Archive for April, 2012

Content Delivery Channels – What is mLearning Really?

April 29, 2012

There is a critical shift for organizations to consider – smartphones are the highest selling devices in the communication markets. If you and your organization want to increase performance, you need to consider leveraging this platform.

Companies are already finding success with these devices for giving executives information they need, salespeople, and field technicians. We are about to see a surge in this medium across the learning industry.

If you want to take advantage of mLearning, or mobile learning, you need to rethink what it means. It is not specifically about courses. It is about altering formal learning and individual performance via delivery of content, support, and connections to others in the company or peers. Think about this – desktop capabilities are now available practically anywhere, as is your ability to take advantage of an respond to the context in which an employee performs.

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Instructional Design – Virtual Learning Objects in Your Curriculum

April 25, 2012

I found this video, while doing some research and thought I would share it with everyone.

Jack McGrath, President and Creative Director at Digitec Interactive presented on the topic of ‘Using Virtual Learning Objects (VLOs) in Distance Learning Curricula’ at the 16th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning on November 4, 2010 in Orlando, FL. With distance learning, it is often difficult to provide learners with the ability to apply and practice the learning. This presentation addresses those challenges, serves up real solutions, and describes best practices for designing and creating memorable and motivating learner experiences.

How do you use VLOs in your training?

Business Strategies – Planning for the Future of Your Business

April 21, 2012

This is a summary of an article from the magazine, Chief Learning Officer.

Are you so busy focusing on the next “fire” or today’s business that you don’t take the time to prepare for the future? Short-term planning is great for incremental change, but if you want to thrive in a world that has a ton of change happening, you can’t think one step at a time. You need to make the future tangible, so you can work with something imaginable and real.

CREATING SCENARIOS

You can envision your businesses future by creating alternative futures so you have some idea of what the future might hold. Scenarios are not predictors of the future, nor are they projections of what will actually happen. However, they provide an alternate view, so you can think and prepare for what might come to fruition. They simply allow you to think out beyond the next “crisis” you have to deal with and create some strategies.

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Orlando Economy – Educational STEM Crisis

April 14, 2012

This is something I heard about while I was at the Learning Solutions conference a few weeks ago. This is not just a crisis in the Central Florida market, but across the United States.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. These are areas of expertise considered to be critical to our community and our country’s future.

In Orlando, this is an important thing, since we have a large employment sector that deals in engineering, defense, and the training of these career professionals.

Here is a link to the Orlando Science Center and several articles that discuss this topic:
http://www.osc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=126&Itemid=206

These are two videos of Dr. Ioannis N. Miaoulis, President and Director of the Museum of Science, Boston speaking in at the Orlando Science Center about this topic.

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Career Building – Acquiring Information and Finding Opportunities within Your Network

April 9, 2012

What’s the whole point of building a network? Is it to find cool people to hang out with? This happens typically, but the real goal is to gather information and eventually find those unique opportunities that create success for you. Opportunities are interesting things – they are simply opportunities. iFor your career, t is the act of recognizing an opportunity when it occurs and being able to execute on that opportunity that makes all the difference. Your goal should be to use your professional network to help you go out and find the opportunities.

Great opportunities are rare. You don’t want any old opportunity. What you want to capitalize on are the career changing ones. These extend your competitive advantage or accelerate your Plan A or Plan B. Your career will probably not be a rocket to the top. You will have several different career-changing opportunities that come in the way of break-throughs, deals, or discoveries.

On your resume, you probably have your last series of jobs in reverse chronological order. You probably formatted all your jobs the same. This is actually misleading and your career does not physically develop like that. Every one of us has had breakout projects, connections, opportunities, and luck.

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Social Media – Are You Familiar with Content Curation?

April 2, 2012

One of the big shifts in how we all handle content on the web is the term Content Curation. I have heard this term over and over again recently. Content Curation seems to leave off where a typical search leaves off. They come to your site and it is focused on the content for which they are looking.

Recently, I led a discussion round-table at our local chapter meeting about using Social Media to increase your personal brand on the web. Content Curation is a great way to gather information you think would be very useful for your audience. This allows you to provide a lot of quality content, but you don’t have to write it all. Simply write the wrapping or introductory text…and you have a blog post.

This post is a perfect example of what I am trying to explain. There are a couple of videos and links to two sites that teach you how this function can benefit you. I did not create these pieces of content, but I pulled it together to provide it to you, my readers.

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