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92 - Microsoft Car Page: Example of Dynamic Interaction Learning

1. Microsoft Car Page: Example of Dynamic Interaction Learning. Check out a new service from Microsoft, called Personal Auto Page. You supply a small amount of information about your automobile(s) and the page serves as a dynamic diary for maintenance, car value and other learning related to your vehicles. There are links to automobile research and a capability of receiving email when a recall is announced or an oil change is due. This dynamic interaction is a super model of on-line learning in the future. The page transformed itself with pictures of our cars and speedometers with the current mileage. The value of each car was listed and I found myself reading about ideal lengths of ownership.

Think about this process applied to any topic in an organization (e.g.. supervision or purchasing). By providing an immediate value based on personal information, the process invites repeat visits and becomes a dynamic point of learning on the topic. You can access Auto Page at

2. Learning Quotation: Confucius: Here's another cool quote from a Trends Reader, Boris Drizin, from Sao Paulo, Brazil:

"Some are born with knowledge, some derive it from study, and some acquire it only after a painful realization of their ignorance. But the knowledge being possessed, it comes to the same thing. Some study with a natural ease,some from a desire for advantages, and some by strenuous effort. But the achievement being made, it comes to the same thing." Confucius

3. Book and Web Site Support Performance Analysis: Allison Rossett, one of the great thinkers in the training and development field, has authored a new book and released a high value web site, both focused on helping us with the critical task of Performance Analysis. Her book is "First Things Fast: A Handbook for Performance Analysis." Check out the accompanying website at The web site provides great advice for countering objections to doing Performance Analysis and suggests ways to implement fast and focused surveys of needs.

(You can also purchase this book through First Things Fast : A Handbook for Performance Analysis)

4. Vice President Gore to Host Televised Summit on Skills: The MASIE Center is pleased to announce a special summit being organized by Vice President Gore, focusing on "21st Century Skills for 21st Century Jobs.:" We have been working with his staff to create a national interactive forum that will bring business, education and labor leaders together for a unique dialogue. You can host a local group to view this downlinked session and participate in a regional dialogue. The date is Monday, January 12th from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm Eastern Time. Complete details can be found on a new web site that will open on 12/8/98 or by calling 1-800-USA-LEARN. We will also carry complete details of the summit in future Trends.

5. Skills for On-Line Trainers Class Announced for D.C. A session of our popular Skills for On-Line Trainers class will be held in Washington, D.C. on January 25 and 26, 1999. This class is aimed at providing trainers (and others) with the skills and perspectives needed to operate in a technology delivered learning environment. Complete details and on-line registration is available at

Upcoming MASIE Center Events:
The Road to On-Line Learning LAB & Seminar: 12/14 to 12/15 - Saratoga Springs, NY (10 spaces left)
TechLearn '99 - 10/31 to 11/3 - Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL
Busine$$ of On-Line Learning Conference - Seattle - March

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