Many if not all of the Blatant Media Mo Bros will tomorrow be shaving off their facial hair. Mo Sista Danielle Roberts will, sadly, be peeling off her moustache. On behalf of everyone on the Blatant^ Movember team, thank you very much for your generosity.
Special thanks as well go to our Team Captain, Michael Ferster. Creating a Blatant^ Movember team was Michael’s idea. Also, in an effort to restore some grooming decency in the office, Blatant^ matched all donations, bringing our total so far to $3475. (It’s not too late to make a donation.)
As promised, here are the before and after photos:
|Michael Ferster (Team Captain)|
A client recently asked if I could help him prepare a presentation he’ll be delivering to colleagues within his organization. The aim of the presentation is to provide an overview of workplace learning technology in 2012. So far, he has a very impressive slide deck that covers:
- An introduction to e-learning
- Learning modalities and content types (simulations, games, video, etc.)
- Formats (Flash vs HTML 5)
- Social learning
- Tools and technologies (authoring tools, learning management systems, etc.)
He asked if I could lend a hand in clarifying how learning management systems fit into all this. I sent along the following.
Learners today are presented with myriad opportunities to engage with learning content. They can turn to Blogs, Twitter, wikis, social networks, video sites, etc. to find valuable information about any subject.
The problem learners face today is not paucity of content, but rather that so much content exists that it can take significant time and effort to find the many gems in a world awash in funny cat videos, political memes, inspirational quotes, deliberate scams and inadvertent falsehoods, marketing copy pretending to be impartial content, and Justin Bieber (who, depending on your sources, may or may not have just broken up with Selena Gomez) musical covers.
How much stuff is out there? YouTube alone experiences 72 hours of video uploaded every minute. This source estimates that there have been 163 billion tweets since the dawn of Twitter. According to the American Library Association, by 2020, information on the Internet will be doubling every 15 minutes.
The bottom line is that, faced with so much content, learners can benefit from digital content curation. This means that the role of learning professionals such as instructional designers and instructors expands beyond creating and delivering courses to finding useful content and vetting potential authorities and subject matter experts.
A learning management system, then, provides a centralized on-ramp to relevant learning content located within the LMS but also found elsewhere on the Web. Learners can be encouraged to:
- Watch relevant YouTube videos embedded into courses or added to the system as resources
- Follow and participate in discussions with experts on Twitter and in forums
- Read and comment on blog posts written by authorities on specific topics
- Contribute ideas with colleagues using wikis
- Attend live virtual events such as Webinars
- And much much more
Some learning gurus are vehemently opposed to the very idea of curated content. The learner, they say, should be free to roam the Web and discover content he or she finds relevant. These gurus should learn to relax. A learning management system doesn’t restrict learners from discovering content. This is curation, not censorship. A LMS simply provides an on-ramp to content someone has concluded is potentially valuable in learning new skills or information.
It’s the time of the year when Gillette, Schick, and other producers of men’s razors likely experience a drop in revenue. In November, men throughout the world reduce or abandon altogether their shaving to raise awareness and money for men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives.
In support of this worthy cause, Blatant Media has formed a Movember team.
“Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne Australia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.9 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate.”
In less than ten years, this important initiative has raised more than $850,000 million.
We’re now in the second week of November so all of us—with the exception of Mo Sista Danielle Roberts—are at the stage where our faces could be used to scour dirty pots and pans. Animals and small children run away when we enter a room. Needless to say, no one dares kiss us.
In three weeks, we all, (with the exception of Danielle), hope to resemble Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp . You’ll be the judges. We’ll be posting before and after photos of team members at the end of the month.
Until then, we hope you’ll support this great cause. Donations can be made here: http://ca.movember.com/team/536633/
As is typical, a number of our new clients have asked that we not announce them publicly on this Blog and on our Web site’s client list. These customers include:
- Departments in large organizations that already have an `official’ learning management system (LMS) that doesn’t do what the department needs. These departments need to keep their use of Absorb LMS below the radar.
- Commercial training providers that wish to keep their use of Absorb LMS a secret and competitive advantage.
- One major well-known global retailer—who’s name you would recognize, and it’s totally killing us not to name who it is—that has a policy of not allowing suppliers to name them as a client until they have worked together for one full year. Fair enough.
We welcome these unnamed clients.
The following organizations, which span a multitude of industries, HAVE, however, given us the green light to let the world know they’ve become Absorb LMS customers. We’re thrilled to welcome them.
AgLeader Technology —For almost two decades, Ag Leader has been a leader and driving force behind precision agriculture innovation, making farming more efficient and profitable. Find out more at http://www.agleader.com
Barium Springs—Founded in 1891, Barium Springs, a non-profit organization, provides family services to residents of North Carolina. Find out more at http://bariumsprings.org
Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant—Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant brews a wide variety of ales and lagers and has restaurants located in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Find out more at http://brewsters.ca
Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance—Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance is a world leader in security, sharing, and communicating situational awareness in challenging environments, from urban environments to the digital battlefield. Find out more at http://www.cobham.com/about-cobham/aerospace-and-security/about-us/tactical-communications-and-surveillance.aspx
Dole Fresh Vegetables—Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., a subsidiary of Dole Food Company Inc., produces and markets fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers. It also offers packaged foods, such as salads, as well as frozen fruits. Find out more at http://www.dole.com
EMRlogic Logic Systems—EMRlogic, founded in 2005, is dedicated to providing practice management and electronic health records application software products to ophthalmologists and optometrists. Find out more at http://www.emrlogic.com
ERMC—ERMC is a multi-discipline, facilities services company headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee. ERMC currently serves a wide variety of industries such as retail shopping centers, food processing, aviation, manufacturing, transportation, and commercial office and property management. Find out more at http://ermc2.com
Gran Tierra— Gran Tierra Energy Inc. is an international oil and gas exploration and production company headquartered in Calgary, Canada. Find out more at http://www.grantierra.com
Mortgage Research Center, Veteran’s United—Veterans United Home Loans is the United State’s largest provider of VA Loans — dedicated to making the American dream of homeownership a reality for those who so bravely served. Find out more at http://www.veteransunited.com
Newhall Klein, Inc. —Since 1989, Newhall Klein has produced design and marketing solutions that have helped their business partners successfully build and reinforce their market positions. Find out more at http://www.newhallklein.com
Nova Medical Centers—Nova Medical Centers is the fastest growing 100% occupational medicine service provider in the industry. Find out more at https://www.n-o-v-a.com
Openbet—OpenBet is the market leader in providing software for the betting and online gaming industry. Find out more at http://www.openbet.com
Our365—Our365 and its divisions encourage expectant mothers through pregnancy and through beautiful photography capture those special days of anticipation, then meet these new mothers at the hospital to take the newborn’s first portrait. Find out more at http://www.our365.com
Palantir Solutions—Palantir Solutions is a leading, global provider of Integrated, Dynamic Planning Software and Services to upstream oil and gas companies. Find out more at http://www.palantirsolutions.com
Rockfish Learning Management (Stormwater USA)—Stormwater USA was created to provide industry professionals with an accessible stormwater training program to meet the growing demand for NPDES training. Find out more at http://www.stormwaterusa.com
Synapsii, LLC—Synapsii is a Women’s Business Enterprise founded in 2012. The company is currently working with medical practices, focusing on education delivered to patients at the appropriate time in their care continuum, by leveraging the latest in technology. Find out more at http://www.synapsii.com/
TXI— TXI is a leading supplier of cement, aggregate and ready-mix concrete building materials. Find out more at http://www.txi.com/
Xcel Testing Solutions LLC— Over 25 million students have successfully passed standardized assessment exams by utilizing Excel Testing Solutions research-based learning approach. Find out more at http://xceltesting.com