Calling a Crowd of Experts

About the community of experts and passion around learning Microsoft technologies

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    The Community takes on Windows 7!

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    Today Microsoft Learning announced a first-ever opportunity for Community Authors.  We are looking for several authors to create the key courses for the Windows 7 portfolio (as well as the courses that you feel need to be built for Windows 7 beyond...
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    Community Contributors

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    In the discussions that I have with other members of my team, the roles that exist and will exist in our Community fall under a greater category of Contributors. “Wait, I thought we were talking about authors?” Yes, we are. But there’s a lot more to do...
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    Community, Learning and Windows 7

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    You MIGHT have heard that Windows 7 was released in its public beta a week ago… As you might imagine, Microsoft Learning is busy putting together our courseware, book and certification plans, many of which are in development now. While the finalized...
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    Community: Who can be an Author?

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    One of the questions I'm frequently asked of late is, "Who can be an Author?"  I like to respond that anyone can be an author, but realistically one should be one of the community of Experts on Microsoft technologies (the " Crowd of...
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    Community Authoring and Identified Opportunities

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    Having taken a week off to relax around Thanksgiving and finish up the final project for my class in Research Strategies and Methodologies , I am back and rested and ready for…..more of the holidays! First up, an update on the MCT Summits: it looks...
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    The trigger is pulled...

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    In my last post I mentioned the changes that have taken place within Microsoft Learning and what that means for me and my focus, as well as the topics of this blog.  I spent some time thinking about what the new tag-line for it should be, and I recalled...
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    Time for ANOTHER change

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    Right up there with Death and Taxes is the certainty of re-organizations with almost frightening regularity.  This is one of those moments. In the process of taking a long hard look at where the Learning business is today and where it is heading...
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    Courseware Quality - the MCT's

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    First, thanks for the feedback and keep it coming! Next I’d like to clarify something I said in my last post. I wrote that Training businesses look to Microsoft Learning to provide them with solid value propositions for Official Microsoft Learning...
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    Courseware Satisfaction and the Training Business

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    In my post last week I laid out the framework for a discussion around satisfaction with Microsoft Learning Instructor-Led Training (ILT) courseware. Several have certainly taken a look at this “entry” post, but no one has yet commented, so...
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    Courseware Satisfaction

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    I am kicking off a discussion about what comprises satisfaction with Microsoft Learning courseware. This is an obvious topic of interest, if only because Microsoft is concerned about the quality of all of its products. Courseware is no different. I...
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    Learning and "Community", Part 2

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    After a week vacation, part of which was in Las Vegas, I'm moderately well rested and ready to head into the last bit of our fiscal year planning. I finished "Groundswell" on vacation and have started " Wikinomics " so I can start...
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    Learning and "Community"

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    Why the quotations around community?  Community means so very many things to different people, and some of them appear downright magical, if only in concept... I'm currently reading the book " Groundswell " by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff...
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    MCP's and other Learners

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    So, I know there are a great number of MCP's out here who have any number of exams, classes and certifications under their collective belts.  You all have a vested interest in the technology and look to Microsoft Learning to supply a solid portion...
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    Too long

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    Technorati Tags: Planning , Digital Media , Learning Ok, so it's been months....I'm checking in. I'm becoming more and more intrigued with how people learn best, if that is dependent on mode of delivery, form factor, context (like environment, whether...
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    Ch..ch..ch..changes....

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    Going with the flow is certainly an easier and more positive way to approach change, both personally and in the world around (A tree that more easily bends will not snap in a high wind, etc....that kind of thing...).  Anyway, Microsoft Learning is...
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    Microsoft Learning Courseware Library - What's in it for developers?

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    Last week I spent some time bringing the Microsoft Learning Courseware Library to your attention.  I've gotten some queries about what is in the Library that is of interest to developers.   So I have compiled a short list of some courses...
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    Even more content!

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    One of the single largest challenges in planning courseware for the developer community is the sheer number of technologies we use to build the applications our businesses or passions lead us to build.  I would need an incredible budget to build...
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    Well, that happened....

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    Wow , I blinked and summer is more or less over. There has been much of the usual sound and fury surrounding the end of one fiscal year and the beginning of another. This, combined with the inevitable re-organizations that take place, has the overall...
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    Tech-Ed 2007: plenty for all

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    I am the fortunate soul from the Microsoft Learning courseware team that gets to attend Tech-Ed 2007 in Orlando next week, and I am justifiably psyched. The last Tech-Ed I went to was in 1999 in Dallas and the developer world has changed considerably...
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    That's so cool...but can I use it?

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    You have heard here about the upcoming courseware for Visual Studio Orcas and what it will cover at a high level... So, before I go galloping off to plan these courses, I'd like to hear from you about what you feel are not only the "WOW!" aspects of...
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    WHEW! - Planning and lifting

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    I wanted to get to a point in our planning process where I could actually comment on the final plans and take about the courses. However, the past 6 weeks has been a flurry of activity around fine-tuning the Instructor-Led Training (ILT) plan for Microsoft...
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    ILT Developer Roadmap: Part 2

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    So, if there is a Part One, there really ought to be a Part Two, correct?.......OK, then.... The rest of the road map for FY08 right now looks like this: Developing Microsoft ASP.NET Web Applications Using Visual Studio Orcas - This course is...
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    Nice real estate

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    I was just wondering: what does the oldest usable PC in your arsenal have on it and what do you use it for? At home I have a laptop I purchased in early 2000 that was top-of-the-line at the time. Pentium III, maxed out memory and a PCMCIA wireless...
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    ILT Roadmap for Developers: Part One

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    My E-Learning colleague Glenn recently posted his current roadmap for developer e-learning, so I thought I would follow suit and give you an idea of some of what we're planning for MOC for the rest of 2007 and 2008. Visual Studio Code Named "Orcas...
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    A Course by any other name

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    So there is an interesting ongoing discussion among the planners across parts of Microsoft Learning and it's about semantics and expectations. Here's the issue: what do you expect to learn in a course or from a book that is called, let's say, "Core...
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