May 8, 2019 |

How Modern Workers Learn

This info graphic is taken from a recent report by the  Towards Maturity group in February 2019called The Transformation Journey (

A survey of over 10,000 workers shows there is more in common with the learning needs of both younger and more mature learners than usually assumed. Like the millennial, the older worker is also self-directed and tech-savvy and this research bucks the commonly held misconception of the older worker not keeping up with their and learning trends.

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July 20, 2010 |

Facebook and Social Capital

I read a very interesting article in the New Scientist (‘Why Facebook friends are worth keeping’ 14/7/2010) discussing the benefits of having expanded friend networks that reach far and above the number of friends a person could manage in a real-life context.  The magic number evidently for real life relationships is 150, scientists say we don’t have the capacity or time for any more than that.While many folks can’t see the point of having virtual friends who they may never meet face to face; this article quotes a study which argues that these so called “loose ties” serve the function of providing a form of social support which is considered beneficial—even if the support and affirmation comes from friendship ties that could be considered weak.   Read the article

April 15, 2010 |

Computer Games

Well hot on the news that a 14 year old Russian boy beat his dad to death with a sledgehammer because he’d been banned from playing computer games (Boy kills dad with Sledgehammer);  there is a move afoot to gather signatures to create an R-rating for certain  computer games in Australia. Over 41,000 gamers petition attorneys-general for R18+ rating.Currently games are rated 15+, but as any parent of a teenager will tell you, that is like a stamp of approval that the game will be worth having. 

April 12, 2010 |

Collaboration with Google Docs

As Ballarat TAFE students are looking at online collaboration using Google Docs starting this semester, I thought I might share this link with you that comes from the blog kept by a distance education librarian at Connecticut State University.She talks through her experience of working collaboratively on a paper, and there is some good advice on what worked for her and what didn’t.Using Google Docs.enjoy!

March 5, 2010 |

Report on Kids and Violent Video Games

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January 30, 2010 |

Webinars and me….

I’ve yet to attend a great webinar…there you go…I’ve said it.  It isn’t fashionable but I haven’t been to one where I haven’t fidgeted, opened email, got a snack…well you get the picture.  My latest webinar was Demystifying Webinars which I paid to attend.   Actually before going further: the webinar is a seminar run online and is a mix of a seminar, a video conference, a chat session and a Powerpoint presentation.  It allows people from anywhere to attend a presentation/seminar from the comfort of their own computers.  If you need a fuller/better explanation, try Wikipedia ☺. Anyway, back to my webinar: while it did try to get the point across, and took us through some justifications for a business case for why you may use it in your organisation ( reduced travel costs, delivering to people in remote locations, reduced staff downtime and supposedly only taking one hour to deliver 4 hours of content – you think??), the problem with people new to this way of delivery, and really this is most people at this point; is that they are new to it.   The webinar I went to was attended  by folk who are learning and development/training people, so they deliver training on a day to day basis.  However the session was constantly interrupted by people whose lines had fallen out, by them constantly asking questions in the chat box such as ‘how do I ask a question, I missed the last thing you said’, and despite the fact that I am a good multitasker, I found it a real problem to listen to the woman presenting (the only voice), looking at her slides, (our only common point,) and watching the often stupid questions (sorry, saying that respectfully) in the chat-box that we could all see. This whole exercise was fantastic for me because it highlighted the very real problems associated with webinars and the fact that attendees need to be given some ground rules and basic instruction on how to use the tool before attending- me included. I’m not saying I knew it all, but  keep in mind my group were professionals in the training and development industry and if they were all over the place, true learners are going to be more of an issue.  I guess it is a new mode of delivery and it will get better as we all learn the ropes – just in case anyone thinks I am being a smarty pants!!!

November 4, 2009 |

Google’s Sidewiki – No place to Hide

Thanks to a blog post on Planet Domain by Jonathan Crossfield I learned about Google’s new offering, Sidewiki, which is still in testing stage. Basically the idea is that Sidewiki gives everyone who uses the product the ability to leave comments – positive or negative – against every single webpage.Website owners can’t stop them, delete them or moderate them. As Jonothan writes: “Got a particularly unpopular product? Expect people to say so, right next to your page for everyone else with Sidewiki enabled to see. Of course, this can work for or against a business website. Some strong positive posts could represent your brand well and encourage others to take up your offer. However, criticisms will be more visible. Instead of these conversations taking place elsewhere on the web where only some of your audience may come across them, every visitor to your site with the Google toolbar installed will be able to see them”.It is a a pretty major development and is bound to be controversial.  Read the rest of the article

November 1, 2009 |

Seniors and Broadband Usage

articleLargeThe Pew Internet and American Life Project’s latest report on broadband use found (amongst other things), that Senior citizens: Broadband usage among adults ages 65 or older grew from 19% in May 2008 to 30% in April 2009. Read the report here.And on a related theme, this article  Helping  Grandpa Get His Tech On (The New York Times 28/10/09)  looks at IT products and tools that could be helpful to seniors online.

October 10, 2009 |

Trend Watching

Trendwatch reports on global consumer trends. In their latest briefing, they discuss the concept of reviewing as the new advertising, quoting the latest Nielsen research:

Recommendations by personal acquaintances and opinions posted by consumers online are the most trusted forms of advertising globally. The Nielsen survey shows that 90% of online consumers worldwide trust recommendations from people they know, while 70% trust consumer opinions posted online.

All good news for social media such as Twitter, but I’d probably want to know from what knowledge base  the posts or tweets emanate and how relevant these opinions ares to me, before I rushed out and bought a DVD player based on online chatter.