Project Tin Can video update with Ali Shahrazad

Ali Shahrazad COO of SaltBox Services stops by Mojocat Studios to talk about what is going on with Experience API better known as Project Tin Can. I am hearing some great stories of how organizations are starting to explore the use of this new emerging standard to track learning.

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My interview with Lisa Goldstein of ldglobalevents

Lisa Goldstine at DevLearn 2011 LearnchatI really had a lot of fun doing this interview with Lisa Goldstein for her blog ldglobalevents.com. Lisa is sharp and  I have enjoyed getting to know her at several of the Guild conferences. Lisa really knows L&D.

I thought her questions where great and brought out some good stories from me. I have been following her blog for some time now and am honored to have been asked to be interviewed.

Here is a picture I snapped at the Learn Chat table last year at DevLearn.

Thanks Lisa!

 

 

Interview with Michael Allen on his book Leaving ADDIE for SAM

For some time now I have been of the opinion that ADDIE needs to be broken in order to work properly in most organizations. I have been part of many water cooler conversations on this subject. We create written documents, host team meetings talking about our ADDIE process and believe we are following it. The reality is we are often frustrated about how projects just are not going the way they should be. In the end our training falls short. We have rapid deadlines and company dynamics such as how other parts of our organizations work to consider. So in order to get things accomplished we have to bend or sometimes break our processes. Much of this can be attributed to the fact that the speed of business is more rapid today. Companies change direction on a dime, launch products continually and time to market is compacted on order to stay competitive. The bottom line is businesses just do not function they way they did in the past. So why to we approach our training projects using the same linear process that we used 20 or 30 years ago? We are just not in-sync with our partners, SMEs and stakeholders.

We should also look at how much the technologies that we create and deliver training have changed. We use rapid development tools so we can crank out learning like a fast food restaurant. Would you like fries with that eLearning? We also have so many more options for delivering training that we did not have before. Lets face it how we train people is really different now. I know there are arguments over whether or not our training is any better today. I believe we are still figuring out how to properly leverage these new tools and technologies. There are some big opportunities here in my opinion but that is another conversation.

If you look at how the software development community has changed their process and workflows so that they might meet the demands of today’s business we may get an idea of how we could improve what we do. Most developers today follow and iterative process called Agile. It allows for a better workflow enabling a project to evolve and improve as needed all they way to launch and even post launch. This model has been a very successful approach for the high paced software development environment. I think it is time to look at how we can borrow from this.

Several years ago Allen Interactions left the ADDIE process behind for a more iterative process so that they could better server their customers and improve their workflows. It must be working for them because they continually produce award-winning learning for their clients.

I caught up with Michael at DevLearn 2012 to talk about his new book Leaving ADDIE for SAM.

Michael Allen CEO at Allen Interactions Inc.

Here is a great article by Richard Sites, vice president – client services for Allen Interactions titled It’s an ICE Time to Leave ADDIE Behind

Be sure and pickup a copy of Michaels book at ASTD.org

Some great thought leader interviews to come from DevLearn 2012

My conversation with Shay Howe of Groupon

My conversation with Shay Howe of Groupon

These are exciting times in the learning and development space. We are in a huge technology growth period right now. Technologies like mobile, cloud and the adaptation of social & informal learning for the enterprise are at the core of the opportunities in front of us. I think most of us would agree that these technologies are disruptive or at least they should be. It is true that not all organizations adapt new technologies at the same time. My friend Dr. Gary Woodill owner of i5 Research and the author of The Mobile Learning Edge illustrates this in his technology life-cycle curve. DevLearn has always been a great place to learn and have conversations about the edge of learning. It is also a great event to learn how early adopters are actually leveraging these new technologies and learn from them. I have identified several thought leaders who are talking about what is really happening in learning today to interview.

I am looking forward to sitting down at talking with these experts and sharing them with you as I always do. One of these really smart people is Brent Schlenker an expert in learning technology. Here is a Guild video by Brent on Designing For All Technologies.


Here is a partial list of the interviews I am conducting this year at DevLearn.

Keep an eye out for these great conversations and blog posts from DevLearn 2012

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Following Project Tin Can?

I have captured several great conversations on video following the progress of Project Tin Can. These conversations are with people that are involved with this important project in various capacities. This next iteration of SCORM is reshaping the future of how we look at learning.  I have created the following play list on YouTube. The first video titled “The Tin Can API – SCORM could do more” created by Rustici Software then I move on to my interviews. Watching this entire play list would be great way to get familiar with the project.

I am planning on conducting a few more interviews at the end of the month at DevLearn in Las Vagas.


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Are you ready for the next iteration of SCORM? You better be!

With tool makers like Lectora and Articulate on-board with #tincanapi it is time to start paying attention. Everyday I hear of another company that is jumping in. Is your organization ready? It’s a game changer. Companies need to start looking at building a learning technology road-map so they don’t get left in the dust. We now have new ways of understanding how and what people are learning. You can look at real data for learning outside an LMS. But don’t take my word for it – join the conversation.

A good place to start is my conversations with Aaron Silvers of ADL and Tim Martin of Rustici at LSCon 2012. Then follow my interviews with Ali and Russell of SaltBox. Saltbox jumped on board early with Project Tin Can. Russell has been an active contributor in refining Tin Can. Saltbox has created some technology to record statements from the Tin Can API called an LRS or Learning Record Store. Saltbox has developed Wax LRS, a Learning Record Store with analytics using the Tin Can API.. Project Tin Can really made a big show at mLearnCon 2012 by creating a special area dedicated to Project Tin Can called Tin Can Alley. Several companies showed support and jumped on board. Companies like Float Mobile Leaning with their release of Tappestry, a social learning app that is first to hit the market place leveraging Tin Can. Tin Can created quite a buzz. One of the things I like about the eLearning Guild is they really showcase current trends and technologies. They have their eye on the ball as they say.

Last week I conducted a few follow up interviews with my friends at Saltbox. Saltbox is located downtown Seattle and is part of SURF Incubator and collaborative work space for startu-ups. Check out my conversations with @alishahrazad & @fugu13 of @saltboxservices about what is going on with the next iteration of SCORM.

My interview with Russell Duhon CTO Saltbox Services

My Interview with Ali Shahrazad Co-Founder Saltbox Services

Another Ignite Your Mojo Interview with Cynthia Clay of NetSpeed

Here is another great conversation with one of our speakers at ASTDps 2012 WORKPLACE LEARNING CONFERENCE: Ignite Your Mojo! We have been working hard to put together a great line-up of speakers for the October 5th conference. I caught up with Cynthia Clay, President & CEO NetSpeed Learning Solutions. Cynthia is going to show us how to “Bring Your Mojo to the Virtual Classroom”.

I am really looking forward to hearing what Cynthia has to share. Virtual learning has such an important role in our training strategies.

Cynthia not only really knows her stuff but she is so much fun to be around. I am sure you will enjoy her session.

Cynthia as a some helpful books published be sure and check them out.

Be sure and check out the other speakers and sign up so you can get your learning mojo on!

Saying good bye to ADDIE?

This October at DevLearn 2012 I am sitting down with Dr. Michael Allen. I am looking forward to hearing what he has to say about his new book Leaving ADDIE for SAM. Are you following the conversations about this?

I believe this is an important step in bringing our processes of designing training up to the challenge of today’s complex business environment. These are exciting times in our industry. We have some huge opportunities in front of us!

Here is an older interview with Dr. Allen. What a great conversation with a great guy.

Conversations with Thought Leaders

One of the things that I enjoy most is conversations. One of the other things I enjoy is video production. I have joined these to things together by conducting interviews with thought leaders mostly in Learning and Development. I have posted many of them on my Youtube channel.
Here is one from the archives with my friend RJ Jacquez Former Adobe Evangelist. Conducted a few years back.

An adventure with Geaff Stead and John Polaschek at mLearnCon 2012 – we partied like geeks!

Geoff Stead and I hanging with the Qualcomm gang. Great night we took the limo to several tech companies and snapped photos in front of them. I think most of them would agree the highlight was riding around on the Google bikes.

John Polaschek

Here is my interview with Geoff Stead at mLearnCon 2012

Check out the blog and video on the Float Mobile Learning’s Blog and for more of my interviews other great content!