Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Rolling Your Own Learning Ecosystem

Okay, so I stole the idea from the readwriteweb post Rolling Your Own Online Office.
What a great post! But what struck me was that we are all talking about the same things. More people are working virtually so what ever they use to work will most likely be helpful in learning...right?

The post hits on the following items:
Project management - Basecamp is a great tool.
email - you should have one of these, right?
online forums - he has a great list of opensource engines that are easy to install
wikis - same as online forums
chat - skype, googleTalk, and others,
document sharing - google docs
Flowcharting - Thinkature
Files (sending big ones) - Yousendit, Senduit, etc. (I've made MANY people happy just introducing them to Yousendit.)

Sure, these may not be what you will use to deliver training. But if you work on a training development team then ALL of these tools will be handy for you and your team. AND, some of these actually CAN be used to deliver training. So, get out there and start using the tools that your learners will be using.

4 comments:

Jon said...

There is another great collaboration / project management tool called Huddle which is easier to use than Basecamp.

Huddle allows you to manage multiple projects from one central dashboard rather than having to login to each one separately- much better when you've got training teams and projects in multiple locations! Also has version control on all documents, so you can keep track of edits and changes without having to go back and forth via email.

Jon said...

There is another great collaboration / project management tool called Huddle which is easier to use than Basecamp.

Huddle allows you to manage multiple projects from one central dashboard rather than having to login to each one separately- much better when you've got training teams and projects in multiple locations! Also has version control on all documents, so you can keep track of edits and changes without having to go back and forth via email.

Mindy said...

Hey Brent, thanks for another great post! I'm seeking a solid set of tools to use as mashups to provide quick proofs of concept. So, a client wants to invest in some rather heavy coding because they want a customized and robust learning environment that includes mentor:peer features, ability to share documents, to track performance and remediate or prescribe for gaps, etc. Well, before we start engineering such a beast, what about emulating the experience and features to test and scope -- even enable a more complete requirements phase -- by prototyping with moodle and google widgets and the such.

Brent Schlenker said...

Cool! I'll check out Huddle and see what's up.

Hi Mindy! Thanks for the kind words.
I love your thinking! I'm offering up similar advice to folks. Moodle does a great job of pulling together many media types an modalities for training so why not just fire up Moodle and see how it goes?! Let me know how it goes for you.
Cheers!
Brent