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My Favorite e-Learning Infographics

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Summary: Christopher Pappas posted links to 10 Awesome Infographics About e-Learning. looked at all ten and here are the three I liked best. The first infographic below discusses the principles of adult learning. Of course, this isn’t all that could be said about the topic, but the information Nicole gives here is generally consistent with the empirical evidence. Guess who wins?

#DevLearn-313: A New Agile Model – Leaving ADDIE Behind

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Summary: Michael discussed the reasons why we should replace the ADDIE model with Successive Approximation, and how Successive Approximation improves the learning experience. This session was presented by Michael Allen, Chairman and CEO, Allen Interactions. While there have been many adaptations of ADDIE, many of them were made before today’s tools, challenges, and opportunities.

#LCBQ: Does Gamification Have a Role in Workplace Learning?

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Summary: Yes, there’s not only a role for “gamification” in e-learning but the revolution (as I define it) is already well underway! October’s Big Question on the Learning Circuits Blog has to do with gamification and its possible role in workplace learning. Does it have a role? In this post, I’ll weigh in on that question but only as it applies to formal e-learning. Sites like Gamify and Badgeville perpetuate this kind of definition. The problem is that this definition doesn’t go far enough. There are other problems too. Learning Best Practice.

Kevin Mulvihill Now A Featured Writer On eLearning Learning

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Summary: I’m honored and privileged to announce that I am now one of the featured writers on eLearning Learning. You may have noticed the little badge on the bottom right of this blog that says I’m now one of ‘s featured writers! This also means that my blog content here at Sudden Insight is available directly through their site. Other

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.

#DevLearn-607: Methods for Designing Serious Games

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Summary: Dexter and Geoff discussed a variety of methods for developing serious games, and introduced the audience to their now-free game engine. This session was presented by Dexter Chow, Chief Creative Officer, and Geoff Beckstrom, Lead Technical Writer; both are from GarageGames. There is market demand for serious games in the consumer and educational markets. Real-world game design methods.

#DevLearn-704: Designing eLearning that Gains and Keeps Learner Attention

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Summary: Dan provided a variety of techniques and examples to show how we can gain and keep our learner’s attention. This session was presented by Dan Myers, Manager of Instructional Design, The Cheesecake Factory. Today’s learners are faced with distractions – text messages, status updates, phone calls, tweets, and e-mail. These distractions are constant and are not going away.

#DevLearn-GS5: Dayna Steele – 101 Ways to Rock for Success

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Summary: Dayna provided a number of techniques to make us more successful in life. In the music industry, the term “going platinum” is synonymous with success. Are you creating platinum eLearning? If not, maybe some rock n’ roll inspiration will help. Her latest book is 101 Ways to Rock Your World. But you must also know the passions of your audience. Homework : Do your homework. But keep it brief.

#DevLearn-409: Soft-Skills Simulations – A Road Map for Success

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Summary: Frito-Lay built a compelling soft-skills simulation using mostly-traditional branching techniques and Articulate Storyline. This session was presented by Chris Ayers, President and CEO, Yukon Learning, and Marvin Mullins, Project Manager, Frito-Lay. Project Background. Frito-Lay has a very structured program that consists of multiple learning events for new hires. Development Process.

Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

#DevLearn-212: Taking Video to the Next Level

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Summary: Mark tells simple stories through his videos and uses compelling, entertaining characters to tell them. This session was presented by Mark Locke, Multimedia Training Specialist, ServPro Industries, Inc. Video is everywhere and at our fingertips – literally. But of the companies that use video, many aren’t using it to its full potential. What we need to get started. DevLearn 2012

#DevLearn-GS1: Jon Landau – Innovation in Avatar and What Lies Ahead

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Summary: Jon Landau made the case for innovation in e-learning, and also discussed the need to generate an emotional reaction. Jon Landau embraces technology so aggressively and successfully that he’s earned an Academy Award and two Golden Globes for his work producing the two highest-grossing movies of all-time, Avatar and Titanic. We have to be willing to fail to succeed. DevLearn 2012

#DevLearn-113: Applying the Magic of Hollywood to e-Learning

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Summary: Tom argued that quality is all that matters. We should strive for higher production values and shorter trainings that more fully engage our learners. This session was presented by Tom Graunke, Co-Founder and CEO, Stormwind. Why do we remember many details of a three-minute movie trailer? Because it’s exciting and engaging. The goal is to create raving fans! Why do we do this, he asks?

Book Review: Design For How People Learn

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Summary: Written by a master instructional designer, this is a fun, easy read that teaches experienced designers as well as newbies. Highly recommended. Julie Dirksen knows her stuff. As a former staffer with Allen Interactions, she’s been around the best and was obviously paying attention. This is not a college textbook, folks. You will create smart e-learning. Organizational Structure.

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.

eLearning Learning Partners with Training Magazine Network

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Summary: eLearning Learning is now providing content for the Training Magazine Network. Training Magazine Network has just announced a partnership with eLearning Learning to bring together their extensive content and community offerings to form the largest e-learning site on the Web. He’s also a fellow blogger and you’ll see a link to his site on my Blogroll at right. Other

Why Articulate Storyline Has Already Become My Go-To Authoring Tool

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Summary: With Storyline, you get the simplicity you want with the flexibility and power you need. Whether you’re building simple information-based courses or the most critical performance-based trainings, you’ll benefit from the rich capabilities of this forthcoming tool. friend asked me what all the fuss was about concerning Articulate Storyline, a new desktop authoring tool. Power.

#astdTK12: Immersive Learning Simulations – Cutting Through the Hype

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Summary: At ASTD’s TechKnowledge 2012, Steven Villachica and Deborah Stone defined immersive learning simulations, offered four tips for building them, and then discussed a simulation they had built together. Steven and Deborah defined an immersive learning simulation loosely, in my opinion. Learners should be engaged at the problem or task level, not just the operational or action level.

#astdTK12: Stuart Crabb Opening Keynote

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Summary: Stuart Crabb runs L&D for Facebook and, together with other senior leaders, has crafted a unique culture that inspires excellence and pervasive job satisfaction with their Gen Y staff. Facebook is one of the leading companies on the planet today and they continue to excel even as competitors attempt to catch up to both their business model and market share. Characteristics.

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.

#astdTK12: Yawn-Proof Your e-Learning

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Summary: Cammy Bean provided tips for making our e-learning yawn-proof. Finding yourself a bit bored with the e-learning you’ve been creating lately? Cammy Bean offered some tips to jazz up our e-learning courses in this informative session at ASTD TechKnowledge 2012. It was nice-looking, professional-level training. Be conversational. Courses should have stories.

#astdTK12: Tony Bingham and Jane McGonigal Opening Keynote

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Summary: In their opening keynotes to the ASTD TechKnowledge 2012 conference, Tony Bingham and Jane McGonigal emphasized the need for collaborative and game-based approaches in our future e-learning projects. Tony Bingham, current ASTD national president, discussed the power of collaboration in his keynote. And nearly everyone is connected through some sort of smart device. Contentment. Excitement.

#astdTK12: Instructional Design for a Semantic Web

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Summary: Reuben Tozman introduced the non-technical instructional designer to the principles of the semantic web and presented general areas of interest where instructional designers can begin learning new design skills. Reuben Tozman led a very thought-provoking session on how instructional design should change to integrate more effectively with the coming “semantic” web.

#astdTK12: The ASTD 2012 TechKnowledge Conference is Ready to Begin!

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Summary: The conference begins in the morning and I’m attending! Look for new posts on content for the balance of the week! There were some pre-conference workshops to start the week but I skipped those. Regular conference sessions begin in the morning and I’ll be there to update you on the latest trends and topics. ASTD TechKnowledge 2012 Conferences

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.

RIP: @TerrenceWing

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Summary: Terrence Wing was the consummate professional and still had so much to give to the learning and development community. He will be missed. Friday afternoon I received an email from ASTD and opened it as I normally do without thinking too much about what might be inside. just figured it would be training-related and it turned out it was, but in a very sad way. liked him. Other

My Top 3 Free Stock Art Sites for e-Learning

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Summary: My top 3 free stock art sites are Every Stock Photo, Creative Commons and Dreamstime. Here are my top 3 favorite sites for stock art that is free to use in my e-learning projects. Since I work as a consultant developing e-learning for different clients, I always have a budget associated with a project, and I always include third party graphic assets in that budget. Every Stock Photo.

My Top 3 Paid Stock Art Sites for e-Learning

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Summary: My top 3 paid stock art sites are iStockPhoto, Fotolia and Shutterstock. Here are my top 3 favorite sites for stock art that I must pay to use in my e-learning projects. I’ll list my top 3 sites for free graphics in a later post. In my courses, I tend to use visual elements on just about every content screen, but I frequently find myself creating my own artwork for these screens. Fotolia.

DevLearn 2011: My Impressions

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Summary: DevLearn is a great place for e-learning developers to gather and compare notes, and meet their peers. Prepare for the conference properly, and you will maximize the benefit of being there. attended the DevLearn conference in Las Vegas last week. I had a great time, and met a number of my peers, including some whose work I’ve respected for years – people like Ruth Clark, Michael Allen and Clark Quinn. The Pre-Conference Workshop. The workshop didn’t disappoint. Great job, Ruth! Her e-learning best practices absolutely run the gamut of everything we do. product.

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.

The Future Role of Learning & Development


I’ve just returned from the ASU GSV Summit this week in San Diego, CA. The summit is THE event for Education Technology companies, practitioners, and investors. This year 3500 people from all over the world converged in lovely San Diego to discuss (and envision) the next major transformational innovations in EdTech. It was a fascinating discussion covering a wide range of topics around the future of corporate learning and skills development. One particularly interesting discussion point touched on the future role of the Learning & Development (L&D) organization within corporations.

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8 Best Practices For Designing Gamified eLearning Experiences


How To Design Gamified eLearning Experiences. There isn’t any doubt that gamification holds a prominent place in the future of eLearning. This comes as no surprise, thanks to the fact that gamified eLearning courses boost learner engagement , increase motivation , and trigger their competitive nature. Determine WHY And HOW To Gamify Your eLearning Course. Go Beyond Leaderboards.

Increase Course Performance with These 7 Tips for Bite-Sized eLearning


How You Can Deliver Highly Effective Courses Through Bite-Sized eLearning. From hectic work schedules to lack of motivation , there are plenty of obstacles that modern learners must overcome in order to build skills and absorb new information. Fortunately, they have technology on their side, and they know how to use it. Stick To One Subject. Take A Spaced eLearning Approach. START A TRIAL.

Top 5 Learning Technology Trends for 2016

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New Year is coming and we all are at the edge of planning and redefining a lot of things, so do the businesses and their learning departments. If there is something quite certain about the future, it’s the emerging eLearning. In this article, we would explore what’s in the store for the novel learning methods in 2016. Trend # 1 Automation. Trend # 2 Augmented Learning. Trend # 3 Big Data.

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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.

eLearning: Interactive vs. Engaging

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Sally Cox    People love to talk about how they want their eLearning courses to be interactive, but to be really effective eLearning, it has to do more than just interact with the learner; it has to engage them.    Just adding a simple button is interactive, but it's not engaging the learner. No learning here!  Therefore, I engaged them.   Learn. Then Do.