Welcome to the November issue of the D-
Letter. I hope you are having a productive fall and have
plans for a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season (... can it be
the end of the year already?!?!).
I'm back from my four week pilgrimage in Tibet and already it
seems to be fading into the 'past' as daily life takes center stage.
But, the experience was truly once-in-a-lifetime. And, the many
memories and images are now forever a part of me. I'll be posting
pictures soon so you can see for yourself some of the truly amazing
In this issue I want to bring your attention to the current state
of the Web 2.0 world in the Facts for Thought and On My
Mind sections, invite you to TOMORROW's "Let's Get
Serious" webinar, declare the winner of the "What-I-Did-
on-My-Summer-Vacation" contest, share with you some recent
articles, and continue to define for you what it is I do for and
with my clients.
Thank you for joining me. As always, I welcome your comments and
feedback. Don't hold back.
|Facts for Thought|
"You can't solve tomorrow's problems with the thinking of
today." Albert Einstein
Technocrati, November 6, 2006
- Technorati is now tracking more than 57 Million blogs
- Today, the blogosphere is doubling in size approximately
every 230 days
- About 100,000 new weblogs were created each day, again
down slightly quarter-over-quarter but probably due in part
to spam fighting efforts.
- About 55% of all blogs are active, which means that they
have been updated at least once in the last 3 months.
- The globalization of the blogosphere continues. Our data
appears to show both English and Spanish languages are a
more universal blog language than the other two most
dominant language, Japanese and Chinese, which seem to be
more regionally localized
- Coincident with a rise in blog posts about escalating
Middle East tensions throughout the summer and fall, Farsi
has moved into the top 10 languages of the blogosphere,
indicating that blogging continues to play a critical role
in debates about the important issues of our times
I invite you to submit your own facts for
thought to be included in this section. Email them to
me at email@example.com.
|Let's Get Serious About e-Learning Implementation -
Wednesday, November 15th|
It's time to really get serious about learning in today's
world ... to separate out fact from fiction, truth from myth,
cutting edge from bleeding edge, hype and hyberbole from
what's real. This is a webinar for those serious about
developing and then applying a comprehensive framework for
implementing your e-learning successfully.
Some companies get a better return on their e- learning
investments than others. In these cases, both learners and
their managers are more engaged and motivated, and the
organization as a whole is more energized and supportive.
Learning happens and is transferred into on-the-job
performance. These companies have integrated proven techniques
and approaches from change management and consumer marketing
into an effective implementation plan.
Please join me in this fun, highly interactive and
informative webinar. The webinar starts at 2:00pm EST, goes
for about an hour, and is FREE.
I look forward to 'seeing'
|In Print and On-line|
Check out these recent articles that talk about my work and
it's impact on my clients:
- "e-Learning Success: Engaging Organizations, Motivating
Learners" in Chief Learning Officer magazine, November 2006
- "John Muir Health: Bringing the LMS into the Corporate
Culture" in Chief Learning Officer magazine, November 2006
- "Five Questions... for Lance Dublin" in e-Learn
Magazine, November 2006
- "Engaging Your Learners, Motivating Your Managers and
Energizing Your Organization: Seven Myths of e-Learning
Implementation" in FOCUS Magazine, The Society of
Pharmaceutical and Biotech Trainers, Fall 2006
|And, the Winner Is ...|
Although I had intended to make the judging a collaborative
process, this one entry stopped me in my tracks. So, using the
power invested in me as the sponsor of this contest, I am
awarding the 2006 "What-I-Did-On-My-Summer-Vacation" prize
Here's what she wrote
along with the picture above:
"My husband and I took our two daughters (ages 8 & 9)
to China for two weeks. We had a wonderful time trooping
around China's famous sites -- terracotta warriors, Great
Wall, Forbidden City & the Summer Palace, and the rivers
and mountains of Guilin! My girls were great travelers and
made each stop fun. However, our very favorite place to visit
was the orphanage where my daughter spent the first 9 months
of her life. We spent two days holding, playing and hugging 90
babies. We wanted to bring them all home! It's an experience
we'll never forget! The photo shows us each holding one of the
Sharadon has well earned both the signed copy of my book
"Implementing e-Learning" and bragging rights
|Chief Solution Architect: Prophet and
To paraphrase the world-renowned architect, Frank Lloyd
Wright, a chief solution architect is both:
- "... a prophet in the true sense of the term... if he
can't see at least ten years ahead don't call him an
- "... a great poet. He must be a great original
interpreter of his time, his day, his age."
So, is it clear what I do now?
For more information
about the services I offer and the work that I do, please give
me a call or visit my website.
On My Mind
There have been a recent series of articles in the San
Francisco Chronicle citing a new and growing backlash. But,
this time it's not an adult backlash. No, this time, its the
millenials. The 'Y' generation.
Yes, it's those same millenials who have embraced Web 2.0
and it's tenets of social networking - and have driven the
value of sites like YouTube, Facebook and MySpace into the
$100 of millions and even billions. Well, it turns out that
they are now becoming sick of sharing. And, they also feel the
adults have invaded their 'space' with unsolicited messages
and advertisements. One writer has termed it 'social
Between August and September traffic to the most popular
social networking sites actually FELL: MySpace's audience
dropped from 49.2 million to 47.2 million; Facebook from 8.9
million to 7.8 million and Microsoft's Windows Live Spaces
from 8.2 million to 7.8 million.
But, in all the conferences I've attended recently I've
noticed an almost unquestioned reverence from learning
professionals for blogs and wikis and vlogs and internal
social networks. These are the sessions that are the most
highly attended. This is where the buzz is. Yet, there is no
conversation about the lessons we can draw from what is going
on right now in the world around us.
I feel we need to look beyond the hype and myths, and hopes
and dreams of the Web 2.0 'promised land.' We need to
understand what it means - from a learning perspective - when
the web moves from 'monologue to dialogue', when all learners
are also creators, when content creation is democratized, when
social networking is the common frame of reference, and social
media the new language of communication. This is the landscape
of the future world of learning.
I have some ideas about this that Iíll share with you in
the next D-Letter. Stay tuned.