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  • Technology and The Evolution of Storytelling [Lasseter]

    Learning Ecosystems
    Daniel Christian
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:27 am
    Technology and The Evolution of Storytelling — from medium.com by John Lasseter; with a shout out to The Digital Rocking Chair for the Scoop on this Excerpts: “People aren’t going to sit still for a feature-length cartoon. Are you nuts?” But Walt was a visionary. Walt saw beyond what people were used to. They were […]
  • Personal Learning Graphs (PLeG)

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    gsiemens
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    Personalized and adaptive learning has been described as the so-called holy grail of education. The idea is not new, though its technological instantiation is getting increased attention. In a well-funded education system, personalized instruction happens when guided by a teacher as each students strengths and weaknesses and knowledge gaps are known. However, when classrooms start to exceed 20+ students, some type of mediating agent is needed in order to address knowledge gaps as it becomes impossible for a teacher to be aware of what is happening with each learner. So, while the human…
  • 6 Ways to Keep Employees Engaged Over the Summer

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    Leonard DeFranco
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:04 am
    It’s tough to stay focused on work during the summer. Who wants to reply to emails and sit through meetings with so many distractions outside? Just close your eyes and you can see them: endless green grass that is the exact cognitive opposite of looking at your computer screen, waves rolling onto a beach, barbecues, fireflies. The post 6 Ways to Keep Employees Engaged Over the Summer appeared first on Grovo Blog.
  • 7 Aspects to Consider Before Choosing E-learning – Part 1

    Custom training and elearning, anywhere anytime!
    Priyanka Dhondi
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    It is an accepted truth that employees are the valued resources of any organization. Organizational success depends entirely on the performance of the employees. In order to face their competitors, organizations have to ensure efficient employees who are capable of updating themselves in the continuously changing business environment. Now, companies spend lots of money to train and educate their employees. The importance of training and developing the employees’ skills is rapidly growing. As organizations are spread across different parts of the world, it becomes difficult to train their…
  • How To Motivate Millennials In Online Training: Top 9 Tips For eLearning Professionals

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    Christopher Pappas
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    The new workforce has arrived; meet the Millennials, who were born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s, during technological change and globalization, and, as the largest generation in the world history, have already shown a sample of their huge impact on the global economy.The Millennials, or Generation Y, are the first generation of digital natives; they are passionate and unconventional, and their life priorities, work preferences, and set of behaviors are different from their parents’.Or their employers’, for that matter, who are more likely to be Boomers (born between 1946…
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  • Guiding young children’s internet use at home: Problems that parents experience in their parental mediation and the need for parenting support

    fsaba
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    Using an online questionnaire among 785 parents (children 0-7 years) in the Netherlands we investigated a) whether parents experience problems when guiding children’s digital media usage, b) whether they feel competent in dealing with these problems, c) whether they need parenting support, and d) how these problems, competences and need for support are related to the characteristics of the parents, the family and the child. The analyses reveal that the parents’ experiences of problems is associated with negative views on media effects, the presence of older siblings living at home and…
  • Beyond Active Learning: Transformation of the Learning Space

    fsaba
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:07 am
    The next generation of learning spaces will take all the characteristics of an active learning environment—flexibility, collaboration, team-based, project-based—and add the capability of creating and making. EDUCAUSE
  • In abundance: Networked participatory practices as scholarship

    fsaba
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:20 pm
    In an era of knowledge abundance, scholars have the capacity to distribute and share ideas and artifacts via digital networks, yet networked scholarship often remains unrecognized within institutional spheres of influence. Using ethnographic methods including participant observation, interviews, and document analysis, this study investigates networks as sites of scholarship. Its purpose is to situate networked practices within Boyer’s (1990) four components of scholarship – discovery, integration, application, and teaching – and to explore them as a techno-cultural system of scholarship…
  • Using NetLogo as a tool to encourage scientific thinking across disciplines

    fsaba
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:09 pm
    In this article we discuss the possible uses of NetLogo as an educational tool for High School and early-years undergraduate students. The paper is geared towards teachers from all disciplines that require students to problem solve, be quantitative and logical but want a project orientated platform to build or reinforce knowledge. The goal is to highlight possible ways to excite students who perceive themselves to be weak mathematically by non-traditional computer-based exercises. Here we choose a model of Toxoplasmosis gondii to demonstrate our ideas and show how scientific thinking and…
  • The iPad Pilot Project: A Faculty Driven Effort to Use Mobile Technology in the Reinvention of the Liberal Arts

    fsaba
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Mobile technology is pervasive in society and in particular among young people. The use of such technology in the classroom can be controversial and case studies and data on student perceptions of the technology are rare. This study presents the results of an iPad Pilot Project sponsored by a college at mid-sized university in a rural area in the United States. The study intersects the use of the iPad in the classroom with the reinvention of liberal arts education. Using case studies and student perceptions from survey data, the study concludes that the use of the iPads in the classroom can…
 
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  • 3 Reasons Why We Have Interactive E-Learning

    Tom Kuhlmann
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:21 am
    What is interactive elearning? In previous posts we discussed different ways to interact with onscreen elements. Generally, interactions are limited to click, mouse over, or dragging interactions. Then we explored two key points when building interactive elearning. The first point is to get the users to “touch” the screen. Find ways to have them interact with onscreen elements. The second point is to have them interact with the content to create a great learning experience.   Now let’s look at common reasons why people interact with the elearning courses and then we…
  • 12 Websites for Free Vector Images Good for E-Learning

    Tom
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:24 am
    Do a search for “free vector images” and you’ll find hundreds of sites that boast tens of thousands of free images. The problem is many of them are junk and not even worth your time. Besides, how many free vector images do you really need? Websites that Offer Free Vector Images As you may know, many of the sites that offer “free” resources only allow them to be used for personal use. That won’t work for your courses and presentations. To make things simple, I reviewed dozens of websites that claim they offer free vector images and narrowed them down to…
  • How to Edit Free Vector Images in PowerPoint

    Tom Kuhlmann
    16 Jun 2015 | 12:29 am
    In this post we’ll explore how to edit free vector images in PowerPoint. You’ll be able to use them in your presentations and online training courses. There are hundreds of sites to download free vector images that can be used for your presentations and online training courses. The challenge is that to edit most of the free vector images requires an illustration application like Illustrator or Inkscape (free). However, if you get them in .EPS format you may be able to edit the free vector images in PowerPoint. Formats to Edit Free Vector Images Vector images are not like bitmap…
  • How to Add Closed Captions to Storyline

    Tom Kuhlmann
    11 Jun 2015 | 12:42 am
    In a previous post we learned how to create closed captions text for your online courses. Now we’ll learn to use that text in Articulate Storyline. Before we get started, let’s do a quick review of your closed captions source file. Regardless of the application you used to create the closed captions file, you’ll end up with the timing and the text for the captions. It should look similar to the image below. Display Closed Captions in Storyline Displaying the closed captions in Storyline 2 is a very straightforward process. All we need is a single text variable that is…
  • How to Create Free Closed Captioning Text for E-Learning

    Tom Kuhlmann
    9 Jun 2015 | 12:49 am
    In this post we’ll explore a few simple ways to create free closed captioning text for your online training courses. We’ll work off of the assumption that you want closed captioning to sync with your audio narration or an inserted video on your slides. What is Closed Captioning Text? Generally speaking, closed captioning text accompanies the audio or video narration in your online training courses. It’s used to help those who are deaf and can’t hear the audio follow along with the course’s narration. However, some people prefer to turn off all audio and read the…
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  • Mileage Plus

    Jay Cross
    10 Jun 2015 | 12:30 pm
    All I wanted to do was use Frequent Flier miles to buy tickets from San Francisco to Mallorca to Athens and home from Istanbul. Business class. I spent 45 minutes on the phone with United Mileage Plus and ended up with oddball flights I would never have purchased for myself, e.g. depart SFO at 7:24 in the morning, twiddle thumbs for 3 hours in Houston, spend five hours in Munich awaiting for flight to Palma. Later, fly Palma to Athens via Copenhagen, along with a six hour wait at the Copenhagen airport. Depart Istanbul at 6:20 in the morning, spend more than three hours at Munich Airport and…
  • The wake-up call

    Jay Cross
    10 Jun 2015 | 11:36 am
    Monday morning. Flirt, the happiest miniature longhaired dachshund in the world, shakes all over with tail-flapping enthusiasm to wake me up. On auto-pilot, I arise, brush my teeth, and take the garbage and recycling out to the curb. I brew a cup of tea. Undoubtedly email has arrived overnight. Phone messages await my pick-up. The day’s New York Times has interesting stories to read. I sip my tea. I write these words. I contemplate what I want to accomplish today. The interruptions can wait. Each of us has a choice of what we think about, what we learn, and what we do. Our minds are an…
  • Roadtrip! What’s the coolest thing between Berkeley and Kansas City?

    Jay Cross
    3 Jun 2015 | 6:29 pm
    A dozen days from now, Uta and I will pack the dogs into the car and drive the 1800 miles from Berkeley to Kansas City, Missouri. After ten days at our son’s new house, we’ll drive the long way back via Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, and Grand Tetons. Like most coastal Americans, we hardly know the interior of our country. I haven’t been in a car on this route since I was four years old. We’ll be whizzing right along, my daredevil co-pilot at the wheel while I ride shotgun. I’d hate to miss a cool trading post or natural site or place to eat because I…
  • Future of Education 2020 Summit

    Jay Cross
    31 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    At a Stanford education conference this morning, speakers made presentation after presentation without once involving the audience, not even asking for questions. For the first couple of hours there was zero audience participation. Finally, following a panel session, we were invited to stand at a microphone if we had questions. Naturally, I was first in line. I explained that I came to this event as an outsider. I am not an academic. In fact, my corporate title is “Chief Unlearning Officer.” A speaker had mentioned silos, referring to departments at schools. I said I felt like I…
  • 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…
 
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  • smart cities need smart citizens

    Harold Jarche
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:03 am
    I will be speaking this Wednesday in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France at a conference on ‘The Smart City, the Cloud, and Citizens’ (link in French).  My presentation will be short and focused. Here are the main points, in English. The French version may be webcast, so watch my Twitter feed for updates. We are connecting our cities to the cloud via the internet of everything, so that objects share data with each other. With these data, governments, organizations, and companies can sense patterns and make decisions – from traffic control to geographically specific advertising. But this is…
  • friday’s finds #248

    Harold Jarche
    3 Jul 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. @willrich45 – Engagement: “Not a metric for learning. A prerequisite.” @trishgreenhalgh – “2nd big message on NHS [National Health Service]  IT [information technology]:”ruthless standardisation” held back progress. We need local innovation, customisation, ad hoc solutions if needed“ Peter Senge on learning – via @nickknoco All learning occurs in a social context. In any learning process you can be 100% sure that…
  • turmoil and transition

    Harold Jarche
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    One of the greatest issues that will face Canada, and many developed countries in the next decade will be wealth distribution. While it does not currently appear to be a major problem, the disparity between rich and poor will increase. The main reason will be the emergence of a post-job economy. The ‘job’ was the way we redistributed wealth, making capitalists pay for the means of production and in return creating a middle class that could pay for mass produced goods. That period is almost over. From self-driving vehicles to algorithms replacing knowledge workers, employment is not…
  • loosening group boundaries

    Harold Jarche
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:55 am
    “When a society is too grouped, people do not have any social contact with people from other groups,” [University of Pennsylvania’s] Centola said. “People with the same job all attended the same school, live in the same neighborhood and frequent the same clubs. Their networks do not expand beyond that group.” Loosening these tight group boundaries means that people’s next-door neighbors may have different jobs or levels of education, but they may still have similar politics or recreational activities. These similarities allow people in different social…
  • networked unmanagement

    Harold Jarche
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    What are fundamental changes necessary to shift the dominant organizational model toward stronger networks and temporary, mutually negotiated hierarchies? Yesterday I spoke with the founders of a small start-up that has seen good growth and is looking at how best to structure for the future. They realized that most existing management models did not make sense for their case, as they have both for-profit and non-profit divisions, and while small, have operations on two continents. They have been provided with a lot of advice around business models from local government and industry, but they…
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  • Webinar Recording: How to Turn Existing Content Into Training that Works

    Brent Schlenker
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Using existing content to create training is a great way to fire up a training program. Many companies don't have the time and resources to pay consultants, or hire an entire training team. And much of the training development advice on the internet is overwhelming for those non-training professionals who need to create training products or events. In this webinar I was hoping to comfort those new to the world of creating training content with the message that it's okay to create a course using existing content. But there is a catch. And the catch is knowing that your work isn't…
  • Why You Need to Market Your Training Courses

    Brent Schlenker
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Just because you build a training course, and list it in your LMS, doesn't mean your target audience will automatically come flocking to enjoy your masterpiece. Creating a course is no different than creating any other product. You need to market that product. Training courses are developed for many reasons. Some courses only require idle threats like compliance deadlines. And training professionals can easily get too comfortable creating training courses that are mandatory. With mandatory courses you simply need to communicate the information and consequences of non-compliance. A much…
  • Making the Distinction Between Serious Games and Gamification - Guest Post by Clark Quinn

    Clark Quinn
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Guest post by Clark Quinn (@quinnovator) One of the hottest topics around right now is gamification, and as with any hot topic, just as there’re reasons to be excited, so too are there reasons to be wary.  I suggest there is an important distinction between serious games and gamification, and the former is the reason for excitement and the latter is the reason to be wary. Quite simply, gamification is about motivation.  We know that people perform better when they’re motivated, and we’ve seen historically and more recently through video games that there are certain elements that…
  • The Value of Raw Content in Your Training Strategy

    Brent Schlenker
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    You're a training professional in a SMB and you have few resources to achieve high expectations. The product team needs you to help train the sales channel, and the customer service team needs regular training sessions as well.  There is new hire orientation to manage and annual compliance training requirements that need to be met. Not to mention the occasional random training session that is required due to an incident, or other issue within the business. When you look at these expectations through the lens of a traditional instructional designer they seem impossible. But they're all…
  • New Litmos Features: WebEx, Drupal, and WordPress Integration, Improved Document Conversion, and more

    Brent Schlenker
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The fabulous engineering team at Litmos recently released some significant feature updates. Besides the usual bug fixes and optimizations, customer input had a significant influence on these new features...as it always does. Here's the quick list. WebEx Training Center Integration Enhanced Module Content Conversion to HTML WordPress & Drupal Plugins Learning Path Enhancements Bulk User Admin: 1) bulk unasign users from course, 2) bulk deactivation, 3) bulk import Single Sign On Integration with CallidusCloud Lead to Money Suite And you can also watch the webinar. The post New Litmos…
 
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  • Personal Learning Graphs (PLeG)

    gsiemens
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    Personalized and adaptive learning has been described as the so-called holy grail of education. The idea is not new, though its technological instantiation is getting increased attention. In a well-funded education system, personalized instruction happens when guided by a teacher as each students strengths and weaknesses and knowledge gaps are known. However, when classrooms start to exceed 20+ students, some type of mediating agent is needed in order to address knowledge gaps as it becomes impossible for a teacher to be aware of what is happening with each learner. So, while the human…
  • The death of Athabasca University has been greatly exaggerated

    gsiemens
    11 Jun 2015 | 5:19 am
    I keep hearing rumours about Athabasca University dying or at least being on its deathbed. I guess stories like this don’t help: AU taskforce releases sustainability report. This article was picked up by Tony Bates, who states: “So Athabasca University is now in the same position as the Greek government, except it doesn’t have the EU, the IMF, or the Germans to look to for help – just the Alberta government, which itself has been fiscally devastated by the collapse of oil prices.” I’m conflicted by Tony’s response. He has forgotten more about digital learning…
  • 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…
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    Cathy Moore

  • How to respond to learning-style believers

    Cathy Moore
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:25 pm
    “What do you mean, I shouldn’t accommodate people’s learning styles? You can’t tell me people don’t learn differently! I see it in the classroom all the time!” Maybe you’ve heard that from a classroom presenter (I have). Or maybe you’ve heard this from a client: “Be sure to include narration for the audio learners! And add lots of drag-and-drops for the kinesthetic people.” Learning styles have been popularized by well-intentioned people, including possibly your professor of instructional design. However, the claim that we have to…
  • Write a strong goal: Sell it to Scrooge

    Cathy Moore
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    When a client says, “My team needs training,” they might not realize it yet, but they have a bigger goal in mind. That goal is the real reason the project has to happen. Unfortunately, it’s common to develop training with the wrong type of goal. Below are some typical goals. They all have a big blind spot. What are they missing? Salespeople will know all the product features. Managers will handle difficult conversations better. Everyone will use the new software. People will be aware of the dangers of the internet. Leaders will help people adjust to big changes. If you had…
  • How to be a learning mythbuster

    Cathy Moore
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    “Wait, we can’t design the training that way, because Zeus will rain down fire as punishment!” You might not hear that particular myth, but I’ll bet you’ve heard many others. Here are the most popular myths I’ve heard from learning designers and their clients. Oh, those numbers in the chart? They’re just an estimate based on my experience. They’re not real. They’re like the numbers that someone tacked onto a graphic created by Edgar Dale, magically turning it into a “scientific” and unfortunately misleading “truth”…
  • 3 ways to save gobs of time when designing training

    Cathy Moore
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    Everyone wants it yesterday. So how can we deliver on time? Here are three possibly bizarre ideas. 1. Don’t design training Does the client just want everyone to be “aware” of the hamster sharing policy? If so, your best bet might be to send everyone a link to the policy with the message, “Read this policy, and share hamsters according to its rules.” If you have the marketing department send the email, they can track how many people opened it and clicked the link to the policy. If they know what they’re doing, they can even tell you who clicked the link and…
  • Is it ever okay to be a control freak?

    Cathy Moore
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:35 am
    Here’s a short scenario that uses a particular type of structure. What do you think about it? Spoiler alert! Play the scenario before you read on. What type of branching is this? Here’s how the scenario looks as a flowchart in BranchTrack‘s editor. No matter what we decide at decision point A, we all end up at decision point B. It’s like we have no free will! If you’re feeling cranky, you could call this the “control freak” approach to scenario design: No one may advance without first making the correct choice, and then all people must advance as one…
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  • The Need to Foster Creativity and Digital Inclusion among Women Users in Developing Context – Addressing Second Order Digital Divide in Online Skills

    Ray Schroeder
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:10 pm
    by Chunfang Zhou, Aparna Purushothaman, iJet This paper provides a literature review aiming to discuss the need for fostering creativity and digital inclusion among women students in developing contexts by addressing the second order digital divide in online skills. As the literature review indicates, we are in the change towards creative society and creativity is the core competency of students to be mastered in the digital age. The digital technologies also provide conditions of developing creativity, for example, YouTube can be regarded as a creative platform. This paper also discusses the…
  • Gaining Hands-on Experience via Collaborative Learning: Interactive Computer Science Courses

    Ray Schroeder
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:06 pm
    by Anna Danielewicz-Betz, Tatsuki Kawaguchi; iJet In this paper we report on the practical outcomes of Software Studio (SS) undergraduate course, but also on a graduate Software Engineering for Internet Applications (SEIA) course, both of which are taught collaboratively by IT and non-IT faculty members. In the latter, students are assigned to projects proposed by actual customers and work together in teams to deliver quality results under time and resource constraints. Students have to understand the key ideas of web application development in order to be able not only to apply technical…
  • Augmented Reality Internet Labs versus its Traditional and Virtual Equivalence

    Ray Schroeder
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:03 pm
    by Salaheddin Odeh, et al; iJet Engineering is an applied science; it makes science come alive through experiments and labs. Students can only gain practical knowledge that goes beyond mere scientific theory in the educational labs. This can be done using three different types of educational labs: Augmented reality labs, Virtual labs and Traditional labs. It is crucial to pre-specify the learning objectives associated with each experiment in order to be able to meet them no matter what the method of delivery is. This paper focuses on an empirical study that compares the three types of labs…
  • Penn State researchers awarded funding for online learning innovations

    Ray Schroeder
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:09 pm
    by COIL, Penn State University Penn State’s Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) has announced it will fund seven new projects through its Research Initiation Grant program. The goal of the grant program is to provide seed money for Penn State researchers to gather preliminary evidence in the hope of pursuing external funding for larger studies that enhance teaching and learning through online innovation. http://news.psu.edu/story/361406/2015/06/25/research/penn-state-researchers-awarded-funding-online-learning-innovations Share on Facebook
  • MU to offer military discount for online classes

    Ray Schroeder
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:05 pm
    By ROGER MCKINNEY, Columbia Tribune The University of Missouri has established a 10 percent tuition discount for online courses available to current military members, veterans and their spouses and children. The discount applies to base tuition for a maximum of 150 hours of undergraduate credits and 75 hours of graduate credits through Mizzou Online. Recipients must be seeking a degree. Those who qualify for the award must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA to remain eligible. The discount was created because many veterans have exhausted their military educational benefits or don’t qualify for full…
 
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  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:31 am
    Pedagogy Before Technology – 10 Ideas to Consider | Brian Aspinall, CV Some interesting points made in this blog post..... tags: education pedagogy technology blog Global Education Day at ISTE 2015 #GlobalEd15 #ISTE2015 | Hack the ClassroomGlobal Education Day at ISTE 2015 #GlobalEd15 #ISTE2015 - Hack the Classroom TY @elemenous @stevehargadon @julielindsay and all the #globalEd15 leaders and learners! I just blogged! http://t.co/J3XptSHY79 #ISTE2015 tags: ISTE2015 jul globaled15 ISTE15 education globalcollaboration Digital Storytelling ISTE 2015 tags: digitalstorytelling ISTE15 education…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:31 am
    Global collaboration | Asia Education Foundation Written by Julie Lindsay in conjunction with Asia Education Foundation tags: globalcollaboration toolkit education Practical Pedagogies 2015 tags: conference education How has Apple transformed your classroom? Part I | JAMF Software Why does @julielindsay say the #MacBook is her favorite #Apple device for the classroom? Find out: http://t.co/VNzKhUSZFT tags: MacBook jul education apple techintegration transformation How Technology Changed My Social Studies Classroom tags: technology blendedlearning education global 18 Ways To Use A Single iPad…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    21 Jun 2015 | 3:31 am
    Global Competence | Education | Asia Society tags: globalcompetence education globaleducator Free Video Chat & Conferencing Tools and How to Use Them Like a Boss — Emerging Education Technologies tags: free Videoconferencing education Will Learning Analytics Transform Higher Education? Slideshow by Abelardo Pardo (41 SlideShares) , Senior Lecturer, The University of Sydney at Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Lab (University of Texas, Arlington) tags: learninganalytics education highered INF537 Passport Index - World's passports in one place. tags: global education Bloom's Digital…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    14 Jun 2015 | 3:31 am
    Sharing the Journey: A School’s Global Bazaar Celebrates the Out of Eden Walk | Out of Eden Walk tags: globalawareness education 5 Tips For Managing a Fast Paced Twitter Chat | Mr Kemp 5 tips for managing a fast paced twitter chat - perfect before we start #whatisschool http://t.co/3jSWo6Bfgqtags: whatisschool Twitter education tweetchat 1959 The Year that Changed Jazz - YouTube tags: jazz music education 200 Free Documentaries Online | Open Culture tags: free online documentary education jazz music Future Forwards - Vol4 - Front Cover Exploring frontiers in education - American School of…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    7 Jun 2015 | 3:31 am
    Daily Edventures - Anthony Salcito interviews Narissa Leung and Anthony Speranza - YouTube From 2013 - but relevant to learning more about DLE development in Australia tags: ETL523 education educationaltechnology Australia One size does not fit all, CPD in a modern school - ICTEvangelist tags: professionaldevelopment education The Changing Role of School Librarians - YouTube tags: education library ETL523 Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange: Global Challenge Winners Celebrated for Innovation and Inspiration - Microsoft in Education Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs "Microsoft E2 Global…
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  • Getting out of Password Hell

    Chris
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:34 pm
    A while ago I realised that my online life was in password hell. I was using literally hundreds of sites and services that required passwords, but they were held together with a confusing mess of old passwords that I’d mostly forgotten, numerous passwords which were being used on more than one site,  passwords that didn’t meet the usual complexity rules usually required across the Internet, and so on. I often found myself having to do a password reset just to access a site, and of course that new password became yet another one I had to remember. Or forget. I felt things were a…
  • Just Maui’d

    Chris
    6 Jun 2015 | 4:57 am
    I know I haven’t written much here on the blog lately. I’ve been a little consumed with some other things, like getting married to my sweetheart LInda On May 20, Linda and I stood on beautiful Makena Beach in Maui and tied the knot in front of a few close friends. It was a lovely ceremony full of symbolism, fun and joy. Here’s a few photos (you can click them for a closeup) Special thanks to Jennifer from Marbelle Photography for these wonderful photos (all of them!), to Derek Sebastian for the fabulous ukulele music, Joe Miles for his touching ceremony, and to Lori Lawrence…
  • Exploiting Opportunities

    Chris
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:58 am
    The following is from an email I wrote to someone who asked if I was going to be presenting at the EduTech conference in Brisbane this year. As you can see, my answer is no, but I think what’s important is my reason for saying no. If you’re planning to present at EduTech, I hope you consider the effect of saying yes. To be honest, I am not a big fan of EduTech, mainly because I really don’t like their policy of non-payment for Australian speakers. I find it quite insulting that they are willing to pour outrageous amounts of money into getting overseas speakers but are…
  • Lipstick on a Pig

    Chris
    2 Feb 2015 | 6:10 am
    I was looking at school websites tonight trying to find some information I needed and I stumbled across a school that I won’t name, but on the front page of their website they had these two rather ironic images on display in a slider… Click to view slideshow. I’m fairly sure that neither of these images qualifies for the claim they make of “Best Practices in Education” or “Advanced Learning Environment”. Is it that schools simply don’t get what those terms mean? Or are they just marketing to parents who don’t understand what those terms…
  • A Bicycle for the Mind

    Chris
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:29 am
    I’ve been doing some work recently with a school that’s using iPads with their kids, and was asked to give a talk on the topic “The place of iPads in teaching and learning”. This post is just a bit of thinking out loud about that question. Let me start by saying that I think the iPad is an amazing piece of technology. I dispute the common claim about iPads just being “consumption devices”. That’s a load of nonsense. Used wisely, iPads open up incredible opportunities for creativity. This point was driven home during my recent 365 project, The Daily…
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    In the Middle of the Curve

  • Requirements from Scratch Step One - Write It All Down

    Wendy Wickham
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    I tackled the survey requirements first by brainstorming what I think I want.I then did a Google Search - Survey Tools ReviewFound a couple of baseline requirements lists and added stuff that we needed to consider that I missed. Survey Software Top Ten Reviews for a short version Relevant Insights for a very comprehensive version.I then dumped the initial list into a requirements template I created under "Scenarios". Honestly, I'm not sure I'm going to keep this template, but it is a start.I'll clean it up later.Video is about 5 minutes long.  This is pass 1. Enjoy.
  • Requirements Sample - Survey Tools

    Wendy Wickham
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:32 am
    I have been working with our lead architect on a couple of survey projects.The first project captured self-reported application development skills.  We've had a couple of projects this year where our in-house staff didn't have the skills needed for the new application. No one's fault - it happens when you replace a major piece of your enterprise system after using the same thing for 10+ years. The architects and management wanted to get a better feel for what skills our developers possess and, when we go into another one of these projects, what we need to account for if we go a different…
  • Requirements Management in the Ecosystem

    Wendy Wickham
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:37 am
    - Gaping Void of course. I could leave well enough alone, couldn't I?Naaaah..... -----------------TOGAF encourages the use of a requirements repository.We don't have one. So I need to build one. Somehow.The initial reaction the business analysts had when I asked what format they use for requirements and told them of my plans to consolidate them into a searchable library was...."Why would you do that?"Well....Our functional needs haven't changed for decades. The general functionality of the tools we use haven't changed since the advent of the internet.I don't feel like re-creating the…
  • TOGAF - Requirement Types

    Wendy Wickham
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:08 am
    To do this requires a system.Your system should be built based on requirements. Image from  National Association of Women in Construction.--------------------Karl E. Wiegers, in his book Software Requirements (2nd ed, 2003), identified the following requirement types.I'm breaking them out further (with thanks to Steve Corlew, the TOGAF certification trainer I worked with) into 2 sections...General Requirements and IT Requirements. We are going to use purchasing a new presentation development tool as an example.Because everyone hates PowerPoint (apparently). Examples (or the types of…
  • TOGAF - The Relationship Between Principles, Requirements and Matrices

    Wendy Wickham
    11 Jun 2015 | 5:08 am
    Notice that big circle in the middle?Requirements.EVERYTHING in the ecosystem SHOULD map to requirements.You may have noticed that the Capability Matrices in the previous posts sorta-kinda did.In an ideal world (which I don't happen to live in right now), the order in which things would go would be:- Problem definition- Requirements collection- Solution design and development based on requirements and guided by architectural principles- Did it solve the problem yes/no?The capability matrix for the resulting solution set would be based on the requirements collected. The next series of posts…
 
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    Assistive Technology

  • Reflector 2 Now Adds Screen Recording

    3 Jul 2015 | 12:49 pm
    While I was attending the ISTE 2015 conference I had a chance to visit the AirSquirrels Booth and find out what was new. As a long time user of Reflector, I was excited to find out that Reflector 2, now included the ability to record audio and video. This was one feature which I have been hoping for - for some time now. In the past I would generally use a screen capturing software to record the audio and video which at times produced less then a high quality recording. When I got back from ISTE 2015 Conference I downloaded Reflector 2 to…
  • Equil Smartmarker: Capturing and Streaming Notes from a Whiteboard Just Got a Whole Lot Easier!

    9 Jun 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Ok, so you already know if you have been reading my blog just how much I love gadgets. Especially, gadgets that are easy to use and can extend the learning that is taking place in my classroom. When I read about the Equil Smartmarker from Luidia a couple of months ago, I was enthralled with the possibilities. As an Assistive Technology Consultant I am often supporting students with disabilities who may require that classroom notes be provided to them.  So when I came across the Equil Smartmarker, I had to get my hands on one to review. Luidia was kind enough to send me an Equil…
  • Using Vernier Go Wireless Sensors in the Classroom

    11 Apr 2015 | 12:52 pm
    I have always enjoyed my science classes when I was in school, especially when we did hands on labs. Unfortunately, as I reflect on my education many years later, there just were not enough labs integrated into my science classrooms. In retrospect, with the equipment we had in the day, it just took too much time to set up and labs took an inordinate amount of time which were always thought to take away from the instruction at hand. Nothing could be further from the truth-but it was the best we could do at the time when I was in high school science classes in the early 1970s. Jump to 2015, and…
  • A Week with the Surface 3 – First Impressions

    7 Apr 2015 | 4:52 am
    A couple of weeks ago out of the blue I received an email invitation from Microsoft to attend a party in New York City on March 31st. For the life of me, I could not figure out what this event would highlight-you see, it seemed like the timing was all off for a big announcement. But then on March 31, Microsoft announced the Surface 3 tablets which caught us all off guard. Microsoft announced the new Surface 3 with the latest Atom “Cherry Trail” processor, which would run Windows 8.1 andbe upgradeable to Windows 10 when it is released later this summer. The specifications noted that the…
  • MindView 6 from Matchware- Solid Upgrade

    15 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    When I heard that Matchware was releasing MindView 6, I was excited to find out its new feature set and how it would help me to do my work. For the past several years I have been using MindView 5 to craft my very structured consulting reports that I deliver to the schools that I work with. Over the years I have developed some templates that really have helped me to communicate ideas in a very clear fashion. One of the chief reasons that I go back to MindView time and time again is because I have always found that MindView has some of the best Microsoft Office integration when exporting mind…
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    Bottom Line Performance » Blog

  • BLP Launches “BLPCares” With a Summer of Giving Back 

    Madeline Burgher
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    Allow me to introduce myself; I’m Madeline Burgher, a double major in Fine Art and Marketing from Anderson University with an exciting role this summer as the marketing intern at Bottom-Line Performance. I am passionate about creativity, innovation, building friendships, and giving back to the community. One of the things that attracted me to this company was its philosophy: Provide services that match client needs and client expectations. Operate with integrity and treat everyone with dignity and respect. Recognize our families as the reason we do what we do. Give back to our local and…
  • Bottom-Line Performance, Roche Diagnostics Receive LTEN “Partnership” Award

    Steven Boller
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:52 am
    Bottom-Line Performance, Inc. (BLP) and Roche Diagnostics received the LTEN “Partnership Award” in the first annual LTEN Excellence Awards competition. The LTEN awards honor best-in-class learning and development initiatives within the life sciences, and winners were recognized on-stage at the 44th LTEN Annual Conference. The winning submission, cobas® reIMAGINE customer training, is an innovative blended learning curriculum that is driving significant business results for Roche. “This award reaffirms early customer feedback regarding the reIMAGINE of our customer training,”…
  • Khan Academy and Mastering Voiceover: This Week on #BLPLearn

    Laura Schroeder
    12 Jun 2015 | 5:01 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…
  • Our Brains on Agile and eLearning Effectiveness: This Week on #BLPLearn

    Laura Schroeder
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:48 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…
  • How Cisco Uses Knowledge Guru to Teach Product and Technical Knowledge (Interview)

    Steven Boller
    29 May 2015 | 7:52 am
    This interview was originally posted on the Knowledge Guru website. We’re posting it here to highlight the collaboration between Cisco and Bottom-Line Performance using the Knowledge Guru tool. We pride ourselves on being more than a pair of hands; we’re a partner. I interviewed Paula Rossini, Global Program Manager at Cisco, to learn more about how Cisco uses Knowledge Guru games to teach its sales associates. Cisco’s sales associate training program (CSAP) has won multiple Brandon Hall awards for its innovative approaches, including a 2014 “Gold” award won in partnership…
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    Clive on Learning

  • Twenty questions to ask when taking a brief

    18 Jun 2015 | 12:41 am
    As a learning professional, it’s absolutely vital when you’re taking a brief from a project sponsor that you ask the right questions and are persistent in making sure you get a clear and satisfactory answer. Here’s my list of essential questions: About the need1. What goal is this intervention intended to support? It’s vital to identify the real underlying purpose of the proposed intervention. In the workplace, learning is usually just a means to an end. 2. At which people is this intervention aimed? This question establishes the scope of the intervention in terms…
  • Every learner is different but not because of their learning styles

    5 Jun 2015 | 4:37 am
    I've been reading Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter Brown and Henry Roediger (Harvard University Press, 2014). What a great book! It provides a whole load of useful tips for learners, teachers and trainers based on solid research. Although, believe it or not, I do have a romantic side, primarily I'm a rationalist and I'm drawn to new evidence relating to learning and teaching, even if this confounds my current thinking.Finishing this book coincides with The Debunker Club's Debunk Learning Styles Month. And learning styles really do need debunking,…
  • Let’s face it, compliance is not the same as learning

    29 Apr 2015 | 3:11 am
    A while back I did something quite unusual. I completed a self-study e-learning programme, as a student, not as a consultant running their eye over someone else's work. Some time later, having had the chance to reflect on the experience, I can't resist making a few comments. I'm not going to tell you what the programme was or who it was made by. but I will say it was a compulsory piece of training, completion of which was required if I was to be able to go ahead with some work with a client. Contrary to the nature of much compliance training, the subject in this case was inherently…
  • Do no harm - the duty of the learning professional

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    One of the key differences between professions and other forms of occupation is the fact that professionals are bound by ethical codes. If they contravene these codes they are liable to be disbarred from the profession. Doctors sign a Hippocratic oath, which binds them to do no harm to their patients. Their patients’ interests take priority over those of government or their own opportunities to make financial gains. Now we all know that, in practice, some doctors, lawyers, bankers, accountants and other professionals do break this trust and put themselves first, but generally we are shocked…
  • Engaging your learner - four dos and four don'ts

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Whether you’re teaching in a classroom, developing some e-learning or producing a video, you’ll be concerned about engaging your learners. Why? Because, if learners aren’t engaged they’ll pay little attention to what you’re offering and they’re very unlikely to retain anything. You can spend a fortune trying to engage learners, but the secrets to engagement do not demand you break the bank. Here are four dos and four don’ts:DOS1. Make an emotional impact: Too much of what we teach is aimed at the rational, reasoning side of the human psyche, but that’s less than half…
 
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    Donald Clark Plan B

  • Viral selfie sparks debate about culture of academe

    Donald Clark
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:32 pm
    This selfie and story have gone viral in Malaysia. It’s the perfect image of the gulf between the old and the young, or more accurately the old and the new – the grumpy, old academic, bamboozled by what’s happening and the excited young student, ready to celebrate his achievement. 21-year-old photography student, Muhammed Radzi, took the selfie at his graduation but has been suspended by the University for being disrespectful. The lad was confused, "I thought what was the harm in recording this moment after working hard for two years in getting my diploma… I really did not know…
  • Latin: 10 reasons why it should NOT be taught in schools

    Donald Clark
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:15 am
    The venerable Mary Beard, whom I love, not only for her books but also her television programmes, and the fact that all that bullshit about presenters having to be groomed clones, is beneath her, invited me to contribute to a debate on ‘The Future of Latin’ at the British Museum. So how did it go?Sell-outA sell out, with 350 paying Latinists, turned up to hear Mary chair a debate which pitched David Aaronovitch and I against Peter Jones and Natalie Haynes. As we walked on stage and introduced ourselves (I found that I was the only person who didn’t go to Oxford), everybody seemed to…
  • Do bullies have low self-esteem or a surplus of esteem & narcissism? Why I changed my mind

    Donald Clark
    8 Jun 2015 | 2:42 am
    Do bullies have low self-esteem or a surplus of esteem & narcissism? Why I changed my mindIt's always satisfying to read something that makes you turn one of your views on its head. A good example is the Scientific American article 'Violent Pride', where the traditional attitude towards bullies and violent young men was truly trounced. It was affirmed again in Scientific American, in 'Kiddo knows best' by Adrea Alfano, confirming the view that relentless praise of children promotes narcissism. ‘Don’t praise the child, praise the work’ was another excellent piece of work by…
  • Does Higher Education really cause economic growth?

    Donald Clark
    7 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    Lant Prichart, of the World Bank & now Harvard wrote a stunning paper, that examined the data, ‘Where has all the education gone?’ and concluded that there was“little evidence between educationand higher economic growth”. The University of Cambridge economistHa-Jon Chang concluded, with a number of case studies, that “more education in itself is not going to make a country richer”. As Chang claims, South Korea, Taiwan and China did not achieve stellar growth on the back of HE, that came much later.The argument is that investment in Higher Education always pays a massive…
  • 7 reasons why kids right to have gone apeshit over this GCSE maths question

    Donald Clark
    7 Jun 2015 | 6:01 am
    A maths question posed to 16 year olds in England caused a Twitterstorm, as teenage wrath came down upon the examiners for being deliberately obscure, oblique and irrelevant. A petition has reached 15,000 signatures (impressive number), asking for the grade boundaries to be changed. Something freaked these students and it's worth reflecting on what could have gone wrong. After all, in previous exams, impossible to answer questions have been set.The maths Taliban would love every child to be able, like them, to solve this conundrum and their reaction has been to blame the students and claim…
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    Cammy Bean's Learning Visions

  • Moving Beyond Event-based Learning—a Managed Journey to Demonstrated Proficiency [Article]

    10 Jun 2015 | 10:22 am
    Chip Cleary and I just published and article in Learning Solutions Magazine, Moving Beyond Event-based Learning—a Managed Journey to Demonstrated Proficiency.We’re going to open with a bold and brash statement—eLearning has really dumbed down the training world. We know that’s blasphemy from two people who have both been immersed in the eLearning world for over 20 years.Ooh -- them's fightin' words. So where should we be going? Read on for more....
  • 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…
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    Learnlets

  • Social Media Policy?

    Clark
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    So what’s your social media policy?  It’s not something you should do lightly, or haphazardly, it seems to me. In fact, such a policy really is part of your personal knowledge mastery.  While your systems may vary, your results should be sources for you to find information, present yourself in your various communities, and to share your thoughts.  Let’s do this by platform. Facebook, is for me, the place I be me. Clark Quinn, not Quinnovation.  The people I connect to there are a relatively small group that I know through various phases of my life: there are people…
  • SME Brains

    Clark
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:10 am
    As I push for better learning design, I’m regularly reminded that working with subject matter experts (SMEs) is critical, and problematic.   What makes SMEs has implications that are challenging but also offers a uniquely valuable perspective.  I want to review some of those challenges and opportunities in one go. One of the artifacts about how our brain works is that we compile knowledge away.  We start off with conscious awareness of what we’re supposed to be doing, and apply it in context.  As we practice, however, our expertise becomes chunked up, and increasingly…
  • Personal processing

    Clark
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:48 am
    I was thinking about a talk on mobile I’m going to be giving, and realized that mobile is really about personal processing. Many of the things you can do at your desktop you can do with your mobile, even a wearable: answering calls, responding to texts.  Ok, so responding to email, looking up information, and more might require the phone for a keyboard (I confess to not being a big Siri user, mea culpa), but it’s still where/when/ever. So the question then became “what doesn’t make sense on a mobile”. And my thought was that industrial strength processing…
  • The Learning Styles Zombie

    Clark
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
    It’s June, and June is Learning Styles month for the Debunker’s Club.  Now, I’ve gone off on Learning Styles before (here, here, here, and here), but  it’s been a while, and they refuse to die. They’re like zombies, coming to eat your brain! Let’s be clear, it’s patently obvious learners differ.  They differ in how they work, what they pay attention to, how they like to interact, and more. Surely, it make sense to adapt the learning to their style, so that we’re optimizing their outcome, right? Er, no.  There is no consistent evidence that…
  • Why Work Out Loud? (for #wolweek)

    Clark
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:06 am
    Why should one work out loud (aka Show Your Work)?  Certainly, there are risks involved.  You could be wrong.  You could have to share a mistake. Others might steal your ideas.  So why would anyone want to be Working Out Loud?  Because the risks are trumped by the benefits. Working out loud is all about being transparent about what you’re doing.  The benefits of these are multiple. First, others know what you’re doing, and can help. They can provide pointers to useful information, they can provide tips about what worked, and didn’t, for them, and they’re better…
 
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    Will at Work Learning

  • Wisdom from John Medina -- and Lunch

    Will Thalheimer
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:08 pm
    John Medina, author of Brain Rules, and Development Molecular Biologist at University of Washington/ Seattle Pacific University, was today's keynote speaker at PCMA's Education Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He did a great job in the keynote, well organized and with oodles of humor, but what struck me was that even though the guy is a real neuroscientist, he is very clear in stating the limitations of our understanding of the brain. Here are some direct quotes from his keynote, as I recorded them in my notes: "I don't think brain science has anything to say for…
  • Max C Roser and 223 of his closest friends are Enemies of the Truth!

    Will Thalheimer
    6 Jun 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Like an arrow through the heart! Max Roser's tweet really kills. With his one tweet he spread false, misleading, and dangerous information to thousands -- maybe tens of thousands -- of people across the globe. 223 Retweets. 198 Favorites. Egads. What a disaster! More reason The Debunker Club is needed. More reason for you to help debunk these myths! Please, someone, please send me a tranquilizer... And apologies to Max. I'm sure he's a fine human being. And of course he's not the only one who sends this bad information around (we have evidence that 223 others followed his…
  • Integrating the Serious eLearning Manifesto Into Our Work

    Will Thalheimer
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:13 am
    People have been cheering on the Serious eLearning Manifesto for over a year now... Those of us who instigated the effort have been delighted with stories about how people are integrating the Manifesto and its 22 principles into their work. Here's an example from Mark T. Burke, Founder and Lead Innovative Educational Program Designer for ThinkID8 and elearning consultancy. Mark believes so strongly in the eLearning Manifesto that he's created a series of posters in his office. Asked why he did such a thing, he said, "I was looking for something I could use as a personal…
  • Top 10 Reasons to Write a Blog Post Debunking the Learning Styles Myth

    Will Thalheimer
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:32 am
    To honor David Letterman soon after his sign off, I'll use his inverted top-10 design. The following represent the Top 10 Reasons to Write a Blog Post Debunking the Learning Styles Myth: 10. Several scientific review articles have been published showing that using learning styles to design learning produces no appreciable benefits. See The Debunker Club resource page on learning styles. 9. If you want to help your readers create the most effective learning interventions, you'd do better focusing on other design principles, for example those put forth in the Serious eLearning…
  • June is Debunk Learning Styles Month

    Will Thalheimer
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:34 am
    June is Debunk Learning Styles Month in the learning field! One of the most ubiquitous myths in the world today, learning styles has risen to a crescendo within the workplace learning field and in education as well. The idea is that if you diagnose learners on their learning styles and then tailor learning methods to the different style -- that learning results will improve. It's a widespread belief, but it's actually false. Research evidence suggests that using learning styles to guide learning design does not improve learning results. The good news is that there are several solid…
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    The Upside Learning Blog

  • 10 eLearning Trends For 2015 – Presentation

    Pranjalee Thanekar
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:40 am
    Latest trends have been known to be the game changers; be it in the fashion industry or eLearning industry. Trend watchers are constantly on the lookout for new trends in the market that have the potential to change the face of the industry. In the case of eLearning, evolving technologies and improvised approaches make up […]
  • 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 […]
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    The eLearning Coach

  • How To Be Effective At Persuasion For Learning

    Connie Malamed
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:52 am
    Do you ever need to persuade an audience during a learning experience? Although the persuasion may be subtle, I’m guessing the answer is yes. Designers often embed persuasive messages into a learning experience  because the need for training and support often results from a change or transition in the workplace. For example, when you need […]Post from: The eLearning CoachHow To Be Effective At Persuasion For Learning
  • 8 Tips For Preparing Audio Scripts For Recording

    Connie Malamed
    4 Jun 2015 | 10:32 am
    If you've been wondering what it takes to work with a professional narrator and studio or if you'd just like to shorten recording time, preparing your script can smooth out the session kinks.Post from: The eLearning Coach8 Tips For Preparing Audio Scripts For Recording
  • Three Things You Must Know When Working With Graphics

    Connie Malamed
    4 Jun 2015 | 9:13 am
    One barrier to successful visual design work is a lack of technical knowledge. In this excerpt from my book, Visual Design Solutions, I try to close this knowledge gap. Here are some foundation concepts you need to grasp to feel comfortable working with graphics. As a designer, your job will be easier and you will […]Post from: The eLearning CoachThree Things You Must Know When Working With Graphics
 
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    EduTek n Social Media Advisor

  • Asia - Men & Women of Achievement

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:07 pm
    I am glad to inform that my profile has been selected for inclusion in ASIA MEN & WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT (VOL. VIII) by REGUERDON INC. 1369 Kashmere Gate, Delhi 110006, India
  • Geofeedia: Location Based Social Media Monitoring Tool

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    19 Jun 2015 | 3:39 am
    We are familiar with social media monitoring tools based on keywords / hashtags. Now let me introduce Geofeedia that monitors based on location first and then using other parameters. According to Geofeedia’s website, it is a  ‘location based social media monitoring platform that lets you search, engage, and analyze real-time social media content from anywhere in the world — with a single click’ Image Source: http://bit.ly/1MRyJWX Unlike usual social media listening tools, Geofeedia runs the search first by location rather than by keywords or hashtags. Thus you get more hidden data…
  • My Recent Updates in Educational Technology & SMM

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:29 pm
    My recent updates in Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing can be accessed by visiting the following links: Educational Technology Social Media Marketing
  • 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 The above event was to be followed up in Male' (Maldives). The events at both the places are postponed to July. Will provide the updates after the events are over.
  • 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…
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  • Why Solar Energy Is a Good, Renewable Energy Source?

    27 Jun 2015 | 7:59 am
    These days we hear a lot about using organic products, biodegradable products, recycling plastics, etc., to minimize carbon footprint and save the environment. But we do not realize that unless and until we minimize consumption, we can not really save our environment. For example, look at the world consumption; Today’s products are manufactured, used and disposed of at a higher rate than the earth can accommodate in a less harmful way. Therefore it is important that we move to green alternatives now, otherwise, will be covered by pollutants and toxins produced in the normal course of…
  • Most Efficient Solar Panels

    22 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    In trying to create the most efficient solar panels, pay special attention to the portion of the backsheet of the panels. A backsheet layer is the solar panel which solar cells are arranged. The other side of this backsheet, more precisely in the upper middle area is the junction box. A backsheet are often made of vinyl fluoride or PVF which is similar to PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, the material used in pipes and water pipes. P.V.F. It is commonly used in aircraft interiors and vehicles. DuPont, the US chemical company founded in 1802, created in the 1940s, polyvinyl fluoride polymer (PVF).
  • What Is a Photovoltaic System?

    21 Jun 2015 | 4:05 am
    This is a common question from the uninitiated. A photovoltaic (or PV System) is an installation of solar panels that can be used to provide electricity and if you generate more energy than it needs, can be fed back to the network. Domestic photovoltaic systems have two main options installations. Existing properties tend to opt for a mounting system “roof”, where the panels are sitting slightly above the roof surface. This causes the least disruption of the structure and the tiling of existing coverage. The alternative is a system of “roof” where the panels replace…
  • How to Buy an Ideal Solar Power System for Your Home

    20 Jun 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Concerned about the sudden increase in their electricity bills? You want to get rid of this problem? Why not switch to solar energy and live a tension free life thereafter! As electricity prices are increasing day by day, people began to feel the pain of this abrupt question mounting. Many owners of the world are moving towards a better option and expense, ie, “solar energy”. Installation is no doubt that this type of power system in your home is the best way to use the sun’s energy and cut all electricity bills, but there is a big question that arises here, namely,…
  • Use Solar Energy to Earn a LEED Certification

    20 Jun 2015 | 4:59 am
    LEED certification for buildings or commercial facilities by installing a solar power system is a way to save costs on your bottom while establishing energy independence. As a happy side note, LEED designation and use of solar energy is also a very effective way to generate additional positive PR and word of mouth for your business. If you plan to build a new plant or upgrading of an existing building in the near future, consider adding a solar energy system to reduce or eliminate their dependence on local public services providers. LEED certification reduces operating costs Probably the most…
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  • Hiring the Right LMS Administrator

    Jon Aleckson
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Work Tasks and Skill Set Uncovered: An Interview with Elizabeth Lepkowski Elizabeth Lepkowski, Education Manager, American Society of Anesthesiologists I occasionally encounter customers of our Learning Management System that are unaware of the need to hire people to support the system. Or they end up hiring a person who does not have the technical skills to administer the LMS. Sometimes customers make the false assumption that any administrative assistant can do the job. So I set out to ask veteran Association Education Managers and Learning Management System Administrators their opinion on…
  • Game-Changing Games

    Jon Aleckson
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:43 pm
    I have been exposed to Dr. Kurt Squire’s video games and learning curriculum since 2006, when I was a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Squire inspired me to provide leadership for development teams that created innovative game-based learning for Miller Brewing (Score Your Pour) and an extensive curriculum for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. This was all before the creation of the term “gamification.” So it was with this background that I was excited to be invited to participate in Game-Changing Games, a day of collaboration hosted by the Hybrid X Zone at the…
  • Management Tips from Pixar Animation

    Jon Aleckson
    8 Jun 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Disney/Pixar Animation post upon Steve Jobs passing. I have found that managers often educate and enrich themselves professionally by reading non-fiction business books.  Why?  Because this allows a budding manager an opportunity to peek into the inner workings of another business to see what works and what doesn’t.  This can provide managers with insights on how to modify or change aspects of their business, and give them ways to make sometimes substantial improvements in the operation of their organization. The book Creativity, Inc., by Ed Catmull, provides just such an opportunity. …
  • 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…
 
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  • More Ohio students learning via online schools

    5 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    "More children than ever in Ohio are learning via online schools, a trend that local parents say is more the result of wanting more for their child than it is about their local school district." according to Eric Schwartzberg, Reporter.Photo: Hamilton Journal News Increased popularity for this option has seen enrollments totals blossom from 44 such schools serving approximately 17,000 students in 2004 to 27 e-schools serving 39,044 students in the 2013-14 school year.That simultaneous decrease in the amount of schools and increase in enrollment has bolstered class ranks, leading to numerous…
  • Interush and the E-Learning Revolution

    5 Jul 2015 | 5:45 am
    We live in a world highly interconnected through multiple communication channels; while we were previously limited to the technology of the land line telephone, we can now reach others through mobile phones, watches, laptops, tablets and desktop computers. Photo: FreeDigitalPhotos.netThis heightened level of connectivity has impacted several aspects of our daily lives, from international business interaction, leisurely activities such as shopping and recreation, to intellectual endeavors such as continuing education, making e-learning now possible.E-learning utilizes online technology as…
  • Survey: Technology Vital to Student Success

    5 Jul 2015 | 4:56 am
    Michael Hart, Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal Schools writes, "Schools are seeing much more positive results from the use of digital tools than even a year ago, according to the annual Speak Up reportproduced by Project Tomorrow and Blackboard."Photo: FreeDigitalPhotos.netAccording to the newly released "Trends in Digital Learning: Empowering Innovative Classroom Models for Learning," the use of digital content in the classroom increased by 45 percent compared with the same survey a year ago. Likewise, mobile learning through the use of…
  • Top 12 computer programming languages that are in demand now and pay the highest salary

    5 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Follow on Twitter as @mayakamath2015Maya Kamath, Content writer summarizes, "Top 12 computer programming skills which will help programmers and coders to earn higher salary packages." Photo: TechwormTechnology keeps changing and the Computer language which was once in demand might suddenly disappear with the advent of a new language and programs. Hence if anyone aspires to become a computer programmer or coder or software engineer it is always advisable that the programmer should learn to build a software by mastering the algorithms, designing principles and…
  • Can an Online Teaching Tool Solve One of Higher Education’s Biggest Headaches?

    5 Jul 2015 | 3:59 am
    Follow on Twitter as @amyxwangAmy X. Wang, Slate intern writes, Carnegie Mellon University has a problem. It’s a good one, this time—unlike when it lost dozens of researchers and scientists to Uber. The university’s new problem is not one of lack but of excess: Too many students are interested in taking a popular computer science course, and there’s not enough physical space in the classroom to accommodate them all.Starting this fall, Carnegie Mellon will offer "blended learning" for one of its most popular computer science courses. Photo: Slate Magazine (blog) Rather than move…
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  • How Could Opting Out Affect School Ratings?

    david
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:37 pm
    How Could Opting Out Affect School Ratings? See how a relatively small number of homogenous students opting out could tip a school’s rating into a different score bracket. View interactive graphic The post How Could Opting Out Affect School Ratings? appeared first on Elearning Examples.
  • 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.
 
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  • Three Ways to Help All of Your Sales Reps Become A-Players

    Mark Hammer
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    Tim Duncan, a prized draft pick in 1997, has played basketball for the San Antonio Spurs for almost 20 years. In his first year he averaged over 20 points and about 12 rebounds a game. Last year, at age 39, he averaged about 13 points and 9 rebounds a game – numbers not as big as his previous years but still solid. His numbers don’t tell the whole story though. Duncan is known as the ultimate team player – someone who makes his teammates better through his play on the court, his demeanor off the court, and his unwavering belief in the concept of “team.” He contributes to the team by…
  • How a Social Knowledge Network Makes a Difference

    Jodi Bart Holzband
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    The role a knowledge management system plays for each sales department will always vary based on the company’s particular needs and approach. But many companies that have put one to use for their sales team have seen a difference. Here are just a few examples of how it can work. Increased Efficiency and Relevance MuleSoft, a company that provides a platform to help integrate SaaS and enterprise applications, was undergoing serious growth that made it challenging to keep their expanding sales force up-to-date with all the information they needed. By introducing a knowledge management system…
  • Meet Stephanie Schuhmacher, Lead UX Designer and Homebrewer

    Jodi Bart Holzband
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:15 am
    Welcome back to our employee spotlight series. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Schuhmacher, Bloomfire’s lead UX designer. She’s pictured above in the tasting room at Hops & Grain Craft Brewery. Stephanie’s favorite of their beers is Zoe, a dry-hopped, German-inspired, pale lager. Where are you from? I’m originally from Texas but moved to Austin to attend college and simply fell in love with the city. While I can’t count myself among those rare native Austinites, I can claim that I’ve lived here long enough that the first city map I purchased of…
  • Six Building Blocks of a Successful Social Customer Care Program

    Jodi Bart Holzband
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:15 am
    Developing a social customer care program requires understanding and anticipating what consumers want over social networks. Often this means being direct, honest, and quick to respond. Here are six essential parts of a successful customer care program that can help you develop and maintain a positive relationship with your customers – both online and off. Social Media Monitoring Tools A number of tools are available to help you monitor what people are saying about your brand across a wide variety of outlets including blogs, news sites, and social media. Examples of monitoring tools include…
  • How Can a Knowledge Management System Improve Sales?

    Jodi Bart Holzband
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:06 am
    Your leads care how quickly someone responds to their questions and concerns. A knowledge management system allows sales representatives to pull up the information right away and reply on the spot, instead of waiting to hear back from someone else in the company. Access to a knowledge management system helps get the right information in front of the right people at the right time.When someone has a new question, they can post it to the knowledge management system and get an answer from executives or other top salespeople. And now that the answer to that question is on there, the next person…
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  • Current state of Gamification in the LMS Market

    Craig Weiss
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:53 pm
    Imagine you are looking at a pinball machine.  It is your favorite machine. You see that Steve has more points than you, but ZZERAF is just slightly below you (and you wonder who is that person?).  You really want that top score, but you just do not have the time to spend or skill to achieve the top score. But you continue to try.  Then something out of the blue happens.  Your ball gets stuck right next to the 10,000 whammy bumper and you smack the machine. Uh, oh. TILT. Where Gamification is right now in the LMS space Before we dovetail into the state of Gamification, let’s review…
  • And in this corner: LMS and in the other corner – Learning Platform

    Craig Weiss
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:57 am
      It’s time. Two equal fighters. One the former son of the reigning champ. The other, well, uh, the reigning champ.  Both hungry for the title.  Can there be only one? Of course, not, but this fight analogy is fun. They can both be successful and in fact, they already are. Before this battle begins, let’s take a look at each fighter. Wait, you say.  There is a difference? You might be scratching your head or staring at this screen mumbling to yourself, go ahead, we can stop. Nope, we can’t. Why the break. I have spent the last year and a half, looking to see if there…
  • Finally! No MORE LMS Secrets

    Craig Weiss
    12 Jun 2015 | 10:46 am
    Finally.  It sounds like it means what it says – as in final, the end, no more whatsoever whatever.  I’d be thrilled to tell you that after this post there aren’t any more secrets to dilvuge in the LMS world. That everything is covered.  I would love to say that, but that just isn’t truthful. Nope, there will always be secrets to this space, not because if it an industry built on the likes of secret societies or the Illuminati or created by individuals who were X-Spy this or that.  Rather, because in this industry, it is a constant ebb and flow of nuances, jargon,…
  • HR and E-Learning

    Craig Weiss
    5 Jun 2015 | 9:53 am
    If you know someone in HR on have them on a committee, have you ever heard these statements? (or if you are in HR or HRIS, said them yourself) “What is this e-learning thing?” “A LMS? Oh, let’s just go with XXX (usually most well-known)” “We have to get one that works with our HRIS platform” “I work in HR, I do not build courses”  OR “I work in HRIS and I have to build courses?” “Someone in HR has to be on the committee” “As the XX (senior exec) of HR, I must have final say for XXX (whatever e-learning item…
  • 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…
 
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  • How to Enjoy the Most Popular Posts on this Blog

    Jenise Cook
    20 Jun 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Hello! Good to see you today. As of this post’s date, we’re busy working, learning, exploring, and ramping up for some new adventures. Yes, we’re still doing (and able to take on new) client work. I’m just not blogging much this year. I’ll return to blogging as I do love this communication venue. Until then, here’s a list of links to some of the most frequently visited posts on this blog. Enjoy visiting and reading some of the more popular post on my blog. Feel free to leave a comment. I’d like to hear from you. (You can find me on Twitter…
  • How to Use Camtasia to Show Your Work – User Guide Sample

    Jenise Cook
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    I have a user guide document up on Issuu.com (select this text to view the PDF in Issuu), and I decided to add that technical writing sample to my YouTube Channel’s online Portfolio Playlist. I used TechSmith’s Camtasia to record the screen as I “flipped” through the pages on Issuu.com Camtasia has a good Library of music loops, and I picked a thumping guitar theme to try and add some energy to the video. I didn’t want you to feel too bored just watching page flip after page flip. At least you can tap your toes! Seriously, take a close look at the document…
  • Witty Comics – Free Web Comic Generator

    Jenise Cook
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Happy April Fools Day! Select this link to view online, outside of this blog, and to create some basic (and free) web comics of your own!
  • Please Complete My Survey for Estimating Training Time and Costs

    Jenise Cook
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:29 pm
    How to Estimate Training Time and Costs (select here to read the blog post) It amazes me how a blog post I wrote in 2010 continues to top the Stats in my WordPress Dashboard. After five (5) years, it’s the most popular blog post on my site. I need your help so I can help my readers (including you). Please select the link above to read the blog post (or, read it again), and then select the SurveyMonkey link at the top of the post’s page to answer 10 brief and easy questions. Thank you!
  • How to Make Progress on a Web Site Redesign

    Jenise Cook
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Links on this site are working again! How do you make positive progress on the redesign, or remodel, of your Web site? (How do you eat an elephant?) The answer varies with each individual, but for my site, I am taking each step in the process as a delicious morsel of digital goodness. One small, mouth-watering, piece at a time. Kind of like the chocolate pieces you see in the above image. I’ve made changes to the (non-blog-post) Pages beginning the first week of January through today. Your eyes may not see significant changes, but they’re there. I’m making some big…
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  • How to Enjoy the Most Popular Posts on this Blog

    Jenise Cook
    20 Jun 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Hello! Good to see you today. As of this post’s date, we’re busy working, learning, exploring, and ramping up for some new adventures. Yes, we’re still doing (and able to take on new) client work. I’m just not blogging much this year. I’ll return to blogging as I do love this communication venue. Until then, here’s a list of links to some of the most frequently visited posts on this blog. Enjoy visiting and reading some of the more popular post on my blog. Feel free to leave a comment. I’d like to hear from you. (You can find me on Twitter…
  • How to Use Camtasia to Show Your Work – User Guide Sample

    Jenise Cook
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    I have a user guide document up on Issuu.com (select this text to view the PDF in Issuu), and I decided to add that technical writing sample to my YouTube Channel’s online Portfolio Playlist. I used TechSmith’s Camtasia to record the screen as I “flipped” through the pages on Issuu.com Camtasia has a good Library of music loops, and I picked a thumping guitar theme to try and add some energy to the video. I didn’t want you to feel too bored just watching page flip after page flip. At least you can tap your toes! Seriously, take a close look at the document…
  • Witty Comics – Free Web Comic Generator

    Jenise Cook
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Happy April Fools Day! Select this link to view online, outside of this blog, and to create some basic (and free) web comics of your own!
  • Please Complete My Survey for Estimating Training Time and Costs

    Jenise Cook
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:29 pm
    How to Estimate Training Time and Costs (select here to read the blog post) It amazes me how a blog post I wrote in 2010 continues to top the Stats in my WordPress Dashboard. After five (5) years, it’s the most popular blog post on my site. I need your help so I can help my readers (including you). Please select the link above to read the blog post (or, read it again), and then select the SurveyMonkey link at the top of the post’s page to answer 10 brief and easy questions. Thank you!
  • How to Make Progress on a Web Site Redesign

    Jenise Cook
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Links on this site are working again! How do you make positive progress on the redesign, or remodel, of your Web site? (How do you eat an elephant?) The answer varies with each individual, but for my site, I am taking each step in the process as a delicious morsel of digital goodness. One small, mouth-watering, piece at a time. Kind of like the chocolate pieces you see in the above image. I’ve made changes to the (non-blog-post) Pages beginning the first week of January through today. Your eyes may not see significant changes, but they’re there. I’m making some big…
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  • Hiring the Right LMS Administrator

    Jon Aleckson
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Work Tasks and Skill Set Uncovered: An Interview with Elizabeth Lepkowski Elizabeth Lepkowski, Education Manager, American Society of Anesthesiologists I occasionally encounter customers of our Learning Management System that are unaware of the need to hire people to support the system. Or they end up hiring a person who does not have the technical skills to administer the LMS. Sometimes customers make the false assumption that any administrative assistant can do the job. So I set out to ask veteran Association Education Managers and Learning Management System Administrators their opinion on…
  • Game-Changing Games

    Jon Aleckson
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:43 pm
    I have been exposed to Dr. Kurt Squire’s video games and learning curriculum since 2006, when I was a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Squire inspired me to provide leadership for development teams that created innovative game-based learning for Miller Brewing (Score Your Pour) and an extensive curriculum for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. This was all before the creation of the term “gamification.” So it was with this background that I was excited to be invited to participate in Game-Changing Games, a day of collaboration hosted by the Hybrid X Zone at the…
  • Management Tips from Pixar Animation

    Jon Aleckson
    8 Jun 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Disney/Pixar Animation post upon Steve Jobs passing. I have found that managers often educate and enrich themselves professionally by reading non-fiction business books.  Why?  Because this allows a budding manager an opportunity to peek into the inner workings of another business to see what works and what doesn’t.  This can provide managers with insights on how to modify or change aspects of their business, and give them ways to make sometimes substantial improvements in the operation of their organization. The book Creativity, Inc., by Ed Catmull, provides just such an opportunity. …
  • 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…
 
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  • Tips for Working with E-Learning Voice-Over Talent

    Tim Slade
    12 Jun 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Working with professional voice-over talent can help your courses be more polished and professional, but this comes at an expense. Over the years, I’ve discovered several tips for working with voice-over talent to help make the process easier and more efficient, which can help keep your costs down. Here are my top three tips for working with voice-over talent. 1. Provide file type, naming, and editing preferences. While it’s easy to assume your voice-over talent will record, edit, and name the files in a logical manner, it’s really your job to provide this guidance. Remember, your…
  • Am I an E-Learning Drill Sergeant?

    Terri Bowen
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:57 pm
    As I mentioned in my last blog post, I seem to have some OCD tendencies when it comes to reviewing e-learning courses. I sometimes wonder if developers make faces when they receive my feedback, envisioning me as some kind of e-learning drill sergeant. “Delete the extra space between paragraphs two and three!” “This image runs into the text…move it to the left!” “Change that dash to a colon!” (I promise, I’m much nicer than that…at least, I hope so!) In the quest to make things perfect, I sometimes forget to note what looks pretty darn good. Our developers are seriously…
  • 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…
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    elearning and Learning Management System LMS blog by GCube

  • Developing an Organization-wide Culture of Learning – Some Tactics

    Arunima Majumdar
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:19 am
    The benefits of a strong learning culture are many. It is a proven fact that organizations where employees take pain to gain more knowledge, stay competitive and become better over the time.  Some organizations try to encourage learning by providing adequate training and learning infrastructure – Learning Material, Training Class Rooms, Trainers, Learning Management System, and pertinent content. Learning technology companies are also continually researching new ways of learning, innovative content, and so on. However, even the most innovative elearning solutions sometimes find little…
  • How to align eLearning Initiatives to Business Success: What do L&D Leaders suggest?

    Arunima Majumdar
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:17 pm
    Technology-aided learning has a lot of potential to significantly improve the way that learning and work are integrated. But the L&D function within an organization needs to clearly find important links between learning and business objectives of the organization. It is important for the L&D function to create a continual learning process that is beneficial both to the learners as well as the organization. This builds the confidence and capability of workers as well as improves business results for organisations. According to a research done by Towards Maturity, there is a definite…
  • Strategies for Corporate Online Learning Success: Improving Learners’ Attitude and Organizational Support

    Arunima Majumdar
    8 Jun 2015 | 1:53 am
    There are many benefits of training and online learning in the corporate sector and no one can question the need for training initiatives. It is not a surprise that many organizations make considerable efforts to create training initiatives to ensure that their employees are at par with the developments around them. A lot of investment is directed towards creating sustainable as well as impactful trainings that can benefit the employees as well as the organization in the long run. But what if your training initiatives still fail to make the anticipated impact? Isn’t that just a waste of…
  • Mobile Learning Provides a Lot of Advantage for the Banking and Financial Services Industry: An Insight

    Arunima Majumdar
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:52 pm
    The Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI) industry is a highly dynamic sector where updated knowledge provides an extra edge over others in the competitive scenario. Over the last few years, increasing competition, newer regulatory bodies, as well as the tremendous impact of information technology has changed the way the industry conducts business. There is also a heightened demand for newer products and services from customers, businesses as well as the government. This has brought in significant changes in the operations as well as the structure of the BFSI domain companies.
  • 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…
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    Custom training and elearning, anywhere anytime!

  • 5 Things You Need to Know about the Target Audience of Your Online Course

    Vyshnavi G
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    When designing an eLearning course, we think of different strategies to make the course interesting and engaging. Even after putting all efforts, we get to know that the instructional strategy used is not appropriate, and all our hard work would go in vain. During the kick-off meeting of a project, we do ask who the target audiences for the course are. But, is that the only thing that we need to know about them? Certainly not. Here are a few other questions about the target audience that need to be answered before designing the course. 1. What is their purpose of taking the course? The first…
  • Articulate Storyline for Converting Legacy Online Courses into HTML5

    Sainath Appagoni
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    According to the Horizon Report, 2011, by 2015, about 80% of people will be accessing the Internet from mobile devices only, with the main focus on education. Many organizations have developed their online courses using Flash and older authoring tools. However, courses developed using these software may not be compatible with mobile devices. But, today, most people use mobile devices to access information. So, it’s necessary to convert you legacy online courses to HTML5, a format that works well on mobile devices. But, how can you transform your existing eLearning courses into…
  • 7 Aspects to Consider Before Choosing E-learning – Part 1

    Priyanka Dhondi
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    It is an accepted truth that employees are the valued resources of any organization. Organizational success depends entirely on the performance of the employees. In order to face their competitors, organizations have to ensure efficient employees who are capable of updating themselves in the continuously changing business environment. Now, companies spend lots of money to train and educate their employees. The importance of training and developing the employees’ skills is rapidly growing. As organizations are spread across different parts of the world, it becomes difficult to train their…
  • Why Is E-learning a Viable Option for Small and Mid-sized Businesses? – An Infographic

    Naresh Manda
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    According to a report published by Docebo, eLearning revenues from Europe are likely to touch $ 8.1 billion by 2016. Small and mid-sized businesses are finding it easy to provide technology-enabled learning to their employees at affordable prices. Moreover, online courses can be taken anywhere, anytime, and this useful feature helps overcome barriers such as availability of time and space. Training managers of many small and mid-sized business firms think that eLearning is not a viable option to train their employees as it is costly and does not fit in their allotted budget. But, the fact is…
  • 7 Must Read E-books for Learning Technology Professionals [Infographic]

    Ramesh Betha
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Instructional design is the most significant aspect of a good eLearning course. Being an instructional designer or a learning technology professional, you need to design the course in such a way that it should assist the learner in applying what he has learnt to his work. So, how do you get better? Well, one way is by reading and learning. In the process of designing a successful eLearning course,you need to refer many resources that can help you. I would now like to share an info-graphic which lists 7 must read eBooks for Learning Technology Professionals. I hope you like this post. Do share…
 
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    The Learning Dispatch

  • ELS2015: Training is Not the Answer (presentation by Ugboajah, PhD)

    admin
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:12 pm
    by Jenn Brown“Training is not the answer” is a bold challenge to the learning experts and advocates at the 2015 E-Learning Symposium. Dr. Pelé Ugboajah’s approach is certainly bold. Early into the hour-long session, Ugboajah strapped on an acoustic guitar and led the crowd into singing a version of “My Girl,” replacing “My Girl” with “training.” Later on, he promised, a different version would be sung.Dr. Ugboajah is the founder and CEO of ResultPal, a practice-based performance management software solution, and the author of The Three Gaps Between Goals and Greatness.The…
  • 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
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    e-Learning Leadership Blog

  • Declare Your Independence From Boring E-Learning Designs

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist This weekend is Independence Day, when amid fireworks and barbeques we will celebrate those critical events in the formation of the United States. No doubt in civic celebration (and the unfortunate but unavoidable appearances by politicians) we’ll hear plenty of references to the patriots who worked so diligently in the cause of independence.
  • Generational Learning Design: 3 Ways to Overcome the Need to be "Cool"

    25 Jun 2015 | 5:51 am
     By Hannah Hunter, Instructional Writer I love designing elearning courses for teens and young adults. I get to be creative and young learners are the perfect audience for e-learning because...
  • 5 Ways to Tap into Metaphors for Better E-learning Courses

    23 Jun 2015 | 11:25 am
     By Ann Iverson, Instructional Designer  You’ve been asked to design an e-learning course on the topic of risk management. You want to include an introduction that sets the stage for the e-learning course and helps learners know quickly what they’re about to dive into. You begin typing…
  • mLearning Guidelines to Custom Interfacing and Touch-Based Interactions

    18 Jun 2015 | 11:49 am
     By Christopher Allen, Product Manager Last week I had the pleasure of presenting a few thoughts about custom touch interface design at the eLearning Guild’s mLearnCon in Austin, TX. This post is a short summary highlighting when and where custom interfaces may be acceptable and what design elements should be included in touch-based interactions for mlearning.
  • Three MUST Ask Questions During Learner Analysis

    16 Jun 2015 | 6:38 am
    By Steve Lee, Strategic Relationship Manager There are lots of questions asked during learner analysis, but do you ask these three?      1.  Will they believe you?     2.  Will they try it?                                      3.  Will they stick with it?
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    SHIFT's eLearning Blog

  • Smart Ways to Become an eLearning Productivity Ninja

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:03 am
    As eLearning designers, we have to wear many hats and juggle multiple tasks. We write storyboards, interact with clients and SMEs, coordinate with team members from multiple functions, keep an eye on how the course is shaping up, and ensure the project sticks to the schedule. Oh yes, most of us work on more than one project at a time. Of course, we are expected to be on top of our games and be productive always. It is easier said than done. But, there's nothing that you cannot achieve with sincerity, patience, and a wee bit of effort. You just have to make small changes at work and shift…
  • Hand-picked Resources to Help You Become an Instructional Designer

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:01 am
    With the coming of the Internet, gathering information on almost everything under the sun has become easier than ever before. Just type a few words and Google will throw up tons of information. For instance, there seems to be as many web pages on instructional designing strategies and Photoshop tutorials as there are eLearning designers. But there's a catch. You still have to click open the websites, scroll through them, and read up pages of text to fish out information that is relevant to your needs. It is easy to get lost in the minefield of information that the Internet is. What is scarier…
  • Rock Your eLearning Course Intros With These Ideas

    25 Jun 2015 | 11:11 am
    You have 60 seconds to hook, engage, and keep learners in your course. Within these 60 seconds you have to make a connection with your audience of learners, introduce them to your course, and show them why they need it and how it will make a difference. You must address and succinctly answer all of the following: Is this the right course for me? Will it be covering the right topics? How good is its content and delivery? How long before I lose interest and get bored? Achieving all of this within the first 60 seconds is the objective of your introduction. This post will explain four simple but…
  • Story, Camera, Shots! How to Use Cinematic Techniques to Add Life to Your eLearning

    23 Jun 2015 | 11:10 am
    Your e-Learning course must have a narrative that flows. Like a cinematic masterpiece, your selection of graphics, text, audio, and video all need to work together — complementing one another so that your learners remain glued to the screen. A great way of developing a narrative that flows is by using various cinematic techniques. Hence, this post will highlight some film techniques that will give a touch of Hollywood to any eLearning course, and which (of course) every eLearning designer must have in their toolbox. But before we can start calling/taking some shots, there is some…
  • Why More Instructional Designers Should Harness the Power of Visual Metaphors

    18 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    A metaphor is a powerful figure of speech. It strings together seemingly disparate ideas and/or objects to create novel associations that bring to life and simplify an abstract concept or a complex process. It creates a "shortcut to understanding." Metaphors grab eyeballs by creating novel (sometimes wacky) associations that tickle readers and keep themengaged. Metaphors can also trigger powerful emotions. His business went bust. Vs. His business collapsed like a house of cards. The field is full of yellow flowers. Vs. The field is a carpet of yellow blooms. She felt hopeless. Vs. She was in…
 
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    eLearning Industry

  • Differentiated Instruction In eLearning: What eLearning Professionals Should Know

    Christopher Pappas
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Differentiated Instruction In eLearning Differentiated instruction in eLearning meets the individual needs of learners by custom tailoring not only the eLearning content, but also how the information is conveyed and how learners demonstrate their understanding of the subject matter. This allows us to perceive differentiated instruction in eLearning in terms of content, process, and final product, respectively. Every online learner has their own interests, strengths, learning needs, and knowledge base. Differentiated instruction in eLearning gives eLearning professionals the opportunity to…
  • Performance Support Tools: Top 5 Things Your Boss Wants To Know

    Asha Pandey
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    What Your Boss Wants To Know About Performance Support Tools Here are 5 important questions about Performance Support Tools; their answers explain why they must be an integral part of your company’s learning strategy. Q1. When do learners seek learning? Dr. Conrad Gottfredson and Bob Mosher’s Five Distinct Moments of Need© very succinctly captures when exactly learners seek learning. According to them, learners seek support in these Five Moments of Need: When they are learning an aspect for the first time (New). When they want to deep-dive and learn more (More). When they want to apply…
  • How To Create An Effective eLearning Experience?

    Amit K Soni
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Creating Effective eLearning As we know, Instructional Design is the systematic development of specifications using both learning and instructional theory to ensure the quality of training. In professional training the aim of Instructional Design is to improve employee performance, as well as to increase organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Many Instructional Designers focus on the business objective of the organization while developing any eLearning curriculum, as business objectives can be achieved via the performance objective of the learners. So while focusing on eLearning…
  • LEARNING LIVE 2015

    eLearning Industry Events Team
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    LEARNING LIVE 2015: New thinking, challenging ideas, interactive content and renowned speakers separates LEARNING LIVE from any other learning conference. LEARNING LIVE 2015 features world-class speakers and thought-leaders from the L&D world, together with inspirational case studies, practical workshops and networking opportunities galore. 25 UNIQUE CONFERENCE SESSIONS Spread across two days, the LEARNING LIVE 2015 conference sessions are interactive 45 minutes seminars featuring the world’s leading figureheads in workplace learning. The sessions are categorised into three streams,…
  • Games As A Tool For Better Decision Making

    Emma Clark
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:58 am
    Games As A Tool For Better Decision Making Join us for this interactive and collaborative webinar where we will be exploring the possibilities of affordable elearning games. We'll take you through real life examples of how to effectively incorporate games into an elearning course and how they can be used as a powerful teaching tool for better decision making. During this webinar you will learn: About the rise of games in the workplace How games can play a key role in elearning How to integrate games into your elearning How to prepare a brief for an elearning game Presented by aAron Pont…
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    USMLE / Internal Medicine ABIM Board Exam Review Blog

  • Ciguatera toxin poisoning cases underreported, study finds

    ravibhatia
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:58 am
    Earlier this week, New York Times readers found a picture of a menacing barracuda (shown above; credit: Science Source) in the Health section. Nope, it wasn’t regarding the shark-like attacks on swimmers this time of year. Instead, the article was regarding ciguatera toxin poisoning with the accompanying headline: “Fish Poisoning More Common Than Believed.” The article cited a study in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.       Although most medical students and residents won’t encounter ciguatera toxin poisoning during their training (especially those…
  • ABIM Updates Internal Medicine MOC blueprint

    Admin
    11 Jun 2015 | 11:26 am
    Keeping to its promise to review the Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification exam, ABIM has announced a new examination score report and updated MOC examination blueprint. As the press release explains, starting in Spring 2015, examinees will begin receiving more detailed score reports with “visual presentation of results, more detailed feedback about missed questions and links to supplemental information.” ABIM also updated the Internal Medicine MOC exam blueprint. There were some shifts in categories though Cardiology remains the largest aspect of the exam.   In addition to…
  • Board Review: Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN) syndromes

    ravibhatia
    4 Jun 2015 | 11:28 am
    In medical school, the three multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) syndrome types hardly take up a couple of Powerpoint slides during your endocrinology course. During Internal Medicine residency, you may see one case during your three years…if you are lucky. Even as an internist with a storied career spanning decades, you’ll be able to count on a single hand the number of patients with any of these syndromes. Yet, for some reason, USMLE Step exams, Internal Medicine shelf exams, and the ABIM board certification and recertification exams all love to test students, residents and attending…
  • 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…
 
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    Learnnovators

  • 7 Strategies to Facilitate “Working Out Loud”

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:35 am
    I spent the greater part of the weekend mulling over the practice of working out loud, what makes some folks adopt the habit with ease while others struggle, and what could be some of the possible enabling factors that support working out loud. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed to me that it is one of the fundamental blocks of building a community of practice. A community grows around a domain where practitioners share their insights, knowledge and doubts, the work processes. A community grows through conversation, collaboration, and showcasing of work in progress. Community…
  • Deeper eLearning Design: Part 3 – Concepts

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:48 am
    This is the third 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 really work. It is particularly focused on eLearning, but almost all of what is mentioned also applies to face-to-face or virtual instruction. We’ve started with objectives and continued with practice, and we’ll continue on through examples, emotional elements, and putting it together, but here we’re talking about the role of concepts in learning. There seems to be a funny…
  • What is Influencing the Future of L&D?

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:27 am
    You are wrong if you are expecting me to start crystal-ball gazing to identify the future shape of corporate learning and development. I’m in the privileged position of being able to share some early insights into real evidence of how L&D leaders see the future unfolding. We have just started the fifth week of the 2015 Towards Maturity Benchmark campaign and already we have received many, many responses from around the world – including Nordics, Australia and beyond – across a wide range of industry sectors ranging from financial services, health and retail, to non-profit…
  • Getting Started With Working Out Loud

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:17 am
    My posts are usually pretty detailed, researched, and long. I am trying to move to a mode where I’ll write shorter posts more regularly on specific topics, questions posed to me, or an aspect of modern workplace learning that interests me. I will keep my longer posts for topics I am researching on and deep diving into. These will probably be one per fortnight or so… Today’s post is triggered by a question a colleague asked me yesterday. I happened to mention “working out loud” as a practice that is fundamental to social and collaborative learning, and drew a…
  • MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 5: Skills Learners Need Today

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:46 am
    While the title of the post specifies MOOCs, the skills and mindsets I have explored in the post are, IMHO, required by all to survive and thrive in the digital and connected world. And participating in MOOCs could well be one of the ways to inculcate and hone the skills. I have been writing about MOOCs in the context of workplace learning from different perspectives for some time now. The earlier posts… MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 1: Some Points to Consider MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 2: Designing a MOOC MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 3: Launching a…
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    The Best Audio Engineering Schools

  • How To Choose The Right Audio Production School

    jamie
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:39 pm
    While your other music buddies have bought some basic mixing equipment and have called it good enough to teach themselves an old version of ProTools in their basement, you are still considering going to music school. There is no shame in that. While your hypothetical buddy may certainly be talented, you might feel that there is still something to be said for being trained in the fundamentals, and having some credentials under your name to promote yourself. In spite of the increased availability of self-producing and self-learning, striving for formal schooling can provide opportunities to…
  • Top Audio Engineering Schools in Houston

    jamie
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:03 am
    Top Audio Engineering Schools in Houston If you live in Texas and you intend to study at one of top audio engineering schools in Houston then you must learn about the various courses offered at these schools. Texas has a rich heritage in music and is one of the most popular music destinations in the country. Houston offers wide range of folk music as well as contemporary music that has defined the developments in the country. However, if you are enrolling for audio engineering course then you must have some knowledge about the course. Sometimes, students have no idea about what they want to…
  • How to Choose Acoustical Engineering Colleges

    jamie
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    How to Choose Acoustical Engineering Colleges Are you planning to take music as your career? Do you intend to compose music or play music? If you are planning to study music then you may choose acoustical engineering colleges to get formal education in the field of music. Music is a vast field and although most musicians do not have any formal education but think about the possibilities that you will have if you can learn musical techniques to augment your musical talent. Getting admitted to acoustical engineering colleges does not imply that you have to study only music production. Most of…
  • Getting into Top 10 Audio Engineering Schools

    jamie
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:59 am
    The music industry is booming and students are looking for new ways to learn about audio production and sound mixing. However, getting into the top 10 audio engineering schools can be very confusing. The information available online about the colleges can be diverse and varied. The reviews of the colleges also differ widely and on top of that each college claims to be amongst the top 10 audio engineering schools. If you are looking for a career in music then you should avoid all information that is confusing and misleading. Look for information that best describes your needs and you must…
  • How Do You Become an Audio Engineer?

    jamie
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:56 am
    How Do You Become an Audio Engineer? Audio engineering is a booming industry. But the question is how do you become an audio engineer? An audio engineer is a person who is in the business of mixing, recording and reproducing sound. Audio engineers are frequently utilized in the production of music albums and sounds for television programs and movie sounds. They also play a significant role in creatively using technology in electronic products and computer games. To understand how you become an audio engineer you have to realize that there are several sound engineering colleges that are…
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    SkyPrep

  • How to Host Better Web Conferencing Calls

    Roz
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    This is a contributing post written by Micheal Ibberson. Micheal is the head of marketing at VoIPITS, a custom VoIP provider, and its subdivision MyPBX, a hosted business phone solution. Ibberson writes frequently about the telecommunications industry- its technology, development and application. Team meetings happen in every workplace. But with more employees telecommuting, the opportunity to wrangle staff is rare. For this reason, many employees must get together virtually using web conference suites. Keep Participants Attentive and Foster Deeper Conversation with These Conference Call Tips…
  • 6 Tips for Analyzing Your Webinar Performance

    Sep Barkhodaee
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:42 am
    Webinars are an increasingly popular form of holding meetings or announcing the latest news for many corporations and businesses. They are held for many reasons, but regardless of delivery are almost always important to how a company operates. When you have to head a webinar, it’s natural to feel a little anxious considering how many eyes will be on you as you play host to the event. After you have strategically planned out and prepared for your webinar, it is time for it to be presented, but how do you truly know how well you did after it is over? Well, there are specific ways you can…
  • Why Should You Train Your Employees Online?

    Sep Barkhodaee
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:33 am
    Training your employees properly is vital to how successful your business will be in the future. Poorly trained employees will make the business suffer greatly. Even the most promising new hires are unlikely to do a good job when the structure of their position is not effectively communicated from the start. It is crucial to have a well-formed and created training program in place before you hire on more employees, as this will allow them to hit the ground running from the moment they come on board. Take the time to create a strategic and well put together training program, and use a medium…
  • 7 Killer Tips for Successful Employee Training

    Sep Barkhodaee
    11 Jun 2015 | 4:26 am
    The success of a business is largely due to the success of employee training. If your employees are poorly trained in their positions, time is wasted while people follow improper procedure, money is wasted in having to redo that work, and ultimately the company will lose profit. Luckily, creating a proper and successful training program for employees can be done rather easily with a little thought and precision. Have a clear goal in mind. Having a goal will only help you to focus on the future of your business as you create a successful training program. Consider an online employee training…
  • How to Create Your First Webinar with a Small Budget

    Sep Barkhodaee
    4 Jun 2015 | 4:16 am
    Regardless of your budget, there are options available to you when it comes to creating your own webinar or webinar series. Webinars are an increasingly popular form of teaching process, updating employees on company on-goings, holding meetings, informing employees or an audience of what’s to come, or even just touching base with multiple people at once. There are many reasons to hold a webinar, and each is as beneficial as the next. Nevertheless, you will need to know where to begin if you have yet to ever hold one, especially if you’re doing it on a budget. Here are the 10 steps on how…
 
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    opensesame.com

  • Welcome OpenSesame's Intern Class of 2015

    Tim Greve
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Every year OpenSesame is lucky to host talented interns from colleges around the United States, and this year is no different. Help us welcome our 2015 Summer Interns! Jillian Briglia I was born and raised in Portland, OR and am excited to spend the summer there as a Marketing Intern for OpenSesame! I recently graduated from Lincoln High and plan to attend Whitman College in the fall. As an undecided freshman, I’m hoping to take a course that unexpectedly draws me in, but for now, I am curious about the Environmental Studies, Linguistics, and Business departments.  I strongly identify with…
  • 10 Fire Safety Tips to Remember this 4th of July

    Madalyn Rose
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The Fourth of July is the perfect time to relax and celebrate with friends and family, but given the risks posed by the use of fireworks and the hot, dry summer weather, it’s also an important day to remember essential fire safety tips. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are more reported fires on the 4th of July than on any other day of the year, and fireworks account for 2 out of every 5 of those fires. If you’ll be using fireworks this Saturday, we’ve rounded up a few safety tips to keep in mind as you celebrate Independence Day: 1. Be sure to obey all local…
  • Marijuana Legalization: What Should Businesses Do?

    Laura Suzuki
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    As of today, Oregon has joined three other states--Alaska, Colorado, Washington--and Washington DC, to allow possession and cultivation of recreational marijuana. Sure, this may be a date of celebration for some, but many businesses and employers are left wondering how these changes might affect their options in implementing drug-testing policies. There may be confusion, but staying informed on state and federal marijuana laws will allow you to maintain a safe and productive workplace.  Can you still drug test? Yes! The new laws have not restricted employers' ability to drug-test their…
  • The Long Boom in Health IT

    Brian Johnson
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Rapid adoption of health IT has transformed healthcare over the last five years. Hospitals have long relied on digital technology, but for many ambulatory providers working in smaller practices, the switch to Electronic Health Records (EHRs) has been recent and rapid. It was driven by the government’s Meaningful Use Program, which helped to pay for the new systems. In fact, by April 2015, the government had spent about $30 billion on the effort, transforming the use of technology in medical practices. Smaller practices typically lack their own IT staff, so the opportunities for service…
  • Going Global: 5 Things to Keep in Mind Before Working Abroad

    Laura Suzuki
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:25 pm
    As the world economy continues to expand, individuals in the workplace will see many more opportunities to work abroad. You might be thinking: Oh great, a relocation that will take me from the comforts of my stable life and people I love. However, as an ex-expat’s daughter, I can tell you this is not the case. Sure, the transition is hard, but the cultural experience you gain from it is priceless. Moving to a foreign country expands your boundaries, and creates a strong international network of people you can turn to for advice. Companies also benefit from these repatriates who gain a…
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    Atrixware E-Learning Solutions

  • The Balancing Act – Time Management and E-Learning

    carrie
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:29 am
    Lately I have had the opportunity to meet with and talk with several of my peers from the eLearning world. We spent some time talking shop and going over all the up’s and down’s of what we do each day while also sharing about some of the more exciting projects we’ve had over the years. That was the fun part! I always love to hear about how other people work and what they are working on at any given time. But what really stuck out to me during these conversations was the fact that each person I talked with admitted to struggling with the same issue……time.
  • E-Learning Designs that POP! The Visual Aspect of Training

    carrie
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    Recently I was asked by a good friend of mine to help review one of their new courses. The project was for an important client and they wanted to make sure they had everything exactly right before they submitted. As someone who has been there before I was only too happy to help. I opened up the file and started working my way through only to find my mind wandering. It didn’t matter what I did, I couldn’t focus on what I was reading. That’s a problem my friends. In fact, it is one of the biggest red flags I look for when I am editing and reviewing content. Here’s why:…
  • Key eLearning Statistics for 2015

    carrie
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:28 am
    I love the looks I get from people when I tell them what I do for a living. It’s kind of a blank, yet knowing stare, mixed with a head nod that clearly says “Oh! You’re a writer.” Then, when I add eLearning into the mix I tend to lose them completely. Why? Because in truth most people outside of the eLearning industry have no idea what it really looks like to make a career out of writing content and teaching others via technology. But here’s the thing. They may not understand the process, but odds are good that they have used the product more often than they even…
  • Taking Your E-Learning Social

    carrie
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:18 am
    The other day I had the chance to attend the monthly meeting of a local professional group. This is not a group I belong to, but I know several of the members and they were hoping to learn more about eLearning and how they could utilize it within their organizations. And, since I love getting the chance to share what I do with a captive audience, I was thrilled to volunteer my time and share my heart at their very well catered luncheon. So, when the time came I hopped up to a smattering of applause and headed up front to give my talk. It went great! The audience was receptive, the questions…
  • Learning Management System Prices

    anthony
    27 Feb 2014 | 9:57 am
    I’ve just read the most recent report from Tagoras regarding Learning Management Systems, and I thought it would be a good way to highlight some of the benefits of the Axis LMS. The report was based on the responses of 20 LMS vendors, and it has some interesting (and quite honestly, a bit shocking) stats pertaining to average LMS costings that I thought I’d share: The average first year cost for a Learning Management System ranges from: $22,376 for 500 users to $70,857 for unlimited usage Across 3 years the costs averaged out at: $43,889 for 500 users $165,286 for unlimited usage I found…
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    Administrate

  • Tips for Being a Great Teacher

    Kim Morrison
    11 Jun 2015 | 3:46 am
    As a teacher, how do you decide what makes you good at your job? You obviously want to make sure you are delivering learning to your students in an effective manner so they leave you classes understanding the material, and are able to carry it forward into assessments, exams, and... Read More
  • 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
 
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    Origin Learning - A Learning Solutions Blog

  • Learning the ‘Dinosaur’ way!

    Origin Learning
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:48 am
    Dinosaurs have always been confined to textbook till the globally-renowned Steven Spielberg brought the ‘extinct’ characters to life on the big screen! Who can forget the world-wide ‘wow’ phenomenon of this Director’s 1993-film Jurassic Park! From a kid to an adult, the impact was beyond the scope of imagination. The relevance is so historic that even the uninitiated movie goers got a taste of Dinosaurs that existed 231.4 million years ago (source: Wiki) in the Triassic period. Ditto was the experience of the 1975 movie Jaws or the 1982 film ET the Extra Terrestrial. So, what is the…
  • Learning not in excess but in nexus!

    Origin Learning
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:47 am
    Remember the famous ‘Hare and Turtle’ story? The moral ‘slow and steady wins the race’ of this story has stood the test of time. But in an era where technology advancements are happening at the wink of an eye, there is a twist in the age-old tale that one should not miss! Lest one wants to be left behind in the rat race! Image Credit – rdfteam If we were to imagine a race between a hare and turtle in the current time-frame, the result will be different. Thankfully, smart and swift thinking are in! For, to achieve a desired outcome a thoughtful, well-crafted plan is a must. Today…
  • Learning goes small, social, savvy

    Origin Learning
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:48 am
    SMAC – Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud – is in! The landscape of learning is rapidly changing. The push era is gone. It is now the ‘pull’ time with smaller and speedier devices dictating the learning trends universally. For instance, a simple addition of a ‘Did you know?’ page in a learning solution could improve the sales performance of an individual. A tip of spending just 5 minutes to research a product before a call is known to have boost a sale success by 40%! Such outcomes are possible by scouring the different learning platforms available today.
  • Designing Mobile Learning Content: Getting Started

    Origin Learning
    8 Jun 2015 | 4:34 am
    After getting enough inspiration from the current trends and stats about mobile learning, the obvious next question that must be bothering you is – where and how to start? Image Credit – Freepik.com Just like with any new project, a mobile learning implementation program needs a thorough assessment of the current training situation and the tools being used to deliver training. An initial needs analysis has to be conducted which broadly includes the following steps – Definition of business goals – As an organization, you’d have definite business goals. As an L&D professional,…
  • Going Mobile for Enterprise Learning: Trends & Statistics

    Origin Learning
    2 Jun 2015 | 2:42 am
    Did you know that the average smartphone today is more powerful than the PCs that took two astronauts to the moon in 1969?! We bet you didn’t. Infographic Credit- ATD For organizations that underestimate the power of mobile devices, here’s the catch: global mobile data traffic grew 69 percent in 2014 and one fourth of the total global internet page views come from mobile devices. Yes, if stats are to be believed, enterprises are quickly realizing the potential of mobile devices to become agents of training; agents that employees have and use all the time. According to SkillSoft, 93% of…
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    TalentLMS Blog - eLearning | Instructional Design | LMS

  • How To Motivate Millennials In Online Training: Top 9 Tips For eLearning Professionals

    Christopher Pappas
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    The new workforce has arrived; meet the Millennials, who were born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s, during technological change and globalization, and, as the largest generation in the world history, have already shown a sample of their huge impact on the global economy.The Millennials, or Generation Y, are the first generation of digital natives; they are passionate and unconventional, and their life priorities, work preferences, and set of behaviors are different from their parents’.Or their employers’, for that matter, who are more likely to be Boomers (born between 1946…
  • The 5 courses all NHS staff have to do

    John Laskaris
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    The National Health System (NHS) of United Kingdom is, according to BBC, the 4th largest employer in the world, behind United States Department of Defence, People’s Liberation Army (Chinese Army) and Walmart.It employees 1.4 million staff and almost every single one of them gets chills at the sound of those four words: statutory and mandatory training.Most of the “Stat&Mand” courses are available to the whole NHS for free, unless an organization opts to create its own content or acquire a learning package from an external provider.In this post we will look at the 5 courses all…
  • Implementing an LMS in a Healthcare Organization

    John Laskaris
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:21 am
    Implementing an LMS in an organization is a difficult task per se. Implementing an LMS, though, in an organization with tens of different position titles, various training needs and 24/7 shift patterns is a great challenge that needs to be addressed thoroughly.In this post we will look at 5 tips that every Learning & Development team should take into consideration prior to introducing an LMS.Cultivate the culture of eLearningAn essential component in any learning theory is preconception and receptiveness. To learn, you need to be positive about learning. The most common mistake in…
  • Culture and Language Diversity in Online Learning Environment

    John Laskaris
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:39 am
    If there is one dimension that needs careful planning when designing an online learning program or a course, this is the culture and language diversity. This holds especially true for courses that are expected to be accessed by international learners. Global migration has become an increasingly common phenomenon.This implies that many countries have a substantial population of immigrants or expatriates who have unique traditions, ethnicity, religions and cultures. While they all may speak the commonly spoken English language, they may decipher certain phrases and concepts differently.While…
  • Why do Learners Drop Out of a Course?

    John Laskaris
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:15 am
    Despite the best laid plans, the loudest bells and whistles and the loftiest experts in your learning network, learners might enroll only to drop after the first two weeks. There is nothing more heartbreaking than to see the dropout rates of a seemingly perfect course rise above the horizon.In this article, we will uncover the “why” behind the drop-outs and the “how” to stall them to a complete stop.With the rise of online universities and training centers, educationists are now challenged with learner retention (DiRamio & Wolverton, 2006; Liu, Gomes, Khan, &Yen, 2007).
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    Learning In The Cloud

  • Learning and Engagement: How Do You Connect The Dots?

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:02 am
    By Gordon Johnson, VP Marketing, Expertus Gordon Johnson, VP Marketing, Expertus As a specialist in how to market training, I’m always curious about what organizations do to connect people with learning experiences. But recently, learning engagement seems to be a hot topic across the L&D community. Casual conversations with colleagues at the Bersin by Deloitte IMPACT summit and the ATD Conference confirmed that other learning professionals are just as concerned as I am about creating stronger linkage between training programs and the people those programs are designed…
  • Trend Report: Extended Enterprise Training Goes Mainstream

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    3 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    By guest contributors, Catherine Upton and Jerry Roche, Elearning! magazine If you’re an online banking customer, or if you use software like Salesforce.com, you’ve probably learned how to use those applications through online training. In recent years, many organizations have developed extended enterprise training (EET) programs to educate external audiences. In fact, almost half of learning organizations now deploy EET, according to a recent Elearning! magazine user study. The State of Extended Enterprise Training EET is the delivery of training, certification programs and…
  • 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…
 
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    The Lambda Solutions eLearning Blog

  • How to Install Moodle LMS for Windows

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    A manual Moodle LMS installation is the recommended method for small to medium Moodle implementations; or in other words, those organizations who plan to use Moodle for small projects. It should be noted that Windows is not the recommended platform for large Moodle LMS installations, as it does not have the storage capacity to hold the data from your Moodle site. If you plan to hold more than 2 billion records in your Moodle databases, we recommend considering an operating system with 64-bit support. The following steps for installing Moodle are intended for skilled IT…
  • 7 Extended Features of Totara LMS (Moodle for Business)

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:48 am
    If you find that your business needs extend beyond what Moodle offers, Totara LMS is the LMS for you. Totara is an open source distribution of Moodle built specifically for the modern needs of businesses today. While Moodle suits the needs of the education sector, Totara was designed with the corporate world in mind; hence why it is sometimes referred to as the corporate version of Moodle. With Totara LMS, you receive all the same benefits from Moodle, with talent and performance management feautures built on top. Here are just 7 of the many extended features Totara provides.
  • Saylor Academy | I Heart Moodle Series

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:49 pm
    How Saylor Academy Makes a Positive Impact with Moodle A strong, and well-informed community is the core foundation of any non-profit organization. Thanks to Moodle’s open source model, Saylor Academy has been able to open up their services to an unlimited number of learners, allowing their community to grow, and strengthen. As a non-profit organization, it was important to them to be inclusive of anyone who wished to learn, participate, and help their cause.
  • 4 Ways Moodle is Used for Nonprofit Organizations

    25 Jun 2015 | 10:05 am
    We all know that Moodle is a compatible LMS for education, healthcare, government, and corporate sectors, but not everyone is aware that Moodle is a great tool for nonprofit organizations as well. Here are 4 ways to use Moodle for nonprofit organizations.
  • 9 Ways Moodle is Used for Education

    23 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The original intention for Moodle was an LMS for higher education, but it has quickly expanded to encompass the entire range of educational institutes. Moodle has become an intuitive, and supportive environment for every level of the education system. How is Moodle used in education? We are going to demonstrate how it can be used by Moodle administrators working in both K-12, and higher education - but keep in mind that each of these components can be used in any level of the education system.  
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    Wranx

  • Sales Training: What’s Better Than A Freebie?

    Chloe from Wranx
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    It is fair to say that some organisations have a negative opinion of sales training. In addition the money it costs, not all members of staff will be able to remember and apply newly acquired knowledge. However, this is only the case if the wrong type of sales training has been adopted. By choosing the right teaching techniques and learning approaches, both the business and workforce can enjoy countless benefits. Businesses can choose what knowledge will be taught and target specific skills to meet current objectives or future goals. Along with increasing conversions, this can also bring…
  • Taking Your Customer Service To A New Level

    Chloe from Wranx
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Regardless of an organisation’s size or sector, customers need to keep coming through the door in order for it to survive and thrive. Consequently, patrons and purchasers need to be respected and held in high regard at all times, which can only come about if your members of staff interact with them in the right way. But in today’s economy, where changing market conditions mean various businesses are prioritising money over people, it is easy to forget about the importance of customer service. However, failing to address this pre-requisite for prosperity can have terrible consequences for…
  • How To Teach Consultative Selling

    Chloe from Wranx
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    For those who haven’t heard of the term before, consultative selling is when a salesperson acts as a consultant to prospects, asking questions about their wants and needs, then using this information to select the best product or service possible. This mutually beneficial approach enables the salesperson to increase their chances of converting, because they will know exactly what the prospect requires. At the same time, customers will feel respected and valued, which could result in brand loyalty and further sales. Since Mack Hanan first wrote about this technique in the book Consultative…
  • Finding The Right Training Service For Your Employees

    Chloe from Wranx
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    It is understandable why any business would want to puts its workforce through training. From increasing their product knowledge and business acumen to becoming better communicators and problem solvers, the potential plus points of training are vast. However, one of the biggest problems with upskilling employees is the poor return on investment from both a financial and effort perspective. Training can be an extremely expensive exercise, where members of staff don’t actually remember much information. A great deal of money is wasted and personnel are left none the wiser. Therefore, finding…
  • The importance of hotel sales training

    Chloe from Wranx
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    As opposed to organisations such as automotive dealerships, real estate agents and retail outlets, hotels are in the business of selling experiences rather than physical possessions. For this reason, members of staff tasked with taking reservations and booking rooms face a number of different and unique challenges. However, this doesn’t mean to say that they can’t benefit from training and tuition in much the same way as other sales-oriented professions. In fact, providing employees in the hospitality industry with opportunities to increase their skills and expertise when it comes to…
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    Defined STEM

  • Phoenixville Area Middle School combines subjects in cutting-edge program

    Patrick Irvine
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    At Phoenixville Area Middle School educators have introduced a new program, which they say is on the cutting edge of innovative learning.
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    Patrick Irvine
    12 Jun 2015 | 4:09 pm
  • The Audience in Authentic Performance

    David Reese
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    As an emerging teacher I had a strong passion for project-based teaching and learning. I taught the life sciences, and this strategy made a great deal of sense to me. My students were engaged and were mostly interested in the classroom content and using it to help develop their products. I did not realize my issue with this strategy until years later as a facilitator of professional learning. My problem was that whenever I assigned a project, my students were creating this product for me. I had neglected an important aspect of project-based learning; the audience.
  • 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.
 
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    eFront Blog

  • eFrontPro 4.2.0 – your favorite LMS with extra awesome

    Nikos Andriotis
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:10 am
    It’s summer fever for IT vendors and customers. Microsoft announced Windows 10, Google announced the new Android a couple of weeks ago and Apple just announced the next iOS and OS X versions. But, the best news is probably about the platform you use everyday and really care about: eFrontPro has been updated to 4.2.0. Ever since we introduced eFrontPro as a modern, future-proof base to build upon, we’ve worked hard to get major updates full of new features coming your way with impressive frequency (and don’t let the version numbers fool you, what we call 4.1 or 4.2 other…
  • Meet the team #1: Eleftheria means freedom

    Nikos Andriotis
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:56 am
    You’ve enjoyed the platform, you’ve dug the features, you’ve appreciated the support and you loved the end product. It’s time to meet the people behind it all. In this series of behind-the-scenes interviews, we’ll be introducing the team that created eFrontPro, is managing your private Clouds and keeps churning all those nice updates. We’ll start with Eleftheria Papatheodorou, an eFront customer service veteran that’s been with the company since its humble beginnings and helped us build a solid support team that gets high praise from our customers.
  • Using social media for eLearning (a look at the top 6 social platforms)

    Nikos Andriotis
    3 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Social media have become an indispensable part of modern life. A huge part of our social lives already happens online rather than in the “real world”. And while individual social media networks might rise and fall (remember MySpace?), social networking itself is not going anywhere. It makes sense then to want to use those powerful and hugely popular platforms for things besides posting cat videos or catching up with Alex from high school. And indeed, people already use them for things ranging from gaming down to email replacement and even disaster management. But how about using…
  • 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…
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    Grovo Blog

  • What the Grateful Dead Can Teach Us About Employee Engagement

    Leonard DeFranco
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:57 am
    A lot of L&D leaders are spending their summer days cooped up inside, thinking L&D thoughts. Specifically, many are worrying about employee engagement. How exactly does one get a changing workforce to engage in the work they do every day? How should we define engagement beyond platitudes? What does engagement feel like? Luckily, summer is The post What the Grateful Dead Can Teach Us About Employee Engagement appeared first on Grovo Blog.
  • 6 Ways to Keep Employees Engaged Over the Summer

    Leonard DeFranco
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:04 am
    It’s tough to stay focused on work during the summer. Who wants to reply to emails and sit through meetings with so many distractions outside? Just close your eyes and you can see them: endless green grass that is the exact cognitive opposite of looking at your computer screen, waves rolling onto a beach, barbecues, fireflies. The post 6 Ways to Keep Employees Engaged Over the Summer appeared first on Grovo Blog.
  • CNN Money Names Grovo one of the 30 Upstart Companies Changing the World

    Leonard DeFranco
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:20 pm
    This week, CNN Money featured Grovo and CEO Jeff Fernandez in their list of 30 important “upstart” leaders in American tech. “We wanted to spotlight entrepreneurs and investors who are using technology and their positions to make the world a better place,” announced the project’s home page. The 30 companies, all less than five years old and run by innovators The post CNN Money Names Grovo one of the 30 Upstart Companies Changing the World appeared first on Grovo Blog.
  • Grovo and California Community Colleges Partner to Bring Faculty On-Demand Digital Training

    Leonard DeFranco
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    The California Community Colleges (CCC) System and Grovo, the 21st century learning platform, today announced a new partnership to bring on-demand digital skills and professional development training to California Community Colleges faculty. Grovo will use its learning technology and content to power the CCC Learn Academy, California Community Colleges’ commitment to close the digital skills The post Grovo and California Community Colleges Partner to Bring Faculty On-Demand Digital Training appeared first on Grovo Blog.
  • Why Service Is Just As Important As Software in the SaaS Business Model

    Paul Rosevear
    17 Jun 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Above: Good times with Grovo’s amazing account management team. Like death and taxes, bad customer service is one of the unavoidable miseries of life (cue rage-inducing hold music). And when you’re shelling out money month after month for software that’s supposed to make your life better, job easier, or company more successful, crappy support can The post Why Service Is Just As Important As Software in the SaaS Business Model appeared first on Grovo Blog.
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    eLearning Brothers

  • 4 eLearning Tips From the Founding Fathers

    Brother Sean
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:05 am
    The Founding Fathers were certainly an interesting cast of characters. Their effect on history was profound and many lessons can be learned from their experiences. Consequently, if your willing to force a few metaphors, many of these lessons can be applied to the world of eLearning. George Washington Even 215 years after his death, Washington continues to defy expectations. As you might know, the popular cherry tree story we learned as kids a myth. But an even more shocking example of Washington’s ability to surprise us lies in his teeth. It’s popular knowledge that he had…
  • Celebrate Your Freedom with 6 Free eLearning Graphics

    Brother Shawn
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:18 pm
    In celebration of the Fourth of July, we’ve added six free patriotic eLearning graphics, with easily usable cutout characters and props, to the free library. Create a free account to download them now! The post Celebrate Your Freedom with 6 Free eLearning Graphics appeared first on eLearning Brothers.
  • June’s Hot New eLearning Templates

    Brother Justin
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:43 am
    The past month has been a big one here at eLB. We put out a boatload of new eLearning templates in June, and we’re excited as ever to share them with you. Our members can enjoy these new additions to our expansive template library at no additional cost! Articulate Storyline Templates      Adobe Captivate Templates Lectora Templates PowerPoint Templates (iSpring, Snap, Articulate Presenter, Adobe Presenter)                                   The post June’s Hot New eLearning Templates appeared first on eLearning Brothers.
  • Come Brothers, Today We Run!

    Brother Zach
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:44 am
    Late in June over 12,000 people gathered in Northern Utah for the annual Ragnar: Wasatch Back relay race. Incase you haven’t heard of Ragnar, it’s a 12 person, 200-ish mile run that lasts over 30 hours. For the second year in a row, eLearning Brothers selected a 12 person team, packed them into 2 vehicles, and headed for the starting line. After months of training, it was time to put the rubber to the road. (Pun fully intended.) The next 36 hours included blisters, cramps, sleep deprivation, eating gelatinous energy-filled substances, and generous applications of Febreze. It was also…
  • How To Create eLearning That Sticks With You

    Brother Sean
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    In order for eLearning to have any sort of success, it needs to be a memorable experience. If the message goes in one ear and directly out the other, the experience has failed, and the learner leaves the room having gained nothing. Here are four ways to make sure your courses are worth their time and get them to actually take root in their minds. Dare to Be Different When the brain is presented with information in the same way over and over, it can become effectively immunized against that style of presented material, eventually getting scrapped because it didn’t make a distinct or…
 
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    29 Jun 2015 | 6:06 pm
    How much of your and your employees’ work day is lost because you just don’t know the power of the tools you have available? The Microsoft Office Suite of tools can improve efficiency, but if you don’t know the ins and outs of the programmes you’ll be losing time instead of gaining. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are all excellent tools to help you manage information, organize your work, and stay connected.  Learning more about how to use them will help your organisation become more efficient. Where should you start?  Data analysis is likely a common business practice in your…
  • Final month has finished as Learning Seat ends Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 Support

    Matthew Kirkey
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We’ve just finished our final month at Learning Seat for supporting Internet Explorer 8.  Momentum continues to accelerate as organisations shift away from the insecure and old browser.  We recognise it has been a big change for many organisations, but the result is that those organisations who have upgraded are much more secure and have less issues when using modern web-based applications. Microsoft has just announced that Windows 10 will be launched on July 29 with their new browser, Microsoft Edge, as default.  Additionally, it will be a free upgrade for Windows 7, Windows 8 and…
  • National Roadshow – Compliance Discussion Sessions

    Georgia Edge
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Having just completed a national roadshow presenting our latest thoughts, Innovative Compliance – Stands Up and Delivers,   I am heartened by the passion and knowledge our client and associate group brings to the topic of e-learning compliance. Every time we embark on presenting our latest ideas, we hope to provide insight into our methodology for building better content, but we also use these meet-ups as an opportunity to listen to the challenges our clients face. I often find question time the most interesting part of the morning and these are some of the topics we roamed across on the…
  • Tips to implement effective leadership training

    Lisa Coulson
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:51 pm
    The need for leadership training isn’t new. As HR and L&D professionals we are constantly asked about what training our managers should receive to improve their leadership capability. DDI World’s latest report identified that 75% of HR professionals believe the leaders in their business don’t have the required skillset to lead their teams efficiently or effectively (DDI World, 2014). So what can be done to improve capability? The obvious answer is training. But do we really know what training we need to provide to see tangible behavioural change? When questioned, less than 20% of…
  • More leadership training courses released in June 2015

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    16 Jun 2015 | 6:09 pm
    The June course release brings you some more titles which fit in the leadership training category. As demonstrated in Learning Seat’s last whitepaper paper, leadership and management were one of the areas of training that organisations were most likely to increase their spending in as a matter of priority, respondents. Courses released are listed below. How to create and support an operational plan This course introduces learners to the skills and knowledge relevant to develop and monitor the implementation of an organisation’s operational plan to provide efficient and effective…
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