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Why I blog

8 July 2014

I’ve been blogging for several years now, and a question that continually pops up is why do I do it?

My answer has remained consistent over time.

I blog primarily for myself. I use writing as a vehicle for my thinking. By presenting my thoughts to the world, I need to understand them, and articulate them effectively for others to understand. And if other people learn something from my insights and experiences, then I’m delighted.

The tag line of my blog is provoking deeper thinking. I want us to escape the echo chamber, to use our own brains and come to our own conclusions. To go beyond the obvious and explore the implications. We all have different perspectives, and we operate under different circumstances, so there’s no “one answer” anyway.

Comments are the lifeblood of blogging. I welcome comments from my peers. We don’t even have to agree – in fact the discussion is often richer if we don’t – so long as the interaction is empathetic and mutually respectful. So yes, I invite everyone to add their voice to the conversation.

MOOCs, open badges & the future of e-learning

10 December 2013

Another year of blogging draws to a close, this time dominated by the themes of MOOCs, open badges and the future of e-learning.

This year my blog enjoyed more robust discussion, and I thank everyone who cared enough to comment. Comments are the lifeblood of bloggers, so cheers!

It would be remiss of me not to call out three commenters in particular – Crispin Weston, Chris Taylor and Matt Guyan. Thanks so much for your thoughtful, supportive and challenging comments: you improved my thinking.

I invite everyone to review my posts for 2013 – and yes, please comment!

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MOOCs

Open badges

The future of e-learning

Miscellaneous

Merry Christmas, and here’s to a provocative 2014!

33 e-learning posts

2 December 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, I reflect upon another big year of blogging.

In case you missed any of my 33 posts about e-learning (or something vaguely related), I have listed them below for your convenience.

Thanks for reading!

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  1. E-Learning events in the Asia-Pacific region 2012
  2. Bad Apple
  3. Aus-e-learning
  4. Tips & tricks for self publishers – Part 1
  5. Tips & tricks for self publishers – Part 2
  6. Tips & tricks for self publishers – Part 3
  7. Tips & tricks for self publishers – Part 4
  8. The 10 Commandments of Microblogging
  9. The hardworking woodcutter
  10. The black hole of adult education
  11. E-Learning? Ja!
  12. Bern, baby, Bern
  13. Something all learning pro’s should do
  14. My 15 favourite Australian e-learning bloggers
  15. Playing by numbers
  16. What exactly does an E-Learning Manager do?
  17. Ode to stress management
  18. The nature of digital influence
  19. Informal first
  20. A defence of the “Next” button
  21. Drivers of Yammer use in the corporate sector
  22. Introducing the Social Intranet Index
  23. How social are our intranets?
  24. Everyone is an SME
  25. See the wood for the SMEs
  26. I’ve been bot-bombed!
  27. E-Learning Provocateur: Volume 2
  28. The power of one
  29. Take the law out of compliance training
  30. The browser you loved to hate
  31. Porn, weed and fireworks
  32. The classroom option you should not ignore
  33. The future of MOOCs

My 15 favourite Australian e-learning bloggers

16 April 2012

Fay Moore made my day when she nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award.

I’m still unsure as to whether this is the blogosphere’s version of a chain letter, but in any case it gives me a good excuse to:

          A) Thank Fay for her support, and
          B) Promote other bloggers.

According to the VBA Rules I’m supposed to nominate 15 bloggers whom I have recently discovered or follow regularly.

Since there are literally scores of bloggers who might fit this bill, I have decided to narrow down my criteria to Australian bloggers who write predominantly about e-learning (or something related).

Here they are in alphabetical order…

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Anne Bartlett-Bragg – Anne probably doesn’t know this, but she opened my eyes to the power of wikis at a conference in Sydney many years ago. Since then, she has joined Dachis Group where she and James Dellow write about social business on the Headshift blog.

Alison Bickford – Alison is an e-learning consultant with loads of experience in the government and corporate sectors. She extends her consulting wisdom via the Connect Thinking blog and helps other e-learning professionals via the E-Learning Academy.

Matt Blackstock – Matt is a learning professional who likes to produce. I keep up with his thoughts and ideas on his Virtual Lore blog.

Sophie Carter – Sophie is an up-and-coming HR superstar. I love following her journey via her Towards Erudition blog.

Stephen Colman – To be perfectly honest, I only stumbled upon Steve’s musings after his employer and mine merged and he started banging on about stuff on Yammer. He has clever insight on a range of issues, as his Long Straws blog attests.

Ross Dawson – Anyone interested in futurism will know Ross and his Trends in the Living Networks blog.

Michael Eury – Michael is a learning designer who thinks deeply about his craft. Open your mind at his Stickylearning blog.

Sally Foley-Lewis – Sally focuses on manager training at her Fast Track Manager Productivity blog. How is this relevant? Managers are often my target audience.

Debora Gallo – Debora is a passionate L&D professional who has defected to the dark side (higher ed). Her e-bites blog provides an honest account of her experiences.

Glenn Hansen – Glenn is an organisational and people development consultant with a psychology background. His What’s in my head today? blog reinforces the connection between learning and performance.

Jeevan Joshi, Robert Spence, Robin Petterd, Kevin Sinclair and Nicola Atkinson - I’ve lumped these learning pro’s together because, along with myself and pommy Mike Collins, they all contribute to the Learning Cafe. This community promotes thought leadership in L&D.

Wendy Phillips – Wendy develops e-learning at one of the biggest telcos in the Asia-Pacific region. Her “occasional mutterings” on her Noticed blog are painfully familiar.

Craig Simon – Craig is the Managing Director of Purple Learning, and he knows his stuff when it comes to engaging e-learning. He has recently started to share his wisdom via the Purple Blog.

Kerrie Smith – Kerrie is an education aficionado and the author of several blogs. I notice she hasn’t updated Smik’s Learning Space lately, and I hope that will change soon.

Mark Smithers – Mark is an educational technologist at a big university in a city that thinks it’s better than Sydney. In spite of this, I tend to agree with everything he says on his Learning and Educational Technology in Higher Education blog.

Sue Waters – Sue writes The Edublogger with Texas-based Ronnie Burt. Their target audience is teachers in the K-12 sector, but much of their writing is relevant to the corporate sector too.

Penny Wheeler – I suspect Penny is a member of Mensa. Penny’s joy in writing might as well be called Ryan’s joy in reading.

Robert Wilkins – I consider Rob a mentor. He hasn’t ruminated much on his Ruminations of a Learning and Development Professional blog lately, but when he does I guarantee it will be gold.

James Williams – James is a social media specialist, and he’s not afraid to share his extensive knowledge on his James Williams blog.

Tony Wilson – Tony is a high performance expert, and to me that’s what learning is all about. His Tony Wilson blog inspires me.

“Hang on” I hear you say, “That’s more than 15 bloggers!”

Ah, sue me.

2011: A writer’s odyssey

6 December 2011

Wow! 2011 was a big year of writing for me, with 2 self-published books and over 40 blog posts.

My books are available on Amazon, and I have listed the year’s blog posts below for your convenience.

Thanks for reading!

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Social media

Social media extremism
Smash your wall
My Twitter hero
Who owns the photocopiers?
20 hot resources for customer-facing social media
LATI: A better way to measure influence on Twitter?
A circular argument
The big myth of social networking
Foching up social media

Mobile learning

The 4 S’s of mobile design
Mobile learning – Push or pull?

Informal learning

Viva la evolution
Doctoring the Informal Learning Environment

Content development

Toying with emotion
14 reasons why your multiple-choice quiz sucks
3 hot resources for best practice multiple-choice quizzing
The 2 sources of freebies
Australia’s Nobel Laureates
On the Money

Books and e-books

When is an e-book not a book?
E-Learning Provocateur: Volume 1

Awards and events

ElNet Workplace E-learning Congress 2011
I’m a Best Australian Blogs nominee!
When it rains it pours
8 interesting things at CeBIT
Everything connects at Amplify
Winners are grinners

Cartoons

Selective democracy
Where’s Waldo? – The Minimalist Edition
Foolproof hiding spot for your key
Recent changes patroller
Respect for Klout

Other

Top 5 things I hope not to hear in 2011
Observations of a Critical Theory newbie
The Parable of the Monkeys
Ode to the naysayers
The A to Z of learning
Learning vs Development
Eye of the tiger
Does L&D belong in HR?
When augmented reality isn’t
Psst…! 15 inside tips for sales reps
A question of leadership development
The unscience of evaluation
Clash of the titans


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