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  • 5 Things That the NBA Playoffs Teach Us About Leadership

    Grovo Blog
    Leonard DeFranco
    27 May 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Basketball, uniquely among team sports, is dominated by superstar players. In no other game does victory depend on team leaders so heavily. Peyton Manning or Miguel Cabrera (in the NFL and MLB respectively) are historic greats at their positions, but not even they have a big enough impact on games to guarantee their teams’ success The post 5 Things That the NBA Playoffs Teach Us About Leadership appeared first on Grovo Blog.
  • Becoming a Better eLearning Designer: 4 Areas to Focus On #ATD2015

    Cammy Bean's Learning Visions
    21 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    Yesterday, I had the honor of being interviewed for ATD TV as part of the International Conference & Expo that just wrapped up in Orlando this week.  Here I talk about the four pieces of eLearning pie you should eat if you want to be a well-rounded eLearning professional. These ideas all originated from conversations I've had over the years with my friend and mentor, Dr. Ellen Wagner of Sage Road Solutions.
  • 5 Handy Tools for the One-man eLearning Show

    SHIFT's eLearning Blog
    28 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    Let’s face it: sometimes we may feel as we’re subbing for the whole personnel in a circus. Day in and day out, we are faced with the challenge of juggling content, walking the tight rope of creative storytelling and making our audience gasp with amazement at sensational graphic design. As an instructional designer, we welcome all the help we can get! The good news is we have lots of it, if we look in the right place. So, without further ado, here to assist you on your one-man (or woman) eLearning show is a toolbox of small yet enormously helpful apps and websites for your everyday tasks.
  • 5 Training Department Guiding Principles

    Litmos
    Brent Schlenker
    28 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    I delivered a session at the ATD International Conference and Expo last week titled Back to the Future...of Training & Development. The crowd was a lot of fun. This was my first event presentation in a while and so I was a little nervous. My presentation was filled with new material that I have blogged about, but never put into a presentation. The feedback I received was much appreciated.  If you were there, thank you! I touched on quite a few topics, and as usual, got so caught up in the moment that I lost track of time and went way over the session time. To my surprise, after giving…
  • 3 Things To Remember When Creating On-Demand E-Learning

    Helge Scherlund's eLearning News
    28 May 2015 | 10:19 pm
    Follow on Twitter as @sameer_bhatia"Learners want e-learning on their terms. Here’s how to make sure the results are on yours." reports Sameer Bhatia, founder and CEO of ProProfs, an e-learning company.Photo: Chief Learning OfficerThe e-learning market is growing apace, thanks to new technologies and trends like massive open online courses and mobile learning, as well as a desire for organizations — both educational institutions and companies — to get more for their money.While most of the initial online courses and MOOCs were scheduled and moderated similar to a face-to-face course,…
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    Online learning | The Guardian

  • Out of Africa: e-learning makes further education a reality for tens of thousands | Mark Anderson

    Mark Anderson
    20 May 2015 | 4:05 am
    As the eLearning Africa conference gets underway in Addis Ababa, there is a growing recognition that online courses can boost further education accessZuhur Yasin has never been to the US, but she holds a bachelor’s degree from an American university. Part of Yasin’s studies in Somaliland, a self-declared independent country in Somalia, were spent in a special classroom, lined with rows of computers equipped with webcams and microphones. The 29-year-old watched videos and took part in live virtual classes at Indiana University as part of her journalism programme at the University of…
  • E-learning in healthcare: benefits, challenges and limitations

    Sarah Johnson
    11 May 2015 | 1:20 am
    Our expert panel talks about what e-learning can offer the NHS and its staff• Read the discussion in fullColin McEwen, account manager, eCom Scotland: One of the major benefits is the flexibility e-learning offers ... This can help ensure learning is more accessible and is not overlooked. There are also benefits when it comes to managing compliance and continual professional development, both from an individual and organisational perspective ... There can also be budgetary and time saving benefits for the organisation. Continue reading...
  • How can the healthcare sector and staff best use e-learning? Live discussion

    Sarah Johnson
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:09 am
    Join us on Thursday 16 April from noon till 2pm to discuss the benefits and challenges of e-learningE-learning provides the opportunity for people to learn at their own time and pace, on a one-to-one basis, as and when needed. It can be useful both for newly recruited staff and for people changing roles within an organisation who need to top up their skills.It’s not hard to see its appeal as a cost-effective solution to learning for time-pressed healthcare staff. Continue reading...
  • Distance learning taps in to virtual reality technology

    Lucy Jolin
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:22 am
    As technology advances, so the potential for online learning flourishes Eddie Chauncy is no stranger to traditional universities – he already holds a degree in English literature from Cambridge. But 20 years after first graduating, when he realised that a knowledge of psychology would benefit his career as a business and finance trainer, he chose to study with the Open University (OU).“I knew the OU from when I was a kid and I used to watch the maths lessons on TV,” says Chauncy, who graduated from the OU with a psychology degree in 2012. “I’d recommended it to one of my delegates…
  • Become a birdsong hero | video | @GrrlScientist

    GrrlScientist
    15 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today’s caturday video introduces the online game, Bird Song Hero. It uses audio and visual cues to help people learn birdsongs so they can identify wild birds by voice alone. Those who follow along are aware that Saturdays are known as “caturday” amongst many within the blogosphere. Some “bloggers” only share pictures of and stories about their cats whilst others use this day as an opportunity to remind people about the world’s many fascinating animals, almost all of which are overlooked, under-appreciated or just plain unknown to the public.Since I’ve recently been having fun…
 
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  • Why Blogging Is Key to the Future of Higher Ed

    fsaba
    27 May 2015 | 4:10 pm
    A massive experiment at Virginia Commonwealth University involving 7,000 blogs could lead to a new view on how college students learn. Campus Technology
  • What Does ‘Personalized Learning’ Look Like? Video Series Aims to Go Beyond Hype

    fsaba
    27 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    An education blog whose authors believe there’s too much hype around “personalized learning” technology has posted a series of video case studies about the trend, hoping to help get beyond overheated rhetoric. Wired Campus
  • Cable History

    fsaba
    27 May 2015 | 4:05 pm
    The University of Oklahoma raised some eyebrows last year when it announced it was partnering with the History Channel to offer a new U.S. history survey course. The thrust of the initial interest was the university’s decision to pair up with a relatively old-school medium — cable television — to offer distance learning in the midst of a digital platform boom. Inside Higher Ed
  • Using an ‘open approach’ to create a new, innovative higher education model

    fsaba
    20 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Navigating learning, formal or informal, can be overwhelming, confusing, and impersonal. With more options than ever, the process of deciding what, where, and when can be overwhelming to a learner. The concept of Open College at Kaplan University (OC@KU) was to bring organization, purpose, and personalization of learning caused by vast resources and numerous options. Focused on organizing, supporting and providing a personalized education experience using open courses, an innovative higher education model was conceived and created. As the concept of developing a college that adapted its…
  • Leaders discuss taking online learning from an alternative to a “must”

    fsaba
    20 May 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Until recently, online learning has been viewed as either solely for those interested in adult education or as a branding tactic for innovative institutions. eCampus News
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    The Rapid E-Learning Blog

  • How to Move Past Free Clip Art

    Tom Kuhlmann
    26 May 2015 | 12:16 am
    A few months ago I wrote a post on Microsoft getting rid of free clip art. For those with a budget that probably wasn’t that big of a deal. But there are many who relied on the free assets that Microsoft provided, especially since they didn’t include just clip art. Losing free clip art isn’t all bad news. There is some good news in all of this. A lot of the clip art was lame and negatively impacted many online courses and presentations. Not having it means we’ll need to get better at our design and learn a few new skills. How to Find Free Clip Art Most online…
  • Learn How to Build Effective E-Learning with this Free E-Book

    Tom Kuhlmann
    18 May 2015 | 8:47 pm
    I’m not sure you noticed but we just updated the Insider’s Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro. The first edition of the free e-book was released in 2007, and as you can imagine a lot has changed in our industry. This new addition addresses some of those changes and offers more practical tips and tricks. How Has E-Learning Changed? In 2007, most of the options for creating interactive elearning required Flash. If you wanted to build courses, you were required to either learn Flash or hire a Flash programmer. That meant a lot of organizations were shut out of building their…
  • Here’s a Free New Hire Orientation Course Template

    Tom Kuhlmann
    11 May 2015 | 8:20 pm
    I’m working on some practice content for an upcoming workshop and decided to share the template that is part of the workshop activities. It starts with a main image that has five distinct sections. Each section links to a series of slides with a few different layouts. Because the main image looks like an organizational overview, I think the template works great for a new hire orientation module. But you’re free to do with it as you wish. In the template you’ll also find some extra slides with the people images and some props that I gleaned from the main image. Feel free…
  • A Three-Step Process for Becoming an E-Learning Pro

    Tom Kuhlmann
    4 May 2015 | 8:45 pm
    “I want to become an elearning pro. What do I have to do to get better?” This is one of the most common questions I’m asked. I’ve addressed it a few times in the blog by sharing some tips, free ebook recommendations, and a ton of tutorials. But it’s still a common question and worth reviewing from a slightly different perspective. We’ll look at three key steps in the process of becoming an elearning pro. Become an E-learning Pro by Learning More There are many ways to learn what you need to know to become an elearning pro. Here are a few options: Get a…
  • How to Build Better Interactive Scenarios for E-Learning

    Tom
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:20 am
    As many of you know, I tend to divide courses into two buckets. One bucket is information. The other is performance. When I meet with a client I quickly asses what type of course they want to build so that we can best meet the organization’s goals and control the cost of development. Information-based courses are common and many people complain that they’re just click-and-read. However they are legitimate and do meet a need. Here are few common examples: Awareness: sometimes, the only goal is an awareness campaign to share information. For example, the organization wants people to know…
 
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    eLearning Technology

  • Micro-Learning Myth or Must

    Tony Karrer
    18 May 2015 | 4:40 pm
    This week on eLearning Learning, the top two articles were funny to see side-by-side: You can find them on the Weekly Edition.  Both articles may be interesting to read, but it also highlights how hot Micro-Learning is right now.  Lot’s more content can be found on Micro-Learning on eLearning Learning, including it’s Top Ten articles. The Myth of “Micro-Learning”- Bottom-Line Performance, May 13, 2015 Micro-Learning as a Workplace Learning Strategy- ID Reflections, March 31, 2015 Micro-Learning: Making Learning Part of Everyday Tasks- Social Learning Blog, March 11, 2014 6…
  • How Khan Academy Nike Training Club and SparkPeople Motivate Users Behavior

    Tony Karrer
    26 Nov 2012 | 9:51 am
    I mentioned in my post Online Systems for Behavior Change that I'm working on a very interesting project that is designed to lead to some important changes in behavior that has already had dramatic impacts.  But we want to do even better and so we are studying some parallel offerings and what they are doing relative to promoting specific behavior in their systems.  Ultimately, we are trying to design something that will motivate users to take action that we know will have positive impact.  However, there's often this gap between what people know they should do and getting them…
  • eLearning Conferences 2013

    Tony Karrer
    13 Nov 2012 | 4:56 pm
    Clayton R. Wright has done his 28th version of his amazing list of conferences again this year. Past years eLearning Conferences 2012, eLearning Conferences 2011, eLearning Conferences 2010, eLearning Conferences 2009. You can contact him at: crwr77 [@] gmail.com.  This year, he has cut down the list slightly to cover "selected events."  But its still a massive list. As always, please note that events, dates, titles, and locations may change; thus, CHECK the specific conference website. Note also that some events will be cancelled at a later date, such as those in Tunisia…
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    Internet Time Blog

  • Through the Workscape Looking Glass

    Jay Cross
    26 May 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Your Workscape is everything in your organization except the training department. It’s where work is done and where people hone the skills they need to add value. It’s the biggest frame of the big picture. It’s relationships and culture and secret sauce. It’s the organization as organism. To prosper, you need to nurture it, plant seeds, pamper the ground. It’s your job to help the system thrive. Learning Ecosystem, Learning Ecology, and Learnscape mean the same thing as Workscape. I don’t use the word learn with executives, who inevitably think back to the awfulness of school and…
  • Notes from the Spargel Tour

    Jay Cross
    20 May 2015 | 2:31 pm
    The last two days, the GPS in our rental car has taken us on to obscure farm roads and “the long way around” time after time. We don’t know whether we should take advice from the GPS’s calm English voice or say to hell with it and follow the signs. We’ve traveled farm roads so narrow that we had to stop to let cars come the other way. The GPS will tell us it’s planning another route because of traffic conditions and then take us directly into roadblocks and construction projects. I fear it’s possessed. Distances are so short in Europe compared to the…
  • On the remembrance of things past

    Jay Cross
    17 May 2015 | 12:10 am
    For satisfaction, experiences trump possessions. Savoring past experiences is a matter of remembering them, and it so happens that I’ve been studying memory as part of the research for my book. Benedict Carey’s How We Learn says that our brains record everything. Not that you can recall them, but all your experiences are in there. You just can’t reach them. At lunch today, Uta recalled having asparagus Bismarck at a delightful lunch in Como forty years ago. What was the name of that long-closed restaurant? I don’t recall. But I do remember that I ate the guinea fowl,…
  • The Spargeltour Continues

    Jay Cross
    12 May 2015 | 10:44 am
  • Spargeltour Begins in Lubeck

    Jay Cross
    9 May 2015 | 1:06 am
    Uta and I are staying in the oldest building in Lubeck, a powerhouse in the days of the Hanseatic League. The hotel Anno 1216 was named for the year of its construction. White asparagus
 
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    Harold Jarche

  • build your own edge

    Harold Jarche
    26 May 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Every one of the major challenges facing us is complex. But our organizations are not designed for complexity. Our workplace training does not factor in complexity. While not all of our problems are complex, the simpler issues are being dealt with, especially through software and automation. Understanding complexity means working in it together and using our collective intelligence. One example of using the collective wisdom of an organization is to map a path forward. Robert Paterson worked with US public radio, NPR, in 2005 to help determine how to adapt to the industry-wide changes wrought…
  • leading beyond automation

    Harold Jarche
    24 May 2015 | 7:38 am
    As we enter the network era, we see that leadership is an emergent property of a network in balance and not some special property available to only the select few. Effective knowledge networks require leadership from everyone – an aggressively intelligent and engaged workforce, learning with each other. Positional leadership, by the authority of some hierarchy, is giving way to reputational leadership, as determined by the myriad feedback loops of the network. To lead in a network, is to learn in a network, as relationships and conditions change. Anyone can show leadership, not just…
  • technology, change, and us

    Harold Jarche
    22 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. Innovation vs. (social) copying [without innovators to copy, none of us can learn socially] Another attribute of the most successful strategies is that they are parasitic. This is the essence of social learning – somebody has to do the hard graft to find out how to do things before other people can copy them, so it only pays to learn socially when there are some innovators around. Indeed, in contests where (the winning) agents were able to invade the entire…
  • social learning is personal

    Harold Jarche
    17 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    Social learning is the process by which groups of people cooperate to learn with and from each other. The network era is creating a historic reversal of education, as discourse replaces institutions, and social learning in knowledge networks obsolesces many aspects of organizational training. It is as if Socrates has come back to put Plato’s academy in its place, but this time the public agora is global. I have learned by facilitating dozens of online workshops that the social aspect is the most important. No matter how much content I design, it is the the discourse amongst participants…
  • time and context

    Harold Jarche
    14 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    One way to make sense of something is to walk around it by looking at it from a different perspective. Time and a different context can give new insights. Chris Mackay gave me this PKM tip on how to make a decision on purchasing books. Chris adds the book’s name & link to OmniFocus and then puts a 30 day reminder on it. One month later he gets an automated notice about the book. What is interesting is that in most cases, Chris decides not to buy the book. Chris admits that he loves buying books and often makes quick purchase decisions. This new discipline helps him save money. He…
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    Litmos

  • 5 Training Department Guiding Principles

    Brent Schlenker
    28 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    I delivered a session at the ATD International Conference and Expo last week titled Back to the Future...of Training & Development. The crowd was a lot of fun. This was my first event presentation in a while and so I was a little nervous. My presentation was filled with new material that I have blogged about, but never put into a presentation. The feedback I received was much appreciated.  If you were there, thank you! I touched on quite a few topics, and as usual, got so caught up in the moment that I lost track of time and went way over the session time. To my surprise, after giving…
  • GUEST POST by Clark Quinn: Thoughts on Advanced Instructional Design

    Clark Quinn
    27 May 2015 | 6:07 am
    I recently reviewed an online course on instructional design.  And it had many of the things you’d expect: overview of pedagogies, starting with good objectives, interactions, design processes, storyboarding, project management, etc.  But what it didn’t do was go very deep on learning design, and I think this is a problem. Review of Basic ID Let me go back further: when I first came into the industry, out of academia and heads-down on a research project, I was excited. Here we had great knowledge of how to do good learning, and here in the corporate world we had real needs and real…
  • How to Love Being a Training Professional...again

    Brent Schlenker
    26 May 2015 | 11:57 am
    ADDIE, Agile, SAM, LLAMA, Aaahhh! It's enough to make your head spin. Let it go. Training is not complicated. Simple solutions add business value, complicated solutions add... well... complications. Instructional Design Legacy After 20 years in the eLearning industry, I've experienced a lot.  I can tell you with confidence that it's time to completely let go of the past. The legacy thinking that got us to "eLearning", and million dollar enterprise systems, is over. It's been over, but we collectively refuse to accept the certain death of our beloved models, processes, acronyms, and legacy…
  • Great Customers - Great Product - The Future of Learning - ATD2015

    Brent Schlenker
    18 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Litmos Boost on Apple Watch Demo This week we're at the ATD International Conference & Expo. Last week we were in Vegas for the CallidusCloudConnections event where Litmos ran the learning track. Back to back events can make for a busy and tiring schedule. But meeting our fabulous Litmos customers one week, and then talking about Litmos to potential new customers this week has me revived and invigorated. And not only for our product, but for the industry of training professionals(and non-professionals) solving business problems through training technologies. I'll admit that I some times…
  • Litmos Announces Boost! Spaced Repetition Solution

    Brent Schlenker
    14 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    This week Litmos announced the Litmos® Boost app for wearable and mobile computing devices including the Apple Watch. The application, unveiled at CallidusCloud's annual C3 Conference in Las Vegas, NV, will allow users of the Litmos Learning Management System to receive "booster" questions and reminders through their Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone and Android devices, reinforcing the value of learning. The app allows learning professionals to set up a set of small "booster" questions that can be delivered at intervals to remind training participants of key takeaways. Administrators and managers…
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  • Digital Learning Research Network Conference

    gsiemens
    21 May 2015 | 7:37 am
    I’ve been working with several colleagues on arranging the upcoming Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN) conference at Stanford, October 16-17, 2015. The call for papers is now open. We are looking for short abstracts – 250 words – on topics of digital learning. The deadline is May 31. Our interest is to raise the nuance and calibre of the discussion about education in a digital era; one where hype and over-promising the power of technology has replaced structured interrogation of the meaning of changes that we are experiencing. We have a great lineup of speakers…
  • The Linearity of Stephen Downes. Or a tale of two Stephens

    gsiemens
    3 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Stephen Downes responds to my previous post: “I said, “the absence of a background in the field is glaring and obvious.” In this I refer not only to specific arguments advanced in the study, which to me seem empty and obvious, but also the focus and methodology, which seem to me to be hopelessly naïve.” Stephen makes the following points: 1. George has recanted his previous work and is now playing the academic game 2. Research as is done in the academy today is poor 3. Our paper is bad. Firstly, before I respond to three points, I want to foreground an interesting aspect of…
  • On Research and Academic Diversity

    gsiemens
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    In my previous post, I mentioned the release of our report Preparing for the Digital University. Stephen Downes responds by saying “this is a really bad study”. He may be right, but I don’t think it is for the reasons that he suggests: “What it succeeds in doing, mostly, is to offer a very narrow look at a small spectrum of academic literature far removed from actual practice”. This resulted in a Twitter exchange about missing citations and forgotten elearning history. Rolin Moe responded by saying that the history that we included in our citation analysis of…
  • Preparing for the Digital University

    gsiemens
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    We’ve released a new report: Preparing for the Digital University: a review of the history and current state of distance, blended, and online learning (.pdf). The report is an attempt to reposition the narrative of digital learning away from “look, my cool new technology does this” to something more like “here’s what we know from research and here’s what we can extrapolate”. Innovation is a bunnies and kittens type of concept – who could possibly oppose it? Sometimes new is not better, especially when it impacts the lives of people. Remember the…
  • Nothing new here: Arizona State and edX partnership

    gsiemens
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    I’m learning that if you call something existing by a new name, or if you get some press, you can discover well defined concepts and claim them as your own. Today’s example: Arizona State and edX Will Offer an Online Freshman Year, Open to All The project, called the Global Freshman Academy, will offer a set of eight courses designed to fulfill the general-education requirements of a freshman year at Arizona State at a fraction of the cost students typically pay, and students can begin taking courses without going through the traditional application process… Students who…
 
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    Online Learning Update

  • Leaders discuss taking online learning from an alternative to a “must”

    Ray Schroeder
    28 May 2015 | 5:08 pm
    By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News Until recently, online learning has been viewed as either solely for those interested in adult education or as a branding tactic for innovative institutions. And though online learning is still one of the most accessible ways of providing quality postsecondary education to those with diverse backgrounds and commitments, the popularity of blended learning models, and recent trends in cross-institutional collaboration, online learning is experiencing rapid implementation in today’s colleges and universities. Here, eCampus News asked distinguished online…
  • What Disruption? Online Education and the Status Quo

    Ray Schroeder
    28 May 2015 | 5:04 pm
    BY WILLIAM FENTON, PC Magazine The problem with today’s MOOCs is their elite pedigree and top-down approach to online education. Creating and maintaining a MOOC takes a village—and well-heeled one. From my conversations with faculty who developed online courses for edX and Coursera, I came to understand that an educator couldn’t possibly build an online course without tenure and voluminous institutional support. For example, the aforementioned Coursera class lists 21 contributors, including two pedagogical assistants, two producers, and a copyright consultant, under its course…
  • Technology in Higher Education: Defining the Strategic Leader

    Ray Schroeder
    28 May 2015 | 5:02 pm
    by EDUCAUSE Review The higher education IT enterprise has become complex. No longer simply responsible for provisioning IT infrastructure and services, the IT department increasingly helps re-envision business and service models, all in a context of cost and accountability pressures. IT is simultaneously more challenging, relevant, and exciting than ever; leading IT requires unique characteristics and capabilities. But what qualities make for a successful IT leader in this environment? What traits are required to be a strategic player for IT on campus? What are the most significant gaps in…
  • Stanford researchers develop virtual discussion sections tool

    Ray Schroeder
    27 May 2015 | 5:10 pm
    by Skylar Cohen, Stanford Daily Stanford researchers have developed a new tool called Talkabout to enhance online learning through the formation of virtual discussion sections — allowing students from around the globe to connect and share ideas. Talkabout is built around Google Hangouts and joins groups of 2 to 9 people in conversation. This feature will facilitate small-group discussion in order to improve massive open online courses (MOOCs), which are offered by Stanford and many other institutions and attract thousands of students from around the world.
  • Experts: Higher Education Reinvestments Needed In Illinois & Nationwide

    Ray Schroeder
    27 May 2015 | 5:06 pm
    by Progress Illinois Illinois, and nearly every other U.S. state, is spending less today on higher education than when the Great Recession started, according to new research from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). CBPP’s report, issued last week, details how state-level cuts to higher education funding over recent years have been a key cause of “steep tuition increases that threaten to put college out of reach for more students.” The center’s research comes at a time when Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed deep cuts to higher education as part of…
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    E-Learning Journeys

  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    24 May 2015 | 3:31 am
    Can you teach digital citizenship, if you are not an active digital citizen yourself? | What Ed Said Perceptive blog post by Australian educator Edna Sackson. tags: digitalcitizenship education Jaime Casap Explains Why Global Competence Matters: It's Not Really a Small World - Global Learning - Education Week We need to create a generation of critically-thinking, collaborative problem solvers. Students who know and understand world issues. Students who understand political and socioeconomic systems on a global scale. Students who recognize and appreciate cultural diversity. If we really…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    10 May 2015 | 3:31 am
    Generation Safe tags: digitalcitizenship education Digital citizenship | UWCSEA | International school in Singapore tags: digitalcitizenship education Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.Innovation, Leadership, Creativity, Collaboration
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    3 May 2015 | 3:31 am
    Press release: Online Global Collaboration with Flat Connections Projects Feb-June 2015 - Flat Connections tags: education flatconnections globalprojects Innovations in Education - Developing Future Workskills Through Content Curation tags: curation education Snapchat Murders Facebook - YouTube tags: socialmedia education Snapchat Murders Facebook - YouTube tags: socialmedia education Facebook eLearning Future: What Will eLearning Look Like in 2075? - eLearning Industry tags: future elearning education O’Reilly Media – What Is the Internet of Things? tags: internetofthings education…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:31 am
    ISTE to Recognize the Global Read Aloud | Global Read Aloud Delighted as the Chair of the ISTE Global PLN to share the Global Read Aloud project as winner of the ISTE Innovation in Global Collaboration Award. tags: isteglobalpln education ISTE15 Using the Internet to connect students and teachers around the world for 'virtual exchanges' | Edutech Excellent blog post by Michael Trucano (World Bank) about "Ten comments, questions and perspectives on connecting students and teachers around the world to each other to facilitate 'virtual exchanges'" tags: globalcolaboration education…
  • Norms of Online Global Collaboration

    Julie Lindsay
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:38 pm
    There has been much conversation about challenges to online global collaboration and how teachers are overcoming barriers to effective implementation of this.With over 20 years experience developing online global collaborative opportunities across the world, these are my essential ‘Norms of Global Collaboration’. They are behaviours to be practiced in all possible modes (synchronous and asynchronous) when collaborating globally.I am interested in what you, as a global educator and collaborator, think. What would you add? What would you change? Allow time for effective…
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    In the Middle of the Curve

  • Capability Matrices: Functionality Replacement

    Wendy Wickham
    26 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    The second way I have used a capability matrix is to make decisions regarding application replacement.In this instance, management was investigating getting rid of our staff LMS.By itself, I don't have a problem with that.However, they were looking to do it in a very tight timeframe - as in, not renewing the contract that expires in less than a year.I used this particular capability matrix to show the following:What we have and what each application does (most of them are content libraries containing pre-built tutorials) What functionality we currently lose if we just stopped using that…
  • Capability Matrixes: Where do I stash my files?

    Wendy Wickham
    21 May 2015 | 4:36 am
    The first example I want to flesh out is the capability matrix I am using for determining where to host my training materials.Doesn't your organization have a content strategy?Thankfully, we are starting these discussions again - since the applications we are using for hosting have changed and multiplied.2 years ago - it was pretty straightforward. Any training content that needed tracking went into the LMS/CMSAnything that needed to be external facing to our audience and didn't require tracking went to our web siteWorking files, base files, anything that needed sharing among the project…
  • Application Architecture: Capability Matrices

    Wendy Wickham
    19 May 2015 | 3:55 am
    Over the past year - I've been finding myself using Capability Matrices for a wide array of purposes:Evaluating whether to use one application over another when hosting training materialsShowing my management the level of effort (and money) it would take to replace key functionality if they choose to eliminate or replace a particular application.Figuring out WHY I don't like any of the tools at my disposal to accomplish a particular task A Capability Matrix generally has the name of the application on one axis and the requirements on the other axis.Below is a very high level SharePoint…
  • Phase C: A High Level Application View

    Wendy Wickham
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    From the Technology Reference Model,  the Integration SWAT Team guy then began to drill down into the architecture."I've been working mostly in the Applications, Data and Technology Architectures.  I haven't touched the Business Architectures."  He smiled.  I think he's leaving that for me.--------------------------I wanted to give you an example of what this looks like from our perspective.Below is an Archimate version (as best as I was able to put together) of a typical basic setup for a training group.  This is a high level Application and Data view.  I used…
  • The Technology Reference Model

    Wendy Wickham
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:24 am
    I ran into our SWAT team guy for integration after a meeting one day.  He came from an organization with a more mature enterprise architecture practice.  He also happens to be our resident expert in Archimate.  I was hoping to pick his brain and see whether what I was doing a) was on the right track and b) would help him and the rest of the SWAT team in any way."I have something to show you."We wandered back to his cubicle. He shook his mouse a bit and unlocked his screen saver."I found a really nifty tool called Archi.  I've been using this to document our enterprise."He…
 
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    Bottom Line Performance » Blog

  • Ways We Work and Fantasy Football for Your Sales Team: This Week on #BLPLearn

    Laura Schroeder
    27 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    #BLPLearn is our way of saving all of the great content our team curates… and sharing it with the wider community. We’ll take the best articles shared by our Learning Services, Multimedia, and Product Development teams in their weekly meetings and include them in the weekly #BLPLearn blog. We’ll usually include some commentary from the original team member who found the article, too. Our goal is to make the weekly #BLPLearn blog a dependable source for quality, curated L&D content. Check back every Thursday. JOIN IN THE FUN Rather than restricting the social media conversation to a…
  • The Myth of “Micro-Learning”

    Sharon Boller
    13 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    There’s a new buzz phrase going around town these days in the L&D and talent development communities. That phrase is “micro-learning.” The infographic on the modern learner, published by Bersin and Associates” in late 2014, fuels this fire. The biggest take-away many are getting from this infographic is that today’s workers and “modern learners” only have 1% of their workweek to devote to professional development and learning. That equates to 24 minutes per week if you assume a 40-hour work week… which is 4.8 minutes per day to focus on…
  • Skills of Gamers, Microsoft Build Keynote, and Compliance Training: This Week on #BLPLearn

    Laura Schroeder
    8 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    #BLPLearn is our way of saving all of the great content our team curates… and sharing it with the wider community. We’ll take the best articles shared by our Learning Services, Multimedia, and Product Development teams in their weekly meetings and include them in the weekly #BLPLearn blog. We’ll usually include some commentary from the original team member who found the article, too. Our goal is to make the weekly #BLPLearn blog a dependable source for quality, curated L&D content. Check back every Thursday. JOIN IN THE FUN Rather than restricting the social media conversation to a…
  • Creating Great Forms, Lip-Synching for Animation, and Writing Attention-Grabbing Intros: This Week on #BLPLearn

    Laura Schroeder
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    #BLPLearn is our way of saving all of the great content our team curates… and sharing it with the wider community. We’ll take the best articles shared by our Learning Services, Multimedia, and Product Development teams in their weekly meetings and include them in the weekly #BLPLearn blog. We’ll usually include some commentary from the original team member who found the article, too. Our goal is to make the weekly #BLPLearn blog a dependable source for quality, curated L&D content. Check back every Thursday. JOIN IN THE FUN Rather than restricting the social media conversation to a…
  • codeSpark and The Foos, SCORM, and Microlearning in Instructional Design: This Week on #BLPLearn

    Laura Schroeder
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    #BLPLearn is our way of saving all of the great content our team curates… and sharing it with the wider community. We’ll take the best articles shared by our Learning Services, Multimedia, and Product Development teams in their weekly meetings and include them in the weekly #BLPLearn blog. We’ll usually include some commentary from the original team member who found the article, too. Our goal is to make the weekly #BLPLearn blog a dependable source for quality, curated L&D content. Check back every Thursday. JOIN IN THE FUN Rather than restricting the social media conversation to a…
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    Donald Clark Plan B

  • Shifting bricks. Am I the only person who loathes lego?

    Donald Clark
    24 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    I'm a fan of educational technology but not of LEGO. I have twin boys, well not so much boys as men now, so had to clean out their lairs. A shocking discovery was the massive amount of expensive, polluting plastic, we had bought, lying around in boxes. But it’s not just the unsustainable waste, it’s the blockhead bullshit that surrounds the corporation’s educational PR, the simplistic but ultimately hollow promises of the ‘LEGO’ corporation. 1. Abrickadabra I want to start by saying that I think the word ‘creative’ is the most overused and certainly one of the most abused…
  • Education not the panacea for all economic problems

    Donald Clark
    18 May 2015 | 4:03 am
    Whenever league tables are announced, cue the current OECD table, outrageous claims are made linking education to economic health and growth. Yet the evidence that education, in particular Higher Education, is the key driver of economic growth is dubious. The often unquestioned claim is that GDP and other measures of productivity and economic growth will rise with absolute certainty, if only we invested more in education. This view is extolled largely by educationalists, not economists.Harvard’s Lant Prichart, formerly of the World Bank, did the data crunching and in a now famous article…
  • Deficit model in education: a dangerous conceit?

    Donald Clark
    14 May 2015 | 6:27 am
    If only we filled our minds up with even more knowledge, even more skills, GDP will dog-leg upwards, productivity will soar and all will be well. The conceit of education is that the answer to bad schooling is always more schooling. The glass is always half empty, even when the data suggests it is close to the brim. We always seem to have deep deficits and divides; digital divide, digital skills, maths, 21st C skills, qualifications, even happiness!It is easy to see why the ‘deficit’ model of education has taken root  - it’s a means to an end – always a demand for more money and…
  • Is the ‘closed’ mindset of the Open Educational Resources community its own worst enemy?

    Donald Clark
    6 May 2015 | 7:37 am
    The promise was of a future where Open Educational Resources would sweep the globe and those pesky publishers would be wiped away by a tsunami of high quality, free stuff. It happened to a degree with Wikipedia, Khan, YouTube, MOOCs, Duolingo but almost in spite of the OER movement. There seemes to have been a bifurcation in OER between lots of publically funded projects that tended to atrophy even die and a successful crop of global successes. I’d argue that this was because of several strains of scepticism, institutional attitudes and a lack of awareness around marketing and…
  • James Baldwin: greatest ever learning theorist you’ve never heard of

    Donald Clark
    1 May 2015 | 4:11 am
    You’ve probably never heard of James Mark Baldwin. Yet, he may be the greatest learning theorist that ever lived. A 19th century psychologist, he introduced what is called the ‘Baldwin Effect’ into evolutionary theory. The idea is that learned behavior, and not just environment and genes, influences the direction and rate of the evolution of psychological and physical traits. The mind is a learning machine and it is the various aspects of this ability to ‘learn’ that may have had driven evolution and our success as a species. The Baldwin effect places ‘learning’ on a larger…
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    Cammy Bean's Learning Visions

  • Becoming a Better eLearning Designer: 4 Areas to Focus On #ATD2015

    21 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    Yesterday, I had the honor of being interviewed for ATD TV as part of the International Conference & Expo that just wrapped up in Orlando this week.  Here I talk about the four pieces of eLearning pie you should eat if you want to be a well-rounded eLearning professional. These ideas all originated from conversations I've had over the years with my friend and mentor, Dr. Ellen Wagner of Sage Road Solutions.
  • Six Psychological Tricks to Increase Recall #ATD2015 @MindGym

    19 May 2015 | 1:02 pm
    These are my liveblogged notes from a concurrent session at ATD 2015, happening this week in Orlando, Florida. Forgive any typos or incoherencies.Sebastian Bailey from Mind Gym "Six Psychological Tricks to Increase Recall"1. How do you increase the quit rate of smokers? (let's take a look at habit change).When you look at all literature on habit change you see these stages:Persisting "I enjoy smoking"Contemplating "Maybe I should give up."Preparing "I'm definitely going to quite..."Acting "I've quite. It's hard but i've quit."Maintaining "I've not smoked for six…
  • Sugata Mitra,"The Future of Learning" #ATD2015 Keynote

    19 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    These are my liveblogged notes from the second keynote at ATD 2015, happening this week in Orlando, Florida. Forgive any typos or incoherencies.Sugata Mitra is Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, England and winner of the 2013 TED Prize. Known for the "hole in the wall" experiment.We are coming from a world -- the recent past -- where we did not have phones, computers, rapid transport. That was the world of thousands of years before the world of the last 100. How did that world…
  • Opening Keynote: Andrea Jung "Leading a Global Business" #ATD2015

    18 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    These are my liveblogged notes from the opening keynote at ATD 2015, happening this week in Orlando, Florida. Andrea Jung is the Chair of the Board and former CEO of Avon -- a truly global company.We need to encourage the next generation of leaders to step up.Her story with Avon -- she joined the company 20 years ago. It was started in 1886! The owner sold perfume with his encyclopedias...no one wanted the books, but they did want to buy the perfume. He started a company that stood for female empowerment -- he hired women to sell outside of their homes. They were given the right to own and…
  • Make Blended Learning Work for Onboarding [WEBINAR]

    13 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    Another short and sharp Kineo webinar  -- the third in our blended series.  Join me and Chip Clearly on Thursday, May 14 at 2:00 eastern for 30 minutes of  examples and insights to inspire you to design better onboarding programs for your organization.Registration and more info available on the Kineo Events Page.
 
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    Learn-Learn-Learn

  • Stuff I found interesting 05/17/2015

    Rory
    16 May 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Ordinary Days :: Rodgers & Hammerstein :: Show Details Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.Filed under: #L2010
  • Stuff I found interesting 01/02/2015

    Rory
    1 Jan 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Tips for Storytelling in Learning | Experiencing E-Learning live blogged notes from the InSync Training Byte session “Once Upon a Time, Storytelling WAS Learning” by Tom Campbell and Karin Rex tags:storytelling training learning Main/The Seven Basic Plots – Television Tropes & Idioms A summary of Christopher Booker’s The Seven Basic Plots … useful for storytelling tags:storytelling training learning plots writing narrative Compliance Training: Using Storytelling to Enhance the Learning Experience Four reasons – in short bullet point descriptions – on why…
  • post to Learn-Learn-Learn 10/17/2013

    Rory
    16 Oct 2013 | 5:39 pm
    How to Build Your E-Learning Skills – The Rapid eLearning Blog tags: elearning instructional_design Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.Filed under: #L2010
  • mLearning has to be now, or we’re left behind

    Rory
    14 Jun 2013 | 5:19 am
    Had a conversation this week about “this thing called mobile learning” (her words); and I just chimed in to say that we have to do it NOW. Failure to dive into these waters will leave us, as a training organization charged with developing our employees, irretrievably behind.  There are all these data about mobile devices, their uses, their ubiquity, and so on. Just one I saw this morning: 5 Key Mobile Learning Takeaways from Mary Meeker’s 2013 Internet Trends Report.  The conversation I had firmly acknowledged that mobile is “the way to go,” yet there is a lack…
  • post to Learn-Learn-Learn 02/11/2013

    Rory
    10 Feb 2013 | 4:38 pm
    eQuizShow Online Templates tags: eLearning templates Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.Filed under: #L2010
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    Learnlets

  • Attention to connections

    Clark
    27 May 2015 | 8:16 am
    A colleague was describing his journey, and attributed much of his success (rightly) to his core skills: including his creativity. I was resonating with his list until I got to ‘attention to detail’, and it got me to thinking. Attention to detail is good, right?  We want people to sweat the nuances, and I certainly am inspired by folks who do that. But there are times when I don’t want to be responsible for the details. To be sure, these are times when it doesn’t make sense to have me do the details. For example, once I’ve helped a client work out a strategy,…
  • Evolutionary versus revolutionary prototyping

    Clark
    26 May 2015 | 8:14 am
    At a recent meeting, one of my colleagues mentioned that increasingly people weren’t throwing away prototypes.  Which prompted reflection, since I have been a staunch advocate for revolutionary prototyping (and here I’m not talking about “the” Revolution ;). When I used to teach user-centered design, the tools for creating interfaces were complex. The mantras were test early, test often, and I advocated Double Double P’s (Postpone Programming, Prefer Paper; an idea I first grabbed from Rob Phillips then at Curtin).  The reason was that if you started…
  • Symbiosis

    Clark
    20 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    One of the themes I’ve been strumming in presentations is one where we complement what we do well with tools that do well the things we don’t. A colleague reminded me that JCR Licklider wrote of this decades ago (and I’ve similarly followed the premise from the writings of Vannevar Bush, Doug Engelbart, and Don Norman, among others). We’re already seeing this.   Chess has changed from people playing people, thru people playing computers and computers playing computers, to computer-human pairs playing other computer-human pairs. The best competitors aren’t the best chess players…
  • Ch-ch-ch-changes

    Clark
    19 May 2015 | 9:44 am
    Is there an appetite for change in L&D? That was the conversation I’ve had with colleagues lately. And I have to say that that the answer is mixed, at best. The consensus is that most of L&D is comfortably numb. That L&D folks are barely coping with getting courses out on a rapid schedule and running training events because that’s what’s expected and known. There really isn’t any burning desire for change, or willingness to move even if there is. This is a problem. As one commented: “When I work with others (managers etc) they realise they don’t actually need…
  • David McCandless #CALDC3 Keynote Mindmap

    Clark
    12 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
    David McCandless gave a graphically and conceptually insightful talk on the power of visualization at the Callidus Cloud Connections.  He demonstrated the power of insight by tapping into the power of our pattern matching cognitive architecture.   
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    Will at Work Learning

  • Practice Firms -- Giving People Real-World Experience

    Will Thalheimer
    29 May 2015 | 10:12 am
    Today's New York Times has a fascinating article on the mostly European concept of practice firms. As the name implies, practice firms give people practice in doing work. This seems to align well with the research on learning that suggests that learning in a realistic context, getting lots of retrieval practice and feedback, and many repetitions spaced over time can be the most effective way to learn. Of course, the context and practice and feedback have to be well-designed and aligned with the future work of the learner. Interestingly, there is an organization that is solely devoted to…
  • Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning -- Afterword

    Will Thalheimer
    20 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    I was honored to be invited to write an afterword to 3rd edition of the classic text, Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning. In my afterword, I noted the following: "Roy Pollock, Andy Jefferson, and Cal Wick have provided a proven conceptual structure—the 6Ds—as a foundation. We’ve been shown how the 6Ds approach works in real organizations. We’ve been given practical tools that have been refined and updated. We’ve been privy to one of the best compilations of industry wisdom ever assembled in one book. We’ve been read the riot act, heard the gospel truth, and made to…
  • Video is the New Text...Hmmm!

    Will Thalheimer
    13 May 2015 | 12:40 pm
    For years I've been telling clients they ought to use more video in their learning programs, especially their elearning offerings. My arguments have been as follows: People react to well-crafted videos and audio with increased attention. The storytelling often inherent in video is powerfully seductive. Video is now fairly cheap; you don't necessarily need high production values, expensive equipment, or professional help. Nothing persuades our learners better than seeing real people who are like them -- giving testimony, telling their stories, giving their lessons learned. Video can…
  • Looking for Pilot Participants -- Leadership Development

    Will Thalheimer
    5 May 2015 | 6:27 am
    Organizations Wanted to Pilot Leadership-Development Subscription Learning!! I am looking for organizations who are interested in piloting subscription learning as a tool to aid in developing their managers and energizing their senior management's strategic initiatives. To read more about the benefits and possibilities for subscription learning and leadership development, read my article posted on the ATD (Association for Talent Development) website. Potential Benefits Reinforce concepts learned to ensure remembering and application. Drive management behaviors through ongoing…
  • What's is our Conference Session Vendor Ratio?

    Will Thalheimer
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    I just read a great blog post by Dave Lutz of Velvet Chainsaw, a conference, meeting, and trade association consulting firm. He makes the point that many vendors/suppliers don't attend the conference-education sessions in the conferences for which they exhibit their goods and services. This really intrigues me because it cuts to the ideational health of an industry. Vendors control a large part of the information bandwidth in an industry. They’ve got sales people out talking to folks, they do a ton of content marketing, they produce the most webinars, white papers, and conference…
 
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    The Upside Learning Blog

  • Pricing Multi-Device eLearning Projects

    Amit Garg
    26 May 2015 | 2:26 am
    During the sales process, one of the most common questions to an eLearning vendor like us is “How do you price your custom eLearning projects?“ A few years ago, the answer to this used to be relatively simple. Typically it would mention pricing as per ‘level’ of output. Most vendors would classify their eLearning output […]
  • Games vs Game-based Learning vs Gamification

    Pranjalee Thanekar
    21 May 2015 | 2:33 am
    Scene: Sales meeting between executives of a leading learning service provider and an organisation planning to outsource its learning content development. Client: This year, for our Sales training program, we would like to have a game designed. Sales Manager: What exactly do you want in the game? Client: Just some simple achievement levels and awards […]
  • 35 Inspirational Quotes on Learning – Presentation

    Pranjalee Thanekar
    19 May 2015 | 2:46 am
    How does the most boring and uninspiring routine become interesting? The answer is simple – add a pinch of interest, a bit of motivation and a dash of Inspiration. We believe that Inspiration doesn’t have to be big. It can be found in little things and in the rarest of places. At times, simple thoughts […]
  • Mobile is all About Getting Stuff Done

    Amit Garg
    14 May 2015 | 2:51 am
    Last week I was with a colleague at a client meeting just outside of Melbourne. As we walked out after the meeting, he flipped out his iPhone, opened the ‘goCatch‘ app and ordered a cab in just a few seconds. And there the cab was in about 5 minutes. Easy! I’m not telling you anything […]
  • The 3Es to Great Value for Money Custom Learning Solutions

    Pranjalee Thanekar
    12 May 2015 | 2:57 am
    Choosing the right vendor for Custom Learning Development is not easy as it involves making an informed decision on various parameters like capability, credibility, costs and continuance of the vendor. Even more so, as the solution has the potential to impact behavior and performance at various levels. What it eventually boils down to is a […]
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    EduTek n Social Media Advisor

  • Innovative Digital Marketing Conference

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    20 May 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Don't forget to attend the 'Innovative Digital Marketing Conference' on 17th June at Colombo Organized by  Asha Jayamanne Managing Director / CEO at Integrated Learning Solutions, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Create Interactive Learning Experiences from Online Videos

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    13 May 2015 | 4:43 am
    As the title suggests you can create interactive learning experiences from online videos using Zaption. These interactive learning experiences engage the students thus making learning an active experience rather than a passive one. Zaption lets you customize the online video by adding images, text and questions to meet your learner’s needs share the interactive videos with a simple link or embed on your blog posts, website or LMS get instant analytics of students’ responses that helps you measure student’s understanding and redesign instruction You can watch a quick demo by visiting the…
  • Marketing Technology Virtual Conference

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    4 May 2015 | 3:09 am
    You can join the Marketing Technology Virtual Conference on 8th May at 11am ET. According to Marketing Technology Virtual Conference 3 experts will talk big picture about how the new technologies are changing marketing along with real tips and strategies for getting at the data you need so that you can convert leads to revenue, and drive conversion with content. ‘Your FREE pass includes access to: Three actionable sessions with live, interactive Q&A Networking lounge for discussion with your peers and speakers Expert advice and tips from our sponsors Special attendee-only resources’…
  • Why Customize Your Tumblr Profile?

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    1 May 2015 | 2:08 am
    Tumblr is a social networking microblogging platform that allows you to post multimedia and other forms of content to a short-form blog that can be shared with others. You can visit Tumblr by clicking here. You can create your account and based on your user name, your URL will be provided. Mine can be accessed by visiting http://smmconsultant.tumblr.com/ Tumblr lets you do wonders! You can perform following things easily. You can Create a blog using text, photo Quote (you can quote from your blog and provide the link of the blog post) Share other blogs by providing the link Recreate a real…
  • My latest updates in Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    My latest updates in Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing can be accessed by clicking the following links: Educational Technology Social Media Marketing
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    Latest Solar News

  • California Set To Give Solar Panels To Low-Income Families For Free

    27 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    California is the best state in the country if you want to go solar – but only if you are rich enough. Due to the steep initial cost of $ 15,000, only the middle to high-income families can afford to install solar panels. An original initiative is, however, seeks to change that. This new project aims to help disadvantaged communities see the sun in a different light. Using the money collected by the government to help combat global warming, GRID Alternatives project aims polluting companies to pay to put solar panels on the roofs of those who can not afford them. According to the San…
  • Four Advantages To Building New Homes

    26 May 2015 | 5:24 am
    If buying a home is distressing, to build one from scratch can be downright stressful. Construction of new homes, however, offers four advantages. Unlimited Customization Many people would like to live in a home tailored just for them. Most do not even consider this option when a move is contemplated, as they feel it would be too expensive to build from scratch. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the new home median price in 2013 was $ 268,900. This is not a high price for total customization and the knowledge that a house is really yours. It is not uncommon to pay…
  • The Benefits of Installing Solar Panels

    25 May 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Solar panels are special devices that capture sunlight and convert it into usable electricity. Cells from these panels are arranged on a large area for maximum efficiency. As the sun shines on the surface, the lenses capture sunlight and channel for energy. Reduce energy costs Although you will have the initial burden of installing solar panels, once you have completed the renovation of most of their expenses you will be terminated. From this point, you will receive free energy due to the sun shining on the surface. This may be an exceptional economy, if you live in an area with abundant…
  • A company wants to make Melbourne’s trams solar-powered

    25 May 2015 | 4:18 am
    A company introduced a bold new proposal to the state government of Victoria in Australia, which iconic Melbourne tram network made entirely Solar power in the space of a few years. According to the court, the public transport network would be managed by the energy produced two new solar farms built near Swan Hill and Mildura, in the northwest of the state. Together, these proposals farms would be able to generate 80 gigawatt hours of electricity per year needed to run the tram network, which is the largest in the world. According to the Solar Group of Australia – the company behind the…
  • Pakistan Turns Desert Into a Sea of Solar Panels

    24 May 2015 | 4:21 pm
    ISLAMABAD- One of the world’s largest solar plants in Pakistan to provide clean, reliable and help reduce chronic power shortages in the country opened. The plant, spread over 200 hectares of desert land in the southern Pakistani province of Punjab, which will generate 100 megawatts (MW) in its initial phase and more than 300 MW by the end of the year, according to government officials. More than a third of Pakistan’s population has no access to electricity, and power shortages are a serious obstacle to economic growth. Advertising Inaugurating the plant, Nawaz Sharif, Prime…
 
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    Web Courseworks » BlogWeb Courseworks

  • Online Learning Tools to Improve Studying Process

    Jon Aleckson
    28 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    We all come across students who may need a little nudge, technique or tool to help them study.  Julie Peterson has submitted this guest post.  Julie Petersen is a tutor and a blogger, who features the latest career and educational trends in her articles. At present time she is working on her first ebook dedicated to online learning. You may contact Julie via juliepetersen1988@gmail.com. Although many of the sites focus on helping K-12 students, reviewing them might provide ideas for those of us focused on adult learners. Are you having a hard time to focus during the lectures and…
  • Web-Based Authoring Tools for Scalable eLearning Development: The Time Has Come

    Jon Aleckson
    12 May 2015 | 2:56 pm
    The era of web-based authoring systems is here. As more organizations and associations embrace rapid eLearning development to keep pace with new products and services, evolving business needs, and industry and government regulations, the need for distributed authoring solutions that enable collaborative, team-based development continues to grow. Web-based products such as Claro and Composica promise to solve collaborative dilemmas and enable development teams to create engaging and interactive learning content with ease. There are other solutions available as well. We’ve been using our own…
  • Encouraging Rookie Smarts

    Jon Aleckson
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:29 am
    Book Review: Rookie Smarts by Liz Wiseman A few weeks ago, I attended ISA’s 2015 Annual Business Retreat, a summit for executives in the training industry. The keynote was Sparking Brilliant Work, by Liz Wiseman, President of the Wiseman Group, a high-profile leadership consulting firm. Wiseman started her talk by acknowledging that the modern business landscape is constantly evolving, and moved on to discuss how leaders can get the most out of their teams by embracing fresh ideas. I found myself asking, “How do I encourage my team members to learn like rookies?” I thought Wiseman’s…
  • Upcoming Webinar: Developing a Compelling Strategy for Your Education Business

    Jon Aleckson
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    A Sneak Peek at an Upcoming Webinar with Tagoras on March 26, 1 pm Eastern – In just two weeks, Web Courseworks will join Tagoras for a webinar on Developing a Compelling Strategy for Your Education Business. I have a strong interest in joining Tagoras for this webinar because of how impactful an education business strategy can be on the entire lifecycle of educational products. From securing funding from the board, to meeting sales projections and maintaining the program, a compelling strategy can lay the groundwork for success at every stage. Web Courseworks’ VP of Sales, Elizabeth…
  • Build a MOOC like Harvard

    Jon Aleckson
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    Build a MOOC like Harvard: Laying the Groundwork at ASAE’s Great Ideas 2015 — Next week I’ll be presenting a session during ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference 2015 in Orlando, FL. This year’s event is all about innovative journeys. I’ll be contributing to the excitement with my session on how to Build a MOOC like Harvard. This event has always been a worthwhile trip because of the event’s commitment to providing a platform for association-relevant, great ideas that can become executable actions. During my session, I’ll delve into when conditions are right for an association to…
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    New Think Tank

  • Mega Drop Down Menu

    Derek Banas
    25 May 2015 | 6:55 pm
    We create a responsive and fluid mega drop down menu based on the Boston Globe
  • Responsive Web Design

    Derek Banas
    17 May 2015 | 3:46 pm
    I create 3 optimized sites in one video and demonstrate responsive web design
  • CSS Problems Solved

    Derek Banas
    11 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    We're going to solve a bunch of problems people have with CSS
  • Susy Tutorial

    Derek Banas
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:56 pm
    I teach Susy in one video
  • Sass Video Tutorial

    Derek Banas
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Learn Sass and Compass in One Video
 
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    Helge Scherlund's eLearning News

  • Compulsory science and maths is great but there’s more to be done by Ragbir Bhathal

    29 May 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Photo: Ragbir Bhathal"Compulsory maths and science in years 11 and 12 will have a lasting benefit, but we need to boost the skills of teachers and start teaching science even earlier." reports Ragbir Bhathal, Lecturer in physics at University of Western Sydney.  Photo: The Conversation AUFederal Education and Training Minister Christopher Pyne today met with his state counterparts to confirm his proposal to make science and maths compulsory for year 11 and 12 students. This is to be applauded by the scientific community as a step in the right direction, as it will produce a more…
  • Good Math, book review: Challenging concepts, well explained by Mary Branscombe

    29 May 2015 | 11:41 am
    Follow on Twitter as @marypcbukMary Branscombe, freelance tech journalist summarizes,  "More accessible than Hofstadter or Martin Gardner's classic mathematical columns, Good Math is a fun, if demanding, introduction to the strange, fascinating fundamental concepts of mathematics that underpin programming."Good Math: A Geek's Guide to the Beauty of Numbers, Logic, and Computation (Pragmatic Programmers).Understanding maths, logic and computation is becoming increasingly important in business -- especially if you need to evaluate new technology. Can your wi-fi router or your smartphone…
  • Complimentary White Paper - Microlearning: When Less is More

    29 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    This white paper is written for Human Resources and Training departments, who are now central to the digital transformation of their organizations.Download this White PaperChallenged by the rapid developments in technology and the dramatic change in employees' habits and behaviors, HR and training managers must understand that they play a critical role in guiding and supporting their staff through the sociotechnological revolution facing their companies.Clearly, the key to that is training. But what kind of training?Corporate MOOCs, e-learning solutions... the "digitalization" of training is…
  • Household Robots Are Here, but Where Are They Going? by Dan Mitchell

    28 May 2015 | 11:17 pm
    Dan Mitchell, Guest Contributor writes, "Social robots like Amazon’s Echo can play music and tell you the weather today, but their real promise is potentially decades away."Introducing Amazon Echo Social robots like the quasi-anthropomorphic Jibo and Amazon’s far more utilitarian Echo are beginning to find their places in our living rooms. The consensus seems to be that they are pretty cool but leave a lot to be desired. These robots perform a lot of the functions that smartphones and tablets do—which is to say, they’re fun but superfluous. They also need to get better at…
  • 3 Things To Remember When Creating On-Demand E-Learning

    28 May 2015 | 10:19 pm
    Follow on Twitter as @sameer_bhatia"Learners want e-learning on their terms. Here’s how to make sure the results are on yours." reports Sameer Bhatia, founder and CEO of ProProfs, an e-learning company.Photo: Chief Learning OfficerThe e-learning market is growing apace, thanks to new technologies and trends like massive open online courses and mobile learning, as well as a desire for organizations — both educational institutions and companies — to get more for their money.While most of the initial online courses and MOOCs were scheduled and moderated similar to a face-to-face course,…
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  • CNN Spelling Bee

    david
    29 May 2015 | 4:10 am
    Interactive Spelling Bee Think you’re a stellar speller? The Scripps National Spelling Bee is underway this week, so put your skills to the test with 12 doozies from past competitions. Play the video to hear a word and its description, and type your best guess at its spelling in the box below. Good luck! View the video quiz The post CNN Spelling Bee appeared first on Elearning Examples.
  • How Family Income Affects Children’s College Chances

    david
    28 May 2015 | 4:35 pm
    How likely is it that children who grow up in very poor families go to college? How about children who grow up in very rich families? We’d like you to draw your guess for every income level on the chart below. View the interactive graphic The post How Family Income Affects Children’s College Chances appeared first on Elearning Examples.
  • Interactive Video Quiz Example

    david
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Here’s an example of an interactive video quiz in e-learning. The quiz was designed in Articulate Storyline and can be downloaded from the E-Learning Heroes community. View the video quiz Learn more and download the video quiz template The post Interactive Video Quiz Example appeared first on Elearning Examples.
  • Interactive Graphic: Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)

    david
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    Interactive Graphic: Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) The Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense anti-ballistic missile system, known as THAAD, is a U.S. Army transportable defensive weapon system. View the interactive graphic The post Interactive Graphic: Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) appeared first on Elearning Examples.
  • Interactive Org Charts for E-Learning

    david
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Interactive Org Chart for Storyline 2 Here’s a free interactive org chart template built in Articulate Storyline 2. The graphics are fully customizable so you can edit them for your own projects. Preview the org chart Download the interactive org chart template the source file The post Interactive Org Charts for E-Learning appeared first on Elearning Examples.
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  • Social Customer Care Infographic

    Jodi Bart Holzband
    28 May 2015 | 1:26 pm
    We’re excited to share a new infographic on the importance of social media for customer support. As more consumers are looking online to resolve customer service issues, companies are increasing their investment in social media. Adopting a social customer care policy isn’t optional anymore – it’s critical to staying competitive and relevant. Click on the image below to open a larger version of the infographic for easy viewing. You can also download the eBook: “Social Customer Care: How to Use Social Media to Improve Customer Support.” The post Social Customer…
  • The 5 Key Benefits of Social Collaboration

    Mark Hammer
    22 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    Last week, we held our company’s first user conference. It was a terrific gathering of social knowledge network experts sharing experiences. Frankly, we learned as much as any of the attendees. One topic that I found profound was around the constraints (and lack of constraints) organizations place on collaboration. That is, to what extent does a company allow and even foster social collaboration among employees – and to what extent does it resist? And why? As one customer tweeted, “Do you trust employees to talk to customers but not enough to collaborate via social tools?” It’s a…
  • Why Customer Experience Trumps Price and Product Almost Every Time

    Eleanor Bowman
    20 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    In a poll of enterprise contact centers by Deloitte, 82 percent view the customer experience as a competitive differentiator. And by 2020, customer experience will overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator according to the Customers 2020 Report. So what does this mean for your business? If you’re not already keying in on the customer experience, it’s time to make it a priority. Here are 5 areas to consider: Is customer service mission-critical at every level and department at your company? It is important that everyone at your company is moving toward the common goal of…
  • 8 Steps to Build an Internal Culture of Content

    Jodi Bart Holzband
    19 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    There are a variety of ways to go about fostering a culture of content within an organization, and there is no set path to follow. However, there are some relatively universal factors to consider. The organization must take steps to integrate content generation, consumption and publication goals and processes across the entire enterprise. This means breaking down silos that separate business units, departments, functions, processes and people. Here are some steps to begin building a culture of content in your organization: Get executive buy-in and sponsorship. It perhaps goes without saying…
  • Apple Watch First Impressions

    Chad Schexnayder
    18 May 2015 | 11:33 am
    I enjoy trying new technology before it’s widely adopted or in some cases even released. I have been this way as long as I can remember. When I was younger, I had the Newton MessagePad and various versions of the Palm Pilot. I stood in line for the first iPhone. I’ll be the first to admit that a lot of times, being an early adopter isn’t easy. In a lot of ways, it’s you being a pioneer and heading west toward unchartered terrain. Almost every time, the excitement isn’t entirely for what a product can currently do, but the excitement of seeing the product evolve over the course of…
 
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  • Some beautiful photography!

    Daniel Christian
    29 May 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Photographer Jorge Cervera Hauser captures sea creatures against sun-drenched oceanscapes — from thisiscolossal.com by Kate Sierzputowski         A Black and Blue Life: A Coal Miner Becomes a Photographer of Exquisite Waves and Seascapes — from thisiscolossal.com by Ray Collins and Christopher Jobson        National Geographic Photo Contest    
  • Alternatives to traditional higher ed continue to develop

    Daniel Christian
    29 May 2015 | 11:34 am
    Alternatives to traditional higher education continue to develop:   Google partners with Udacity to launch Android development nanodegree — from techcrunch.com by Frederic Lardinois Excerpt: At its I/O developer conference in San Francisco, Google announced [on 5/28/15] that it has partnered with Udacity to launch a six-course Android development nanodegree. The idea here is to help […]
  • Some sharp innovations

    Daniel Christian
    29 May 2015 | 11:31 am
    GoPro goes 360-degrees with new VR array — from zdnet.com by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes Summary: Think that having one GoPro camera attached to your car, helmet or skateboard is cool. How about an array of 16 GoPros that can capture 3D video?     StereoLabs announces huge hardware breakthrough: Human vision — from zdnet.com by Greg […]
  • Announcements from Google I/O 2015

    Daniel Christian
    29 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    Google has shipped over 1 million Cardboard VR units — from techcrunch.com by Darrell Etherington Excerpt: Google revealed today that Cardboard has quietly become the leading VR platform in terms of platform reach – over 1 million Cardboard units have shipped to users so far, a 100 percent increase on the 500,000 milestone it announced […]
  • Psalm 103:17-18

    Daniel Christian
    29 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    Psalm 103:17-18 NIV — from BibleGateway.com 17 But from everlasting to everlasting     the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,     and his righteousness with their children’s children— 18 with those who keep his covenant     and remember to obey his precepts.
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  • Improve Workplace Learning From A to Z

    Dennis Callahan
    2 May 2015 | 10:56 am
  • Being Fast or Being Good?

    Dennis Callahan
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
      Brent Schlenker tweeted an interesting question yesterday, “Is it better to learn how to be fast at doing something, or to first learn to be good at it? I think it depends on your goal and it is more important where you end up than where you begin.  The more you create, the faster you adjust (learn), the faster you create a quality output. Learn by doing. Eric Scott shared the story that fits well with Brent’s question – what do you think? A pottery teacher split her class into two halves. To the first half she said, “You will spend the semester studying pottery,…
  • Learning Means Believing in Yourself

    Dennis Callahan
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:43 am
    This is the third post in a series on improving your learning from A to Z. “Self confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.” Samuel Johnson Believing in you is another foundational component of learning. If you don’t believe in yourself, it’s hard to grow and learn. Like knowledge, confidence can’t be transferred. The person that needs to believe in you, is you. This is not about motivation, tenacity or drive it’s about believing that you can do it. You can do it! Confidence “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval”  Mark Twain  There…
  • When will the Robot Instructional Designer Arrive

    Dennis Callahan
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Or has it already arrived? I was reading an article about how Quill (a natural language program) is writing reports for large financial companies, intelligence agencies and even reporting on baseball games.  Stuart Frankel is the CEO of Narrative Science which is the company that owns Quill. Here’s an excerpt from the article where Frankel discusses renting out Quill to large financial companies. Narrative Science is now renting out Quill’s writing skills to financial customers such as T. Rowe Price, Credit Suisse, and USAA to write up more in-depth, lengthy reports on the…
  • A Learning Strategy is About People

    Dennis Callahan
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    I wrote a post about why workplace learning is complicated and it could apply to most workplace scenarios because working and learning are all about people.  Ajay Pangarkar and Teresa Kirkwood recently questioned if this perception is deserved.  This is a good question and they have some good suggestions for making workplace learning less complicated, as follows: Learning professionals should increase their business literacy (use business terms and communicate results) Demonstrate improved employee performance Keep it simple I agree with this advice and think there are pieces missing. You…
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  • ATD2015 Conference Post – Review

    Craig Weiss
    27 May 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Well hello there!  Back after a few grueling weeks first in Australia then in Orlando, speaking at ATD.  Before diving into the conference itself, for those who are unaware, I have signed a book deal with ATD Publishing.  The book will cover everything you need to know for LMSs including administration, pre/post implementation, committees and much more.  It will have checklists and templates too. The book will be published in 2016. I mention this up front, because some of you fine folks might think this will make me go lite on ATD.  But trust me when I tell you this, that it has no…
  • Procurement and the LMS – Friend or Foe?

    Craig Weiss
    12 May 2015 | 11:44 pm
     Hello from down under, Peter the Koala says hi, which is funny because Mr. Cutie pie Koala could rip your arms out and munch on them if he wanted to – so please, please stick your hand a little closer to.. Speaking of which, I know some of you feel the same way, uh the meal err recipient when certain players get involved with the LMS decision making – I’m looking at you Greg (oh, wrong movie reference), I meant I am looking at you Procurement. Yes, I said it. Procurement. Why, oh why are these folks allowed to not only have input (committee) let alone for some places,…
  • K-12 and LMSs are Broken, Who’s to Blame?

    Craig Weiss
    5 May 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Back in the 90’s I taught high school and loved it.  To this day, I still have very close friends who are teachers (middle school and high school).  As someone who stays current with K-12 and HE (as related to e-learning), I am equally aware of the challenges, successes and failures when it comes to online learning.  Heck, even blended learning and digital classrooms. The problem though is that there is a crisis going on in the K-12 sector and it is tied in part to e-learning (with wins and losses) and LMS vendors who serve that sector. This crisis is not just a slight blip on the…
  • PENS – Why your LMS and Authoring Tool Solution should include it

    Craig Weiss
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    Paul Schneider in my opinion is one of the guru’s in the authoring tool industry. I have been fortunate to know Paul for over 10 years and have always been impressed with his insight. In 2005, PENS was launched by AICC but did not initially gain wide acceptance. In the past year, I have seen a wider number of vendors including the PENS course standard, which in my opinion, enables anyone who builds courses, a streamlined and fast process for publishing into a LMS/learning platform. And now the interview. Paul, before we start, I think the readers would be very interested in your…
  • Creating an e-learning strategy that works

    Craig Weiss
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:10 pm
    The Conversation A: “We need to have online learning” B: “Huh? Why?” A: “I was told we must have e-learning. I’m not really sure what it is, but I know it is popular, so we must have it” B: “Okay, what should I look for?” A: “We need a LMS. So look for that.  And we want it launched as soon as possible.” B:  “Ok.” While the exact conversation might not exactly be along those lines, if you read between the lines, I’d surmise many of you have had or have heard such discussions. But just looking for a LMS while…
 
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  • Online Learning Tools to Improve Studying Process

    Jon Aleckson
    28 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    We all come across students who may need a little nudge, technique or tool to help them study.  Julie Peterson has submitted this guest post.  Julie Petersen is a tutor and a blogger, who features the latest career and educational trends in her articles. At present time she is working on her first ebook dedicated to online learning. You may contact Julie via juliepetersen1988@gmail.com. Although many of the sites focus on helping K-12 students, reviewing them might provide ideas for those of us focused on adult learners. Are you having a hard time to focus during the lectures and…
  • Web-Based Authoring Tools for Scalable eLearning Development: The Time Has Come

    Jon Aleckson
    12 May 2015 | 2:56 pm
    The era of web-based authoring systems is here. As more organizations and associations embrace rapid eLearning development to keep pace with new products and services, evolving business needs, and industry and government regulations, the need for distributed authoring solutions that enable collaborative, team-based development continues to grow. Web-based products such as Claro and Composica promise to solve collaborative dilemmas and enable development teams to create engaging and interactive learning content with ease. There are other solutions available as well. We’ve been using our own…
  • Encouraging Rookie Smarts

    Jon Aleckson
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:29 am
    Book Review: Rookie Smarts by Liz Wiseman A few weeks ago, I attended ISA’s 2015 Annual Business Retreat, a summit for executives in the training industry. The keynote was Sparking Brilliant Work, by Liz Wiseman, President of the Wiseman Group, a high-profile leadership consulting firm. Wiseman started her talk by acknowledging that the modern business landscape is constantly evolving, and moved on to discuss how leaders can get the most out of their teams by embracing fresh ideas. I found myself asking, “How do I encourage my team members to learn like rookies?” I thought Wiseman’s…
  • Upcoming Webinar: Developing a Compelling Strategy for Your Education Business

    Jon Aleckson
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    A Sneak Peek at an Upcoming Webinar with Tagoras on March 26, 1 pm Eastern – In just two weeks, Web Courseworks will join Tagoras for a webinar on Developing a Compelling Strategy for Your Education Business. I have a strong interest in joining Tagoras for this webinar because of how impactful an education business strategy can be on the entire lifecycle of educational products. From securing funding from the board, to meeting sales projections and maintaining the program, a compelling strategy can lay the groundwork for success at every stage. Web Courseworks’ VP of Sales, Elizabeth…
  • Build a MOOC like Harvard

    Jon Aleckson
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    Build a MOOC like Harvard: Laying the Groundwork at ASAE’s Great Ideas 2015 — Next week I’ll be presenting a session during ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference 2015 in Orlando, FL. This year’s event is all about innovative journeys. I’ll be contributing to the excitement with my session on how to Build a MOOC like Harvard. This event has always been a worthwhile trip because of the event’s commitment to providing a platform for association-relevant, great ideas that can become executable actions. During my session, I’ll delve into when conditions are right for an association to…
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  • Tips for Transitioning From Copywriting to E-Learning

    Sharon Gutowski
    26 May 2015 | 12:06 pm
    I still remember my first time writing for e-learning. It involved a lot of squinting, deleting, and scribbling in my notebook. At first, I wasn’t really sure why I was struggling. I had done plenty of copywriting in my career. I’d dutifully made an action map, but it was a challenge to translate it into a storyboard: a document outlining text, graphics, narration, and interactions. I kept mentally repeating my project manager’s advice, “Find a way other than paragraphs to tell the story.” After a lot of coaching and collaboration, I got the storyboards where they needed to be.
  • Reviewing E-Learning: Lessons Learned From My Dog

    Tammi Ritter
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:57 am
    Not too long ago, I spent a day on the couch. I was sick as, well, a dog. As I lay there, I watched my puppy play with one of her chew toys. And the more I watched her, the more intrigued I was. As I observed her patterns, it occurred to me that what Sophie was doing related really well to one of the tasks I do almost daily: reviewing e-learning. Whether it’s storyboards or an online draft, there’s almost always something for me to take a look at. And the way Sophie played with her toy that day was a good representation of some strategies we can all use to make reviewing e-learning more…
  • Articulate Storyline: It’s Pretty Easy to Learn

    Rachelle Anness
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Working in the field of e-learning, sometimes I feel like an antique. While I’m not one to go around admitting my age, I can say I remember the excitement when my elementary school got its first computer—attached to a television—that the entire school had to share. I was perplexed when 5 ¼ inch floppy discs became obsolete, replaced by the much sturdier 3.5 inch diskette. So, yes, it’s an understatement that technology has come a long way in my lifetime. And I’ve been pretty content to sit back and watch it grow without learning much about it. I mean, I can navigate Facebook pretty…
  • Event Recap: Learning Solutions 2015

    Tim Slade
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:10 pm
    As we anxiously wait for trees to turn green and flowers to bloom, it’s amazing to think how fast these first few months of 2015 have flown by. It has been a blur, to say the least. In January, Diane and I attended ATD TechKnowledge (check out the recap here); and most recently, several of us attended the Learning Solutions Conference & Expo the last week in March. On the first day of the conference, Diane and Tanya presented: Creating a Budget for Your E-Learning Projects. Tanya and Diane outlined a flexible model that Tanya created to estimate the time and cost of e-learning projects.
  • Work From Home? 5 Tips to Help Keep You Sane

    Heather Wilson
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    What comes to mind when you hear the phrase, “work from home?” Is working at home a dream of yours, a reality, or something you’d never want to do? If you’re one of the many people in the e-learning industry who works from home, I bet you can relate to some of the following truths. According to the January 2014 issue of Harvard Business Review, allowing employees to work from home may increase productivity. But it can take a little getting used to. Working from home is still a relatively new lifestyle for me, since I having started in late 2014. I really enjoy my job, and I do enjoy…
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  • Encouraging Critical Thinking through Blended Learning: Is that possible?

    Arunima Majumdar
    25 May 2015 | 4:15 am
    Learning is not always just a transfer of information. The process of learning also has to engage the learner and promote critical thinking as well. Most learning experts describe Critical Thinking as a mental activity that involves high quality and high level of thinking. It enhances the problem solving skills of the learner and encourages accurate decision making capabilities. Most learning experts support the benefits of a learning program which enhances critical learning – especially in the area of corporate learning. The value of critical thinking does not change according to different…
  • The MMO-LMS: The close association of Games and Learning

    Sayan Guha
    21 May 2015 | 12:58 am
    In EVE Online — a Massively Multiplayer OnlineGame (MMOG) about an interstellar empire — 500,000 players participate in a stunning variety of in-game activities. They not only engage in run–of-the-mill jobs of resource mining, trading and blowing up other players for profit but also the more exotic tasks like running corporations, public relations and even conning people through convoluted Ponzi schemes.           View of the Market terminal of EVE Online where the player can perform complex trades in commodities and finished goods. This simulated world is diverse, complex…
  • Using Endowed Progress Effect to Motivate Corporate Learners

    Arunima Majumdar
    18 May 2015 | 4:28 am
    Motivation is an important component in learning – more so in self-paced learning initiatives. In classrooms, a lot of it can be created on-the-go by the instructor. The moment that the instructor spots the learners’ attention wavering, he or she changes the pace of the lesson, introduces activities or even makes the learners sit up with a surprise pop-quiz! However, in technology-aided learning, motivation plays even a stronger role. The e-learning effort is self-led and depends completely on the interest of the learner. So, e-learning developers, instructional designers and even subject…
  • E-Learning in the Automobile Industry: Maximizing Dealer Efficiency using LMS

    Arunima Majumdar
    11 May 2015 | 12:41 am
    Training and learning are an integral part of the modern workplace. Every forward-thinking organization strives to create innovative avenues to provide training that educates, enables and inspires its people. This is true for employees within the organization as well as partners who closely work with the organization. Thus, training initiatives have to often extend beyond the confines of the organization and create an effective, relevant and uniform way of learning. For the automobiles industry, the dealer network is where the maximum merchandise is sold. Since these dealers are often far…
  • Spaced Learning for Corporate Trainings: Increasing Impact and Retention

    Arunima Majumdar
    6 May 2015 | 4:50 am
    Learning is continuous in our lives. But how much of what we learn do we actually remember after the learning event? As designers, we want to make sure that the learning content has a strong initial impact on the learners and is successful in retaining their attention throughout the course. But how can we ensure that the learning is embedded in the minds of the learner and they are able to utilize it in their area of work? It was the leading psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus who first pointed out that there is a definite ‘learning curve’ as well as a ‘forgetting curve’ in humans. Just…
 
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  • What Does It Take to Design Top-notch E-learning Courses

    Vyshnavi G
    29 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    The ultimate goal of an instructional designer is to give a wonderful learning experience to the learner. However, at the end, it only matters what knowledge the learner has acquired from the course and how he is applying it in his daily tasks. E.L. Thorndike, an educational psychologist, has come up with three laws of learning in the 20th century. These laws, when implemented, help learners to learn more effectively. In this blog, I will discuss a few laws that can be applied to eLearning for effective results. Law 1: Willingness A learner would only learn when he is willing to or ready to…
  • 116 Sure-fire E-learning Tips from the Experts in Online Training

    Phani Madhav
    29 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    E-learning – a learning medium that has radically altered the L&D landscape. The online training format has opened new vistas in corporate training, by enabling firms to deliver training, anytime, anywhere, at low cost. Therefore, it did not come as a surprise when Ambient Insight reported that the global market for eLearning solutions has reached a whopping $107 billion, by 2015. How can you make the best use of this immensely popular learning methodology? What does it take to unleash the power of eLearning to deliver top-notch training to your workforce? Well, to find out,…
  • Training and LMS Administration in Airline Industry

    Aruna Vayuvegula
    28 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Airline industry is highly regulated in almost every function – security protocol, routine maintenance, standard operating procedures and many more.Any breach of procedures could result in costly mistakes and fatal accidents. For that, they need to be trained and well informed. This can be achieved in two measures. An effective training content that is regularly updated based on the changes in technology or operating procedures. For the purpose, eLearning provides a viable option to ensure employees are trained quickly and within short notice. Assigning and tracking training efficiently…
  • 6 Advantages of Content Chunking in E-learning – An Infographic

    Chinthakunta Krishna
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Content Chunking – may be you have never heard of it, or may be you have heard and been wondering how it works and helps develop successful eLearning courses. Chunking is a method of presenting content by splitting it into small pieces or “chunks” to facilitate quick and easy reading and understanding. Effective content chunking goes a long way in designing eLearning courses by reducing cognitive load on the learner. Instructional designers perform this essential exercise, wherein they break long strings of content into bite-sized, absorbable pieces which are easier to…
  • Want to Make Your E-learning Courses Visually Engaging? Avoid these 7 Common Mistakes

    Gitika Nagra
    28 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Do you want to make your eLearning courses visually rich? What are the mistakes we do when it comes to making a course visually rich? Visual designing is not as easy as people think it is, and it’s well known that the most important factor that makes your eLearning course well-received by your target audiences is the visual appearance of course. You cannot judge a book by its cover, but the harsh reality is we do so – looks do matter. As an instructional designer, it is very essential to make the content look visually rich by following the style guide and maintaining clear fonts,…
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  • Kevin Gumienny: Most Challenging Thing About Being an Instructional Designer

    adib
    19 May 2015 | 7:33 am
          Adib Masumian from our elearning group got Kevin Gumienny, Senior Instructional Designer at MicroAssist, to sit down for an interview on his job. In this segment, Kevin gives us his opinion on what the most challenging thing about being an instructional designer is. Read more >>read more
  • Kevin Gumienny: The Best Thing About Being an Instructional Designer

    adib
    12 May 2015 | 8:00 am
          Adib Masumian from our elearning group got Kevin Gumienny, Senior Instructional Designer at MicroAssist, to sit down for an interview on his job. In this segment, Kevin gives us his opinion on what the best thing about being an instructional designer is. Read more >>read more
  • Kevin Gumienny: What Does An Instructional Designer Do?

    adib
    5 May 2015 | 7:26 am
          Adib Masumian from our elearning group got Kevin Gumienny, Senior Instructional Designer at MicroAssist, to sit down for an interview on his job. In this segment, Kevin gives us the rundown of what being an instructional designer is all about. Read more >>read more
  • Kelly Rossi: Special Considerations When Managing Elearning Projects?

    adib
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
     Adib Masumian from our elearning group got Kelly Rossi, project manager extraordinaire, to sit down for an interview on her job. In this segment, Kelly talks about special considerations a project manager should make when managing elearning projects.Read more >>read more
  • Kelly Rossi: Advice for Managing Projects More Effectively?

    adib
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:41 am
     Adib Masumian from our elearning group got Kelly Rossi, project manager extraordinaire, to sit down for an interview on her job. In this segment, Kelly gives us some advice on how to manage our projects more effectively.Read more >>read more
 
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  • A Commencement Address for e-Learning

    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist It’s that time of year when our children and grandchildren and nieces and nephews are wrapping up the traditional school year, and many of them are graduating from some defined course of study—high school, college, etc.—marked by graduation ceremonies. Along with commencement exercises come commencement speeches that provide the opportunity to comment on the just-completed shared experience and set the learner on his or her way to future success. Sometimes inspiring, sometimes sentimental, sometimes clichéd, sometimes predictable,…
  • To LMS or Not to LMS...Is That The Question?

    20 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Steve Lee, Co-founder AICC, SCORM, xAPI, TinCan, LMS, LCMS, LRS, wow so many acronyms, so much confusion, so much promise and yet so much frustration. If you are like me you may be asking: “why is this so hard?”
  • 10 Blogs for Working With SMEs To Create Performance-Changing e-Learning

    12 May 2015 | 9:37 am
    by Nicole Mellas, instructional writer/designer  On Wednesday, June 24th, I’ll be presenting a complimentary 30-minute webinar on 3 Strategies For IDs to Get More out of SME Interviews. In it, I’ll be offering some more in-depth tips and tricks to get you off on the right foot when you’re drafting those learner-centric scenarios when building performance-based learning. In the meantime, here are my picks for getting the most out of your SME relationships throughout the design process. 
  • Context in e-Learning Design: From Routine To Remarkable

    6 May 2015 | 10:47 am
    By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist On Sunday I had the privilege of being in the audience at the final performance of The Chicago Lyric Opera’s spectacular production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical, Carousel. I could easily write about the many elements that made it a uniquely impactful performance, but one element strikes me as something that might enlighten us on one of the most persistent challenges for making e-learning design engaging.
  • The World of e-Learning Design Through a Child

    1 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    by Angel Green, senior instructional strategist | @LearnerAdvocate Last week, in the US, we celebrated the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (http://www.daughtersandsonstowork.org/) and for the first time, I participated. Well, I participated with two of my three children and until just after lunch. That was about all of a day any of us, or my coworkers, could handle.
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  • 5 Handy Tools for the One-man eLearning Show

    28 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    Let’s face it: sometimes we may feel as we’re subbing for the whole personnel in a circus. Day in and day out, we are faced with the challenge of juggling content, walking the tight rope of creative storytelling and making our audience gasp with amazement at sensational graphic design. As an instructional designer, we welcome all the help we can get! The good news is we have lots of it, if we look in the right place. So, without further ado, here to assist you on your one-man (or woman) eLearning show is a toolbox of small yet enormously helpful apps and websites for your everyday tasks.
  • 7 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your eLearning Courses (Plus 25 Solutions)

    26 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    They say, one rotten apple spoils the whole basket. If you are an instructional designer, you are probably nodding your head in agreement. Someone somewhere churns out a few trashy courses and manages to shoo away learners and business owners. Business owners take one look at these and decide they don't want to commission another one ever while learners doze off midway through the course and decide they won't waste their valuable time any more.
  • Bullets in eLearning: Friend or Foe?

    21 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    OMG! Did you just shoot the learner? What did you do? Did you misfire a bullet? Or did you pump in too many bullets? Be careful. The bullet is a powerful weapon. You must use it wisely to create the right "impact." We are talking eLearning here. And the bullets are those little black dots that instructional designers are either obsessed with or hate with a vengeance. The former breed litters their courses with bullet lists—an overkill. The latter group avoids bullets like the plague; they probably do not know how bullet lists make learning matter more comprehensible. As an instructional…
  • Color Psychology: Use Cool Colors to Set Just the Right Mood for Learning

    19 May 2015 | 11:24 am
    It's no secret that colors have an enormous influence over our perceptions of daily life—consciously and subconsciously. For example, warm tones stimulate and energize our senses, while cool hues bring in freshness and calmness.  This means that we as eLearning designers need to make sure we understand what it takes to make good color choices. A little color psychology may be the secret sauce to produce soothing and productive moods in your learners.  In this post, we will briefly discuss how you can use cool colors to your advantage…
  • Color Psychology: Use Warm Hues to Energize Your eLearning

    14 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    You might have often noticed how a pop of color can instantly uplift your mood. But have you ever spared a thought about how it can change the course that you are currently designing? If you are not aware yet, the color that you use in your courses can have a tremendous impact on the mood of the learner and how they ultimately absorb the information. Now you may ask how colors can impact an eLearning course. Well, 70 percent of the information that people capture in their minds is through visual clues. And this is primarily the reason why colors can have a deep impact on your…
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  • 6 Marketing Tips To Promote Your eLearning Courses

    Christopher Pappas
    29 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Marketing Tips To Promote Your eLearning Courses Creating memorable eLearning courses for your audience is just half the battle. The real trick is knowing how to promote your eLearning courses, so that it ends up on the screens of those who can truly benefit from them and potentially turn a profit to your business. But have no fear; below you’ll find 6 useful marketing tips to promote your eLearning courses. Identify your target audience. In order to market to your audience you first have to identify just who you are addressing to and what they expect. This often involves a fair amount…
  • 3 Ways To Get Inspired With eLearning

    Christie Wroten
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Is your eLearning a giant snooze fest? There’s a way to fix that. Your learners shouldn’t be taking their afternoon nap during your online training course. If you’re looking for some new ways to get inspired before you start designing, then I have a few ideas. Get ready to change the way you think about eLearning development. Here are 3 ways to get inspired with eLearning: Chat with your colleagues and other eLearning professionals. Just talk to them? Yes. It’s easy to start a conversation in an online discussion forum or on social media. Or, you could just poke your head into your…
  • 12 Reasons For You To Embrace eLearning

    Heera Edwin
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Why Embrace eLearning For Centuries we had been used to learning in a particular way. Our learning was always shepherded by a guide – parents at home; teachers and tutors during our school years; professors and mentors at college. We then entered a vocation which again required some learning; and the way we learned from our childhood carried on into adulthood where we again learned under the guidance of an instructor. This worked fine until recently when technology enabled learning changed the way that educators and L&D faculty thought of learning. Today, educational institutions and…
  • Intrinsic Motivation In Online Training

    Christopher Pappas
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    What is Intrinsic Motivation? Intrinsic motivation centers on internal rewards. Rather than participating in an online training course to earn tangible rewards or to avoid a negative consequence, employees who are intrinsically motivated become active participants because they are excited about the online training experience or view it as an opportunity to learn something new and expand their knowledge base. Coon and Mitterer (2010) summed up intrinsic motivation quite nicely by stating that "Intrinsic motivation occurs when we act without any obvious external rewards. We simply enjoy an…
  • Behaviorism In Instructional Design For eLearning: When And How To Use

    Marisa Keramida
    28 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    What eLearning Professionals Should Know About Behaviorism In Instructional Design For eLearning Although we may declare supporters of cognitivism or constructivism, we are all behaviorists by nature. Even if we may not realize it, as eLearning professionals, we all use behavioristic principles extensively in our instructional design for eLearning. This happens because behaviorism, no matter how much out-of-date it sounds, without any doubt, is deeply rooted in human subconscious. Instinctively, it’s part of our actions and reactions. From an educational point of view, who doesn’t want to…
 
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  • Mini-Lessons: A Different Learning Approach

    Anne Mills
    21 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    Although presented in small bites to satisfy today’s learners, effective mini-lessons follow good teaching practice. The learner seeks knowledge and wants to absorb that knowledge; learning activities then help embed that knowledge. Learners will often want to test themselves to check their understanding as well as assimilation.Alternatively, learners may want to test themselves for prior knowledge before undertaking any study, or refresh themselves through learning activities. Learning can be approached from various entry points, and there is a recognizable continuum of learning. These…
  • Tip of the Week: Add Interactions to PowerPoint in a Click

    Magdalene
    20 May 2015 | 4:28 am
  • A Simple Tip to Add a Personalized Touch to Your Online Courses

    Oswaldo Rojas
    14 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Great! Good job! Incorrect! Can do better! Not quite right!Do these words sound familiar? Probably yes, this is the kind of feedback we generally receive in our online assessments or exercises. In fact, we too provide similar feedback to our learners in the assessments we design. But don’t we get disappointed when we receive such short feedback that does not convey much? Research suggests that students want specific and detailed feedback from their instructors (Balaji & Chakrabarti, 2010). This becomes even more critical in online assignments / assessments where there is little or no…
  • Tip of the Week: Integrate Raptivity in Multiple Authoring Tools

    Magdalene
    6 May 2015 | 4:53 am
  • Engage Students with Game-Based Learning (GBL)

    Magdalene
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:27 am
    As an Instructional Designer or Educator, you always aspire to make your course content as ‘sticky’ as possible. You try your level best to engage learners in thoughtful learning even after they have left the room or finished the course. Knowing also this, it’s apparent that you do understand that something that fascinates almost every person is playing games. Then why not use games to engage learners?Wikipedia defines Game-based learning (GBL) as a type of game play that has defined learning outcomes. Generally, game based learning is designed to balance subject matter with game play…
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    USMLE / Internal Medicine ABIM Board Exam Review Blog

  • Studying for the Internal Medicine Boards: In-Training Examination (IM-ITE)

    Admin
    7 May 2015 | 12:34 pm
    What’s a good predictor of your likelihood of passing the ABIM Internal Medicine Board Exam? While the research is relatively light in this area, a couple of studies have concluded that your In-Training Examination (ITE) scores can be a predictor of success rate. The Internal Medicine In-Training Exam, developed by the American College of Physicians, is administered annually to allow residents the opportunity for self-assesment. It is designed specifically to allow residents to identify areas where they may need to focus their efforts. The blueprint for the IM-ITE  is based on the ABIM…
  • Knowmedge Mothers Day QBank Sale

    Admin
    1 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    We’re coming upon the 2nd Sunday of May – better known as Mother’s Day. This day has a special meaning to a lot of people around the world. We are no different here at Knowmedge. While we appreciate our Mom’s everyday and are grateful to them, Mother’s Day gives us a chance to reflect and think about the love and sacrifice she has made for us. Wherever you are, we hope you get a chance to connect with your Mom on Mother’s Day. If you have lost your Mom, we hope you find time to reflect on everything she did and everything she meant to you. In honor of Mother’s Day and Moms…
  • Internal Medicine Board Review: Dementia

    Admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Dementia is an important topic to understand for the USMLE Step 3, ABIM, and on other medical exams where internal medicine is a major focus. The following is an excerpt out of Cracking the USMLE Step 3. Dementia Global cognitive decline in functioning Not limited to certain area of the brain Consciousness does not wax and wane like in delirium EEG usually normal Differential diagnosis of dementia: Alzheimer’s Dementia (AD) Vascular Dementia Pick’s Disease Pseudodementia Depression in the elderly that presents as dementia Remember to inquire about guilt, concentration, anhedonia, sleep,…
  • USMLE Step 3 Subject Review – Breast Cancer

    Admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Breast Cancer is an important topic to understand for the USMLE Step 3, ABIM, and on other medical exams where internal medicine is a major focus. The following is an excerpt out of Cracking the USMLE Step 3.  Risk factors include: Age (i.e., greater than 50) Female Family history BRCA 1, 2 Obesity Highfat diet Early menarche Late menopause Nulliparity HRT Previous history of breast cancer Signs and symptoms include: Most commonly presents as a firm mass in the upper outer quadrant of the breast Nipple or skin retraction Bloody nipple discharge Palpable axillary lymph nodes Back pain If…
  • Facebook Internal Medicine Question Bank Challenge Results

    Admin
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:32 am
    The 2nd Annual Knowmedge Internal Medicine Question Challenge has come to a close and we’re excited to announce the winners! A total of 47 people participated in this year’s Facebook contest. The contest awarded participants points for answering a series of 20 questions, pulled from a diverse set of internal medicine topics including Cardiology, Endocrinology, Nephrology, Neurology, and Hematology. Thank you to everyone for your participation and enthusiasm! We hope you all had fun, and learned a few things along the way as well! If you have any other ideas/suggestions to make medical…
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  • MOOCs In Workplace Learning – Part 1: Some Points To Consider

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    24 May 2015 | 11:55 pm
    MOOCs – you can love them or hate them but you can definitely not ignore them. Despite countless stats on MOOC dropout rates, MOOCs are appearing everywhere. And IMHO, we will continue to see this phenomenon rise. Having taken the world of higher education by storm (though not everyone will agree), MOOCs are all set to disrupt/re-invent workplace learning. Just as the advent of e-learning created a shift in training paradigms a couple of decades back, MOOCs are set to create another shift today. With the rise of MOOCs, we are also likely to see social, collaborative learning take root in…
  • Social Learning Cannot Be A Bolt-On Strategy

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    18 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    “I’m arguing that something much bigger is happening than the application collaborative tools within the enterprise – it’s a profound transformation of the enterprise as we know it.”  Don Tapscott (italics mine) I recently wrote about the challenges of integrating social learning in the workplace. Even as I was mulling over the topic and browsing through Dion Hinchcliffe’s posts for insights on social business, I had a moment of epiphany. Social Learning and social business go hand in hand. To facilitate social learning, an organization has to become a social business first.
  • The Most PROVOCATIVE Shout-Outs From Today’s Learning Innovators

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    15 May 2015 | 6:21 am
    QUOTE: “The future belongs to those who not only have the courage to shout, “The emperor has no clothes!” but also the wisdom to channel the forces that actually bring about genuine change.” — Gene Levinson INTRODUCTION: We are in the age of learning revolution or innovation. Understandably, it has a natural impact on corporate e-learning as well. In today’s scenario, with our renewed understanding of how people ‘learn’ (mostly informal, social, and less formal), this gains considerable significance. Like many of you out there, we too believe that, in today’s…
  • Deeper eLearning Design: Part 1 – The Starting Point: Good Objectives

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    13 May 2015 | 4:52 am
    This is the first post in a series of six that covers Deeper eLearning. The goal of this series is to build upon good implementations of instructional design, and go deeper into the nuances of what makes learning that really works. We’ll move on to practice, examples, concepts, emotional elements, and putting it together, but to start, we’re talking objectives.  For a learning experience design to be truly effective, it has to have a focus. That focus is the outcome that the learning experience is designed to achieve. So, the starting point of a learning design has to be the objective…
  • Integrating Social Learning In The Workplace

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    11 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    I have been writing about social learning and its related concepts – communities of practices, working out loud and skills for the networked world for quite some time now. Social learning has become a buzzword in the workplace learning space, and every other organization is claiming to have “social learning” as a part of the mix. The catch is that “social learning” cannot just be implemented or enforced. One cannot inset social learning in the training calendar and feel happy about it. It has to be integrated into the culture and the organizational way of working and being. And…
 
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    SkyPrep

  • Online Client Meetings: How To Keep Them Engaged When Video Conferencing

    Sep Barkhodaee
    28 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Video conferencing provides a wide range of benefits that businesses use to increase efficiency. Key decisions can be made quickly, keeping operations running smoothly. But staying engaged in such a connected world isn’t always easy. Video conferencing can allow for other distractions that make it hard to stay engaged. The following steps will keep your clients engaged at your next video conference! Prepare in Advance A client meeting lets your business provide its value in meeting a unique need for another person or organization. This might involve a transaction or generating new business.
  • ATD International Conference & Exposition

    Roz
    21 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    What: ATD International Conference & Exposition Where: Orlando, Florida When: May 17th- May 20th This week, SkyPrep was excited to be a part of the ATD International Conference & Exposition in Orlando. Leaving the gloomy rainy Toronto, for the sunny warm Florida weather, we were excited to meet and talk to potential new customers and partners. We were excited to expo at the event, but what had us more excited was meeting all the fabulous training industry professionals who were here to solve business problems through their own unique and different training techniques. We loved how…
  • Games That Can Increase The Productivity Of Your Staff

    Sep Barkhodaee
    13 May 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Increasing productivity among your staff is one of the most important priorities for any business. Not only does a more productive staff increase revenue, it can provide a more fulfilling work experience for all members of your organization. Solutions for improving productivity are numerous, but using games that help increase productivity offers a new and enjoyable way to help your staff become more efficient and increase the sense of teamwork. Here are a few games that you can use in your organization to help productivity. A Game of Strength Tug-of-war is one of the most well known that can…
  • 3 Tips To Motivate Temps

    Sep Barkhodaee
    7 May 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Temporary workers are often some of the most valuable members in an organization. They can provide much needed help during peak output periods and ensure that you meet all deadlines and obligations. Like all employees, contingent workers must also be motivated. This is as much your responsibility as it is theirs, so you need to understand how to motivate temps for the greatest return. An Equal Playing Field The first step in motivating your temps is to show them that they are equally valuable members of the team. Give them proper job titles that don’t indicate their temporary status. You…
  • 3 Ways to Stimulate the Digital-Age Employee to Learn

    Sep Barkhodaee
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:12 am
    The information age has made it extremely easy to find just about any information you could possibly want access to and, while there are many advantages to this immediate access, there are also some drawbacks. Many employers and employees don’t see eye-to-eye about their responsibilities for staying up to date on their industry and learning new skills to improve their workflow. Many employers expect employees to make use of the extensive resources available online in order to ensure they are keeping their knowledge current. Employees, however, feel that employers should provide the…
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  • Why a Case Study is the Key to Training Success

    Tim Greve
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Ashley, a sales representative for Big Sales Corp, is going to a dinner event with prospective clients. When she arrives at the event she realizes what she thought was a formal dinner is in fact a backyard picnic, meaning she’s way overdressed in her black suit and pearls. What should she do? Sounds like a crazy scenario, right? We admit it may not be common, but it could happen, and provide an opportunity to learn. This is an exaggerated example of a short case study. There are a wide variety of tools utilized in elearning courses and case studies help to apply content to real-life…
  • Vintage Is In: 5 Old Skills You Still Need

    Tim Greve
    14 May 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Vintage Is In: 5 Old Skills You Still Need As new technology saturates the world, old skills are forgotten or lost. We stopped learning the typewriter because we have the computer; we moved away from the telegraph and towards the telephone. But with the introduction of new technology, we often forget to practice and master traditional, basic skills. We are all too willing to jump on the new tech is better bandwagon, which isn’t a bad thing, but forgetting to practice our base skills is. Here are five skills we believe will never get old: We have email; we don’t need phone skills! Video…
  • Forget About Millennials-What You Need to Know About Gen Z

    Tim Greve
    14 May 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Lately, millennials (those born between 1980 and 1994) have been a hot topic, with conversations ranging from their impact on consumer trends to their work habits. However, those born in Generation Z—typically described as those born after 1995, who can’t remember life before the internet—are reaching maturity. The oldest of the generation are starting to enter their 20’s and the workforce. An enormous amount of research has been done on generational traits, and below we'll highlight five of those traits, as well as what they mean for the workplace. 1. Communicative Gen Z has grown up…
  • Find the Best Educational Technology Tools for Your Teaching Style

    Robert Morris
    12 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Old-school educators may despise educational technology because they are used to conventional teaching methods, but teachers who have tried using modern tools cannot deny that they enable them to connect with their students better than ever. If you are a teacher who hasn’t started using educational technology tools, then you need to do something about it. You surely want to connect with your students on a higher level, and the following selection of tools will enable you to do that: Edmodo is a platform that connects you with your students and their parents. This tool enables you to check…
  • Textbook to Tablet: The Shift in Education [Infographic]

    Katherine Barrer
    7 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It is expected that by 2017 all school-aged children will have undergone a major educational shift: going from textbook to tablet in the classroom. This switch is just one way Generation Z is becoming more technologically savvy than ever. Gen Z, those born after 1995, have never known life without the Internet. Changing to a more technological education influences how Gen Z communicates socially and face-to-face, how they perceive authority, and it transforms their overall work ethic. With the introduction of so much technology in the classroom, how will their entrance into the workforce be…
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  • Using the 70:20:10 Approach to Workplace Learning

    Kim Morrison
    28 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    In the past, we’ve discussed a lot of different ways in which training professionals and company managers can deal with their workplace training and employee development. Recently Vado released a whitepaper called 70:20:10 Guide: Providing Structure to the 70%, which is a great resource and introduction to the 70:20:10 method, so... Read More
  • Using Custom Training Plans for New Employees

    Kim Morrison
    21 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    Whether you’re hiring some new staff, or just feel your current training plan could use a bit more structure, personalised training plans are a great way to make sure everyone is getting the training they need. However, they can be especially important when you are bringing on new staff, as... Read More
  • How to Keep Motivated When Studying

    Kim Morrison
    14 May 2015 | 8:16 am
    In the past we’ve talked about how important it is for a teacher to make sure their students stay motivated during their class, but what about staying motivated outside the classroom? All the teacher’s best intentions could end up going to waste when a student is left to their own... Read More
  • How to Identify a Skills Gap in Your Employees

    Kim Morrison
    7 May 2015 | 6:03 am
    Workplace training can be an extremely important activity to have your staff participate in, especially if you feel there is a particular skills gap that your staff could use some training on. If you have a certain time of the year where you schedule in a lot of training, you... Read More
  • Finding Your Ideal Study Time

    Kim Morrison
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    When do you find it best to sit down and study? Are you more of a night owl, or a get-up-and-go in the morning sort of person? Chances are you have a personal preference as to when you like to hit the books, but maybe you just try and fit... Read More
 
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    Origin Learning - A Learning Solutions Blog

  • Formative Assessments in E-Learning

    Origin Learning
    27 May 2015 | 12:54 am
    Assessments in any learning course – whether academic or corporate, are absolutely necessary because they ensure that the course is meetings its objectives. Unless there is a mechanism to test, the effectiveness of the learning program cannot be guaranteed, nor can the course be improvised. Just like with anything else, assessing also requires a careful strategy. If questions are selected arbitrarily from a topic,they may not be able to properly test whether all parts of the course have been understood well. Broadly speaking, there are two main kinds of assessments – formative and…
  • A Brief History of Instructional Design

    Origin Learning
    26 May 2015 | 12:39 am
    Instructional Design has come a long way. From ‘training’, which was merely considered a passive function in an organization, the emphasis has now shifted towards making learning and talent development an integral part of corporate culture. A 2015 research by ATD, titled ‘Instructional Design Now’, which is based on a survey of 1,120 instructional designers provides a current snapshot of ID in organizations and the challenges that they typically face. “The field of instructional design (ID) incorporates a rapidly growing and changing array of learning strategies, tools, and…
  • Day 3 @ ATD 2015 ICE

    Origin Learning
    20 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    Day 3 of the ATD Expo began on an interesting, no-frills note with Sugata Mitra taking the center stage for his keynote session on “Who taught the termites civil engineering?” As he got straight to the point with his insights from an experiment he ran in an Indian slum in the late 90s: Placing a simple internet-connected computer in a hole-a-wall 3-feet from the ground and offering no support to the children in figuring out what the device was, Mitra explained that children don’t need teachers.All they need is broadband, collaboration and encouragement. Listeners were in complete awe as…
  • Day 2 @ ATD 2015 ICE

    Origin Learning
    19 May 2015 | 4:36 am
    The Orange County Convention Center is buzzing with energy as the expo formally opened on 18th May 2015 in Orlando. About a whopping 10,000 delegates and attendees rushed to the opening session on “Leading a Global Business”by Andrea Jung who talked about the importance of vision and values and aligning the right people to the right passions and motivations. “If the vision and values are sorted, then it’s all about influence. Leaders today are not about power. Cultivating motivation and engagement is key. And for this, you will need the competence of communication”, she…
  • Brain Boogie @ATD2015

    Origin Learning
    19 May 2015 | 1:43 am
    The human brain is full of mysteries! The Brain Boogie session by Dr. Andre Vermeulen, on Sunday, May 17 at ATD ICE 2015 was all about understanding this wonderful gift called the brain. Highlights of the session include “10 Brain Fitness Exercises to Rock Your Brain”. These exercises ranged from simple neurological relaxation workouts to physical brain fitness exercises such as brain gymnastics. Developments in technology are causing our brains to age quicker, because we rely on our devices to do our thinking for us. Dr. Vermeulen suggested the following mental brain exercises to get…
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    TalentLMS Blog - eLearning | Instructional Design | LMS

  • Top 10 eLearning Bloggers For 2015 [Infographic]

    John Laskaris
    27 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    Parents have Facebook to post photos of their kids. Fans have Twitter to get their daily gossip. Teenagers have SnapChat to exchange self-destructing instant messages.Enterprises and professionals have blogs. A good blog can be a window to a whole industry, and the eLearning industry is no exception.The key word here is “good” ― and in being able to separate the signal from the noise. This is where we come in, to hand you our definitive list of the top 10 eLearning bloggers for 2015.Happy reading!   TRANSCRIPT: When was the last time you visited an influential…
  • Harnessing the Power of a Subject Matter Expert (SME)

    John Laskaris
    25 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    What happens when you have a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and an Instructional Designer (or an eLearning program developer) in one room?You have a creative meeting that ends with a specific outline for the course, complete with interactivity nodes highlighted. And of course, a very confident instructional designer who knows the program would sell before it hit the shelves!!This is because the material is both learner and organization centered, stemming from core objectives.Without an SME, the eLearning content is as incomplete as a great website without accurate and current content! The…
  • Latest TalentLMS update landed on the Cloud

    Nikos Andriotis
    21 May 2015 | 8:13 am
    You gotta love Spring. The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, the mercury is rising, … Oh, and a fresh update of your favorite learning management system just got deployed to the Cloud.This TalentLMS release brings the usual assortment of enhancements and workflow improvements, but also lands several major new features to help you take your eLearning courses to the next level.Sit comfortably and enjoy an iced drink, for in this post I’m going to present them to you one by one. Instructor-Led training (ILT) supportILT is this release’s headlining feature, and…
  • Will it blend? TalentLMS’ new Instructor-Led Training support

    Nikos Andriotis
    19 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    Instructor-Led Training? When I was young we used to call it just “training”. Or “going to school”. But then again, we didn’t have eLearning back then. Or laptops. Or mobile phones. Kids these days have it good……and TalentLMS users have it even better, with a shiny new release on its way. There will be a new blog post tomorrow just for that, so stay tuned. As for this post, we’ll be concentrating on the headlining feature: Instructor-Led Training support.If you want to get step-by-step instructions on how to start with ILT right away, take a…
  • When Should You Choose Self-Paced Learning vs Live Online Learning?

    V Prountzos
    16 May 2015 | 5:44 am
    While many organizations and eLearning institutions might naturally assume that the most important aspect of any educational platform is the content, this is not necessarily the case. While the information users will be receiving is all-important, how you deliver that information can make a world of difference in terms of knowledge acquisition and retention.As such, selecting just the right implementation method is key. So, the question is: when should an organization choose self-paced learning versus live online learning?In this article, we’ll discuss the basics and benefits of both…
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    Learning In The Cloud

  • Learning Engagement: 4 Laws of Attraction

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    13 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    By Gordon Johnson, VP Marketing, Expertus Gordon Johnson, VP Marketing, Expertus Industry events are often an eye-opening experience — and the recent Bersin by Deloitte “Impact” Conference was no exception. For me, one of the most memorable insights was a conversation I had with a learning director at a Fortune 100 company. When she was a new employee, someone told her the best way to learn how to work successfully in that organization was to complete two excellent training courses. Unfortunately, that person couldn’t recall the name of either course. Eager to…
  • How to Accelerate Compliance Training with Mobile Analytics

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    6 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    By Kathleen Waid, Senior Director of Client Services, Expertus Kathleen Waid, Sr. Director, Client Services, Expertus “Time is money.” Business has always been fueled by this idea — but lately it seems especially fitting. As the global economy recovers from one of the worst recessions on record, employees feel extraordinary pressure to perform. Many have inherited multiple roles, after stepping in for colleagues who were laid off during lean years. Others are pinch-hitting at growing companies that can’t yet afford to hire additional staff, or are struggling…
  • Learning Luminary Interview: Katrina Baker, LMS Admin and Author “LMS Success”

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:04 am
    By Joy Church Millard, Sr. Editor, Expertus Editor’s Note: Welcome to the fifth interview in our “Learning Luminaries” series — where we showcase conversations with the brightest and most innovative minds in the world of enterprise training and development. This month, we feature Katrina Baker, Corporate Learning Management Consultant, Director of Technology at ATD Los Angeles, and author of two popular new reference books: • LMS Success! A Step-by-Step Guide to LMS Administration and • The LMS Selection Checklist. Q1: Katrina, what sparked your interest in…
  • Performance Improvement: Learning By The Numbers

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:44 am
    By guest experts, Ajay Pangarkar, CTDP, CPA, CMA, and Teresa Kirkwood, CTDP “How can we do better?” It’s a simple but fundamental business question. Ultimately, every organization’s survival depends on how well its leaders respond to that question. But the answer can be tricky. Defining Our Terms First, let’s look at what we mean when we say “doing better” in an organizational context. Are we talking about performance improvement? That term implies that we’re doing better, but it’s not clear enough. “Doing better” can apply…
  • Personalized Learning: 5 Marketing-Minded LMS Tools

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    By Joy Church Millard, Sr. Editor, Expertus Joy Church Millard, Sr. Editor, Expertus Personalization. Some people think of it as a hot trend in Millennial marketing. But who doesn’t want to feel unique? Personalized service is really just smart business. Companies that cater to individual needs are rewarded with customer loyalty. And more loyalty means more revenues. This is especially true in digital environments, as research shows: 74% of online shoppers get frustrated when content and promotions don’t seem relevant 75% like personalization because it helps them find…
 
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    The Lambda Solutions eLearning Blog

  • Multitenancy with Totara and Moodle

    29 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    Multitenancy is a topic that is popping up in discussions around learning management systems. Many people are unsure of whether or not they need it, and some don’t even know what it is. Multi-tenancy is when one organization with different groups, each with their own courses, materials, and  needs, uses one central learning management system, but are separated within the system. As an example, if you are an organization with 5 divisions or operating entities (these are what we would refer to as tenants in the LMS), you and each of your customers would use the same LMS, but would remain…
  • A Checklist to Help Select Your LMS Reporting and Analytics Solution - 8 Things to Look For

    27 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    Reporting for open source learning is one of the top pain points among Moodle and Totara  users. Moodle reporting needs are often complex, and they only increase over time. Unfortunately, many of the reporting and analytics solutions that are available simply do not have the capacity to provide what users need. This can make shopping for a reporting solution a lengthy process, with limited success. We have compiled an easy checklist to help you select a robust LMS reporting solution, perfect for your reporting needs. 
  • Filling the LMS Reporting Gap with Lambda Analytika

    SeanH
    22 May 2015 | 2:56 pm
    When the learning management system spread from the education market to the corporate sector in the mid-2000s, tech-savvy business professionals were quick to criticize LMS reporting functionalities. Fast forward a few years to 2009, wherein a survey from Bersin & Associates found that 45% of LMS owners described LMS reporting as their number one challenge. Unfortunately, this percentage has only increased in the last six years. Today, according to a research report from Expertus, this number has nearly doubled to 81% leaving many to wonder why organizations have not jumped in to fill the…
  • Top 9 Improvements Coming with Moodle 2.9

    11 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    We announced last week that Moodle 2.9 is on its way. The enhancements made in 2.9 are in response to the pain-points expressed by the Moodle community. This new version is coming equipped with over 300 improvements, 9 of which we will go through with you. 
  • Mythbusters: Open Source Software Edition

    8 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Open source software is used by some of the world’s top organizations, like McDonalds, the US Department of Defense, and Google. You don’t have to look hard to find out why, as the benefits of open source software are endless. Open Source learning management systems cost less, they are highly flexible and they are more secure. Despite these positive features, there seems to be some common misconceptions surrounding open source technology. We would like to take this opportunity to debunk 3 common open source myths.
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    Wranx

  • How to be motivational in a sales environment

    Chloe from Wranx
    28 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Irrespective of how productive and prosperous your sales team may be at the best of times, there are bound to be occasions when they lack drive, enthusiasm and motivation. In other job roles and lines of work, this is not a major problem but when it comes to sales, insufficient inspiration can have damaging and detrimental consequences. Despite the fact most sales teams are sufficiently stimulated by the prospect of greater commission and climbing the career ladder, it is natural to feel a little weary or fatigued when endlessly trying to close deals. For this reason, creating a motivational…
  • The food industry: How to provide superior customer service

    Chloe from Wranx
    26 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Restaurateurs, catering companies and fast-food franchise owners will all have one thing in common – the desire to deliver great customer service. More often than not, this will come down to what is served on the plate, which could well speak for itself. However, a lot will also be dependent on the members of staff that take orders, wait on tables and be of assistance to winers and diners. But this is where the food industry comes up against a number of challenges, as motivating and training employees to provide superior customer service can be quite tricky. First and foremost, you…
  • The do’s and don’ts of automotive sales training

    Chloe from Wranx
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    For a great deal of people, buying a new or used car will be the most exciting purchase they ever make. Not only used as a vital method of transportation, cars are a sought after status symbol, which tell other road users that you exude certain characteristics. However, some buyers will be more interested in safety and practicality if their desired vehicle is for taxiing the family around. On the other hand, budget-conscious motorists may prefer reliability and value for money, which are equally important features. But regardless of the purchaser that shows up at a dealership or showroom, the…
  • How to create interactive customer service in call centers

    Chloe from Wranx
    18 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to managing and maintaining positive customer relationships, call centre staff have a massive role to play. Although some consumers might pick up the phone for straightforward queries or minor problems, several will require immediate and essential help, which employees need to handle in the right way. A lot of the time, callers will be angry and irate about their product or service, which requires calmness and composure. Then again, those experiencing technical issues will need well-informed and knowledgeable staff to offer up easy-to-understand advice, which isn’t exactly…
  • Training sales managers to coach employees successfully

    Chloe from Wranx
    14 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Despite your best intentions, traditional training methods are no longer relevant or rousing for sales staff. In the past, teaching and coaching was designed to improve employee expertise on an individual level. More often than not this would assess their performance, identify knowledge or skills gaps, develop a plan of action, implement this strategy, assess employee progress and then repeat for other members of staff. While this approach can go some way in enhancing competence, it doesn’t inspire a long-lasting change for the entire sales force. What’s more, it means that sales managers…
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    QuickWayTo

  • How to Make French Toast

    Ifemidayo LayGiri
    28 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    Once upon a time in a land of classes and hunger, the destiny of a whole class rested on the shoulders of a young scholar, his name French Toast. The classmates partook of this meal and were amazed at the loveliness and taste of this miracle food and so they asked the young scholar “Ho!... Read More Source: How to Make French Toast
  • How to Find a Song Title from the Lyrics

    Ifemidayo LayGiri
    28 May 2015 | 1:41 am
    If you’re anything like me, you would be plagued with the problem of finding song names when you don’t know who sang them or when they were released or something of that nature. You could be watching a movie and then fall in love with the soundtrack and want to download it. Of course, you could just Google... Read More Source: How to Find a Song Title from the Lyrics
  • How to Escape the Friend Zone

    Ifemidayo LayGiri
    27 May 2015 | 1:34 pm
    We all know of the dreaded FRIENDZONE and like it or not, some of our brethren have permanent residency there. Not anymore, though! We have come to revoke the C of O! Anyway, before we continue, I would like to say you might be in the Friendzone because you’re an fagit. If you’re an fagit or you aren’t... Read More Source: How to Escape the Friend Zone
  • How to Keep Ants and Cockroaches out of Your Kitchen

    Ifemidayo LayGiri
    18 May 2015 | 3:22 am
    Nothing is more annoying than coming inside a kitchen to find ants everywhere. Around your dustbin, on your counter, in your sugar, around your shelf, everywhere! The worst are roaches, those insects that make your skin crawl whenever you see them and have the ability to fly and terrorize you and your household. This tutorial was born under... Read More Source: How to Keep Ants and Cockroaches out of Your Kitchen
  • What Internet Service Provider Is The Fastest / Most Reliable In Lagos

    Ifemidayo LayGiri
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:39 am
    In need of fast internet? reliable internet? Good… We can help you, especially if you live or work in Lagos. As always we do our ground work and then we get back to you on our findings. So here goes… Relative to your location and general geography the fastest internet service provider (ISP) in Lagos... Read More Source: What Internet Service Provider Is The Fastest / Most Reliable In Lagos
 
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    Defined STEM

  • Tanya Brenner – Teacher Use Case

    Rob Eifler
    27 May 2015 | 8:11 am
    A Defined STEM Learning Experience From: Tanya Brenner 3rd Grade Teacher plus Grades 3-5 Math Intervention Maple Grove Elementary School (WI) Performance Tasks: Backpack Product Design Design Architect Toy Marketer...
  • Defined STEM – Illinois Community High School Dist. 117

    Patrick Irvine
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:45 pm
    When you ask high school students in Lake County, Illinois what their career goals are, you may be surprised by how many of them answer “scientists”. However, the Associate Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for Community High School District 117, David Bain, isn’t surprised at all.
  • When students become entrepreneurs, real learning happens

    Patrick Irvine
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    In one recent project, student teams were assigned a region of the United States, and they were challenged to plan and design a self-sustaining restaurant in that area. Nearly every subject was involved as students researched the demographics of their region to determine what kind of restaurant would make sense for their customer base, and identified the renewable energy sources they could use to cut costs and reduce the carbon footprint of their restaurant.
  • STEM and Project Based Learning, a Perfect Pair!

    Patrick Irvine
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:52 am
    Project based learning (PBL) is a student-centric approach to teaching and learning. Typically, projects are focused on a real-world problem that students solve through research, exploration, experimentation, and the application of skills from across the curricula. Often, PBL concludes with students formally presenting their solutions to the problem. This hands-on method of learning actively engages students, which leads to a much deeper and lasting understanding of content.
  • Defined STEM: K-12 Online Resources for Project and Performance Based Tasks

    Patrick Irvine
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am
    Defined STEM is an excellent service that offers an enormous collection of pre-created problem and project-based learning resources for all core subjects in K-12. Each resource is built around a specific career to help increase relevancy, and comes with all the resources, standards, materials, and so on that you could possibly need. It’s a wonderful service, so let’s check them out!
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    eFront Blog

  • 5 ways to identify your star employees through eLearning

    Nikos Andriotis
    22 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    In IT there’s this notion of a 10x programmer. This legendary creature is someone who is ten times more productive than the average programmer (in other words someone who contributes as much as ten other employees). Admittedly this might be a little on the hyperbolic side, but the truth is that in any industry there are indeed employees that are much more valuable, motivated and productive than their colleagues. Your job, as a manager, is to create an environment and a company culture such that those star employees can be discovered, empowered and allowed to flourish. In this post…
  • 5 tips to help you sell your eLearning courses

    Nikos Andriotis
    13 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    There’s a line from the 80’s Kevin Costner flick “Field of Dreams” that has outlived the movie: “If you build it, they will come”. Sadly it seldom works that way in real life, and almost never in eLearning. Even before you start your eLearning business you have to think of your target audience. And after you’re done with writing your courses it’s time to market them, that is, if you want people to know about them. In time, you’ll learn that to run a successful eLearning business you’ll have to wear many hats (or hire the right people…
  • How eLearning can work in the legal industry

    Nikos Andriotis
    11 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    They say that nobody likes lawyers until they need one. I don’t know, I always liked the profession. Heck, I’m somewhat of a certified lawyer myself, in the sense that, while I have not actually studied the thing, I’ve seen all episodes of Law & Order, The Practice, Boston Legal, Shark, The Defenders and lots of others. That should count for something, right? In this post we’ll show how legal professionals can benefit from eLearning, and why it is a great fit for law firms and the legal profession in general, an industry where training and re-training is a constant…
  • The complete guide for making complying with compliance training easier

    Nikos Andriotis
    6 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    Compliance training. It’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it. And that somebody is you, if you are a business owner that wants to enter certain markets for which the law mandates it. So how to encourage your employees to comply with compliance training requirements? Yelling at them would help, but if you want some more sophisticated ideas you could try, read on. Make it lighter Just because it’s compliance training doesn’t mean it also has to be boring. An eLearning platform allows you to spice up a bland compliance training material with presentations, audio,…
  • Why eLearning in the finance industry is very important

    Nikos Andriotis
    4 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    Banking. It’s what makes our modern economy tick (and, perhaps, tock), and a big enabler of the business and innovation progress we’ve had in the 21st century. It’s, to paraphrase the proverb, a lucrative job, but somebody’s got to do it. It’s also a demanding job, one where books of regional, national, and international rules and regulations can be stacked as high as the Empire State Building. Add to the mix operational guidelines and procedures internal to your financial organization, and what you have is informational overload. In a sector where information is…
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    Digital Business tracks

  • Case study: How to get 500 users in only one weekend using Facebook

    Sydney Cohen
    15 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Arnaud from Khuube explains how he managed to get 500 users to start using his product using Facebook. You can do the same to acquire new users... The post Case study: How to get 500 users in only one weekend using Facebook appeared first on Digital Business tracks.
  • 4 alternative courses that will boost your business and marketing skills

    Paal Ringstad
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    What about an NLP or a hypnosis course to improve your business skills? Check out our alternative courses that might just boost your confidence and your business and marketing skills. The post 4 alternative courses that will boost your business and marketing skills appeared first on Digital Business tracks.
  • 32 productivity tips to get more stuff done fast

    Paal Ringstad
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Productivity is freedom. Learn to stay focused on one task while doing it fast without getting tired. Here’s is the productivity guide with 32 productivity tips to make you freer. The post 32 productivity tips to get more stuff done fast appeared first on Digital Business tracks.
  • Productivity improvement techniques to get things done

    Paal Ringstad
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    I told myself I wanted to get more stuff done and be happy with my day when I go to bed. The book "Getting things done" has changed my life, so i created a short summary about how to apply the book. The post Productivity improvement techniques to get things done appeared first on Digital Business tracks.
  • One MOOC to rule them all

    Paal Ringstad
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Rodrigo finished his degree, took the MOOC "how to learn" and figured he hadn't really learned much at college. Now he's on a quest to start over again. The post One MOOC to rule them all appeared first on Digital Business tracks.
 
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    CourseBit

  • Moodle has some ‘ugly nasties’

    Joseph Conradt
    4 May 2015 | 1:56 pm
    While digging through Moodle’s codebase, our Sr. Moodle Developer, Jack Roe came across some interesting info in the code://now let's sanitise urls - there might be some ugly nasties:-((Github link) Apparently, ‘ugly nasties’, (which are far worse than the plain ol’ nasties) could somehow creep into the code via a malicious attack. Luckily for us, the Moodle developers are always on the lookout for ‘ugly nasties’. It is unconfirmed if Moodle filters out ‘icky nasties’ or other types of nasties. For the technically illiterate, an ‘ugly…
  • 3 Tips and Resources to Make Moodle Beautiful

    Catherine Conradt
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    Does Moodle and all of its bells and whistles have your head spinning?  Or worse…your users’ heads?  Here are 3 tips to make Moodle easier on the eyes. Appropriate Color Schemes If your logo colors are navy blue and orange, your site probably shouldn’t be lime green and red.  Choosing theme and text colors that don’t match your brand will create a site that looks dishevelled.  If your main colors are too bold or funky, try choosing a more neutral shade and pairing it with white or gray.  Need color inspiration?  Click here to visit Adobe Color CC where you can…
  • 5 Features Every LMS Should Have

    Joseph Conradt
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    Ask any educator or administrator, and they will tell you their LMS needs better reporting, viewing on Mobile, and integrated e-commerce. Take a look at this infographic for the top 5 features every LMS should have. The post 5 Features Every LMS Should Have appeared first on CourseBit.
  • Online college students miss professor interaction

    Joseph Conradt
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:56 am
    Recently a study was conducted at Kent State University asking 250 students their opinions of online courses. The findings were that students missed the interaction of in-person classes. They specifically addressed concerns over the level of interaction with professors. Studying online is often more isolating and difficult to communicate. “When students take online classes, they don’t expect that they are going to miss the interaction, but once they start every day getting on the computer and looking up their assignments themselves and doing everything themselves, they kind of miss their…
  • eLearning Growth (Infographic)

    admin
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:17 am
    Cool Infographic on eLearning statistics.   The post eLearning Growth (Infographic) appeared first on CourseBit.
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    Grovo Blog

  • 5 Things That the NBA Playoffs Teach Us About Leadership

    Leonard DeFranco
    27 May 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Basketball, uniquely among team sports, is dominated by superstar players. In no other game does victory depend on team leaders so heavily. Peyton Manning or Miguel Cabrera (in the NFL and MLB respectively) are historic greats at their positions, but not even they have a big enough impact on games to guarantee their teams’ success The post 5 Things That the NBA Playoffs Teach Us About Leadership appeared first on Grovo Blog.
  • Microfying the Biggest Event In Training: Grovo at ATD 2015

    Leonard DeFranco
    24 May 2015 | 10:13 am
    Orlando will never be the same. The ATD conference took place this week, and Grovo came out in full force. Our gigantic booth, staffed by color-coordinated Grovo Sapiens, was blasting beats and firing rockets. Alex Khurgin Khurgined in front of a room overflowing capacity. Our happy hour at the Hard Rock Cafe put us in The post Microfying the Biggest Event In Training: Grovo at ATD 2015 appeared first on Grovo Blog.
  • Spaced Repetition Apps Are the New 3×5: Futuristic Flashcards and Microlearning

    Leonard DeFranco
    19 May 2015 | 6:57 am
    Get ready to experience the magic of flashcards in a whole new way. That’s right, folks: the least sexy learning method in the world is getting a makeover. As the Wall Street Journal’s Sue Shellenbarger reported in April, the age-old method of drilling on facts is being reimagined in a number of e-learning apps that have The post Spaced Repetition Apps Are the New 3×5: Futuristic Flashcards and Microlearning appeared first on Grovo Blog.
  • 5 Ways to Build Company Culture While Scaling Growth, with Jeff Fernandez

    Leonard DeFranco
    14 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    This week, Grovo was honored to be featured as a presenter for NewCo, a festival that takes you behind the scenes at New York’s 100 most innovative companies. During an hourlong speaking session at our office on Wednesday, our CEO and Cofounder Jeff Fernandez shared his insights on how to keep company culture strong during The post 5 Ways to Build Company Culture While Scaling Growth, with Jeff Fernandez appeared first on Grovo Blog.
  • Professor Peter Cappelli Takes On the Skills Gap

    Leonard DeFranco
    12 May 2015 | 7:10 am
    The world looked a lot different in 2012. President Obama was fighting for a second term on the strength of spotty economic progress. Recession was still on the nation’s mind. The specter of a “jobless recovery” loomed after of the crisis of 2008. It was in that environment that Peter Cappelli, a professor of management The post Professor Peter Cappelli Takes On the Skills Gap appeared first on Grovo Blog.
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    eLearning Brothers

  • eLearning Brothers Library Enhancements

    Brother Shawn
    29 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
    At eLearning Brothers, our goal is to help you create eLearning Awesomeness! We do this by providing you with the broadest and deepest eLearning Template and asset libraries on the planet. We feel that we are achieving this goal and will continue to push forward with more awesomeness. To help with this amazing growth of our library offerings, we’ve developed an entirely new platform. Check out the enhancements below.   New Front-End User Experience Navigation Links: Notice that each link at the top navigation is now organized by library product. Note: You’ll only be able to…
  • 5 Free PowerPoint Graphics That Will Blow Your Socks Off

    Brother Sean
    28 May 2015 | 3:23 pm
      We have a huge library of PowerPoint graphics for subscribers to incorporate into their presentations with full customizability. To introduce you to the new library, we are offering 5 free PowerPoint graphics that will blow your socks off. These are totally customizable, built in PowerPoint, and are flat out amazing. Take a look.   Gauge This is a perfect tool for showing the degree or level certain pieces of data have reached in relation to where they could or should be. Each shape and text box that makes up this image can be moved and manipulated to display whatever quantity…
  • 5 Reasons Not to Put eLearning Games at the End

    Brother Sean
    27 May 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Guest blog post by Liz Sheffield. Liz Sheffield is a freelance writer with a background in training and development. She specializes in writing about everything related to the human side of business. In the past, learning design followed the pattern of instruction, instruction, instruction with one final activity (if you were lucky!) to cement the learning. Games and activities were treated as a way to reward learners, rather than as a way to engage and involve them with interactive content. Thankfully we’re no longer using that approach for training and development, and it’s no wonder…
  • Creating a Process Interaction in PowerPoint

    Brother Shawn
    22 May 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Starting with a premade PowerPoint Graphic, I’m going to show how easy it is to make a clickable animated process interaction. Step 1: Plan Interaction The first step is plan out how your interaction will function and look. Identify what items will be clickable. Plan out animations and other effects that will be applied following a click. Also, ensure that your artwork is exactly how you want it, as we’ll be copying this slide to create the other slides. Step 2: Add Buttons The next step is to add buttons. To add buttons, just draw a shape over the items you want clickable.
  • Effective Instructional Graphics in eLearning

    Brother Shawn
    22 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    We’ve all heard the phrase, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” However, just because you have some open space on a page, that doesn’t mean you can get lazy and plop some meaningless image down. We always recommend finding a way to create an image that engages learners and effectively communicates a message. Instructional graphics are great training aids and can make the difference between a so-so course and a great course. Graphics come in many shapes, sizes, layouts, colors, and complexities. They are more than just a simple picture of a person or an office. Graphics…
 
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