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Think Like a Designer: Drawing Inspiration From Creative Types

Think Like a Designer: Drawing Inspiration From Creative Types | Agile Learning |
You don’t have to be a designer to utilize creative thinking. Learning to think outside the box can be a huge asset to your canon of skills.

Excerpts from the list:

1. Live in the moment  ... real world inspiration can’t be beat.

2. Peruse visual social media   ...Designers love the newest visual forms of social media for quick ideas, opening accounts on sites like Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram and Paper.

5. Scribble and doodle     You might achieve higher-level thinking if you make like a grade-schooler and scribble away.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Focus, mindfulness, visuals and the ability to play  (doodle, scribble) - can make a big difference in our creativity. ~ D

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Learning Design Perspectives: SAM and ADDIE

Learning Design Perspectives:  SAM and ADDIE | Agile Learning |

The author pointed says that no model (old or new) will prevent ‘boring, lifeless training.’   Can the [classic] ADDIE model be enhanced?  Absolutely. 


The essential differences in these models, including what’s captured in Allen’s SAM process, is to make the model less linear and to include feedback loops within the process for regular look backs, particularly to the data from the analysis phase. 

The problem with these models, including SAM, is that they seem to require redundancy.  There are certainly instances when such redundancy is not necessary. 

... the ADDIE model was [not] designed to be a strictly linear process anyway...

[The author]  ...prefers this cyclic visualization of ADDIE to better show the interactions between the phases.

From the comments:  " Is SAM similar to Agile and ADDIE similar to Waterfall, as in software development?   


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Co-Creation in Theory U: Leading from the Future as it Emerges & the Road to Commitment

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

This thoughtful article and  comments help in getting a perspective on any model past and present.  Commenter Karen offers that “pure Agile” approaches do not work for all projects.  She mentions  “AgileFall” as a combination of approaches.  

She also suggests that a combo of SAM and ADDIE will emerge, keeping ADDIE’s structure and proven methods while incorporating SAM’s iterative approach. ~  Deb

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Prezi Design Strategies

Can we apply concepts used in video production to Prezi design? Let's find out! In this Prezi I pull terms from Bruce Block's book The Visual Story: Seeing the Structure of Film, TV, and New Media. Let me know what you think.

Via Baiba Svenca, michel verstrepen
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Prezi is a cool tool that "Zooms" into content, and provides a different experience for story telling.  Seeing "structure" and considering Marshall McLuhan's concept that the "medium is the message" may provide helpful insights here.  ~  Deb

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, April 22, 2013 12:11 AM

Must share with 7th grade students working on a Prezi project

David Donat's curator insight, April 28, 2013 3:32 PM

Els prezi vistos des de dins.

Anne Macdonell's curator insight, May 22, 2013 10:45 AM

Prezi is an amazing tool for clearning student thinking

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Collaboration Culture Behaviors needed. Does it = Chief Collaboration Officer New Role ?

Collaboration Culture Behaviors needed.  Does it = Chief Collaboration Officer New Role ? | Agile Learning |

"As businesses become social businesses, collaboration and community skills are becoming the new workplace skills."

This post recalled one of the structural questions I like to consider in organization design:  how changing roles, goals procedures & relationships will foster collaborative culture through encouraging and supporting new skills.


[Consider what roles would] help identify what “good” collaboration behaviour might look like within [your] organisation, and to build an effective collaboration culture.

[A chief collaboration officer] will need:

  • to have a good understanding of the business, business processes and business strategy – not just learning theory
  • to appreciate that organizational learning involves more than just training people and that collaborative (or social) learning is a fundamental and natural part of doing social business.
  • a good knowledge of social and collaborative tools, and recognise that the primary collaboration platform in the organisation will be the one that underpins the work, ie some form of social intranet – but not a learning platform or system.
  • to believe that fostering a collaborative culture needs to be achieved by “modeling behaviours” - rather than training and testing competencies in order for workers to obtain their “collaboration license” before they are allowed on the network.

...developing collaborative skills will require an ongoing, adaptive, organic “modeling” process – not a one-off training event.

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ADDIE isn't Dead; it's just more Agile

ADDIE isn't Dead; it's just more Agile | Agile Learning |

ADDIE stands for Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate. Of course, we are using DADDIE now, having added Define to the beginning of each project. No ADDIE isn't dead. But it is evolving.

ADDIE should be considered circular.

...This enables ADDIE to be more Agile.

And that's why the Agile method is so appealing. It seems everywhere we go these days, a major aspect of a project is speed. How fast can it be built and rolled out? In our frantic world, this is likely true no matter which industry you are in.

The speed in which we can effectively perform this with ADDIE will always be a factor.

....Imagine a scenario where we keep addressing critical needs until there aren't any. Wow, that would be performance improvement in an organization.


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

In the early 2000s, the death of ADDIE was also talked about.  It was too slow (where you get there, there isn't there anymore), too linear, too rigid, too linear.   Yet comments from others also defend ADDIE as a successful tool, where it's all in skills and context of those who use it well.  


It may also be what is old is new again.   Don Clark, a prolific Instructional System Design writer comments that "the U.S. Armed forces have been using ADDIE quite successfully since the end of the Viet Nam war to train their people to operate in very complex environments."  He mentions that ADDIE has changed.  
It is facile to blame the model, any model.  Instead, stepping back to see how a model has been adapted is what can make a difference now.  ~ D


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Avoiding 3 Blended Learning Mistakes and the Future of OnLine Learning

Avoiding 3 Blended Learning Mistakes and the Future of OnLine Learning | Agile Learning |

"Adapting a course to a blended learning format is not difficult.  Avoiding these three common errors helps."

1) Simply using an existing segment of the course for the live component.


2) Reusing existing content unedited
  • If students don’t see the connection between both the online and in class components, their level of participation tends to decline.
3) Using the wrong medium for the content

In a recent report, the National Education Organization (NEA) stated that by 2019, researchers predict that 50% of all high school courses will be delivered online.

It’s easy to discount these figures as they are representative of education, not the corporate training environment. But keep in mind that these students will be fully conversant with blended learning concepts and applications having received a good part of their education in a blended format. 

In five to ten years, they will be competing for the same training dollars as you.

Via Brian Bridges, michel verstrepen
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Good basics, good context on why this matters.  ~  Deb

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Curate Your Fancy: Social Product Discovery Sites Bet on Passionate Curators

Curate Your Fancy: Social Product Discovery Sites Bet on Passionate Curators | Agile Learning |

Helpful perspective from Robin Good and the curator of this post: Pinterest is only the tip of the iceberg. Out there there are literally tens of visual pinning and sharing boards covering styles, topics and tribes of all kinds.


One such group of product and object curation tools is the one dedicated to the collection and organization of luxury, fashion, art and design.


This article highlights and briefly reviews five of these social product discovery services while analyzing their key differences.


The services reviewed include:

-> Fancy

-> Discoveredd

-> StyleSaint

-> Spark Rebel

-> Common Bloggers


Very useful. 7/10

Full article: 

Via Robin Good, janlgordon
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