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Emotions Controlled

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Some people would say that the word ‘Control’ could be interpreted as negative or aggressive. While this may be true, when we talk about emotional intelligence it becomes an incredibly important word, especially around expressing emotions. Difficult interactions can result in difficult outcomes. Do you confront, defend, or retreat? However, is there a long term effect?

mLearning: Smartphone statistics and the impact they have on learning

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We are all aware of the growth of the smartphone industry and whether consciously or not, are now witnessing the impact this is having on learning. Mobile learning (mlearning) has been around for a long time and I remember seeing the first mlearning course on a ‘Palm’ PDA in 2002. It is not just fantastic technology that’s bringing mlearning to the forefront; it is the user and their behaviours.

Shaping an eLearning Solution

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Developing elearning tends to focus on three areas – content, design and technology, which really is a given, but there is no strategic substance to focus our vision and desired outcomes. Making elearning work is a challenge, and I know from experience that there is very little emphasis placed on the people who will be taking the learning! Accessibility. Application. Engagement. Accessibility.

What is eLearning: Part 1 – An Overview

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Last week, between meetings, we had another one of our café conversations. We were discussing the elearning industry when a question was raised: ‘Do people really understand what elearning is?’ The answer of course is yes! But a definition of elearning is not enough for people to fully understand it. There is almost a science around elearning and how to make it work. For any organisation, whether a lifelong implementer or at the ‘thinking about it’ stage, elearning is one of the most important investments in people that can be made. What is eLearning? What is eLearning?

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What eLearning Strategy?

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I had a conversation with someone recently (we will call her Ann) who gave me her view of elearning within her organisation. We didn’t talk much about the look and feel of the elearning solutions she encountered, but more about the ability to access the learning. She wasn’t complaining, she loves her work, but she needs to learn. She then proceeded to tell me about the ‘time’ constraints!

Learning in your Pocket!!

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Introduction. This title has been on my mind for some time now as I feel it is going to become a very important strategy for the elearning world. Whilst I cannot claim to coin the phrase (Learning in your Pocket), I can however give you my interpretation of what it could mean for the future of elearning. We believe that mobile learning is going to play a significant role in our industry today, it is really important that we understand the power of the mobile technology world and what we need to do to avoid delivering meaningless content. Some Mobile Stats. 10% of this time on Entertainment.

Learning interaction – or lack of!!

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Jodie and I were sitting in a famous coffee house recently, discussing the elearning industry. While I was ‘definitely’ focused on our discussion, I noticed that there was a new starter training session going on. We were sitting very close so I could see everything, and I was amazed to see how poor the delivery of training was. It reminded me of the saying – if you want to get something done – then do it yourself. At no point did the trainer allow the new starter to do any of this. What was wrong? The issue with learning for me is the battle between being engaged ‘v’ being a bystander.

eLearning Part 4 – Learner Perceptions and eLearning Delivery

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The success of elearning can be attributed to the quality of what is created and delivered. However, the constant changes in media technology and our ever evolving ‘information accessing’ behaviour is certainly testing the viability of any created elearning solution. Mistakes are already being made with mobile learning. Your mobile learning strategy should understand app and device interactions.

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eLearning Part 3 – What does elearning look like today?

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The shape of elearning is constantly changing. With recent developments in media technology, elearning will start a new evolution that will be influenced by key drivers such as smartphone technology. This is not to say that elearning as we know it will no longer be viable. We have gone far beyond trying to prove elearning as a viable solution. It is not just mobile learning making its impact felt.

Learning Light’s eLearning Market Review 2014

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Learning Light has recently released their 4th report on the state of the elearning market, with a focus on UK, rest of Europe and China. This is a comprehensive report that includes detailed information on how elearning is evolving. Maybe when Tin Can becomes a commonly used function of SCORM this will be easier to track and analyse. Others are not”.

Welcome to Zephyr’s Blog

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The EmoteControl team (Zephyr and University of Bradford) discussing, planning and strategising the development of Emotional Intelligence within the learning technology world. Our blog will take you through our journey to date, the importance of EI, our views of Emotion Detection, and all other aspects relating to Emotions and Emotional Intelligence. Keep watching this space for more updates

Managers – good or bad?

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There is great hope and expectation within a company when a manager is met for the first time, especially when it is in a public assembly. The smiles, the head nodding, the ‘let’s work together’ and ‘I will make it happen’ statements, the use of first name terms and the feeling of togetherness makes for an unbelievable working environment. Is it unbelievable? Well unfortunately in many cases YES! We have come to see that stress levels and attrition rates have hit very high levels. More people are taking long term illness due to stress in the work place. Where is it all coming from? Manager.

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The right person for the right job

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During my many years within the elearning industry I have found that the process of recruitment is consistently bad. What I mean by this is, we contract recruitment agencies and pay their percentage fee just to receive a Curriculum Vitae. This might seem a bit harsh, but my understanding of contracting a person or agency is based on the fact that you want them to do the work with you. When you are dealing with an agency, ask yourself the following questions: Do they understand my business? Do they understand my department? Do they understand the projects we do? Do they know what I need?

What makes elearning work?

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I have often thought about this question, especially at the start of every project – what will make this elearning solution work. It is a difficult question to answer as there is no real generic answer, it does depend on a number of key factors: Objectives – more than just learning objectives, but also focusing on the business reasons for elearning. Learners – Who are they? How do they work? What is their performance issue? Infrastructure – the very important to decision making factor in determining what is the desired solution to what is the realistic solution.

The changing skill set of the learning professional

Clive on Learning

Skills define us. They are what make us useful and productive. They are the foundation of our achievements. On our death bed, it is our skills that we will reflect on with pride. These could be physical skills – our ability to knit jumpers, drive vehicles, perform gymnastics, play the violin, cook tasty food, swim or make beautiful furniture. Yes, skills are what make us what we are. Not convinced?

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Microlearning: What It Is and What It Isn’t

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Last month, we published the results from our 2017 Learning and Remembering Survey. In the survey, we asked respondents to tell us what learning trends or new training delivery methods they are most excited about for 2017. The number one answer? Microlearning. 18% of respondents said they’re excited about microlearning for the year ahead. Some use short videos. Many turn to bite-sized games.

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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.

Curated Insights: Writing Good Questions

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Can you write a good multiple choice question? After all, this is a foundational skill for a modern L&D pro, especially in large organizations that use a lot of online content. Unfortunately, it sounds a lot easier than it is. I’m confident that many of the questions we push to our employees every day are bad. And I mean BAD. Can you answer these 6 questions about multiple choice questions?

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4 Writing Principles Every eLearning Designer Should Know

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By Kody Jackson, Instructional Writer. In my time as a university teaching assistant (TA), I saw a lot of bad writing. Clauses hanging all over the place, dangling participles, comma splices…a veritable side-show horror of prose. Let’s go through my writing steps guaranteed to make you sound better. We’ll start with the following passage.

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Seven 2017 Learning Trends: Novel or Norm?

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At the start of a new year – or the end of an old one – we love to read about trends. Articles on trends can be fun reads, but do they really help us see the future? Do trends really matter? I’ll let you decide. I went back and found a 1998 ATD (then ASTD) State of the Industry report. Electronic Performance Support Systems (Interesting fact: Google was founded in September 1998.). Intranets.

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7 eLearning Design Trends for 2017

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Working as a designer for eLearning courses and templates at eLearning Brothers means that I need to constantly stay on top of the latest trends in both web development and graphic design. There are lots of places to get inspiration out there, and after some research, I’ve come up with seven trends that will see a lot of use in 2017. Modern-Retro Design. Minimalism. Failure Mapping.

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Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose

Navigating the ever-changing world of eLearning can be a challenge, but many people are finding a way to manage it, as well as a clear path forward. With Learning Insights, you can develop an even clearer sense of purpose, taking your vision to reality.

9 Tips To Maximize Employee Involvement In Online Training Development

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Employees are the ones who have to take your online training. So, it’s only fitting that they have a direct say in your online training initiatives. This article explores 9 ways that you can maximize employee involvement in online training development. How To Maximize Employee Involvement In Online Training Development. Many employees dread online training. Schedule A Meet-And-Greet Webinar.

3 Free Apps for Supporting Learning After Training Events

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The most important part of training is what happens AFTER the training. Reality (aka science) dictates that people can only ingest and retain so much information, regardless of how well-designed a learning activity may be. Therefore, L&D strategy cannot stop at delivery. Mobile Learning 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

I’m Speaking at LS Con

Experiencing eLearning

I’m presenting a session on Avoiding Voice Over Script Pitfalls. for the eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions Conference. If you’re attending the conference, it’s session LS403 on Wednesday afternoon. Unfortunately, I’m opposite Michael Allen and several other promising sessions. Sigh.) If you’re planning to attend the conference, I hope to meet you in person.

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Top Learning Trends for 2017 (according to the experts)

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It’s the beginning of the new year—the perfect time to evolve corporate learning within your organization. So, to help you kick-start your thinking, and maybe even inspire you to try something new, we thought we’d give you the inside scoop on the top learning trends expected to surface in 2017. After all, they’ve got their finger on the pulse and definitely know their stuff! Josh Bersin. Karl Kapp.

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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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Is eLearning Dead? Is Instructional Design Dying with It?

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Death of Self-Pace eLearning. In a report published in August 2016 by Sam Adkins of Ambient Insight a declaration is made that self-paced eLearning is in a death spiral: The worldwide five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for self-paced eLearning is distinctly negative at -6.4%; global revenues for self-paced courseware are dropping fast. billion, down slightly from the $46.9 billion.

Becoming a Learning Culture: Competing in an Age of Disruption

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(This article was initially posted on the Hospitality eResources blog on February 7, 2017.). All industries are undergoing enormous change, mostly due to new technologies, globalization, and a very diverse workforce. For example, in the hospitality industry smartphones put scheduling and reservations at our fingertips, literally. Apps give us car services and meals on-demand – no waiting.

2016 Reflections on Games and Gamification for Learning

Kapp Notes

In my work with games and gamification I have the opportunity to travel around the globe talking to folks who are working on various aspects of games and gamification from vendors to practitioners to consultants. During this year, I’ve seen a number of universal trends that are worth noting. Continued Strong Interest in Gamification and Game-based Learning. growing to $11.10 billion in 2015.

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As an eLearning designer wouldn’t it be great if you could take charge of your eLearning environment right from storyboarding your ideas to generating responsive eLearning courses to being able to effectively deploy and track your learners’ performance?

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.