Friday, May 29, 2009
I'll be hanging out at the Expo with the Kineo crew on Monday and Tuesday. We're booth #1926. Stop by and say hi!
And if you can't make it to the Expo, join us for Beer & Bloggers/Tweeters/eLearning folks: Monday, June 1st 7/8:00ish and on at the Dubliner.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I had an iPod Touch, which I loved and was hopelessly addicted to. But this just has me over the top and I can't keep my hands off it.
Which isn't necessarily a good thing. Trust me.
For one thing, I can now check email and Twitter wherever I am:
- In the car (it was safe -- my husband was driving!
- At Friendly's with the kids, while celebrating my son's 6th birthday (and, yes, I was drinking a giant fribble)
- In the middle of the night after being woken up by some child
It opens things up in some very cool ways, providing flexibility and accessibility, which is great. I now work with a whole group of people across the pond in bonnie ole england-- a five hour time difference -- and it's really easy to be connected. (Hi, guys!) I can even use Skype on the iPhone when there's wifi around, making calls to the UK free and clear.
I love it. But I might need help. Fellow iPhone users, how do you keep yourself from going overboard?
Some of this may also be the ramblings of a new virtual office worker who has a lot to learn. My office is my home, my home is my office.
So here I am at 11:30 at night, in bed with my laptop, catching up on email, managing twitter, blogging. On a Saturday night. Maybe the iPhone isn't the problem?
Alltop, a venture of Guy Kawasaki, is an "online magazine rack" that aggregates RSS feeds about popular topics.
They've now got an eLearning page, which includes this blog along with a whole bunch of other great eLearning blogs. Check it out and let me know your thoughts. Might be a good place to point someone new to blogs who hasn't yet built up their own feedreader -- and a good place for the veteran to discover someone new.(http://elearning.alltop.com).
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
A few weeks ago I did a very informal query on Twitter, asking people what were their favorite eLearning brands. Or maybe the question was, what brand names come to mind when you think about eLearning?
Responses varied, but this is what came back:
- And the eLearning Guild got a few mentions
I see a listing of products and tools. No service companies. No eLearning development houses. Clearly says something about the state of the fragmented eLearning market -- mostly small shops providing services or companies doing it in-house using all of the aforementioned tools.
What does this mean? What brand names come to your mind when you think eLearning?
Monday, May 18, 2009
You probably already know that Twitter is the 140-character microblogging platform. It's where people talk about what they had for lunch. So what? But I have to tell you that sometimes it really is interesting to hear what Jay Cross is having for lunch in Palermo or Rome.
But Twitter is way more than that. Twitter is a powerful platform for resource sharing, community building and connection. It's a gift-giving economy: you give, you receive. Karmic learning.
In my first eLearning Tip for Kineo , I've created a short piece on getting started with Twitter. It's tip #23.
While you're there, be sure to check out the previous 22 tips -- all great articles written by Stephen Walsh, one of Kineo's founding partners.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Join the Kineo team in
Boston on June 9th
and Chicago on June 11th.
Delivering Quality at Speed - Articulate & Moodle
This seminar will focus on getting the best out of Articulate and Moodle with case studies from Motorola, BP, Apple and McDonald's.
The seminar will cover:
- Rapid e-learning design with Articulate
- Top tips for getting the best out of Articulate
- Rapid development processes
- Delivering engaging learning portals with Moodle
To learn more and sign up, visit the Kineo website. Hope to see you there!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Maybe you think Apple is awesome, or fantasize about giving up your day job to work at Chipotle because you think they're forward thinking and kind of cool.
It's not a romantic thing. It's admiration for a company's style and approach. A sense that maybe you'd fit in with them.
For the past three years I've had a crush on Kineo.
When I first started blogging, I stumbled on the Kineo site and their great free eLearning resources: instructional design tips, audio interviews, book reviews. Their stuff is smart, funny and useful.
My eighth blog post ever was about Kineo. (June 14, 2006)
In the past three years, Kineo has grown from a seed in a few guys' heads to an award-winning company with over 45 employees. In 2008, Kineo was named the e-learning company of the year in the UK by E-learning Age and has won awards for their work in the US, including an Articulate Guru Award.
I met Steve Rayson and Matthew Fox at the eLearning Guild Annual Gathering in Boston in 2007. We've stayed in touch. And, well, one thing has led to another...
Corporate crush, realized.
You got it. I've got a new gig. With Kineo.
Call me a blushing bride. Call me a happy honeymooner. Call me the new VP of Learning Design for Kineo US. Read the press release here.
We've got lots of exciting stuff planned. Stay tuned!
Photo Credit: Sparking a Crush by designbyfront