The Designer’s Toolbox

Most of the three dozen people convened by the irrepressible Aaron Silvers for a recent retreat in Sedona, Arizona, would say they’re designers, but not instructional designers. We’re software nerds, change agents, standards developers, experience designers, game developers, and problem solvers. We came together at Up to All of Us to compare notes, find connections, and share the tools of our craft.

Sedona is a magic spot in the high desert, about two hours north of Phoenix. Kurt Hanks led Continue reading The Designer’s Toolbox

Enterprise Learning Summit, DC, March 20-21

The Enterprise Learning! Summit DC focuses on how executives can build smarter organizations. Over the 2 day conference, executive can access 66 experts, across 16 sessions and 20 sponsors. Executives should attend the Summit to share, network and learn from top learning leaders, analysts and experts.

The Enterprise Learning! Summit will be held March 20th & 21st at the Old Town Hilton in Alexandria, VA. Attend the Summit and expand your horizons. Take home new ideas, new perspectives, and Continue reading Enterprise Learning Summit, DC, March 20-21

“Wasting Time”

DeskTime, a firm that automates time sheets, posted an absurd infographic yesterday. This snip made me chuckle:

Most people I know think using the net makes them more productive. “Socializing with co-workers” is the primary way they learn things. Probably some of the long lunches and breaks occur because people learn more in coffee rooms and cafeterias than in classrooms. These are time-wasters?

As for the applications, my colleague Jane Hart’s Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011 has Twitter Continue reading “Wasting Time”

Singularity University

Salim Ismael, founding executive director of Singularity University, joined a few dozen of us for lunch in Berkeley yesterday to discuss “Seeing the Next Disruptive Technology.”

Singularity University is neither a university nor about singularity. It’s not a university so much as what the founders hope universities will evolve into. Currently the main program involves 80 grad students who come from around the globe to attend a ten-week summer program. The first half is intensive exposure Continue reading Singularity University

Relevance Trumps ROI

Excerpts from an article by CLO’s Deanna Hartley:

Determining Relevance: Tangible vs. Intangible
Starting with a business goal or problem to be solved around corporate culture, knowledge management or even systematic training can eliminate a narrow measurement focus, or as Jay Cross, CEO of the Internet Time Alliance, a knowledge exchange organization, explained it, getting hung up “on doing that part right rather than asking again and again: ‘Is this improving the business?’ ‘Is Continue reading Relevance Trumps ROI

Hacked: A Descent into the Malware Inferno

Summary: I was hacked last Saturday night. My nine sites went down. Three days later, everything’s back in order but it was no fun. I hope it never happens to you, but just in case, I’ll document the blow-by-blow below. In the end, an online service called Sucuri put things back in order.

First thing Sunday morning, I dropped in at the Internet Time Alliance water cooler on Skype. Jane had posted a warning that my sites had been hacked in the night.

Disruptive Educational Research Conference in India

Next month at this time, I’ll be boarding a plane for Delhi. In the sixties I dreamed of visiting India but never made it. Finally fulfilling the dream has me totally jazzed.

I’ll be taking part in EdgeX, an event that covers two important themes for education – Learning X.O (the emergence of network based, collaborative, social, informal and community-led approaches to learning) and Simulations & Serious Games (being able to seriously use these advanced learning tools at strategic Continue reading Disruptive Educational Research Conference in India

Everything’s Coming Up Networks (except learning)

Sloan Management Review has a great interview with Andy McAfee on What Sells CEOs on Social Networking. CEOs excitedly agree with Lew Platt’s old observation about Hewlett-Packard: “If only HP knew what HP knows, we’d be three times more productive.” They understand the power of weak ties in enterprise social networks. They appreciate the incoming generation’s new approach to working without limits. Sure, there are fears of losing control, the fact that hierarchy and social networks are not Continue reading Everything’s Coming Up Networks (except learning)

What’s hip in learning in France

Today I attended two learning events in Paris, in the morning the iLearning Forum hosted by Sally Ann Moore and this afternoon Expo-Langues, the conference where Peter Isackson and I will be speaking tomorrow morning.

Looking at other cultures inevitably teaches me about nuances I had failed notice in my own.

Buzzwords travel from the U.S. to France incredibly fast.


Lots of French vendors are touting social learning although they no more get it than American LMS providers promising Continue reading What’s hip in learning in France