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At the Water Cooler of Learning


We have become obsessed with formal learning in the workplace. In our zeal to learn, we have transferred the formal model of learning into the collective mind of our corporations. Even e-learning is simply less-expensive formal learning at a distance. Our obsession began when we decided we were in the knowledge economy. We concluded that [.]. Education elearning Formal Learning Future of education future of learning Informal Learning Learning Social Learning Water Cooler Learning adopt and adapt definition of learning formal learning informal learning

Library 2.0

Learning with e's

What does the future hold for our university libraries? Are they obsolete or are they essential? The library has long been seen by many as a very traditional, conservative institution, and is often portrayed as a place where rows upon rows of antiquated book shelves slowly gather dust. Just how are libraries adapting to the digital age and all it brings? The digital age would have put paid to them.

5 Tips to make sure e-learning is effective

Spicy Learning

I love Sheldon Cooper! I’m talking about the eccentric genius from the TV sitcom, The Big Bang Theory. He’s a know-it-all and knows it! So, why do I love him? Apart from the fact that he’s funny, it’s the hidden desire to be that know-it-all, to know almost everything there is of any practical worth. After all, no use confusing him any further! How do I do that?

Working Smarter in Social Business

Jay Cross

If you’re not plugged in and running fast at work, you’re falling behind. Continuous improvement. Business people face more and more novel situations every day. You have to be learning continuously to deal with the onslaught of unfamiliar, complex problems. There’s no longer time to learn things in advance; you have to learn what you need in real time. This is a game changer.

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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.

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Step 2: Identify need


Over the past year we have been publishing extracts from The New Learning Architect. We continue with the third part of chapter 11: Your next step is to identify the learning and development needs that you wish to address for the population defined in step 1. Ideally these should reflect the established business needs of the organisation and be reflected in clearly-defined statements of competency. You can be as flexible as you like in defining the scope of your analysis: The totality of all the learning and development needs of the target population. Blog newlearningarchitect

A mixed bag

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet Here are some of the insights and observations that were shared via Twitter this past week. Richard_Florida – ‘ In a knowledge & innovation driven economy, why do we fixate on housing & auto sales as “drivers” of “recovery?” ” “ A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. “  JOHO The Blog.

Company News: Two Mindflash Developers Win Rackspace Hackathon


What do you get when you combine Instagram, Robert Scoble, and Google Streetview? first-place winning app called “Creepagram,” designed by Mindflash engineers Matt Smith and Jon Sullivan. Jon and Matt won the big prize at Wednesday’s Node.js Hackday and Party at Rackspace, a day-long event where developers gathered to talk about the node.js platform and compete to build applications. Very cool!

Flash and PowerPoint Style Matching

eLearning Brothers

When developing your eLearning courses if you want to be awesome, then have a consistent look and feel between all slides in your presentation. When you develop some slides using Flash templates and others within PowerPoint, often times you may find that they don’t match or look like they belong together. This tutorial demonstrates a simple technique that could help you.

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.

Individual courses, reuse of content, timelines and a lot more great stuff


Next week we will have the new version (8.1) of easygenerator ready and deploy it to our webservers. We will officially launch it at LSCON12 in Orlando. In this blog I will give an overview of all the new features we have added. Over the coming weeks we will write some post on specific topics with detailed information. Learning objectives, study advice and adaptive learning. The idea is simple.

Working in the digital age

Challenge to Learn

Today I’m working from home. It saves me a commute to Rotterdam (one hour drive if there are no traffic jams). I do this at least two days a week. Today it struck me how fast the facilities for this have progressed in the past few years. have colleagues in the Netherlands, Ukraine and the United States, Partners from Australia to the US and I can manage all that from home. Quite incredible if you stop for a moment and think about this. It struck me when I looked at my computer screens. have a laptop with a docking station and an external screen. started out with a 56k modem.

A Look Behind The Training Magazine Top 125


Training magazine recently released its annual list of the top 125 companies that embrace employee training, and by glancing over some statistics about those organizations, a few trends start to emerge. For one thing, most of the top 125 companies are really big. But on average, yearly revenue for the top 125 companies on the list was $5.9 billion in the U.S. and $11.3 billion worldwide.

Corporate Training – Journalism or Entertainment?

Bottom-Line Performance

Corporate training often includes content that discusses the challenging, difficult, or stressful aspects of a job… but how much reality should you convey in a training course? This can be uncomfortable – we may not want to be that “real” in the course. Sometimes it’s hard to take a good hard look at ourselves. Which begs the question:  Are we entertainers or journalists? Ask questions.


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.

Creating New Leaders for the 21st Century

Jay Cross

Creating New Leaders for the 21st Century (1). Creating New Leaders for the 21st Century (2). Unmanagement

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