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Seven musts for creating effective elearning

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Many new eLearning authors create eLearning with a presentation (PowerPoint) mindset. But creating a course is very different from creating a presentation. This article contains seven tips that will help you to create more engaging and effective eLearning modules. also created an eLearning module with more background information, There is a link to that full free module at the end of the page.

How to make user generated learning work for you

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My favourite e-Learning conference of the year is next week: Devlearn 2016. will be there, and I will present together with Laura Payette about: “how to make user-generated learning work for you.” ” Laura works at Nielsen where they are using Easygenerator to enable subject matter experts to share their knowledge with their co-workers. Learning user generated learning DevLearn

70:20:10 and user generated learning: no way!

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I’m talking to learning managers each day about the 20 in 70:20:10; about knowledge sharing and about user generated learning that can facilitate this. I see a lot of interest in this topic but a lot of reservations as well. So I decided to list the top 10 objections against user generated learning, with my response. What is user generated learning? Before I start, I will give you some context.

Why do searches on e-Learning terms drop dramatically?

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Searches on Google on some e-Learning related terms are dropping year by year: searches on Instructional design for example dropped by 80% since 2005. On SCORM the drop is 83%. Is Is this a decline in interest for e-Learning or is a signal for something else? Why is this happening? I do not believe it is a declining interest in e-Learning. Let’s look at some specific keywords. LMS and SCORM.

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How to Create a Customer Training Strategy

Want to develop an effective customer training strategy for your organization? Download this guide to learn some simple steps you can follow to set your team up for success. Click to download.

Sharing your knowledge: What’s in it for you?

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You are an expert, so why should you share your knowledge with your co-workers or with the rest of the world. will tell you in this post. It works for me; I’m working in the field of e-Learning for 20 years now, and I’m writing this blog (and sharing my knowledge) since 2010. Knowledge sharing is. Image created by Ansonlobo https://commons.wikimedia.org. the ultimate form of learning.

How to select an e-Learning authoring tool

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There are hundreds of e-Learning authoring tools around and they come in many shapes an sizes, so how to select the one that fits your requirements? In In this post I will give a global overview of different types of e-Learning authoring tools and some questions that you can ask yourself. Your answers should guide you in the right direction. What is an e-Learning authoring tool? Before we start.

Agile tips that will improve your eLearning development

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I love agile development. We use it at Easygenerator to develop our software. It allows us to deliver a new version each week, be in sink with our road map and with our customers. You can apply the lessons learned from agile software development to eLearning development as well. This post contains some simple tips that you can apply to eLearning development. Make sure you have a client. Mock-ups.

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User Interface lessons applied to eLearning

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eLearning and user interface? 24 months ago my company Easygenerator switched to a new target audience. Instead of professional eLearning creators (instructional designers), we now focus on people who do not have an eLearning background. This means that the user interface (UI) of our application must be completely intuitive and self-explaining. Find your weak spots. In our case it has seven steps.

Take Charge of your eLearning environment

Learn how to maximize the impact of your learning by aligning to the goals of your organization, how to establish a learning culture with gamification including leaderboards and badges. Discover a learning content management system that is both powerful and easy to configure and manage.

Want to be successful at e-Learning? Don’t make the mistakes experts make!

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Making mistakes and learning from them is a good thing; learning from mistakes that others make is even better. In this post I will show you the pitfalls that e-Learning experts are falling in, so you as a e-Learning rookie do not have to make them. Here are the lessons learned. Do not go for the all-in-one solutions! I’m CEO of Easygenerator and as a CEO you have to be all-round. Results.

Want to be successful at e-Learning? Don’t make the mistakes experts make!

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Making mistakes and learning from them is a good thing; learning from mistakes that others make is even better. In this post I will show you the pitfalls that e-Learning experts are falling in, so you as a e-Learning rookie do not have to make them. Here are the lessons learned. Do not go for the all-in-one solutions! I’m CEO of Easygenerator and as a CEO you have to be all-round. Results.

eLearning is now created by people with no e-Learning background

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In July 2013 we started developing a new web-based authoring tool for e-Learning. One of our focus points was to make it so easy that everybody could use it and would be able to create and share e-learning courses, quizzes and exams. We were hoping to attract a new audience with this, people who do not have an instructional design background like our ‘old’ audience has. Results.

Improve your lessons: 3 ways to make them more effective

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Do you want to improve your classroom lessons or training? Here are three ways to blend them with e-Learning components. They will make your lessons and courses more effective and more fun, and any teacher, trainer or coach can do it. How to improve your lessons: Flip, repeat and automate. Flip your classroom. This proves to be much more effective. Improve retention. Automate assessments.

Transform Your Video Strategy for Enterprise Learning & Communication

We sat down with Tom Clancy, former CLO of EMC, to discuss the role of video in the future of enterprise learning and communication.

Why do searches on e-Learning terms drop dramatically?

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Searches on Google on some e-Learning related terms are dropping year by year: searches on Instructional design for example dropped by 80% since 2005. On SCORM the drop is 83%. Is Is this a decline in interest for e-Learning or is a signal for something else? Why is this happening? I do not believe it is a declining interest in e-Learning. Let’s look at some specific keywords. LMS and SCORM.

Shocking outcomes from ATD research on Instructional design

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The ATD published a report on Instructional design: “Instructional design now: a new age of learning and beyond” They did a survey among 1120 learning professionals. find outcomes of this report shocking. For 92% the most popular tool is traditional classroom training, and only 38% believes that they meet their learners needs. Here is their info-graphic. 77% – Assessments.

12 e-Learning trends that you need to know about

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I like to know what the trends are in e-Learning. checked 20 posts on trends and selected the 12 trends that are mentioned most. Here Here they are, from large (most mentioned) to small (least mentioned). 1. Gamification. Gamification is the most mentioned trend. It is about applying game thinking and game techniques to e-Learning. Serious games. They can be powerful, engaging and full of learning.

Put the learner behind the steering wheel: Learning nuggets, paths, maps and GPS

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Creating effective eLearning is hard, especially when you do not have an eLearning background. In this article I will describe how you can improve your eLearning by creating smaller modules and tie them together in learning paths. will add a future outlook as well because I foresee Learning maps and Learning GPS play a big role in putting the learner behind the steering wheel. Spaced Learning .

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.

8 reasons why your authoring tool must be in the cloud

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All software and data will move to the cloud sooner or later. In this post I will explain why you should move to the cloud rather sooner than later. have chosen 8 reasons that should convince you. 1. No IT hustle. All the software lives in the cloud and is maintained and cared for by the vendor. No time consuming processes here, just login via your browser and start. 2. Collaboration. No problem.

5 quick wins for more agile e-learning development

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I write and present on agile e-learning development since 2011. People like it a lot, but the response that I often get is that implementing it completely is a bridge too far. People are asking me for a starting point and quick wins. So here they are. quick wins for more agile e-learning development.  If you want to know more on agile, check out my links at the bottom of the post.   1. Too big?:

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Crowd source your corporate knowledge

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I’m investigating crowd sourcing of corporate knowledge. You can also call it the use of user generated content if you want. Over the past few weeks I have spoken to dozens of training managers all over the world. found some reasons for companies to consider this option or to reject it. Here are my findings. Use cases. My findings. will explain each reason in more detail. Vision. Finance.

User generated content; The next trend!

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The world of training and development in the enterprise continues to change rapidly. Learning departments can no longer keep up with the demand for ad hoc knowledge sharing and training requests. There is a growing need for regional training in local languages within distributed global enterprises that central teams struggle to support. 1000 courses created by subject matter experts.

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.

12 e-Learning trends that you need to know about

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I like to know what the trends are in e-Learning. checked 20 posts on trends and selected the 12 trends that are mentioned most. Here Here they are, from large (most mentioned) to small (least mentioned). 1. Gamification. Gamification is the most mentioned trend. It is about applying game thinking and game techniques to e-Learning. Serious games. They can be powerful, engaging and full of learning.

Easygenerator launches free tool for creating learning objectives

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At Easygenerator (the e-learning software company) we not only try to deliver a state of the art e-learning authoring tool, but we also try to help people in creating better and more effective e-learning as well. We do free Q&A session, have online courses on how to create proper e-learning and now we have the Learning Objective maker. Which gives them a bad start in the creation process.

Easygenerator is looking for an International sales representative

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International sales representative. Easygenerator is eLearning software with a very specific focus on people who do not have an e-Learning background. Easygenerator is used and sold globally (mostly in North America, Europe and Australia). For this target market we are looking for a new sales representative working from our Rotterdam office (The Netherlands). Do you have at least two years of experience in (online) sales, are you ambitious and do you want to play a key role in accelerating the growth of Easygenerator? Cold call, prospect and pipeline building with opportunity identification.

People that inspire me: my 5 eLearning heroes

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Recently I was doing a presentation on eLearning trends. During that presentation I realized that there are just a handful of people driving fundamental change in eLearning. These are the people who really change our landscape and have a big influence on my working eLearning life. So I decided to share these 5 eLearning heroes with you, so you can plug-in to these sources of inspiration as well.

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.

Help needed: what are the correct terms for learning elements

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At Easygenerator we use terms like Learning path, course and assessment. But we are not sure everybody understands these terms in the same way. We concluded that these terms are probably not the same in a corporate or educational environment, and it looks like that they are different per country as well. We are able to change these terms and even make them flexible. Just click here  to start.

Teachers and trainers: Use eLearning to flip your classroom and take it one step further

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If you ‘ flip your classroom ‘ you reverse the lecture and homework elements of a lesson: lecture at home and do homework at school. The idea is that you replace instruction by a video or an e-learning course. This gives the student the opportunity to apply his knowledge under supervision of their teacher. This is the advantage of the flipped classroom. Flip your classroom?

A week of working and Learning in Ukraine

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This week I visited Ukraine because the easygenerator development team is located in Zhytomyr (Ukraine). have been working there but also gained new insights on the situation the country and the history. thought I should share these experiences with you. The situation in Ukraine. have visited Ukraine on average 3 times a year over the past 4,5 years. Getting drafted. History. Economics.

8 reasons why your authoring tool must be in the cloud

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All software and data will move to the cloud sooner or later. In this post I will explain why you should move to the cloud rather sooner than later. have chosen 8 reasons that should convince you. 1. No IT hustle. All the software lives in the cloud and is maintained and cared for by the vendor. No time consuming processes here, just login via your browser and start. 2. Collaboration. No problem.

The complete eLearning journey

As an eLearning designer wouldn’t it be great if you could take charge of your eLearning environment right from storyboarding your ideas to generating responsive eLearning courses to being able to effectively deploy and track your learners’ performance?

My view on the difficult situation in Ukraine

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The past week I have visited the Easygenerator team in Ukraine. My first visit to Ukraine was in 2010 and I since then I have visited Ukraine two or three times per year. A lot has happened in that period; here is my view on the current situation in Ukraine. will start with a bit of background first in order to provide some context. Background on the Ukraine. Situation in the east. Economy.