Narcotic elearning anyone?

I came across a very timely blog post from Cathy Moore regarding the amount of boring eLearning content out there. It is very timely because I was asked that exact question by a potential customer yesterday. My reponse was right in line with Cathy post:
No clear goal: We don’t look closely enough at the business reason for the course.
The wrong tool: We’re using elearning when another method would work better.
Too much telling: We think, “We know things that the learners don’t! We must tell the learners these things!”
Not enough time: Feeling pressured? You’re not alone. Several respondents to Elliott Masie’s 2005 survey mentioned problems like “ever faster development cycles that make it difficult to maintain minimum quality standards”
Lack of internal standards: Rigorous, written standards for elearning materials don’t appear to be wildly popular.
Fear of creativity: We’re sometimes afraid not only of
humor but even of “safer” ideas like dialog, scenarios, simulations, “discovery” approaches, and the many other ways to show instead of tell.
I'm gonna add a few more ideas at Cathy's blog so make sure to check it out.

Is copyright causing a conundrum for trainers?

With the proliferation of applications that allow anybody to create content, where do we draw the line as far as copyright? Blogs are loaded with content that was not created by the author especially images. Is this an issue or are blogs different from other training/informational materials developed within your organization? Where do we as eLearning developers draw the line in terms of incorporating content that is available in the 'public' sphere e.g. Youtube?

Youtube videos are littered with copyrighted material that the content creator has manipulated/edited into a new format. Can we/should we reference these videos? Is copyright becoming less of an issue because of the fluid nature of content on the internet? Clearly the music industry is still battling the peer to peer applications, although most of it has not been terribly successful. Music sharing is not a new thing. Back in the day kids used to copy cassettes from each other. With the advent of the internet and peer to peer applications you can now share files with another person in Mongolia in mere minutes.

So some of the questions I would like you to think about are:

  • Where does copyright begin and end in the web 2.0 era?
  • Have the rules changed with the advent web applications like blogs, Wikipedia, Facebook, Youtube etc?
  • Are the rules different for learning programs vs. blogs?
  • Is there a difference between music rights and copyright on images/video?
  • Can copyright be an enforced with the advent of the internet, does this matter?

Springboks - World Cup Winners

Well my 4 year fix of high quality rugby combat is over and it ended in victory for the Boks! The build up to the World Cup has been tumultuous to say the least. The next four years will definitely be as interesting, especially with a push in many political circles for affirmative action in the selection process. Several politicians are also pushing for the exclusion of all South African players who decide to play their rugby outside of South Africa.

South Africa not only ended the World Cup victoriously, they also won several IRB awards including team of the year, Jake White was honored with the coach of the year and Bryan Habana won IRB's player of the year - great job boks! In addition, the Boks now top the world rugby rankings, followed by New Zealand, Argentina, England and amazingly Australia at number 5!

Here are some great Youtube videos - enjoy!

Rugby World Cup Victory 2007 - Celebrations CT
Springboks 2007
Race debate after SA victory
Try Savers and Rib Breakers 6
Springbok rugby tribute - The link is a temperamental but worth the wait!
RWC 2003 Best Tries
Springbok Rugby Tries '05/'06
National Anthem of South Africa - AWESOME video
My final thoughts on the Rugby World Cup of 2007
Op die bokke and Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika!