Posted tagged ‘award’

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

Winners are grinners

25 July 2011

It is with much pride that I share the news that I have won the LearnX Best Learning Leader Blog award!

This is a very prestigious award in the Asia-Pacific region, and I am honoured to nominated let alone be selected.

Congratulations to my fellow winner in the category, Ainslie Hunter, who authors the excellent blog Courses That Matter.

Platinum Winner LearnX Asia Pacific 2011 Awards E-Learning & Training

I wish to thank everyone who nominated me. I’m glad you think so highly of my contribution to the discourse.

I also wish to thank those who have taken the time to add comments – both positive and negative. The life blood of a blog isn’t just the thoughts and experiences of the blogger, but also his interactions with his peers.

So with renewed vigour I shall continue my quest to provoke deeper thinking… :o)

When it rains it pours

25 March 2011

Hot on the heels of being nominated for a Best Australian Blog award
at the Sydney Writers’ Centre, I have also been nominated for the
Best Learning Leader Blog award at LearnX Asia Pacific.

LearnX Asia Pacific

Thanks again to everyone who has nominated me, and I’m sure any further nominations wouldn’t go astray!

I’m a Best Australian Blogs nominee!

21 March 2011

W00t! I’m a Best Australian Blogs nominee!

If you enjoy my blog – or at least it provokes your grey cells – I would really appreciate your vote…!

People's Choice Award

Thanks :0)
 

My award-winning IQ

10 June 2010

Ryan collects awardToday I had the honour of collecting a Best Blended Learning Solution Award (Gold Level) at the 2010 LearnX Asia Pacific Conference.

The blended learning solution in question is “IQ”, an intranet-based portal that I developed for my colleagues at my workplace.

My driver for creating this portal was the realisation that, in a big corporation like the one I work for, knowledge is distributed everywhere – on random intranet pages, in obscure folders, in people’s heads – which makes it really hard to find.

As an L&D professional, my concern was: if someone wants to learn something, where do they start?

The answer is IQ

Essentially, IQ is a site that centralises learning resources for staff. It doesn’t host content itself, but rather points you in the right direction.

Businessman typing on keyboardFor example, if you want to attend an advanced negotiation skills workshop, you can look up the sessions delivered by our preferred training providers.

If you want to read about leadership, you can refer to our book list or search our e‑book catalogue.

If you want to do a self-paced course on Java programming, you can jump onto our e-learning platform.

In this way, IQ covers the full range of delivery modes that are available to our staff, from face-to-face classes and online courses, to books, e‑books, podcasts, blogs, wikis and other social media. I’m also keen to add information about our mentoring and coaching programs.

It’s our first port of call for learning.

So what?

Reading this, you might be scratching your head and asking yourself what all the fuss is about.

I’m the first one to put up my hand and say, as a blended learning solution, IQ is really simple. It doesn’t involve any new whizz-bang technology. After all, it’s an intranet site.

But dig a little deeper and you’ll see that it’s also an important step in the evolution of the learning model at my workplace.

5 Stages of Workscape EvolutionIt shifts an instructivist pedagogy towards a more constructivist and connectivist one.

It transforms a formal learning environment into a more informal one.

It returns the power (and responsibility) of learning back to the learner.

That’s why I’m so pleased to claim this award. It’s not just a pretty trophy to sit on my desk; it’s the validation of my instructional design by my peers in the industry.

LearnX Awards 2009

2 April 2009

The annual LearnX E-Learning & Training Awards were announced today, and I’m proud to say that my team won a Gold award for Best Training Team, for our development and support of a self-paced, blended learning model at AMP.

Team collects award

We’re in good company, with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service taking out the Platinum award, and the Commonwealth Bank and TheCyberInstitute also claiming Gold.

Congratulations also to the winners of the other categories, including the AMP Horizons Financial Planning Academy which won a Gold award for Best Employee Induction Training Program.

The Green Wiki and the rise of free media

14 June 2008

The LearnX Awards were presented in Melbourne yesterday, and I’m proud to say that AMP won the Green Training Award for its Green Wiki.

Dianne Yaako and Ryan Tracey show off their Green Training Award

However, I’m not hyperlinking to the Green Wiki for two reasons:

1. It’s on the AMP network, and
2. Everyone knows what a wiki looks like. (If you don’t, look up Wikipedia or Wetpaint.)

I think the following cartoon by Hugh MacLeod sums up my second point perfectly…

Random Thought

In this particular case, AMP employees are using wiki software to share tips on how to reduce our carbon footprint in the workplace, collaboratively making our company a better corporate citizen.

Notice I said “employees”, not a “task force” or a “strategic working group” or a “steering committee”. Just regular employees like you and me.

And all because someone on the floor decided one day to put the wiki together – talk about democratising the workplace!


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