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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

ASTD Follow-Up

Last week at ASTD TechKnowledge, I did a keynote on Work Literacy and eLearning 2.0, an online Q&A Session for the Virtual Conference and a session on using Web 2.0 Tools for eLearning. You can find the handouts for the last session via TK09 Handouts.

I thought I'd capture some links and thoughts around these sessions.

Learning from Our Kids

In my keynote, I mentioned a Fourth Grade Wikipedia Update. Part of the beauty of this example is that I believe that through watching what's different with my kids, I can learn a lot about what's different. But I also see things that I feel need to be addressed. For example, we still teach Cursive Writing instead of Touch Typing to kids.

Improve your Work Literacy

I would highly encourage going through the recent series of posts all about Tools and Methods for Work and Learning:

Keynote Links

I mentioned in Twitter Conference Ideas that I was sending messages and links during the keynote. Here is a larger set of links that go with the keynote. In fact, it almost tells the story of the keynote.

Take Action to Get Results

If you felt that you should be doing something after hearing this, I would highly recommend taking the following immediate steps:
  1. I'll be doing posts periodically as follow-up to this session, so I'd highly recommend taking this as an opportunity to subscribe to my blog via email or an RSS Reader.
  2. Review the post - Information Radar - and use the information there to set up your radar and start a new blog.
  3. After you've started your blog then make sure readers can find you.

Fantastic Questions Raised

In the Virtual Q&A Session, there were a lot of really great questions being raised. I will try to use these as inspiration for upcoming posts. If you find these compelling and you post about them, please let me know so I can point folks there.
  • How do you recommend we stay up-to-date with the changing technology?
  • What resources would u recommend for a baby boomer 2 become proficient in blogging, social networking, wikis, etc?
  • Or more do you find them? There are so many to keep up with.from
  • What are the top 5 things as a learning professional we need to learn immediately.
  • I’ve seen X and am not seeing much participation.
  • New Hire Blog - I love the idea of a new hire blog. Do you set it up so that only internal employees can view it?
  • Are there any companies have done a good job in implementing the tools you described?
  • Can you discuss the cultural implications of these changes? Can a highly regulated and slow to change Insurance Industry adapt these new methods of learning?
  • Could you please discuss methods for encouraging users to use collaborative methods? I spend a lot of time developing SharePoint options for a department, but colleagues are more likely to spend their 2.0 time on personal FaceBook pages and then still email documents back and forth...
  • Is there a simple way to convert info from a blog into an existing training program, such as a new employee orientation (so you can edit and update the orientation program as you discover things that need to be covered from your new employee's blogs)?
  • How does this apply to non-knowledge workers? For example, ditch diggers?from
  • Maybe the ditch digger is really a closet Social Networking expert.
  • We will shortly move to Outlook 2007, with the RSS capability. I thought of introducing this tool to management by creating a blog on leadership topics with an RSS (as a useful illustration of its ability). I have no idea how to create an RSS. Any tips/resources?
  • Can you share an emerging technology that you are excited about? Or do we have enough tools for now? Can you articulate what Web 3.0 or Learning 3.0 or Social Networking 3.0. would look like?
  • I develop training for a call center. These workers are required to answer calls. However, this type of collaboration can help them learn and personally grow. Supervisors, Baby Boomers and Traditionals, do not believe or understand social networking. How do you get them, including thier supervisors, to use these collaboaration tools.
  • even our millennials, who use these tools all day long--don't view them as work tools yet. Steep learning curve?

eLearning 2.0 Links

Wikis -

Social Bookmarking

Social Networking

RSS Readers

Blogging -

Choosing an eLearning Authoring Tool -

Training Method Trends -

eLearning 2.0 Examples -

Web 2.0 Applications in Learning

Corporate Policies

Wiki Patterns

Additional Follow-Up

If you have further questions, thoughts, etc. please let me know via comments.


Kiwanji said...

Hi Tony-

Thanks for making all of this available for us. I'm finally getting around to setting up my RSS feed for your blog so I'll keep up on your new ideas there.

Also, it was interesting to see your Google "vanity search" in action. I'm guessing that was how you found out I had posted about your session at TK09, how else would you have found your way to my tiny space online right?

Thanks again, your words at the conference were right on track, now I just need to get the organization where I work to start their own shift to the 21st century.

Tony Karrer said...

Great question - I'll post in the next few days on my vanity searches.