Archive for February, 2007

LTGR Ep. #16 – Vocabulary Lessons

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

In this episode, Dan seeks help translating academic online learning vocabulary into corporate training lingo, and vice versa. Susan taps into her experience as an ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor to offer some tips, and the hosts look to listeners for their perspectives.



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Show Notes:

Dan has a new job and needs to figure out the vocabulary! He is now working in the corporate world on developing online training and needs to find a way to communicate.

Examples: Synchronous and asynchronous become real time and self-paced.

Facilitator led becomes instructor led training (ILT).

Should Dan not introduce the education lingo or is there a way to gently bring in his academic language (and ideals)? Susan asks if he should bother. Will using the language bring about change? They agree on the value of opening oneself to models and methods other than behavioral. If you borrow language from another environment, will you be criticized for not talking the talk?

In education there is more space for people to talk about learning (even among content experts), but in business, few people have that shared reference.

Dan introduces more vocabulary: scorecard, KPI knowledge performance indicator, SPOC single point of contact, SPOA single point of accountability (the go to guy or facilitator). The quicker you can learn, the quicker the natives understand.

Susan asks if there are reliable sources to ask questions of. She gives very little help, but suggests putting new language in a context and rephrasing/internalizing.

Dan wants to know from listeners if they’ve crossed over from academia to corporate training (or vice versa) and how they adapted!

Time to hear from you! Have you been involved in both corporate training and academic learning environments? What observations do you have about making the transition from one to the other? Share your experiences with us. You can respond at http://www.ltgreenroom.org or talk to us in LearningTimes. Or call us at 1-800-609-9006 x8055 (US and Canada) or 678-255-2174 x8055 (outside US and Canada). Join us!

LTGR Ep. #15 – A Second Life for Learning

Monday, February 5th, 2007

In this episode, Susan shares her experience learning about Second Life, the virtual world receiving a lot of press as an environment with distance education potential. Part of her journey included meeting Sarah Robbins, who is indeed teaching within Second Life.



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Show notes:

In this episode, Susan shares her experience learning about Second Life, the virtual world receiving a lot of press as a future environment for distance education. Part of her journey included meeting Sarah Robbins, who is teaching within Second Life and spent time explaining this to Susan. A portion of that conversation is included. Susan references several articles and sites:

Also, visit the hosts of the Green Room online at the Illinois Online Conference (IOC). LTGR is hosting all of the virtual IOC coffee breaks!

Time to hear from you! What is your take on Second Life, and what is its potential for education? An explorer of Second Life yourself? Share your experiences with us. You can respond at http://www.ltgreenroom.org or talk to us in LearningTimes. Or call us at 1-800-609-9006 x8055 (US and Canada) or 678-255-2174 x8055 (outside US and Canada). Join us!