Visible Narratives: Understanding Visual Organization
"Given the massive number of web pages and applications, users often rely on visual cues (especially initially) to assess web interfaces. Therefore, a well thought-out visual organization can greatly enhance usability by grouping information into meaningful page elements and sequences. Such a system relies on an understanding of how people use visual relationships to distinguish objects and what those relationships reveal to viewers (through visual weight and hierarchy)."

MASIE Center: The MASIE Center visits Consumer Electronics Show

MASIE Center: The MASIE Center visits Consumer Electronics Show
Perspectives on Learning
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MarketingProfs: Napsterize Your Knowledge: Give To Receive

MarketingProfs: Napsterize Your Knowledge: Give To Receive
"Companies that share their intellectual property and business processes with customers and partners are more likely to have their knowledge (or products) passed along to prospective customers. People tend to evangelize products and services they love, admire or find valuable, so Napsterizing one

Cornell Daily: Fathoming the Future of eLearning

Cornell Daily: Fathoming the Future of eLearning
Fathom CEO Dr. Ann Kirschner: "We need to disseminate the knowledge that we gained at Fathom. eLearning is not going away, this will serve as a milestone, not a failure."

CSM: Deep thinkers missing in action

CSM: Deep thinkers missing in action
"Critical thinking, self-examination, and the questioning of assumptions are all widely genuflected to as part of any good college education. But that's not what's happening on many college campuses...."

Alertbox: Recruiting Test Participants for Usability Studies

Alertbox: Recruiting Test Participants for Usability Studies
"Single-test projects invariably defer usability testing until the complete design is available. This practice still occurs despite twenty years of experience uniformly showing that most projects require multiple rounds of testing and redesign to achieve acceptable user-experience quality, and the equally strong finding that it is a hundred times cheaper to fix usability problems discovered early in the project rather than at its end."

Line56: Forging a High-Performance Supply Chain Through E-Learning

Line56: Forging a High-Performance Supply Chain Through E-Learning
"Using e-learning to improve employee performance can significantly enhance your supply chain. Web-based learning and collaboration tools improve retention, lower costs, minimize training time, and improve information exchange."
[Note: Pdf, 76kb]

eLearn Magazine: Preliminary Heuristics for the Design and Evaluation of Online Communities of Pract

eLearn Magazine: Preliminary Heuristics for the Design and Evaluation of Online Communities of Practice Systems
"This article offers a set of heuristics drawn from published academic research into online communities of practice. These heuristics may be used to inform design, or they can be used as heuristics in an evaluation process."

Gerry McGovern: Self-service requires people to deliver full benefit

Gerry McGovern: Self-service requires people to deliver full benefit
"Self-service rarely means 100 percent self-service. If at some point in the process you don't have people interacting with people, then your customer is essentially doing business with a piece of software. Where's the competitive advantage in that?"

Emirates: Keep Discovering

Inspirational Quote
The new Emirates commericals have a very inspirational punchline:

"When was the last time you did something for the first time?"

To commercials can be found here, under Keep Discovering, but you will have to maze through an annoying Flash interface first.

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