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Last week I was pleasantly surprised to find Dr. Werner Oppelbaumer on the flight from Orlando to Seattle.  He’s been a hero of mine for years and truly one of the most brilliant minds when it comes to all things learning.  So I took advantage of the time with him to pick his brain and get a feel for his perspective on our industry.

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Dr. Werner, it’s always a pleasure to talk to you.  Last time we met, I believe Werner Labs was working on some cool gadgets to help make air travel more comfortable.  What’s new at Werner Labs today?

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Yes, this past year has been extremely busy.  We’re working on a number of projects.  Many of them are top secret, but here’s one that we’re close to bringing online.  We call it the Twitter Sitter.

We are using Twitter as a baby monitoring service.  This allows you to experience the promised freedom of your mobile technology and still remain lovingly connected to your little ones.

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Here are a few sample tweets:

As you can see we have a little work to do on the text-to-speech conversion, but we think this tool will be a very popular.  Many of today’s media savvy people are forced to find a way to balance their time between Facebook, video games, and watching movies.  It’s critical that we find technology solutions to take care of the day-to-day distractions that inhibit their ability to grow.

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That looks really promising.  Let’s change the subject and talk elearning.  I just got back from the Learning Solutions conference.  There’s a lot going on in the industry with the convergence of easy to use technologies, social media, and learning.  Considering your experience, what insights can you share with the blog readers?

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You are correct, there is a lot going on.  So I put together this simple presentation to address some of the important things I see happening in our industry.

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Click here to view the presentation.

I think you’ll agree that Dr. Werner’s tips resonate with most of us in the industry and there’s much to be gleaned from his wisdom.


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31 responses to “3 Things You Can Only Learn from a Real E-Learning Expert”

Some great tips from Dr. Werner. That guy’s the schnitzel.

April 1st, 2011

First Google’s email gestures, now this. It’s amazing what technology can accomplish on April 1!

No, YOU are the schnitzel!

April 1st, 2011


YOU are the schnitzel. <3


Love it! Nicely done!

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April 1st, 2011

Tom you put the “e” in schnitzel!

April 1st, 2011

Nice April Fool’s Day intent! But the Twitter idea is not bad!!

April 1st, 2011

It wouldn’t be April 1st without some sage words from Dr. Oppelbaumer! Thanks for keeping us informed, Tom. You really are the schnitzel! 🙂


This is hilarious and perfect for a Friday. Thanks for sharing. YOU are definitely the schnitzel!

Thank you for this funny post! Finally, someone answered the question of the proper spelling for elearning/eLearning/E-learning!

…and where do I get the twitter sitter?

Hey dude…I soooo agree with the talking to young people stuff n that. Really made me lool…. 😉

April 1st, 2011

Appreciate the annual April Foolery!

April 1st, 2011

Dr Werner ist un Genie!

Yes! I was in meetings this morning, and was eagerly waiting Tom’s April Fools Day blog post!

What a fun and appreciated tradition.

Keep up the Tom Foolery, Mr. Kuhlmann!

Your fan,

April 1st, 2011

I have been looking forward to this post all week, but I made myself save this until the end of the day, and as usual Tom delivered. Not only is Tom the schnitzel, he is the James Bond of Leearning.

The last time I saw this guy, he was quizzing me on dinosaurs. It’s good to see that he’s come so far!


April 2nd, 2011

LOL! I’m going to buy one of those water bottles for my desk.

April 3rd, 2011

I think I work with this guy??

Totally made my day… Thanks…

Got some design ideas for the Oppelbaumer CafePress shop – who do I submit them to?….. 😉

April 4th, 2011

Tom, you are too funny! 🙂

Thanks for the laugh!

@Shani: send them to me, I’ll be sure that they get to Dr. Werner.

Nice! And here’s my LOL 🙂

Very clever! Thanks!

The presentation was indeed an entertaining and effective e learning on e learning,especially when it talked about the “e” in learning

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April 1st, 2013

April fools! Very funny!