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Archive for July, 2005

Tips for trainers
(whatever your training media is)

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Ten Tips for New Trainers/Teachers from Creating Passionate Users.
Great post, straight out of a open mind –

Just because you’ve used lots of software doesn’t mean you can write code. Just because you’ve been in lots of buildings doesn’t mean you can be an architect. And just because you’ve logged a million frequent flyer miles doesn’t mean you can fly a plane.
But if that’s all ridiculously obvious, why do some people believe that just because they’ve taken classes, they can teach? (Or just because they’ve read lots of books, they can write one?) The problem isn’t thinking that they can do it, the problem is thinking they can do it without having to learn, study, or practice.

Eleven Things to Know

  1. Know the difference between “listening” and “learning”.
  2. Know how the brain makes decisions about what to pay attention to, and what to remember.
  3. Know how to apply what you learned in #2. In other words, know how to get your learners to feel.
  4. Know the wide variety of learning styles, and how to incorporate as many as possible into your learning experience.
  5. Know the fundamentals of current learning theory!
  6. Know why–and how–good advertising works.
  7. Know why–and how–good stories work.
  8. Know a little something about “the Socratic method”. Know why it’s far more important that you ask the good questions rather than supply all the answers.
  9. Know why people often learn more from seeing the wrong thing than they do from seeing the right thing. Know why the brain spends far less time processing things that meet expectations, than it does on things that don’t.
  10. Know why people often learn more from seeing the wrong thing than they do from seeing the right thing. Know why the brain spends far less time processing things that meet expectations, than it does on things that don’t.
  11. Know why using overhead slides to deliver a classroom learning experience can–sometimes (often)–be the worst thing you can do.
  12. Know how — and why — good games can keep people involved and engaged for hours. Learn how to develop activities that lead to a Flow State.

Ten Tips for New Trainer

  1. Keep lecture to the absolute minimum.
  2. It is almost always far more important that your learners nail fewer subjects than be “exposed” to a wider range of subjects.
  3. For classroom trainers, the greatest challenge you have is managing multiple skill and knowledge levels in the same classroom! Be prepared to deal with it.
  4. Work hard to get everyone to complete the lab exercises, but NEVER give out the solutions in advance!
  5. Do group exercises whenever possible, no matter what you’ve heard.
  6. Designing exercises
  7. Leave your ego at the door. This is not about you.
  8. Have a Quick Start and a Big Finish.
  9. Try never to talk more than 10-15 minutes without doing something interactive. And saying, “Any questions?” does not count as interaction!
  10. Don’t assume that just because you said it, they got it. And don’t assume that just because you said it five minutes ago, they remember it now.
  11. If you’re not passionate, don’t expect any energy from your learners.

Written by anol

July 12th, 2005 at 5:21 am

Infographics Seminar at Singapore

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I am going to attend the Infographics Seminar (04 August, Singapore) organised by Maish et all.

From elearningpost :

Pebble Road (my company) is co-hosting a 1-day seminar on Infographics on the 4th of August in Singapore. We are flying down Alberto Cairo, editor of the Interactive Graphics Department at El Mundo, which is Spain’s leading newspaper and a global leader in infographics.

Infographics are visual stories. They are designed to reduce information clutter and bring out insightful patterns that can be easily understood and built upon.

The seminar agenda and registration details can be found here.

Written by anol

July 11th, 2005 at 11:16 am

Inter-org Social bookmarking

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Making libraries more delicious: Social bookmarking in the enterprise from URLGreyHot

I began developing the concept for using the social bookmarking model we’ve been seeing on sites like and furl. The first requirement was to provide a means for flagging records. The second was to provide a way to re-use that data elsewhere.

Our first releases did pretty much everything that does. We provided a bookmarklet/favelet for saving, tagging and commenting on a web page. The default view for bookmarks showed all users tagged bookmark entries, and you could navigate to view all bookmarks under a single tag, the bookmarks of one user, etc.

Also found from the same post : Scuttle: Online social bookmarks manager. Allows multiple users to add, edit, tag and share their bookmarks through any browser connected to the Internet.

Written by anol

July 8th, 2005 at 10:21 am

Flash Video Tutorials

without comments : Everything you wanted to know about flash video. Lee Brimelow’s free tutorials on Flash video and many other GREAT stuff.

Found in the list of Flash Film Festival Finalists under education category.

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July 8th, 2005 at 10:21 am

Posted in Rich Media Design

Interviewing subject-matter experts

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Jennifer Lambe has written an article on interviewing subject-matter experts (SME’s). To quote:

Interviewing subject matter experts (SMEs) is one of the most common and useful methods for obtaining the information needed to create quality documents. Successful SME interviews require careful research and preparation in advance. During the interview, good listening skills, critical analysis, and the ability to maintain control of the range and depth of the interview with appropriate tact are crucial to successful outcomes. After the interview, give prompt attention to notes and any required follow-through. When working with hostile SMEs or those with poor communication skills emphasize the strengths of the relationship and develop strategies to work around any weaknesses.

Column Two

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July 8th, 2005 at 10:20 am