Audience response systems

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How to interact with a huge audience in a lively way? Audience response systems are used a lot nowadays, either through handheld transmitters (clickers) or through mobile phones. Through an input device participants express their views in complete anonymity, and the cumulative view of the group appears on a public screen. You can either introduce statements, multiple-choice questions, opinions or open text inputs from your participants. The collective feedback is immediately available to everyone and can be the start of a lively discussion.

If these systems support active learning approaches and improve learning outcomes further research still needs to determine.

According to EDUCAUSE two important features we might take into consideration:

Clickers or mobile phones:

– provide a mechanism for participants to participate anonymously.
– integrate a «game approach» that may engage participants more than in a traditional classroom discussion.

Also for evaluation of learning events or courses they might be useful. The immediate results are visible on screen and can be the input of a more in-depth discussion that might generate more qualitative input for your evaluation.

Try it out with a small group for free: Live audience polling :

Audioblogging ?

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A lot of colleagues expressed their interest in blogging lately but had some concerns on the ‘time’-issue. I do agree that time is always a challenge and will integrate in the future blogposts some ideas that take time into account. The first idea is audio-blogging. Writing an article is time-consuming but what about recording audio-posts? Some ideas:

– interviewing subject matter experts who come to our Centre as resource persons
– document best practices and success stories of participants in their own words
– create mini audio sessions which are related to the course content
– let participants record mini audio journal entries with lessons learned from the training
– have people introduce themselves with a small audio file in the beginning of our on-line courses

(ideas inspired by Michelle Martin)

Audioblogging might be something to consider, especially if recording is even possible with your own mobile phone. This week we have planned to interview Marc Steinlin who will be facilitating the Open Space at the upcoming LED-conference. This audio blogpost will be available soon.

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Learning and visitor nr. 1000

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The cloud of words this month is completely focused on LEARNING. This means that one of the keywords of this blog is fully integrated in most of your contributions and reflections. The last months have generated more than 20 articles from different colleagues and the blog is reaching visitor nr. 1000.

Blog action day : «Poverty»

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Thousand of bloggers will unite today to discuss a single issue: ‘Poverty’; the main objective of the Blog Action Day 08. Join and contribute your ideas !

mission to learn

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Professionals not only keep track of to-do lists but also of to-learn lists.  This new concept is explored in the Learning Circuits Blog and it might be an interesting question to explore whether to-learn lists could engage people into continuous learning.  There are some of the learning-circuit questions that could serve as food for thought:

  • If you have a to-learn list and are willing to share, and willing to share how you work with that list, that would likely be helpful information.
  • As Knowledge Workers, work and learning are the same, so how does a to-learn list really differ from a to-do list? How are they different than undirected learning through work, blogging, conferences, etc.?
  • Are to-learn lists really important to have?
  • Should they be captured? If so how?
  • How does a to-learn list impact something like a Learning Management System in a Workplace or Educational setting?
  • What skills, practices, behaviours do modern knowledge workers need around to-learn lists?

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Marketing distance learning courses

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We (enterprise development) have developed a distance learning course on Value Chains and are now running it with support from DELTA. We had more demand than we could respond to in this first version and do now have a waiting list for the 2009 edition.

While I think it is an interesting product, I consider that this one was not the most outstanding course compared to the other Distance Learning courses of the Centre (we could have a more intuitive web platform etc.). So I have tried to figure out what made demand so relatively strong. My preliminary answer (that I thought might be interesting for those of you that are working on distance learning platforms) is:

by Merten Sievers

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What is your story?

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Tired of delivering your presentations in the same old way? Try storytelling. It is maybe one of the oldest training methods. Storytelling is a powerful vehicle which can carry information in an interesting and engaging way. With the exponential growth of emerging technologies storytelling finds now also its digital counterpart. The vehicle (called digital storytelling) equals now the variety of multimedia technologies and techniques to produce stories. The technology is off course of second importance but it gives you the practical advantage to reach wider audiences.

According to EDUCAUSE constructing a narrative and communicating it effectively requires one to think carefully about the topic and the audience’s perspective. Storytelling would therefore enhance the degree of motivation and engagement from the learner.

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informal learning

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Jay Cross states that workers can learn more in the coffee room than in the classroom. They discover their jobs through informal learning. A common assumption is that 80 percent of learning in organizations is informal. Strange enough 80 percent of organizations spending goes to formal learning if we look at the spending/outcomes paradox institutions.

The spending/outcomes paradox

The spending/outcomes paradox

In his book «Informal learning, rediscovering the natural pathways that inspire innovation and performance» Cross explores how informal learning benefits organizations. Before we explore this question in the scope of our own learning institution I let Jay Cross explain what he exactly means with informal learning:


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After an initial pilot phase of this blog it might be interesting to explore some of the keywords which are reflected in this blog. We have generated a cloud of tagwords with Wordl and the result is the following:

The Learning Lab of last week inspired us and  a lot of new ideas will be presented soon on the L&T blog in the upcoming weeks. So, the current word cloud may change in a few weeks. Any comment, feedback or suggestions on the Learning Lab are more than welcome. Just post your replies on this post !

Learning Lab on innovative training design

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From Tuesday 09/09 until 11/09 ITC-ILO will host a LearningLab in collaboration with Architects of Group Genius . This three day workshop will focus on innovative, collaborative and interactive learning and training experiences. An excellent opportunity to review our own training practice, find some inspiration and explore innovative ideas. We will use this moment to introduce this T&L blog to all ITC-ILO colleagues. These three days will create an opportunity for knowledge sharing. The T&L blog will continue that knowledge sharing experience before, during and after the workshop.

To prepare for the LearningLab, we ask you to bring an object, symbol or image that represents a powerful, unusual, meaningful learning experience that you have had. The following image might be a good start to jump into this new kind of learning experience.

What is yours?

Click here for a visual overview of the entire learning lab.