October, 2016

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Scenario-Based Learning: Why & How

Experiencing eLearning

This is the recording of a presentation I gave to the Online Network of Learning and Development Professionals on September 28, 2016. The presentation covers: Why scenario-based learning works. range of options for using scenarios in elearning and classroom training. When scenario-based learning is a good choice. Tips for writing scenarios with the 4 Cs. Interested in more?

How to fix our senseless compliance training

E-Learning Provocateur

All big organisations have a Learning Management System. It’s used to track and record the training that the employees do. In practice, it tends to be used to administer compliance training, though it can be much broader than that. And this is a good thing. That’s normal. Then I get a job at Bank B. And I agree, but that’s not the idea.

5 Reasons to Embrace Your Perfectly Imperfect e-Learning Course 

Allen Interactions

By Hannah Hunter, Instructional Writer. The Perfect e-Learning Course™ is a legendary creature that changes its shape with each new technological and aesthetic trend. It just says “Awesome.”. Learning Design Hannah Hunter

What if Learning Was a Martial Arts Movie?

Association eLearning

Whether they’re a hardened mercenary or a peace-loving monk, the main characters in martial arts films are always dedicated to what they do. It’s clear that they’ve devoted their lives to their art and everything is connected to it in some way. It’s their passion. What if we had that same level of passion for learning? Some people definitely do, but think about it for a minute. Soft music plays].


How to Choose Between On-Demand and Instructor-Led Training

Not sure whether to offer on-demand or instructor-led training, or both? Each has its pros and cons and your decision will depend on your organization’s needs and goals. Download this eBook to learn which option is better at scale, as well as the resources needed to implement each training type.

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Tech Tuesday: Translating mLevel Events to xAPI Statements


As I mentioned in last week’s post, mLevel is beginning to push the learning industry in the direction of using all of the data available to L&D to make better decisions on how its employees are interacting with their learning programs.  which are represented by the gameEventType.  Quick Overview of xAPI. mLevel Events to xAPI Statements. across the mission.  SCORM Cloud – [link].

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Why Sales Managers Struggle with Coaching

Knowledge Guru

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Those who can, do; those who can’t do, teach”? If you’re a sales manager, you’re living proof that this is often far from the truth. Lots of companies take their top performing sales reps and turn them into sales managers at some point in their careers. It’s not always an easy transition. It’s not all about the skills gap, though. The solution?

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ID and E-Learning Links (10/2/16)

Experiencing eLearning

Scenario based training headquarters: Cathy Moore. Cathy Moore’s collected resources on scenario-based learning. tags: scenarios e-learning training. Learning Science Alternative to Bloom’s Taxonomy by Brenda Sugrue : Learning Solutions Magazine. Bloom’s taxonomy sometimes creates unclear verb categorization and connection to assessments. Posted from Diigo. Filed under: Bookmarks.

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The Importance of Script Writing in Video Presentations

eLearning Brothers

It’s not fair, really. Books are allowed to put on paper eloquent words that paint a picture that is sometimes breathtaking. Lit up by the moon, it looked celestial; seemed some plumed and glittering god uprising from the sea. Chapter 51 of Moby Dick , by Herman Melville. Screenplays, however, are much more boxy. Looking at the land. Gerald puts his arm around her. FADE OUT.

Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

Your Performance Support Doesn't Speak xAPI? 3 Reasons it Should


​By now, you’ve heard the buzz regarding what’s variously called Experience API , xAPI, or The Tin Can API. And you know that it’s an emerging learning technology standard that facilitates the collection and communication of data related to the wide range of ways in which a learner interacts with formal or informal learning assets. Don’t have an xAPI-compliant LMS?

The Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016 is announced

Jane Hart

It was in 2007 that I compiled the first Top 100 Tools for Learning from the votes of learning professionals worldwide and have done so every year since then. This year to mark the 10th anniversary I have compiled the  TOP 200 TOOLS FOR LEARNING 2016.  The full list appears in the left-hand sidebar; follow the links to find out more about each of the tools. The Social learning

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Because quality matters

Clark Quinn

I was reflecting on some of the actions my colleagues and I take. These are, in particular, colleagues that have been contributing to the field for a long time, ones who know what they’re talking about and that I therefore respect.  I retweeted one who called for being careful of the source in message. I’ve supported another who has been on a crusade against myths. And I joined with some others to promote quality elearning. And it led me to wonder why. Why care? Why take risks and potentially upset people? And I realized that it’s because I care; because quality matters.

What are the 5 most powerful didactical principles?

Challenge to Learn

I’m looking for your input, what are the 5 most important didactical principles to apply when creating e-Learning? The reason I’m asking is because we are doing a project to support our users (most of them do not have an e-Learning background) in creating more effective and didactical sound content. will explain in this post. But that is not sufficient. Didactical principles.

Whitepaper: When The LMS Isn’t Enough

In this whitepaper, you will discover the main reasons why the LMS alone is no longer meeting the needs of the modern learner. More importantly, you will learn what you can do to enhance its value.

Why Visual Design IS NOT Graphic Design

Web Courseworks

This week, we spoke to Connie Malamed from eLearning Coach on her upcoming webinar for our Fall Webinar Series on October 25 at 12PM CT. The second webinar in the series, “Crash Course in Visual Design,” is meant for anyone who would be designing an eLearning course. However, there will be a definite emphasis on visual design from an instructional designer’s viewpoint. Visual Design Principles.

5 Exciting Updates in Lectora Online 3.2

eLearning Brothers

Last weekend, our friends at Trivantis released an update to their Lectora Online software bringing it to version 3.2.  We wanted to cover our five favorite improvements from this update that we think you’re really going to love. Style Ribbon Additions. The Style ribbon now allows you to adjust gradients, shadows, reflections and even do some image cropping all within Lectora. Video Tweaks.

LMS Decision Making Criteria B4 U Buy

eLearning 24-7

If you are like me, you have probably seen dozens of posts or articles out there telling you here is “how to pick an LMS”, “criteria for selecting an LMS”, “best practices for buying an LMS” and so forth. The problem I have with all these items, is wondering how many of these people have bought an LMS, i.e. been on your side – the buyer’s side? 

Crash Course For Constructive Feedback

Association eLearning

Feedback is a wonderful thing, when you can understand it. When you can’t… To quote Captain Jack Sparrow, “Well that’s even more than less than unhelpful.” You get the idea. Think back to the last time you got feedback on something. Maybe it was suggested revisions for a project or the survey responses for how you did during a speaking engagement. Or maybe it was storyboard revisions for eLearning.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

Self-regulation & PKM

Clark Quinn

I’m a fan of Harold Jarche’s Seek-Sense-Share (SSS) model for Personal Knowledge Mastery (PKM). I was also reading about self-regulated learning , and a proposed model for that. And I realized they could be related. Naturally, I created a diagram. To start with, Harold’s model is oriented around coping with the information flow as a component of learning. Two additional things.

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Latent Learning


Strong and durable learning can happen without incentives and reinforcements. How do we make the most of that insight? Part One on latent learning. Before Edward Tolman's maze experiments (see this post , and this post , for the full story) and subsequent theories about "cognitive maps," it was conventional wisdom that learning only occurred with incentives and reinforcements.

3 Questions that Keep Product Managers Up at Night

Knowledge Guru

Product managers are passionate people. They are passionate about the products they create and the problems they solve for their customers. Product managers spend thousands of hours researching, testing and developing their products before its time to commercialize. But then it’s time for the hand-off. The sales team has goals of its own, and they may not always align. See how.

Webinar: 6 Tips For Moving Your PowerPoint Project to Captivate

eLearning Brothers

There are many reasons why you might want to move a PowerPoint project into Captivate. This past week, I invited Taylor Ehlert, our resident PowerPoint Evangelist to join me in a webinar highlighting six tips you should follow if you plan to move your PowerPoint projects into Captivate. During the webinar a couple questions were asked, but not answered, so I’d like to address them here.

Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

Is your company ready to move beyond the annual performance review? Where do you start? What are the keys to success? In this guide, you’ll gain an understanding of: the forces driving change, three foundations of success and take a deep dive into the skills gap many managers have that will sink your efforts before they start and how to address them.

My forecasts for 2017

eLearning 24-7

And the crowds roared.  And the people sang from the hilltops. And a lot of prognosticators wouldn’t stay it.  They wouldn’t admit it. That yes, they missed the boat.  . They spewed their forecasts, left others to spout “Wow, and yeah,” but failed to see the trends. Miss the big picture. Some of my personal favorites. Talent/Performance Management will take over LMSs, whereas people will want it OR the LMS will become a Talent/PM solution first and foremost. WRONG:  Talent/PM in an LMS and its subsets, has already hit its peak.  Skewed is a better word. Bullturds. 

13 Free e-Learning Resources to Make Your Courses Beautiful

Social Learning

by: Andy Schiemo. Does your eLearning feel stale or still have that 1990s vibe? Are you bored with your existing stock photography? Are you still using photos that look like this? Free Resources

The Fight Against Resonance in Learning

CLO Magazine

Truly meaningful learning, which requires us to challenge and change what we believe and how we behave, is an intense and intimidating process. Though as learning professionals we often feel we are working in the most prosaic of circumstances, we should never underestimate the level of risk and vulnerability involved in any effort at serious change. Think about it. What impressions are forming?

Comply, Engage, Amaze: How to Make Regulatory Training Matter (Webinar)

Bottom-Line Performance

How much of your company’s training only exists to check the box? How often is your job ready to comply with regulations or teach basic, routine procedures that employees must follow? It’s easy to see how training like this often becomes rather dull. Sometimes, the regulations you must comply with limit your training design options, too. Winning Solution. Register. Training

Attract, Engage, and Develop Talent using Open Badges: An IBM case study

Companies have an incredible opportunity to use badges to help attract, engage, recognize and develop talent. There have been significant developments around digital credentials and particularly the fast rise of badges and micro-credentials. Learning Professionals need to be aware of what's happening and innovators should be taking a leading role. In this session, David will go through the well-known IBM Open Badge Program to help explain badge programs.