Sources of eLearning News & Information
What's eLearning? -- White papers, articles, opinions
free, daily Links to corporate learning, community building, instructional
design, knowledge management, personalization and more.
Learning Circuits, ASTD's free zine on digital learning, monthly. Stuffed with information. More hands-on than LiNE Zine, with features on topics such as synchronous learning, knowledge management, customer-focused eLearning, and learning objects. Regular features on news, career, eLearning 101, conferences, and (for ASTD members only) product reviews.
LiNE Zine, free, quarterly. LINE = Learning in the New Economy. Edited by chaord Marcia Conner. Provacative, high-quality, original.
Journal of the Hyperlinked Organization, free, David Weinberger's hilarious send-up on knowledge management. Intense learning + entertainment = the way life should be.
eLearn Magazine, free, ACM
free e-newsletter (Masie Center). The oldest (since 11/97) and
once the pacesetter. TechLearn Trends is personal, another venue for Elliott
Masie to channel his outsize personality and prescient observations to
his fans. Breezy.
Ed Hatton's EdSearch
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eLearningPost Features -- a series of astute essays on such contemporary topics as serendipitous learning, grassroots KM, LCMS, digital game-based learning, personalizatation, building community, and article-based instruction.
LINEZine past issues -- great articles, plus interviews with John Seely Brown, Mary Catherine Bateson, Michael Schrage, Alan Webber, Gary Becker, Michael Dertouzos, Peter Capelli, Howard Rheingold, and others.
The MASIE Center -- Elliott Masie is the guru of online learning. In addition to his site, subscribe to his free zine, TechLearn Trends. Back issues of TechLearn Trends show the rise and fall of various eLearning fads.
Learnativity -- home of the Training and Development FAQs, definitive sources on standards, and lots of other interesting things from Marcia Conner and Wayne Hodgins.
ASTD Learning Circuits archives -- original articles on many topics. Tom Barron's stuff is particularly enlightening.
The Training Supersite -- back issues of Training magazine, Online Learning, and more.
eCLIPSE ~ "the e-Learning Centre's e-Learning Intelligence Service - People, Systems and Environments." Great pointers to articles, conferences, vendors, and more.
CIO eLearning Research Center -- one-liners and links to articles from CIO, Online Learning, eLearning, Industry Standard, Fortune, InfoWorld, LineZine, Learning Circuits, Forbes, etc.
Educause Effective Practices and Solutions
ASTD -- generally broad but shallow.
Gerrit Visser (Europe)
Check the magazine sites, too.
ERIC research on Adult, Career, and
great list of online journals
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Strategy and Business (Booz)
Mercer Management Journal Good stuff but now you have to put up with two gratuitous Flash animations to get to the Journal
Cap Gemini E&Y Center for Business Innovation Outstanding!
Santa Fe Institute Update
Technology Review -- MIT. Come on, push the envelope.
|These are fantastic catalysts for thinking out of the box.|
TRDEV at eGroups is the unofficial heir to TRDEV-L
roinet for discussion of ROI
Tip: Select the "Digest" option unless you want your emailbox to overflow.
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|After an incredible 12-year run, the pioneering training maillist, TR-DEV, is closing its doors. The endgame is on our research Blog.|
|OnLine Learning's conference calendar||
The Masie Center
e-Learning Europe 2001
VNU Business Media/Bill
Communications (formerly Lakewood Publications)
Training 2002 February 18 - 20, 2002 Atlanta, GA
eLearn Expo June? Amsterdam
eLearn Expo June 20 - 21 Vienna
eLearn Expo August? Hong Kong
Our report on E Learning Expo 2001 Paris
TechKnowlege 2002 February 4 - 7, 2002 Las Vegas
Online Educa Berlin, November 27 - 29, 2002 Berlin
Our report on Online Educa 2001
Jay's notes from past
Here are 800 pages of astute analysis of eLearning structure, vendors, and trends. Use it wisely.
Keep in mind that the best company to invest in is not necessarily the best bet for learning. What investors call a "pure play," I call a "one-trick pony."
Corporate eLearning: Exploring A New Frontier, 3/2000 (WR Hambrecht & Co.) The first report to focus exclusively on corporate eLearning and still one of the best out there. "At the beginning of the new millenium, corporations view learning increasingly as a competitive weapon rather than an annoying cost factor. Corporate executives are beginning to understand that enhancing employee skills is key to creating sustainable competitive advantage."
The Knowledge Web, 5/2000 (Merrill Lynch) "Technology is the driver of the New Economy, and human capital is its fuel. Finding, attracting, and retaining knowledge workers will be mission-critical. Companies providing online human capital solutions have the potential to bring together both richness and reach, creating a powerful and revolutionary user experience." Corporate eLearning: Feeding Hungry Minds.
eLearning, the Engine of the Knowledge Economy, 7/2000 (Morgan Keegan) "The critical and distinguishing strength of countries, organizations, and individuals lies in their intelligence and knowledge in this new economy." "Virtually no emerging industry has ever experienced dramatic growth without a set of common standards.... eLearning standards will allow eLearning content to be easily accessed and reused in various formats and will enable the inteoperability of learning technologies from difference vendors."
eLearning: The birth of a vibrant industry, 7/2000 (Goldman Sachs) "Why corporate eLearning? Sustainable competitive advantage: More for less. It's scalable. Customizable. Consistent. Assessible. Relevant. Convenient. Less costly."
Riding the Big Waves, A White Paper on the B2B e*Learning Industry, 3/2000 (Thomas Weisel Partners) "Today, corporate learning and the corporate learning organization have ascended to a position of strategic prominence in the context of managing and growing the extended enterprise. Bearing this out, the number of corporate universities has grown four-fold to 1600 in the last ten years. Even more telling is corporate learning's move to the executive suite. The result -- an emerging $11.4 billion opportunity for companies providing B2B e*Learning solutions."
Helping Investors Ride the
eLearning Curve, 11/99. (US Bancorp Piper Jaffray) "We liken
the evolution of eLearning to the evolution of ERP software, which is
going through a very similar metamorphsis." Go Web! Go ASP!
The e-Bang Theory, 9/99. (Bank of America Securities.) Howard Block was the first analyst of eLearning to "get it." This report set the agenda for all that came later. Astute and entertaining.
Intellectual Capital for the Knowledge Economy, Proprietary Higher Education, 1/2000, Sun Trust
E-Knowledge, New Ways to Build the New Economy, 8/99, Wit Capital
The Social Life of Information by John Seely Brown & Paul Duguid argues that the medium is not the message. The world is not binary, things exist (and persist) for a reason, and you can't separate content from its container without losing something in the process. "Generations of videoconferencing are still far from capturing the essence of a firm handshake or a straight look in the eye." In 1938, the New York Times predicted that typewriters would make the pencil obsolete.
First three chapters of Social Life... from First Monday
"Coming away with a degree is much better than wearing a T-shirt saying 'college of the streets' or 'university of hard knocks.'"
Strategies for Delivering Knowledge in the Digital Age by Marc
Management mag have whetted my appetite. "An effective e-learning
strategy must be more than the technology itself or the content it carries.
It must also focus on critical success factors that include building a
learning culture, marshaling true leadership support, deploying a nurturing
business model and sustaining the change throughout the organization.
It must be pursued by people who are highly skilled and capable of executing
effectively. And it must move us to a view that sees learning in the context
of the intellectual capital of the firm and the enabling of higher individual
and organizational performance. More than training Learning and
training are often thought of as synonymous; they are not. Training is
the way instruction is conveyed; it supports learning, which is our internal
way of processing information into knowledge. But since there are many
ways we can learn, an effective learning strategy must transcend training."
Jay's notes on The Social Life
This how-to book on web-based learning will go far. Instead of blindly hyping the web or trashing its application in learning, the author describes what works well on the web and when it's better to turn to another medium. The book lives up to its title: The Web Learning Fieldbook. Using the World Wide Web to Build Workplace Learning Environments. It's practical.
On the Web
Engines for Education by Roger Schank
The most thorough guide to building community explains how to build, nurture, and grow groups in cyberspace. From "nine timeless design strategies" to nitty gritty examples from eBay, the Well, and game sites, Amy Jo Kim proves her contention that, "People may come to your community for the content, but they'll stay for the relationships -- and your job is to help your members establish and develop those relationships."
Trying to please their top-end customers, high-tech producers overshoot what most of the market needs. Think of over-featured Excel and over-powered Pentium chips. This gives an opening to disruptive technologies to enter the market. Inferior at first, they win out by meeting the market's needs at a more reasonable price.
Hence, Digital Equipment didn't see the PC coming because their customers couldn't us it. DEC kept margins high to support sales; the PC, with lower margins, wasn't as attractive. Java is a disruptive technology if you're Microsoft. A new business model built on a disruptive technology is tough for an established player to gravitate to. This is the Innovator's Dilemma. There's always another innovator just around the corner.
The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton Christianson
on the Faultline by Geoffrey A. Moore
Hardcover - 288 pages (May 30, 2000) Harperbusiness; ISBN: 0887308880
This is a significant book. The message is that shareholder value (AKA market cap) is a function of competitive advantage, and organizations achieve it by focusing on core. Everything else is context, and context is a needless distraction.
Unless eLearning is your core strength, you should outsource it. MORE