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How Microsoft themselves use SharePoint to help 45,000 employees learn better

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Thought leader interview with Jim Federico of Microsoft on how Microsoft use SharePoint internally for learning. Jim is a Sr. Director of Operations and Platforms at Microsoft, responsible for training and readiness for the customer facing roles at Microsoft. Jim, what is your background? spent 13 years running technology and product strategy for SumTotal Systems. We sold that company to Asymetrix.

How Microsoft themselves use SharePoint to help 45,000 employees learn better

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Thought leader interview with Jim Federico of Microsoft on how Microsoft use SharePoint internally for learning. Jim is a Sr. Director of Operations and Platforms at Microsoft, responsible for training and readiness for the customer facing roles at Microsoft. Jim, what is your background? spent 13 years running technology and product strategy for SumTotal Systems. We sold that company to Asymetrix.

How SharePoint is helping change the way we blog

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Julie Delazyn is a social media expert and journalist, she has turned the Questionmark blog ( [link] ) into one of the most widely read blogs in assessment. Here are her views on how SharePoint is helping change the way we blog: Social media and social networks have become interlaced with the way we share information as companies, as marketers and even as people.  This is the key difference. 

How SharePoint is helping change the way we blog

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Julie Delazyn is a social media expert and journalist, she has turned the Questionmark blog ( [link] ) into one of the most widely read blogs in assessment. Here are her views on how SharePoint is helping change the way we blog: Social media and social networks have become interlaced with the way we share information as companies, as marketers and even as people.  This is the key difference. 

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.

SharePoint in Office 365: the Good, the Bad, the Brilliant and the Ugly

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What is Office 365 SharePoint Online like when you use it for real? And what potential application does it have for helping in learning? My company has been using Office 365 in anger for a month or so now, here is a review of the SharePoint component from a general business user perspective with a bias to using it for learning. Do things work well (the “Good” ), how much of a problem are the documented weaknesses (the “Bad” ), what makes a real difference (the “Brilliant” ) and what is unexpected (the “Ugly” )? The Good. Set up lists to track things. Search. Security. The Bad. The Brilliant.

Is there a business case for SharePoint in informal learning? Thought leader interview with BT’s Sundar Balasubramanian

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Director of Learning Solutions at BT, Sundar Balasubramanian, describes use of SharePoint for informal learning within BT and other companies and advises how to make a business case for using SharePoint for informal learning. How do you use SharePoint at BT? SharePoint is our knowledge management platform. It’s becoming the platform for all knowledge nuggets anywhere within the company. Is it true?

Is there a business case for SharePoint in informal learning? Thought leader interview with BT’s Sundar Balasubramanian

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Director of Learning Solutions at BT, Sundar Balasubramanian, describes use of SharePoint for informal learning within BT and other companies and advises how to make a business case for using SharePoint for informal learning. How do you use SharePoint at BT? SharePoint is our knowledge management platform. It’s becoming the platform for all knowledge nuggets anywhere within the company. Is it true?

How to use SharePoint to track annual competency tests: Part 1 – Lists

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How do you ensure that your employees know and understand key policies and regulations? For a lot of organizations, the answer is to have employees take a test or exam each year. Taking a test is a reliable way of checking understanding – more reliable than simply tracking training or checking people have read documents.  SAP LSO). And every employee has to pass the test at least once a year.

Six keys to success for leveraging SharePoint in your Learning Infrastructure

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I attended an excellent session by Bill Finegan of GP Strategies at the Questionmark user conference last week. GP Strategies is a quoted company in the performance management, training/learning and consultancy space and one of their specialisms is deploying SharePoint for informal, social and workplace learning. The keys for success are: 1. Define a vision. Design an engaging user experience.

SharePoint 15 will allow quizzes?

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It looks likely that the next version of SharePoint will allow you to make simple quizzes inside SharePoint, just like you can currently make surveys. It’s widely rumoured that SharePoint 15 (currently under wraps but expected out early in 2013) will have an education module – an addition to SharePoint that will allow courses, lessons, assignments and grades. What does this mean?

SharePoint 15 will allow quizzes?

SharePoint and Assessment

It looks likely that the next version of SharePoint will allow you to make simple quizzes inside SharePoint, just like you can currently make surveys. It’s widely rumoured that SharePoint 15 (currently under wraps but expected out early in 2013) will have an education module – an addition to SharePoint that will allow courses, lessons, assignments and grades. What does this mean?

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.

SharePoint. Useful or useless for corporate learning?

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Thought leader interview with Danny De Witte, an IT and Learning expert in Belgium. Danny, what is your background? started at Elsevier Training (part of the Reed Elsevier group), where we did some early work on PC learning. Then I was one of the co-founders of U&I Learning, which was one of the first Belgian e-learning companies, and I worked there for 12 years. It’s a bit of both.

SharePoint. Useful or useless for corporate learning?

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Thought leader interview with Danny De Witte, an IT and Learning expert in Belgium. Danny, what is your background? started at Elsevier Training (part of the Reed Elsevier group), where we did some early work on PC learning. Then I was one of the co-founders of U&I Learning, which was one of the first Belgian e-learning companies, and I worked there for 12 years. It’s a bit of both.

SharePoint Best Bred for Education?

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Thought leader interview with Ray Fleming of Microsoft Australia about SharePoint’s place and future in Education. Ray, what do you do at Microsoft? I’ve worked in education IT for 25 years, and for the last 5 years, I’ve been with Microsoft. Where do you see SharePoint being used in Education? In the UK, over 80% of universities are using SharePoint. And that’s the job it should be doing!

So what do we mean by assessments anyway?

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When one person talks about assessments, they might mean something different to someone else. The best definition I’ve seen of assessment is from my colleague Eric Shepherd: “any systematic method of obtaining evidence by posing questions to draw inferences about the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and other characteristics of people for a specific purpose.”. Commentary Assessment White paper

So what do we mean by assessments anyway?

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When one person talks about assessments, they might mean something different to someone else. The best definition I’ve seen of assessment is from my colleague Eric Shepherd: “any systematic method of obtaining evidence by posing questions to draw inferences about the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and other characteristics of people for a specific purpose.”. Commentary Assessment White paper

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.

SharePoint adopted faster than any other application I’ve ever seen!

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Thought leader interview with Ed Kelty, CIO of Rio Salado College in Arizona, USA. Ed, who are Rio Salado College and what is your role? Rio Salado College is the largest online public community college in the nation with nearly 47,000 students online with a total of nearly 70,000 students. I’m the CIO and Vice President of Information Services at Rio Salado College. What do you use SharePoint for?

What I learned at the European SharePoint Conference, Day 1

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Here’s an update from  from the stimulating European SharePoint Conference in Berlin. There are 800 attendees, a lot of vendors (3 exhibit halls) and many interesting people to talk to. The Estrel Hotel and Conference Center is a good venue, very comfortable and although huge also human. Here are the sessions I attended today: Keynote – Bjørn Olstad – Overview from Microsoft.

How to remember what you’ve learned (at SharePoint conferences and everywhere)

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If you’re attending the SharePoint conference in Anaheim next week or the European SharePoint Conference later in October or any other conference, here’s a question for you: What is the best way to retain the information you learn for the long term? Get a copy of the speaker’s slides and go through them to refresh your memory. Have a beer (SharePint!) Answer a quiz on the material presented.

Embed Quizzes in SharePoint to Engage your Learners: Thought Leader Interview with Peter Jochumzen

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Peter, what do you do at Lund University? I am Director of E-communication and I work half-time as a Professor of Economics and half-time in e-learning projects. I am project leader for our learning platform at Lund University based on SharePoint called Live@Lund. How big is the University? Lund University has about 45,000 students – I think it’s the largest University in Scandinavia. Definitely.

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!

Why choose SharePoint for Education? Thought Leader Interview with Dave Coleman

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Dave is a Microsoft MVP and has been working with SharePoint in education for nearly a decade. talked to him about why people choose SharePoint as a learning platform in schools, colleges and universities. Dave, what is your background in SharePoint? I’ve been using SharePoint in Twynham School in the UK since 2003. So we’re quite mature with the platform. played around previously with SharePoint 2001 as well. That was unusual, shall we say! Do you work for the school or for an independent company? Do you think SharePoint is viable as a VLE (Virtual Learning Environment)? Absolutely.

Quiz on Office 365 SharePoint Online

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I'm looking at the Office 365 beta and it looks fantastic! I can see a lot of organizations deciding to let Microsoft host SharePoint (and Exchange and all the other stuff) for them, so their IT staff can concentrate on adding value

Badges, badges everywhere but not a drop to drink

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One of the potentially exciting improvements in SharePoint 2013 is badges. These allow you to assign reputation to users of community sites – but how do they stack up? Badges are a “ gamification ” concept; you define achievement steps and give the learner a badge as a reward for reaching each step, or you give a badge to recognize achievement. What badges can do. Badge limitations. Summary.

Will learning in SharePoint benefit from the Experience API?

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Although many corporations and colleges, universities and schools use SharePoint for training and education, take-off for SharePoint in learning is still patchy. SharePoint 2013 looks like it will have some education capabilities, but Microsoft are keeping very quiet about them; for some analysis of the client object model in April here or see a November blog from Mike Smith here ). But I wonder if a new e-learning standard called the Experience API might have more impact in getting SharePoint used for learning, particularly in corporate training? Who is behind the Experience API.

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.

Want to use Office 365 for learning? Four ways to use assessments within Office 365

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With Office 365 launched this week, here are four easy ways to include an assessment – quiz, test, exam or survey – within Office 365. These methods all work with SharePoint Online, the SharePoint component of Office 365. 1. Use a SharePoint survey. SharePoint has a native survey capability. You can easily create learning evaluation or other surveys for your colleagues or learners to answer.

New white paper : 14 uses for Assessment in SharePoint

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Questionmark have just published a free white paper, Learning and Assessment on SharePoint. found writing the white paper a great way of working with colleagues to put the informal ideas shared on this blog into a more formal document. The white paper covers SharePoint 2007 (including WSS and MOSS), SharePoint 2010 (including Foundation, Server and Enterprise) and Office 365’s SharePoint Online. And although focused on Questionmark assessments, it should also be interesting to anyone delivering assessments from SharePoint. You can download the white paper here. Enjoy!

New white paper : 14 uses for Assessment in SharePoint

SharePoint and Assessment

Questionmark have just published a free white paper, Learning and Assessment on SharePoint. found writing the white paper a great way of working with colleagues to put the informal ideas shared on this blog into a more formal document. The white paper covers SharePoint 2007 (including WSS and MOSS), SharePoint 2010 (including Foundation, Server and Enterprise) and Office 365’s SharePoint Online. And although focused on Questionmark assessments, it should also be interesting to anyone delivering assessments from SharePoint. You can download the white paper here. Enjoy!

Where do social learning and assessments appear on your SharePoint journey?

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I attended an interesting webinar yesterday including Ryan Duguid, a Senior Product Manager at Microsoft, on “ Unleashing SharePoint 2010 for Records Management, Governance and Compliance ”. The message of the webinar for me was that SharePoint 2010 will meet most record management needs out of the box. So I started to think where do social learning and assessments appear on the SharePoint journey?

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Where do social learning and assessments appear on your SharePoint journey?

SharePoint and Assessment

I attended an interesting webinar yesterday including Ryan Duguid, a Senior Product Manager at Microsoft, on “ Unleashing SharePoint 2010 for Records Management, Governance and Compliance ”. The message of the webinar for me was that SharePoint 2010 will meet most record management needs out of the box. So I started to think where do social learning and assessments appear on the SharePoint journey?

I love SharePoint, so I love to answer questions

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Thanks to sharepointszu for this lovely title quote. After 3 days at the European SharePoint Conference, it’s been really enjoyable meeting people and learning in such an open and friendly environment. feel I’ve learned far more about SharePoint than I can ever retain! But they say that blogging for others (just like taking a test!) What is the latest buzzword? How big is Office 365 going to be?

How SharePoint and Assessments helped the Tooth Fairies one Christmas – a holiday tale

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Did you know the Fairies use SharePoint? Here’s a story about how SharePoint and Assessments came in handy one Christmas. Only the very best Fairies who leave Fairy University are appointed as Tooth Fairies. Tooth Fairies visit all the little children in the world and collect their discarded baby teeth and leave behind some money. She knew she had to do something, but what?

How SharePoint and Assessments helped the Tooth Fairies one Christmas – a holiday tale

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Did you know the Fairies use SharePoint? Here’s a story about how SharePoint and Assessments came in handy one Christmas. Only the very best Fairies who leave Fairy University are appointed as Tooth Fairies. Tooth Fairies visit all the little children in the world and collect their discarded baby teeth and leave behind some money. She knew she had to do something, but what?

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.

What’s a SharePoint Saturday like?

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It’s 6am in London on a Saturday morning, completely dark, no sign of dawn, the only sound I hear is an owl hooting. I’m off to SharePoint Saturday UK, set in the historic town of Nottingham (famous for persecuting Robin Hood, the outlaw noble who stole from the rich to give to the poor). SharePoint Saturdays are community events, free to attend, paid for by low-key sponsors. typical school uses 1.5

SharePoint for Social Learning : Hero or Villain?

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I’ve just read an interesting blog entry by e-learning analyst Craig Weiss, titled “SharePoint – Social Learning Savior?”. Craig suggests that in the corporate world you cannot “toss a rock in any direction without someone mentioning SharePoint as the glorious solution for social learning”. I’m afraid this is definitely true on this blog! His conclusion : “SharePoint can be a solid social learning platform, but unless you understand the challenges and potential pitfalls ahead of time, then you might be in for a quite a surprise”. Commentary Community E-learning Pitfalls Social learning

SharePoint for Social Learning : Hero or Villain?

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I’ve just read an interesting blog entry by e-learning analyst Craig Weiss, titled “SharePoint – Social Learning Savior?”. Craig suggests that in the corporate world you cannot “toss a rock in any direction without someone mentioning SharePoint as the glorious solution for social learning”. I’m afraid this is definitely true on this blog! His conclusion : “SharePoint can be a solid social learning platform, but unless you understand the challenges and potential pitfalls ahead of time, then you might be in for a quite a surprise”. Commentary Debate E-learning Pitfalls Social learning

SharePoint Strong for Showing Student Scores?

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A common use of SharePoint is to let students/candidates log into SharePoint to find out their scores/grades from tests and exams. In schools and colleges, students (and parents) see their own results, and teachers see results from their class. And awarding bodies let candidates and other stakeholders see exam results. Differential security so showing the right results to the right people.

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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.

Measuring Social Learning with Assessments at SharePoint Saturday Belgium

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Bart Hendrickx recently talked at SharePoint Saturday Belgium on Measuring Social Learning with Assessments. I’m pleased to share his slides courtesy of SlideShare and BIWUG (Belux Information Workers Group). Bart Hendrickx measuring-sociallearning-spsbe02. View more presentations from BIWUG. If you have any difficulty viewing the embedded slide show, click here to see it full screen. Enjoy!

Seven ways to stay up-to-date on SharePoint and Assessments

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How do you find the key nuggets of information gold you need amongst all the verbiage on the Internet? Here are some of the ways I stay up to date on SharePoint and Assessments, you can adapt many of these to your specific interests. For specifically SharePoint information, I find Bamboo’s SharePoint Daily a very useful daily email. And you can get daily or weekly updates on these.