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Social Media + Learning is more than Social Learning - by Jane Hart

Jane Hart is the Founder of the Centre of Learning & Performance Technologies, and is also a Principal of the Internet Time Alliance, a think tank of learning and business performance practitioners that help organizations exploit emerging practices in work smarter. She was recently voted into the number one spot in E-Learning Council's "Top Ten Most Influential Bloggers" contest. To read more from Jane Hart, check out her blog and follow her on Twitter.

ELC interviews Anders Gronstedt in Second Life

E-Learning Symposium speaker and virtual worlds expert Anders Gronstedt met with E-Learning Council's Birgit Schulz (in the form of the ELC robot) at the Gronstedt Group island in Second Life.  The consulting firm's weekly virtual meetup "Train for Success" began its new season today, and will touch on new topics every Thursday at 9.00 AM PT/ NOON ET/18.00 CET.

Taming Information overload before it devours

We are pleased to have a guest post from Richard L. Shadrin of Wonderful Brain.   Rich is •Owner and Strategic Learning Design Leader at Wonderful Brain.  You can follow Rich on Twitter @richshadrin .

Not too long ago we needed tools like an artist’s palette provides a variety of colors. Now we have the technological capacity to deliver learning to anyone in the learning style to which they best respond across multiple platforms irrespective of time and geography. With the gate down learning designers can roam far and wide (and deep) to match content, to methods of communication to outcomes.

Information Overload DiagramThe challenge is just because we can do anything doesn’t mean we have to do everything. The temptation to employ every idea and methodology is an organic consequence of information overload. And pushed at us by the hour (minute, second?) in all kinds of forms has in many ways had the effect of distracting our ability to solve problems. Rather than making learning design more direct and focused, content is too easily diluted by non-essential information—that, while interesting and valuable—does nothing to amplify the quality of the learning solution. At the same time, as this graphic illustrates, our brains just can’t take it all in. We’ve run out of cognitive space—and most of us do not delve any deeper, wider and in some cases outright ignore anything new having burnt out chasing the innovation comet.

Job Seekers Scholarship to E-Learning Symposium 2011 Houston

E-Learning Council's purpose is to create the premier peer-to-peer E-Learning Community. We recognize that in our current economic climate, valuable learning and networking opportunities can be difficult to obtain.

To provide support for those who have lost their jobs, E-Learning Council is offering a special scholarship to up to five qualified applicants (worth $395). E-Learning Symposium 2011 Houston: High Performance E-Learning.

Criteria to receive a scholarship include:

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