The Enterprise Learning Ecosystem Demystified: Part I Thursday, February 11, 2016 – by Nick Washburn

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While demonstrating my product and capabilities to the decision makers of several big brands over the past 18 months, I received a similar response: “Wow! I did not realize that this was even possible. We need to put together some analysis and new requirements for first steps to move forward.”

When a prospective client says this to me, the procurement process makes it difficult to help them. If I offer to assist with analysis, and the prospect has not already chosen a solution, they may suspect bias—and I risk disqualifying my product from the RFP.

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The Enterprise Learning Ecosystem Demystified: Part II Thursday, May 12, 2016 – by Nick Washburn

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There is no doubt that technology has been growing at an extremely steep curve. Just consider mobile devices. Not only is there more variety in the type of smartphones or tablets available today, they have more functionality than they did some five years ago. With this expanding tool set, BYOD (bring your own device) likely needs to be a part of any comprehensive learning strategy.

But many obstacles impede the addition of BYOD to most learning strategies. For starters, if you work in a mid-sized or large enterprise learning and development ecosystem, you know that few commercial, off-the-shelf authoring tools or learning management systems (LMSs) are able to support BYOD. More importantly, there is no base user experience (UX) for delivering interactive multimedia instruction on smart mobile devices.

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What New Instructional Designers Need to Know About E-Learning

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Are we doing enough to help new instructional designers produce the types of e-learning experiences that we want to see? I trained as an instructional designer throughout the 2000s. I say “trained,” but it was more a case of, “Read this and learn.” I became familiar with the notorious idea of learning styles. As one of my mentors told me back then, “If you needed a learning theory, you could find one to support most of your notions about learning!” Over the last few years, I have focused more on the psychology of learning and getting a better understanding of our cognitive architecture. Concepts such as the forgetting curve, multimedia presentation research, schema formation, spaced practice, habit formation, and behavior change have been more useful to me than all the training of my early days. There are some useful insights emerging from neuroscience, too—although we have to be careful that we have sufficient evidence to back up the “brain-friendly” training claims.

ChaletOS, una alternativa con Ubuntu para los más nostálgicos de Windows

Aunque son muchos los usuarios que utilizan Ubuntu, aún son muchos los usuarios que vienen de Windows y echan en falta elementos del sistema operativo de Microsoft. Esto suele ser un problema para muchos, un problema que tiene una solución interesante con ChaletOS. ChaletOS es una distribución Gnu/Linux que se basa en Xubuntu 16.04 y que tiene una gran apariencia que nos recuerda a Windows 7 o cualquier otra versión del popular sistema operativo privado. La personalización en ChaletOS es alta, muy alta pero el corazón del sistema operativo sigue siendo Ubuntu y una versión LTS de Ubuntu. ChaletOS utiliza Xubuntu 16.04 ya su propósito es que este sistema operativo se instale en ordenadores con pocos recursos, es decir para equipos que tienen el antiguo Windows XP y quieren seguir ofreciendo la misma potencia pero con la estética de Windows 10 o Windows 7. Además hace poco se ha liberado los iconos de Windows 10 para quienes tienen la versión antigua de ChaletOS y quieran dar la apariencia de Windows 10.

Origen: ChaletOS, una alternativa con Ubuntu para los más nostálgicos de Windows

Communications & Society: The Nodes and Edges of Connectivism

  • My PhotoI´ve just finished reading Scott Weingarts Demystifying Networks, Parts I & II, in which Mr. Weingart tries to correct the misuse of networks by humanities scholars. He provides a basic and quite clear explanation of what networks are and what they are not, how current technology can analyze networks, and what technology can say about networks, and most importantly, what it cannot say about networks.Along the way, he provides the DNA for networks, and this reminds me of how fractal and complex networks are, with networks nested within networks and interacting across multiple scales. If networking is part of the DNA of connectivism, then what is the DNA of networking? Weingart gives me a few handles to work with.

vía Communications & Society: The Nodes and Edges of Connectivism.

“Imagine an ‘Ed…

“Imagine an ‘Education Nation’, a learning society where the education of children and adults is the highest national priority, on par with a strong economy, high employment, and national security…” De este modo empieza Education Nation (2010), el excelente libro de Milton Chen (ex CEO de Edutopia, la fundación educativa de George Lucas). En un momento de grandes cambios la gran pregunta es si la escuela sabrá reencontrar su lugar, si tendrá fuerzas para hacer frente con determinación a los nuevos retos y, sobre todo, si será capaz de vertebrar una sociedad que se denomina del conocimiento pero que aún no acaba de creérselo. Porque la escuela y la educación han de ser, por coherencia, el alma y el motor de esta nueva era que apenas está dando comienzo.