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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.

Planning and Project Management of an E-Learning Project

The success of your E-Learning initiative begins and ends with project management. E-Learning projects are more complex to manage than traditional learning projects because they involve technology and training. There's more risk, more time constraints, more budget pressures, and more failures in communication.

By the end of this seminar you should be able to manage an E-Learning project so that it is:

  • Effective
  • Within budget
  • On Time

Our Managing E-Learning Projects workshop will show you an adaptive and agile methodology for E-Learning projects that will help you prevent pitfalls commonly found in an E-Learning project. Topics covered include:

Content Curation - Can you add value to your learning programs with content curation?

There's a tremendous amount of content that has already been created.   What role does content curation play in learning strategy?  What are some of the important functions of a content curator?  What are the ethics of sharing content created by someone else?   Margot Bloomstein presented on this topic at SXSW 2011.  Her presentation starts creating a structure for content creation and discusses how to add value during the process.   I hope it will start a discussion at E-Learning Council on this learning function.

Registration is now open for E-Learning Symposium 2011 Houston!

E-Learning Symposium is headed to Houston October 25th! ELS 2011 is an interactive conference designed to help professionals and key decision makers learn how to execute E-Learning programs within their organizations. This event is essential for professionals who manage and design web-based education programs in healthcare, government, higher education, energy, and corporate settings. E-Learning Symposium 2011 Houston brings industry experts from Texas and beyond to share their knowledge on of-the-moment topics, processes, and technology within the E-Learning world.  

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