Friday, February 18, 2005

Best you might've missed

Happy weekend, all. Here are this week's picks.

Traditional business/training

Organizing for Performance: How BP Did It. BP pulled off some amazing feats. Read this article now, and then in March read T+D's training-focused take on the company, "BP Refines Leadership."

India: The next knowledge superpower. Don't say you're surprised. "Big changes are making the country a centre of innovation," this article says.

The Importance of Face Time. The Telework Times links to a thought-provoking article and adds a videoconferencing spin on it.

How to Establish Credibility. The key is to listen--not talk!


"Relative Effectiveness of Computer-based and Human Feedback for Enhancing Student Learning." "...instructors cannot rely on computer-based feedback alone to correct errors in student understanding..."

Access for All: How Distance Education Addresses Learning Needs. E-learning and accessibility . (Thanks, elearnopedia.) Also see "Accessibility: What You Should Know," from Learning Circuits.

"Creating Flexible E-Learning Through the Use of Learning Objects." A case study and lessons learned from the University System of Georgia.

The Huge Opportunity in Online, Video-based Instruction Guides. Kevin Kruse of e-Learning Guru says, "If I was a product manager for anything...I'd make online instructional videos my #1 priority for 2005."

"Diploma mills provide phony credentials." ...the federal government has paid more than $7.5 million in tuition reimbursements, making the United States 'the largest supplier of diploma mills in our country.'" I wrote about avoiding diploma mills here.

Emergent learning

YahooGroups, Groove Or Socialtext Wiki: My Personal Impressions. Robin Good compares and contrasts the tools as he works collaboratively with people across long distances.

Workflow Learning Gets Real. An important article by Jay Cross and Tony O'Driscoll from Training magazine.

Emergent Learning: Social Networks and Learning Networks. The most recent paper from the always-at-the-forefront Stephen Downes.


Cultural divide in IM: presence vs. communication. An interesting reflection by Ph.D. student Danah Boyd.

Writing for Websites. A good basic primer from Crawford Killian, author of the classic manual Writing for the Web.

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