For the last three or four years, I have provided a quiz on the Work-Learning Research website so that you can test your knowledge of research-based instructional-design fundamentals. The 15-item quiz presents you with realistic instructional-design scenarios and asks you to make decisions about which design will produce the best learning. The quiz also provides detailed feedback on each question, so that by taking the quiz, you’re really getting a great learning opportunity for yourself.

When I compiled the results several years ago, the results were astonishing. I won’t tell you how they were astonishing—because I don’t want to bias your input—but they were astonishing. I will leave the quiz up for some time, but I’d like to make a big push in the first two weeks of February of 2007 so that I can publish the results on this blog. So, please take the quiz, and encourage everyone you know who is a learning professional (training, learning, instructional design, e-learning, performance improvement, education) to take the quiz now.

Take the Quiz by Clicking Here

Please take the Quiz by February 15th, 2007 so that I can do a large compilation by the end of the month.

Tell All Your Fellow Learning Professionals to take the Quiz. Send them this Link:

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And feel free to comment on the quiz below.


Apple’s new iPhone is really quite amazing. I’m not usually a gadget guy, but you ought to check this out. It really has some great potential as an m-learning device. It will have some of the same limitations of any m-learning device, but it does give us a good glimpse of the future. Check out Steve Job’s introduction of the iPhone by clicking here. Job’s keynote is not only interesting for the content. It’s great theater as well. I clicked on it to find a quote, but I ended up watching almost the whole damn keynote. I found it inspiring. And I don’t think it was inspiring because I was once the proud owner of the first line of the Apple Macintosh’s—the one’s with the 128K disk drives. SMILE.

Of course, there is always a downside isn’t there. Check out this article from the NY Times on how Apple is restricting iPod and iTunes users in using music files. Is Apple in danger of losing it’s Teflon-coated image as the good-tech angel?

You can hear an analysis of the iPhone and Apple’s stock option troubles on the radio show OnPoint.


Lev Grossman wrote the following in Time Magazine.

"Everybody hates their phone," Jobs says, "and that’s not a good thing. And there’s an opportunity there." To Jobs’s perfectionist eyes, phones are broken. Jobs likes things that are broken. It means he can make something that isn’t and sell it to you for a premium price.

This brilliant business analysis ought to relate to our industry as well. What’s out there in the training-and-development, e-learning, learning-and-performance field that is broken? What can we fix? What can we get people to actually pay for?

Stay tuned for my answers to these questions over the next couple years. And leave your comments about what is broken and what can be fixed.