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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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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.

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.

New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends

Companies are increasingly dissatisfied with online learning tools, prompting many to reinvest in technology that supports a modern training approach. Download the report from Brandon Hall Group to see how new investments are bringing real business results.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI

Training evaluation is necessary and, in many ways, critical to the success of a business. But because short term priorities always seem to take precedence, it is typically something we plan to do better in the next course, or maybe next month, or even next year. After all, we’ve managed pretty well up to now, so surely another year can’t hurt!

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

A better way to develop front-line managers !It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.

Energy shortage forces Ukrainian schools to close during winter period: Easygenerator provides its software for free

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Easygenerator provides free e-learning to all Ukrainian teachers. see for the press release in Ukrainian the bottom of this post). The easygenerator development team is located in Zhitomir Ukraine. Therefore we at easygenerator are extra concerned with all the developments in the east of the country. Zhitomir lies west (100 miles) of Kiev, so it is on the save (European) side. How does it work?

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.

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

5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget

In the US alone, companies spend over $70 billion on corporate training and about $1000 on individual employees according to Bersin by Deloitte. When it comes to training budgets, leaders struggle to pinpoint what impact (if any) their training programs are having. So what's the result? Companies end up wasting millions of dollars each year on ineffective training practices.

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.

3 practical tips that will make your eLearning course more effective

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More and more people with no eLearning background are creating eLearning. I see the result of their work every day. I found that there are three simple things that will make the eLearning courses more effective: Have a clear goal. Define proper learning objectives. Do things in the right order. The wrong way to start creating an eLearning course. Many people who start creating eLearning for the first time start with a presentation in mind, and that is the wrong way to start. An An eLearning course is very different from a (PowerPoint) presentation. Here is how you should do it. 1.

My first visit to China:The keyword is control

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This week I was in Beijing for the launch of the Chinese edition of Easygenerator. It was my first visit to China and I will try to reflect on all the impressions I had; not on eLearning but on the country. We launched Easygenerator at an e-learning conference in Beijing. I had the honor of being one of the keynote speakers. talked about trends in e-Learning in Europe and the USA. History.

Learning objectives and how to create them

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When you want to create a really bad learning experience, this is the way to do it: Don’t think about your learners. Dump a body of information in a course as if it was a PowerPoint. Add a few images (has to look good). Add a few questions (for scoring). Upload it into your LMS. Everybody knows (or should know) that learning development starts with defining clear learning objectives.

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.

Help me build a how-to-guide for the #elearningmanifesto principles

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Michael Allen, Julie Dirksen, Clark Quinn and Will Thalheimer launched the eLearning manifesto at March 13 th. It is an attempt to raise the quality of e-Learning and I do support it. The manifesto contains 22 principles. Last week I visited the LSCon in Orlando and I spoke about the manifesto  with a lot of people. How do I convince my client or boss that we should apply them? Learning

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e-Learning course review: This will save you so much time

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We added a really cool feature to our eLearning software Easygenerator this week, the “Review option” You can now invite anyone (they do not need  a subscription) to your course  by sharing a link and they can view the course in any browser. These comments will be available for the author inside the authoring environment, so he can process them. Learning eLearning Course review

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