Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Gagne's Events of Instruction - Some Thoughts and Views

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This post is written by Taruna Goel.

I recently conducted a short classroom training session on ARCS Model of Motivational Design and Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction Model for instructional designers in my division. As an assignment post the training session, I asked the participants to read the blog by Donald Clark titled, Gagne's Nine Dull Commandments. Although the blog is a bit dated, the content is relevant every time we discuss Gagne’s events of instruction.

My question to the group was - do you agree/disagree with the author? In less than 1000 words, share your reflective views on the topic indicating the benefits and/or potential issues when applying Gagne’s nine events of instruction.

Through this blog, am requesting all participants to post their views as comments in this blog. Enjoy reading and feel free to share your views, even if you didn’t attend my training session! :-)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Connectivism

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This post is written by Viplav Baxi.

Well, it's Week 5 of the Massively Open Online Course hosted by George Siemens and Stephen Downes on a new epistemology and theory of learning called Connectivism. At its core is the proposition that all knowledge is networked and the process of learning is really the process of connecting. I think it is a must for all people interested in learning theories to look at some of the content on the Wiki (http://ltc.umanitoba.ca/wiki/Connectivism) especially as a great learning activity is the comparison with the traditional theories (behaviourism, cognitivism and constructivism).

Also, there are a few posts on the blog I specially created for this "course" at http://learnoscck08.wordpress.com but you can simply search for posts related to this course using the keyword CCK08. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Recent Awards by Indian Learning Companies

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Some recent awards won by Indian Learning companies:

Harbinger Group, the global provider of software products and services, has won the Gold award at the 2008 Learning in Practice awards sponsored by the Chief Learning Officer magazine. Harbinger won the Gold award for "Clinical Challenge", an innovative online learning project with Philips Healthcare, pioneering gaming in healthcare education. The objective of Philips while conceptualizing "Clinical Challenge" was to create a learning environment that would leverage cognitive benefits of game-based learning, in a manner that is cost-effective and rapid to build. Harbinger partnered with Philips to provide the technology and services that fulfilled this objective.

NIIT was awarded the Gold for Excellence in E-Learning Award by Chief Learning Officer magazine as part of its Learning In Practice Awards, one of the industry's highest honors. NIIT won this award for their comprehensive application-training program developed for an insurance company.

Kern Communications, a leader in innovative learning, won a coveted Brandon Hall bronze award for excellence in the Best Use of Blended Learning category. Kern designed a training program on Grooming and Personality Development for the customer service executives (CSEs) of Godrej & Boyce. This program was designed to help CSEs improve their grooming and customer handling skills. The objective of the program was to make CSEs more professional in their appearance and interaction with customers.

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