Sunday, October 24, 2010


How very cool. The magic of playing with shapes, depth perception and light. Masie used this group for a video he played at the opening session. Amazing.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The future unmasked

What a catchy title... This is a general session, Todd Maffin is the speaker. Funny so far, let's see if it is informative too. Here are some bits and pieces from this talk.

He is talking about the "shinny object syndrome". If it looks good, must work. Not really, not without specifically understanding the pros and cons, measuring efficiency, and knowing your stakeholders. Right.

Everyone is talking about podcasting, blogging, wickis, virtual worlds, etc for eLearning. When are they useful though? When can they be efficient? Sometimes less is more. These tools save money. True. Wikis - do we need those highly skilled ID's training strategists, etc, or should we just let the average user write their own curriculum. Answer: we need the learning professionals more than ever! The way corporations can save money is by hiring the right people to develop efficient e-learning and training in general. It's nice to hear that.

Roz, thank you for telling us this a long time ago. Mutitasking is mythology. The brain cannot do it. :-)

Baroque music is the only type of music that has been proven to improve efficiency.

The learning environment matters tremendously: if you learn in a "work" environment instead of a "learn" environment the percentage of retention goes down.
Nobody can "teach". The job of teachers, IDs, training strategy is to provide the environment for learning to take place. Learning environment should not be distracting.

This is fun. Take this test, please and let me know what you think.

Mobile learning: only 3% of the overall learning uses mobile learning. Most of the targets are sales people and executives. Most used types of mobile learning: audio podcast and text messaging. Top opportunities: content conversion, media services (e.g. video), custom development. Healthcare will be the biggest user of mobile learning in the next few years - up to 20%. Corporations will be next: "the young shall lead them" and "just-in-time mentality".
SUN - distributed mobile learning via iTunes
Capital One Bank - gave away iPods for mobile training - online video training

Blended Learning: exploration. The brain needs variety and reinforcement. Most of the blended learning on the market: classroom training, on-the-job training, and web based. It works.

Virtual Worlds: Opinion is they mostly do not work for learning. Using virtual world for meetings, showing videos and web based course? Why? Why not just show the video, have the meeting and take the web-based course?

Very entertaining and interesting session. Opinions?

How about games?

There are some real life examples of games implemented in organizations that actually work. Most of them are for leadership training, though. I have not seen anything yet on technical topics. I'll keep listening.

Simmulations are good. Military games rock. I'm going to a different topic now!

Esspreso Learning

Way to early in the morning and the coffee hasn't hit yet...
But I am here at a round table talking about pre- and post- learning. What's surprising to me is that everyone here is brainstorming about what pre and post learning activities they could use and nobody brings up the issue of how do you get people to participate in these activities. Sending surveys out is huge here... I feel like telling them that they are nuts if they believe that they will actually get the surveys back!

OK. I talked about the power of communication, value proposition, understanding your audience, engaging each stakeholder group, the "what's in it for me?" concept. I am the hero of the day. This is sad.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Here are some fun, free links for different things ID's can use or explore if you haven't already:

Screen Capture Software (other than SnagIt): Wink -

Image Editors (be careful though, do not use for sofisticated things - we have a graphics group with real software): Gimp - and Picasa -

Tips for developing rapid instructional design:

Decentralized training problem

This may be news to a lot of you, but corporation have a great problem with decentralized training. :-) Basically, the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing in the corporate training department (where there is one).

So, what do you think the Rohm and Haas is doing about that? Other than getting bought by Dow Chemicals... They are building a Community of Practice that allows memebers to generate ideas, find solutions, leverage the strength of others. Sort of Social Networking. Is it to new, though? Is Rohm and Haas ready for it?

Well, they tried. The Education Content Manger was tasked to developing an e-learning training course for all SAP use. Many, many topics and modules. So, the training department created a training community of practice. They developed a logo and branding (guess what their logo is: remember the picture of hands holding a small green plant we used for WM? that's it. That's the logo they have. They invited 12 colleagues at first, they used WebEx for their formal meetings and they posted their comments as a simple blog on their site. Now, a year later, they have about 30 people colaborating from all of Rohm and Haas sites. They seem to have a lot of energy around this effort.

Challenges: obvious - sustainment and growth. That's why we have Kim!

So, maybe it is time to start, although maybe small at the begining...


I know... I know... We tried it and we didn't like it.

They do have some new (or maybe not so new) features though:
- in Edit Mode - you can just drag and drop images, animations, content into slides; then, when you preview it, it actually works...
- if there are videos in mpg, or other types, when publishing in Lectora, there is a choice to convert those videos to flv
- adding buttons to any of the slides - from a menu system; adding an action to a button is also just a click away
- it has "508 Compliance" (for users with disabilities) checks
- Notes reports - keeps track with your "to do" list
- I know Steven and Chris (both of them) will love this one: It has an even larger clip-art library!
- They have a Translation tool - it gives you a text file that identifies the content that needs to be translated, once translated, you can load the same text file and the course comes up in a different language
- Lectora Online: available 2nd quarter of 2009 - one can publish and design the course online and use it for in-situ reviews and comments, keeps track of version control (users can work on the same project, on various pages or sections of the project in the same time)