Grids are gone, Welcome2 T-Quad

I’m sure you have heard of this old ditty from the days of past, “Ol’McDonald had a grid, e-i-ee-io. And on this Grid he has some vendors, e-i-e-i-o.  He had vendors in this quad, he had vendors in that quad and didn’t have your vendor, e–i-e-i-o.” As you can see Ol’McDonald was a traditionalist.  He stayed true to what many of us are used to when it came to grids and learning systems or grids with anything in the consumer markets. Yes, Ol’McDonald who was probably 120 back in the early seventies, so he knew his grids. A New Approach … Continue reading Grids are gone, Welcome2 T-Quad

Are learning experiences only for an LXP?

The other day, I was thinking about Apple. I remember the days of the Macs in the 90’s. While they were a software company – operating system wise, they also sold hardware.  Then, they sold mp3 devices.  Next, came iTunes, which went from just music to e-books, movies and eventually podcasts.  Wait, oh, yeah, iCloud.  Now, they have dumped iTunes and split into three different streams of content for purchase, yet still sell hardware and oh yeah, an operating system.  Oh, and tablet covers, and accessories.  The point is they do more than just one thing.  So, where do you … Continue reading Are learning experiences only for an LXP?

Embrace Training in ED and HigherEd

I’m sure it happens to you.  There you are at work, when you ask yourself, how would Plato handle it? What would Peter the Great do in this situation with your missing lunch, that was there just an hour ago waving at you in the fridge? Perhaps in the next few weeks you will visit one of the hundreds of thousands of web sites that are filled with educational theory. Theory that sounds great on paper virtual or otherwise, but never really worked out so well in the classroom. It was boring.  It sounded like it was spoken on Venus.  … Continue reading Embrace Training in ED and HigherEd

Erratum for the Report “Conformationally supple glucose monomers enable synthesis of the smallest cyclodextrins” by D. Ikuta, Y. Hirata, S. Wakamori, H. Shimada, Y. Tomabechi, Y. Kawasaki, K. Ikeuchi, T. Hagimori, S. Matsumoto, H. Yamada

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Trials – Learning Systems

After a multi-week business trip, I’m now back and ready to begin anew (i.e. weekly posts), so first off, thanks for your patience. We are all aware of trials.  Not the ones where you sit in a court room.  Nor the ones, where a med could improve your life. Nope, not those.  I’m referring to software trials, where you get to test out the product, before you buy.  The e-Learning industry as a whole are fans of trials, well, uh, most of the industry that is. Authoring tools? Trials.  Assessment tools? Trials.  Web Conferencing? Mixed.  Other e-learning tools? Trials. But … Continue reading Trials – Learning Systems

How to build an effective online course

I thought it would be easy.  Easy to find information on how to build an effective online course (aka as WBT).  I thought a few pages into Google and something would be viewable for everyone to understand. Then I did the search.  And repeated it six months later.  And what I saw, was poor.  Theory was everywhere. Gagne? Uh, yeah right.  Kirkpatrick? Who is still doing this – I know a few vendors have it, but still – most folks are unaware of all the steps, etc.  ADDIE?  I am never surprised on the number of people who do not … Continue reading How to build an effective online course