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How to Solve 3 Instructional Design Problems

Everything E-Learning

Sound the winner’s circle music–here are three common problems and ways get the gold. Micromanaging or indecisive clients can be frustrating, but remember that you both share the same end goal–creating the best learning. My favorite place to beat the block is the Trivantis® Community. Are you experiencing instructional design problems? Blank Page Paralysis.

Communities of Inquiry

Nick Leffler

I want to preface this post with the following information: Before a few days ago I had never heard the term Community of Inquiry, which is exactly why I’ve chosen to write and learn about it. Why Communities of Inquiry. Other models we could choose from were: Networked learning (familiar). Personal learning networks (very familiar). Anderson, A. Butler, R.,

Shifting from Trainer to Community Manager

Bottom-Line Performance

But where does this leave the learning and development department? Much maligned after years of instructor led training, powerpoint presentations, and “click next” eLearning courses, it’s time for Learning and Development to step up. The same paradigm shift is happening in learning. We need to shift our mindset from trainer to community manager.

Community and Collaborative Learning

Social Learning

In Kenya, she said, everyone is very community-focused; but here, in the United States, we function as completely separate individuals. She described how she and her Kenyan friends get together frequently for an entire day to cook, talk, braid each other’s hair, and learn things from each other. Learning has also become less community-based in the United States. 

New research explores the common myths and realities around the 70:20:10 learning model

in learning and development and 1,600 learners. new approach to learning that aligns with the. reality of how their people learn and develop. many years: that people learn and retain more. that’s powered by social and informal learning. Moreover, accessibility to digital learning and. 70:20:10 learning model. Learning in the workflow 19.

Social Technology, Community Management and Organizational Development

ID Reflections

wanted to set the premise for what is to come in the months and years ahead.and where do we come in as learning and organizational development specialists. Create organizations that are nimble, constantly learning, conversing and listening. Community Directors/Managers/Facilitators will become a key role in developing a successful social business. And this happened around 2000.

Solving Your Development Issues in the Adobe Captivate Community

eLearning Brothers

Did you know each major eLearning authoring tool has a thriving community of eLearning developers constantly asking and answering questions about your burning development issues? Even if there is a small chance you are the only one on the entire planet that has a specific development issue, why aren’t you using asking the community? This is by far one of my favorite tips.

From Instructional Design to Enterprise Community Facilitation

ID Reflections

It has been a long and exciting journey so far, dotted with exciting projects, some wonderful clients, and a tremendous amount of learning. An instructional designer by profession who started her career anlayzing learner needs, creating micro-design documents, writing story-boards and discussing the nitty-gritty of course navigation with visual designers, I have long been interested in the power of social, collaborative and informal learning. Learning--especially in today's workplace beset with complexity, rapid change, and new challenges--as we knew it was changing.

Social Technology, Community Management & Organizational Development


wanted to set the premise for what is to come in the months and years ahead…and where do we come in as learning and organizational development specialists. Create organizations that are nimble, constantly learning, conversing and listening. In an earlier post, I had emphasized the importance of L&D to don the mantle of community management. Scary?

New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends

Research Summary 2016 Learning Technology Study: Summary of Top Findings The technology employed to deliver Learning and Development has grown increasingly varied and complex. new learning experiences – so much so that technology has become the top L&D priority. different technologies surpassed even the learning strategy as the top focus over the next 12 months. forward.

ZaidLearn: A Free Learning Tool for Every Learning Problem?


Free Learning Tool for Every Learning Problem? 101 Free Learning Tools OpenCourseWare and Open Educational Resources Free EduGames Printer-Friendly Version Lets explore the idea that there is at least one excellent free learning tool (or site) for every learning problem, need or issue! Elgg Learning Management System ( LMS )? Learning)?

hold space for complex problems

Learning and Working on the Web

But we need to first prepare people – individuals, families, communities – to be adaptable in dealing with technological and demographic changes, in a globalized, resource-challenged world. While not all of our problems are complex, the simpler issues are being dealt with. In addition to structures, we need new practices that helps us address complex problems.

What Problem Are You Trying To Solve?

In the Middle of the Curve

needed an outside eye to provide feedback on my initial attempts at a learning architecture. While we were talking, I asked Aaron about developing a community of practice. You need to ask yourself two questions: What problem are you trying to solve? This is the binder that will hold the community together." How does working together solve it?

Social Learning vs. Communities of Practice

Janet Clarey

When it comes to the terms “Social Learning” and “Communities of Practice”, many people in the corporate learning realm are confused, myself included. Are Social Learning and Communities of Practice different? Social Learning. People in corporations are picking up Social Learning as one of the latest learning “buzzwords” without really knowing what it means. Here’s what I think Social Learning means: Social LearningLearning by observing, conversing, or questioning. Communities of Practice. technologies.

eLearning Content Development: 6 Steps to Create a Learning Problem Statement


Remember, adult learners only spend time, effort and money on learning experiences that have a direct impact in their real lives. Before plunging into an eLearning course development process with your team, spend some time developing a formal problem statement. Let’s determine the research-worthiness of a problem and the steps to create a clear learning problem statement.

DevLearn 2014 – It’s a Wrap (and it’s all about community): Featuring Meg Bertapelle

Learning Rebels

Last week #chat2LRN hosted a twitter chat based on the DevLearn/ Personal Learning Network experience.  This chat brings home the importance of having a PLN.  I would even make the argument that it’s more a Personal Learning Community than a network (which conjures up visions of a strange form of speed dating, strangers passing around business cards hoping for a connection).

The hard problems in eLearning

Viplav Baxi Meanderings

Low use of collaboration/networked learning tools & communities. Increased demand on the student’s capability for self-directed learning. Credibility / value perception of learning for employers or for credit transfers by traditional institutions. For example, I am getting convinced that more than anything else, the capability & motivation of the learner to learn, is the most limiting factor. We see a lot of power laws in the real world of learning – where a few students participate heavily and the largest number contribute to the long tail.

Six Tenets of Community Management: Learnings

ID Reflections

Ihave been somewhat lazy but I also deliberately stayed away from posting as Itried to consolidate and synthesise all that I was learning. have beenplaying the role of an enterprise community manager for some time now—6 monthsto be precise—and thought it would be a good idea to jot down my learnings fromthe past few months. This post is directed towards new community managers, whohave recently donned the mantle of community management and are perhaps findingthat there are more things to do than one had thought of. Yes, I just used the word.

Communities of practice enable the integration of work and learning

Learning and Working on the Web

COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE. Complex problems require more implicit knowledge, which cannot be codified. Learning is part of work, not separate from it. Communities of practice enable the integration of work & learning. So what is a community of practice? One is not appointed by management to join a community of practice. InternetTime

Connecting with Communities of Practice

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet This month, The Learning Circuits blog asks how do we break down organizational walls when it comes to learning? One way to look at this problem is to see what kind of work needs to get done in the organization. Communities of Practice, supported by skilled community managers and appropriate knowledge-sharing tools can bridge these two areas.

Find out if social learning chemistry works for you!

Origin Learning

How to provide just-in-time learning modules customized to the needs of an organization? How to make learning fun, engaging , and collaborative for a distributed workforce? Which brings us to the question as to the start of how to craft, design, and lay the foundation of using the social media platform as an effective engagement tool in the sphere of learning? Why do we say so?

I Believe in the Importance of a Personal Learning Network

Tom Spiglanin

When I started using Twitter for my professional growth and development, I didn’t realize that I was also starting to build my personal learning network. simply found myself tweeting at a learning and development conference using its hashtag and others began connecting with me. even gave it my own name: “On-fire learning.” It wasn’t very useful.

Mastering the Skills Supply Chain Problem

CLO Magazine

In a large organization, employees have to learn how things are done, meet the people who know the ropes, occasionally fail and become familiar with the learning curve. You have to think about learning as a series of experiences that include a culture that promotes continuous development. TechACE is designed to build technical, project management and professional skills through a series of online learning, classroom, facilitated on-the-job experiences and mentoring. Think about your learning function. Capability development is a never-ending challenge.

The Angry Birds Community: Social Learning Utopia?

Social Learning

search for “Angry Bird Walkthroughs” on YouTube returns 18,500 results.  By tapping this vast cache of video content, I can quickly learn how to solve each level (once I’ve tried and given up).  That means more than 16,000 videos were contributed by members of the Angry Birds Community of Practice. I’m not sure what it is about Angry Birds that made it so popular, but it works for me. 

The New Trivantis Community: Everything You Need for eLearning—All in One Place

Everything E-Learning

The new Trivantis Community is open for business! You can even earn badges by being an active member and helping your fellow Lectora and CourseMill® users. • To get started, go to  and set up your account. • If you already have an account on the existing community forum, your username will stay the same. No problem! It’s easy to sign up.

Top 5 eLearning Trends Happening Now

Association eLearning

Competency-based training programs provide learners with a learning path that compliments their career path, providing a road map for their professional journey. If you’d like to learn more about competency-based learning, join us for an IACET webinar April 20 th. Social Learning. During these discussions I asked, “what aspects or features are you looking for in an LMS?

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Communities of Practice in your LMS: A hidden KM tool


One highlight of a learning management system is its collaboration within course participants. Extend this to the Subject Matter Experts and popular spokes-person through a defined communication framework and you have a community of practice in action! There are several ways to do that using your learning management system. What makes knowledge so hard to capture?

The role of the Enterprise Learning Community Manager #elcm

Jane Hart

In my recent webinar presentation for the LSG online conference,  Using a collaboration platform for brilliant learning , rather than giving a PowerPoint presentation, I took the participants on a web tour of the Social Learning Centre. “Learning” is at the very heart of everything that happens in an organisation – not separate from it. Social learning

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Learn Appeal – The Learning Capsule

Dont Waste Your Time

Connecting to the Capsule Wi-Fi, then typing an IP address to my phone’s browser, I was suddenly connected to a learning management system complete with a choice of courses / content, interactions, videos, etc. This box had it all and, if we’d told people on tables around us, we could have all accessed and learned something new together. What is Learn Appeal?

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What I’ve learned from my kids: Lego

Dont Waste Your Time

Read the rest of the series of ‘what I’ve learned from my kids’ series, as I write them. Both my boys are like me in that they are kinesthetic learners … they learn by doing and trying. Learn to be creative, make mistakes, make something that looks like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Related posts: Games for Learning Infographic.

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Motivation is More Important Than Information

Association eLearning

Sometimes motivation is the source of a performance problem in the first place. When it comes to learning, motivation is critical for gaining attention and encoding new information in the brain. Gamification and game-based learning both take motivation into account. It’s a key consideration in job performance and learning. But I don’t. Doing It. It’s absolutely true.

Using an eWorkshop to initiate or enrich a community

The eLearning Nomad

One of our new clients, a small NGO with a wide network of local partners in Africa and Latin America is building an e-learning program from scratch. Helping their partners to make a difference involves deep learning – together. These spaces have never really taken off, yet whenever there is a face-to-face get-together there is great enthusiasm for learning from each other and a call to continue remotely through a community of practice (CoP).  So we’re building another online learning and sharing space – but with a different approach this time. It’s so common.

Design for life

Learning with e's

This is number 30 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. As usual, this is a simplified and concise interpretation, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature. Argyris Double Loop Learning 3. Unported License.

How Freelance Clients Find Me

Experiencing eLearning

Include a few sentences explaining your projects and the problems you solved with them. Learning Portfolios: Share Your Work : A collection of portfolios in the eLearning Heroes community. Spend time connecting with others in the e-learning field too. Social Media and Online Communities. You can watch the recording of the presentation. Portfolio. It just does.

Personal Learning Networks: For Ongoing Learning in a Connected World

ID Reflections

I have recently joined the open section of #MSLOC 430 - a graduate course in the Master''s Program in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University. This is the first week and I am absolutely looking forward to exploring the topics, learning from the other participants and participating in exciting conversations. Networks have a profound impact on how we learn.

Eight Leader Habits of a Learning Culture

The Peformance Improvement

Eight leader habits are essential to a learning culture. These are behaviors ingrained in the routines and rituals of organizations that are continually learning and learning how to learn. Leaders in these organizations do the following: Send the message - Leaders communicate the importance of learning to the organization. This learning cannot be left to chance.

Blended Learning: Different combinations that work


Blended Learning is in itself self-explanatory, its all in the name. blended learning program is one that utilizes more than one mode of learning delivery –for a personalized and impactful learning experience. successful blend is one which captures the learning objectives and is delivered within the available infrastructure. Suggested further reading: [link].

The point of no return

Learning with e's

This is number 27 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In this post, I will examine Jack Merizow''s Transformative Learning theory. The Theory When we learn something new, we alter the structure of our brains. Reference Mezirow, J.

50 Ways to Lever Learning

The Peformance Improvement

In a learning culture , formal training is just one of many methods used to facilitate employee learning. In a learning culture, we start with the performance goal and then select the mix of methods that will help employees acquire and retain the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs they need in order to achieve those goals. (My apologies to Paul Simon.).