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Spilt milk

Photo by Newtown Graffiti on Flickr  Accidents will happen. And occasionally, maybe they should. Accidents are not welcome in most schools. Children are usually told to be more careful and 'not to do it again' when mishaps occur. Yet accidents can often be just as important in our education as learning knowledge and skills. What's more, they probably prepare students for a world of work where mistakes may not necessarily be a bad thing. Reflect for a moment on some of the serendipitous ...
Tags: School, Technology, Learning, Education, Accidents, Failure, Teachers, Assessment, Canon, eLearning, Serendipity, Spencer, Raytheon, Alexander Fleming, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England

gaining insight at work

With increasing complexity in most aspects of a network society, the way that we support organizational learning must change. With low levels of complexity, knowledge can be codified into documentation and distributed throughout the organization. Best practices can be determined and then people can be trained to perform these methods at work. Basic aircraft flight operations can be taught in this way. But complex problems require implicit knowledge that cannot be put into a manual. This type of ...
Tags: Complexity, United Nations, eLearning, Plato, Socrates, SocialLearning, Neal Peterson, Nancy Slawski

Seven Hills

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Tags: Music, eLearning, Seven Hills, Clive Shepherd, Thin Air

New training course – Structured writing

Just before the 25th December, we released our latest online training course. It’s on the fundamentals of structured writing. The course looks at non-automated structured writing, XML... [[ For the full article, see]]
Tags: Training, Seo, eLearning, Technical Communication, Structured Writing

How to Transcribe Text into PowerPoint & E-Learning Courses

I’ve been playing around with ideas to get old Flash course content into a new HTML5 course. There are tens of thousands of old Flash-based e-learning courses where people no longer have the source files. All they have are published versions of the course and need to convert to HTML5. Grabbing the media like images, video, and audio is usually not as challenging. But moving all of the text can be a hassle. In a previous post we discovered how to use screenshots and OCR to extract the text from ...
Tags: London, Microsoft, Audio, Tutorials, Google Docs, Powerpoint, Edinburgh, Multimedia, OCR, eLearning, E-learning, Project Management, Tom Kuhlmann, Articulate Storyline, Online Course Design

in the beginning was the word

A fairly lengthy article in The New Humanist — Are we city dwellers or hunter-gatherers? — questions the accepted wisdom that it was agriculture that domesticated hunter-gatherer societies and as a result imposed hierarchies and created societal inequalities. The authors cite many discoveries of hunter-gatherer societies that managed to organize on a massive scale and create large complicated structures. “Still more astonishing are the stone temples of Göbekli Tepe, excavated over 20 years ago o...
Tags: Technology, Leadership, China, Communities, Moscow, North America, eLearning, Göbekli Tepe, Incas, Yellow River, Sungir, Arctic People

What is happening to our intellectual world?

Literacy — the written word — empowers our “harsh desire to last”. It enables our words to extend beyond our lifetimes. Western literacy is basically a tool to escape death. But the new electric media will likely inform and change literacy. George Steiner notes in a 2002 lecture that all our electric devices are based on Victorian era Boolean logic. We harbour the illusion that our current type of literacy is the result of some inevitable and logical progression, but it only reflects one narrow ...
Tags: Uncategorized, Frank Gehry, eLearning, Bilbao, Harvard Medical School, Steiner, Gehry, George Steiner

Flash To HTML5, One Last Time!

We’ve been there and done that. I am referring to migrating some/all of the Flash eLearning to HTML5 a few years ago. So you may ask: why again? Here’s why. When Apple decided to not support Flash on its mobile devices (including tablets), it was the beginning of the end of Flash. Most of us […]
Tags: Apple, eLearning, Upside Learning

Excavating knowledge

Photo by Steve Wheeler Theories of learning can be useful in helping us to understand the possibilities of learning, and also to guide teachers in their pedagogical practice. But to which theories should we subscribe? Furthermore, in the digital age where every aspect of our lives is governed by technology, do the theories from the last century still have relevance? The following exploration of the theory known as 'constructivism' may present some clues:Learning relies on the individual...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Education, Knowledge, Web, Teaching, Accommodation, eLearning, Piaget, Bruner, Vygotsky, ZPD, Jerome Bruner, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Assimilation

Back to #EDEN

Image from Pixabay EDEN - the European Distance and E-learning Network - is my spiritual home.I have been associated with the organisation and its various events, projects and people, since 1996. In that year I was just starting out in the world of educational technology, and I presented some of my research at the EDEN summer conference in Poitiers, France. It was the first international education event I had ever attended, and I remember sharing the stage with Gilly Salmon and Sally Reyn...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Learning, Social Media, Smartphone, E-readers, MOOCs, Social Network, eLearning, Eden, Bruges, Distance Education, BRUGES Belgium, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Poitiers France

first finds of 2019

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” —Kurt Vonnegut, via @ShaunCoffey @robpatrob — “In Athens, democracy degenerated into populism, leading to the war with Sparta and defeat. Maybe there is a cycle?” @PhilosophyMttrs — “Word of the Year” — Ultracrepidarian — adjective noting or pertaining to a person who criticize...
Tags: Athens, eLearning, Kurt Vonnegut, Plato, Sparta, Friday's Finds

Learning objectives: Our frenemy

“Never design anything without first writing the learning objectives.” We all know this. It’s a useful rule, but only when the objectives are useful. And there’s the problem — conventional learning objectives can work against us. They’re our friends, but not always. What do I mean by “conventional learning objectives?” This sort of thing: List the three steps of widget certification. Explain the difference between widget certification and widget approval. Describe the widget supply chain. Her...
Tags: UK, Process, eLearning, Instructional Design, Client Management, Don, Asia Pacific region, Needs Analysis

citizen sensemaking

Finland has taken a private-sector initiative to introduce people to Artificial Intelligence and turned it into a state-supported program to train 1% of the population. “The idea has a simple, Nordic ring to it: Start by teaching 1 percent of the country’s population, or about 55,000 people, the basic concepts at the root of artificial technology, and gradually build on the number over the next few years.” —Politico 2019-01-02 This is a good idea and nobody could find fault with an educational p...
Tags: Europe, Democracy, Nokia, Finland, North America, eLearning, Rob Cross, NetworkedLearning, PKMastery, Harold Jarche, Helen Blunden Mastery

What has been and what is yet to come

Photo by Guillaume Speurt on Flickr Tallinn is one of my favourite European cities. I visited it a few years ago during the early spring, when snow and ice lay around and the medieval towers and wooden walkways of the old town wall were truly magical. As I navigated the cobbled lanes of old Tallinn and discovered the rustic hostelries, hidden courtyards and colourful gabled houses of the Estonian capital, it was as if I were being transported several hundred years into the past. E...
Tags: School, Business, Technology, London, Learning, Social Media, University, Estonia, Skype, eLearning, Corporate, Tallinn, Connected, Distance Education, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England

How to Copy Text from Flash Courses When You Don’t have the Original File

Many of you have to convert old Flash courses to HTML5. All you have is the published course but not the original source files. It’s easy enough to extract the media (like images and video) from the published output. But adding text from the old course isn’t as easy because most Flash courses don’t allow selecting text to copy and paste. And who wants to spend hours retyping the text? Here are a couple of simple ways to copy the text from old Flash e-learning courses that you can add to updated...
Tags: Tutorials, Microsoft Office, Interaction Design, Multimedia, eLearning, E-learning, Project Management, Tom Kuhlmann, Online Course Design, Free Downloads, Performance Consulting

How to share a VPN connection over WiFi?

There are many benefits of using VPN for your online experience. It helps encrypt all your data, thus enhancing security. It makes remote access more secure, allowing to boost organizational productivity. You can share files, maintain anonymity, bypass filters, or access restricted websites using this service. There are certain devices […]
Tags: Articles, eLearning

ARTICULATE STORYLINE: Publish a Portion of a Project

When publishing a Storyline project, it’s often preferable to publish a small section of the project instead of the entire thing (a single slide for instance or an individual scene). Fortunately, Storyline 360 makes quick work of this task, if you know where to look.   Open Storyline’s Publish dialog box by either using the Publish tool on the Ribbon or choosing File > Publish.   From the Properties area of the Publish dialog box, click the link to the right of Publish to open anothe...
Tags: Seo, eLearning, E-learning, Articulate Storyline, Articulate 360

The dangers of another unopened email

Most modern email services provide a decent filtering algorithm that sorts out all incoming spam and leaves just the ‘real’ emails in your inbox. This is a heartwarming thought: no more need to worry about a Nigerian prince soliciting you for money. With the variety of instant messaging platforms, we […]
Tags: Internet, Articles, eLearning

embrace the snowflakes

Q. Why in the age of the internet does the British army need the ‘snowflake generation’ more than ever? A. Their compassion in dealing with local populations, and their technological prowess, are essential qualities in any modern military operation Major Heloise Goodley, army chief of general staff’s research fellow at Chatham House, says that new skills are needed for the modern, machine-augmented battlefield. “The proliferation of automation and artificial intelligence has not decreased the re...
Tags: UK, Leadership, Army, eLearning, Chatham House, SocialLearning, Heloise Goodley

the democratization of media

“You’re just hearing about it [microaggression] more, because the people who have been suffering it for a long time have decided that they aren’t going to suffer it anymore. The disempowered recognize that it’s time for them to be heard. Social media gives them a platform to broadcast that message for the first real time in history. Prior to a decade ago, they’d have to find some way to get their message out through media dominated by the very people who were looking down on them and oppressing...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Democracy, US, eLearning, Kurt Vonnegut, Marshall McLuhan, Heather McGowan, Peter Kruger

Design for learning – what’s in a name?

‘A rose by any other name would smell so sweet.’So goes the the line from Romeo and Juliet, implying that the name you put to something is much less important than the characteristics of that thing. While this is certainly true of roses, it may not apply so well to people. Although Juliet certainly felt that it did not matter that Romeo’s family name was Montague, it certainly played a big part in his ultimate fate. What we call people can influence how they – and those around them – behave.Whi...
Tags: Usa, Romeo, eLearning, Montague, Juliet, Clive Shepherd

2019: Year of human renaissance?

A key message I'm seeing already at the start of 2019 is that the 'next industrial revolution' will be about people. Joe Kaeser wrote a recent article for the World Economic Forum on the subject, and it has been echoed in publications by several others who have their fingers on the pulse.Although I'm not convinced that the term 'revolution' is apt - most technological developments feature long processes of evolution rather than sudden disruption or revolution - the argument that humans are at t...
Tags: Business, UK, Technology, Learning, Education, Future, Skills, Development, eLearning, World Economic Forum, Joe Kaeser, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Kaeser, Change agency, Richard Gerver

nine shifts — one is critical

Nine Hours In 2004 Bill Draves and Julie Coates wrote Nineshift: Work, life and education in the 21st Century. That was the same year I started blogging here. Nineshift is based on the premise that there will be a major shift in how we spend 9 hours of each day. “There are 24 hours in a day. We have no real discretion with roughly 12 of those hours. We need to eat, sleep, and do a few other necessary chores in order to maintain our existence. That hasn’t changed much through the centuries, so ...
Tags: Work, Books, Usa, Technology, Learning, Congress, US, America, Eu, North America, eLearning, Online Education, Richard Stallman, Marshall McLuhan, David Williamson Shaffer, Bill Draves

best finds of 2018

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. Here are the best finds of 2018. Wise Words “Susan Sontag was asked what she had learned from the Holocaust, and she said that 10% of any population is cruel, no matter what, and that 10% is merciful, no matter what, and that the remaining 80% could be moved in either direction” —Kurt Vonnegut, via @holdengraber “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that s...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, UK, Berlin, United States, Charles Darwin, Westminster, Jeff Bezos, Ursula K Le Guin, Donald Trump, Terry Pratchett, eLearning, Darwin, Kurt Vonnegut, Bezos, Susan Sontag

perpetual beta 2018

The great thing about a blog is that it gives a view of my thinking and how it has progressed or changed over time. This year marked 15 years of freelancing and one new initiative was the perpetual beta coffee club — a community of professionals focused on work & learning in the network era — which now numbers over 50 members. A community is not a network and I am seeing more demand for safe community spaces online. Our community of practice has become a place to share ideas and have deeper conv...
Tags: Apple, Google, Learning, Nokia, European Union, Google Analytics, United Nations, eLearning, Risto Siilasmaa, John Kellden

work in 2018

When we look at the future of work, the loss of current jobs, and the effects of automation, we should use a compass to guide us, not a list of what the skills of the future may look like. That compass is self-determination theory which states that there are three universal human drivers: autonomy, competence, and relatedness. We need some control over our lives, we want to be good at something, and we want to feel that we belong with other people. These three drivers are what make us do what we...
Tags: Work, eLearning, Wirearchy

Best wishes

Image from Pxhere Christmas and the New Year. It's traditionally a time to reflect on the past year, and to look forward with anticipation to what we would like to see in the future. At this time, it's appropriate to think about the community, society and world we live in, and hope for better. It's not been a good year in many respects - mass shootings, economic crises, global warming and worrying signs of irreversible climate change, homelessness on the rise, conflict, drought, famine,...
Tags: Science, Technology, Climate Change, Future, Ai, eLearning, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England

democracy and equality

Will technology empower or frustrate learning and will established powers control individuals or will something new emerge? These were the questions asked during the The Edinburgh Scenarios in 2004. The resulting scenarios were as follows. Web of Confidence: Technology advances, power shifts to emergent players. U Choose: Technology frustrates, power shifts to emergent players. Virtually Vanilla: Technology advances, power retained by established players. Back to the Future: Technology frustrate...
Tags: Technology, Democracy, Eu, European Union, eLearning, Edinburgh Scenarios

A Useful Tip or Two, Part 1

Introduction I’ve lately had the opportunity to do a lot of teaching to some up and coming DevOps personnel. I take a lot of pride in teaching because good talent, as we all know too well, is hard to find. Helping a person find their inner engineer can be a daunting task, though. What’s worse, many of our learning tools are pretty obtuse to a newbie. Telling a normal person to (or being told to) ‘man ip’ is part of what makes us into the shocked-out remnants of our former selves. If you happen ...
Tags: Programming, Blog, Linux, Beginner, eLearning, Bash, CLI, Jq

our echo-chambers can kill us

Cultural Echo-chambers Innovation is about making connections — connecting people and connecting ideas. The broader and deeper the connections, the more potential for serendipity. This is why systemic factors like gender or racial bias put organizations and societies at a disadvantage. They lose diversity and they become less innovative. History has shown us this, such as the chase for the atomic bomb during the Second World War. The Germans refused to engage Jewish scientists, some of whom the...
Tags: US, Innovation, Tasmania, eLearning, Esko Kilpi, Jesse Martin, Bonnita Roy