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I know I'm going to get some hate mail, or at least some dirty looks, for putting this out there, but I'm just the messenger. Reality is what reality is. WomenStating the obvious: women can't park

I have two girls. They're 6 (almost 7) and 8 years old now. They're still at the ages when it's cool to hang with Dad. I like that. At the beginningDaddy-Daughter Dates, and Bonding

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Gone are the heady, playful days of American Ninja, and Ninja III: The Domination. These days, Ninja movies are more serious business, focusing on the real historical Ninjas, like theNinjas in history

I managed to get to David Snowden's talk this morning about, essentially, the nature of learning. What does science say about how we learn? Is that different from the wayCorporate Learning conference: Day 3

How do you get Desitin diaper rash cream out of carpets, sheets, clothes, blankets, or any other cloth item? If my experience so far is accurate, you can't. Somebody please, proveHow to get Desitin cream out of... well... everything

We're heading back toward another season of Doctor Who! Matt Smith will reprise his role as The Doctor starting on Easter weekend (April 23rd). Also returning are companions (and newlyweds)Doctor, Doctor, gimme the news...

Smallville will be back for an eighth season next year! But without Lex, and without Lana. Michael Rosenbaum and Kristen Kreuk are calling it quits after this year. Apparently they'reSmallville, Dr. Who, and Torchwood facts and rumors

Back in 2004 we were awaiting the birth of our first daughter. I was also beginning to teach myself how to write music around then. And I did a lot"This Child" isn't who you think

High Voltage: Lightning Bolt Hitting Plane Taking Off Osaka - Gizmodo With all the times I've flown during a storm, I'm surprised I haven't seen this happen before. And the blogger asksVideo loop: lightning hitting plane

WOODTV.com & WOOD TV8 - Grand Rapids news, weather, sports and video - Man in wheelchair takes ride on semi's grill A man in a wheelchair was struck by a semi,Buckle up!!!

This is probably my favorite short film to date. I'm sure that says something about me. This really is an amazing job. My favorite is the Tetris demolition. Frogger was a niceNew York destroyed by Pixels!

1500 Filipino Inmates Do Thriller - ectoplasmosis There is something disturbing about that guy playing "Michael Jackson's" girlfriend... actually there's something disturbing about the whole thing, but I just can't stopThrilling times for Filipino cons

I just watched Disc Three of the Crusade series, written by J. Michael Straczynski (JMS). Luckily, I was apparently watching one of the early discs produced since it had hisCrusade: What would have happened

Links from Corporate Learning: Trends and Innovations Day 1

The free online conference for Corporate Learning started on Thursday (it continues next Monday and Tuesday). So far, I’ve only been able to attend two sessions, one presentation on Web/Learning 2.0, and one Q&A/Discussion session following up on that presentation, both led by Tony Karrer. Unfortunately, I missed everything on Friday. Good thing it’s all being recorded!

I thought it was really a good way to do things, though my schedule wasn’t cleared as well . . . → Read More: Links from Corporate Learning: Trends and Innovations Day 1

Free Online Corporate Learning Conference

Free Online Conference – Corporate Learning: Trends and Innovations : eLearning Technology

I am impressed. This is a great example of putting your money where your mouth is. Tony Karrer and George Siemens (and their respective companies) are putting together an online conference for the Learning industry. Some of the top names in the industry will be presenting. And it’s free. All you need to do is register.

Did I mention it’s free? Pulling these . . . → Read More: Free Online Corporate Learning Conference

Corporate Gaming: Recruiting and training

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development: eLearnDevCast New Episode with Karl Kapp – GGG4L – Recruiting Gamer Generation

I just listened to a discussion between Brent Schlenker and Dr. Karl Kapp about part of Dr. Kapp’s book (Gadgets, Games, and Gizmos for Learning) where he covers recruiting the “Gamer” generation.

There are some great takeaways from that conversation for me. For example, they were talking about how far into the future companies have to think now . . . → Read More: Corporate Gaming: Recruiting and training

Interviewing for creativity

In the e-Learning Guild‘s discussion community, the concept of using stories for training is being covered. At one point, Christy Tucker noted that at a previous job she had worked with a person who had been a high school English teacher and was very good at creative writing. She really appreciated his skills in creating a story to engage the learner and push the concepts through. She then made the point that you didn’t have . . . → Read More: Interviewing for creativity

Dynamic Image Resizing

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development: Image carving – Adobe hires imaging guru – Adobe Learning Summit

Oh, man. If you have EVER spent time resizing an image, you owe it to yourself to see the short video presentation linked above.

This totally blew me away. Images can now be scaled just like the layout of a web page! The time this could save a graphic designer, and the flexibility it affords, is unbelievable.

Seriously, click . . . → Read More: Dynamic Image Resizing

Media and technology issues for learning and persuasion

The Tech Effect | LeadershipJournal.net

The issues of how – and whether – to integrate technology into training go beyond the borders of corporate training or academia. The same issues confront other professions as well, such as pastoring a church, as covered in the article linked above. I was struck, as I read through the article, at how similar the issues are, in fact. How do you reach the balance of visual vs. auditory vs. . . . → Read More: Media and technology issues for learning and persuasion

Defining e-Learning

In my last post, I mentioned a definition of e-Learning I wrote a few years ago. For the record, this is what I said:

How do you define e-learning? What are some examples?

My definition would be: Learning opportunities in which the learner/instructor interaction is facilitated through technology.

I would divide it into three catagories:

Self-paced Synchronous Asynchronous

Self-paced courses are probably the first ones that come to mind for most people. These could include . . . → Read More: Defining e-Learning

Michael Allen’s Podcast Challenge

The Podcast Challenge

Michael Allen is a very smart guy, and a leader in the world of e-learning. He knows the world of training and has spent a lot of time telling us how to use technology well to create successful knowledge transfer and the ever-elusive behavior change. I respect his opinions greatly.

That said, while he is making valid points in his article, he seems to focus on podcasts as stand-alone training, for the . . . → Read More: Michael Allen’s Podcast Challenge

Course development estimation

I just found an interesting review of estimation strategies for creating e-Learning courses.

Pete Blair has graciously posted a few free resources that could come in handy, one of which is his estimation “course” and tool (Design and Development Time Estimator). Unfortunately, the final slider in the tool doesn’t seem to effect the estimate, but it at least provides a framework for estimating for those in need. The “course” portion also reviews at a high-level . . . → Read More: Course development estimation

Instructional Designers: do you know what you think you know?

Will at Work Learning: Take the Original Learning Research Quiz

I took this quiz a couple of years ago after seeing Dr. Thalheimer at an e-Learning Guild event. I thought I was doing pretty good until I got the feedback. I just took it again. I did a little better, but not as good as I thought I would.

The good news? I’m not really an instructional designer. The bad news? I do work in . . . → Read More: Instructional Designers: do you know what you think you know?