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GoogleNews. UN. Performance. Serious. Aiweiwei. Facebook’s. A Day Without Media. How To Create A Visual Hierarchy. Sharebar Within the visual channel of an eLearning course, you communicate through the elements on the screen—the graphics, text and video. But you can also transmit a secondary message through a visual hierarchy of these elements, which communicates their relative importance. Visual hierarchy guides the eye of the viewer through a progression, starting with the element of the highest rank and continuing to those with lesser rank. Although it varies, a standard visual hierarchy consists of three levels of importance—primary, secondary, and equivalent. Visual Hierarchy in Office Ergonomics course by Prometheus (from Articulate Showcase) Thinking Through the Design Without a hierarchy, a cluttered screen can be overwhelming and a viewer doesn’t know where to look first.

Visual hierarchy is all around us in architecture, newspapers and advertisements. In practice, most designers combine several approaches as a natural outcome of good design practices and for greater impact. Imagery Position. Telling people that we can “formalize informal learning” is a not so subtle way of saying, “it’s OK, you don’t have to make any fundamental changes to the way you’ve been been doing training & development for the past half century”. I asked the question in February’s eCollab Blog Carnival, with tongue very close to my cheek, because I knew it would stimulate discussion on the role of informal learning in workplace performance. I never thought anyone would seriously adopt it, but on viewing Jay Cross’s slides yesterday, it seems many have. Here is an excerpt from an interview I did with Jay on the subject: When asked if we should try to formalize informal learning, Jay responded by saying that it’s the wrong question.

It would be like asking if we should “informalize” formal training. Aye, there’s the rub – our organizations actually need to change. We need to change from this: To this: This kind of change is not just adding another “blend” to the training bar-mix. Yesterday, I mentioned that we’ve recently completed a project to re-invent the look, feel and general user experience of our toolkits. In this post I’d like to share how we approached the first two stages of that process: the planning phase and the requirements phase. Phase 1 – Planning The planning phase of the project involved gathering as much information as we could about our toolkits and how they are used at the moment, as well as setting some high level goals for what we wanted to achieve.

Gathering the information There is a range of quantitative data sources that we use to keep track of usage across all our clients’ sites. How long do people spend on our sites? To supplement this data, we also looked at specific pieces of content to see what our users did before getting to what they were looking for. One of our most important sources of information is our clients and the users themselves. Setting the objectives Phase 2 – Requirements Developing our personas Other posts in this series.

2010 Green Party General Election Campaign: Only Green. Business plan not working? Time to pivot. (Editor’s note: Serial entrepreneur Steve Blank is the author of Four Steps to the Epiphany. This column originally appeared on his blog.) At a board meeting last week I watched as the young startup CEO delivered bad news. “Our current plan isn’t working. We can’t scale the company. Each sale requires us to handhold the customer and takes way too long to close. But I think I know how to fix it.” He took a deep breath, looked around the boardroom table and then proceeded to outline a radical reconfiguration of the product line (repackaging the products rather than reengineering them) and a change in sales strategy, focusing on a different customer segment.

Finally, when everyone else had their turn, the grey-haired VC turned to the founder and said, “If you do what we tell you to do and fail, we’ll fire you. The Search for the Business ModelA startup is an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model. (A U.S. Startups are inherently chaotic. Jonathan Klein: Photos that changed the world.

Did you know it ain't money that motivates people? - Teamwork and Leadership Bloggings. Okay, to a point it does, of course. And the more money you throw at me the more motivated I will become, especially these days... for a little while any way. But that will soon fade as it becomes an expectation more than a reward. At some point more money isn't going to matter as much, it is going to take something else. Study after study has shown that being happy at work is more about the little things than it is about large bonuses, stock options and exceptional benefits. I'm not saying those things don't help, but feeling valued, respected and trusted at work is even more important. 1. 2. 3. What other things have you done as a leader to build trust, help employees feel respected and valued? Thinking Out of the Box: How the University of British Columbia School of Nursing Created a Practice e-Portfolio by Fareed Teja.

“PeP allows students to enter log and journal entries about their clinical experiences that are tied to specific competencies as required by the CRNBC (College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia) and CNA (Canadian Nurses Association) provincial and national nursing organizations. … It also allows students to export their portfolio information outside of the system to use throughout their professional careers.” When you can’t find an off-the-shelf solution to meet your organization’s needs, you are left with two options. You can try to fit your requirements into a pre-packaged solution, or you can design and develop a custom application that meets the needs exactly.

Faculty and staff at the University of British Columbia’s School of Nursing (UBC SoN) chose the latter option after completing extensive research on commercial and open source e-Portfolio solutions. PeP overview Development Current status Dr. Should education be free? « Viplav Baxi’s Meanderings. April 7, 2010 by Viplav Baxi …and should education be not-for-profit? The recent Right to Education Act being implemented from April 1,2010, is catching flak on a wide range of aspects. Advocates of the common school system, like Prof.

Anil Sadgopal, want a school system that is defined as follows: According to this article, the main objections to the RTE Act are: It will demolish the entire government school system except schools in certain elite categories (for example, kendriya vidyalayas, navodaya vidyalayas, the Eleventh Plan’s 6,000 model schools, and similar elite schools of states/UT governments).The Act will provide neither free education nor education of equitable quality. There is a strong undercurrent from these arguments that emphasize the responsibility of the State as the fundamental provider of education and the role of private unaided schools (for-profit) is being refashioned. The problem is systemic from what I can see. Like this: Like Loading... INFOGRAPHIC (JPEG) The Social Media Effect, from Social Reflexion -

• Human Capital Investment | Learning Tips. How useful is strategic planning for e-learning? « Tony Bates. Importance of Questions in the Concept Age. Powerful questions are viral. A powerful question also has the capacity to “travel well”—to spread beyond the place where it began into larger networks of conversation throughout an organization or a community. Questions that travel well are often the key to large-scale change. I was reading the white paper “The Art of Powerful Questions: Catalyzing Insight, Innovation and Action by Eric E Vogt, Juanita Brown, and David Isaac. I came across this paper via the World Cafe site: Conversation as a Co-evolutionary Force. The irony and the truth is that we are so busy coming up with what we fondly believe are the right answers that we forget to ask the right questions.If asking good questions is so critical, why don’t most of us spend more of our time and energy on discovering and framing them?

One reason may be that throughout our educational life, the focus on having the “right answer” rather than discovering the “right question” has been emphasized. 5. eLearning Technology. AdvaMed Presentation Resources:Selecting Appropriate Training Approach. Kapp Notes This blog discusses issues concerning learning, e-learning and the transferring knowledge from retiring baby boomers to incoming gamers. The goal is to share information and knowledge to create a better understanding of learning design. ~ Blog Content Guide ~ Subscribe to this Blog ~ My Home Page Google Analytics Wednesday, March 24, 2010 AdvaMed Presentation Resources:Selecting Appropriate Training Approach Slides AdvaMed Summit View more presentations from kkapp.

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View my complete profile Subscribe To Kapp Notes Posts Comments Gamification Badge AddThis. When online communities go to work | Enterprise Web 2.0 | There are now in fact workable ways for companies to engage and collaborate with large groups of people that greatly outnumber their workers. While debate still occurs about whether consumer social networking is an effective model for how we should run our organizations in the future, one under-appreciated online phenomenon has been quietly and steadily remaking the very notion of business itself. People have been joining online communities by the millions for years now for a variety reasons, including both business and pleasure.

These increasingly massive and mainstream communities focus on virtually every subject imaginable including news (Slashdot & Digg), open source software (Sourceforge), photography (Flickr), enterprise software (SAP), business innovation (Innocentive), travel (TripAdvisor), retail products (IKEAFans, Best Buy Community), consumer electronics support (Fixya), Web design (Crowdspring), charity (Feed A Child With A Click), and countless others. Why Open Content is Not Yet Adopted in the Workplace. ASTD's Big Question for March is How do we leverage open content in workplace learning? The concept seems straightforward--a no brainer, take content that is used by many different organizations, and share it with others so that the overall cost is extremely low or free.

Many organizations are involved with such initiatives. One of the best known is MIT's Open Courseware project. But they are not the only initiative, there is the Open High School of Utah and the Flat World Knowledge project that is focusing on creating open, low cost books and Yale Open courses offers select introductory courses online. And the concept seems to be gaining momentum. A recently posted blog at the Huffington Post titled Are Open Educational Resources at the Tipping Point or the Tripping Point? A quick definition from the article: Unfortunately, there seems to be some compelling reasons open initiatives have not taken off: 1) Corporations suffer an acute case of "Not Invented Here Syndrome.

" eLearning Technology. As part of the Big Question this month Open Content in Workplace Learning? , I’m exploring whether Open Content can be used by for-profit companies. And, since Open Content comes in under the Creative Commons license structure. Actually, I’m curious if Open Content ever is not Creative Commons? It’s by definition Open, but theoretically you could choose a different open license. I’ve just never seen it. In any case, to understand the use of Open Content, it’s important to understand Creative Commons licensing. Creative Commons Licensing Terms Creative Commons licensing terms. Attribution (CC-BY) – Allows others to copy, distribute, display and perform a copyrighted work – and derivative works based upon it – but only if they give credit. Licenses may have one or more of the following permissions or restrictions: Non-Commercial (NC) - Allows copy, distribute, display and perform a work – and derivative works based upon it – but for non-commercial purposes only.

Licenses on Open Content Help. Jumo - Together in Concert. Dabbleboard - Online whiteboard for drawing & team collaboration - Interactive whiteboard software. Social Learning Strategies Checklist « Social Enterprise Blog. Kevin D. Jones and I are doing a session at Training 2010 titled Defining Your Social Learning Strategy. As prep for this, we’ve put together a comprehensive checklist of Social Learning Strategy topics that learning professionals and executives should consider when thinking through their objectives and plans. Here is a link to the doc, but if you would prefer to read it in-line, the full body of the doc is below. Let me know what you think we missed and we’ll update it. Organizational adoption of social media as a comprehensive learning strategy is one part software rollout, one part transformational change, and one part large scale corporate initiative. Cultural Issues Related to Social LearningWhat do you want it to be?

Openness vs. planning? Social Learning Approaches and MethodsWhat “kind” of Social Learning models are you pursuing? Codified? Social Learning PlanningWho owns what? What kinds of social media are already being used in the organization? Like this: Like Loading... Something e-Old, Something e-New. Sounds sort of stinky, doesn’t it? Well, according to the results of a broad-reaching survey done by Allison Rossett, professor emerita of educational technology at San Diego State University, and James Marshall, consultant and educational technology faculty member at SDSU, current elearning is a combination of old and new — but mostly old.

The research is “broad-reaching” because five groups invited members to participate in the survey — groups that include a range of learning (and elearning) professionals: ASTDThe eLearning GuildThe International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI)PINOT (Performance Improvement Non-Training Solutions) Rossett and Marshall focused on determining what we’re all *actually doing* when we say we’re doing elearning. Online collaboration? Mobile delivery? Asynchronous programs with visuals and audio? Training in virtual worlds? Blogs and wikis? Here’s a teaser: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. And the “least frequently occurring elearning practice”? 10 Rules For Writing Multiple Choice Questions. This is a back-to-basics article about the undervalued and little-discussed multiple choice question.

It’s not as exciting as discussing 3D virtual learning environments, but it might be just as important. If you need to use tests, then you want to reduce the errors that occur from poorly written items. The rules covered here make tests more accurate, so the questions are interpreted as intended and the answer options are clear and without hints. Just in case you’re not familiar with multiple choice terminology, it’s explained in the visual below. Here are the ten rules. Rule #1: Test comprehension and critical thinking, not just recall Multiple choice questions are criticized for testing the superficial recall of knowledge. Rule #2: Use simple sentence structure and precise wording Write test questions in a simple structure that is easy to understand. Rule #3: Place most of the words in the question stem Rule #4: Make all distractors plausible Rule #6: Avoid double negatives. Finding Good Distance Learning Schools |

10 Things to Consider Before Your E-Learning Course Goes Live. Understanding one trillion. The Open Screen Project – Will It Succeed? Open Ed at Creative Commons. The Self Education Checklist — The Art of Self Education. Social Capital: The Currency of the Social Economy. Womanity — the invisible bond between women — Powered by Thierry Mugler. An Open Future for Higher Education (EDUCAUSE Quarterly. Innovation by acquisition.