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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