Transforming your staff's potential

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Finds: Temple Grandin on valuing and raising the visual minds

"Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, speaks at a TED conference about how her mind works -- sharing her ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids."

As an aside: I have been a fan of Temple Grandin for years for her work to make slaughter houses more humane. This may sound like an oxymoron to some, but any step to reduce suffering is the right one. Hers was a giant leap... and all with ~ or, more accurately, because of her ~ autism.

Sunday, February 21, 2010 Tidbits: Collaboration + Tool

Here are the most recent articles and resources I've found in my favorites list that include the tags "Collaboration" and "Tool." I include an earlier post of mine on the same topic which provides more links:

Williams Instructional Design "Collaboration Tool" post from 2008


From their website -
The Software: Chamilo is a new project that opts for open source in a radical way. It aims at bringing you the best e-learning and collaboration platform in the open source world. At its start it will come in two flavours: Chamilo, the direct successor of Dokeos, and Chamilo 2.0, that has reached the final stages of development, a new taste of e-learning and much more, that will definitely bring fresh and creative tools to you.

The Association: Chamilo is also a brand owned by everybody who is part of the association The trademark is not and will never be owned by a single trademark holder.

Aiming to protect the software and to keep it free and open, an association has been created to watch over the future of Chamilo software.

Key features:
* Easy creation of educational content
* Easy installation on web hosting solutions
* Tracking of users results, allowing for methodology improvements
* Clean interface, letting user focus on learning
* Synchronous and asynchronous communication channels
* Many tools allowing for all learning types (visual, auditive, practical, serious games)
* Extensive documents management

Learning Tools Compendium of Collaboration Tools: From the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, a learning tools directory of stand-alone tools suitable for individuals to work and learn more effectively with others - as well as on their own.

Learning Tools Compendium of Social Networking & Collaboration Spaces
: From the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, a directory of social media platforms that include public social networks as well as tools to create private collaborative, social spaces for groups or communities, as well as enterprise collaboration systems (with multiple groupsites). A free, online tool that provides multi-user whiteboard, live audio, image collaboration, text-chat and more.

Wiggio: From their website... "Wiggio is an online toolkit that makes it easy to work in groups. You can basically make a Wiggio group for any type of group you're in (a team, organization, business, project, social group, etc.) and Wiggio provides you with everything you need to simply communicate and collaborate within the group." The tools include mass messaging (emails, text messages, voicemails), scheduling, file sharing and editing, polling, conference calling, video conferencing, and project management.

Social Media and Learning - Part 3: Collaborative Working & Learning: From the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, the third of a three part article that looks at how key social media tools can be used for learning, development and performance support. Social media tools, support social interactions and connections with people, collaboration and sharing and the creation of user-generated content, and are helping to build a new phase of (e-)learning – often referred to as E-Learning 2.0 or Social Learning.

LucidChart: A free, flowchart/org chart collaboration tool.

Etherpad: A web-based word processor that allows people to work together in real-time.

Dabbleboard: A free online whiteboard collaboration application.

15 free tools for web based collaboration
: From the Six Revisions blog, a review of 15 online tools.

Sunday, February 7, 2010 Tidbits: Behavior Change

The concept of Behavior Change is common to the health care field. Health behavior change counseling and education is used by physicians and other practitioners to promote good health habits in patients. Effective health behavior change requires three components: motivation, knowledge/skills, and self-efficacy. The approach is applied in other areas of education and training as well.

Here are the most recent articles and resources I've found in my favorites list that include the tag "BehaviorChange." I include an earlier post of mine on the same topic which provides more links:

Williams Instructional Design Behavior Change links

Theories of Change: From "Beyond Intractibility," an overview of behavior change theory from the perspective of conflict resolution.

Change your Behavior, Change your Mind: Michele Martin at Bamboo Project re-posts a great TED presentation by A.J. Jacobs and add her own thoughts as to how it applies to social media.

The Performance Chain: From the "Six Boxes" website, a nice model of how behavior produces business results.

The Information Architecture of Behavior Change Websites: From the Journal of Medical Internet Research, using examples and relevant perspectives from multiple disciplines, the article describe a continuum of website IA designs ranging from a matrix design to the tunnel design.

Social Learning: Situation beats instruction: From Theorypedia, a brief description of social learning theory and the importance of behavior modeling.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Humor: Social Media Mullet

Steve Badowski’s Social Media Mullet is all business in the front and a party out back.

It made me laugh, then it made me think a bit about so many things related to Social Media, especially its transparency and the implications.