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What can the Goodies teach us about eLearning?

by rstals In reply to eLearning "Anything, Anyt ...

<img alt="The goodies" src="http://www.goodiesruleok.com/images/trandem.jpg" /><br />
The Goodies had a saying, "Anything, Anytime, Anywhere".  It is
the same words I hear from those zealous eLearning evangelists.  <br />
Like the Goodies we might get into trouble if we try and promise more
then we can deliver.  It's good to dream big, but then choose the
best part of your dream and realise that.  <br />
Also, like the Goodies we *must* have fun.  If we enjoy creating
the world of eLearning then those who learn in it will enjoy
themselves.  After all, learning presents enough challenges
without us Technological types making it boring, frustrating or
completely irevelant (things we do oh so well!).<br />
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Although a light-hearted start to my blog, I do plan to explore the many issues surrounding eLearning.<br />

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Luddites & Techno-Freaks

by rstals In reply to eLearning "Anything, Anyt ...

"You've got the Luddites and you've got the techno-freaks, and you
don't have enough people who are living squarely on both sides of the
fence, which is exactly the way I think one should be living." - Tom
Peters (<a href="http://www.technos.net/tq_04/tq_03/3peters.htm">Check out the interview at TECHNOS.NET here</a&gt<br />
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eLearning IS NOT ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY.  Sorry for shouting but I
am amazed and most often frustrated that after all the years of
collective experience, my collegues still believe that our job is all
about the technology.  It isn't the gadgets or software it's all
about how people/the system/the culture uses the gadgets.<br />
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Maybe we need to include an extra year on the top of our BSc BEng
degrees to include some management, people skills and heck why not some
literature or fine arts, to produce some more well rounded graduates
that don't have their heads buried in the techno-nonsense that passes
as IT nowdays!<br />

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Learning is Fun?

by rstals In reply to eLearning "Anything, Anyt ...

At a recent eLearning Forum that my department hosted, an academic made some appropriately insightful remarks.<br />
He said (paraphrasing):<br />
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"As academics we really need to get over ourselves and realise that students are having fun while learning."<br />
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Wow!<br />
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Which leads me to a thought on eLearning software interface. 
Academic (as distinct from 'conevntional') wisdom tells us that the
interface is not as important as the pedagogical quality of the
tool.  Yes, but, I'll bet the farm that given the choice between
two pedagically similar tools, the students would do better using a
tool that makes the learning process a bit more enjoyable.<br />

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Learning is Fun?

by jdclyde In reply to Learning is Fun?

I would say you are right on.  Look ARE everything when it comes
to the majority of the software out there, not just in training.<br />
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When you have three products on a shelf that do the same thing the only thing most people have to go on is price and pretty.<br />
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As for specifically elearning, this is something that people have to
sit in front of and SOMEHOW pay attention.  Too many people just
can't do it, which is why there is still face to face training. 
You need to amuse and interact with people to keep them interested.<br />
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jd<br />

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Remember the 'Learning' in eLearning

by rstals In reply to eLearning "Anything, Anyt ...

OK IT guru, turn around and place your ego slowly onto the ground....<br />
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Remember, technology is the servant and quality learning is the
master.  It is all well and good to have wiz-bang and wow stuff
happening with our systems (and they should go wiz, bang and wow!) but
the over-arching purpose of providing quality learning must reign.<br />
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OK, pick up your ego and get back to work!<br />

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Video killed the radio star

by rstals In reply to eLearning "Anything, Anyt ...

I have recently read quite a bit on the significance of making any knowledge system anthropologically relevant.<br />
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Nice big words (I hope you are impressed).<br />
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What struck me is that for any knowledge management and transfer system
to be successful, people must 1) Use the damn thing (harder than it
sounds) and 2) Be able to intuitively and easily understand it (or they
won't use it see 1).<br />
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Some companies have experimented with their systems mimiking cable
TV.  Users being able to tune into different shows to get their
information quickly, easily and in a way that they already understand
and appreciate.<br />
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Does this mean that the super-stars of IT of tommorow (should I say
today?) will be those who have both a BSc and BA?  Some sort of
soul of a poet stuck inside the mind of a geek? A Bill Gates-Peter
Jackson-Mark Twain hybrid?  <br />
<br />
I think so.<br />

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