Sunday, July 18, 2010

Unofficial Salary Survey 2010

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It’s time to launch the 2010 Unofficial Salary Survey for elearning, content development and training jobs in India. There's nothing official about this survey. The survey is not based on responses by companies but based on responses provided by you, the employee. This survey is not associated with any organization. The survey is anonymous.

This survey is for you if you are an Instructional Designer, Content Developer, Technical Writer, Project Manager, Graphics designer, Flash Programmer, Content Integrator, Tester, Editor, Trainer, Training administrator, SME, or any other role involved in elearning, content development and training delivery.

Click Unofficial eLearning Salary Survey of India 2010 to participate in the survey. I will publish the findings on my blog here sometime in August/September 2010. This year’s questionnaire attempts to find out more about you and the industry to provide a more in-depth analysis.

Help derive maximum benefit from this survey: spread the word about this survey. Email, Tweet, Facebook, Orkut, LinkedIn and Blog about this page for your friends and colleagues.

Earlier survey findings:

Friday, May 14, 2010

Social/Informal Learning and LMSs

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Finally caught up with my RSS reader and discovered some interesting conversations about social/informal learning and LMSs. Here are some posts by industry pundits on the subject.

Workspace Evolution by Jay Cross
Why Bash the LMS? by Clark Quinn


Friday, March 12, 2010

Instructional Design Models

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Michael M Grant has published a presentation on Slideshare comparing various instructional design models. Has some useful information on various instructional design models and books you can use to get started with instructional design.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Can We Formalize Informal Learning?

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An interesting discussion has been initiated by Steve Case on the eCube LinkedIn group about formalizing informal learning. What struck a chord with me was Bill Bruck’s response. He says:

This may seem a little off the subject, but it seems like a lot of the learning pundits are making a critical category error. (Not the first time. 10 years ago they confused content with learning and we wound up with SCORM and LMS's that totally lose the learning experience in the Quest for Content.)

A lot of folks are confusing informal learning with social learning, or with the use of social media by equating them.

Bottom line: A lot of (online) informal learning uses social media. Some doesn't. Using Google or an EPSS is learning informally but not socially.

A lot of (online) social learning is informal. Some isn't. Structured coaching programs, incorporating required participation in a webinar or discussion forum into a blended learning program - these are certainly social, but not informal.

When we talk about formalizing informal learning, I think a lot of time we're asking about whether we can incorporate SOCIAL (not necessarily informal) learning into our structured, formal learning programs, and whether this will improve them.

eCube LinkedIn group now has close to 1100 members. Join the group to view the complete discussion.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

What Instructional Designers Do and eLearning Certifications

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Came across this great post that explains what is instructional design and what do instructional designers do in simple terms. The post Is this instructional design? explains:

Instructional design is the process of identifying the skills, knowledge, information and attitude gaps of a targeted audience and creating or selecting learning experiences that close this gap, based on instructional theory and best practices from the field. Ideally, workplace learning improves employee productivity and value and enhances self-directed learning.

And recently Tony Karrer compiled a great list of elearning certifications and other blog posts that discuss instructional design.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Insights from ASTD’s 2009 BEST Award Winners

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Last year I reviewed some of the Brandon Hall award winning entries. In a four part series on her aLearning blog, Ellen Behrens shares 14 things we can learn from the ASTD’s 2009 BEST Award winners.

Read her insights in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Most Discussed Posts on eCube

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While migrating to the new platform, I had a chance to look back at all the posts on eCube. Here are some posts that generated really good discussion. Hope you find these posts and comments in them useful. Join in on the discussion by posting your comments.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Rebooting eCube

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A few months back, my hosting service provided informed me that they are shutting down the hosting business. After contemplating options, I have moved eCube to Blogger platform, primarily because it is free even for using a custom domain. URL and RSS feed is the same so you should not have to change anything.

eCube started about two years ago as an experiment of constructivism learning, an attempt to create a collaborative learning environment to share and learn with each other. Over last two years, 15 authors shared their thoughts on more than 100 posts. eCube was also used as part of a training program with participants discussing their thoughts on Gagne’s Events of Instruction.

It’s been a journey full of learning with some very exciting posts. I will continue to share with you things I find interesting and useful about elearning and workplace learning.

Encourage | Engage | Explore


For those interested in the technical gory details, it wasn’t easy to migrate from self-hosted Wordpress to Blogger. There aren’t really any easy tools available for conversion. I tried Wordpress to Blogger Google Code project. This works well but is limited to files less than 1MB only. There’s a downloadable version of this tool also available but that looked too complicated for me to handle. Then I found Blog2Blog tool that I finally used. Unfortunately this tool doesn’t convert comments and tags (labels), so these have been manually updated. The other challenge was that all posts appear under my name. I haven’t yet found a way to assign individual posts to specific authors so I have added a note for who the author of the post is for posts not written by me. Moving post pictures was also done manually. While the pictures were appearing on Blogger, they were referenced to the old Wordpress location, which is not available anymore. So the pictures had to be imported to blogger and references changed manually.

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