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Ever since "Ikea" popped up on one of my Pandora stations months ago, it's been one of my favorites. Every time I hear or see words like "Ikea," "Thor," or "Norsemen"Tuesday TubeWatch: Ikea and Jonathan Coulton

The Simple Dollar » An Introduction To Compound Interest With Spreadsheets, Part 2: Monthly Compound Interest, APRs, and APYs I was never really clear on the difference between Annual Percentage RateAPRs and APYs - What's the difference?

Two years ago we caught my then 2-year old daughter slathering herself (and the rug, and the covers, and the bed) with Desitin cream. My resulting distress was recorded inWhat is it with this kid?

This is a great idea. Eddie Izzard's Dressed to Kill stand-up routine is hilarious (though profanity laced). Matching the bits with Lego stop-motion animation turns out to be really funnyTuesday TubeWatch: Lego Izzard - Cake or Death?

Hicks Picks 9 - Slice of Scifi AUGH! This is annoying. “Stargate” movies delayed The direct-to-home-theater “Stargate” movies are coming–but it’s going to take a bit longer than expected. 20th Century Fox toldStargate SG-1 DVD movies delayed

Generally speaking, when you're with a bunch of guys you can always count on one topic of conversation coming up: sports. Every guy watches sports, right? Maybe not all sports,My superpower, or why I don't watch sports

This is quite simply one of the best Star Wars trailers I've seen. The problem is that it's the cinematics associated with the game, and no in-game footage, so the actualIf only the Star Wars films were like this...

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Catch Up to Season Four | Battlestar Galactica | SCIFI.COM Looking for a quick reminder after the two decade wait between season 3 and the finally about to debut season 43 years in 8 minutes - BSG

Maybe I should have called this series of posts "Force Fed". While that's not exactly the truth about how it went down, that title does reflect a bit of how IStar Wars Conundrum: Original Trilogy Reflection

Hi-tech escape from Tower of London | Reuters.com This is a very cool, [tag]interactive[/tag], [tag]technology-enabled teaching[/tag] method. Visitors to the [tag]Tower of London[/tag] can participate in a [tag]game[/tag]—powered by GPS, aHi-tech escape from Tower of London

I mentioned this a while back, but this guy decided to use the power of the internet to break Star Wars up into 15 second segments and have people submitStar Wars, like you've never seen it before

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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?