Saturday, March 27, 2004

How to Take a Long Working Vacation

Stumbled across an interesting article, "How to Take a Long Working Vacation" on PC World. While I'd rather slip onto a beach and take a total mental break, sometimes that's just not possible as a consultant. And the idea of intentionally planning to get awhile without turning work off is an option I have often considered. Because so much of my work is online now, this is becoming a more viable option. This article has good tips.

Also led me to:
Iomega storage online
Mobile Computing: Backup Strategies for the Road

Ah, "Space Tourist Plans Working Vacation", not quite my cup of tea, but intriguing....

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Demo and slides on social networks

Good item included in this morning's elearning post:
ReferralWeb
This is not a new site, but well worth a visit if you are exploring social networks. The PPT slides are especially useful in understanding the theory and the need for social network analysis. "The ReferralWeb system lets you search and explore social networks - the networks of friends, colleagues, and co-workers - that exist on the WWW. It lets you find trusted information from trusted experts, who are likely to help because they are friends of your friends!"

http://www.cs.washington.edu/homes/kautz/referralweb/

Thursday, March 04, 2004

Webinar on "onboarding" on March 25

Learned today about this free webinar on March 25, "On-Boarding: It's Not Just Orientation Anymore". The speaker is Joyce L. Gioia, co-author of: Lean and Meaningful: A New Culture for Corporate America. Sounds interesting, I've signed up.

Macromedia Declares March "Free Web Conferencing Month"

I thought this was pretty cool, and have just signed up:

San Francisco—March 1, 2004—Macromedia (Nasdaq: MACR) today announced that Macromedia will offer free Breeze web conferencing for the month of March. Starting on March 1, users in North America can sign up for free web conferencing via Breeze that will be available for the duration of the month. The account will allow a user to host free online meetings with up to five participants on the Macromedia hosted system. The offer is limited to the first 500 customers to sign up for an account. To sign up for a free account for the month of March, visit www.macromedia.com/go/meetfree.

Join me for a free presentation and online forum in March on online orientation

The University in Calgary here in Canada runs an ongoing best practices in e-learning series, with a few presentations every month. These are free to view and to participate in the discussion forums.

For the month of March, I am hosting one of the presentations, "Online Orientation: Trends, Blends and Design Strategies". I invite you to view the presentation and participate in the discussions:
http://elearn.ucalgary.ca/showcase/presentations_monthly/pres_westwood.html