Getting in Touch…

Do you remember the first time you used a touch-screen device like a modern smart phone or tablet computer? The sensation you felt as you used what previously was a common tool (phone or computer) in a completely new way? It’s a definitive experience for many people and it comes as no surprise that touch-screen […]

Twitter in learning strategies: Yes or No?

Okay, people who don’t know what to do with Twitter (and I struggle myself). These are fantastic links that I came across while perusing people I follow today: From Tony Karrer: Tips on Teaching Online From Joe Deegan: A fantabulous example of an e-course authored in 3 days that was super engaging and very appropriately […]

When should we "help" adults get it right?

Last week I was driving to a meeting listening to NPR. I ended up sitting in my car for a few minutes once I arrived at my destination to listen to an incredible story. Apparently there is an ongoing investigation in the Atlanta public school system to determine if adults corrected answers to standardized tests […]

Using games to help people learn

This is a must-try for anyone who wants to explore alternate-reality games (probably one of the more highly complex forms of game play to create!). This game starts TODAY, October 7th, and it’s an experiment funded by the Robert Wood Foundation. The goal of the game is to see if the community can pool together […]

How much support do learners want/need?

Lately I’ve been working on lots of cool projects where I get to help create interactive, learner-driven e-learning. Love it!  Which means that I get the opportunity to talk a lot about how much help learners should have, along with how soon they get feedback after making a mistake.  My challenge is that my first […]

Training vs. Learning: When all you really need to do is communicate

I’ve been doing a bit of work with clients lately where their “training request” is really a request for communication design. I devised a graphic to help clarify the distinctions in “learners” using terminology that I’ve heard several clients use: shallow dive vs. deep dive. Shallow dive implies we need to tell them SOMETHING, but […]