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What is a Blog? December 20, 2006

Posted by Ben Craigo in Blogging.
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WordPress, the organization and software we’re using for this blog, has a good introduction to what a blog actually is.  This is a good place to start if you want to get more information on what a blog is and the features associated with a blog including common terminology.

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Blogging Fast and Sloppy December 19, 2006

Posted by Ben Craigo in Blogging.
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Caught this post on how to blog faster.  The first thing that struck me was “Wow, this is very, um, detailed.”  There are some great tips in there in how to construct different types of articles.  Following these tips supposedly allows for the creation of a blog post on a first draft.  That would be fantastic considering I draft, draft again, publish, edit the published post and perhaps tweak again. 

The second thing that struck me was that some of comments pointed out the poor grammer or typos that were frequent and obvious.  The retort was that blogging is more informal and having mistakes come with the territory.  So is it OK to blog sloppy as long as you get your message across? (more…)

Customized for You December 18, 2006

Posted by Ben Craigo in Intructional Design, Trends.
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I watched David Letterman a couple weeks ago when Beck (a musician) was on promoting his new CD – The Information.  In the opening monologue David commented on how the CD cover is basically blank.  Inside there are several small sheets of stickers that allow the buyer to create their own custom cover.  His final comment on it was along the lines of “You know, for the price you have to pay for this thing I would expect the cover art to already be done.” It was a funny line (you had to be there).   (more…)

Learning and Knowledge Management December 14, 2006

Posted by Ben Craigo in Misc.
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I think this post by Jay Cross is on the right track – learning (e-Learning included) and Knowledge Management (KM) go hand-in-hand.   Leveraging the trends of both formal and informal learning, KM can finally get where it really needs to be.  (more…)

Learning Over the Holidays December 12, 2006

Posted by Ben Craigo in Misc.
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Read this post by Clark Aldrich over at the ASTD Learning Circuits blog and it started me thinking about what I’ll be looking to learn during the downtime of the holidays.  There was a time when the holidays meant getting some well deserved rest.  Of course I still believed in Santa then too.  (more…)

Your e-Learning Toolkit December 11, 2006

Posted by Ben Craigo in e-Learning Tools.
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There are a ton of tools out there for creating e-Learning courses and the assets that make those courses up.  A UK based organization, the e-Learning Centre, has one of the most comprehensive listings of e-Learning products and services that I have seen.  Scanning their listings quickly becomes overwhelming as there are hundreds of products and services out there for e-Learning.  (more…)

Possible To Be Too Engaging? December 8, 2006

Posted by Ben Craigo in Gaming and Simulation.
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There is an article in the New York Times today regarding the hazards of Nintendo’s new gaming console – the Wii (pronounced “We”).  It mentions that the interactivity this new console provides may have…

“…an unintended side effect: game controllers flying around living rooms and smashing into lamps, windows, televisions and foreheads.”

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e-Learning and Informal Learning December 8, 2006

Posted by Ben Craigo in Blended Learning, Trends.
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At his recent conference, Elliot Masie said it best once when he posed the question (and I’m paraphrasing a bit) “What is the least amount that needs to be taught in order for the learner to continue learning on their own?” But this is only one of three questions that should be asked. (more…)

Audio Production Techniques – Part III December 7, 2006

Posted by Ben Craigo in Lessons Learned.
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Here’s the wrap-up to my series on making the most of your audio productions for e-Learning.  These can be used whether you are using actors or creating a podcast yourself. (more…)

January Meeting Topics – Vote Now! December 6, 2006

Posted by Noelle Archambeau in Announcements, e-SIG Presentations.
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Dave Goodman, President of SoftAssist, a custom e-learning design and development firm that’s won the Brandon Hall Award for Custom Content for the last 4 years running, will be our featured speaker in January. Dave has offered to speak on the following 3 topics and what better way to decide than to have our members vote. Please vote for your favorite topic by December 15, 2006. Dave will present the topic that gets the most votes at our next meeting on January 18, 2007.

  1. How to Select an LMS without getting burnt
  2. Understanding the 5 Levels of eLearning Course Design
  3. Measuring an eLearning Project: Time, Cost and Results