Friday, October 22, 2004

Events: The Macromedia E-Learning Seminar Series

Macromedia Breeze is sponsoring a series of free online seminars for anyone's who is a : "Corporate Trainer, E-Learning Content Developer, Instructional Designer, Technology Coordinator, Technology Director."

Here are some of the titles and dates. They're all 1 - 2 PM ET. You can get full details by clicking the title of this post.
  • Training and Performance Metrics – Getting Value from Measurement 10/28/04
  • Rapid E-Learning – Here and Now 11/11/04
  • Making the Most of Virtual Classrooms 11/18/04
  • Blending Training and Support for Software Applications 12/2/04
  • Building Captivating Simulations for E-Learning 12/9/04
If you attend one of these, we'd love to hear your thoughts on the sessions. You can either post a comment here, or, if you're a member of CTISPI, post a blog entry yourself. (Contact Sabine to sign up.)

I haven't attended any Macromedia seminars, but, obviously, all these free online events are sponsored by someone, and so there's always a slant towards or mention made of the product or company. Still, I have attended some valuable sessions this way, so I'm planning on checking these out, especially the one on Simulations, which is a particular interest of mine.

(As a side note, I got the announcement via an email. When I clicked on the link, I noticed that the URL in the address bar ended with "&trackingid...." I don't like seeing that; it means that they know the source of the link. When I backspaced over that part of the URL, I got the exact same page. I don't know what the tracking id tracks -- the general source of the link -- email vs from a web page? -- or if it actually identifies the email recipient. Maybe I'm being paranoid or just plain contrarian, but I edited the URL above so that the tracking info is not included.)

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Feedback and ideas from 10/21/04 meeting

Tonight's the big night -- our first meeting of the 2004-2005 season.

We're trying a mini-cracker barrel, and the details are on our website.

We're going to meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month, and we are planning the meetings for the rest of the year.

Right now we have a few openings in 2005: Jan 20, March 17th, and April 21st.
If you have any suggestions for speakers, if you want to suggest we do a full session with any of our speakers from tonight, or if you have a presentation that would fit the HPT model, let us know.

Give us your feedback in the comments section. You can remain anonymous or share your contact info. It's up to you.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Resources: Learning Times Network

The LearningTimes Network (LTN) of communities continues to grow and offer a wide range of professional development, networking and collaboration opportunities for education and training professionals around the globe. Click on the title above to go to their latest newsletter.
Membership is free.

Two things that might be of particular interest to CTISPI members:


    Have you noticed a "CSTP" designation on business cards, e-mail signatures, or resumes of your colleagues? Or seen a Golden Squirrel Seal hanging prominently on an office wall? These unique symbols represent that this person has acquired the skills, experience, and dedication to merit the title "Certified Synchronous Training Professional". LearningTimes and InSync Training are proud to have issued several hundred certificates this year. CSTPs build high quality interactive and collaborative educational and training programs, and maintain a level of professionalism that has led to several recent industry awards recognizing their efforts. CSTPs produce these courses and events on every major synchronous platform in the market, which has certainly helped their organizations take full advantage of a wide range of educational and community building technology investments.

    Online classes begin each month, and include a Synchronous Training Primer, followed by Facilitation, Design, and Certification classes. Consider joining us on October 28th for our next free "Learn to Learn Online" class:

    ... or visit for more information.

  2. BMRA WEBCASTS on ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR"Timeless Solutions for 21st Century People Problems"

    LearningTimes partner BMRA, a women-owned small business that provides professional education to Federal, state and local government agencies and other organizations, has invited LearningTimes members to view the archived recording of a recent session, entitled "Foundations of Organizational Behavior, Or Why Does That Person Annoy Me and What Can I Do About it?" The session kicks off a 5-part series on "Timeless Solutions for 21st Century People Problems".

    To view the free recording of the first session, visit:

    Malcolm Munro's five-part, one-hour webcast series, "Timeless Solutions for 21st Century People Problems", gives practical information and advice on the fundamentals of individual and organizational behavior. The next webcast in the series is scheduled for 12 noon New York time, October 22. More information about the "people skills" webcast series can be found at: