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The Future of Work and Learning

The Peformance Improvement

I have been asked to speak to a group of 14 to 16 year olds about the importance of finishing high school and attending college. It’s one of my favorite topics. But as I thought about the talk I realized that I better say something about the future of work and why college has become more important than ever.  It’s fun but risky to speculate about the future of work and learning.

Open-source and the “security through obscurity” fallacy


The security of open source software is a key concern for organizations planning to implement it as part of their software stack, particularly if it will play a major role. Currently, there is an ongoing debate on whether open source software increases software security or is detrimental to its security. There are a variety of different benefits and drawbacks for both sides of the argument.

Is it time for a BYOL (Bring Your Own Learning) strategy in your organization? #BYOL

Jane Hart

My previous blog post  that revealed that around 70% of respondents in my recent survey found training (including e-learning) “unimportant” or only “somewhat important” has generated quite a bit of interest. number of comments focused on how we now need to make training/e-learning more “engaging” or “effective” to recapture the interest of these people. Reflect and review. Get organized.

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The Pelecon (brief)

Learning with e's

It's all over for another year, but I really believe that this year's Plymouth Enhanced Learning Conference really lived up to its theme - create, connect, collaborate. Many blogs, videos, photos, tweets (at the time of writing almost 20,000 in less than 3 full days - here's the complete archive ) and other content has been created throughout over the course of the conference. Unported License.

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[Study] The Anatomy of a Training Course

Want to create the perfect training course? The experts from Skilljar analyzed content creation trends within the training space. Their findings can serve as a benchmark as you build out your own strategy. Click to download.

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Thinking about Clearing the Cloudy Air of our Industry

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

The alphabet soup of the training industry continues to grow and change. The terms get mixed in marketing materials, and confused during otherwise productive conversations. In my role within The eLearning Guild for the last few years I've had the pleasure of many conversations. I've met a lot of people and gotten to know some very well. The interesting thing is that I continue to hear frustration in the tone of many conversations with many interactions turning into arguments. I've been on a rather strange mission over the past several months. want to draw a picture of our industry. They exist.

The Agile Software Vendor (Part 2 – Writing Good User Stories)


In our first post on agile development from January ([link] we discussed the basics of the Agile software development process and why it is good for software vendors and their customers. This article looks at what makes a good User Story – the core of defining requirements. What exactly is a User Story? User Stories are simply requirements. But, as with everything in Agile, we both simplify and specify the process. Short – typically limited to one page. Simple –  Describes one or more “atomic” (small) pieces of functionality. We want to identify simple, clear, small pieces of functionality.

How to Use 1-on-1 Training Without Breaking the Bank


When you hear the words “one-on-one training,” your first impulse is probably to throw your hands in the air and explain about your squeezed budget. But fear not. We understand resources are tight. But even in today’s era of less-than-luxurious learning and development spending, there’s still a case to be made for tailor-made, personalized training.

elearning versus mlearning

Clark Quinn

Mayra Aixa Avilar  (who I hope to meet someday, maybe at mLearnCon ?)pointed pointed to this post saying “mLearning is starting to diverge from eLearning not only in specific meaning, but in approach and design as well”, and I want to politely disagree. Depends, of course, on what you mean by elearning, to start with. The clear implication is that elearning is about courses on the desktop.  As I’ve discussed before, when I’m talking about ‘ big L ‘ learning, I’m covering research, performance, innovation, creativity as well as more typical execution.

Take Charge of your eLearning environment

Learn how to maximize the impact of your learning by aligning to the goals of your organization, how to establish a learning culture with gamification including leaderboards and badges. Discover a learning content management system that is both powerful and easy to configure and manage.

#TrainChat Wrapup: What Trainers Can Learn From Angry Birds


On Friday the Daily Mindflash once again hosted a Twitter chat with contributor David Kelly, in which we discussed his latest article, “ What Angry Birds Can Teach Us About Instructional Design.” Once again, the chat was a success, with hundreds of questions, comments, and opinions pouring in to the hashtag  #TrainChat  related to the topic. Millions of people play it… Why?

Five Reasons More U.S. Manufacturers Use Online Training


While many U.S. industrial facilities still use time-consuming classroom training for repetitive site-specific orientations, more progressive manufacturers are turning to online training to reduce injuries, lower costs, and make better use of valuable classroom training time. Here are five important reasons why. Right eLearning Solutions

Learning Liberation Continues - Hurray!

Vignettes Learning

Coursera has partnered with Stanford, Princeton, Michigan U, and University of Pennsylvia to provide for free thousands of online learning.  Today, I am a proud practitioner of eLearning. And many of you should. Ray Jimenez, PhD. Vignettes Learning Learn more about story and experience-based eLearning