The Dawn of Collaborative Learning


Technical Note

Experimentation. This is an excerpt from a YouTube recording of a broadcast Google+ Hangout.

Editing G+ On Air video is not intuitive. Here’s the code I used to start 282 seconds in and end 837 seconds from the beginning:

<iframe width=”640″ height=”360″ src=”″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

(I had to append the “?version=3&start=282&end=837” Continue reading The Dawn of Collaborative Learning

Just gotta be me

I just installed a WordPress Plugin from Sharaholic named SexyBookmarks. It looks very cool, displaying little animated buttons for Twitter, F’book, Google+, and so on.

This is a test post to see how well it works.

How we learn… in five minutes.

“Around the age of 12, the brain goes through the equivalent of an earthquake.” Oh, to be a child again!

Too impersonal?

This is also a trial balloon for new blogging behavior. Actually, my original blogging behavior. Ten Continue reading Just gotta be me

Don’t drink the informal learning snake oil

The Tragedy of eLearning

We’ve seen this movie before.

The 1999 Online Learning conference in Los Angeles was ground zero for eLearning. CBT Systems told the world it was being reincarnated as SmartForce, the eLearning Company. When we unveiled signs at the SmartForce booth, we were the only vendor who mentioned eLearning in the crowded exhibition area. Yet at the ASTD Conference six months later, dozens of vendors claimed to have eLearning. Most of them had changed nothing but their brochures Continue reading Don’t drink the informal learning snake oil


Curation enriches conferences

At the turn of the century, blogging was brand spanking new, Twitter had yet to be born, and backchannels referred to espionage by double agents. Back then I tried to capture and share what was going on in lengthy blog posts. For example, here’s my report on Elliott’s TechLearn 2001. And here’s my review of Online Learning 2001.

Dave Kelly has made curating conference exhaust — the Tweetstream, presentations, photos, recordings, and related links — into Continue reading mLearncon

Learn Informal Learning Informally

Next month I’ll be offering an experiential workshop on Informal Learning through Jane Hart’s Social Learning Center. Here’s a preliminary description. Take a look, then tell me how much you think I should charge, whether anyone in your organization might want to sign up, and what else you’d like to see.

with Jay Cross

Workshop begins mid-July 2012
Five interactive video conversations with Jay
Hands-on experiential learning
Limit of nine participants
Identify high-impact opportunities
Focus Continue reading Learn Informal Learning Informally