Thursday, October 30, 2014
"eLearning is a Technology Solution." ~ Trina Rimmer
Tech: code, defects, platform, tools
Solutions: stakeholders, subject matter experts, schedules
Focus on what you need to do, not how you're going to get there.
Evolve your process alongside capabilities. How do we evolve the way we work to the rapidly changing tools and tech?
1. Establish project ground rules
2. Track everything
3. Flex your process
The less you have to focus on, the faster you can do it. Flex your process to deliver your projects better. Understand WHERE your process is holding you back. Can you cut the work down into smaller chunks? You'll deliver the project more quickly. Your stakeholders will see more product more quickly.
4. Save your history -- keep versions (your customer might like the last version better than the next one..)
5. Use the right tool
6. Oops -- I missed this one :)
7. Focus on the MVP -- the minimally viable product
8. Make testing repeatable
Don't just wander around and click on things. Make a repeatable plan. Know all your possible use cases. Document that test plan and then re-run it.
9. Keep stakeholders on the team
Your stakeholders are as much a part of your team as your execution guys are. It's critical for your project being successful overall.
Let your stakeholders meet the project team. So they have confidence that things are happening. It makes them feel good. Give them visibility into what you're doing.
10. Bounding for the win
Act --> Move --> Evaluate
Always be moving. When you don't deliver, the team starts to go into a death spiral. Focus on acting, moving, evaluating. Management sees movement. You're "bounding." Smart people are always moving forward. You can't move without evaluation. "Don't get bogged down by that, make some small progress."
Always move forward, even if it's just a small amount.
Check out my slides from today's session at the eLearning Guild's DevLearn.
I break it down, look at some examples of responsive websites, and then share a whole bunch of examples of responsive eLearning, built with the open source Adapt Framework.
For more on Adapt and where it can take you, be sure to visit the Kineo website for more examples and case studies.
- Five presenters (Cammy Bean, Jane Bozarth, Jeannette Campos, Chad Udell, David Kelly
- 20 slides.
- 15 seconds a slide.
- One topic: The Future of e-Learning in Memes.
- LOTS of laughter.
These are my slides. You'll have to fill in the blanks :)
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Notice, the men were not given the choice to be fathers.
My grades are not the measure of what I know -- not the measure of myself - it's my commitment. Don't use your grade as the measure. At your second job does anyone ask what your GPA was? Your A's don't matter to anyone but yourself (or maybe the teacher who held you up as an exemplar student).
Let's look at the top ten college dropouts: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Michael Dell, Mark Zuckerberg, James Cameron, Frank Lloyd Wright, Lady Gaga, Tiger Woods
These are no slouches here.
We have to get out of the mindset that everything that is not the right answer is equally wrong. Is K-A-T more wrong that Q-W-R to spell cat?
Creativity is what you do when you step into a new place where no one has been before. Seeing what everyone else sees, but thinking what no one else has thought.
At MIT, you take over 80% of you classes in math, science, engineering.
At Harvard, he majored in physics. Half of his classes were in non-science/math subjects.
To win the Nobel Prize, you need to think like no one else has thought. You need angles and ways in that are new. (Havard has about 60 Nobel Prize winners; MIT has about 29).
Could it be the immersion in the liberal arts that opens up the mind to ideas you've never had before?
Where is science going on in the world?
A map based on scientific activity. Look at Japan? (Japan won three Nobel Prizes this year).
But where is the trend going? Look at research trends. The US is shrinking...
Innovation in STEM fields is the driver in economies.
But there's hope -- interest in science is on the rise. Tyson has 4 million twitter followers. There are LOTS of shows with science as a theme (Big Bang Theory, CSI, Cosmos, etc.) When you connect STEM to pop culture it flies.
"Neil deGrasse Tyson is about to crack a knowledge egg on your ass."
What's the role of games in education?
He talks about his son, who plays a lot of games. There's a lot going on in the mind of a gamer -- spatial play. Engagement. The gamification of everything.
How do we change the trend with US falling behind?
One idea -- In the US, kids don't respect their elders so much. We don't see this in other countries, esp in the far east. What does it take to think like no one has thought before? It requires irreverence for authority. Disrespect for someone saying how someone should think. Maybe this irreverence keeps us on the edge and keeps us from being drowned. We would be FARTHER behind if it weren't for this.
Keep thinking about the future. What's the role of science fiction in stimulating innovation. It gets us to think about the possibilities.
How do we serve the greater good for society?
Monday, October 27, 2014
I'll be making the usual rounds, with special highlights as follows:
Ignite! Meme-ing the Future of Learning Wednesday 4:15
Join me and five smarty-pants for what is sure to be a split your sides kind of a session.
Bridging the Gender Gap: A Panel Discussion Wednesday 11:00
Should be a lively discussion on women in tech. With Moderator: JD Dillon; Panelists: Cammy Bean, Julie Dirksen, Jennifer Hofmann, and Mark Lassoff.
Top Tips for Responsive eLearning Instructional Design Thursday 1:15
What is responsive design and can we apply it to eLearning? Heck, yeah. I'll be sharing top tips generated from a couple of years of Kineo innovation and exploration, with a focus on examples created in Adapt, the open source responsive e-learning framework.
Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Thanks to everyone who have bought a copy and who continue to spread the word. The book has definitely struck a chord in the e-Learning ID community.
Today, Jon Aleckson of WebCourseworks described me as a "frenemy" but then went on to share that he bought five copies of the book for his ID team! Read Jon's full review of the book on his blog.
Have you read the book yet? Why not?! :)
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Ali called it "FABULOUS".
Jennifer Valley and Chett Bradley both used the word "awesome".
Judy Albers said she could listen to me "digress all day".Missed the webinar and want to see what the fuss was all about?
The eLearning Guild Recording is now up and running from start to finish! Check it out: Design Models and Patterns for Creating Better eLearning.
(I think you need to be a member to view the recording. And if you're not one, why not? Get on it!)
Want more on Design Patterns?
Read the Kineo Guide - Learning Models: Blueprints for Designers.
Want more eLearning tips in general?
Get the book: The Accidental Instructional Designer: Learning Design for the Digital Age and read all the Kineo Top Tips.