Thu.Feb 21, 2013

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Seeing beyond the classroom

Clive on Learning

When formal learning solutions are necessary (and, if you read this blog regularly, you'll know that I believe there is an important role for formal learning, alongside more non-formal approaches, performance support and experiential learning) then I'd prefer not to rely on a single element, whether that be self-study e-learning, or a classroom session (virtual or face-to-face). In my experience this works, which is more than can be said for most formal learning. Trouble is, this sort of arrangement is not what learners have come to expect. But that's as far as it goes. Any other ideas

Online Training: What's Up With MOOCs?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  A few weeks ago I talked about online training and posed the question: How big is too big? This week I want to focus on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). If any training method is too big, certainly it would have to be the one with "Massive" right there in its name, right? Well, maybe not. I've been doing some research and have found that there is a LOT of information floating around out there. thought it might be useful to bring you a concise shakedown on what's up with all these MOOCs. If you're not a video person, I'll break it down. trainin

The changing role of L&D: from “packaging” to “scaffolding” plus “social capability building”

Jane Hart

I have been been talking to a number of different organisations recently about the future of the L&D department and in doing so have been building on the diagram I shared in a recent post  - where I illustrated how the function of the department is expanding into the new areas of performance support, as well as supporting social collaboration and personal learning. Social learning

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New Authoring tool rankings #11 to #20

eLearning 24-7

Initially I wasn’t going to post authoring tool rankings beyond the top ten, until July.  However, in the past week, I have received over 500 e-mails from readers requesting a list of the top twenty (rather than top then).  So, by popular demand… The Rankings. Added bonus – supports Mac OS too, and has an app in the Mac store.  Not with Publisher. Layers & objects. No idea.)

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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Supporting the Learner-To-Performer Continuum

Living in Learning

Training was never intended to support a Performer in their work context. Training is not designed to be agile enough, or flexible enough to adapt to diverse needs, or accessible enough at the moment of need to support a workforce trying to be resilient and responsive in the pursuit of flawless performance. We are being thrust into an environment where we have an extended mission to satisfy needs of a dynamic learning and support ecosystem. Training is but one step in a much longer journey to sustainability.

How to Prevent Leadership Failures

CLO Magazine

The costs of leadership failure, especially at the CEO level, can be high. Here’s what CLOs can do to help prevent it. The failure rate for C-level leaders has increased to an alarmingly high level in the past decade. Last year, The Conference Board reported that 28.6 percent of CEO successions since 2008 were due to dismissals. Moreover, in 2008 Nat Stoddard and Claire Wyckoff, authors of The Right Leader: Selecting Executives Who Fit , estimated the costs to replace a CEO at a large company to be as high as $52 million. The cost of such high-profile dismissals to the U.S.

Top five tips for accessibility

Spicy Learning

This short post is an edited excerpt from the Spicy Learning Guide, an essential compendium of 101 tips to improve your learning strategy.  Register here to receive your free copy! An inaccessible e-learning course risks non compliance, frustration, anxiety and lost productivity. Saffron’s top ten tips will help you avoid all that and build something accessible, usable and ultimately more effective. Revise your definition. Yes, accessibility is about catering to users with disabilities, but it pays to take a broader view: accessibility is about usability. Build accessibility into your plans.

Scaffolding and capability building

Learning and Working on the Web

Jane Hart’s recent post on changing the role of L&D (learning & development) explains how training departments need to move beyond packaging content and toward scaffolding and capability building. What I like about this matrix is that it makes it easier to describe my professional services in the organizational learning area. have highlighted my areas of focus in red.

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.

Designing mSupport For Android

The eLearning Coach

Instructional Design Guru app gets transported to the world of Android. Post from: The eLearning Coach Designing mSupport For Android. Mobile

Notes on learning and working today

Learning and Working on the Web

Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared  via social media  during the past two weeks. The Value of Personal Knowledge Management (PKM): @LucGaloppin – “ If we’d look at digital communities as a life insurance for our own learning, exactly how would that influence our participation? Confronting the brutal facts is free. What does a ‘No Fire’ policy change?


Individuals Also to Blame in Work-Life Flexibility Failure

CLO Magazine

Employers and managers aren’t the only ones able to dictate work-life flexibility. Individuals must be proactive, too. New York — Feb. 20 For years, the mandates for more work-life flexibility were directed at organizations and management, but workplace and academic experts say the boss or company are no longer the ones to solely blame for flexibility failure. Increasingly, the challenge is for risk-averse employees to focus less on sweeping transformative change and instead make small everyday shifts in work style. Source: Cali Williams Yost

This Week on #TalkTech: President Obama Endorses Games, Tablets Make Us Smarter, and the Power of Informal Learning.

Bottom-Line Performance

#TalkTech is the “flipped” approach to Twitter chats.  We publish all the topics a few hours before the chat so you can show up at 3 pm EST / 12 pm PST on Thursdays ready to discuss. We discuss three topics a week and the chat lasts around 30 minutes. We’re shaking things up in 2013 here at #TalkTech! If you are interested in being a guest curator for TalkTech,  let me know! 70-20-10.

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.

Learning to Pull Information

CLO Magazine

Advocates of social networking in business often talk about the cultural change required to make the most of social business programs. Advocates of social networking in business often talk about the cultural change required to make the most of social business programs. There is talk about the shift from a “push” model of information consumption to a “pull” model, which leverages a constant flow of information and knowledge, available anytime and anywhere via a cloud-based social network. They decide based on availability, not relevancy.

f You Can Measure It You Can Change It But Whos Willing

Training Industry

A friend and colleague have rightly noted more than once, “If you can measure it, you can change it.” Make no mistake, I agree whole-heartedly. Also make no mistake, not everyone is willing to measure. An effort by the Journal of Applied Psychology reviewed 40 years of the published training and development literature. Reviewing articles, books, papers, presentations and dissertations – the authors included only material related to the evaluation of organizational training and change efforts. What did they measure? But Who’s Willing to Measure? What, When, Where and How Much?

Owner vs Provider

In the Middle of the Curve

As we work towards a more comprehensive Learning Ecosystem vs. a single LMS, issues of roles crop up. In my admittedly simplistic and incomplete understanding: Owner Business / Customer Identifies business needs Makes sure the service / program meets customer requirements Identifies opportunities for improvement Point-of-contact for the service or program In our environment - often outside of IT Provider Technical / IT Makes the service / program happen Makes sure the service / program keeps running Often comprised of multiple roles / people Seems pretty clear-cut. More than once.

Technorati gives kudos to ProProfs for changing education for the better


Technorati – world’s 3rd largest blog property, recently published an article in which ProProfs was lauded for changing education by introducing innovative ways of creating and administering online education and training. Technoratri. What the article is about. The article highlights the importance of MOOC – a recent development in online learning. Media

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.