Archive for the ‘Improving Human Performance’ Category

Mobile: What is mLearning, Really Part 1

May 27, 2013

There are many new technologies that are starting to take hold within the Learning community. mLearning is interesting because it ties them together.

These technologies are:

  • Performance Support – This is a way of delivering content that is not specifically training, as we have referred to it. It brings information to your learners closer to the point of needing it – in the workflow.
  • Mobile Apps – These are the programs that run on the device.
  • Analytics (Experience API/Tin Can) – This tool allows you to identify who is using your content, when and where they are using it, and eventually provide you a better understanding of how learners are using your content.
    mLearning encompasses the use and delivery of these items.

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Two Ways to Curate Your Life

December 30, 2012

This year, the term “curate” came up a few times. Basically, it is the concept of pulling the quality content, or content that is useful, out of the mass of data the world presents us with on a daily basis.

I was doing a little research over the last few days and identified two really good ways to curate information, so I thought I would share them with you all.

One is related to bringing industry information to you and the other is related to what you see on Facebook.

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Medieval Help Desk – Boil Content Down to the Problems…and Solve Them

June 19, 2012

I sat in on a web seminar by Ray Jimenez, of VignettesLearning.com. The discussion was how to boil down long PowerPoints into chunked content.

As part of his presentation, he offered up this video. It is subtitled, but it offers a pretty good laugh.

Some of us like to think of our content as all the stuff you should know – History, Background, References, etc.

Think about what a course for this poor monk would be like – probabaly not include those three items. Just answer the main questions and solve the learners’ problems. They can learn history and background at a different time. Do you need to know the history of Detroit or how a car is made to learn how to turn the key, press the gas, and go forward? No.

Orlando Economy – UCF Metro Center Update – Simulation Industry

February 14, 2012

For those of you in Orlando or are interested in what Orlando has to offer, this video will be of interest. This is a show that is created by UCF and they discuss different issues around the city.

This one happens to talk about the local economy and how the simulation industry is helping to build the city up. This industry covers everything from video games at EA Sports (in Maitland) to defense at Lockeed (Sandlake near International Drive) and CAE and others in the middle of Reaserch Park, by the University of Central Florida. The newest growth area in the simulation market is in medical training which is starting to take hold as well, because of the new focus of learning happening at the local colleges.

This video is an interview with Tom Baptiste, the Executive Director for the National Center For Simulation. This is a regional trade association. The National Center for Simulation (NCS) was formed as the link among the defense industry, government, and academia on behalf of the entire simulation, training, and modeling community.

By the way, did you know there were over 180 training and simulation companies here, in Orlando, FL?

To learn more about his organization, here is a link to the National Center for Simulation.

http://www.simulationinformation.com/