Friday, June 19, 2009

Wild and Wacky Friday: the story of stuff

This "story" presents some fairly dry facts and complex ideas by combining a ”talking head” presenter using simple language, with visually simple images and animation.

The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Autodesk Assistance Program

Autodesk Assistance Program was designed to help displaced workers in the architecture, engineering, design and manufacturing industries maintain and develop their 3D design technology skills and help improve their employability in a down economy.

Autodesk University(AU) Online: Autodesk Assistance Program members may receive full access with a separate AU Online membership. This valuable resource provides 1,000-plus session videos and handouts, including more than 400 sessions from AU 2008.

Check it out:

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

How to create a great latte

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), in conjunction with Starbucks Foodservice, has introduced “Coffee: Brewing, Tasting, and Cooking” – a free online learning and videos tracking America’s favorite beverage from bean to table. Geared to professionals, but suitable for home cooks as well, the e-learning module includes 16 downloadable recipes, demonstrated by CIA chef-instructors in streaming video.

Access the program online at

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

What makes us happy?

This presentation (the video is half way down) uses a conventional talking head.

The delivery is narrative based, the key points are illustrated by stories.

A few very simple text slides and some still images support the message.

No graphs, no lecture notes, no clip art.

But it's great .....

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Hidden Costs Associated with Hosted (Sass) vs. Licensed LMS/LCMS Decisions

Bob Goldschneider, Director of Business Development at SyberWorks discusses his latest article, “Hosted (SaaS) Vs. Licensed Cost Analysis of a Learning Management System/Learning Content Management System.” He mentions the top three hidden costs which organizations leave out of their analysis when evaluating a hosted vs. licensed LMS/LCMS purchase.

Check it out:
SyberWorks e-Learning Podcast Series: Episode #32: “Hidden Costs Associated with Hosted vs. Licensed LMS/LCMS Decisions” -

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Source article, “Hosted (SaaS) Vs. Licensed Cost Analysis of a Learning Management System/Learning Content Management System” -