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21 Brilliant Resources for Up-skilling Learning Designers (for the Informal & Social Learning Age)


That’s why the instigators of the Serious eLearning Manifesto banded together; too few people were applying good formal learning principles! That said, there are rich skill statements out of places like ASTD and LPI.” – Clark Quinn (in our interview with him). “ As more learning designers become aware of the latest research, through their Personal Learning Networks, it will eventually take hold. The program is from Jane Hart (through The Connected Workplace Consultancy – her joint initiative with Harold Jarche). Karl Kapp. The industry and our clients move slowly.

The Changing Face of Corporate L&D


The transformation from the traditional role of ‘Learning & Development’ to the challenging role of ‘Performance Consulting’ in spite of many obstacles resisting such change! Who are the Performance Consultants Really? : A brilliant post by Andrew Gerkens that explores why performance consulting shouldn’t be limited to L&D practitioners or an L&D solutions mindset.

A showdown between quality eLearning and rapid development? (ASTD 2014)

Web Courseworks

This week, Managing eLearning features another guest post from Andy Hicken, Web Courseworks’ Product Innovation Specialist. ASTD’s International Conference and Exposition is a massive, thoroughly capitalist, and rather carnivalesque convergence of people working in corporate talent development, along with the companies and consultants who sell to them. eLearning elearning quality rapid development smaller contingent of non-corporates also attends, including […].

Some Thoughts On Tablet Learning (aka Elearning On iPads)

Upside Learning

Of late there have been some interesting conversations on the web discussing categorization of tablet learning. R J Jacquez questioned whether elearning on tablets was mobile learning or not. By accepting elearning on iPads is the same as mlearning we’re definitely setting the bar too low. In my opinion if you’re creating elearning primarily for desktops it would be best to use Flash.

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Kaizen, Learning Rebels and the Zombie Apocalypse

Learning Rebels

Changing Learning Rebels from the little blog that could, to the Performance Consultancy site it needed to be. In a decaying (rotting) state, with discolored skin and eyes: The elearning developer stripped of the creative side of their brain staring forlornly at their securely locked computer screen. As you may know, the year 2014 was the year dedicated to the concept of Kaizen.

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2009 Top Posts and Topics: Kapp Notes

Kapp Notes

The ASTD Big question this month is an annual question: What did you learn about learning in 2009? First from eLearning Learning , Here are my top posts. So, I teamed with alumni Robyn Defelice at Dishing Design and updated the article for ASTD. In my consulting practice, I get asked a lot about how to pilot test new technologies within an organization. The Metro DC ASTD chapter asked me to do an interview about audio in e-learning and I linked to the interview and shared some of my notes. I'll comment on the ones that are different than eLearning Learning.)

5 ELearning Career Questions and Answers


As with any profession, it is important to set goals so that you can continue to grow in your skills and abilities as an elearning developer. often receive questions from people via LinkedIn asking for an opinion on how they can earn more as an instructional designer, which certifications to pursue, and how to improve their elearning design skills. elearning instructional design

ROI and Metrics in eLearning

Tony Karrer

I'm working on an article around the use of ROI and metrics in eLearning. I did a quick search for resources and here's what I found. BPM and workflow technologies have been able to achieve significant gains in productivity Metrics Recently, functional managers have begun using eLearning to meet business objectives. Managers look beyond employees to customers, suppliers, and distribution channels -- everyone benefits from seeding eLearning throughout the value chain. thought it would be worth posting this list here. Use EVA instead. ROI is toast. Use EVA instead.

ASTD ICE 2009 -Impressions

Web Courseworks

I’ll confess that I may not have been at the ASTD conference every day this past week, but I do have some impressions of the event I’d like to share. I was pleasantly surprised at the large turn-out (unofficial estimates are somewhere around 8,000), which was comprised of a large contingent of international attendees and probably a good amount of people networking for a job. sensed some of the same vibrancy of those heady days when eLearning exhibits reached several stories high. Elaine is a no-nonsense trainer, consultant, author and grandmother.

MOOCs In Workplace Learning – Part 1: Some Points To Consider


Workplace learning designers, consultants, organizational leaders and change agents, and employees will have to work in collaboration to bring about this shift. Ref: ASTD_TechKnowledge Presentation). Sahana Chattopadhyay  is an L&D Consultant, OD Specialist, Blended Learning Architect, Social Learning Evangelist, and Blogger. MOOCs in Performance Support.

What are you reading for eLearning insight?

Integrated Learnings

If you’re in search of recommended reading for eLearning insight, consider some of these sources of inspiration …. Books about training, consulting, and trendy business topics. Take a moment to browse the online bookstores of the International Society for Performance Improvement ( ISPI ) or the American Society for Training and Development ( ASTD ), and you’ll likely find a year’s worth of reading ideas. ASTD’s Training + Development magazine and ISPI’s Performance Improvement Journal are both examples worth taking a peek at. By Shelley A. Gable. So what do you read?

A showdown between quality eLearning and rapid development? #ASTD2014

Web Courseworks

This week, Managing eLearning features another guest post from Andy Hicken, Web Courseworks’ Product Innovation Specialist. ASTD’s International Conference and Exposition is a massive, thoroughly capitalist, and rather carnivalesque convergence of people working in corporate talent development, along with the companies and consultants who sell to them. Read it here.

Learning Solutions #LScon: Stephanie Daul on gaming and eLearning

Ignatia Webs

Live from the Morning Buzz session on gaming and eLearning with Stephanie Daul. Before starting Stephanie asked the audience what games they use in their eLearning (if any). We need to get easy gaming going, learning from our own lives and translating it into the online learning ASTD technology : multiple game of thumb-wars. games mLearning eLearning conferences

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Designer as Consultant?

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Friday, February 08, 2008 Instructional Designer as Consultant? With the rise of rapid eLearning tools and the ease with which virtually anyone can now create a course, whats changing for the instructional designer? SMEs using rapid eLearning tools)? Is this whats happening?

The Top 7 L&D Pinterest Boards

Voice of Clarity

Most of the boards emphasize eLearning and technology and surprisingly, many of the pinners are outside of the U.S. Tyler, a self-described storyteller, training professional and INFP, has an L&D board that features the new ASTD T&D competency model, the Hermann Brain Dominance model and graphics illustrating Myers-Briggs types. SHIFT eLearning. This eLearning tool company has a number of Pinterest boards dedicated to eLearning. Pinterest has become popular for collecting fashion designs, recipes and craft ideas. Tim Tyler. Tomasz Jankowski -.

Clark Quinn – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


After an academic career, Dr. Quinn served as an executive in online and elearning initiatives and has an international reputation as a speaker and scholar, with four books and numerous articles and chapters to his credit. What would be your advice to budding learning professionals who aspire to consider consulting as a career option? The US Department of Education study that found eLearning superior to face-to-face had a thoughtful caveat, where it proposed that the improvement was not owing to the medium, but to the chance to step back and rethink the opportunity.

Stop Evaluating Training!

Upside Learning

"So how do you evaluate the success of eLearning that you create?" As a learning solutions vendor, I’ve been asked this question countless times and have also encountered it in many an RFP. Look at training as a business driver rather than a staff benefit, and L&D as a consultant who truly wants to help you improve your department’s performance. eLearning

Flavors of eLearning Design (ooh baby, it's a wide world)

The Learning Circuits

I met for coffee this past week with someone who’s looking to break into the elearning industry. Here’s where I see elearning going down these days: Corporate Training and Performance Improvement Internal L&D departments and vendors designing and developing online learning programs for use within corporate organizations. Leadership Training for Corporate: You look at the ASTD ICE expo list and it’s filled with loads of leadership consulting and training companies. K-12: Lots of elearning happening in the school sector. Start poking around here.

ASTD Big Question: Working effectively with subject matter experts

Adventures in Corporate Education

The topic for ASTD’s September Big Question is working with SMEs. When I talk to another SME, I am either talking to the engineer who wrote the software, a Technical Consultant who helps customers figure out how to implement the software into their environments, or a Professional Services person who actually goes and installs the product at the customer site. Does it work to have SMEs create rapid eLearning? Is it really wise to have an engineer writing elearning? Before I start let me explain how we do this at EMC. Respect their time. then yes. love that!

Are You Qualified to Build E-Learning Courses?

Rapid eLearning

In a recent post I made this comment about rapid elearning tools: Rapid elearning played a role in the evolution of elearning mostly because it took course creation out of the hands of a few programmers and placed it into the hands of anyone who wanted to create a course. We may say “elearning course” but it’s a term used loosely. The same goes for elearning.

Don’t drink the informal learning snake oil

Jay Cross

The Tragedy of eLearning. The 1999 Online Learning conference in Los Angeles was ground zero for eLearning. CBT CBT Systems told the world it was being reincarnated as SmartForce, the eLearning Company. When we unveiled signs at the SmartForce booth, we were the only vendor who mentioned eLearning in the crowded exhibition area. The term eLearning is now meaningless.

How to Determine Your Online Training Budget


In the book, Return on Learning , Accenture showed evidence that consultants who completed more training were more billable than consultants who took less training. ” According to two studies, one from Bersin by Deloitte and one from ASTD , organizations on average spend about $1,000 per employee per year. What training role should we hire first? Start with a Benchmark.

Stats on Workplace Learning

Marcia Conner

Although formal training accounts for only a small percentage of learning , unless noted specifically, the stats here relate to formal training, meaning that managed by a training department, usually through classes or online education (elearning) programs. ASTD estimates that U.S. Organizations described by ASTD as BEST  excel at weaving learning into the corporate culture.

An Easy Way to Build Branched Scenarios for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Part of the discussion revolved around designing some simple scenario strategies to move the projects away from linear elearning and towards meaningful interactivity. As I’ve shared before, I like to use what I call the “3C model” to construct my scenarios or interactive elearning. Some elearning courses are more like marketing pieces. Performance Consulting. Tidbits.


Small Businesses: How to Get Started with E-Learning (Without Blowing Your Budget)


ASTD’s Learning Circuits just published their annual survey of E-Learning Trends and, being the training geek that I am, I’ve taken some time to compare last year’s survey with the current survey to spot trends that may impact my work and inform my interactions with clients. Online Training e-learning elearning eLearning Development small business tip training

The Only Person Who Behaves Sensibly Is My Tailor

Performance Learning Productivity

We measure how many people have attended a class or completed an eLearning module, or read a document or engaged in a job swap or in a coaching relationship. Attending a course or completing an eLearning module tells us little apart from the fact that some activity occurred. ATD has been producing this annual report for years (originally as the ASTD). Apparently not. itashare

Introducing May Guest Blogger Allison Rossett

The Learning Circuits

May’s blogger has been a steadfast friend and contributor to ASTD. Her official bio reads something like this: Dr. Allison Rossett, long-time Professor of Educational Technology at San Diego State University, is a consultant in learning and technology-based performance. member of Training magazine’s HRD Hall of Fame, Allison serves on the Board for the Elearning Guild and Chief Learning Officer magazine. Allison served on the ASTD International Board and more recently received ASTD’s recognition for lifelong contributions to workplace learning and performance.

Accidents Do Happen

The Learning Circuits

My new job title: “instructional designer.” I’d never even heard the term, but here I was—off to the races—in what’s turned into a rather healthy career in elearning. 16 years later I’m still at it, designing elearning programs for the (mostly) corporate market. How did you end up designing elearning programs? And while elearning design isn’t all that, it’s sometimes a whole lot more. read books about business and consulting. Elearning people tend to be pretty passionate. Look at lots and lots of elearning programs for inspiration? Good stuff.

These Simple Tips Will Help You Build the Right E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

It’s really an issue with a lot of training and elearning programs. Recognize that elearning courses aren’t the objective. It’s easy to be seduced by solutions because these seem tangible and active, especially with the simple and quick authoring of rapid elearning tools. No matter how hard you try, the elearning course won’t fill those gaps. Performance Consulting.


Kirkpatrick Revisited | Social Learning Blog

Social Learning

with a post-test to measure learning for the entire program. I can now see how Level 2 can be used to evaluate role-based eLearning and instructor-led training. So I went to the workshop.  I wanted to get a more in-depth knowledge of the four levels and where the next generation, Kirkpatrick’s son James, was taking them. Kirkpatrick is now saying that we need to start with Level 4. training?to

Do You Have the Skills to Succeed?

Rapid eLearning

In a recent post, I shared my recent webinar with the E-Learning Guild and some of the conversation we had around rapid elearning. When I first started with elearning we’d have a team of people working on projects. Most of the people I talk with usually work by themselves and mostly responsible for all parts of the course development from content design to the graphics and then the conversion to elearning. While today’s software has made the job easier, but it’s also made it more challenging for the person who has to develop and deliver elearning courses. Read Books.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Essential Reading for Instructional Design?

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. As an instructional designer/eLearning professional, what books are the essential tools in your reference library ? Also, "Efficiency in Learning" covers some of the same territory as "Elearning and the Science of Instruction" but is more recent. These are my current faves.

3 Simple Ways to Measure the Success of Your E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

At a recent session someone asked, “How do I measure the success of my elearning?”. While we may all use words like “elearning” we don’t always mean the same thing. On top of that, just because it’s built with an elearning tool doesn’t mean that the output is really an elearning course. Many organizations use the rapid elearning tools just to share information.

Sales eLearning – 21 Great Resources

Tony Karrer

I was asked about approaches for eLearning for Sales People. I’ve had quite a bit of experience with this and actually one of my very first projects was creating a pretty incredible eLearning solutions for Lexus sales people. Of course, it’s such a big topic that I decided to cheat and quickly point the person to eLearning Learning and particular to eLearning Sales , eLearning Sales Metrics , Sales eLearning Case Studies , and Sales Performance Support. We’ve been tasked with converting their Retail Sales Training seminar into an eLearning package.