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March’s #LCBQ- Assessing Informal Learning – Are you an accountant or financial adviser?

Spark Your Interest

How do you assess whether your informal learning, social learning, continuous learning, performance support initiatives have the desired impact or achieve the desired results? change the balance of formal vs. informal in our organizations? Just Plain Learning Measuring Learning Effectiveness Dan Pontefract Informal Learning Jay Crossaffect change in our industry?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Mass Chapter ISPI November Meeting

Learning Visions

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 Mass Chapter ISPI November Meeting Im speaking at the next Mass Chapter ISPI Meeting, thanks to the always energetic Jean Marrapodi. Well review examples of courses built in a variety of tools, look at pricing options, discuss appropriate uses, and review benefits and downsides. Interview with Tony Karrer on Informal and Social. Take the Survey!

Reflections on ISPI 2010

Clark Quinn

Early in the year, I gave a presentation online to the Massachusetts chapter of ISPI (the international society for performance improvement), and they rewarded me with a membership. The ISPI organization gave each chapter a free registration to their international conference, which happens to be in San Francisco this year (just a Bart trip away), and I won! Now, it probably helps to explain that I’ve been eager to attend an ISPI conference for quite a while. Given the small sample, I reckon you should determine for yourself. To my benefit, I was very wrong.

How to Avoid These Three Pain Points for Online Learning

Rapid eLearning

There are informal options like the video tutorials , lots of free webinars, and a number of opensource learning opportunities. And of course, participate in your local ATD , ISPI , and STC chapters. Lots of cool elearning examples to check out and find inspiration. The other day someone asked what I thought the three top pain points were for online training or elearning.


Here’s How to Convert Click & Read to Interactive E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Linear courses are often the result of our focus on sharing information and not knowing how to move beyond this. Instead of pushing information out, create a way for the learner to pull information in. The assumption is that with more information things will be better. Obviously, information is important and critical to learning. The Interactive Trifecta. 2013.

What are you reading for eLearning insight?

Integrated Learnings

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. These, and several of the books I read for my coursework, were very informative yet did not have that traditional textbook feel. Even if you tend to take a skeptical view of the fads promoted by the latest bestsellers in business, being familiar with them may still spark ideas or at least give you a sense of what informed some of your clients’ ideas.

“Labels Do Matter” A brief look at IBSTPI Competencies for Instructional Designers

Coffee and Design

Their site also lists other professional organizations that utilize their competencies for their own certifications e.g., American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) has a Certified Professional in Learning & Performance and International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) has a Certified Performance Technologist. Is it the responsibility and projects that count?


Here’s Why Slide Count is Irrelevant to Your E-Learning Course

Rapid eLearning

For example, I can make ten points on a single screen or have ten screens, each with a single point. Instead of asking about screen count (which is driven more by dumping information) focus on how to create meaningful elearning that will make the hour more productive for the learner. Screens have information. Give them some information and then a quick way for them to apply it.

The Power of Play: How to Use Games for Learning (Free Webinar)

Bottom-Line Performance

While we use specific examples from how we used our Knowledge Guru game engine, The webinar is ideal for anyone interested in game based learning and gamification. Sharon has spoken at numerous conferences – including ASTD, ISPI, and SALT on the topics of learning design and game design. Click here to register. Sharon is the lead designer of our Knowledge Guru game engine. Name *.

9 Ways to Encourage the Adult E-Learners

Rapid eLearning

Real learning isn’t a one-time event (like many elearning courses) where it’s just a matter of getting new information. For example, if I was training operating room techs on setting up an operating room in the real world there’s the cost of pulling a room offline for training, coordinating staff, and maintaining a sterile environment and tools. Give them ways to collect information.

5 Ways to Demonstrate Your E-Learning Success

Rapid eLearning

Often a client wants a course but isn’t quite clear how the course actually makes a difference, other than the fact that the learner gets exposed to additional information. Is it about information or performance? Information courses are more like marketing programs that promote awareness with no immediate performance expectations. E-Learning is Hot. This makes sense. That’s OK.

How to Build an E-Learning Template in 30 Seconds

Rapid eLearning

For example, the image below is a screenshot of the Articulate Storyline website. Crop the screenshot to a clean sliver so that you pick up all of the elements of the template but none of the page’s information. If you’re interested in having a workshop in your area, have your local ISPI or ASTD chapter contact me. Then use their work as a guide to inspire yours. Experiment.

How to Create an Interactive PowerPoint Elearning Module

Rapid eLearning

As a rule of thumb, once I get three or more slides with the same information, I try to put as much as I can on the master slide so it’s easier to edit and maintain. In the image above I show an example of titled hyperlinks. In this example, I started with an office image. If you’re interested in a workshop in your area, have your local ISPI or ASTD chapter contact me.

3 Reasons Why Linear E-Learning May Be the Best Solution

Rapid eLearning

For example, there are often training initiatives that require some face-to-face sessions and peer interaction. Consistent delivery of information. I like this example from Mike Enders. And it’s quite effective in sharing information. But there are also many courses that are information pieces. I like this example from Hitachi. Learner flexibility.

Front-End Analysis: Improving Performance

Social Learning

This is the International Society for Performance Improvement’s (ISPI’s) Human Performance Technology (HPT) model, with the front-end analysis component highlighted: CLICK TO ENLARGE. These are some examples of the types of performance problems that will occur, just, because of the very nature of an ERP system. The Human Performance Technology Model. Cause analysis. Evaluation. 2007).

Here Are the 3 Building Blocks for Interactive E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

For example, here’s a simple demo where you have to make a choice between one of two offices. Pinterest UX board : various examples of UI and UX designs. He shows good before and after examples. This allows them to move through the course, collect information, or make decisions. Many elearning courses are linear and not very interactive. You can click, hover, and drag.


How Good Graphic Design Helps Build Meaningful E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Good examples. For example, some shapes convey meaning even if they don’t contain any significant content. Here’s a simple example. Without any context, a pyramid generally will tell you that the information is weighted based on its position in layers and that there’s usually some sort of interconnected sequential relationship. This makes sense on a few fronts.


7 Secrets to Getting the Graphics You Need for Rapid E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Some people build courses, some create marketing material, and some use the rapid elearning software to create multimedia information. In the example below, I applied a pencil filter to a common piece of clip art and added it to a piece of paper for effect. November 12: Los Angeles, CA (ISPI)—Articulate Workshop. I had a great time in Atlanta last week. People don’t have money.

3 Things to Consider When Building Interactive E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

This loaded information about the video. In the second example below, the user clicks the tutorial button to load the description of the videos. The value in clicking to load the information is that unlike the dragging, you don’t have to move the mouse. It’s a little more efficient and it locks the information on the screen until another user action. This makes sense.

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Rapid eLearning

Often there’s little concern about how relevant the information is to the learner. Thus the learner is usually not engaged and has to wade through a lot of information. This is something an information dump can’t easily do. In the example below, we created some information about student/teacher ratios. I used Urtak to create an informal industry survey.

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

Rapid eLearning

Many organizations use the rapid elearning tools just to share information. For example, in the past only 50% of the people took the training. Getting more exposure to the correct information is critical. It’s less about giving them information and more about how they use the information to make decisions. Sharing Information. Performance Improvement.

My commencement address for the workforce learning class of 2012

The Learning Circuits

A more recent example came from online compliance training I was dragooned into taking. The topic was information security. Mobile learning is an example of just such a penny. The value of each emerges within systems, for strategic benefits, like making information available on demand, tracking performance, reminding of expectations, enabling tons of practice, or helping new customer service reps communicate with peers or coaches. Consider ISPI and eLearning Guild. I admit it. I love when people seek my opinion. That happened a lot in Denver, at ASTD 2012.


More Answers to Your Rapid E-Learning Questions

Rapid eLearning

For example, Mighty Deals just offered a bunch of illustrated characters for a big discount. If the course is only information, then it’s hard to make it interactive. Create some treatments to show before and after examples of interactive elearning. Sometimes a simple approach to information-based elearning is to create a quick FAQ module. Modify existing clip art.

Celebrate the End of Summer with This Free PowerPoint E-Learning Template

Rapid eLearning

Following is an example of the published template. The Glassy Blue template is simple and perfect for information sharing and compliance training. If you’re interested in having a workshop in your area, have your local ISPI or ASTD chapter contact me. The irony of Labor Day is that many of us celebrate it by taking the day off. No worries because we’ve got you covered.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Essential Reading for Instructional Design?

Learning Visions

Practical books with lots of real examples. We have a lending library with most of these books at MASS ISPI. Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Friday, February 15, 2008 Essential Reading for Instructional Design? Im not looking for the obtuse theory books. I prefer the get-down-and-dirty variety. What would you add?

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Top 70 eLearning Posts for June and Hot Topics including iPad and Mobile Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

Here are eight myths that you often hear, and some expert information to the contrary. ISPI) would miss the same things it misses. Creating Safer Peer-to-Peer Learning Experiences by Eric Davidove - Learning Solutions Magazine , June 16, 2010 Peer-to-peer (informal) learning is a popular topic of discussion today and becoming more so as social media increase their penetration into everyday life. Brain Rules & learning - Informal Learning , June 13, 2010 Neuroscientists have figured out a lot about how the brain works in the time since the fMRI was invented 18 years ago.

Making Sparks Fly

Clark Quinn

Last night I did a presentation for the San Diego chapter of ISPI titled ‘making sparks fly’ I used that concept to talk about a couple of my favorite topics: deeper instructional design, and social learning. Then we elaborate with model-based concepts and story-based examples. Then, systematically looking at tools like blogs, wikis, profiles, feeds, and more for both formal and informal learning. In the former, it’s about two things: getting the real cognitive underpinning right, and the emotional content, both integrated in a natural and elegant way.

Get an E-Learning Job with these Simple Tips

Rapid eLearning

Above is a good example of something that is the appropriate size for a portfolio. This is about the size example you want on your portfolio—something that’s easy to click through and demonstrates your skills. They collect information but they don’t really connect with others. November 12: Los Angeles, CA (ISPI)—Articulate Workshop. Make a three-column document.

About Declarative and Procedural Knowledge and the Expert-Novice Divide

ID Reflections

Keeps, a combined ASTD and ISPI publication. For an expert, the information coming their way is grouped in larger and larger interconnected bits. Whereas, a novice gets mired in the details because, for them, each piece of information is a separate bit. They soon go into information overload mode without a clue as to how to connect the small pieces to arrive at the big picture.

Conducting a little career path research…

Coffee and Design

My department might be pursuing a reclassification and I was asked to do a little research to see if I could find out if there was information out there regarding various levels of an instructional designer. Their site also lists other professional organizations that utilize their competencies, e.g., ASTD and ISPI (not a member of). Instructional Consultant. Instructional Designer.

Speaking and Workshop Services

Tony Karrer

Email Tony for his speaking fee information ( ). Here are some examples of types of recent presentations and workshops. William Brandon, eLearning Guild "I wanted to thank you for the clear, fun and insightful information. Enjoyed being able to see live examples. So, this post (and since Blogger only allows posts) represents a first step.

Develop Yourself in Addition to Training

Integrated Learnings

Attending national conferences hosted by professional associations can be informative and inspiring. A few organizations I pay attention to include the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), and the eLearning Guild. --3-- Some bloggers share examples of their work, allowing you to glean ideas for your own projects. While informal exchanges with others in the field can be good for generating ideas, published research offers insight on what works. By Shelley A. Gable. 2-- Attend Events.

Allison Rossett: ELearning Isn’t What You Think It Is – Not Yet #tk10

Learning Visions

Step 3: Piloted and edited Step 4: Solicited participation from 5 sources – elearning guild, learning circuits,, ISPI, This is not a random sample, but rather opportunistic! Blended = some of this, some of that, bound together) Lots going on Some Not so much Why blends? -- it’s like a good dinner, multi-modal, has variety and autonomy… Rossett’s best reason for blends: lessons, information and support (performance and coaching) goes where the need is – into the workplace (need to keep your blend from flopping around). Web 2.0

First Time Visitor Guide

Tony Karrer

Presentation - ISPI Los Angeles Introduction to Wikis, Blogs, Social Bookmarking, Social Networking and RSS Practical Suggestions: Web 2.0 Informal Learning, Communities, Bottom-up vs. Top-Down Rosenberg's Beyond eLearning - Is that eLearning 2.0? Informal Learning Informal Learning - Let's Get Real - Part II Informal Learning - Let's Get Real Elves, Measuring Results and Informal Learning Guidance Needed - Are we Misguided in Informal Learning and. Tools for On-Demand Information - An LMS? Comments are very much welcome. and 2.0