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Buzzin’ on the Biz for 5/12 – 5/16/08 May 19, 2008

Posted by cjescribano in blogging, Learning, training industry.




Not so much buzz, but an interesting thread that I found about blogging. First, I ran across a post by Tony Karrer on whether blogging should be mandatory as a learning tool. And then on Tony’s del.icio.us bookmarks, I found an article in FastForward that talked about blogs as a tool for managing personal knowledge. And if you want to delve into the topic of blogs as Personal Learning Environments, Michele Martin at the Bamboo Project blog has written prolifically on this topic.

Buzz in the Professional Organizations

  • ASTD Learning Circuits: May’s Big Question: Do we have to design, develop, and deliver instruction differently for Digital Natives?
  • E-Learning Guild: Reminder to members to update survey responses on the Guild’s Web sites. (not updated since end of March.)
  • ELearn Magazine: An interview on designing learning with Irene McAra-McWilliam, who specializes in cultural research for social innovation, creativity, new technology, and community and who is a pioneer in the field of interaction design. She talks about “transformation design,” differences in teaching certain subjects online and in the classroom, the use of imagining a person in online course design, the educational equivalent of fast food, the choreography of learning, and the value of face-to-face interaction in education. 
  • Training and Development Blog: Asks readers to think about how well they listen. Are they really hearing what the other person is saying? 
  • The MASIE Center: Masie is conducting a real-time blogging experiment using Twitter to capture his notes from a Harvard Kennedy School event on Presidential Leadership Competencies.
    Also, a post last week talked about NBC’s new group called NBC Learn, which has launched a new product called NBC iCUE, which “takes ‘e-Learning’ a huge step forward, with the introduction of small video chunks (from the NBC News archives), social networking and gaming. They blend these learning and engagement components in new ways, which will form the basis of new pedagogical approaches.”
  • Training Day: Discusses how to prepare your business and your employees to function successfully in the global marketplace.
  • Educause: A long list of podcasts and reading related to the use of technology in higher education, including IT issues in higher education, Web 2.0 and knowledge, communities, and cyberinfrastructure and the humanities.



Research on Feedback: Will Thalheimer has just completed an extensive review of research and data on providing learners with feedback. You can download his free report.

New White Paper: Mobile Devices: This is part of a white paper on mobile learning. This part covers technologies, devices, and networks. The part on designing for mobile devices was included in the E-Learning Guild’s report on mobile learning.

Working Memory Down from 5 – 9 to 3 – 4: This post references a study conducted at the University of Missouri and reported in the April Proceedings of the National Institutes of Health that shows that our working memory struggles when handling more than about 3 or 4 items at a time (unlike the 7 +/- 2 that has been the rule to date).

Mobile in 5 Paragraphs: Clark Quinn provides a quick overview of mobile learning: what it is, what kinds of devices there are, developing content for, and how it enables learning. There are also links to the ELearning Guild’s report on mobile learning and other resources.



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