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Corporate Vs Creativity (why the Vs?)

A little while ago, I engaged in a passing conversation in which the subjects of ‘corporate’ and ‘creativity’ were described as being some distance apart, this explanation was backed up by a physical demonstration of that point and that it was extremely difficult for the 2 to exist in the same place. At the time I dumbly nodded, but later that day during my bike ride home (this is my new ‘time for my best ideas’ time) it dawned on me that I was wrong to have ‘dumbly nodded’ as I certainly don’t believe that corporate and creativity have to exist in separate places and that it needs an ‘Act Of ‘ for the 2 to co-exist. Perhaps instead of dumbly nodding I should have mentioned Google Facebook Apple Lego because let’s be honest, they’re corporates, they’re creative and let’s be honest, they’re not doing too badly for themselves!!!! Can you think of any other corporates who have been able to balance things? Do you have any heartwarming/horror stories of your own, where the balance has been made/not...

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There’s more than your top lip under your nose…

Earlier this week I commenced an online programme, devised and facilitated by Google on, well, using Google! In particular Google Search. The purpose of this blog post isn’t to review the programme as a number of other people including Jay Cross and John Curran are already doing that, although I will say that I disagree with John to a degree over his comments on the decor of the room that that facilitator is being filmed in and the quality of the Google Presentation slides (not PowerPoint). For me the content of this particular programme is what interests me, not the aesthetics. I guess you could say that from a ‘care curve‘ perspective, I ‘care’ enough about the content/substance to overlook the aesthetics/style. The trigger for this blog post has been the realisation or maybe a re-realisation of how much we overlook the everyday things, the things that are under our nose, the things that we take for granted. None of the tools/techniques that have been revealed in the programme so far are ‘hidden away’, none of them require you to dive into the settings or to hack your way around the ‘accepted’ way of doing things! They have been right there, hiding in plain sight, under my nose, under your nose! This got me thinking about what else we overlook in our lives that we could use to enhance our or others learning. It’s a tricky question as I’m obviously asking myself to know what I don’t know – a tricky feat, but I am going to make more of a conscious effort to look more closely at the tools/platforms/devices etc that I am using and see if I’m missing anything. What about you?  Do you have any example of where you have missed a blatant opportunity to use a functionality/approach/method  that was staring you in the face? How did you find out about...

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How do we know it’s time for ‘Just In Time’ training?

The YouTube vid below provides an example as to information being provided at point of ‘assumed need’ to a specified individual. For those of you who plan to dismiss the idea off the back of it being ‘just’ a sci-fi film, remember the virtual info screen that John Anderton (Tom Cruise)operates with his hands…….? … Microsoft Kinect anybody And now onto the context of this blog post. Sure, for many people it is fairly obvious when a moment of need has arisen because….. well…… they are in need! They are at Point A, needing to get to Point C and don’t have the knowledge or skill to get them there. They realise this and seek some support to assist them – simples! But what about when you don’t realise you are at Point A, or that you need to get to Point C, or perhaps more worryingly (and dangerously) ‘think’ you have the knowledge or skills to assist you, when in actual fact the knowledge or skills are wrong or outdated…… disaster looms…. So my question is: What ‘triggers’ (other than the individual self-detecting a ‘just in time‘ need) are there/or can we create? Here’s an example of what I mean: Worker X has to pass from a potentially contaminated area to a clean area. In order to do this they have to pass through a room with a monitoring device to detect any contamination. On this particular occasion Worker X receives notification that their wife has gone into labour and rushes from the potentially contaminated area straight past the monitoring machine into the clean area…..! Now imagine if there was a proximity detector in that room that detected any movement from the potentially contaminated area and immediately played a short 30 second movie on a screen above the exit door reminding Worker X (and anybody else) of the need for and process of monitoring. Just in time performance support despite the worker forgetting/realising the need/assuming they had the skill. Do you have any auto-triggers in your workplace to deliver performance support at the time of need? If so, what do you use? How do you use it? Can you think of any auto triggers, beyond proximity detection? Get those thinking caps on folks and let us all know via the comments box below, come on you lurkers….. you know you want...

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What’s in a name?

Or to be more accurate “What’s in a job title“? You might say (and I wouldn’t neccesarily disagree with you) “not a lot, it’s what the individual ‘does‘ within that role that’s important” You might come back to me and say (and again, I may not disagree with you) “actually, a job title ‘does‘ matter, as it (rightly or wrongly) paints a picture in other people’s minds as to what you do and may often be the first thing that somebody discovers about you” Which brings me nicely to the job title ‘Instructional Designer’. Really? Does anybody, anywhere be it in the vendor, client or DIY community really Design Instruction anymore? Really? Surely we are all about creating an environment, be it physical, digital or virtual (or what the hell, a combination) in which to facilitate learning, aren’t we? My organisation moved away from calling its trainers ‘trainers’ a few years ago and now they are called Learning Facilitators – sure it’s just a title but look at the difference between the two….. …. they send out very different messages don’t they? So why in the eLearning community do we use the term Instructional Designer? Now that’s not a rhetorical questions. Regular readers will know that I am a self-confessed newbie in this field and I am genuinely interested as to why this title exists. Is it a throw back to the early days of eLearning where we ‘did’ Design Instruction or is there some other reason that has passed me by? If you know (or even if you don’t but agree or disagree with what I am asking) then please drop a response in the comments box below. Image...

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Podcast #12: Attention! Attention! Attention!

Craig missed Dr Chris Atherton‘s session at LT11, however the video recording of her session has provided him with inspiration and ideas ever since. This podcast scratches the surface of Chris’ specialism and hopefully provides you ‘Dear Listener’ with a few ideas (and maybe even a challenge) ahead of your next presentation. Craig even starts to try and determine the origin of the word ‘logo’ and then gives up to the wisdom of Wikipedia!!! Audio MP3Audio MP3 Download podcast in mp3 format: Attention! Attention! Attention! Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Shownotes Nancy Duarte book – Slideology Guy Reynolds book – Presentation Zen Nicholas Oulton book – Killer Presentations Cliff Atkinson book – Beyond Bullet Points Learn Chat Chris’ Slideshares Chris’ Blog – The only rule that matters…. Craig’s forthcoming L&SG session Music Source....

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Oh well, at least somebody’s finding my work of use…

….pity it’s not my employer! Regular readers will know the ongoing struggle that I am having with my organisation in terms of enabling anything beyond ‘click next’ type elearning, it will probably come as no surprise to many that I have considered letting this blog fizzle out for similar reasons as Karyn Romeis, however I have always been aware that my best chance of securing another job with a more forward thinking organisation lies with being able to demo an up-to-date knowledge of the industry. This blog enables me to do that, albeit with a constant niggling voice in my head saying “what if nobody finds this info useful” “what if I’ve misinterpreted what organisations want/need” So you’ll understand my relief to receive this tweet over the weekend from Mike Collins @CraigTaylor74 @Dames20 It is sad to hear you're not getting but buy-in or even interest but your work is inspiring others #trustme01/05/2011 22:20 via webReplyRetweetFavorite@MikeCollins007Mike Collins When I first started blogging my initial reasons (as I suspect most new bloggers will testify to) was to provide a space to reflect upon my experiences and through that reflection provide a valuable learning opportunity. However over my short blogging experience I have to admit that I now look for blogging opportunities which may be of benefit to others. In a forthcoming podcast I’ll be chatting to some other bloggers and asking “why do they do it”, but in the meantime Dear Reader what about you? Do you blog? If so, why? Do you gain ideas and inspiration from other’s blogs? If so...

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