From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able in a Digital World #ls2011


Dr. Michael Wesch (he’s wearing a white shirt against white lights)

Culture shock comes from a total loss of self.  One must recreate one’s identity.

Media are not just tools or means of communication.  Media mediate relationships. When media changes, relationships change. (Think Facebook and Twitter)

TV changed our spatial relationships (chairs turned toward the TV) as well as interpersonal and family relationships.

A brief history of “Whatever
Prior to 1960s – five definitions of whatever. “Whatever. That’s what I meant.”
Late 60s – “I don’t care. Whatever.”
90s: MTV Generation – whatever = “meh”
Late 90s: “Whatever. I’ll do what I want.”
Future: “I care. Let’s do whatever it whatever means necessary.”

Generation Me (the quarter life crisis) 

The search for identity and recognition; the search for our authentic self leads to disengagement and fragmentation

User-generated content allows for user-generated filtering which allows for user-generated organization of the information.

Rethink commerce – The internet is removing the middle man in commerce transactions.

Rethink politics – the Do Tank:

New media is not controlled by the few, is not one way and is created by, for and around networks, not masses. New media results in more freedom, community, and participation yet also brings up issues of control, isolation and mass distraction.

Our learning moments create our culture: in our schools & in our companies.

SoMe is more than a conversation – it allows for global collaboration.

Micro-Learning: Knowledge in Four Minutes or Less #ls2011 #906


Joseph O’Malley

Alternate Title for this presentation: How Brittany Spears Inspired a Training Program

The Challenge: Not enough time to take education/training.  How do we make the training more efficient?

The idea for this came from Celebrity Gossip.

Speaker tells us that we are doomed to see and hear Brittany all day today.

The Brittany Spears umbrella incident: Brittany was having a bad day, shaved her head, and attacked a paparazzi’s car with an umbrella.

They went to CNN and saw that the videos are only 2 1/2 minutes long on average.  They went to other news agencies and saw the very same thing when it came to videos. They decided to stick with four minutes or under.

The mission: Provide short snippets of learning/education electronically

Speaker tells us that nuns were the first to develop rapid learning by smacking the hands of their students with a ruler.

Micro-learning Format

  • Target: Large audience that was geographically dispursed
  • Topic: High level concept; detailed, step-by-step directions
  • Goal: Minimum; simple retention and application of the knowledge
  • Time Limit: Held fast to the four minute limit (does not include knowledge checks)

Had an opportunity to do micro-learning with the Performance Improvement education that was given during new hire orientation.  What did the Performance Improvement education look like (41 text heavy/bullet heavy slides in 30 minutes and ask at the very end: Questions?)

Defined what the education objectives with the PI group. Design objectives were already in place.

Explained the concept of micro-learning/knowledge nuggets to the PI group. Designed icons to help cement the PI concepts and explain the phases. Then they will tell a story about how patients were unhappy about not being able find rooms. Create a micro-learning.

They have a Knowledge Nuggets logo.  Their logo is a semi truck.  They use pictures of actual employees in the knowledge nuggets.

94% of the employees passed the post-test on the first try.  4.89 out of 5 course satisfaction.

96% were able to state what PI was.  68% were able to do PI in the correct order.

 4 minute nugget took 44 hours to create. Now it takes about 32 hours to create a nugget.

Slides will be up!

A W E S O M E session!

Wonderful Widgets! Creating Cool Interactions in Adobe Captivate #ls2011 #803


Jeff Blackman

  • What is a widget
  • How to quickly and easily add widgets to your Captivate projects
  • How to customize widget properties
  • How to use a variety of the widgets included with Captivate (and some that aren’t)

Widgets are configurable SWF objects created in Flash

3 types of widgets

  • Static
  • Interactive
  • Question

Case study: You’ve been asked to crate an elearning course on short-term disability (demo project available for download)

Perpetual button: add it one time to the first slide and you will have back/forth  buttons appear on each slide (cannot really customize it) Use for super simple navigation. Remember to make it visible and set to rest of project.

GoToSlide Widget: drop down box that allows you to jump to any slide in the presentation. An alternative to the TOC menu. Allows you to narrow the options for jumping to slides (does not have to be all of the slides in a presentation). You have to use Flash to make the text larger in the drop down box.

Checkbox Widget: A way to create an “interactive” feature on a slide. Doesn’t measure anything in its default state.

Checkbox with variables: check off answers and have the checked off answers fill out a slide

Help icon widget:  provide a help file.  URLs need to be right-clicked on to open the web page

Chart widget: allows for a rollover effect on pieces of the chart. limited amount of customization can be done. can save an excel file as a .csv and import it

Table widget: limited amount of customization can be done. can save an excel file as a .csv and import it

Email widget: will bring up the default email program on the computer you are on. Prefill the TO: and the Subject

Arrow widget

YouTube widget: not included with Captivate but it can be downloaded. Included in the resources slide of this presentation

Web page widget: not included with Captivate but it can be downloaded. Included in the resources slide of this presentation. must be connected to the Internet for the web page to load.

Certificate widget: creates a certificate that learner can print. Make sure that they change the printer setting to landscape because the default is portrait.

One way to insert a widget is to go to Insert > Widget. Takes you to the Adobe Captivate Widgets folder. Another way is to go to the drop down menu which usually defaults to Classic. Select Widget to get a widget tab/window to get a visual view of the widget.

Presenter then showed how to add widgets to a Captivate project.

Nice presentation!