Presentations, ISD, Blendeded Learning, Lego, & mLearning

Learning from Bill Gates & Steve Jobs - Presentation Zen
Mastering the large keynote presentation on stage still alludes Bill Gates. His keynotes are not terrible, they are just very average and unremarkable.

Another Nail In The Coffin for ISD via ADDIE? Or Simply Another Alternative? - The Pursuing Performance Blog
Much has been written in this decade about the death or dying of ISD - Instructional Systems Design via ADDIE.

Five Innovative Examples of Blended Learning - CLO
In its early stages, blended learning meant the mix of classroom (brick) and e-learning (click). Now it has come to mean a mix of a number of methods, to include coaching, simulations, etc.

Rebuilding Lego, Brick by Brick - Strategy+business
How a supply chain transformation helped put the beloved toymaker back together again.

Mobility Movement - ManageSmarter
The same devices you find irritating in meetings—personal digital assistants (PDAs) that keep employees thumbs twitching and cell phones whose disco ringtones interrupt your PowerPoint—can be a boost to training.

IBM Seeks US Patents For Offshoring US Jobs - Slashdot
IBM and other corporations are seeking patents for inventions covering the offshoring of US jobs.


Web Design, Thinking, Political Beliefs, & mLearning

77 Resources to Simplify Your Life as a Web Designer - Vandelay
From button-makers to web 2.0 tools.

7 Stupid Thinking Errors You Probably Make - Lifehack.org
The brain isn't a flawless piece of machinery. Although it is powerful and comes in an easy to carry container, it has it's weaknesses.

Are We Predisposed to Political Beliefs? - Scientific American
A new study, led by Amodio, indicates that political bent "is not just a choice people have, but it seems to be linked to fundamental differences in the way people process information."

Mobile Phones, Mobile Minds - Teachers TV
A look at the world of young people with mobile phones, and the impact on schools and education. re mobile phones a force for good, or an example of technology gone awry? (Video - 27 Min.)

Six Sigma, Innovation, & eLearning

The Big Idea: Six Stigma
Programs such as Six Sigma undermine individual contributions to the company. After all, it's hard to feel as if you're doing something meaningful when the language of the workplace reduces you to a cog in an inhuman profit machine.

The Secrets of IT Innovation - CIO
Innovation is a process that takes knowledge and uses it to get a payback. Invention without a financial return is just an expense. Ideas are really the sexy part of innovation and there's rarely a shortage of them.

Engaging Interactions For eLearning
Interactions break up the monotony and improve the learning experience for the end-user. After covering new material in a course, a learning interaction (or from here on, simply an interaction) gives the learner a chance to actually do something and (gasp!) apply their knowledge!


Rapid Authoring, Engagement, Design, & PowerPoint

Rabid Authoring - eel-learning
Is Rapid Authoring simply the dropping of ADDIE in favour of quickly reiterated prototypes or indeed of making it up off the top of your head and getting it out there same day? If that's the case why are we saying it needs instructional design?

Worker Satisfaction Is Overrated - eWeek
It's amazing how engagement has come out of nowhere to become one of the biggest buzzwords in the HR industry.

Foundations of Interaction Design - boxes and arrows
Somehow, products, services, and systems need to respond to stimuli created by human beings. Those responses, need to be meaningful, and clearly communicated and in many ways provoke a persuasive and semi-predictable response. They need to behave.

Technology and Its Discontents - strategy+business
A lot of people talk about the need for a new kind of business model and the spinout from universities and the small firm and the entrepreneurial small firm. That's been the talk of the last 20 or 30 years, has it not? And yet, here we have IBM, which is a terrifically old company and has gone through many generations of technologies, but it is obviously the same corporate entity, the same high-level innovator.

Hear no evil, see no evil: business e-mail overtakes the telephone - Network World
From a productivity point-of-view, the research shows that instant messaging, blogs and softphones are considered most disruptive, and could negatively impact productivity if not managed properly.

Ineffective uses of PPT
Common PowerPoint mistakes (video).