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Sunday, December 28, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: ePortfolio

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "ePortfolio." Here is what I found I have:

Implementing Electronic Portfolios: Benefits, Challenges, and Suggestions: An article from Educause Quarterly describing research findings on the lessons learned during initial implementation of e-folios at four teacher education programs.

Using Del.icio.us to Create an Easy, Always Updated Online Portfolio: From The Bamboo Project blog, a how-to post on using a del.icio.us account as an ePortfolio platform.

Guide to Using Free Tools to Create an Online Portfolio: Another great post from Michelle Martin's The Bamboo Project blog. It includes 6 steps to building an ePortfolio, examples, resources and further reading.

FreeFolio: Freefolio is an e-Portfolio and social knowledge management system. Based on the Wordpress system it is scalable and modular in design. It is designed to be easily customisable to meet different specific needs.

ePortfolio class notes: A guiding document to discussion about ePortfolios and the use of Blackboard's ePortfolio tool as implemented at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Mahara: Mahara is an open source e-portfolio system with a flexible display framework. Mahara also features a weblog, resume builder and social networking system, connecting users and creating online learner communities.

Out of the classroom and beyond: A white paper in .pdf format by Microsoft that identifies the
challenges and discuss some lessons learned in the Washington State University effort to adopt an eportfolio program based on Microsoft® Office SharePoint Server 2007.

Friday, December 19, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Coaching

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Coaching." There wasn't much this time, but I do have a couple interesting resources:

Coaching for Team Performance: From the Mind Tools website, a how-to article on team coaching, including information on team dynamics and how to also support individual development within the team coaching framework.

A visit to NW Coaches Association: From the Cascadia chapter of ASTD, this article is officially about fielding questions from the media on the profession of coaching, but it contains a great overview of the coaching process.

Friday, December 12, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Participatory Media

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "ParticipatoryMedia." Here's what I found I have:

Tips for Making Virtual Classroom Sessions More Interactive: A blog post by Sue Waters at "Mobile Technology in TAFE" that is a summary of tips from a presentation by Jo Hart.

Classroom2.0: Twitter, del.icio.us and participatory learning: From the "Melanie McBride Online' blog, a post on using Web2.0 tools in lieu of textbooks to enhance relevance, timeliness, self-directed research and active knowledge creation in classroom settings.

Participatory Media Literacy: A wiki on SocialText discussing the impact of participatory media, forecasting trends, and discussing forms of participatory media.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Reflective Practice

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Reflective Practice." Here's what I found I have:

Reflective Practice: An Approach for Expanding Your Learning Frontiers: From "MIT Open Courseware", the syllabus page for this online course. All readings, videos of presentations, assignments, and other needed materials are available for self-directed study of this class.

Critical Reflection: A great resource from "Big Dog and Little Dog" on reflective thinking, including: the "essentials", how to encourage reflection; learner, environmental, and task characteristics; the four activities of critical reflection and more.

Blogs and educating the eflective practitioner: From Terry Carter's blog, "Coming about", a reflective post on the title presentation, given by Paul Lowe, director of the master’s degree program in Photo Journalism and Documentary Photography at University of the Arts, London, including the SlideShare version of the presentation itself.

Reflecting on Reflection: A post from the blog "Virtual Learning" by Niall Sclater on a great model for reflection.

Becoming a more Reflective Individual Practitioner: Michelle Martin of "The Bamboo Project" blog, writes often on topics related to reflective practice, and walks her talk. This is a nice, little "how-to" post where she distills it down beautifully.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Workforce

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Workforce," which is generally coupled with either the tag, "Development" or the tag "Training." Here's what I found I have:

International Commission on Workforce Development: The International Commission on Workforce Development “ICWFD” is a California based 501(c)3 Non-Profit public charity organization (Tax ID # 20-3097851) that is enabling the workforce of G77 Developing Countries (DC’s) to compete in the current and future global economy. It is run by a committed Board and volunteers passionate about bridging the digital divide and providing access to 21st. century employability skills FREE to the marginalized sectors of the world.

National Association of Workforce Development Professionals: The website of NAWDP. Its mission is to be the national voice for the profession and meet the individual professional development needs of the membership.

Economic Costs of Inadequate Investments in Workforce Development: Testimony of
Harry J. Holzer, Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute and Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown University on the Economic Costs of Inadequate Investments in Workforce Development. Testimony Submitted to the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations U.S. House of Representatives.

The Rural Assistance Center: RAC's Workforce Development page.

Workplace Vision: A white paper by SHRM on workforce readiness and new essential skills.

Workplace Learning 2.0: The community page for the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT), focusing on the implementation of new, Web 2.0, learning approaches and technologies for the personal or professional development of employees in private, public or voluntary sector organizations.

Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training: from the American Council on Education.

National Council for Workforce Education: The organization's website.

Learning Strategy Master Plan: From Kineo, a report by Mark Harrison on ensuring a successful learning strategy by focusing on alignment (to overall organisational goals),
efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Humor

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Humor." Here's what I found I have:

Designing interactive e-learning - a job aid: In Janet Clarey's post, she uses humor to teach appropriate use of humor in creating engaging training. She shares a color coded "e-learning course advisory system" that ranks presentation styles to levels of "risk of boredom."

Supermarket 2.0: A humorous video posted on YouTube that teaches elements of Web 2.0 with a grocery store metaphor.

Fire that (Fictitious) Employee! Unanticipated Consequences of Using Narrative in Instructional Design : From the "Unconventional Instructional Design" blog, a post (and subsequent conversation in the comments) on ideas of how to quickly and inexpensively add humor into online training.

Plagiarism: Pernicious Plague or Preventable Pest: Another fun example of using humorous video to teach. This one is for primarily college faculty, but also students.

Demetri Martin funny chart presentation: Saving my favorite for last, a piece from a Demetri Martin act that provides a great example not only of humor in "teaching", but the use of visual humor and the use of visual aids in general in presentations.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "SME", an acronym for "Subject Matter Expert." Here's what I found I have:

What Everyone Should Know About Working with Subject Matter Experts: A post on the Rapid E-Learning Blog about how to play (and work) well with SMEs.

Course Outlining with Large Groups: An article from Tier 1Performance Solutions on how to facilitate an instructional design session with a large group of SMEs.

Working with Volunteer Subject Matter Experts: From The Forum Effect, a brief post on the title subject.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Minimalism

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Minimalism." Here's what I found I have:

Minimalism as an approach to designing instruction: A module from a "Synchronous Learning Environments" course at University of Alberta. It discusses a minimalist approach to instructional design.

Minimalist Design for Documentation: From Tec-Ed Services, and overview and steps for designing successful minimalist documentation.

Minimalism: From the blog of Hans Van der Meij, a post on the minimalist approach to technical documentation.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Flexible Learning

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "FlexibleLearning." Here's what I found I have:

Designing for Flexible Learning Practice: A course on WikiEducator developed by staff in the Educational Development Centre of Otago Polytechnic . It is designed to help both formal and informal learners access and interpret models, research and professional dialogue in flexible learning.

Flexible Learning at Heriot-Watt: From Heriot Watt University, an annotated list of links and resources of Web 2.0 tools that support flexible learning.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Meta-Learning

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "MetaLearning." Here's what I found I have:

Competencies for Carrying Out Self-Directed Learning Projects: A concise list from Roger Hiemstra's Website.

Self-Directed Learning Skills: Another page off of Roger's site.

Skills For Self-Directed Learning: A similar, but more in-depth, list by Huey B. Long of the University of Oklahoma

How People Learn: Bridging Research and Practice: The "Key Findings" chapter of a book published by the National Academies Press.

The Value of Learning about Learning: An article, in .pdf format, by Jay Cross and Clark Quinn. the title and this quote says it all, "The unsurprising consequence of not explicitly teaching learning and thinking is that people never improve the way they learn."

An Introduction to E-Learning: From the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, this "handbook" includes a piece on learning skills in an e-elearning environment.

What You Really Need to Learn: A little off-topic, but a very good SlideShare presentation by Stephen Downes on good critical thinking skills for targeted, efficient, meaningful learning and living.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Service Learning

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "ServiceLearning." Here's what I found I have:

Service-Learning in Wikipedia: The Wikipedia page defining, describing, and discussing Service Learning. It includes a list of service learning support programs.

Service-Learning Is... : From "Learn and Serve: America's National Service-Learning Clearinghouse", another description and discussion of Service Learning, including resources.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Webinar

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Webinar." Here's what I found I have:

What Stinks About Webinars? : This article from Chief Learning Officer discusses where webinars can go wrong, and how they can be improved

Social Learning Webinar : From ASTD Social Learning SIG, their first webinar that can be replayed: "Introduction to Social Learning" presented by Kevin Jones.

9 Lessons I Learned From Running My First Webinar : From Michelle Martin's Bamboo Project blog, a post outlining recommendations from her learnings after presenting her first webinar.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Simulation

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Simulation." Here's what I found I have:

Organization Effectiveness Simulation: A tool that diagnoses your organization’s current state, then charts a path based on selected actions and offered insights toward a higher execution score.

75 Free EduGames to Spice Up Your Course!: This Post from the ZaidLearn blog, lists 75 free educational games that could be useful to embed within or across courses (and programs) to spark more engagement, challenge, collaboration, problem-solving, decision making, imagination, fun and thinking into the learning process.

udutu: A suite of tools, including an online content authoring tool that includes simulation capabilities.

Representing Authentic Learning Designs Supporting the Development of Online Communities of Learners: From the EduCause Learning Initiative, a white paper that explores what constitutes authentic learning, how technology supports it, what makes it effective, and why it is important. Includes the topic of simulation-based learning.

Monday, September 29, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Scaffolding

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Scaffolding." Scaffolding is the technique of providing temporary and/or partial learning support to assist students in applying and synthesizing new skills and knowledge. The term is also used to describe a specific form of the approach: layering and overlapping earlier learning with new material to both reinforce the earlier learning and contextualizing the new material. Here's what I found I have:

"Supporting Student Success Through Scaffolding" from the Tomorrow's Professor Blog: An article discussing five scaffolding strategies.

"Scaffolding" from Emerging Perspectives on Learning, Teaching, and Technology: An in-depth description of scaffolding, including definition, elements, approaches and more.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Motivation

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Motivation." Here's what I found I have:

Motivating Online Learners: From Learning Circuits, this article is Part 2 in a series outlining factors that influence the success of online learners.

Motivation for Technology Adoption by End-Users: From Sims Learning Connections, a top ten list with discussion.

Enterprise 2.0 adoption tips mapped to motivation: Again from Ray Sims' blog. Here he mapped “five tips for enterprise 2.0 adoption” meme headliners to the motivation.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Life Long Learning

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "LifeLongLearning." Here's what I found I have:

Lifelong Learning: An Exploration of Adult and Continuing Education Within a Setting of Lifelong Learning Needs - An eBook by Roger Hiemstra.

The Role of Aging in Adult Learning: Implications for Instructors in Higher Education - an article by David L. Crawford on the "New Horizons for Learning" website.

How Do You Prepare for "Other Duties as Assigned" and Slash Jobs? - from Michelle Martin's blog, "The Bamboo Project", discusses the need for professionals to pursue ongoing learning to remain competitive in the job market.

15 Steps to Cultivate Lifelong Learning - Ideas, tips and tricks from Stepcase Lifehack.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Job Aid

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "JobAid." Here's what I found I have:

From Will Thalheimer's "Will at Work Learning" blog, a post describing his new worksheet for measuring quality of learning evaluation tools, which he calls his "Measurement Best Practices Quick Audit."

From Michelle Martin's "Bamboo Project" blog, a post on creating "On-the-Fly Micro Job Aides to Support Staff."

A Pecha Kucha presentation on "Emotionally Intelligent Signage" by Daniel Pink. It discusses both the topic and the Pecha Kucha form.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Talent Management

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "HRM", TalentManagement. Here's what I found I have:

Talent Management - Taking the Talent Pulse: What Drives High Potentials? : From Talent Management Management website, an article about the drivers of top talent and how well organizations are executing them.

Talent Management - Top 10 Features Bryan Chapman : Again from TM Mag, an article describing the the top ten list of features and functions asked for by organizations looking to automate talent management activities.

Making Space for Disruption : A blog post by Janet Clarey of Brandon-Hall Research describing a model for linking an organizations LMS to its talent management program.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Human Resource Management (HRM)

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "HRM", Human Resource Management. Here's what I found I have:

Building Value through HR Metrics: In this video from the RBL Review, Dave Ulrich describes the effectiveness of metrics for HR professionals by discussing the keys to good metrics, how to build metric systems, and where to build metric systems.

The Five Roles of HR: Also from RBL, Dave Ulrich, Jon Younger, and Wayne Brockbank described discuss the dominant Diversified/Allied business model, laying out the five roles and responsibilities of HR that respond to this organization model: service centers, corporate, centers of expertise, embedded HR, and operational HR. This summary lays out the duties of each role, the relationship among these roles, and suggestions for implementing this new HR structure.

HR Competency Model: From SHRM

How to Learn to Manage People: An article from wikiHow for new managers overviewing 10 basic skills for managing others.

Monday, August 11, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Implementation

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Implementation". Here's what I found I have:

The 7 Top Tips for Implementing Learning Technology. The Vendors View! A post from the "Learning Reflections" blog.

The #1 answer to the rhetorical survey question about implementation barriers: culture : A post regarding the failures in organizational culture in supporting project implementation and possible fixes by Janet Clarey, of Brandon Hall Research.

7 Strategies for implementing corporate wikis from the eLearning Post blog.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Testing

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Testing". Here's what I found I have:



Writing Multiple Choice Test Items: This article discusses some conventional wisdom for the construction of multiple-choice tests, which are one of the most common forms of teacher-constructed tests. The comments which follow are applicable mainly to multiple-choice tests covering fairly broad topic areas.



How to fit the entire world in a multiple-choice question: How to add context (and more depth of "meaning") to test questions.



And a different kind of "testing":



LMS Usability Testing: A brief blog post on what to look for when shopping for an LMS.



BrowserShots: A tool to test your web design in different browsers

Monday, July 28, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Blended Learning




Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "BlendedLearning". Here's what I found I have:

An Article in CIO Today discussing the benefits of blended learning vs pure elearning

A blog post from Clive on Learning reflecting on when blended learning is the optimal choice.


Traditional and Non-traditional Students in the Same Classroom? Additional Challenges of the Distance Education Environment:
Research findings on how various learning settings: elearning, blended, classroom can impact perceptions of traditional students toward non-traditional students regarding the quality of the learning experience.


Sunday, July 20, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Authentic Learning

Here is the latest sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "AuthenticLearning."

Here's what I found I have:

Representing Authentic Learning Designs Supporting the Development of Online Communities of Learners

A scholarly paper presenting the different purposes learning design representations can serve and argues the need for further research, in particular, design-based research, to develop standard forms of representations that can be widely used to provide descriptions that support discovery and reuse. This document is in .pdf format.

Friday, July 11, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Animation

Here is the latest sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Animation."

Here's what I found I have:

Animated GIF Generator Tool by Image-tools.com : This free tool creates personalized GIF animated images.

Glickr.com : Another free GIF animation creator.

How Walt Disney Would Use PowerPoint to Create E-Learning Courses : A post on "The Rapid E-Learning Blog" on three "impressive, yet easy-to-do animation techniques that you can use right away in your elearning courses. Your courses will look nothing like ordinary PowerPoint slides and they’ll be more effective and engaging."

Scratch : "Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.

Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the process of design.

Scratch is available free of charge."

Saturday, July 5, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Survey

Here is the latest sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Survey." Here's what I found I have:

The E-Learning Readiness Survey:
A survey tool with 20 key strategic questions about the sustainability of your organization's E-Learning efforts.

Poll Everywhere:
A simple, free text message voting application that works well for live audiences. People vote by sending text messages to options displayed on-screen. The poll that is embedded within the presentation or web page will update in real time. Advanced uses include txt2screen, texting questions to a presenter, web voting, and SMS interactivity in print, radio, and TV.

SurveyGizmo:
A free platform for marketing, lead generation and research projects. It creates surveys, landing pages, polls, quizzes, contact forms, ticketing queues and mobile marketing campaigns.

PollDaddy:
A free survey tool that creates surveys and polls for websites, blogs and social network profiles.

Quimble:
Another free survey tool.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Taxonomy

Here is the latest sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Taxonomy." Here's what I found I have:

Managing Taxonomies: A blog post on "taxonomy creep," and the benefits of search technologies as a response.

Staged Debates on Taxonomies: Video conversatons on topics such as: Do taxonomies make managing content easier, Do content management systems need a taxonomy to function, Is there such thing as a galactic taxonomy/uber taxonomy, and Does a taxonomy have to have at least three levels?

Taxonomy Development Process: A .pdf handout by Boeing Company librarians Kathryn Breininger and Mary Whittaker on their taxonomy development process

Better Living Through Taxonomies: An article in "Digital Web Magazine," defining the term taxonomy and describing their architectures and elements.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Visualization, Visual Language & Visual Thinking

Here is the latest sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tags "Visualization," "VisualLanguage" and "VisualThinking." Here's what I found I have:

For Successful PowerPoint Presentations, Look to Cartoonists:
An article that encourages a look to cartoonists for inspiration for good presentations. The author posits that "some of the best uses of PowerPoint come from the masters of verbal/visual, picture/word communication: cartoonists."

Visualizing Information for Advocacy:
A .pdf booklet on how to display information.

175+ Data and Information Visualization Examples and Resources:
The title says it all...

Forms, Fields and Flows:
A short video, by the (IMHO) brilliant Dave Gray, that introduces some basic principles of visual language.

The Whirl:
Another great video by Dave Gray on some of the cognitive challenges of the information age, and why visual language is an important tool for dealing with them.

The Back of a Napkin:
A website promoting the book, "The Back of a Napkin" by Dan Roam, that itself provides loads of information about solving business problems and communicating ideas by using visual thinking.

Visual Thinking:
A flickr image collection under the tag, "Visual Thinking."

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Behavior Change

Here is the latest sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Behavior Change". Here's what I found I have:

Designing Interactive Games to Promote Health Behavior Change:
A video of a presentation by Debra Lieberman of the Department of Communication and a researcher in the Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research (ISBER) at UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Lieberman presents theory and research on the features of interactive health games that -- when well designed -- may influence players' health-related attitudes, learning, and behavior.

Self-Efficacy:
A definition of perceived self-efficacy and a description of how it is concerned with people's beliefs in their capabilities to exercise control over their own functioning and over events that affect their lives.

The Change Project:
The website of an organization that provided leadership for behavior change innovation, tools and strategies. CHANGE focused on helping health and nutrition programs develop and apply practical solutions to behavior change problems. The CHANGE Project ended in June, 2005.

Transtheoretical Model:
The Wikipedia page describing the transtheoretical model of change in health psychology.

Social-Marketing.com:
A resource page for behavior change information on the web.

A 'Stages of Change' Approach to Helping Patients Change Behavior:
An article in "American Family Physician" on applying the model to assist in addressing lifestyle modification for disease prevention, long-term disease management and addictions.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: eLearning + Best Practice

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tags "eLearning" and "BestPractice. Here's what I found I have:

JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching: Best Practices in Undergraduate Adult-Centered Online Learning: Mechanisms for Course Design and Delivery

eLearn: Best Practices: eLearn Magazine's list of articles on eLearning best practices

The Technology Source Archives - Seven Principles of Effective Teaching: A Practical Lens for Evaluating Online Courses

Best Practices in Online Teaching: An online course that provides practical strategies and pedagogical advice for instructors teaching in an online environment

Sunday, April 13, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Age + Research

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tags "Age" and "Research. Here's what I found I have:


The Role of Aging in Adult Learning: Implications for Instructors in Higher Education: This article explores the physiological and experiential aspects of aging on learning, psychological self-image and learning expectations of adult learners, and the implications for educators in higher education

Do Generational Differences Matter In Instructional Design?: This paper
addresses questions related to generational differences in the contemporary workforce
that might justify the specification of a new instructional design model and/or the development of innovative instructional methods and technologies to accommodate the generational differences found to exist.

Friday, April 4, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Usability

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Usability". Here's what I found I have:

Top Five Ways to Improve your Blog's Usability: A good article on the "it's so obvious we often don't see it" pointers for good blogging. From ProBlogger

Designing Usable, Self-Paced e-Learning Courses: A Practical Guide: This guide, from eLearn Magazine, is primarily designed to help teams of instructional designers and content experts create effective, self-paced e-learning. It teaches best practices for improving usability that can be applied by any instructional designers or content experts and was created so that no prior knowledge of usability is required to use the techniques.

What Do You Mean When You Say "Usability"?: Again from eLearn Magazine, an article creating a working definition for the term Usability and discussing how to apply it in practice.

Usability Toolkit: This resource, from the Society for Technical Communication, is a collection of forms, checklists and other useful documents for conducting usability tests and user interviews.

Templates & Examples from Usability.gov: These templates, forms, and examples are organized by steps in the usability process. They can be customized for. All are in the public domain and can be freely downloaded.

LMS Usability Testing: From Christy Tucker at Experiencing eLearning , a laundry list of functions to test for usability when piloting an LMS.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Accessibility

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Accessibility". Here's what I found I have:

Test Me: 25 Freebie Website Accessibility Checkers: From VirtualHosting.com, a blog post with 25 free programs and online accessibility checkers to run your new website through to make sure everyone can enjoy your content.

WAVE Version 4.0 Beta: WAVE is a free web accessibility evaluation tool provided by WebAIM. It is used to aid humans in the web accessibility evaluation process. Rather than providing a complex technical report, WAVE shows the original web page with embedded icons and indicators that reveal the accessibility information within your page.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Needs Analysis

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "NeedsAnalysis". Here's what I found I have:

Learning Strategy Master Plan: A look at the main characteristics (identified by the American Society for Training and Development) that are consistently present in the most successful learning organisations:
  • alignment (to overall organisational goals)
  • efficiency
  • effectiveness
  • sustainability
An article by Kineo, elearning consultants.

Needs Analysis Round-up (Part 1) and Needs Analysis Round-up (Part 2) : A set of articles on best practices in needs analysis by Sims Learning Connections.

Responding to Customers, Experts and Personnel: Ideas on how to overcome resistanct to needs analysis by Jossey-Bass Pfeiffer

DIF Analysis: A nice flow chart by Harold Jarche of the "Difficulty, Importance, Frequency" decision tree used to determine training priority.

Monday, March 17, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Best Practice

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "BestPractice". Here's what I found I have:


Best Practices in Online Teaching: This course by Connexions, a project of Rice University, provides practical strategies and pedagogical advice for instructors teaching in an online environment.


Best Practices in Undergraduate Adult-Centered Online Learning: Mechanisms for Course Design and Delivery: This paper published in the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching summarizes findings of research conducted to explore and identify best practices used by full-time and part-time faculty in adult-centered online learning environments.


eLearn Magazine "Best Practices" articles: This page provides links to over 30 articles on best practices in eLearning published by the magazine since 2001.


Seven Principles of Effective Teaching: A Practical Lens for Evaluating Online Courses: Published by "The Technology Source" at North Carolina University, the title of this article describes it best.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: SCORM

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "SCORM". Here's what I found I have:

SCORM School:

The Academic ADL C-Lab offers two courses to help people learn the basics of the Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM). There are two courses available: SCORM School 101, which is a free self-paced course and our online instructor-led SCORM School 201.

Conform to SCORM:

This is a webpage for purchasing the Instructional Designer's Pocket Guide to SCORM. From the description: "It provides a layman's description of the SCORM 2004 specification and relates it to common terms and practices in modern instructional design. This book explains the evolution of SCORM and ADL, the concept of metadata and reuse, and the new Simple Sequencing specification. This book, written by Brian Caudill and Dr. David Banks, is eighty (80) pages of content, scenarios, and demonstration courses that will give you all the information you need to develop, as well as procure, SCORM courseware."

eLearning Technology: Test SCORM Courses with an LMS

A blog post by Tony Karrer that addresses, among other things, how to test SCORM compliance of a draft course.

Friday, March 7, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: eLearning Model

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tags "eLearning" and "Model". Here's what I found I have:

Tools and Technologies to Support Collaborative Learning : A blog post by Gary Woodill of Brandon Hall Research describing a model he developed for identifying "collaborative learning technologies" by organizing them into the following categories: environments, networks, and tools.

The Art of Building Virtual Communities : An article by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach on the techlearning.com blog on models to assist in building communities of practice that provide relevence, value, and interest to current and potential members.

Prolearn Road Map : This report is a is a summary of findings from a pan-European Roadmapping exercise lead by the PROLEARN NoE on the future of Technology-Enhanced Professional Learning (TEPL). The results are presented in terms of: a) visions describing the desired future state b) identified gaps between the current state of the art and the visions (Gap analysis) and c) actions recommended to fill the identified gaps.

Making a Space for Disruption : A blog post by Janet Clarey of Brandon Hall Research with:
1) models describing the convergence of LMS systems and Talent Management in a Web 1.0 world, and
2) how Web 2.0 technologies merge and enhance this system.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Learning Objectives

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "LearningObjectives". Here's what I found I have:

Writing Less Objectionable Objectives : A blog post on Learning Visions with rants and recommendations on how to write useful and relevent learning objectives.

Makeover: Turning Objectives into Motivators : A "how-to" blog post on this topic at Making Change.

Writing Learning Objectives : A nice summary of the construction of solid objectives and the different forms they take. At Sims Learning Connections.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Performance Management

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "PerformanceManagement". Here's what I found I have:

The Pursuing Performance Blog : In the words of the author: "This Blog presents my 'Thoughts About' and 'Experiences In' ... ISD and HPT... to Improve Performance Competence ... for the sake of the Stakeholders.

EPSS Central : A clearinghouse site with news, events, job board, and other resources related to Electronic Performance Support Systems (EPSS) and Performance Centered Design (PCD).

I would love to learn about others' favorite EPSS and Performance Management finds.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Of Language, Seeing, Understanding, Human-ness, Humaneness, and Learning

I recently read "Animals In Translation" by Temple Grandin. Ms. Grandin is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, holding a PhD in Animal Science. She single-handedly transformed the meatpacking industry to be profoundly more humane in the handling of livestock going to slaughter. She has done this though a redesign of slaughterhouse facilities and development of a new scoring system for assessing handling of animals at these facilities. She credits, in great part, the fact that she is autistic to her ability to understand what causes animals to become fearful which, in turn, is the greatest cause of injury to and harsh treatment of the livestock in slaughterhouses.

Why is this, and what does this have to do with learning?

Prof. Grandin's autism manifests, in part, in thinking in images as opposed to language and in seeing what's in front of her initially as a collection of pieces as opposed to an integrated whole. She posits this is also how animals think and see. The book discusses the difference between how autistics see and think, and how (in her words) "normal" people see and think: image vs words, pieces vs whole. She describes the pros and cons of each, and recounts the the challenges this created for her as an autistic learner in "normal" learning and work environments. This includes the fact that, as she thinks in images, English is a second language, mandating that she translate from a language of image to one of words when communicating. She describes the performance support tools/processes she created for herself to succeed.

This got me thinking about language as a construct and how relying on language for thinking can be limiting, asking:

  • How can images, models, concepts be more a part of the learning process?
  • What does it bring to the table in terms of both learner experience and the potential for outcome?
Today, I came across this video by Amanda Baggs. Before viewing the video, be sure to read her introduction:

"The first part is in my "native language," and then the second part provides a translation, or at least an explanation. This is not a look-at-the-autie gawking freakshow as much as it is a statement about what gets considered thought, intelligence, personhood, language, and communication, and what does not."





Now my mind is also noodling on the questions:

  • How do our concepts of what language is and how thinking works limit our own capacity for communicating, thinking and conceiving?
  • What can be broader, more inclusive concepts of language and thinking?
  • How can these be used to enhance the facilitation of learning?

Friday, February 1, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Training Transfer

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "TrainingTransfer". Here's what I found I have:



Sunday, January 20, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Self Directed Learning

Here is the weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "SelfDirectedLearning". Here's what I found I have:

How do you approach Self Directed Learning? What skills are most important to foster? What are you favorite resources on the subject?

Thursday, January 10, 2008

del.icio.us Tidbits: Collaboration + Tool

Here is the first of my weekly sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list.

This time I chose the tags "tool" and "collaboration". Generally, this would mean either information on collaboration tools, or the tools themselves. Here's what I found I have:


backpackit
Project management collaboration tool

Harold Jarche : Strategies for online collaboration » PKM - my best tool
A post on Harold Jarche's blog with a model for how he builds knowledge in his PLE

Mind42 - Free Online Mind Map
Brainstorming

A Step-by-step guide to global collaborations
A post on Kim Cofino's blog "Always Learning"

Facebook Study Groups
Listing, scheduling, discussion, notes and file management

wetpaint
free wiki tool

bubbl.us - free web application for brainstorming online
Mindmapping

del.icio.us
Online resource organizational and sharing tool

pbwiki
free wiki tool


What are your favorite collaboration tools or articles on the subject?

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Training Transfer: What does it take to ensure learning is applied?

When training occurs in the workplace, its purpose (hopefully) is to close a performance gap or to expand abilities. It is not “frivolous”. It is not general education or personal enrichment. There must be measurable outcomes that fulfill business needs. But, what does it take to ensure the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom gets transferred to the work itself? Ensuring that knowledge, skills, and perspectives gained in training are applied in the workplace takes more than just ensuring learning has occurred. Behavior change also requires self-efficacy and motivation.

Self-efficacy, a belief in one’s ability to succeed, comes from self-confidence and successful practice. Providing a safe environment for early practice, coaching, and constructive, encouraging feedback supports this capacity.

Motivation comes from an understanding of the importance of the behavior change, for the larger goal and for themselves. Understanding the context of the learning, how it’s relevant to and helps their work and the business goal provides a more “philosophical” motivation. Providing active support of the transfer of learning to work, by including the new behaviors in performance measurements encourage accountability for applying the skills and incentives for successful execution, which provides the practical motivation.

What do you do to ensure that the skills and knowledge trained get applied on the job? What is embedded in the training? How is the transfer supported by the organization?

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Context and Clarity for Performance Management


George Harrison famously sang, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” I wish there was a lyric that crooned, “If you don’t know how to get there, you’ll likely end up somewhere else.” Often, organizations that work hard on defining vision, mission and goals then lay down their pens. As important as this work is, it isn’t enough. Defining purpose and objectives is challenging. However, to manage performance, equally critical and more difficult work still lay ahead: identifying constraints and conditions, designing work standards and supportive systems, and determining necessary tools and competencies. This is the explicit, tangible information individuals need to orient and equip themselves to do the work. It is the map, compass and knapsack of supplies they’ll use to take the organization to its target destination.

When there is a gap in performance, all of these elements must be evaluated to determine the cause of the gap and design a solution. On his blog, Harold Jarche provides this guide to a performance gap analysis. This highlights the responsibilities the organization has to ensure good performance, such as adequate resources, clear expectations and performance measures/feedback, and appropriately linking performance outcomes to rewards and consequences. Jarche also provides this decision tree tool to assist in the analysis process.

Providing this context and clarity is the foundation of performance management. With this cornerstone laid, the other functions of performance management, such as recruitment, development, corrective action, and succession planning, fall into place more clearly, logically, and with greater harmony.