Design, eLearning, Learning Process, & Web 2.0

Design Thinking
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I drew this map after reading Tim Brown's Design Thinking and Clark Quinn's four-part series on design: one, two, three, & four.

Think "Learning Process" Not "Learning Event" - Karl Kapp in Training Day

The next time you are developing a learning event, stop and think how you can leverage technology to transform learning into a process. Your organization will be stronger for it.

Can we re-invent e-learning? - The E-Learning Curve Blog

Treating learning like a project leads to "training outcomes" equivalent to project deliverables. Via Janet Clarey.

Tale of Two Tunnels: Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 - Personal InfoCloud

Web 2.0 does not work well in enterprise, but the approaches and understandings of Web 2.0 modified for enterprise work really well. The open consumer web has different scale and needs than inside organizations and through their firewalls. A small percentage of people using the web can get an account on a tool have have appear to be wildly successful correctly claiming 70 million or 100 million people are or have used their tool. But, even 100 million people is a small percentage of people using the web. Most darlings of the Web 2.0 phase have fewer than 10 million users, which is about 5% of the open consumer web users in the United States.

These percentages of adoption and use inside organizations can make executives nervous that their money is not reaching as many employees as they wish. The percentages that can be similar to the web's percentages of high single digit adoption rates to the teens is seen as something that really needs more thinking and consideration.

Performance vs. Learning vs. Performance - Guy Wallace - The Pursuing Performance Blog

If you labeled all Web 2.0 tools as Learning tools then you should be coming at this from an Educational level of our clunky system and not the Enterprise level of the clunky system. For in the Enterprise context it is Performance that really counts and not Learning per se. So labeling all that you are trying to sell the Enterprise Executives to invest in as Learning may be less effective than if your focus was and is always on terminal Performance, in the workflow/processes, for the good of the Enterprise. Not for the good of just Learning.


Presentations, The Numerati, Searching Google, Planning, & Swype

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Presenting to Small Audiences - Change This

If you are designing a presentation to deliver to a small audience - one, three, perhaps five or six people, then even the best presentation advice available will steer you wrong, because it is designed for presenting to large audiences. This is a problem, because the majority of presentations made today are to small groups or single individuals.

The Numerati by Stephen Baker - Business Week

By building mathematical models of its own employees, IBM aims to improve productivity and automate management. The story includes both a book excerpt and a video interview. Via Cognitive Edge.

Users Don't Search Google Effectively, Costing 40+ Hours of Productivity Each Year - BusinessWire

Boost eLearning discovered that 39 percent of all Google searches fail, leading to more than 40 hours - or one week - of lost productivity per user per year. The online survey found that respondents perform about 12 searches per day and, statistically, 4.7 of those searches do not obtain the desired results. Respondents also report that they spend an average of 30.8 minutes per day searching online.

Planning with Post-it Notes and Spreadsheets

Move over T9, here comes Swype - cnet

Swype works with an on-screen QWERTY keyboard, but instead of tapping letters out, you press your finger or stylus on the first letter, then, without lifting it, move it to the remaining letters in the word. When the word is done, you lift.


iPod, Training Trends, Stats & Myths


U.S. Army increasingly using custom iPods as field translators

Instead of carrying around a relatively bulky PDA or notebook, the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division has for a year been using 260 iPods and iPod nanos modified to run a special app from Vcom 3D known as Vcommunicator Mobile.

Training Method Trends - eLearning Technology

Learning delivery methods being used in organizations and if they are now trending up or down (modality changes).

The chart shows that the most significant decline was in mobile learning; however, as the above news story on the Army's use of the iPod shows, maybe the majority of organizations have not found the right niche for mobile tools, such as the iPod.

Learning and Training Statistics and Myths

Statistics and myths for the learning and training professional.

Wikipedia, don't offend the master(s) of the universe - Cognitive Edge

Recently an editor has also been tackling pseudo-science pages such as that on NLP. He is also passionate about removing free propaganda for pederasts.