[Providers] LearningCafe Digital Manifesto for L&D
    We are pleased to release the “LearningCafe Digital Manifesto for L&D” which is the result of the discussion and debate at LearningCafe about how L&D should adapt to provide value in a fast changing and digitally disrupted world. This required L&D to curate learning and value add by providing context. Some of the principles, enablers and skills included in the manifesto go counter to current L&D approaches but are proven in other domains. Principles. Make your Learning relevant and deliver value for money, time and cognitive bandwidth so that turn up.
    [Providers] Modernising Classroom Training through Technology (Online Workshop)
    This is not a traditional course, where I provide all the content and then test you on it! Where there is more than one participant, please provide the name and email address of each participant in the space provided. Next public social online workshop runs: 15 February – 11 March 2016. It is clear that many people find traditional classroom training approaches out of date and frustrating. This workshop looks at how to modernise classroom training through the integration of technology. This 4-week online workshop will cover. About this workshop. Social learning
    [Providers] If There Is No Trust Or Joy At Work There Is A Low Chance For Purpose
    love providing feedback and telling people what a great job they are doing. With gratitude and more emoticons, Candice responded by thanking me for taking the time to provide a few workplace options for her to consider. This is the magic dust intersection of what I refer to as the “sweet spot”. I may have provided a slight nudge to Candice, but it was nothing more. The day after delivering a keynote presentation, I received an email from Candice who kindly agreed to share her story. Let me give you some background. I am your stereotypical HR employee. applaud you. Cheers.
    [Providers] The All-Time Top 10 Lectora Templates
    Your learner can click the arrows on each side to peruse through the information you provide. #3 GameShow Game. Lectora Inspire 16 is a fantastic way to make responsive eLearning courses quickly. Using our Lectora templates can also get you there even faster, especially since each one of them is included in the purchase of Lectora 16! But which ones are the most popular amongst our eLearning Template Library users? We dug as far back as we could and pulled the numbers to find out. Take a look at our list of the Top 10 Lectora Templates and see what you think! #10 Delivery Challenge Game.
    [Providers] Leverage points for organizational agility
    The claim was that if you trusted to human sensing, you’d be only able to track what’s become common knowledge, and that doesn’t provide the necessary competitive advantage. I received some feedback on my post on Organizational Knowledge Mastery. The extension was that you needed market analytics to see new trends. And it caused me to think a little deeper. I’m thinking that the individuals in the organization, in their sensing/sharing, are tracking things before it becomes common knowledge. If Different insights from different mechanisms. social strategy
    [Providers] Training & Development: How sensible is it to outsource?
    leading and fast-growing global provider of security and compliance management solutions chose Origin Learning Solutions as its e-learning partner to partially outsource its training and development activity in order to march ahead with its scaling-up operations.As you read, you will understand the rationale behind choosing an external learning partner. These instructors had been providing extensive classroom training on security solution products to all employees, partners, and channel sales personnel. Why should businesses look at outsourcing training and development?
    [Providers] Subject Matter Experts: From Smackdown to Nirvana
    SMEs bring the content to life and provide both relevance and context. Working effectively with subject matter experts (SMEs) is absolutely critical for instructional designers and trainers who want to be successful. However, it can often seem like you and your SME are speaking two different languages, causing the instructional design process and, more importantly, communication to break down. How can you work better with and coach SMEs through your… The post Subject Matter Experts: From Smackdown to Nirvana appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
    [Providers] SMEs: From Smackdown to Nirvana
    SMEs bring the content to life and provide both relevance and context. Subject matter experts (SMEs) are the lifeline of work for instructional designers, trainers, and facilitators of learning. However, it can often seem like you and your SME are speaking two different languages, causing the instructional design process and, more importantly, communication to break down. How can you work better with and coach SMEs through your design and… The post SMEs: From Smackdown to Nirvana appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
    [Providers] eLearning: When Should You Record Your Voiceover Audio?
    In fact, home-grown audio works fine provided the audio doesn't contain loud, annoying, distracting background noise, or the narrator has a very thick accent that hinders learner comprehension. by Kevin Siegel      Adding voiceover audio to eLearning enhances the learner experience.   But when should you record your audio? If you're creating a software demonstration or interactive simulation, should the audio be recorded while you're recording the screen actions?   The answer to when it's best to record audio is. wait for it. 
    [Providers] Full #PhD scholarships in Technology Enhanced Learning #onlinelearning #telearning
    At the Open University research students are provided with a supportive environment and excellent research facilities to ensure a future supply of first class researchers. The Open University provides excellent support for students and offers a full range of training in computer, library and presentation skills. The Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET) Technology Enhanced Learning Priority Research Area have just released a call for Open Technology Enhanced Learning (OpenTEL) PhD scholarships. Deadline for application is 31 March 2016.
    [Providers] Examples of LMS Use Case Scenarios
    It’s important to note that any of the use cases provided can be combined or edited to fit the needs of your organization. Last week we took a look and writing a Meaningful LMS Use Case Scenario. This week we will try to outline some of the most basic scenarios to help you in brainstorming for your own organization. Keep in mind that use cases need to fit your organization needs for an LMS. For example, it wouldn’t be useful for you to use our use case on eLearning, if your organization has no intention of using eLearning for training. Student Role. Manager Role.
    [Providers] Podcasts in eLearning
    Provide learning mnemonics and emphasize key points. Have you ever used radio programs or audio CDs for learning? You cannot deny their popularity in all age groups. There is truly something mesmerizing about hearing a human voice, miles away, yet so clearly through the speakers or headphones. Audio podcasts are like radio programs, and can be used for learning. In this article, we will discover the best scenarios that call for podcasts and best practices for producing them. The TEDx podcasts have a million-count audience. Edit out mistakes and long pauses and sound of breaths.
    [Providers] Introduction to Personalized ELearning
    The infographic above (created by Extreme Networks  based on their survey) provides an introduction to personalized learning. The expectations of elearning today have come a long way since it was first introduced. In the past it wasn’t uncommon for an elearning module to simply have some generic text in a PowerPoint-type format. If you were lucky there would be some Clipart included as well. Well, gone are those days (and same with Clipart , if you didn’t know). Fast-forward to today and people demand more out of the elearning programs, and they should.
    [Providers] Workplace Learning-and-Performance -- Four Responsibilities Initiative!
    Maybe the four responsibilities can provide the umbrella hierarchy for more specific responsibilities. I just learned of a new initiative to push professionalization in the workplace learning-and-performance field. Because I'm a strong believer that we regularly fail in this, I'm signing on! Here's what I wrote in my commitment statement: Brilliant! And needed! The workplace learning-and-performance field is severely under-professionalized. Certainly architects try to help their clients meet their goals, but they don't capitulate on the important stuff. believe in the four principles!
    [Providers] The four responsibilities of the learning professional
    Just as consistently, it is apparent that they experience a major obstacle to achieving their goals and providing the best possible service to their organisations. They would soon be unable to provide an adequate service and would rightly ushered out of the profession. I have been lucky in my job to spend time with many hundreds of learning and development practitioners over the past ten years or so, in all sectors of the economy and in all parts of the world. Almost without exception I find them to be enthusiastic, friendly and determined to do the best possible job. No problem.
    [Providers] 5 Learning Tech Trends to Watch in the Next 5 Years
    This trend of providing “chunks” of content, instead of an hour-long course, is a result of several underlying factors. Then, add on the ability to stream video easily and quickly, the proliferation of text messaging services, and the neuroscience research supporting the concept of providing small bits of content over time to enhance learning, and you have a full-blown trend. It will start simply by having different levels through content, but will eventually progress to the point of adaptive learning presentation provided during the learning process.
    [Providers] Instructional Design Checkpoints
    Provide practice opportunities and interactivities. Provide meaningful feedback to instructional activities. Provide learners with strategies for retention and ideas about how to transfer new knowledge and skills to their jobs. Prepare and provide knowledge transfer to end-client or project owner, and assist with implementation. I came across a checklist I made several years ago about critical components of Instructional Design. While instructional strategies evolve with the instructional technologies, the principles of good design remain constant.
    [Providers] Making Micro Course Content
    This has the benefit of providing micro learning opportunities and also making the longer course a little more concise. If you have created an online course you know that it doesn’t take long before the course can become quite large consisting of many lessons and sub-topics. While some courses simply require this much content, it isn’t always ideal from a learner perspective. We live in a world of short attention spans. What’s more, when the course is take from a computer there is a world of distraction literally available at the learner’s fingertips.
    [Providers] 7 Reasons Social Media Boosts Social Learning
    It is defined as “the acquisition of information and skills through social technologies that allow people to collaborate, converse, provide input, create content and share it.” There are good reasons why companies should use Facebook as a means of promoting social learning. Too many business owners don’t take advantage of this free social media network out of fear that employees will abuse their social media privileges. As a result, entire companies miss out on all of Facebook’s social learning benefits. Use Facebook to Your Company’s Advantage. hours on the site each month. Jeffrey A.
    [Providers] Commercial Games vs Learning Games: Avoid the “Bling”
    learning game with well-managed complexity provides solid game play AND an optimal learning experience. I recently had a conversation with a game developer who was interested in becoming a subcontractor for us. While we do almost all of our development in-house, I thought I would entertain the conversation to see his capabilities. This developer shared several examples of games he had developed. All the sample games featured gorgeous graphics and lots of “action” in the games with things flashing, scores popping, and new game elements introduced as I advanced through levels.
    [Providers] Will 2016 be the year that MOOCs replace LMSs?
    An LMS is usually designed for the purpose of handling courses by various providers and publishers. The courses offered from top notch MOOC providers like yourtrainingedge, Coursera, EdX, and Udacity have, until recently, been mainly focused on the academic setting. Acronym ‘LMS’ of the yellow square pixels on a black matrix background. Learning management system concept. The arrival of 2016 means we are going to have new elearning scenarios and predictions. Computer based or web based learning, also called elearning is the phenomenon we all are familiar with.
    [Providers] Bloomfire Announces New Sales Enablement Software Solution
    Bloomfire SE is simple to use and it’s powerful — in the way it allows for sending content to prospects and in the insights it provides to help efficiently and effectively drive the sales process.” Bloomfire, developers of the leading knowledge sharing platform used across the world, today announced the release of Bloomfire SE to empower sales teams to send content to prospects and gain insights on how that content affects the sales process. Bloomfire SE includes a number of features designed to align sales and marketing teams. About Bloomfire. Blog News Press Release
    [Providers] Downright Sneaky Lectora Tricks Part 4: Unlocking the Master Control Panel
    This magic trick is simple: you just need to provide a visual indicator that identifies the correct answer(s) to the question. If you’re new to the Downright Sneaky Tricks series for Lectora® , be sure to catch up on the previous posts: Part 1: How to Build a Backdoor in Your Course. Part 2: Create a “Hidden Entrance” to devMode. Part 3: Add a devMode Indicator                                                                                                                                                           . The power to KNOW ALL and SEE ALL (of the answers on the quiz). Ready?
    [Providers] Find Color Schemes for Your E-Learning Courses
    Some of you have corporate style guides where the color information is provided. In a previous post I mentioned how to find color schemes using color schemers. They’re great tools to help find the right color palette for your courses. Personally I find them valuable because I have slight color blindness. So having a system that keeps me in line really helps. Use the Color Picker to Manually Create Color Schemes. Another way to create color schemes to manually pick colors from an image. With the color picker, I get colors that match colors from the image on the slides. Company logo.
    [Providers] Do's and Don'ts for Interviewing Success
    Knowing all this will better prepare you to answer questions the interviewer may ask, as well as provide you with useful questions to ask your interviewer. As summer approaches, a new surge of students will begin looking for jobs. Whether you’re graduating and finding a full-time career, starting an internship, or just looking for a part-time summer job, it’s important to maximize your interview experience.  To help you ace your interview, we’ve put together a list of a few do’s and don’ts for help before and after the interview.  . DO Look Professional. DO Come Prepared. DO Practice.
    [Providers] Producing Microlearning Courses – What Do I Need To Know?
    It easily fits around other work-related tasks as small, regular breaks that provide a stimulating period of mentally engaging activity which helps maintain productivity. What are the advantages of microlearning ? It doesn’t overwhelm the user with an intimidating amount of information to absorb. It allows users to learn only what they want or need at that point in time in relation to their role. It encourages users to develop professionally and add value to your organization (in order to gain access to further learning opportunities). Interested in what microlearning has to offer?
    [Providers] Using Video to Explain Medical Devices and Procedures
    Many healthcare providers have begun using video to supplement interactions between patient and doctor. The healthcare industry is no stranger to electronic performance support. The vast majority of doctors and medical staff use electronic resources to make the right decisions at the point of care. With such fluency in these tools, it’s no surprise that video is fast becoming a primary means of educating doctors, practitioners, patients, and medical sales professionals on their field. Video could also change the game for the medical device industry.
    [Providers] Seven musts for creating effective elearning
    The  rule is: “Trick your learner in making errors, provide proper feedback and he will learn.” Many new eLearning authors create eLearning with a presentation (PowerPoint) mindset. But creating a course is very different from creating a presentation. This article contains seven tips that will help you to create more engaging and effective eLearning modules. also created an eLearning module with more background information, There is a link to that full free module at the end of the page. efine a goal and objectives before you start.   Do things in the right order. 
    [Providers] Why Create a Virtual Classroom?
    If your course needs more interactivity than a simple eLearning program can provide, create a virtual classroom for a more satisfying teaching and learning experience. Well designed virtual classrooms provide a richer interaction while alleviating the requirement for everyone to be at the same location. Designing and delivering instructor-led webinars and courses in an online environment is sometimes more of a necessity than a luxury. Re-creating the traditional set-up in the eLearning format is not a challenge anymore. The question is, why should you create a virtual classroom?
    [Providers] Cognii launches virtual learning assistant for the education market [edtechreview.in]
    Excerpt: BOSTON, MA, January 27, 2016 ­­ Cognii, a leading provider of educational assessment technologies, today announces the launch of Virtual Learning Assistant (VLA), a next­ generation personalized adaptive learning platform for the Education and Training market. Cognii launches virtual learning assistant for the education market — from edtechreview.in Cognii’s VLA uses Artificial Intelligence and […].
    [Providers] Excellence in Business Training Award for Sponge UK
    Elearning company Sponge UK has won an award in recognition of the learning and development it provides for its own employees. The Plymouth-based provider of custom-made elearning came top in the category of Outstanding Commitment to Training for a medium-size business at the Excellence in Business Training Awards 2016 , hosted by Cornwall College Business. Sponge UK has grown rapidly in the past four years and provides internal and external training for its 60-strong workforce to help them develop as the company continues to expand.
    [Providers] The Talent Question
    Pushing the burden of providing talent to the education system is a long term strategy, but it’s also flawed. You have to provide direction and support. Think of it like a guild… Internal hackathons – get people working on things hands-on – and provide ways to discuss/share/learn together. One of the common things heard at the recent #BCTECH summit was the cry from organizations for more talent. One aspect I wanted to explore is the third element – organizations investing in talent development (let’s shape more talent). For everyone.
    [Providers] Investing in Social and Informal Learning Klass Capital Acquires Controlling Stake in Docebo
    Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Naples, Italy, Docebo is a cloud e-learning provider of SaaS learning management systems (LMS). Last month, it entered the social and informal learning space with two new modules launched in private beta: Docebo Coach, which enables learners and subject matter experts to collaborate online, and Docebo Share, which captures user-generated content and provides peer review and validation. Docebo’s new modules are aimed at providing both. Last November, Klass Capital its acquisition of the controlling stake in Docebo from Principia SGR.
    [Providers] 10 not-to-be missed posts from January 2016
    This month I’ve selected 10 and provided a quote from each. Here is my monthly selection of articles, posts and resources to read from January 2016. Heather McGowern (LinkedIn, 3 January) in Education is not the answer, wrote “The notion of education implies that there’s a path towards a definitive, finished state wherein an individual has […]. Social learning
  • 24X7 LEARNING  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2016
    [Providers] Why Choose a Customized Training Course?
    Unique training requirements can only be met by courses that are carefully designed and created to provide learners with knowledge that perfectly addresses their requirements. While Off-the-shelf or catalog courses are created to meet industry-specific needs, they cannot provide a 100% solution that addresses organization-specific needs. No two organizations are alike. No two organizations’ needs are the same. Even when it comes to training employees, an organization’s requirements are unique. Off-the-shelf courses vs. customized training courses.
    [Providers] Go Make Something Happen!
    This is why we cannot let the pressure of procrastination be a barrier to us providing support when we are needed (and before we are needed). We want to be able to provide support and guidance to our customers – there are times when that support ain’t pretty. Productivity is a fair weathered friend, at best. Sometimes it’s with you, holding your hand, moving you along while singing Margaritaville. Other times it’s hungover (most likely from said margarita’s) and can’t get out of bed in the morning. Perhaps. Can’t okay be good enough?
    [Providers] a dire shortage of alternative models
    Both of these strategies provide ways for people to avoid the effects of careening markets. The shift from a market-dominated society to a networked society is well on its way. The TIMN [Tribes + Institutions + Markets + Networks] model shows how civilization grew from a collection of tribes, added institutions, and later developed markets, as the dominant form of organization. These aligned with revolutions in communications: from oral, to written, to print. The network era began with the advent of electric communications, though it is by no means completely established.
    [Providers] Shoot your own videos - beyond the talking head
    Shoot a talking head video but provide some context before and after the talking head (as in the video above with Bart) Use existing footage with and voice over Screen Cast with a screencast program like Screencast-o-Matic record a powerpoint to tell your story Use a series of pictures and tell your story Work with images. Wednesday I participated in the LOSmakers meetup. The LOSmakers are a group of people interested in learning & social media. Cycling through the rain to the station got me soaked 4 times, but worth it, it was a very inspiring meeting. elearning video
  • G-CUBE BLOG  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2016
    [Providers] Lessons Learnt While Developing An e-Course On ‘Corporate Social Responsibility: A Design Perspective’
    Images and graphs were extensively used to illustrate concepts and provide visual stimuli to aid understanding. This provides learners, who already have the basic understanding of the concept, the freedom to proceed and learn more. Growing awareness of the Earth’s inability to sustain our current rate of extravagant and unrestrained development has led to rapid change in the global economic, social, and political climate. Thus, organizations and employees need to be informed about CSR and create sustainable eco-friendly processes within an organization. Learning
    [Providers] The Truth About Competency Assessments
    An effective competency assessment can provide valuable insight that helps an organization direct their learning & development activities, formulate individual coaching & learning plans, inform selection interviewing questions and refine job role descriptions- to name a few outcomes. Why is it that a tool that can provide so much richness to the organization is held in such low regard by participants? Unfortunately most participants view assessments in the same light as they might a colonoscopy- necessary but incredibly invasive and uncomfortable. Guest Posts
    [Providers] The Truth About Competency Assessments
    An effective competency assessment can provide valuable insight that helps an organization direct their learning & development activities, formulate individual coaching & learning plans, inform selection interviewing questions and refine job role descriptions- to name a few outcomes. Why is it that a tool that can provide so much richness to the organization is held in such low regard by participants? Unfortunately most participants view assessments in the same light as they might a colonoscopy- necessary but incredibly invasive and uncomfortable. Guest Posts
    [Providers] Working Out Loud: The Holy Sh*t! Edition
    It's just that these three things hit me in the same week, providing yet another powerful reminder that we need to be thinking differently about the role of work in our society where we believe that every able-bodied adult should have a job. As part of my goal in January to do more "Working out Loud," I'm experimenting with doing a Friday Roundup, sharing a few thoughts, links, etc. that have emerged from my work during the week that I think could be useful to you too. This week I had several holy sh*t moments related to how work is changing that I wanted to share. .
  • DOCEBO  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2016
    [Providers] The path toward better partner channel learning content
    Take a second to think about the type of learning content you provide for your reseller network. The more product knowledge and information your partners and resellers acquire, the more effective they’ll be, right? How does it stack up to your internal sales training content? When was it last updated? Organizations in the extended enterprise shouldn’t take this powerful network for granted. While most companies expect their reseller network to operate with a fair amount of independence, it’s absolutely critical for the sales messaging to remain consistent across the brand.
  • G-CUBE BLOG  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2016
    [Providers] The Exciting World of Game-based Mobile Learning – A New Way Ahead For Modern Learners
    Mobile devices are now being used for learning as well, and true to their character, they are providing the much needed context in learning as well. Mobile learning provides the users with access to learning regardless of time and location. Even learners prefer games which have a clear learning focus and provide multiple opportunities to learn new things within the environment. Most corporate learners realize the benefits of learning and are not opposed to games which provide lots of learning opportunities. Game as a learning tool. Learning and Playing – anywhere.
    [Providers] The Bold New World of Talent: Predictions for 2016
    This new digital life (and our digital workplace) demands a refresh in our thinking about HR: the way we design programs, the tools we use, and how we roll out and communicate solutions. I had one of the leading providers of digital employee communication solutions in my office this week and the company told me that their one-minute, fast, animated videos have become the most popular and viral way companies communicate new benefits programs, wellness programs, and other employee benefits. As a backdrop, let me note the headlines released at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
    [Providers] 10 Ways EdTech Tools Can Improve the Learning Process
    Technology is providing more supportive, educational resources than ever before. This opens the door to provide skill sets we never thought possible. Technology is providing many options to turn lessons into interactive challenges and games and to stimulate an audience so that they better retain the information. Stay relative and connected to provide better opportunities. Although many are geared or marketed towards teachers and professors, plenty of the available tools are useful for corporate training or instructional designers. Reading text can become repetitive.
    [Providers] 10 Statistics on Corporate Training and What They Mean for Your Company’s Future
    But do companies provide enough training? Benjamin Franklin once said “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest”, and we think Mr. Franklin got it spot on. Training isn't something that's 'nice' to have in your organization. It's an absolutely vital part of a company's long-term investment and growth strategy. This seems like a simple point, and it's something that nearly all companies, and L&D managers alike, will agree with. And what does current research say about the state of corporate training and eLearning? workplace learning trends corporate training
    [Providers] How to coordinate your company L&D strategy with an LMS
    learning management system can support this coordination by providing the best tools and by hosting all the knowledge in one centralized place. Your company is just like a living ecosystem. All the desks and computers may not be very lively, but the people using them are the living creatures that make things like profit and company success happen. The human resource is arguably the most important resource any company can have, no matter its size or field of activity. “ You know, like most entrepreneurs do, that a company is only as good as its people. How come, you ask? Permalink
    [Providers] 5 Best Inside Sales Tools for People Management
    WalkMe provides enterprises with onscreen contextual guidance, in the form of step-by-step walkthroughs. Another tool that one can use in people management is Beqom, a Sales Performance Management system that provides employees with clear direction and understanding of their performance relative to internal and external benchmarks. Likewise, AlignStar is territory management software that uses GIS mapping technology to provide a geographic view of sales territories, historical sales data and quotas. WalkMe. This results in long training times and poor knowledge retention.
    [Providers] Getting pragmatic on what L&D can do
    However, assuming good coaching and mentoring skills would be a mistake, so there’s a real for L&D to provide explicit development of coaching and mentoring, as well as ensuring that those relationships are established and occur. I was inspired by a diagram that my ITA colleague Harold Jarche included in a post, where he puts some concepts into their 70:20:20 role as either people, skills, or tools. My breakout starts with the 10 (though you should start your solution thinking with the 70, as my colleague Charles Jennings suggests ). And, of course, curation trumps creation. And
    [Providers] 8 Elements of Writing Strong Questions for a Test
    This sets up clear learner expectations and also provides the needed confidence and motivation to complete the assessment. What are “strong questions”? Strong questions are the test questions that provoke recall and active synthesis of learning objectives. Not all eLearning developers are good writers though. Writing strong questions to test learners’ capability is both a skill and a talent! Rest assured, with regular practice using these 8 elements, writing strong questions will soon be your talent! What are authentic assessments made of? Simple – strong questions.
    [Providers] Specsavers uses online induction to ‘coin’ its values with new starters
    Sponge also provided strong project management which ensured we landed the project on time, on budget and to the desired quality. We’ve had wholly positive feedback from our global stakeholders and we’re confident that it will provide a positive and impactful welcome to our new starters.” Staff and partners joining Specsavers will be able to earn a virtual coin to donate to charity in a new online induction course. The innovative online course has been created for Specsavers by award-winning elearning company, Sponge UK.
    [Providers] Fighting Forgetfulness
    Provide contextual learning so learners can visualize how they can use the information. By taking the natural forgetting process into account and providing follow up activities for your learners, you can help them retain crucial information. Think of your brain as a refrigerator. You put information in it to preserve and use later. When you need that information again you remember it, “taking it out of the fridge” so to speak. But what happens if you leave something in there for too long? In a fridge, old food goes bad and needs to be thrown out. No big deal.
    [Providers] How Do Top Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) Providers Boost User Adoption Rates?
    As an ATS provider, you know that the competition is pretty stiff out there. JobAdder provides an ATS that enables more than 8,000 recruiters match candidates to jobs, track the candidates’ progress, manage job orders, and more. First, provide resources that customers can access to understand the product on their own such as how-to videos and tutorials. Provide Personalized Interactions. Provide personalized contextual interactions by segmenting your user audience according to roles or user type. will use examples from Jobvite, JobAdder and PeopleMatter.
    [Providers] Serious Games Challenge Announces 2015 Winners
    SimTecT 2012 Serious Games Showcase was the inaugural international competition providing a business and student finalist to SGS&C 2012 at I/ITSEC. provide players with a clearly identified challenge/problem. provide players with positive/negative feedback with respect to progress toward the Game’s challenge and achievement of learning objectives. The Serious Games Showcase & Challenge is the premiere venue for recognition of excellence in the field of serious games development. Every year they invite submissions of “serious games.”
    [Providers] Can You Learn How to Make Coffee via eLearning?
    Regardless of the topic, if you’re looking for a consistent way to teach employees, eLearning provides a powerful way to do just that. When it comes to providing employees with consistent instruction, eLearning offers a powerful and effective way to transfer knowledge. In the case of teaching employees how to make coffee beverages via an eLearning module, you might provide: Foundational information about the beverage menu. But when it comes to the ability to demonstrate and engage learners with interactive content, custom-made eLearning provides more options.
    [Providers] Custom LMS Sign-Up Forms are a Must
    Most learning management system providers today boast a barrage of features designed to help you create a really impact the learning experience when someone takes your courses. Everything from gamification elements, dynamic quizzing, mobile functionality, and so much more. could write a 2000 words on the amount of features out there. But there is one feature that not every LMS out there has but really should: custom user registration forms. Every Organization Has Different Needs. Surprisingly, many learning management programs cannot accommodate it. learning management system lms
    [Providers] Reactivating Learning
    don’t just provide abstract knowledge). Reapplication : this is the best, where instead of consuming a concept model or an example, we actually provide a new practice problem. (I looked because I’m sure I’ve talked about this before, but apparently not a full post, so here we go.). If we want our learning to stick, it needs to be spaced out over time. But what sorts of things will accomplish this?  I like to think of three types, all different forms of reactivating learning. Reactivating learning is important. All of these serve as reactivation. design mobile
    [Providers] 8 Ways to Enhance Your Mobile Learning Design
    Anyone can create mobile learning programs, provided they incorporate these strategies during the design phase. This is mainly due to the availability of cheaper mobile data and greater network coverage provided by mobile service providers. Providing a comfortable user experience regardless of the screen size is a challenge. Make sure you provide alternative routes to accessing your material. While eLearning developers struggle to produce quality eLearning programs, the learners at large are anticipating mobile-friendly outputs. Edit text and summarize more.
    [Providers] Life and Learning in a Post-SCORM World
    ” The short of it is, xAPI provides the means to track far more about the learning experience (not just the course) than ever before. As learning professionals, we’ve lived in a SCORM world for a least the past decade; SCORM being the set of standards for sharing and tracking learning content. But the world has started to evolve, and these days, it’s abuzz with talk of xAPI. Not as familiar with xAPI? Click here.). We’re pretty geeked about xAPI ourselves. ” “If I can track everything, I could get an enormous amount of data.
    [Providers] Defining A Leader’s Duty Of Care
    Failing to provide these aspects is a failure to deliver a purposeful organization. To have purpose in one’s work is to achieve what we might coin “workplace actualization”. You may be familiar with Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs,” where at the top of society’s (arguably) most famous triangle rests the level known as self-actualization. Maslow depicted the hierarchy of needs in 1943 in a paper titled, “ A Theory of Human Motivation.” Job mindset:  Performing transactional duties in return for compensation and not much else. Absolutely not. In other words, 72% of U.S.
    [Providers] Meaningful LMS Use Case Scenarios
    It is pretty difficult to decide on an LMS provider if you haven't first decided how your employees will be using the LMS. We have provided an extensive list to get you started, but have by no means encompassed everything in an LMS. Next week we will provide a longer list of role and workflow based examples you could potentially use in your own demonstration request. [1] "The Poor Overlooked LMS Use Case – Brandon Hall Group." 2013. For those who are unfamiliar with use case scenarios, they are simply the scenarios that users of your system would perform.
    [Providers] Features of Moodleforce – The Moodle Salesforce Integration!
    It majorly provides on-demand CRM solutions for the small, mid-market to enterprise level MNCs. Now, where do we, as the leading Moodle service providers, come into the picture? Every soul that’d have crossed the e-learning terrain even once must have come across the doctrine of Moodle. Moodle is the most basic form of software, fundamentally a learning management system , that can be used by the educators to extend e-learning content to the learners. It is an open source platform that can be used without the need for licensing and the other stipulations.  .
    [Providers] How free is open? #EDENchat
    Do MOOCs and other massive online courses actually provide an alternative to formal education, or are they a passing fad? Today at 8pm GMT, the second #EDENchat of 2016 will be live on Twitter. Follow the hashtag and join in the chat as we discuss issues around open learning and open scholarship. Questions will include: 1) Your own experiences of being an open scholar. What have been the benefits to you of being open, and of freely sharing your content, experiences and ideas? And conversely, what have been the pitfalls? 2) Can we be too open as scholars? How free is open?
    [Providers] A Simple Reason to Use Captivate Templates
    Using eLearning Brothers templates in your Adobe Captivate course will provide you with stunning visuals that will also save you development time. Use this for any decisions that might provide different outcomes based on the choices made. In case you didn’t know it yet, Adobe Captivate 9 now comes standard with eLearning Brothers templates and cut out people out of the box. While we think that this alone is good enough to start using the templates, we wanted to offer you offer you a better, simpler reason. Using It really is just that simple! Take
    [Providers] How to Guarantee your Learning Program's Breakthrough
    How would you react if based solely on the description of the symptoms you provide the doctor, that they concluded the next step was to schedule neuro-surgery! Imagine this scenario- you are at your physician’s office for your annual physical exam. You begin the meeting with your doctor by describing some of the symptoms that your believe are creating the headaches you have been experiencing. You would rightly be surprised and expect some additional diagnostic tests to be conducted first- right? Why does this matter? What are the risks of acting without these insights?
    [Providers] Introducing GeoTalent Flex
    Our TrainingPartner product line provided customers with a completely customizable learning management system. GeoTalent Flex provides new customers with the most customizable LMS on the market without sacrificing responsiveness to mobile devices. Flex provides simplicity with the flexibility to mold to your unique business rules, internal branding, workflows and processes. Unlike simple SaaS applications or custom-developed platforms, GeoTalent provides true enterprise-class architecture that can be tailored to meet your diverse requirements. Now you can!
  • MATRIX  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2016
    [Providers] How learning management systems support deep learning
    Each step of the learning path is supported by custom resources and provides just-in-time feedback. One of my favourite college professors once said that her utmost satisfaction as a teacher was when her students grew bigger brains. She was partially referring to the theory that adult brain cells do keep growing , but mostly to the fact that she felt like a true God whenever we, the students, asked smart questions and applied the new knowledge from her class in real life. She felt that her teaching got deep into our brains and modeled us. What a scary thought! How could this be possible?
    [Providers] Sponge UK named in list of England’s top 50 creative companies
    Elearning provider Sponge UK has been included on a list of the 50 most innovative and inventive creative companies in England. The Creative England 50 (CE50) report, now in its second year, identifies and celebrates businesses and individuals from across the country producing creative content or products. Sponge UK is among 50 companies selected by Creative England to be part of the report in recognition of their ability to turn creative ideas into commercial success. It is the only bespoke elearning company to be included on this year’s list.
    [Providers] Using Mentorship and Sponsorship to Develop Women Leaders
    Mentoring and sponsorship are two important ways to develop yourself and your career and also provide support and advancement to others in your organization. learning & development
    [Providers] STRETCH Is An Excellent Book To Help You With Tomorrow’s Workplace
    By introducing the concept of stretch, the authors have provided a compelling answer. Stockdale, Brian Ray, John Gardner, and Steven Spielberg, the authors successfully help the reader understand how to stay motivated through the ups and downs of a career, providing strategies to remain focused on our dreams. ” Indeed, it is the opinion of this reader (and early reviewer of the book) that Willyerd and Mistick have provided meaningful insights and practical, evidence based solutions. But the authors also warn us as well that to stretch takes hard work.
    [Providers] Free eBook Available: How To: Create Action Learning Your CEO Will Love
    There's a free eBook available online that provides methods to create action learning that will not only engage your managers, but will also delight your CEO. Looking for ideas, direction, and a little inspiration on how to create strategically aligned action learning your CEO will love? Great! This eBook reviews: - Training content development that aligns with the business - Types of outcomes that should be measured and applied within training - How and why training is critical to the business At times, it can be tough to create new ideas, new methods, and new approaches. Enjoy
    [Providers] social media: an unrealized opportunity
    Social media are very useful, they provide pleasure, but they are a trap.” “The difference between a community and a network is that you belong to a community, but a network belongs to you. You feel in control. You can add friends if you wish, you can delete them if you wish. You are in control of the important people to whom you relate. People feel a little better as a result, because loneliness, abandonment, is the great fear in our individualist age. It was a sign: real dialogue isn’t about talking to people who believe the same things as you. Communities
    [Providers] Skilling India: Mine the Young Workforce
    sure way to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth is to provide a mechanism to acquire skills, empowering the disadvantaged sections with skill development opportunities and developing a skill growth programme for continuous education and productivity enhancements. In addition, NSDC funded vocational training providers have been set up in the last few years to support this endeavour. My article originally published in Deccan Herald on 21 Jan 2016. Prosperous countries with high GDP and per capita income tend to have high skill capital.
    [Providers] MicroAssist Senior Learning Architect Kevin Gumienny to Present at the 20th Annual Training Expo 2016 in Austin, Texas
    Tools 2016: Free Apps and Shareware for Trainers with Luke Stollings from Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services The Training Expo provides a forum for government employees involved in training and development to share ideas, resources and learning. MicroAssist Senior Learning Architect, Kevin Gumienny , is presenting at the 20th Annual Training Expo 2016 in Austin, Texas as part of the track sponsored by E-Learning Council. The topics for the E-Learning Council Sponsored Track are: Reaching New Audiences through Online Training with Kevin Gumienny. read more
  • TOPYX LMS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2016
    [Providers] TOPYX LMS and EdTek Services Announce Partnership
    BONITA SPRINGS, FL –  Interactyx, the developer of the TOPYX® learning management system (LMS) software , and EdTek Services, Inc. , a full-service eLearning technology and support provider for small to midsize organizations, are excited to announce a strategic partnership to jointly serve the growing eLearning market. Clients choose TOPYX because of its ease of use, engaging peer-to-peer learning tools, outstanding value, robust feature set and dedicated support teams to provide compliance training, external portals, sales training and other online learning management needs.
    [Providers] 5 Reasons Why eLearning Has A Bad Reputation And How To Overcome It
    If you do have more interactive elements, such as simulations, be sure to provide explicit directions beforehand so that they know what to expect. eLearning has a negative connotation for many people. For one reason or another eLearning courses are associated with boredom, frustration, and utter confusion. However, if you know why eLearning has gotten a bad reputation over the years, you have the power to overcome the stereotypes and create an unforgettable eLearning experience. In fact, dread and reluctance may describe their emotions more accurately. There is a caveat to this, however.
    [Providers] 70:20:10 – towards 100% performance
    Many books provide a good read and then go on the shelf, where they stay. The book consists of 100 practitioner-focused  articles, many of which provide checklists and examples. This book fills a gap in the professional literature on workplace learning and provides a much-needed integrated perspective. It made sense to separate work from learning, replicate the schooling process and and provide formal solutions in classrooms or conference rooms away from the workplace. It is focused on helping people to implement the reference model. Performance Architect.
    [Providers] Ingrain Immersive Learning…Get the drift?
    He was always willing to help out and provide honest advice when needed. “Ambitious, Driven, Business focused, emerging…Professional and…Member | Available from Jan 2016” – these are compelling ‘characteristics’ of an individual, who knows the market forces and the power of the social media platform, to get to the goal envisioned and shared on a public social sphere. The world is shrinking and yet expanding. Today, it’s a globe where connecting the dots is what matters most. It’s an evolving terrain. Its younger cousin LinkedIn was not far! Not the esoteric kind though! Hold on!
    [Providers] Benefits of Moodleforce – Moodle Salesforce Integration!
    Moodle, the world renowned open source software that can provide personalized virtual learning environment for the educators, administrators and learners, now blends with Salesforce. Eggheads in the corporate industry will have at some point or the other must have come across the platform of Salesforce in their professional treadmill. And now, this acclaimed CRM software, Salesforce, weaves together with Moodle to form a typical integration, known as Moodleforce. Besides, it helps in increasing the productivity of the sales personnel owing to its ease of use. Take an LMS Demo now!  .
    [Providers] Learn Appeal – The Learning Capsule
    Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t providing the Internet where there is none; it’s providing a localisedWi-Fi network (from this little box, yes) with interactive learning management system. At the end of 2015 I met up with Lesley Price, just a catch up to chat about retirement (unfortunately not mine), keeping busy, moving house, and The Really Useful #EdTechBook. Lesley also had something else to show me. Whilst waiting for food to arrive Lesley plopped (only word for it) a blue lunchbox on the table and said … “try this out” Um, OK? Partners.
    [Providers] 2016 Graphic Design Trends for eLearning Afficionados
    We wanted to highlight a few of these trends we think will be important as you work on your eLearning visual design and provide some of our own insights. We spent a little bit of time last week talking about training and development trends that are going to be important in this new year. Similarly, we wanted to touch on some of the major graphic design trends happening in eLearning in 2016. After doing some reading around, there is a fantastic article on Medium about 16 Web & Graphic Design Trends to Watch in 2016. We Geometric Shapes and Grid-based Design. Material Design. Colors.
    [Providers] Changing Mindsets? Yes, Please.
    L&D professionals appear to be rethinking their dedication to efficiency – training the most people to perform the task in the most economical way possible – and instead focusing on more flexible methods to create training, providing more agile, less structured catalogs of training, and introducing methods that allow employees the freedom they need to fit development activities into their job. I am optimistic about the future of L&D. Excited, even. Last year was rough for L&D as a function. L&D’s capability gap grew [1]. What changed? Mindsets mostly.
    [Providers] Changing Mindsets? Yes, Please.
    L&D professionals appear to be rethinking their dedication to efficiency – training the most people to perform the task in the most economical way possible – and instead focusing on more flexible methods to create training, providing more agile, less structured catalogs of training, and introducing methods that allow employees the freedom they need to fit development activities into their job. I am optimistic about the future of L&D. Excited, even. Last year was rough for L&D as a function. L&D’s capability gap grew [1]. What changed? Mindsets mostly.
  • ELEARNING 24-7  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016
    [Providers] Catching Up: ATDTK Commentary
    The D2L person I talked with, was very affable, knowledgeable and provided me with an excellent demo, but he did an eye wondering, once and it was very noticeable. . The comment (about to be provided), was erroneous on their LMS statement, but the usage of the word that went with it, to anyone who has had a family member who has been at the said location, is just inexcusable. First off, I want to thank everyone for their patience for this delayed week’s blog.  Getting sick as you know is no fun, especially when you think it clears up and then zammo it is back again.
    [Providers] The power of emotions on learning
    The left side of the brain provides logic, reasoning, critical thinking, while the right hemisphere houses our emotions, certain kinds of intuition, or our artistical sense. Bill is very frustrated with his result and blames the instructor for not helping him enough and providing unstructured or irrelevant learning materials. Emotions are like colors. There is a rainbow of emotions and we humans should embrace the whole spectrum. This post will not go into more detail about how many types of emotions exist, but rather how they can affect the cognitive process of learning.
    [Providers] 3 Strategies for Developing Original Work Activities
    Provide them with a case that replicates their work and invite them to form decisions based on dilemmas faced in the case. Business letters. 3) Journal Activities: These activities provide a way for learners to collect decisions into an ongoing document that they can review and take away at the end of the eLearning. As with any eLearning program, the final exam or the summative assessment is an expected end. Before learners even register for a course, they are keenly interested in the nature of the final exam. Would it be an online LIVE assessment? Sometimes it is not so. Plans.
    [Providers] TOPYX Topics – Social Learning Newsletter – January 2016
    Jodi provides specific client examples and firsthand experience of what the market, and the users, are asking for in a modern learning management system (LMS). We are dedicated to providing you with relevant articles and newsletters covering the evolving eLearning, learning management, and social learning landscape so you have the information you need to stay current. It’s 2016. It’s time to seriously discuss the benefits of social learning. The full conversation can be accessed here. Don’t miss this! Enjoy this edition of the TOPYX Topics Newsletter.
    [Providers] Elearning makes ‘real contribution’ to school cyber safety
    Cyber Security for Teachers has been designed and developed on behalf of the two organisations by Sponge UK, an award-winning elearning provider. The 10 module programme aims to help teachers improve their own cyber safety skills while providing knowledge that can be passed on to colleagues and students. A cyber safety online training programme is being offered to teachers to help them play a key role in dealing with cyber threats to schools. It’s part of an accreditation pathway that can lead to schools gaining the title of Cyber Aware Institution.
    [Providers] Launching Your eLearning Initiative Successfully
    Provide them with courses that fulfill these requirements. Industry relevant publications and places where you can share or aggregate your blog posts will provide an additional source of exposure.  Launching a new product or service at any organization can feel like rocket science, one wrong move and BOOM! Don’t let your eLearning initiative go up in flames, plot a course for success among the association stars with these six tips. Match the courses to the learners. If you’ve done your market research you know who your target audience is. Do they need CE credits? Set a goal.
    [Providers] Call for papers: mobile and online learning #CfP
    The ML Conference seeks to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of mobile learning research which illustrate developments in the field. Just a couple of open calls to get papers and/or speaking proposals in: Practical Pedagogies 2016: 3 - 4 November 2016 in Toulouse, France. high-impact, grass-roots training conference for classroom teachers by classroom teachers. Two days of inspiring keynotes , workshops and evening social events : only 100 Euros ! Important dates: Proposals need to be submitted by 30 January 2016. Dr. Prof. In particular, with the study of ".how 2007).
    [Providers] Downright Sneaky Lectora Tricks Part 2: Create a “Hidden Entrance” to devMode
    Today, we’re going to provide a way to turn it ON and OFF. In the previous Downright Sneaky Lectora® Tricks tutorial , we created the devMode variable in Lectora®. Turning devMode ON and OFF. Now that you have created your devMode variable, you need a way to toggle it ON and OFF. My own methods for toggling devMode have evolved significantly over time. Initially, I just set the Initial Value of the devMode variable to 1 so that it was ALWAYS ON during course development. When development was over, I changed the initial value to 0 to turn it off and republish. Action: Modify Variable.
    [Providers] How to Build a Successful Blended Learning Program
    The variety, flexibility, and independence of blended learning solutions provide educators and training professionals with numerous options to create amazing content. Educational institutions and corporate training teams alike have embraced the idea of blended learning – a training approach that combines the use of classroom instruction with the possibilities of online learning. Some of the benefits of a blended learning approach include: Establishing foundational knowledge prior to in-person sessions. Conducting meaningful conversations (online and in-person).
    [Providers] 2 Simple Steps to Create a Minimalist eLearning Environment
    This is best accomplished by providing learners/users with an eLearning environment that is stripped of all that would distract them from comprehending the information that is needed for their immediate and long-term success. Does the program exist primarily to provide excellent employee training? In the past few years, culture has begun to take a radical turn away from materialism and toward minimalism. Walk into any bookstore and you’ll notice book after book written to help people downsize and simplify their lives. Isn’t this a desire of yours? However, it is possible.
    [Providers] What is Self-Service Learning?
    It’s highly rewarding and provides an enhanced sense of achievement. Self-service – it’s a term that most of us view as synonymous with convenient, quick and hassle-free. Can the same be said about learning independently and completely unassisted? With the advent of elearning , can highly motivated people better their careers through self service learning? Should these principles be applied to a process that traditionally takes time and patience (and money)? Just what exactly is this idea of ‘self-service’ learning? What does self-service learning mean? OK – this isn’t a new concept.
    [Providers] Adobe RoboHelp: Sitemaps
    Provide this file to your webmaster (or submit the sitemap to search engines to allow them to index your site). by Willam van Weelden      RoboHelp 2015 patch 2  introduces a great feature for Responsive HTML5: sitemaps. sitemap is a file with a list of all topics in your output. Search engines such as Google and Bing use the sitemap to determine which topics are available in your output, boosting findability of your content. If you want to make 1st place on Google, having a sitemap is essential.     Create a Sitemap. Open your RoboHelp project.
    [Providers] “A pathway to federal aid for unaccredited education providers”
    Here’s a primer — from edsurge.com by Bart Epstein and Ben Wallerstein (on 11/9/15) Excerpt: On October 15th, the Department of Education launched a new Experimental Site called Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships (EQUIP), which creates a pathway to federal aid for unaccredited education providers–including the fast-growing bootcamp sector. Equipped for EQUIP? Here’s what you need to […].
    [Providers] Generic versus bespoke cyber security training: What’s the best for you?
    When a short time scale isn’t critical it’s worth considering bespoke cyber security training from a provider who can assess your needs in depth. The answer for most modern businesses is to provide all staff with cyber security training. Cyber security affects everyone. High profile businesses are victims of malicious hacks, but more frequently data security breaches occur due to normal staff making avoidable mistakes. For some organisations a generic, off the shelf option might be the most suitable, but others will benefit from a custom-made training approach. Where do I start?
    [Providers] 3 mysterious "features" of the LMS experience that ruin them for me
    Remember, my experience is in large corporate LMSs, often from big global providers. I've been working with LMSs for a long time and with everyone there are some common moans. Here are a couple that leapt out at me today. Yours might be different. hope that it is - I've certainly heard good things about some companies' offers. By all means enlighten me in the comments. 1. Timing out" A perennial problem, my LMS booting me out after a period, usually unknown, seems to afflict me on whatever LMS I'm working on. Oh, and the pop-out radio iPlayer. That's it). Hateful. Aw, so I promised 3.
    [Providers] Embed Learning in the Workflow for Greater Results
    Embedded learning improves the effectiveness of formal training by providing reinforcement and coaching. There have been so many studies done and results published insisting that one-off training isn’t very effective. We use that phrase— one-off training —quite a bit on this blog. For new readers (hello, thanks for joining!) we use that phrase to describe training that’s done with zero follow-up or accountability. The audience participates in the class whether in-person or online, and then they’re done. 87% of new skills are lost within a month of the training (Xerox). Work systems.
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