Sail's Pedagogy

Sail's posts about her class, classes she is taking, and education.

The future of company training.

Ciscso had a big presence in Second Life and found that virtual training really works. Now they are taking their virtual training “in-house” and combining this with a real conference. I feel that now they are reaching out beyond those employees that found it easy to use these platforms. They are now showing those that do not adapt to technology as easy and making this transition as easy as possible. It is clear that this is working for Cisco and we all will find ourselves in virtual worlds.

“In the end, the Global Sales Experience established a whole new standard within the virtual event industry. GSX was clearly a worldwide conference unlike any other, proving that a virtual event can be engaging, memorable, and most importantly, effective.”

Cisco GSX 2009 Case Study from JUXT Interactive on Vimeo.


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The Semantic Web or Web 3.0

The future is all about connections, content and data.

Web 3.0 from Kate Ray on Vimeo.

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Virtual World Primary School Project

Kids in Opensim

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nTeams: Engage. Inspire. Innovate.

The Virtual World Conference 2010 was held this week in Second LIfe. It went on for 24 hours to accommodate participates from around the globe.

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What is a MOOC?

A MOOC is a massive open online course. Today starts PLENK2010 a MOOC facilitated by George Siemens, Stephen Downes, Dave Cormier and Rita Kop. Research is being funding by the National Research Council of Canada’s PLE research project. Three other research projects will also be involved in this course.

My first MOOC was CCK08 on Connectivism by the same facilitators as PLENK2010. I have particapted in at least 3 more, CCK09, Social Media and Critical Literacies. Although I may not have participated in the discussions, I always read the material and read many blogs. These type of classes are very interesting, and bring people from over the world to discuss learning.

PLENK2010 is about Personal Learning Networks. A PLE is and could replace or enhance a Learning Management System (LMS) and other traditional online learning components. This course will involve a Wiki, Newsletter, Moodle Discussion Forum, and two weekly Elluminate sessions. Participants can also break off into their own groups such as the PLENK2010 group in Second Life.

I have created my own PLE and it has evolved though the last couple of years. I use Netvibes for RSS feeds. I stated using Netvibes when I was teaching because I could have a public site for students and a private site for my own personal information. I now use twitter to also find information, but my list of people whom I follow changes. I also have a blog. All of these are now availabe on my computers, iPhone and iPad. Every PLE is personal to the user and you may use many different tools.

How to be successful in a MOOC

Personal Learning Networks for Educators

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TED: Al Seckel – [Y]Our Mind’s Eye

“Reality is that which exists independently of your perception and beliefs.”

Really amazing talk on how our brain filters out information and how our beliefs effect what we see.

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TED: Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education

“In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.”

“When you haveinterest, then education happens” – Arthur C. Clarke

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The Gorilla Illusions and Knowledge Management (Instructional Design)

A new book by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons “The Invisible Gorilla” describes “the way our intuition deceives us”. More than often, our brain, does not “see” what is in front of us. All of this stems from a video.

All this effects how knowledge is transferred- memory, confidence and knowledge. The human brain is not very strong in creating long term memory (knowledge). Our memories are not very reliable. We can create memories are never existed. As soon as we learn something we start forgetting it.

We also overestimate what we know. We also overestimate how any kind of Instructional Design will take and cost. This may lead us to take shortcuts. And more often than not, we do not ask for help, or input from our peers.

In “The Illusion of Confidence in LM” Nick Milton describes this as: “Lack of knowledge leads to confidence, which leads to you being seen as knowledgeable.” which is completely opposite from what we think – that confidence people are also knowledgable. This perception can be increased in groups.

Postings involved in this blog:
The Gorilla Illusions
The weakness of the human brain as a long term knowledge store.
The illusion of Knowledge.
The illusion of confidence in KM.

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