Saturday, June 14, 2008
Flip Video Camera
Mzinga Conference Flip Video Test from Darryl Toney on Vimeo.
Friday, April 18, 2008
AG 2008 Day 4 - Things I've Learned in My Life So Far
- Starting a Charity is Surprisingly Easy
- Being not Truthful Works Against Me
- Complaining is Silly. Either Act or Forget
- Trying to Look Good Limits My Life
I also attended a session called, Informal Learning in a Global Enterprise: The CA Story by Ron Ateshian from Computer Assoicates. He shared how they deployed a custom social networking application created by Q2Learning to support informal learning in the enterprise.
Traditional training had always been a push model.
Catalysts for Change
- SME and Instructor experience was the most critical part of the learning experience
- Silos were competing for intellectual capital and resources
- Competing budget forced program consolidation and efficiencies
- Need to centralize
- Employees - 17,000
- Partners - 4,000
- Customers - 50,000
Mission: Simplify Learning through technology
Vision: Embrace and integrate information and non-traditional learning
What we Did
- Corporate wide LMS
- Ebook platform books 24/7
- Virtual Classroom and Virtual Labs
- Standard development & delivery methods
- Self-service CA TV platform
- CA Learning Collaboration Suite
- Q2 Learning's xPERT eCommunity and eCampus
CA Learning Collaboration
- SCORM Conformant
- Discussion threads
- RSS Feeds
- Resource Library
- Subscription options
- Chat and Virtual Classroom
- Tagging with full-text search capability
- Training Centers
- Wrapped and transitional learning
- Enable push and the pull
Best Practice Tips
- Use the ADDIE model and identify business and learner needs
- Involve stakeholders from the beginning
- Make use of RFP and Test-Case scenarios
- Use seasoned project managers
- Evaluate the effectiveness during and after roll-out
- Create templates
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Thursday, April 17, 2008
AG 2008 Day 3 - The Future of the Internet
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008
AG 2008 Day 2 - Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration
The day started with a key note from Keith Sawyer, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology & Education, Washington University and author of the book, Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration. He states that while there are many reports on how important innovation is to the future of America - what's missing is an understanding of how innovation works. He poses the question, How do you create a learning organization to support innovative knowledge? He frames teaching for innovation as learning for creativity.
Characteristics of Learning for Creativity
- Build on learner's prior knowledge
- Encourage reflection on the learning process
- Carefully scaffold authentic situated practice
- Combine inquiry and project-based activities with information delivery
- Foster learning in collaborating groups
Innovation is not the work of a single idea or individual. The innovation process is a constant combination of many small ideas with many contributors. We have to create a learning environment that leads people to that way of working.
I also attended a presentation on LMS & Community: Like Hand and Glove facilitated by Dave Wilkins, Senior Product Manager at Mzinga. My good friend Dave, pictured above, discussed how new technologies and social networking empower the individual and the community and ways in which community and learning 2.0 technologies can help organizations better manage "informal" content and informal social networks. He discussed the differences between expert-generated content and user-generated content and how learning organizations must enable both of them to truly support the ways people learn. One of my favorite quotes from Dave's presentation is
What if instead of teaching someone to fish,
we could teach someone to teach someone to fish.
This was also the first day that teh Expo Hall was open with all of the learning technology vendors. Every time I go in there I feel like a kid in a candy store and can't decide what to investigate first. There are way too many vendors to list but here are some that stood out:
- Udutu offers a free course authoring tool called myudutu and now they are working on embeddding an LMS into Facebook.
- SuddenlySmart offers a graphical flash authoring tool called SmartBuilder.
- Flypaper offers flash presentation tool that operates much like powerpoint in the way that you use templates. One interesting slant is that they have created an online community from which you can retrieve templates and submit ones that you created.
Monday, April 14, 2008
AG 2008 Day 1 - Web 2.0 Innovations for Learning
Many of the examples he shared with us were either standalone or proprietary so unfortunately I can't link you to them, but I will describe some of the information here and provide links when possible.
First he started with some interesting information about how learning and learners are changing. The new generation of workers only have two sources of credibility; Peers and Parents. No longer a captive of the classroom, they create consume, mash-up and share material with each other. These Digital Natives (people exposed to new collaborative technology since birth) want to be engaged, in control, part of the story line with no tolerance for traditional training.
The best that can be said about most eLearning is that it "gives you the sensation of a coma without the worry and inconvenience." But some companies are making a fundamental change...
- 3,400 active blogs
- 70,000 employees use wikis
- 5,000 podcast episodes, two million downloads
- 25 islands in and 6,000 employees in Second Life
SUN has 4,000 employee blogs open to the public at blogs.sun.com and is one of the only fortune 500 companies whose CEO blogs.
National Semiconductor spent $2.5 million on video iPods for all its 8,500 employees
Intel hosts a wiki, "Intelpedia" with 5,000 pages, 13.5 million page views in the first nine months.
Nike's SKU - Nike course curriculum is presented as a subway underground.
- 5-10 new audio casts and 2-3 "vods" a week
- Downloaded by the thousands every week
- 15 minute ideal time
Victoria's Secret - Podcasts featuring its models, available in stores in wireless docking station.
Jamb Juice plays podcasts in the store during opening and closing when no customers are there.Car Dealerships use a sales simulation called "Hire The Winner" as part of the recruiting and interview process.
Volvo has a business acumen simulation in which you run a dealership for three years and make decisions on product marketing, employee hiring, training, etc. and watch your business grow, or fail.
Pearson offers an overview of their businesses at Pearsonville
There are also numerous learning experiments in Second Life. Some Anders toured with us include:
- "Train for Success" - a meeting place for the Groenstedt Group
- "NOAA" - an immersive weather center where you can view live weather maps and walk into an underwater tsunami
- "Cisco Hospital of the Future" - A hospital where you can tour new technology.
- "Greenies Home" - Where you can explore a house scaled up such that you have the perspective of a toy. For example, this can be applied to electronic equipment repair trainng in which the learner is actually inside the equipment looking at the parts and solving repair scenarios.
In summary, training organizations should release the illusion of control and accountability and adopt adna dapt new modes of facilitating a learning experience.
- from watching reading and listening to doing, simulating, and engaging
- from telling and testing to conversation and application
- from sage-on-the-stage to ubiquitous learning
- from people going to training to training going to people
- from effeciencey, cost and "rapid development" to effectiveness, growth and performance improvement
eLearning Guild Annual Gathering 2008
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Social Networks & Social Bookmarking
This week in my studies of Web 2.0, I am investigating social networking and bookmarking sites. For social networking I setup an account on Yahoo 360 and invited a few friends to my page. It seemed to work so far but I am not seeing the value yet. For social bookmarking, I setup an account on Yahoo My Web. I can save pages there but couldn't quite get all of the functionality to work.
Pros: I am a little more familiar with the purpose of these tools.
Delta: I would have like to have more of an overview of the purpose and value proposition of these tools along with a demo of the actions.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
A colleague of mine, Jane Johnson, posted an article commenting on data privacy in the corporate environment, New Course Well-Timed for Agilent. This brings to mind the data privacy aspects of web 2.0 tools. It seems that these tools are all designed with the intent of sharing information with other and collaborating easily. This causes concern when you think about the type of data that may be discussed in the corporate environment. Also, while it is an advantage to utilize applications hosted outside the firewall, it presents another concern for data security. The security features need to be enhanced to provide ease of sharing without resorting to internal hosting.