Wednesday, October 24, 2007

e-Learning for a Worldwide Audience > Learning 2007

Our session at Learning 2007
Today was the big day for Erika and me because we had our session about multicultural e-Learning. It was great! We had an interesting group of people that discussed with us the implications of different cultural dimensions on e-Learning. As you know we used the model of Hofstede to define guidelines for instructional design of e-Learning for a multicultural audience. You will get more info on this when we will be finishing the Fe-ConE project. I will publish some nice and rich materials on this blog. In the meanwhile you can go to the site of our session today to get the hand-out with some practical information:

People working really hard to find out about cultural aspects


For the rest I went to a session of Don Tapscott. This author of Wikinomics has some interesting points on the netgeneration but it was not really new to me. The new focus was on Talent 2.0. I think this comes very close to the thesis of Joost Robben. Basic message was that for young people there is a thin or no line between work/entertainment/learning. The working environment should be fun, collaborative, customizable, authentic and fast.

Some extra nuggets of info
I went to a nice session on the use of storytelling and in particular about the educational use of Manga. This was a inspiring session and you will see more on this on my blog in the next months. I used cartoons for educational use a few times and we are now working on a cartoon kind of learning for a customer.

Wayne Hodgins was announcing a new and independent organization that will take over the role of ADL. This is the organization behind the learning standard SCORM. Because this is a worldwide used standard the learning community wants to take it away with the defence orientated ADL.

Last thing I visited was a good session (PIT training) that offers a learning experience with a real racecar. I had the same experience at the ISAGA conference. Probable an engaging way of learning although we missed the real debriefing and transfer of the regular training. Check out the video.

Last thing that interest me was the use of HD videoconferencing over the internet that was used by the Manhattan School of Music. They are using this quality connection to teach musical lessons. The called it an export and import of educational resources. Very interesting. They needed high quality because of the importance of the details. Check this student (although this is no HD after YouTubing ;-))

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