Steer into the Fear

I’ve had a remarkable couple of weeks starting with DevLearn 2011. I’ve had the opportunity to dwell at length with my heroes in the eLearning community. The response from hundreds of attendees at DevLearn to the causes I’ve championed, namely the revolution needed in learning technologies, has been humbling and validating as it became clear […]

How can e-Learning, or computer based training, be more effective? [Quora]

The question expanded was the following:

“Most of the people that I’ve met are not happy with eLearning / CBT applications. The only time an employee goes online is when something is mandated for appraisal, and that’s true especially for IT/Software companies. Any guesses why? How can eLearning, something that has been touted as a saviour, be really made somewhat and/or more effective?”

In my opinion, E-Learning, as a means for making educational resources accessible to learners, is still ripe with promise.

In practice, the complaints are generally around a devolution of something noble (learning) and how its been commoditized (the e-learning your people might be complaining about).

Fractals, Design Thinking and Grapevines

Some definitions: #OverlapSF is a gathering of design-thinking individuals (mostly User or Interaction Experience Designers and Design Engineers) who live in the San Francisco area and get together every once in a while to ideate together. Design Thinking is “the integration of signs, things, actions and environments that addresses the concrete needs and values of […]

Design Thinking + Democracy

My presentation and slides originally planned for the DevLearn 2010 General Session. I connect the use and the history of the hash-tag on Twitter to Design Thinking principles as expressions of liberty, freedom and joy (Democracy) that are paramount to successful “social learning.”

Stepping Up for DevLearn 2010 #DL10

I am REALLY excited for DevLearn next week. First of all, there’s a feeling that I can only describe as “homecoming.” I’ve been really so fortunate this year to see so many of my learning peeps (icons, heroes all), to chat in real-time/real-life/meatspace; this only strengthens the connections we’ve made online. ┬áLast year at DevLearn, […]