[Providers] Top 4 Reasons Why Movie-based Learning is Effective
    Thus, movie-based learning is extremely high on the learner engagement quotient and provides a very effective learning experience for the learner. It is a well-known fact that today’s learners are not interested in going through content, they simply want to connect to it. The process of learning has proved to be effective only when the content evokes emotions, and has a story, scenarios, characters, and high quality audio visuals. Being a trainer, how can you create a more meaningful and effective learning experience? The answer is movie-based learning. Source: [link]. Characters.
    [Providers] Use Learning to Battle Remote Worker Disconnect
    Provide consumable, accessible content. Get to know employees and provide them with engaging content. To Trent Harvey, working remotely is like playing a video game online. It gathers enthusiasts together from separate locales in order to attain a shared goal. But Harvey isn’t a kid anymore and a job isn’t a hobby. He’s worked remotely for software companies like Inside Interactive, and the experience has its perks, like working poolside or at a coffee shop, although Harvey has had challenges staying connected with his employers. You know people; you have inside jokes.
    [Providers] Learning Management Systems Promote Knowledge Sharing
    If it’s not providing the competitive advantage mentioned above, perhaps it’s time to create a whole new culture. Firms must provide workers with IT infrastructures and ensure they use these infrastructures to create, store, and distribute their knowledge. Social learning features like calendaring, video conferencing, realtime chat, blogs, and polls provide ideal opportunities for peer-to-peer knowledge sharing. There are few intangible things that are as sought after in the corporate world as good company culture. Some studies report the difference at 200% or more.”
  • DOCEBO  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2016
    [Providers] Integrating LMS and CRM Systems for Optimal ROI
    2014 handbook on Salesforce.com Secrets for Success, for example, provided estimates suggesting typical Salesforce deployments for 100 users could exceed $100,000 per year. Leveraging Data to Reveal the ROI of LMS and CRM Integration. As we recently discussed, siloed enterprise management systems seem to be in their dying days. It’s no longer sufficient for standalone systems to function individually, separate from other systems that keep an operation up and running and up to speed. The LMS-CRM ROI Quandary. Symbiotic LMS and CRM. Docebo’s Answer to the LMS CRM Integration.
    [Providers] Creating a Blended Learning Solution for Effective Compliance Training
    It also provides staff mobile-compatible checklists, which act as ready reckoners to help prevent violations. You need to make the best use of the mobile learning format for training reinforcement and providing learning support at the point of need. “Oh no! What a bother!”, ”, “This course puts me to sleep.”, ”, “I don’t’ see any reason why I need to take this e-learning module every year.” ” Did you face similar reactions from your learners when you asked them to take an online course on the applicable rules and regulations?
  • EFRONT  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2016
    [Providers] Must-have skills for User Experience (UX) design in eLearning
    This will provide a clear pathway to develop eLearning solutions with greater business impact. •   Evaluate, evaluate and evaluate ! The hype about User Experience (UX) design skills is not at all exaggerated. The good news is that anyone with eLearning development skills can train to improve their UX strategies. UX designers have a deeper understanding of user – technology interaction preferences. They understand the nuances of interface features and obstructions. They can advise very well on UX needs of a browsing situation. Why bother with UX design in eLearning? Scan, scan, scan.
    [Providers] 10 Principles of Organizational Learning DNA
    Managers provide opportunities to learn, practice that learning, and apply learning on-the-job. They provide assistance and peer-coaching to each other as needed. How do we know if an organization has the “DNA” that predisposes it to organizational learning? Gary Neilson and Jaime Estupinan have been studying and writing about "organizational DNA" for the past 10 years. Using this DNA metaphor, here are 10 principles that determine whether an organization has a strong or weak environment for learning: Leaders support learning. Managers take responsibility for employee learning.
    [Providers] International Competition Provides Nonprofits with Disability-Friendly Websites
    Our goal is to provide the teams with a fun learning experience coupled with knowledgeable mentors which will result in the nonprofit acquiring a greatly needed accessible website. The post International Competition Provides Nonprofits with Disability-Friendly Websites appeared first on Microassist. Microassist CTO and Event Training Chair Hiram Kuykendall Leads Development of OpenAIR 2016 Online Training Game. Editor’s Note: A variation of this story is available as a press release on our News and Media page. Staff Staff photo © 2018 Microassist. said Kuykendall.
    [Providers] Ensuring Quality in E-learning Design and Development: Free eBook
    Check our eBook ‘Quality Management in E-learning Design and Development’  that provides quality guidelines and more: A brief introduction to quality. Organizations are increasingly using e-learning to achieve their business goals given its myriad benefits. They have the option of developing courses in-house or outsourcing the effort to external vendors. But in both cases, e-learning development is a collaborative effort that requires individuals with different skill sets. This leaves room for errors and if undetected, these errors pass along the pipeline. Download it now!
    [Providers] What is eCommerce?
    But when using an eCommerce-enabled LMS, the likelihood is that they’ll be using a third-party provider such as PayPal or Stripe. One of the key advantages of this is that this provider will store all of the data for you, so you don’t need to worry about misplacing any important files several years down the line! eCommerce is something which almost everyone is extremely familiar with, even if not all of us know the term. If you’ve kept up with your internet lingo at any point in the past 25 years, then you’ll have figured out that the ‘e’ stands for ‘electronic’. Simple!
    [Providers] Pokémon Go – Lessons for the M-learning Designer
    Some organizations have already started using augmented reality based mobile apps to impart good training and provide high quality performance support. Pokémon Go — a mobile game that has taken the world by storm. This augmented reality app has caught the imagination of people of all ages and from all walks of life. As an online learning professional, I believe m-learning designers can learn 3 valuable lessons from the creators of this highly successful game. Lesson 1: Keep the functionality and UI simple. You don’t need anyone to teach you how to play Pokémon Go, do you?
    [Providers] 4 Ways Emoticons Can Support Online Learning
    Help provide constructive feedback. Emoticons are useful in providing constructive feedback to your learners in online training. Emoji are a great way to add personality to a text-based conversation. – Jeremy Burge, Founder of Emojipedia. We use emoticons in our messages to convey our thoughts and feelings with minimal words. Howcan we use them in online courses? Can they be used in the first place? Well, in e-learning courses, they can be used extensively in assessments, feedback pop ups, and when learners interact with each other, or with the trainer online.
    [Providers] Three Must-Know Strategies for Working with SMEs
    One of the most time-consuming tasks during the e-learning development process is reviewing, interpreting, and making edits provided by your SMEs. Also, if any of your SMEs provided conflicting edits, this meeting is an opportunity to discuss those edits a come to an agreed solution. A good experience working with SMEs (subject-matter experts) can mean the difference between an effective versus an ineffective course; between a project that finishes on time versus a project that drags on in endless revision cycles. The truth is, you need your SMEs, and your SMEs need you!
    [Providers] Should Your eLearning Course Include a Test-out Option?
    When you provide a test-out option, you’re meeting learners’ needs, and that’s a good thing. In some cases, that might be because designers believe that their courses provide unnecessary information, or focus on topics in which learners already have a demonstrated proficiency. You’ve spent hours, days, maybe even 12 months or more creating online learning content. It’s only natural that you want learners to view every last screen and complete all the activities you built. Even more, you want them to reap the rewards of their newfound knowledge.
    [Providers] Outsourcing the translation of your e-learning courses? Get the prep work right
    learning vendors in India can provide you offshore e-learning translation services that meet your requirements. Are you considering translating your e-learning courses? Are you thinking of outsourcing the translation? As an e-learning vendor with 15 years of experience and translation expertise, we at CommLab suggest you outsource your translation services to a vendor who has the required expertise to produce multiple language versions of e-learning courses. The vendors will have set processes in place that ensure quality. Resources are available with the vendor to meet tight deadlines.
    [Providers] When It Comes to Technology, All That Glitters Is Not Gold
    Fortunately, it can be relatively easy and low cost to enable organic information-sharing by providing employees with GoPro cameras, or encouraging them to use their smartphones to capture best practices on the job that can be shared with colleagues. These kinds of tools address several key challenges for learning leaders — they provide learning in small chunks, make it easily accessible, and provide key metrics to demonstrate business results. “We had a theory that it would work and it did, like crazy,” she said. These are heady days for learning leaders. billion in 2013.
    [Providers] How to Create and Edit Color Themes in Articulate Storyline
    The sample image provides a preview of the background and text colors on the slide and also helps select the right color combinations. Applying theme colors: Storyline provides a few options to assign color themes to slides based on your requirement. Colors play an important role in making an e-learning course visually appealing. But, selecting the right colors which work well together is not always an easy task. Articulate Storyline helps create and edit color themes, making the development process easier for e-learning developers. Excited to know how this can be done?
    [Providers] Managing Career Paths: The Role of CLO
    Therefore, senior learning professionals, their partners in HR and business leaders charged with mobilizing key talent internally — rather than let it walk out the door — must provide resources and information to facilitate talent mobility throughout the corporation and enable employees to make informed decisions to manage their careers. Remember that for the employees, it’s all about working in an environment that provides them with all the tools they need to easily manage their careers. These resources may be provided alongside other resources not maintained by learning.
    [Providers] See You at Core 4
    It should be a great overview and provide some inspiration. I fell into the training field pretty much by accident. This wasn’t the path I set out on in my youth, but here I am 20 years into a successful and fulfilling career in e-learning. And my story is not that unusual. In fact, many of us find ourselves here by accident. Hopefully, it’s a happy accident for you—a perfect amalgamation of all of your skills and passions. I’m excited to be participating as a session speaker at Core 4. I’ll introduce you to some concepts essential to e-learning design.
    [Providers] A Conversation with Allessandria Polizzi
    Kapp: You have just a consultancy called Verdant Consulting , can you tell us some of the services you provide and some of the neat projects you’ve undertaken. We provide end-to-end talent solutions to help businesses thrive. What I enjoy most about working with my clients is providing them simple solutions that solve problems. Beyond the hype of adding toys and games (no offense), talent development professionals need to understand how to provide the developmental opportunities this new population requires. We are in a generational transition. Out and About
    [Providers] Three Strategic Stages of Successful ERP End-User Training
    You can provide the pre-requisite training through e-learning to avoid travel and accommodation costs for trainers, and to reduce end-users’ time off the job. However, after getting a basic understanding of how to perform the transactions in a classroom, you can provide online training through exercises. Post-go-live service and support can be provided to end-users by a combination of help desk, reference materials, and online support. This team will provide post go-live service and support end-users who actually work on the software in real time. Give it a try.
    [Providers] Online Training Job Aids: Critical Information Just a Click Away!
    With advances in technology, it is now possible to create and provide these in various digital formats. For example, you can provide an online step-by-step help guide for your service technicians to install complex heavy machinery.  . “Never memorize something that you can look up.” ” – Albert Einstein. Do we really need job aids in the digital era? Let’s check this scenario. sales executive is about to meet a prospect. He forgot the latest changes in the price list of products. Failure to remember. Checklists. How-to-Guides. Bite-sized videos.
    [Providers] Editorializing
    The value in looking at other approaches is that it provides lateral insight (I’m currently reading Stephen Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From ) that we may be able to transfer. I recently wrote about serious comics , and realized there’s a form I hadn’t addressed yet has some valuable insights. And the source this time is editorial cartoons. Editorial cartoons use imagery and text to convey a comment on a current topic. The best ones portray a poignant insight into an issue of the day, via a twist that emphasizes the point to be made. design meta-learning
    [Providers] The Pros of Social Media for E-Learning
    Social media is powerful in the connections it can foster and in turn the help those connections can provide. It provides practical value that will help you in your job today and in your future prospects. The The training industry is changing rapidly and technology plays a big role in that change, especially social media. However, like any change, there are positives and negatives that come with it. Today, I’d like to discuss a few pros of social media as it relates to our industry and then I’ll follow it up with a post on some of the cons. What is Social Media?
    [Providers] What Learners Want: Anytime, Anywhere, 5 Minutes or Less (Webinar)
    They are used to interacting with apps and websites that provide an excellent user experience. Unfortunately, some corporate training struggles to even provide an adequate user experience! Your employees are already learning on their mobile devices. And while mobile learning adoption is speeding up, many organizations still lag behind. According to The Brandon Hall Group’s 2016 State of Mobile Learning Survey , only 10% of organizations reported that most or all learning material is mobile-ready. Where are you at on the adoption curve? How to Adopt a Mobile Mindset.
  • PRACT.US  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2016
    [Providers] Consultants: Increase Your Margin on Each Engagement with Change Management
    According to the article management consultant Tom Spencer , “In general terms, management consulting involves providing advice to organisations with the aim of helping to improve organisational performance or solve specific business problems.” In most cases, a consultant’s solution involves some kind of organizational change. Provide a structure so managers and team members have step-by-step instructions for how to incorporate deliberate practice into daily experience. Provide immediate feedback as people work to adopt new behaviors. The key to achieving this goal?
    [Providers] Your questions answered: how to design games kids want
    Does making a game simple mean it provides less learning content to the audience? This Q&A highlights some of the questions raised in our recent webinar masterclass, ‘How to Design Games Children Want’ on July 6th 2016. Here Phil Stuart, co-founder and Creative Director of Preloaded, discusses the webinar’s themes in more detail. Access the webinar video here. How transferable are the key principles to different audiences, such as kids with special needs or adults? Phil Stuart:  They are principles that can work for any audience and are about designing inclusive solutions.
    [Providers] Why Digital Badges are the Future of Association Education
    In fact, many organizations are working with online course providers like Udacity and Coursera to create specific courses that cover the skills gap between what higher education currently teaches and what is needed for the modern workplace. Specific It is the intrinsic, on-the-job skills and best practices that provide the most value and benefit to association members. Whilst numerous studies have looked to the intrinsic motivational and social value provided by badges, it is as a means for continuous professional development that badges provide most benefit to members.
    [Providers] Our Digital Future 2: Smart clothing
    How much freedom would they provide if such devices were instead embedded in the fabric of our clothing? We can't accurately predict what will happen in the future, but we expect it will be different to anything we have already experienced. One recent disruptive innovation is mobile technology. It's astounding to think that only in recent years have we had the capability to create connected technology that can be carried with us, anywhere we go. Wearable connected technologies are now common place. In the not too distant future, wearable technology will extend beyond gadgets.
  • SPONGE UK  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2016
    [Providers] Robert Pratten – Sponge UK elearning podcast
    The questions and their times are provided so you can skip back and forth to learn more on a specific subject: 00:41 – Can you explain what’s meant by “transmedia storytelling”? Robert Pratten is founder and CEO of Conducttr , a transmedia storytelling platform that’s used in digital training simulations. You can see the slides from Robert’s talk at the eLearning Guild’s games and gamification conference on Slideshare. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robpratten. Robert mentions the book Walking the Talk by Carolyn Taylor. Subscribe in iTunes.
    [Providers] We’re hiring! Customer Success Specialists
    Provide feedback of product enhancements to our product development team to help make LearnUpon even better for our existing and future customers. About the Role. The Customer Success Specialist will be responsible for successfully onboarding and training of customers onto our LearnUpon Platform.  Reporting to the Customer Success Manager, you will be part of the Customer Success team which has significant and direct impact on Customer retention. We’re looking for the right person who loves dealing with customers, has strong integrity, and great communication skills. Benefits.
    [Providers] We’re on the Top Learning Portals Companies Watch List!
    Training Industry  monitors the training marketplace for exceptional providers of training services and technologies. It’s always such a joy to watch your children excel. Perhaps that’s why we’re so thrilled to see our beloved Academy LMS winning the recognition it deserves! We’ve made an appearance in  Training Industry’s Top Learning Portals Companies Watch List. Once they’ve found out who the real training pioneers are, they gather them together into their Watch Lists and Top 20 lists. Of course, the reason we’re on this list is because of our gamified, social Academy LMS.
  • G-CUBE  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2016
    [Providers] Extended Enterprise Learning: Providing Training Value for External Partners through E-learning
    Technology-aided learning can be utilized for Extended Enterprise Learning, providing training to the learners outside of your organization. Providing training outside the organization is an important strategic tool to help your organization grow its business and increase profitability. By creating a multi-device learning delivery, training can be made available across multiple devices, and provide more learning opportunities. It provides the required encouragement for the leaners. This increases work satisfaction and provides better sales figures.
    [Providers] Infographic: 2015 Training Industry Report
    Content providers are creating mobile friendly courses, micro-courses, and investing in gamification to appeal to the millennial generation. Companies continue to invest in corporate training for their employees. Each year markets continue to change, and the training industry is no different. As the training landscape changes, we must be aware of new trends and growth of the market. Look to the infographic below for a training industry report! Information for the infographic is from 2015, taken from Ambient Insight, Docebo, Forbes, and LearnDash.  .  .
    [Providers] 5 Tips to Prepare Your Storyline Course for Your LMS
    Out-of-date and mostly abandoned by most e-Learning providers. It will also provide you information about any errors or potential trouble spots so you can troubleshoot any issues. August. As the kids go back to school, our thoughts are turned to learning. In the training world, that means in many cases that we are preparing our courses for publishing to a Learning Management System (LMS). Make sure you know what standards, parameters and settings your LMS requires before you proceed with publishing any course. SCORM (Shared Content Object Reference Model). and 2004. Tin Can.
    [Providers] Improving Performance in the Workplace
    We will be featuring these performance improvement platforms: CALL – The Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership provides an excellent example of a performance improvement framework within the context of a school setting. It incorporates the values and opinions of all the stakeholders within the school system to provide a method of measurement of school performance. The GIAP allows stakeholders to measure staff knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of geriatric patients and provides both a baseline and a comparison between institutions. Define desired performance.
    [Providers] Change Learners’ Minds By Changing The Stories They Tell - Tip #103
    These events are both imagined situations and the answers you provided were based on a story you’re telling yourself. What is the Story Picture in Your Mind? Suppose you received a message from your boss that he/she wants to see you as soon as you come in. However, it doesn’t say why. How would you react? What scenes are running in your head? Here’s another scenario. What if your loved one is out of town on a business trip. You expect a text once he/she has reached the destination. True, the scheduled arrival was late last night but it’s already morning and no text has arrived. Greg J.
    [Providers] Employees Say Company Training Isn’t Helping
    According to Spherion Staffing’s 2016 Emerging Workforce Study , nearly one-third of workers do not feel like their companies provide them with adequate skills training, nor do they think their current skills make them promotion-ready. Employees who believe their workplace does not provide relevant and practical skills development tools are more likely either to become unmotivated to seek growth opportunities or look elsewhere for positions more suitable to their abilities and training needs,” said Spherion Division President Sandy Mazur in a statement. adults ages 18 and older.
    [Providers] Mlearning Strategy: How to Shape Yours for Employee Training
    Organizations may decide to provide standardized mobile devices. Mobile learning is the new way of learning. With the increase in mobile devices, more and more learners are joining the Mlearning bandwagon. Regardless of whether they are waiting at the client’s premises or travelling on business, learners have information at their fingertips. And that is why this delivery platform is catching on.  Here are six steps to ensure that the audience has a compelling mobile learning experience. Title: It is important to do a needs analysis. Description: It is important to do a needs analysis.
    [Providers] How Game-based Learning Scenarios Work For Sales Training Managers
    Each scenario provided specific information to support their decision making. “People leave managers, not companies.” ” (Source: “The Type B Manager: Leading Successfully in a Type A World” by Victor Lipman). What a powerful statement! It compelled me to pause and ponder. assume you had a brief moment of introspection to ask yourself if you belonged to that class of managers that employees leave. If you feel your sales reps are leaving you, then it’s time to hone your managerial skills. Hone decision-making skills. Teach time-management. Want to try?
    [Providers] Top Tools for Developing Simulation Based E-learning Courses – Part 2
    Here is a demo from ViewletBuilder , where you can see how realtors provide a virtual walk through of a home for buyer. 4.  In the previous blog , we looked at the top 10 Authoring tools used for developing simulation based e-learning courses. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some more Authoring tools that will help you to build effective and efficient software courses, offering learners the opportunity to practice in a low-risk environment. 1.  SimWriter. SimWriter is a highly interactive, responsive authoring tool used to build branching simulations quickly and easily. CodeBaby  .
    [Providers] 3 Ways To Use LearnDash Notifications
    Taking it a step further, you can send a message to the student who did not pass the quiz providing them with some useful resources to help them better understand the content. If you are selling courses then you can provide a special “early bird” discount code for them to use resulting in more sales. Last week we released the new LearnDash Notifications add-on and so far the reception has been quite positive. The add-on makes it possible to send automatic emails via specific user activity based triggers. Pro-Active Course Feedback. Helping Struggling Students.
    [Providers] eLearning: Is it Time to Jump on the xAPI Bandwagon?
    This data is formatted and sent via structured activity statements by activity providers (like an eLearning course or performance support system) and stored in a learning record store (LRS). While an eLearning course can be an activity provider, and for many people that will be the primary source of learning data (at least for a while), xAPI takes us far beyond SCORM. xAPI activity statements can be generated by activity providers and sent to the LRS, or they can be sent from the LRS to other systems, or from LRS to LRS. It's okay.   What is xAPI?
    [Providers] Why Modern Leadership is So Hard
    Through work, self discipline, and authenticity, you will provide yourself the best opportunity to be successful. In many ways the current beliefs and thinking around leadership seem amazing compared to the leadership beliefs of prior generations. No longer does it feel like leaders have to rule with an iron fist, not care about the people being lead, or are afraid to show vulnerability in front of those people. Instead it is encouraged to be a servant leader, to be committed to the development of people, and to try and create more leaders, not more followers. Meaning 1.2M
    [Providers] The Best of Both Worlds: Learning Through a Marketer’s Lens
    Hruby, vice president of sales and marketing for Fredrickson Learning, a company that develops custom learning strategies and products as well as provides interim staffing for learning and development roles. When a leader with deep marketing expertise is asked to take over a learning role, learning — specifically leadership development — becomes exciting. It becomes engaging, and most important for participants, it becomes interesting. At least that’s what happened when 3M Chief Learning Officer Janette Shimanski took over the company learning function in 2015. Serendipitous Connections.
  • JANE HART  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2016
    [Providers] The Modern Workplace Learning Challenge
    Provide flexible resources. This is not a traditional course, where I provide all the content and then test you on it! found Jane’s MWL book (provided as a resource in the program) to be thought-provoking and an excellent read and one that I have continuously referred to. written and/or provided by Jane for the activities to be both current and of the best quality. Where there is more than one participant, please provide the name and email address of each participant in the Instructions to Merchant. Challenge Road Sign with dramatic clouds and sky.
    [Providers] Articulate Storyline: Creating Multiple Response Questions Using Triggers
    But using them, we may not be able to provide appropriate feedback to the learner based on the option he selects. In Articulate Storyline, we have a default option to create multiple select questions. We are restricted to using the default feedback options, i.e., just specifying if he is correct or incorrect. We can overcome this limitation by creating multi-select multiple choice questions using triggers. We can set customized feedback options that pop up depending on the options the learner selects. Let us see how to create these questions. Shown below are screenshots of variables.  .
    [Providers] A Quick Survey Can Produce Long-lasting Leadership Results
    This will provide data regarding the percentage of attendees applying the content back on the job and how well they think the training has benefitted them. Hopefully, these simple steps provide direction on how to do that. Leadership development is a long-term strategic business imperative. Yet, very few organizations actually evaluate the value of leadership development initiatives. One of the most common deterrents is the difficulty in measuring soft skills. Simply put, people don’t know what to observe, what to measure, and/or how to measure it. Do this more than once. Rating.
  • PARADISO  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2016
    [Providers] [Webinar] This is why an LMS should Replace your Company’s Intranet
    An LMS provides everything the intranet can and more. Software as a Service (SaaS) LMS is housed and maintained by the software provider. powerful LMS provides much more than an internal database. The best thing about a software-as-a-service (SaaS) social LMS is that it is maintained and updated by its software provider. The software provider is totally responsible for correcting anything that goes wrong with the platform. Dear L&D Personnel, This goes out from the bottom of our heart to you, the drivers of training initiatives in an organization.
  • DOCEBO  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2016
    [Providers] Docebo Adds to 2016 Accolades with Ranking in List of Top 20 Learning Portals
    It’s the second consecutive year we’ve found a spot in this list of the globe’s top providers of training services and technologies. TrainingIndustry.com, which seeks to provide the most comprehensive top companies list in the training industry, used a comprehensive methodology to rank leading companies in this evaluation, focusing on the following criteria to determine the Top 20: Breadth of functionality and capabilities. Docebo Adds to 2016 Accolades with Ranking in List of Top 20 Learning Portals. Well, we’ve done it again. in a press release. Number and strength of clients.
    [Providers] Effective Ways to Evaluate and Decide an E-learning Vendor Outsourcing [Infographic]
    But, selecting the right e-learning services provider from hundreds of vendors is the most important concern. Organizations are also worried about the quality of output, expertise of the provider, their confidentiality procedures, commitment in meeting timelines, etc. Many organizations want to outsource their e-learning projects. To address these concerns, there are a few ways to be followed. Excited to know the ways? Check out the infographic below. Related Posts Why Experience is Important When Choosing An E-learning Outsourcing Partner? eLearning Design e-learning outsourcin
    [Providers] Use of Avatars In E-Learning
    He helps them navigate and communicates with them periodically – he would welcome learners, provide an overview or objectives of the course, inform learners when they go wrong in assessments, etc. Example: In a fire safety course, the mentor will talk about the importance of fire safety, highlight the various emergency exit routes, and provide feedback for formative assessments. Using Avatars – guided learning – is a common strategy in e-learning courses. But have you ever wondered what makes them so popular? When to Use an Avatar. Types of Avatars. and so on….
    [Providers] Tame Your Training With 4 Best Practices Of Microlearning
    You can provide access to detailed descriptions and other nice-to-know content through hyperlinks. This provides them the liberty of learning at their own pace and when they need it the most. What if the world is going to end tomorrow? What if your training program fails to deliver what it is meant to? I am sure you are more bothered about the second scenario. Given your sales reps’ busy schedules and mobile careers, training them is a pain. But there is a training technique that can be taken in bites without consuming much of your sales reps’ time.
    [Providers] 4 Secrets to a Successful Meeting
    Even if you don’t have the tools to develop an app, provide the same resources via email day of. As the event provider, you need to add as much engagement as possible, in every single session. We attended the American Society of Association Executives’ annual meeting (ASAE) this year (as we do every year) and even after dealing with the hassles of purchasing carpet, setting up a booth, and comparing your booth to those handing out free margaritas (yes, this happened), we will be attending next year’s conference to go through it all over again. And the best part? Navy pilots.
    [Providers] Training the Telecom Salesforce – How Online Training Can Help
    Although these tools help in providing real time data, they can be overwhelming and complex for the sales team.  . Related Posts Creating the Winning Sales Training Program – 3 Aspects to Consider [Infographic] Sales Training Best Practices: Providing a 360 Degree View of Your Customer E-Learning to Enhance The Productivity of Retail Sales Employees. The Telecom sector has witnessed exponential growth in the last few years. According to a report by Infonetics Research, telecom operators have generated around $2 trillion in revenues globally in 2013.
    [Providers] Using an eWorkshop to initiate or enrich a community
    smart program of interesting eWorkshops provides a much-needed regular boost for the community of practice. 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. The Moodle site is up and running and now we’re brainstorming on how best to structure the platform to support the needs of the organisation and its partners. We talk about how great it would be if all their local partners would continuously share their expertise and experiences. And then it goes quiet again. It’s so common.
    [Providers] Learning and Development: Why Hire an Outside Company?
    Many, if not most, companies outsource their email to a specialist, giving up tight control for a higher level of security than they can provide internally. What a learning and development company provides. Why hire a learning and development company? You don’t need to. That’s kind of important to point out. Companies perform training functions internally all of the time. They develop and deliver employee training, they create and deploy training for their customers, they write and distribute training for their channel partners. And it can be effective. Your email needs better?
  • EFRONT  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2016
    [Providers] 6 Ways to Write Consistent Content for your eLearning Courses
    If your eLearners are novice to eLearning, you will need to provide directions on how they can utilize the learning materials , how to navigate and how to make use of the course interactivity. It’s no surprise that eLearning developers are required to have excellent writing skills. Trying to make the text fit the content or attract reader attention requires a degree of self-consciousness. While using proper grammar is mandatory, it’s not the only thing you one needs to pay attention to. Current eLearning programs are often blamed for fluffy writing. So how do you establish that? .
  • MATRIX  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2016
    [Providers] 6 LMS best practices for instructional designers
    Every training session that the vendor provides can save you and your team hours when creating a new course. Sometime ago your organization realized that the only way to keep rising in the ever-more competitive business environment is to continuously invest in its employees and their professional development. So the top management decided to get the best LMS that will meet the specific organizational learning needs. Maybe they pondered upon the differences between a proprietary, an open-source, and a cloud-based LMS. Maybe you had a say in all this decision making process. What next?
    [Providers] Exciting Stuff!
    As I look at the state of the world of work - it made more sense to me to set up my life and career so that I was not reliant on the whims of a particular organization to provide for my career growth. After 10 years of blogging, I am (finally) moving from Blogger and to my own web site. The site is (far from) complete as of this writing - expect a formal announcement September 1. 1) For those of you using feed readers - I am going to be republishing a large number of posts over the next few weeks. years and have gone independent!!!! Yes, it was voluntary and planned.
    Learnnovators, a leading provider of innovative e-learning solutions, recently conducted a webinar series on “Gamification” in association with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Southern Region. The webinar series sought to provide a primer on gamification, clarifying myths and misconceptions surrounding the term. The workshop ended by providing an overview of various approaches to game design, using plenty of examples along the way. Chennai (India). CII is a prominent Indian industry body with a direct membership of over 8,000 organizations. – 29th July 2016.
  • DOCEBO  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2016
    [Providers] How a CRM+LMS Integration = Excellence in Extended Enterprise
    On the other hand, there are more than 600 learning management system providers on the market, but only a handful of which integrate with Salesforce. This undertraining has the potential to hurt more than your sales, it can be detrimental to your bottom line. A CRM+LMS integration goes beyond training to enable you to track the success of your channel partners and resellers while providing a platform for partners to learn from each other and exchange best practices. Integrate your CRM and LMS to streamline training and save valuable L&D time. Excellence in Extended Enterprise.
    [Providers] Motivate your Employees in their Training
    By providing training they need, it won’t seem like such an impediment to their development. 6. Training your employees is the key to efficiency. That isn’t news to anyone, but when experts speak of the importance of employee training, they tend to overlook the reality – that training is often right at the bottom of the employees’ list of priorities. This is a major challenge for learning managers and a lack of engagement can lead to sleepless nights. Ways to motivate your employees in their training. 1. Incorporate training in organisational culture. Give regular feedback.
  • KINEO  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2016
    [Providers] Learn to love your LMS: tips for maximising your investment
    Research like Fosway Group’s The State of the Learning Technology Market commonly highlight dissatisfaction from L&D professionals in both their LMS and LMS providers. What can you do to make sure you’re happy with your LMS and that it helps you meet your goals?  .
  • KINEO  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2016
    [Providers] Learn to love your LMS: tips for maximising your investment
    Research like Fosway Group’s The State of the Learning Technology Market commonly highlight dissatisfaction from L&D professionals in both their LMS and LMS providers. What can you do to make sure you’re happy with your LMS and that it helps you meet your goals?  .
    [Providers] Mobile Learning for New Product Introductions – Ensure Happily Ever After Sales Reps
    You can provide information on competitor products and how the newly launched product is better than them to help sales teams make deals. Sales teams may not know about your new product through a one-time product launch event. Yes, they may not get the complete picture of the product at once. In today’s fast paced world, numerous products are released frequently, of those, some are big hits and some fade out from the market very soon. The readiness of your sales teams can decide the success or failure of the launched products. This is missing in conventional product launches. Pre-launch.
    [Providers] Surprising #1 Predictor of Talent Acquisition Performance
    Recruiters, in turn, are incented to provide top talent for their organizations and are oftentimes measured on key metrics such as time to fill and hiring manager satisfaction—but they have no control over how fast a hiring manager responds to their requests to review resumes or set up interviews. The corporate talent acquisition (TA) landscape has long been seen as a reactive yet necessary cost of doing business. In the past, recruiters posted positions and then simply forwarded resumes of candidates to hiring managers in hopes of a match. So what do you think?
    [Providers] TOPYX Learning Management System Makes The Inc. 5000 List For Third Consecutive Year
    TOPYX is an award-winning, full-featured software-as-a-service (SaaS) online learning platform that engages learners by providing a collaborative learning environment for growing businesses, associations, nonprofit organizations and eCommerce needs of any size throughout the world. Our entire TOPYX team is fully committed to supporting our clients’ learning and development initiatives, and providing the best LMS software, for the best value in our industry. magazine’s Inc. 5000 listing of fastest-growing private companies for the third year in a row.  For 35 years, Inc. The Inc.
    [Providers] TOPYX Learning Management System Makes The Inc. 5000 List For Third Consecutive Year
    TOPYX is an award-winning, full-featured software-as-a-service (SaaS) online learning platform that engages learners by providing a collaborative learning environment for growing businesses, associations, nonprofit organizations and eCommerce needs of any size throughout the world. Our entire TOPYX team is fully committed to supporting our clients’ learning and development initiatives, and providing the best LMS software, for the best value in our industry. magazine’s Inc. 5000 listing of fastest-growing private companies for the third year in a row.  For 35 years, Inc. The Inc.
    [Providers] Beat the Back to School Blues of Boring Content
    Provide test-out options. If learners can demonstrate (via a quiz or test) that they have the knowledge required—before they even complete the course—you might be able to provide a “test-out” option. If you’re not engaged or interested in the topics, use these tips not only to engage learners but also to keep yourself inspired so that your final product provides your learners with the best experience possible. Summer is nearly over. In parts of the United States, students have already returned to school. Some kids can’t wait to get to get back to the classroom.
  • GYRUS  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2016
    [Providers] What Makes Social Learning so Interesting?
    Social learning done properly is unique as it provides a number of benefits not available in traditional learning environments. ​. What Makes Social Learning so Interesting? Comprehensive Examination of Social Media in Our Learning Programs. Not too long ago, connections were forged outside of technological communications and maintained via sheer will. Social learning, relied solely on what one could obtain in a classroom setting, working with direct peers, or what could be conveyed back in forth on a phone. Those days are now extraordinarily a thing of the past. appeared first on Gyrus.
    [Providers] From Three Days in a Class to 30 Seconds on a Smartphone
    Osborne: Organizations are looking to provide personalized and relevant learning programs with bite-sized content that employees can work with at their own pace. According to Bersin’s most recent “Corporate Learning Factbook: Benchmarks, Trends and Analysis of the U.S. Training Market,” published in August 2015, corporate learning investments have been increasing by 10 percent or more each year since 2010. All organizations today are in the midst of transformation. How does learning play into that? People will need new sets of skills and knowledge to thrive in the digital economy.
    [Providers] Interactyx Named To Florida Companies On Growth “Watch” List
    Clients choose TOPYX because of its outstanding value, ease of use, engaging peer-to-peer learning tools, and dedicated support teams to provide compliance training, external portals, sales training and other online learning management needs. About GrowFL: GrowFL ( [link] ) provides strategies, resources and support, including strategic research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring and leadership development, to second-stage Florida companies.  They also all have critical intellectual property or a niche position that gives them a competitive edge in their markets,” he said. Novas.
    [Providers] The Powerful Lesson Corporate Learning Can Learn From Social Platforms
    Once a week, publish a short microlearning video teaching a key topic to provide a short reminder of something that many employees might forget. Instagram made big news this month releasing a new feature to compete head to head with Snapchat. While many people are curious why they released it, how to use it, and what social platform to choose between the two, this article isn’t for that. For a quick crash course on Snapchat, check out How Snapchat Is Changing Corporate Learning. The Situation. It doesn’t seem to matter if the video is highly produced or not. Hours ? Final Thoughts.
    [Providers] 3 ways Outsourcing Elearning Development can reduce training costs
    While outsourcing can be costly, there are a number of benefits that working with an elearning development agency can provide. A big one that many organizations overlook is the long terms savings it can offer. When done correctly, it can bring a ton of value to your organization and in the long term provide a positive return on investment. Many organizations need help building effective elearning for their people so they turn to elearning development agencies ( like Learnkit ) to outsource elearning production. Create Scalable, On-demand Solutions. Learnkit.
    [Providers] Top Ten Timeless Trends in eLearning
    Make sure you provide this flexibility in your courses. With a track record of almost a decade and a half in eLearning, we are now able to draw patterns. How do our avid learners prefer to learn? What mode and medium do they use? Let’s explore and demonstrate the learner preference for eLearning. Training managers and instruction designers, take notes. Based on this information, you can make valuable changes to your current courses! 1. Gamification. Think about credit cards! Companies issuying them have been notorious for hooking us with card after card. How do they do that? Cloud LMS  .
    [Providers] Creating an Interesting E-learning GUI Design in Articulate Storyline – Part 3
    Adding Resources : Resources are usually added to an e-learning course to provide extra information on the subject. By adding a Resource button in the Graphical User Interface, you can provide reference material in the form of MS Word documents, PDFs, and other job aids to view/save and print for future use. In my earlier blog , we saw how to customize the Menu and Audio Script buttons in Articulate Storyline. In this post, we will see how to customize the Resource option in the GUI. By default, we can enable this feature using the Player. Learning Technology Articulate Storylin
    [Providers] Agile Learning Design
    Agile provides a way that empowers individual developers to produce value by giving them control of their deliverables, thus enabling measurable and visible progress. Overview. Software development and management has inherited many practices from the manufacturing sector – principles and practices that may not be best suited for the current world of management. In this highly interactive workshop, we have developed a series of activities to introduce you to Agile and the common pitfalls and ways to overcome them. Learning Objectives. Learn more about The Agile Manifesto. Testers.
    [Providers] 7 tips for supporting learning in the moment
    Tip 1: Engage learners themselves from the start Getting learner buy in at the start of the process means they’re engaged and ready to use the content you’re providing when they need it. Making this type of resource available has never been easier, many sources of more generic training like Lynda.com and Pluralsight provide an API for integration directly with an LMS. By providing external links to resources like legal documents, instead of embedding the content in a course, you can make sure your learners have the latest information available.
    [Providers] To Deliver Results Start with Why?
    Demonstrating the business value for learning is not a matter of providing more resources for measurement, evaluation and analytics. Top-executives who provide budgets need results for future funding decisions. It’s a process that permeates the learning cycle, starting with why? Delivering business value from learning has 10 steps. Start with why. Too many learning and development programs are implemented without a clear business need. Connect to the right solution. Too many programs are implemented for the wrong reasons. Define expectations. Design for results. Measure results.
    [Providers] Building Effective Employee Social Networks
    Understand how social learning provides opportunities for and impacts current learning design and delivery. Employee Social Learning – Ingredients for Success! About the Workshop. No one can deny the all-powerful nature of Social Media and Social Learning. However, beyond a few well-publicised success stories, there is a shortage of social learning initiatives which have been sustained beyond the initial launch. This workshop is suited for HR professionals who want to understand and make social learning a success in their organisations. Duration – 1 day. Learning Outcomes.
    [Providers] 8 Best Practices For Designing Gamified eLearning Experiences
    Be sure to limit the amount of introductory points you award, as providing too many can diminish the value of your eLearning course and decrease their extrinsic motivation. 7. With Docebo’s rich set of gamification features, it’s easy to not only provide a gamified learning experience, but you can also provide real-life incentives for performance, beyond virtual badges. How To Design Gamified eLearning Experiences. There isn’t any doubt that gamification holds a prominent place in the future of eLearning. Determine WHY And HOW To Gamify Your eLearning Course.
    [Providers] Is Video Learning the Magic Bullet for Sales Training AND Sales Enablement? by Mark Magnacca
    This article explains how this works, and provides a success story to illustrate. Sales organizations are using more just-in-time video learning to drive sales productivity. Over time, video will enhance onboarding of new sales professionals and their foundational training, and also support sales enablement, simplifying the collection, curation, and sharing of valuable content from the field. Instructional Design Learning Media Training Strategies
    [Providers] Formatting Fantastic Course Descriptions and Learning Objectives
    Providing tools to better understand sexual harassment, this course gives real life examples such as office relationships and how to deal with them. Finally, this course provides examples of sexual harassment policies and how to properly present them to employees. This provides checkpoints for the learner to follow as they complete the course.  . You’ve invested in making a quality elearning course and you want learners to love it. Crafting the perfect descriptions and learning objectives will help you showcase your product to future learners. DESCRIPTIONS. OBJECTIVES.
    [Providers] E-learning Outsourcing – Make the Right Choice
    Provided structured final assessment and certification through the LMS. A pharmaceutical company wanted to create an e-learning course on product training for its sales force. They were not sure whether to develop the course in-house or outsource it. Are you in the same situation? Are you taking baby steps in e-learning and still undecided whether to develop your courses in-house or outsource them? Are you familiar with the outsourcing options available in e-learning? To help you, this blog will take you through the process of developing an e-learning course. Outsource if…. Development.
  • MLEVEL  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2016
    [Providers] Tech Tuesday: 5 Things We Learned Using Microsoft PowerBI
    These KPIs provide a reference point that shows us how our business is evolving day to day. At mLevel, our data warehouse exists across three regions so PowerBI is essential for bringing that data together to provide a holistic view of mLevel’s success. At mLevel, not only do we analyze our client’s success with an in depth analytics suite; we analyze our own success based on established KPIs. To tease out these nuggets of information, mLevel has leveraged Microsoft’s PowerBI to create a dashboard that allows every employee the opportunity explore our data. What’s missing?
    [Providers] Voice Over Training Tips that will make Training Stick
    The following ten tips will provide a framework in which to structure and create a professional and memorable learning experience. Learning to do voiceovers doesn’t have to be terrifying or daunting; it can actually be fun and exciting. Think of yourself as delivering valuable and interesting information to the masses in a performance-like way. It is up to you to present information that is engaging, clear, and interesting to the learner and to have fun while doing it. Ensure that you are up-to-date and knowledgable about your subject before scripting the speech.
    [Providers] Buyer Personas – The Key to Training Your People Sell Better
    Buyer personas provide valuable insights into the motivations and buying behaviors of your customers, and these go a long way in training your salespeople understand their goals. We all know that targeting the right customer is the key to effective selling. But, how can you help your reps channel their efforts in the right direction? What does it take to train your sales folks identify and understand the needs of people interested in your products? Well, you need to use buyer personas to train your sales staff. What is a buyer persona? Discovery of buyer goals is made easy.
    [Providers] 3 Powerful Reasons to Provide Customer Education
    And why aren’t other companies providing education online to their clients on an ongoing basis? Here are 3 ways providing online education to customers can positively impact a business’s success: Engagement. great way to earn my business would have been to provide me education on how to install the exact model. Organizations can provide customer education and monetize it! I was nervous when I got home from work and saw the envelope lying on the counter. It was clearly a bill from the hospital where my daughter was delivered. That’s when it clicked. Differentiation.
    [Providers] How an LMS Serves the Purpose for the L&D Industry
    With an LMS in place, training can be provided at the right time to the right person, so that he gets groomed for leadership just in time. 3. Indian companies fulfil their requirement of skilled workforce by providing on-the-job training and other internal educational programs which are designed to quickly improve the expertise of new recruits especially in the high-tech industry. E-learning, namely the use of LMS is growing rapidly. However, despite the fact that e-learning is catching pace, the lack of a proper learning management system punches hole in the e-learning mesh.
    [Providers] 7 ways to use Google Analytics for an LMS with eCommerce
    Analytics provides templates for the most common transaction types here, and they’ll usually meet your needs for eCommerce purposes. If you use an  LMS with eCommerce features , you could also benefit from using Google Analytics. Understanding the nature of your traffic and how it fits key goals will help you to steadily improve course sales over time. As a Business Analyst at LearnUpon, I check Google Analytics multiple times a day to assess how campaigns and content are performing. Here are 7 tips for using Google Analytics with an LMS with eCommerce functionality. Set your goals.
    [Providers] How Choice Architecture Shapes Training Design: This Month on #BLPLearn
    Or you think a specific role is providing coaching, but when you do analysis, you find they’re not coaching at all. When it comes to training, many people believe it’s better to provide learners with lots of choices for how they go through material, what they access, and when they do it. Provide Realistic Scenarios that Show Consequences & Provide Feedback. With this expectation, you can help employees make fewer errors by providing performance feedback and implementing real-life scenarios in your course design. What is Choice Architecture?
    [Providers] Our digital future 1: Gazing down the corridor
    The victors will be those who adapt to new trends and technologies, and exploit the affordances and opportunities of the future to provide the best possible learning experiences for their students. The future? It's a little like looking down a long, meandering corridor. corridor of time where the end is indistinct, and where the lights are flickering on and off erratically. think I once stayed in a hotel just like that. It is unclear, far from determined, and fraught with surprises and turns, with dim areas of doubt and uncertainty. In short, it can't be accurately predicted. We hope.
    [Providers] Preparing for Teaching This Academic Year
    Here is a course titled How to Increase Learner Engagement which provides ten great ideas for breaking away from the lecture and working toward engaging students on a meaningful level. As I prepare to enter my 19th year teaching at the University, I have had the privilege of watching several alumni from our program (students I have taught) go on to become professors and teach at other universities, colleges, community colleges and other academic institutions. It is awesome to watch someone whom I’ve had in class go on to lead their own class. Enjoy! Here is a sneak peak.
    [Providers] Five Tips for Creating Effective Learning Videos
    Therefore, it’s crucial that we, as content creators, provide as much additional information about the content as we can in the video description, the thumbnail, or the teaser. The more information you can provide to the viewer before they even hit the play button, the more likely it is that they will select the video that will best help them reach their learning goal quickly. These can take on many different forms and roles, as shown in the image below: Lower thirds that provide information about a person or item shown in the video. Is it part of a series? Animations.
    [Providers] What’s new in TopClass LMS version 10?
    Based on the feedback we received, we were able to build a solution incorporating their feedback that extends the existing social learning features of TopClass LMS, is relevant to association learning needs, and provides useful, accessible tools for learning administrators. As noted by our CTO Linda Bowers in the press release announcing the availability of TopClass 10 , we really enjoyed working with our clients and we are so grateful to our wonderful user community for taking the time to provide their experience and insight. Working Hand-in-Hand with our Clients.
    [Providers] The Difference Between Mobile Learning and eLearning
    With mobile gaming seeing such popularity, we can conclude that people prefer the interactivity that games provide. You might think mobile learning is just classic eLearning on a smaller screen, but it’s not that simple. To start with, the term ‘eLearning’ can be fuzzy enough on its own, depending on who you’re talking to. To some people, eLearning defines the entire field of computer-based training and they see it as a synonym of online learning. It’s not for us to say who’s right and who’s wrong – but for the purposes of this article, we’re going with the second definition. The Length.
    [Providers] Authoring Tool/ Framework Selection for Responsive eLearning Development: gomo
    gomo gomo learning provides two products that enable you to create, update, host, and […]. In this fifth post of our series about responsive eLearning authoring tools, we’ll take a look at the features, advantages, and limitations of gomo, a proprietary tool from gomo learning. Our earlier posts looked at Adapt, Evolve, Lectora 16, and Elucidat. eLearning gomo gomo Authoring Tool gomo Features gomo Limitations Responsive Authoring Tools
  • EI DESIGN  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2016
    [Providers] Flash To HTML5 – Essential Toolkit For Successful Migration
    To be able to provide the flexibility to learners to learn “on-the-go” on the device of their choice, it is imperative that you migrate the legacy/Flash/SWF courses to a platform that supports multiple devices. While mobile learning is fetching great results in terms of providing learners with the flexibility of “anytime, anywhere” learning, organizations do need to make sure that the courses they build are compatible with desktops and laptops as well. Today, mobile learning support is offered by most Learning Management System providers (but not all of them do so).
    [Providers] Cool Interactive Video Example for E-Learning
    like the 3C model for scenarios : give the learner a challenge (what to do with employee), provide viable choices, and the choice produces a consequence (which could be immediate feedback or another challenge). Earlier I shared a nice example of a gamified elearning course. Today I’d like to share a really neat example of an interactive video scenario. This This example comes via the fine folks at SpongeUk who do some really cool work and said I can share it. View the Interactive Video Example. Click here to view the video interaction. What I Like About This Interactive Video.
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