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LMS History and Current Trends

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The elearning industry is constantly evolving, and at a quick pace too. Everything from the software we use to create elearning to the systems in place to deliver online training programs is shaped by emerging technologies. One of the cornerstones in elearning is the learning management system. It is the workhorse behind the scenes that ensures courses are delivered and tracked.

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Mobile Learning Versus ELearning

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There was once a time when the term “elearning” encompassed what we know today as mobile learning. When mobile learning (also referred to as mlearning) first came about it wasn’t exactly clear the difference between the two. Now the distinction isn’t as fuzzy as people generally have an understanding of what constitutes elearning versus what constitutes mobile learning.

Will Pokémon GO Influence ELearning?

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Unless you have been locked in a basement for the past month then you have likely been hearing about the latest craze that is Pokémon GO. It’s It’s everywhere. For the uninitiated, Pokémon GO is a free location-based mobile game that leverages GPS and mobile phone cameras. The point of the game is to use your phone to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures. elearning mlearning

6 Popular Trends in ELearning

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The elearning industry is constantly in flux. Some trends come and they stay with us while others are merely passing through. While it is hard to say which trends will stay and for how long, it is always interesting to take a look at what is “hot right now” in the field. Below are six of the more common trends in our field. Current ELearning Trends You Should Know. Reference: exult.

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Steps to make your Flash courses mobile compatible

Stuck with a bunch of Flash-based courses that cannot be viewed on mobile devices? This eBook will take you through the steps to convert existing courses into HTML 5 format and make it compatible with the latest devices and browsers.

7 ELearning Traps to Avoid

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Anyone who sets out to create an elearning course does so with the best intentions. They want the course to be both fun and effective. But this does not always happen. I am sure that at some point you have had a poor elearning experience. Sometimes it is because the course lacks interactions, and sometimes it is because there are too many “bells and whistles” in place.

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Habits of Good Instructional Designers

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Instructional design is a fascinating profession with a vast array of tools, guidelines, theories, and best-practices. If you are just getting started with instructional design, then all of this can seem pretty overwhelming. As you hone your craft, you will begin to develop habits. Successful elearning course developers formulate these habits after years of practical application.

12 Mobile Learning Trends On The Rise

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In the elearning industry there is sometimes confusion as to the difference between elearning and “mobile learning” In many respects elearning is mobile – so why make a distinction? The mobile learning boom started to come about when people began to rely upon mobile technology on a more regular basis. Specifically, this referes to tablets and smartphones.

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Where ELearning is Headed

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In a recent interview I was asked where I think the elearning industry is headed in the years to come. While I would never claim to be all knowing about the movements in the elearning industry, I do have an eye for spotting trends over time. Now, the elearning industry is pretty massive. But still, where do I think elearning is headed? Some of you may be rolling your eyes.

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.

Design Thinking and ELearning

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Instructional designers are tasked with more than creating an elearning course. They are expected to create a course that is effective. The content and the way that it is presented has to fulfill a set of objectives and in many cases elicit some form of measurable change. Because of this requirement instructional designers think about course content differently than most. instructional design

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12 Characteristics of Social Learning

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Social learning is being used in organizations of all sizes as it has shown to be quite successful for training and development purposes. Today it has never been easier to incorporate a social learning component into both virtual and live training events. Specifically, using a blended learning approach with social learning components can yield positive results. Social Learning Success Factors.

Mobile Learning Poised to Dominate

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At this point everyone in the elearning industry takes mobile learning seriously, and with good reason. Mobile learning is on the rise and looks like it will be for the foreseeable future. This is especially true given the increase use and accessibility of mobile devices. In fact, it is estimated that the number of smartphone users alone is going to reach 2.08 hours per day !

Skills Instructional Designers Should Have

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Instructional design is a robust field that requires constant vigilance to new technology and methodology. If you don’t hone your craft and keep your skills relevant, then you run the risk of being left behind. Now, for those of us in the field this isn’t threatening in the least bit. In fact, it’s quite the opposite! Famous for being famous perhaps? instructional design

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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.

10 Strategies for Impactful Instruction

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Whether you’re administering elearning or live classroom training the end-goal is often the same. At the end of the course you want the participants to leave with new information. Not only that, you want them to apply this information. The interesting this is that the majority of the time the success of a course (be it online or in-person) is hardly the result of the content.

6 Gamification Benefits You Should Know

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Many elearning programs benefit from having some form of gamification incorporated into their courses. Why Use Gamification? So why would you take the time to set-up a gamification component to your courses? Prompts Change in Behavior – Certain behaviors are reinforced by granting learners the ability to earn points and badges. Reference: EIDesign. gamification

Why Infographics are Good for ELearning

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Graphics can often make or beak an online course. Rarely today do you see a course that doesn’t contain any relevant images – although I have unfortunately come across some. Luckily most elearning will make use of graphics, but sometimes they are not implemented properly. Why use graphics in the first place? This doesn’t mean you need to create a long graphic such as this one.

Introduction to Personalized ELearning

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The expectations of elearning today have come a long way since it was first introduced. In the past it wasn’t uncommon for an elearning module to simply have some generic text in a PowerPoint-type format. If you were lucky there would be some Clipart included as well. Well, gone are those days (and same with Clipart , if you didn’t know). Use relevant examples and scenarios.

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.

Estimating ELearning Development Time

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When it comes to elearning development, one of the first things people want to know is how long it will take. This is true for both consulting projects where you are performing the development for a client and internal company projects. What key stakeholders often overlook is that quality elearning course development takes a significant amount of time. instructional design

ELearning and MLearning Differences

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There was a time roughly 10 years ago or so when the concept of elearning was pretty straight-forward. Whenever someone mentioned “elearning” you generally knew what they were referring to. Today it’s not so black and white. This is where there is some confusion. For all intents and purposes I think it’s fine to group mlearning with elearning. desktops or laptops). Design.

Why “WIIFM” Matters For ELearning

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When creating an elearning course there are many different components that are said to improve their effectiveness. First and foremost: the course has to have quality content. Without good content then the course will always be sub-par. But let’s assume your course has really good content, then what? Should you add gamification ? What about forums? Chat functionality? Simulations?

2016 Corporate ELearning Trends

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One of the things I love about elearning is that it spans across so many industries and forms of technology. You can find elearning in early educational settings like grade-school, higher education at the universities, the non-profit sector, and for-profit organizations. Wherever you go you can find elearning courses as they become a staple in the way we learn. Will these trends carry over to 2017?

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.

WordPress Is Becoming The Best LMS

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Just recently LearnDash was included as a Top 5 LMS Off the Beaten Track, and a nifty infographic was created that sums up both the benefits and potential opportunity areas. While the infographic itself is just a brief summary, it does emphasize a point that I have been harping on since we first started our WordPress learning management system. learning management system WordPress wordpress lms

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The Power & Potential of Mobile Learning

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Chances are that by now you have at least heard of mobile learning, though you may still be confused as to what that actually means. In the early years of mlearning there was some confusion but now this is an industry all its own with clear technology and instructional design methodology. It isn’t going anywhere, that much we know. In other words: ignore mobile learning at your own peril!

Google’s Micro-Learning Findings

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With the rise of mobile devises there has been more talk about micro-learning. There are many resources to learn more about  micro-learning , but in a sentence it is a way to deliver learning content that is optimal for the smartphones and tablets. It is a really exciting time for the elearning industry. In fact, Google has set-up an entire site on the topic at thinkwithgoogle.com. Micro-Learning

Google Classroom – Should You Use It?

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As we all know, Google is a force in many different facets of our daily lives. It only makes sense that they also have their involvement within education. From a formal standpoint, Google scrapped their course builder program in favor of partnering with edX , but they still have other tools that are being leveraged across classrooms big and small. Most notably, the Google Classroom program.

How the right tech tools for your team can power your sales enablement strategy

A staggering 80% of sales professionals report they don’t remember or implement their lessons from annual sales kickoff meetings.Our new publication, available below, explores how companies can avoid costly mistakes in sales training.

Include These in Your ELearning Portfolio

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Instructional designers often have an opportunity to work on a variety of projects, it is part of what makes the profession so compelling. One project may include new employee courses, another for change management, and another still for leadership training. There is never a dull moment. Each one of these projects is a feather in the cap of an instructional designer. This can take a lot  of time.

10 Ways ELearning Maximizes ROI

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The general benefits of elearning are fairly well known today. It is clearly a convienient and cost effective way to deliver training content to a large audience. But what every business wants to know is how does elearning impact their bottom-line? In other words, how is it saving money, or better yet, making them money? First, it has to be implemented correctly. elearning

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Stop Abandoning Your Learners!

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I have seen it countless of times. Employees are encouraged to take a virtual training course (or perhaps a live seminar) because they are told that it is vital to their job. They take time out of their busy schedules to learn new skills and processes. The instructors (be it virtually or in-person) are full of energy about the material they are teaching. What Is Your Post-Training Support Plan?

Gamification in Education Stats

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Gamification in elearning is the hot-topic these days, and with good reason. It has proven to be useful in helping learners further comprehend and apply new information. Still, there are people out there who view gamification as ‘fluff’ and contend that it doesn’t really result in any measureable value. In other words, the information is more easily committed to long-term memory.

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.

Tool For Creating Educational Games

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In recent years games have started to play a bigger role in not only learning but also elearning. There has been quite a bit written on the topic of games, gamification, and gaming elements in training & education. Gaming is proving to be a successful way to help learners grasp new concepts, but how do you actually create games with an intent to learning? But what about games? Enter Gamefroot.

Learning is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

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When I have conversations with people about elearning, training, and all things related, it I find a curious similarity in the way these events are described. All seem to be referred to as standalone, finite events. While less common in the educational sector, I found this to be unanimously true with my corporate consulting engagements. logical sequence, but in my opinion is too narrow in scope.

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Do You Have a Mobile Learning Strategy?

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Many organizations have an elearning strategy, but do they have one for mobile learning? The rise of mobile technology has made elearning professionals re-think how we view elearning. What was once considered to be a part of elearning has now grown into its own industry. There are now tools and techniques specific to the mobile learning market. Some of which include: What devices will you support?

Micro-Learning Becoming Latest Trend

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Following elearning industry trends is something I enjoy doing – everything from the tech-tools to instructional design strategies. A few years back gamification was all the rage. It still is popular (and with good reason ), but it’s not being written about to the same degree as it once was in our industry. The same thing happened with Tin Can API (xAPI). What Does This Mean?

Are your managers ready for a world without formal performance reviews?

The future of the formal performance review is sparking lively debates. No matter what side you fall on, everyone agrees that effective managers make managing performance part of their daily routine. In this infographic quickly learn “5 Critical Skills for Managing Performance” every day.