Comments ON

I made some updates to my blog template (roll-over tool-tips for the sidebar links, changing “Macromedia” to “Adobe/Macromedia”, updating the IEEE LTSC and IMS links, permanent links to entries via the title of the post, etc). Apologies if this made your RSS aggregators freak a bit as I republished quite often– editing blog templates can be a trial-and-error-and-error process.

The most noteworthy change is that comments are on now. Hopefully, I’ll write something new and comment-worthy soon. Meantime, feel free to comment on older posts.

The other interesting news is that I managed to pass the W3C Markup Validation Service check for XHTML 1.0

Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional

Moving on from Macromedia/Adobe

In case you missed reading it at my official Macromedia blog (Elearning Moving Forward), I have moved on from Adobe. December 9, 2005 was officially my last day. Hopefully Silke Fleischer (and others?) will continue the Elearning Blog in my absence.

I just got a new laptop today and I can’t wait get started on some new projects. All the software I ordered from Adobe just can’t arrive soon enough.

Here are some of the things I plan on working on in 2006:

  • Updates to the AICC PENS documentation and Test Harness
    (see forum posts here)
  • A PENS Test Suite/Server-side Validater in PHP (Hint: send an email to and I’ll let you know where the test suite lives right now)
  • Updates to this site and the blog format
  • Posting more regularly on the ASTD Learning Circuits Blog (there’s serious dust on my last entry)
  • Getting more proficient with S1000D
  • Thinking about a consistent way to track learner activity in virtual classrooms (see Learning Circuits entry above)
  • Working with lots of the friends I’ve made over the years
  • Doing more with simulations and Captivate and Flash and maybe even Flex
  • Maybe even writing a book

Rapid Sabbatical

Thanks to Macromedia’s great benefits I spent six weeks on sabbatical. Though a sabbatical is rare (but greatly appreciated) in corporate form, it is also a bit shorter than the typical academic sabbatical, which can be a semester or full year to focus on other interests.

I’ll be continuing my elearning and technology blog on my section of the official Macromedia blogging site-

The RSS junkies amongst you can use the RSS feed for that site.

Time for a drive

I’m going on another drive and will be blogging once again. Send me an email if you’re interested. I’ll reply with the URL for the latest sports car excurision web site. The previous “Mobilemind” roadtrip blog is still online. Let me know if you want that URL too.


Blog Portability, or Tom gets official

Now I’ve gone and done it. Macromedia decided that my anecdote and pun-laden posts are worthy of an official Macromedia blog. —

I copied almost everything that I posted from here over to the new URL. I still have to figure out how to add my own links for standards, events, etc.

Being “official” is good news for all of us involved in elearning with Macromedia products… more visibility AND a comment mechanism.

Oh, I just realized something. Depending on what you think, that comment mechanism may not be so good for me. I’ll take my chances and count on your kindness.

Feedback and Elearning – Go Rapid

When I was in high school, feedback was Pete Townshend manipulating his guitar to eek shrieks and squeals out of Hi-Watt amps. By college, I thought of it as feedback loops and bio-feedback. In grad school, it became assessments and course evaluations, and applying the Kirkpatrick model.

In my early CBT days feedback was capturing student comments *while they were in the lesson* (wow, cool, huh). In the business world “feedback” morphed again, into “soliciting feedback” and trying to get comments, opinions and input from others (like colleagues, customers, learners) via email or questionnaires.

We talk about rapid elearning. I think we need rapid feedback too. Let’s get dynamic and real time like Pete. Lets loop-it into the mix and change what we’re teaching or presenting *while we’re doing it*. Oh, and by the way, lets add some real data collection too.

Real time. Real data. Real cool. Next time you do some Live elearning, include questions, surveys or polls. Be ready to act on the responses and adapt in real time. Heck, be ready to write some new questions in real-time, on-the-fly. No reason why data at almost any Kirkpatrick level can’t be real-time. Act on that inner feedback loop during the session. And afterwards, go for the big loop. Play back the tape, analyze the data and plug THAT back into the amp for the next time you go live.

“Ka-whang… waheeeeeeeeeeeee.”

Send me your feedback (but not on reel-to-reel, 8-track, cassettes or MP3s, please). If you’ve got my email address, use it. Otherwise, use: