Monday, December 29, 2008

7 More Things You Don't Need to Know About Me...

I did the 8 Random Facts About Me Meme a ways back. Check it out. It's all still true.

Does this cover me for the 7 Things You Don't Need to Know About Me Meme that Sue Hickton just tagged me to do?

If not, here's 7 more tidbits:

1. I think I'm an inherently lazy person. To put a positive spin on this, I call it being extremely efficient. I try to get the best work done with the least amount of effort. I could also say that it's exhaustion -- a by-product of motherhood -- three kids ages 5 1/2 - 7 months will do that to a person.

2. My father always referred to me as his "eldest unmarried daughter" until I got married. Then I became his "eldest married daughter." My Dad had a few standard lines. I miss them.

3. I have two older brothers.

4. As a kid, I wanted to grow up to be a writer.

5. We just captured six mice in our house within the span of a few days. Unfortunately, there are still more of the little poopers running around.

6. I have been told that my 3 1/2 year old daughter looks exactly like I did at that age. I think she must be WAY cuter than I was.

7. I live at the end of dead-end road with a little stream running through the backyard and a forest of trees to look upon.

I'm supposed to tag seven other people, which I'm feeling really lazy about. So I'm just doing six.

Janet Clarey
Christy Tucker
Wendy Wickham
Michele Martin
Dave Ferguson

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

New Product Announcement

Just in time for the holidays:
"socially-networked virtual game-based blended mobile cloudy-learning 4.0" delivered on a portal for your iPhone.

A collaborative enterprise-based, just-in-time learning solution created on Twitter with help from:
@jzurovchak @bschlenker @moehlert @bjschone @Quinnovator with peanut gallery comments from @Dave_Ferguson.

Coming soon to a Target or WalMart near YOU!

Merry Christmas everyone! I'll be back next week.

Photocredit: Target, Checkout Line by The Consumerist

Friday, December 19, 2008

Best Practices for Software Training?

mousecapture This has been the year of software training.  I've been involved in I don't know how many training modules, ranging from the overly long to the shorter chunked variety. 

(Remember, all I do is online, self-paced eLearning).

We've taken scenario-based approaches, so the learner can sit with an expert and watch how he does his job using the software. 

We've inserted pictures of these characters to give a course more life and interest.  

We've added thoughtful, process-based questions in the middle of the software demo to break things up.

Some of it's been cool stuff; some of it's gotta be grueling and not so much fun to sit through.  Sometimes there's just time to make it good enough.

The next project I'm about to take on is going to be more of a just-in-time performance support tool.  Short demos (some with practice) linked right from the software itself.

What have you been doing in the software training world of late?

What are your best practices? 

What's working best with today's crop of software learners?

Photo credit:  Hey guys, I captured the mouse! by Darwin Bell

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Blog-o- the-Month at ISTE Island in Second Life

Imagine my surprise when Scott Merrick contacted me, letting me know that Learning Visions had been nominated as Blog-o-the-month on ISTE Island in Second Life.

Imagine my even greater surprise when Scott told me that I had "neatly edged out [my] competition to grab the title for the month of December 2008."

Thanks for voting! I feel most honored, and rather surprised given the other great bloggers that were also nominated in December:
Take some time to visit Scott at his various blogs and learn what he's been up to in Second Life:

And be sure to check out the Blogger's Hut in Second Life, which has its own cat AND a skating rink!
I'm Bliss Yue (get it?) in Second Life, but I have to admit that it's been ages since I've been in-world.

How about you? Anyone have any interesting SL adventures to report on?

Monday, December 01, 2008

My Facebook has Tipped

Malcolm Gladwell says that everything has a Tipping Point, that point at which a virus goes epidemic, when the hip new thing goes mainstream. Think Uggs.

Well, my Facebook world has just tipped.


I'm not talking about the quantity of my friends, but rather the breadth and depth.

In the past month, I have friended or been friended by:

  • my 73 year old mother (we like to play Scrabble)
  • my 16 year old niece (she has WAY more friends than I do, which is not surprising)
  • former students
  • almost everyone I used to swim with in my high school swimming days
  • long lost college roommates
  • my oldest brother

What started over a year ago as a professional experiment in the name of eLearning has just gotten plain weird.

Has your Facebook tipped?