Robert Coates

What’s Your Goal?

What should be a training designer’s goal? The answer would seem obvious: design a training solution.  While that may be the product the designer produces, it should not be the goal. Recently I’ve been reading Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses by Jesse Schell. While at Blueline we often find a serious game…

Web 2.0 Learning – Is Now the Time?

Many people predicted and blogged that 2010 would be the year that Social Learning and other Web 2.0 technologies really take off in the training space. And it may turn out that they are right. Certainly the technologies are maturing, and gaining more widespread acceptance by vast numbers of people outside the workplace. I find…

Ready to BOOST your Knowledge Management?

“90 percent of the information employees take action on comes from people in their network.” Rob Cross, professor of management at the University of Virginia and Research Director of The Network Roundtable If Mr. Cross is correct then the question becomes how readily available is that information to your employees? In today’s fast-paced and rapidly…

Developing a SixthSense for Mobile Learning

I recently wrote about Augmented Reality (AR) and some intriguing possibilities in mobile learning. Some folks at MIT are working on a technology that could have dramatic implications for mobile learning and information retrieval. They call it SixthSense. Demoed in a TED presentation Pranav Mistry has created an inexpensive wearable system that can project information…

Why I’m Excited About the iPad

After months of rumor, speculation and hype, Apple finally revealed its latest (and greatest?) new product, the iPad. Personally, I can’t wait to get my hands on one, but I’m most excited about the possibilities of incorporating it into Blueline’s client solutions. Many bloggers in the elearning space have already written about its use in…

Can we Augment the Reality of Mobile Learning?

For the last few weeks I’ve been exploring Augmented Reality (AR)  and how it might aid mobile learning by testing various AR apps available for the iPhone. As is often the case with cutting edge ideas, the potential is much more exciting than the currently possible. (See my take on Google Wave as another example…

Enterprise Trends with Implications for Learning

Alex Williams over at readwriteweb.com has an interesting post on 5 Enterprise Trends to Watch in 2010. While he doesn’t specifically address training or corporate learning, I think the trends he is predicting will have a significant impact on our industry. I particularly like his reframe of the term social media. “Social media has to…

Helping the Brain Make Meaning

I recently discovered a presentation from last year’s TED conference by Tom Wujec, an Information Designer and Fellow at AutoDesk, in which he explored the question, “How can we best engage our brains to help us better understand big ideas?” Certainly an important question for those of us engaged in developing training and communications programs.…

Classroom or eLearning? – There’s an App for That!

Need to make an ROI assessment on whether a classroom program or eLearning solution is right for you? Now there is an app for that. Brainvisa recently released a free iPhone app that helps you calculate the development, implementation and maintenance costs of a classroom program, and compares those costs to developing an eLearning solution.…

Is Google WAVE the Next-Big-Thing in Social Learning?

The short answer is “no” or better “not yet.” When Google WAVE was first announced there was a lot of excitement and buzz about the possibilities. Now that the developer preview is out and we’re getting a chance to work with it, I’d say WAVE is still about the possibilities. If you’re not familiar with…