Ten Learning Technologies to Transform Training

January 3, 2008

During the past 2 months I have given workshops on emerging learning technologies in 6 locations in Canada and the United States. Most workshops were attended by 10 to 20 people, most of whom had developed at least one online course for their organization, but who were looking for what was coming next. Interestingly, only [...]

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Mesh Networks Bring Broadband to Rural Areas

November 21, 2007

In late August I moved to a country house looking over 23 mile long Rice Lake, 10 km North of Cobourg, Ontario, Canada. The only problem was the fact that the area did not have high-speed internet, a must for someone working from home doing research. Consequently, I had to suffer through 6 weeks of [...]

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Webinar Presentation: Emerging Technologies in e-Learning

June 29, 2007

Yesterday I presented a webinar using the WebEx platform on “Emerging Technologies in e-Learning”. Over 900 people signed up for the event and over 400 attended (apparently this is a good ratio, according to WebEx staff). The slides and the audio for the webinar were recorded and are available from WebEx. As well, Cammy Bean [...]

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Conference Presentation: Technologies of Collaboration

June 11, 2007

Last week I presented twice to the American Society for Training and Development conference in Atlanta. About 300 people came to the two sessions, and I had a lot of positive feedback. Here are the slides from my presentation. I took a rough poll by show of hands on several questions and was somewhat surprised [...]

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Do Learning Management Systems Have a Future?

April 24, 2007

For several years now a number of industry pundits have been predicting the demise of learning management systems. Personally, I don’t think they’re going away, but will be part of a mix of systems for tracking learning experiences that will range from LMSs to personal electronic portfolios. It is true that learning management systems have [...]

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What is Your Dangerous Idea?

April 12, 2007

A brief review of: Brockman, John (2007) What is Your Dangerous Idea?: Today’s Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable. New York: Harper. I just finished reading What Is Your Dangerous Idea? – a book of 108 short essays edited by John Brockman, founder of the Edge Foundation. The dangerous ideas in the book range from the [...]

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The Importance of Learning Slowly

April 10, 2007

A review of: Spitzer, Manfred (1999) The Mind within the Net: models of learning, thinking, and acting. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. We often find our models of understanding the world in the latest technologies available to us. Piaget developed his multi-stage theories of learning from observing his own children, and then applying the dominant mechanical [...]

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Shallow is the New Deep

March 28, 2007

A Brief Review of Small is the New Big by Seth Godin (New York: Portfolio, 2006) Seth Godin is described on the inside cover of his newest book as “one of today’s most influential business thinkers.” But, like many business books, this one is quite shallow. In fact, Godin seems to acknowledge this in a warning [...]

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The Zeigarnik Effect

March 18, 2007

I just finished reading an article in the Canadian magazine Walrus entitled “Driven to Distraction: how our multichannel, multitasking society is making it harder for us to think” (by John Lorinc, April 2007). The support for the premise in the subtitle of the article is found in collected research at interruptions.net, starting with insights by [...]

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The Learning Glove

March 7, 2007

In a nice example of both workflow learning and the application of haptics, the Toronto Star recently had a story on an electronic glove developed by two Canadian engineering students. The glove is designed to refresh the knowledge of first responders on how to administer CPR to a person having a heart attack. The tiny LCD [...]

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