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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.

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.

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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An eLearning revolution: From professional development to knowledge sharing

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Internet has changed everything and it is changing eLearning fundamentally. It has become so easy to publish information instead of just consuming it. Posting information on the web doesn’t require any technical knowledge anymore. Now all of us can be creators. Sharing your knowledge is as easy as sharing your latest picture through the social media. What is happening? What will happen? Old school.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 .

Storyboarding for eLearning

Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

Ditching the formal performance review? Kineo shares 3 Elements for Success

Is your organization thinking about moving towards a performance development culture? What are the elements to succeeding and keeping managers and employees engaged? Download “A Road Map for Change” to find out and gain insight into making the transition as smooth as possible on your journey into this brave new world.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Best Practices for Launching an LMS

When launching a new platform to deliver customer and partner training, there are a few key items to keep in mind. The best and simplest way to stay organized during this process – and be able to measure success – is to follow the tried-and-true practices outlined in this eBook. Click to download.

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.

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.

Free eLearning software (Easygenerator) for teachers as of today!

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A lot of teachers and professors are using easygenerator to create courses and quizzes. But most of them are on the limited Free Plan. As an individual teacher you very often simply do not have the budget to buy tools. Get easygenerator (eLearning software) now for free. What is the catch? There is none, we give you are eLearning authoring software and you will create cool things with it.

Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy

This workbook is a response to your need to understand how to strategically incorporate gamification into your learning strategy, in order to drive real business results. It’s designed to be printed, written in and used as a guide.

Track and trace Learners results. What do SCORM compliance, AICC, XAPI and CMI5 mean?

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Do you want to buy a LMS or an authoring tool and are you wondering what the best option is for tracking the results of your learners? Or are you just confused by all the abbreviations like: SCORM, AICC, XAPI, and CMI5? Here Here is an overview that will help you out. SCORM and SCORM compliant. course is SCORM compliant  when it meets the requirements of the standard set by the ADL. SCORM 1.2

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Looking for information on eLearning? Here are my favorite 8 places

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After the post that I wrote on how to find copyright free images I got a number of requests to also share other eLearning sources that I use. Places that get you started in eLearning or will give you more detailed information. Websites that have independent information on eLearning, tools, communities, things like that. So out of the thousands of places to go, here is my top 8. Click on the separate logo’s if you want to check them out. 1. eLearninglearning. If you want to find the latest post on any eLearning related topic, this is the place to go. ELearning industry. And it is free.

T-mobile e-Learning hackaton: let your employees do the work

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Last week T-Mobile in The Netherlands organized an e-Learning hackaton for its employees. They had the opportunity to create an e-Learning course with either Articulate Storyline or Easygenerator. mobile organized this hackaton to see if people are interested in this and to find out if they were able to create a course without any training. People could just drop in, and start authoring.

EU refugee crisis; The European Union is shattered into 500 million egocentric individuals

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I rarely write opinion pieces in this blog other than my opinion on e-Learning, but now I feel obliged to speak out. I’m deeply ashamed on how the European Union (EU) and all of its individual members states are treating the refugees from Syria, Mali, Yemen and all the other places where a war is going on. Universal declaration of human rights. Everyone has the right to education. Learning

What's New In Adobe Captivate 9!

Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh, Sr. Adobe eLearning Evangelist, as she showcases the latest features & enhancements in the all-new Adobe Captivate 9. You will learn about the stellar features of this release along with Captivate Draft –the new storyboarding app.