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  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011
    [Providers] Taleo Firmly Establishes itself in the Learning Management Systems Market
    Last year, Taleo , the largest provider of recruiting software, spent $100 million acquiring mid-market LMS vendor Learn.com. The ever-changing market for Learning Management Systems (LMS) continues to evolve. The company's strategy, which we supported in earlier blog posts, is to expand across all elements of the talent management domain and develop an offering which gives customers a "one stop shopping" solution. Read our LMS 2011 industry study for all the details.) We had a briefing with Taleo this week and it appears that progress is excellent. It is not to be missed
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2011
    [Providers] Building the Borderless Workplace: IMPACT 2011 Research Conference
    The Solution Providers. As a premier analyst firm, we talk with hundreds of HR, L&D, and talent management solution providers each year. This year is our fourth annual Learning and Talent Management Research Conference, IMPACT: The Business of Talent® (April 26-29 at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg, Florida) and it is going to be the best conference ever! This theme is very appropriate, given the changes in the middle east. All these changes dramatically change the way we manage people, how we develop people, and how we build and assess leadership.
  • ONEHUNDREDFORTYWORDS  |  MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009
    [Providers] Learning Agents Part 1: Why Learning Agents?
    They can provide an authoritative look and feel when the audience or material calls for it. Or they can provide a “touchstone&# and make the course more personal for learners who otherwise may not enjoy computer-based training. onehundredfortywords.com i make stuff that helps people learn Home Inbox About this Site Custom Elearning Design Subscribe to feed ‹ How Long Does E-Learning Development Take? • Learning Agents Part 2: Learning Agents, Done Well › Learning Agents Part 1: Why Learning Agents? They can bring life and energy to a dry, boring topic.
  • ONEHUNDREDFORTYWORDS  |  MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009
    [Providers] Why Learning Agents?
    They can provide an authoritative look and feel when the audience or material calls for it. Or they can provide a “touchstone&# and make the course more personal for learners who otherwise may not enjoy computer-based training. onehundredfortywords.com i make stuff that helps people learn Home Inbox About this Site Custom Elearning Design Subscribe to feed ‹ How Long Does E-Learning Development Take? • Learning Agents Part 2: Learning Agents, Done Well › Learning Agents Part 1: Why Learning Agents? They can bring life and energy to a dry, boring topic.
  • ONEHUNDREDFORTYWORDS  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2009
    [Providers] Learning Agents Part 3: Learning Agents, Done Poorly
    Here are the issues I had with it: The narrator introduces the topic but doesn’t reappear after that first screen (within the first lesson), so she doesn’t provide any sense of continuity. It was primarily presentation of factual content, and it included an on-screen, animated agent with voice narration. It’s a counter-example to the one we saw yesterday. She doesn’t have a name or personality, or any emotional impact on the course. At least it was short.
  • ONEHUNDREDFORTYWORDS  |  SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2009
    [Providers] Learning Agents Part 4: Another Agent to Learn From
    Clippy at his best: responding, not interrupting Thinking about ways to use an interactive learning agent (searching documentation on the intranet, linking to resources inside the course and on the Internet, providing contact with a trainer and help desk), I realized I’ve implemented these in e-learning before — just not using a persona interface. But he had good qualities. Clippy was a help agent; as such, he was designed to respond to the user’s questions and needs. decided to actually go on vacation while I was on vacation, and I forgot to tell my blogging software. 
  • ONEHUNDREDFORTYWORDS  |  THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2009
    [Providers] 3 Things About Storyboarding That You May Not Have Seen
    The first post provides links several storyboard templates. Photo by Scott Unrein) 3)  Video on storyboarding , posted on MinuteBio I’ve been reflecting on how much these notions of storyboarding really relate to e-learning. Most of the e-learning storyboards I’ve seen focus much less on the visual design than these do, and much more on which words need to appear on screen and which words should be spoken. That way Word or PowerPoint or whichever tool I’m using doesn’t force me down a completely linear path; the tool has to accommodate the interaction I’ve designed.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011
    [Providers] The Canary in the Coal Mine: Goal Setting
    Goals create discontent with the current situation and provide direction for future action. The feeling of relief is almost palpable. For many of you, performance appraisals are done (or you’re so close you can almost taste it). Congratulations! Now it’s on to goal setting. If my recent conversations are any indicator, many of you are dissatisfied with your organization’s goal setting process. FIGHT THIS THOUGHT. Goal setting is the canary in the coal mine of performance management. What constitutes good goal setting? Source: Bersin & Associates, 2011. Stacia
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2011
    [Providers] Thinking about Firing your Employee Engagement Partner?
    Solution providers in the space were quick to share that numbers were down and highlight the possible storm clouds on the horizon, leading to reduced performance and turn-over in high-potentials and critical talent roles. In taking a fresh look at this important topic, many HR leaders are looking at both their current solution providers as well as their own internal approach to engagement. They are also looking for solution providers who can partner strategically on these questions and help them develop a complete engagement strategy. ” Aon Hewitt. Stacey Harris.
  • ECAMPUS BLOG  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2006
    [Providers] Education & Bandwidth
    In addition, they must provide the consumer with more of an editorial role in selecting, modifying and sharing the content.&# It is a massive leap from providing some static files, some course notes, some pictures, some pdfs and the occasional mpeg to providing video conferencing, video on demand, and other services to students. And as an aside , those who are the best (and cheapest) providers of the type of IT infrastructure required to cater for these students with broadband are not educational institutions. Some, gloriously, still do. It was a Netcomm Trailblazer.
  • ECAMPUS BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2006
    [Providers] Pilot project in open e-Learning
    It gives providers of infrastructure the opportunity to offer it to a whole new market. With any luck, the end result will be a non-profit web application for academics, students and providers of educational infrastructure. Most of this infrastructure could be provided by anyone. If academics could set up their own courses , take on students, provide tutorials and provide course materials online, then they would be independent of the administration. Pilot project in open e-Learning I was having a discussion with a phd student at a University a week ago.
  • ECAMPUS BLOG  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2007
    [Providers] Elearning Usability Testing On The Web « elearning blog
    Here’s one view Crazy Egg provide – a “heatmap&#. Customer Support Ecampus Connect Elearning Course Library 1300 652 784 Home Solutions Contact Blog The Ecampus Blog Ecampus News, elearning tips & tricks and stories from our customers. Elearning Usability Testing On The Web There’s nothing more fascinating for an e-learning course designer than watching users interact with the courses online. The problem for e-learning, of course, is that you can’t sit there and watch students interact with your courses. Clicktale take another approach.
  • ECAMPUS BLOG  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2009
    [Providers] Who do you need on your elearning team? « elearning blog
    If you are working with video the multimedia developer will provide you with the video and audio editing and signal processing skills, as well as encoding multimedia formats appropriately for playback. Customer Support Ecampus Connect Elearning Course Library 1300 652 784 Home Solutions Contact Blog The Ecampus Blog Ecampus News, elearning tips & tricks and stories from our customers. Who do you need on your elearning team? So you are going to start delivering elearning in your organisation. Let’s take a quick look at some of the people and skills you may need on your project.
  • ECAMPUS BLOG  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2009
    [Providers] LMS Data Portability « elearning blog
    However, often these exports do not provide all the information required to migrate systems and maintain accurate compliance records. This essentially provides you with the complete database – every record collected. Ecampus’ XML API also provides access to user records and course data, and individual course level student assessment data can be downloaded in Microsoft Excel or CSV format. One way vendors prevent their clients from moving to ‘greener pastures’ is to ‘lock in’ their data so that the cost of migration makes changing vendors unappealing.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2011
    [Providers] Delivering results - invitation to an event with Towards Maturity and the BILD
    Technology is enabling learning professionals to re-define their learning offering, open up new conversations, create new learning experiences and provide reach into the farthest parts of the globe in order to deliver results. Specifically delegates will be provided with specific resources to help you to: Increase buy in for new learning approaches Market effectively to learners and managers Who is is aimed at? 11am - 3pm About this event More organisations are starting to leverage learning technologies to help them deliver more for less. Who is organising the event?
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011
    [Providers] Less Talked-About -- but VERY Compelling -- Benefits of SaaS
    Over the long-term it is not clear if SaaS is more or less costly, but it is very clear that SaaS provides many other benefits. SaaS providers can show you precisely who is using the system, what capabilities they are using, and how well the system is being adopted. In Bersin & Associates’ “Talent Management Systems 2010” study (published in late 2009), we estimated that more than 70 percent of Integrated Talent Management solution implementations were being delivered via SaaS (Software as a Service). Million, up 33% year-over-year. Steve Goldberg.
  • ELEMENT K BLOG  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2011
    [Providers] The Value of Reflecting on the Weekly Lrnchat
    While each participant will naturally have somewhat different key takeaways, being able to read one participant's reflections can not only provide intrinsic value, but also help you to clarify some of your own thoughts on what you read in the chat. Kelly started providing us with such postings at his relatively new blog Misadventures in Learning in October. Back in October of 2009 I wrote a posting titled "The New Learning and Development Virtual Cocktail Party," which was about the weekly "chats" that occur on Twitter amongst dozens of learning professionals.
  • TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2010
    [Providers] Loan Officer Branching Conversation Simulation – Twitterpated with.
    Related Books » Subscribe About Twitterpated with Learning My name is Amanda Warner, and I am an e-Learning designer based in Providence, RI. Skip to content Twitterpated with Learning E-learning, serious games, educational simulations, and periodic whimsy. Log in Categories: Amanda's Projects Related Resources Samples Loan Officer Branching Conversation Simulation If you’re like me, you like clicking on things better than just reading about them!  You’ll need Flash Player 10. This course is targeted for operational managers at international microfinance institutions.
  • TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 2011
    [Providers] Recommended Webinar: Exploring Reusable Interactions.
    « Building a Branching Conversation Simulation with Flash, XML, and AS3 Growing an Educational Game – Flower Stand » Subscribe About Twitterpated with Learning My name is Amanda Warner, and I am an e-Learning designer based in Providence, RI. Skip to content Twitterpated with Learning E-learning, serious games, educational simulations, and periodic whimsy. Log in Categories: Amanda's Projects Related Resources Samples Recommended Webinar: Exploring Reusable Interactions Allen Interactions is offering a free webinar series called Exploring Reusable Interactions. 
  • TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011
    [Providers] Flower Stand Revision – Brainstorming Underlying Themes and Goals.
    « Growing an Educational Game – Flower Stand The Art of Game Design » Subscribe About Twitterpated with Learning My name is Amanda Warner, and I am an e-Learning designer based in Providence, RI. Skip to content Twitterpated with Learning E-learning, serious games, educational simulations, and periodic whimsy. You can read an earlier post about my first iteration of the game by clicking here. like the idea of short educational games that act as gateways into new experiences by sparking the user’s interest and helping to build a basic schema of knowledge for later.
  • TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING  |  SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2011
    [Providers] The Art of Game Design – Twitterpated with Learning
    « Flower Stand Revision – Brainstorming Underlying Themes and Goals Subscribe About Twitterpated with Learning My name is Amanda Warner, and I am an e-Learning designer based in Providence, RI. Skip to content Twitterpated with Learning E-learning, serious games, educational simulations, and periodic whimsy. Log in Categories: Amanda's Projects Related Resources Samples The Art of Game Design I just finished reading The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses , by Jesse Schell, and it is now one of my favorite books about learning development.  The other 7.53%?  Go read it.
  • OBVIOUS INSIGHTS  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2010
    [Providers] Fad or Fact? « Obvious Insights
    First, if you’re actually dealing with such a wide population that dyslexia is an issue, I think there is a strong argument for using both pictures, key text, and audio…not redundantly, but because dyslexia manifests with both text reading and picture naming difficulties, I think providing two avenues of access to a concept could help. Home About Obvious Insights Practical guidance for the learning professional Feeds: Posts Comments « Learn. Practice. There’s nothing wrong with presentations » Fad or Fact? FACT—but only marginally. FACT—sometimes. Learn.
  • OBVIOUS INSIGHTS  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2010
    [Providers] There's nothing wrong with presentations « Obvious Insights
    Provide handouts/templates to make it even easier for people to participate. Home About Obvious Insights Practical guidance for the learning professional Feeds: Posts Comments « Fad or Fact? Translating tried and true engagement » There’s nothing wrong with presentations November 1, 2010 by Jeff Narvid In my experience, managers often think of presentations as training. My knee-jerk reaction is to cringe at the idea that 60 minutes of slides and the occasional audience question is actually going to move the needle and make anyone better at their job. Learn. Practice.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2011
    [Providers] Online Benchmark Centre launched by Towards Maturity
    In addition, the system provides personalised support, tips, resources, and areas to think about. Note to Editors About Towards Maturity Toward Maturity’s not for profit benchmark practice provides independent expert advice and support in using learning innovation to accelerate business performance. Towards Maturity leverages the wealth of data provided by its benchmark, an internationally recognised longitudinal study based on the inputs of 1,200 organisations and 3,000 learners over 8 years.
  • RAPID INTAKE  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008
    [Providers] ProForm Voted into Best of 2008 Elearning! Awards by Its Users
    To be voted as one of the best solutions in the industry by those who actually use our products we believe demonstrates the value ProForm and supporting services (such as our Professional Services and Technical Support ) are providing our e-learning colleagues that use it to meet demanding requirements for some of the best training. We appreciate your vote of confidence and we will continue to do our best to provide you with the best rapid interactive e-learning development tools and service in the industry. Friday, November 21, 2008 ProForm Voted into Best of 2008 Elearning!
  • RAPID INTAKE  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2009
    [Providers] Academic eLearning Software Grant
    Saturday, October 17, 2009 Academic eLearning Software Grant If you represent a school and you havent heard, we are providing 200 schools with a special e-learning software grant to help provide interactive e-learning authoring capabilities to teachers and instructors in K-12 and higher education institutions. Read the full press release.) Click Here to Apply Application Deadline: November 6, 2009 Posted by Garin Hess at 8:13 AM Email This BlogThis! ► July (1) Rapid Intake Celebrates 10 Years in July! ► May (7) Memorial Day - Remembering Why America Stands for. Awards.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2011
    [Providers] 3 simple steps to delivering results with Learning Technologies
    In the download, we have also provided you with some feedback and links to example case studies or resources to illustrate how you could address some of the areas. 70% of organisations who complete the review alone have found that the process provided them with new ideas to try out. But you can also use the benchmark centre to provide a focus for continual improvement – premium users can receive detailed feedback, have access to resources and keep track of their action plans. We hope you will find useful in your journey with learning technologies. 1 being not true) 1.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010
    [Providers] High-Impact Learning Culture in Europe
    At one of my meetings I sat down with the head of talent acquisition for Danfoss , a $10Billion+ provider of air conditioning and other industrial products. I spent this week in Europe (nice Siberian snowstorm here), attending a client meeting in the UK and the Online Educa Berlin (OEB), the largest e-learning conference in the world. This conference, which has more than 1,000 attendees, brings together learning and academic professionals from businesses, educational institutions, and governments throughout Europe. By 2022 this average age will be 51.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2010
    [Providers] Section 127: L&D's Stake in the Politics of Tax Cuts
    Of course, employers are not required to provide this assistance to their employees; but it is a good idea. In order for Section 127 to apply to an education benefit plan, the following conditions must be met: it must be established as a separate plan; it must be provided for the "exclusive benefit of employees"; it must not discriminate in favor of the highly compensated (in other words – this is not meant to be a special option just for certain segments of the population); and. Coalition to Preserve Employer Provided Education Assistance. And Sen. link].
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2010
    [Providers] Customer Satisfaction with Talent Management Systems: The Leaders, The Story
    The biggest driver of "willingness to recommend" a vendor is not product features, but rather a vendor's ability to truly understand your business problem, provide consulting and advice, and deliver an ongoing relationship with support, communications, and bug fixes. This winter we launched our second annual Talent Management Systems Customer Satisfaction research. Now, after surveying more than 1,500 organizations over the last two years, we have a very deep understanding of how this market has evolved. Highlight of Market Leaders. Enterprise Leader: SuccessFactors.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2011
    [Providers] SHL and Previsor Merge: New Global Leader in the Assessment Market
    The company is clearly the biggest assessment provider in the market (approximately 55% of its revenues come from assessments, 30% from consulting, and the remainder from other sources) and claim its position as #1 in the world. With a global platform like this, Previsor-SHL Group can probably outflank many of the smaller providers when selling to big, global companies. " A solution provider like Previsor-SHL has the ability to address some of these bigger organizational issues, and if the company executes well, can become a close strategic partner to its global clients.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2011
    [Providers] Start the New Year with a Fresh Outlook on HR
    Across the last few years, our members told us they want research that helps them navigate the challenges of today’s HR organization and the offerings of HR solution providers. In 2004, Bersin & Associates launched its very first report in learning technology, providing a new type of research – practical and focused on business outcomes -- for learning and talent professionals. For years, compliance had been the HR function’s primary role; now we were changing the playing field, providing proof that HR could impact the business. We have listened.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010
    [Providers] High-Impact Learning Culture in Europe
    At one of my meetings I sat down with the head of talent acquisition for Danfoss , a $10Billion+ provider of air conditioning and other industrial products. I spent this week in Europe (nice Siberian snowstorm here), attending a client meeting in the UK and the Online Educa Berlin (OEB), the largest e-learning conference in the world. This conference, which has more than 1,000 attendees, brings together learning and academic professionals from businesses, educational institutions, and governments throughout Europe. By 2022 this average age will be 51.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2010
    [Providers] Section 127: L&D's Stake in the Politics of Tax Cuts
    Of course, employers are not required to provide this assistance to their employees; but it is a good idea. In order for Section 127 to apply to an education benefit plan, the following conditions must be met: it must be established as a separate plan; it must be provided for the "exclusive benefit of employees"; it must not discriminate in favor of the highly compensated (in other words – this is not meant to be a special option just for certain segments of the population); and. Coalition to Preserve Employer Provided Education Assistance. And Sen. link].
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010
    [Providers] A Dozen Things the HR Technology Market Needs in 2011
    The recognition that only when end-customers focus sufficiently on change management, and solution providers deliver less complex/more intuitive/more engaging / "what’s in it for me?" So, what’s left to be done - PLENTY! Here’s a list of a dozen things that would continue advancing the HR technology market in material ways, many of these ideas will be further explored in subsequent blog posts: 1. Yes, Naomi Bloom, you had me sold on the importance of HR data models long ago! How easy and accessible are they to use?
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2011
    [Providers] SumTotal Acquires GeoLearning: LMS Market Consolidation Continues
    Background: SumTotal Systems is the largest provider of learning management systems today (and also a major provider of integrated talent management systems). Over the years as GeoLearning grew, the company became well known to mid-market organizations and at the time of this acquisition was one of the largest mid-market LMS providers (revenues around $40M). Today another major shift takes place in the talent management systems market: SumTotal Systems announced the acquisition of GeoLearning. The acquisition of GeoLearning makes sense for several reasons.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2011
    [Providers] SHL and Previsor Merge: New Global Leader in the Assessment Market
    The company is clearly the biggest assessment provider in the market (approximately 55% of its revenues come from assessments, 30% from consulting, and the remainder from other sources) and claim its position as #1 in the world. With a global platform like this, Previsor-SHL Group can probably outflank many of the smaller providers when selling to big, global companies. " A solution provider like Previsor-SHL has the ability to address some of these bigger organizational issues, and if the company executes well, can become a close strategic partner to its global clients.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2011
    [Providers] Start the New Year with a Fresh Outlook on HR
    Across the last few years, our members told us they want research that helps them navigate the challenges of today’s HR organization and the offerings of HR solution providers. In 2004, Bersin & Associates launched its very first report in learning technology, providing a new type of research – practical and focused on business outcomes -- for learning and talent professionals. For years, compliance had been the HR function’s primary role; now we were changing the playing field, providing proof that HR could impact the business. We have listened.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2011
    [Providers] Benchmarking success in the automotive industry
    Yet the sector continues to innovate and competitive advantage goes to those who are able to quickly respond to market demand and provide excellent customer service. The automotive industry has been hard hit by the recession with production levels down and falling sales. Maintaining and build the skills of key customer-facing staff is critical in achieving this and the sector is looking beyond the classroom to new learning models to address these skills more efficiently and effectively. Who should take part? All responses are treated completely confidentially.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 2011
    [Providers] News- Towards Maturity Treasure Trail with 4 new ambassadors
    The Trail plots a route around the exhibition floor, stopping at stands of ‘Ambassador’ companies affiliated to Towards Maturity, each of whom will provide a piece of ‘treasure’ in the form of a practical resource or guide to support L&D professionals on their journey with learning technologies. Note to Editors About Towards Maturity Toward Maturity’s not for profit benchmark practice provides independent expert advice and support in using learning innovation to accelerate business performance.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011
    [Providers] 3 simple steps to accelerate business performance with learning technologies
    If you are new to learning technologies or are just stuck in a rut, this session will provide 3 simple steps to help you: • Increase organisation engagement • Improve efficiency • Deliver business performance • Manage risk • AND get there faster! Laura Overton will be speaking at the Learning Technologies show next week at 3 free seminars - everyone is welcome! We will be launching our new Benchmark Centre at the event so that organisations can take part in our industry benchmark review when they need to rather than just once a year.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2011
    [Providers] Perspectives from Online Educa Berlin
    He challenged that if technology has the ability to help us do new things in extraordinary ways, we have to provide the opportunity rather than constrain technology by applying it to existing systems. number of important vantage points stood out for me: The collaboration vantage point The opening sessions flagged the importance of team sport working collectively rather than individually to get things done and several Business Educa sessions provided inspiration on how this can be achieved. In December, I took part in Business Educa , as part of the 16th Online Educa Berlin event.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2010
    [Providers] Friday ReFlects #5 - Thanksgiving Potpourri Edition
    Providers such as Caspian are finding ways to streamline the custom development of simulations. Mark Oehlert of the Defense Acquisition University and the e-Clippings blog provids a good jumping-off post on this topic. Greetings and a pleasant Friday to everyone, Here in the US, we are about to start the holiday season. Since next week is our yearly celebration of a bountiful harvest, this week’s list of reflections is a similar smorgasbord - weighted towards fun-and-games. ReFlect #1: Immersive 3D Simulation and Serious Games. That is changing. Question: What do you think?
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2010
    [Providers] Section 127: L&D's Stake in the Politics of Tax Cuts
    Of course, employers are not required to provide this assistance to their employees; but it is a good idea. In order for Section 127 to apply to an education benefit plan, the following conditions must be met: it must be established as a separate plan; it must be provided for the "exclusive benefit of employees"; it must not discriminate in favor of the highly compensated (in other words – this is not meant to be a special option just for certain segments of the population); and. Coalition to Preserve Employer Provided Education Assistance. And Sen. link].
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2010
    [Providers] Innovation in Compliance training
    Cliveshepherd offered 5 tips on how to shift from delivering compliance tick boxes to building competency: Provide positioning - why are we doing this? Provide worked examples to illustrate application Allow for safe practice within the programme Then (and only then) - test for knowledge Most compliance training just present policies and proceedures & then test, it ignores good practices around building effective learning. Often compliance training is the first taste of e-learning for many employees and yet most of the time it can leave them cold.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2010
    [Providers] Three steps to compliance greatness
    Design an ongoing experience, including links to other reference points or learning resources and providing a well-designed crib sheet with key ‘dos and don’ts’ and contact points. My recent survey of the e-learning and compliance communities highlighted three characteristics of the compliance e-learning we’d all like to see more of. It needs to be engaging, relevant and effective. In user-focused terms, it needs to make them care, show them it matters and help them live it. If they’re not taking notice, they’re not really learning.
  • ELECTRONIC PAPYRUS  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2010
    [Providers] The art of disconnecting
    He provides examples from Plato, Seneca, Gutenberg, Shakespeare, Benjamin Franklin, Thoreau, and Marshall McLuhan in a context that is very relevant and helpful to our contemporary situation. Do you have the impulse to check your email or social network updates when you get up, throughout the day, between tasks, as an interruption in the middle of a task, in the evening, in the middle of the night, anytime? There might be a message you are interested in or something you “need” to respond to …. This is a time when I don’t need to know there is a new message. need a break. Happy holidays.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2010
    [Providers] Section 127: L&D's Stake in the Politics of Tax Cuts
    Of course, employers are not required to provide this assistance to their employees; but it is a good idea. In order for Section 127 to apply to an education benefit plan, the following conditions must be met: it must be established as a separate plan; it must be provided for the "exclusive benefit of employees"; it must not discriminate in favor of the highly compensated (in other words – this is not meant to be a special option just for certain segments of the population); and. Coalition to Preserve Employer Provided Education Assistance. And Sen. link].
  • ELEARNING 24-7  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2010
    [Providers] Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Mindflash.com Version – Product Review
    Part of course creation is to provide your course a name and a description. It provides the link which you can copy and send out.   I love Halloween. It is one of my favorite times of the year. deck out the house with special effects, ghostly lights, the whole works. Signs that say, “warning&# , “stay back&# “not for the faint of heart&#.  Classic. However, I wouldn’t want that for my product. wouldn’t want a sign to read, “if you are used to non-linear web based training courses, then stay back&#.  Mindflash.com is Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde. 
  • ELEARNING 24-7  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2010
    [Providers] Something is Going on Down there in the LMS Market
    will provide to you what I am testing. It identifies those who offer trials and provides additional information.   will provide information on it, and for those who do not have a tablet, explain how you will be able to view via a browser and which browser I recommend that you use, to see its capabilities. On a surf expedition the other week, I came across a LMS vendor who was not pitching their product or selling their service, but rather was providing unbiased information on tablets and how they will revolutionize e-learning.  Get your tablets here. your tablets.
  • ELECTRONIC PAPYRUS  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2010
    [Providers] 27 Ways To Improve Your Online Video
    Is the script well written, provide an effective narrative, and exhibit elements of good storytelling? Video continues it’s meteoric rise in the world of online learning, with no end in sight. However, we all know there can be a wide variation in production quality. offer the following guidelines to help anticipate issues that can make or break a video. But I do so fully realizing that dancing cat YouTubes can command millions of viewers: we should only be so lucky with instructional videos going that viral. Are the learning objectives built into the video? Is this video educational?
  • MINDLEADERS  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2010
    [Providers] Ofsted Annual Report Findings – The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector 2009/10.
    The report states that: In 2009/10, 209 inspections of work-based learning provided by independent learning providers and employers were undertaken. The work-based learning sector has long been characterised by considerable churn, with many new providers entering the sector and other providers leaving the sector within a single year. Ofsted’s inspections show that, on average, work-based learning providers that are more established are more likely to be judged good or outstanding than newer providers. Was that last comment written about our provision?
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2010
    [Providers] How to work with external e-learning experts
    Some of this knowledge gap can be addressed through formal learning or via our networks but often organisations may need to turn to external experts to provide an additional helping hand. This HOW TO provides a checklist of ideas and guidelines that can be used to select and work with external experts. Looking for external experts to support you in your journey with learning technologies? Take a look at this independant checklist to help you get best value. The HOW TO covers: What should we be looking for when selecting an external expert? Are we ready? How can we control costs?
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2010
    [Providers] Towards Maturity Launches Ambassador Programme
    Press Release - Towards Maturity launches Ambassador Programme to help learning providers stimulate excellence within the industry LONDON, 30 November 2010: Towards Maturity, the internationally recognised benchmarking practice for learning innovation, has launched a new programme designed for provider companies of learning products and services focused on excellence and growth. We are proud to be Founding Ambassadors for a programme which provides such compelling evidence of the impact our industry continues to make.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2010
    [Providers] Friday ReFlects #5 - Thanksgiving Potpourri Edition
    Providers such as Caspian are finding ways to streamline the custom development of simulations. Mark Oehlert of the Defense Acquisition University and the e-Clippings blog provids a good jumping-off post on this topic. Greetings and a pleasant Friday to everyone, Here in the US, we are about to start the holiday season. Since next week is our yearly celebration of a bountiful harvest, this week’s list of reflections is a similar smorgasbord - weighted towards fun-and-games. ReFlect #1: Immersive 3D Simulation and Serious Games. That is changing. Question: What do you think?
  • MLEARNING TRENDS  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2010
    [Providers] CellCast Takes Top Honors at DemoFest 2010
    OnPoint worked with Verizon Wireless on a project designed to provide their outbound sales teams with greater and easier access to regular sales practices, production/solution previews, and updated business communications; the solution utilized OnPoint’s CellCast® mobile learning platform to make that content available via a variety of company-issued smartphones. The end-to-end mobile solution provided by OnPoint compliments Verizon Wireless’ existing enterprise LMS platform and extends their blended learning environment to their ever-mobile sales professionals.
  • MINDFLASH  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2010
    [Providers] Want to Deliver Better Training? Take a Cue from ‘Top Chef’
    The chefs usually try to defend themselves by providing lengthy excuses that only annoy the judges.  I’m not much of a reality TV fan but the one show I go out of my way to watch is Top Chef on Bravo.  It’s fascinating to watch the creative process in action as chefs are challenged to turn basic or bizarre ingredients into haute cuisine under intense circumstances.  I’m always amazed to see how people who all started with the same ingredients achieve such different and innovative results. Building & leading collaborative teams (when everyone has their own agenda).
  • MINDFLASH  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2010
    [Providers] How to Plead the Business Case With E-Learning Skeptics
    In his leadership role at Knowland University, Bill focuses on helping clients get the most out of the products and services provided through a combination of guided and self-paced learning opportunities. Many organizations are considering implementing e-learning projects, but there are always stakeholders who are tough to convince. They have certain objections to e-learning, which makes trainers’ jobs more difficult. You know e-learning is the way to go, but how to do you persuade these stakeholders that it needs to happen? First, consider building a business case the right way.
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CURVE  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2010
    [Providers] Notes from an LMS upgrade
    P set up the redirect page we provided and took it down as requested. I am sharing the note I sent to my management chain regarding the upgrade. Names have been changed.because. did NOT change the name of the LMS vendor, because I thought they did a bang-up job with this new version and with the upgrade. The SkillPort upgrade that occurred on October 15th was successful. Time scheduled: 12:01am October 15th - 8:00am October 16th (32 hours) Actual time: 12:01am October 15th -7:30pm October 15th (19.5 The (Portal Team) did a great job testing the LDAP. SkillSoft fixed it 24 hours later.
  • CLARK ALDRICH  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2010
    [Providers] 3.0 Code
    They will produce much of the core sim engine itself, and provide the links to the fluid content, such as graphic files, videos, sound files, text, and entire level designs and sim flow, using industry standard media and xmls. In Part 3, the programmers/coders (hopefully well briefed and otherwise involved during Part 2) will program the material in the design document. The program sponsor, lead designer, graphic designer, and client liaison will be peripherally involved, making decisions, and helping flesh out the numerous parts of the sim engine that need refining.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2010
    [Providers] Richmond Hill Welcome Centre – Social Media Qualities
    The CCS provides a diverse range of counseling and settlement services to York Region residents. Coming early to a meeting was not something I’m know for. My early arrival led to an invitation from Bob Hickey, Executive Director of Catholic Community Services of York Region to tour the brand new Richmond Hill Welcome Centre. Bob’s organization is the lead agency that stick handled the complex partnering and funding relationships needed to bring this much needed resource to Richmond Hill. This Centre was especially needed to serve the southern area of the Region.
  • ELEARNING NOT AS USUAL  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2010
    [Providers] The Role of Media Design in e-Learning #wbyol6
    Provide an obvious orientation and simple navigation, so the learner can concentrate on learning. It's easy to underestimate the role of media design in high-value e-learning because it seems so obvious. Sure a good course is supposed to look great and the coding should make everything work right. And when time is tight, sometimes that's all we get. But media design has to be more than skin deep; never piss anyone off by underestimating what media designers can accomplish! As with instructional design, you could go quite academic on this discussion.but let's stay with the KISS approach.
  • ELEARNING NOT AS USUAL  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2010
    [Providers] What is high-value e-learning?
    And in these areas, getting it right provides high value to both the company and individuals. (Twitter: #wbyol3). The context for success (business, personal, interpersonal) is our relationships. That's where top- and bottom-line results are won. Behaviors are the key within both active and passive (direct and indirect) relationships, so high-value e-learning is about changing behaviors. Disecting the burrito a bit further (thought I was going for peeling an onion?) we see that behaviors are based on both decisions and beliefs. And e-learning simulations are all about practice!
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010
    [Providers] Checking in on Predictions
    And as more and more content creation moves to SMEs and other end-user learners, buyers must finds tools that are appropriate for these audiences; and providers must change pricing models to make organization-wide use reasonable. Back in January, I wrote about the evolution of e-learning. Now, we are about a third of the way through the year, and I have been surprised at the speed at which some of the memes I talked about as just emergent then are taking hold. The recovery is definitely underway. What are the implications of these changes for your department? David.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010
    [Providers] Friday ReFlects
    Tony Karrer uses the occasion of SkillSoft’s release of InGenius to re-raise an issue that I also have raised with the LMS providers over the last two years. Happy Friday everyone, Our major industry study on the 40 Best Practices of a High Impact Learning Culture ® – how they affect the bottom line and what you, the learning and HR professionals, can do about it – will publish soon. Since I am just getting this project started, this time I will go back beyond the past week. ReFlect #1: Formalized informal learning: a blend we don’t need. Comments welcome.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2010
    [Providers] Friday ReFlects #2 - LMS Edition
    I've provided you with some play-by-play below. We have a responsibility to both buyers and providers to remain objective and open minded. The providers offer rich and powerful systems. Be it through web services, portals & widgets, APIs, what have you; any LMS provider should be prepared for the day when only admins and super users actually use their interface. Everyone else will use the functionality provided by the system via some other interface, blissfully unaware that there is such a thing as the LMS. Happy Friday ! Enjoy. Federation is the key.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  MONDAY, JULY 12, 2010
    [Providers] Engaging Leadership in Support of Learning Culture
    Go out into the business and provide support (training, coaching, and tools) to facilitators of project post mortems, after-action reviews, and customer feedback councils on effective dialogue, feedback, and reflection. When they ask, let them know that you have access to hard evidence that an organization that “ values mistakes and failures as learning opportunities, and provides structured opportunities for reflection ” is likely to be better than its competitors at cost control. For those of you who have not seen it yet, go check it out now. Market Share. Simple.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010
    [Providers] Friday ReFlects #3 - Social Learning in Ireland Edition
    The Showcase is a recurring mini-conference and networking opportunity co-sponsored by the Irish Learning Alliance (a consortium of Ireland-based learning industry providers) and Enterprise Ireland. The event is a chance for relationship building between these companies and the Irish providers, as well as both a source of personal network building and professional development for all participants. Last week’s event was a great success. The line-up was impressive. And, of course, our Irish hosts were warm and generous in their hospitality. suspect there are quite a few.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010
    [Providers] Friday ReFlects #4 - Virtual Classroom Edition
    And they provide an ideal, on-demand environment for employee collaboration. So, here are five reflections for this week – each using today’s leading providers as examples of the evolution of these platforms: Reflect 1: Citrix GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, GoToTraining : Simplicity leads to ubiquitous adoption which leads to __? And – like most – it also provides for easy recording and distribution of content as well. BTW - Blackboard recently bought two of the leading virtual classroom providers in the education space, Elluminate and Wimba.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2010
    [Providers] Jane Hart's top 100 tools for learning
    This list was compiled on the 17th of October this year and whilst it reflects the tools most likely to be used by the technically savvy L&D professionals it provides a fantastic starting point for many. As our colleague Clive Shepherd often says, the methods for learning are timeless but the media for learning are changing rapidly and as L&D professionals, it can be tough going to keep up to date! So how do others manage it? As an added bonus 77% of the tools in this list are free!
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2010
    [Providers] Improve performance at Business Educa Berlin
    It has always provided rich networking opportunities but in 2010, it is creating a really special networking and learning opportunity for those who are working in business: New for 2010 - Business educa Senior business managers don’t want learning, they want results. Business EDUCA provides the opportunity to explore, discuss, debate the latest issues facing organisations today. Business Educa provides an amazing opportunity to connect with those who most of us normally only follow on Twitter (see below for some of the amazing speakers). It’s not academic.
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2010
    [Providers] Thoughts on Teaching: Three-pronged approach to online discussions for learning
    But, providing students with guidelines for posting comments (e.g., skip to main | skip to sidebar Thoughts on Teaching The purpose of this blog is to explore ideas about postsecondary teaching and learning – both online and on-campus. Not because I am an expert, but because I am always looking for ways to improve my practice. hope this blog serves as an archive of teaching strategies that are not only useful to me but have value to others. have no beef with the research methods described by presenters. The three prongs are: relevance, expectations, and preparation. Hello!
  • BREAKTHROUGH ELEARNING  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2007
    [Providers] Plug-and-Play eLearning
    Participants post remarks, questions, feedback in comments section; Coach provides one-on-one mentorship to participants via synchronous online sessions with Skype or Elluminate's vRoom. Participants provide on-going support to each other via an online community of leadership practice. Back about 12 years ago a colleague introduced me to Mosaic, an early web browser. After playing with it for an hour or so, I remember thinking that this would change the world. was excited and wanted to create a web site right away. Well, we have certainly come a long way since then.
  • BREAKTHROUGH ELEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2007
    [Providers] It's a Small, Small, Small World
    ChinesePod Based in Shanghai, ChinesePod provides a rich immersive online environment for learning Mandarin Chinese. I have been having many of my own personal "world is flat" moments lately. We have taught folks as far afield as Syria and Turkey about eLearning. And through our courses, blogs and webinars, we have initiated conversations and consultations about eLearning with people from the U.K., Australia, India, China, Sri Lanka, Africa and a host of other places. math, English, various sciences, etc.), as well as for college entrance examination preparation.
  • BREAKTHROUGH ELEARNING  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2007
    [Providers] Wikinomics and Learning
    Perhaps the most valuable training we could provide within our organizations is teaching people how to be web literate (e.g. I just finished reading Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. Authors Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams do a good job outlining how the World Wide Web moved from its first stage as a static "digital newspaper," to its new incarnation (Web 2.0) as a "shared canvas." This transformation has a massive impact on how knowledge is created and shared, and how innovation and value creation now happens. What do these trends mean for learning?
  • BREAKTHROUGH ELEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2007
    [Providers] eLearning for Client Education
    If one of these energy providers really wants to make their case, send me a link to a well-thought-out online tutorial that clearly lays out why you think your plan is the best, is backed up by some independent research, and has some actual case studies and testimonials to prove your point. They provided a link back to their website, saying that I would find all the answers there to the "real facts" of what was required to ensure that my twilight years are spent in comfort and not squalor. have talked about the advantages of such approaches previously. This got me thinking.
  • BREAKTHROUGH ELEARNING  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2007
    [Providers] Client eLearning Examples
    really see great potential for organizations providing more and more opportunities for clients to help themselves. And, as the provider of a product or service, having good online learning supports will increase your client satisfaction levels, while at the same time lowering your client support costs (the best of both worlds). Three weeks ago, I lamented the fact that I could not find good examples of eLearning applications that help an organization's clients or potential clients figure out how to use their products or services. They were eerily silent for the most part.
  • BREAKTHROUGH ELEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2007
    [Providers] Story-Centered eLearning
    SCC is based on the idea that people learn best via direct experience (aka "learning by doing"), and that we should provide learners with realistic scenarios and projects that can facilitate such experiential learning. Everyone needs a touchstone. Something or someone you turn to when trying to determine what is authentic, what is a good decision, what is the right thing to do. With regard to how people learn, a question I grapple with every day, Roger Schank is my touchstone. Likewise, they may learn about certain ethical principles by participating in a mock legal trial.
  • BREAKTHROUGH ELEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2007
    [Providers] Client eLearning Re-visited
    MyVault provides users with an array of online resources to personalize their own financial education, and online interactive tools with which to make key financial calculations and decisions. Are there ways that you could provide a more personal, interactive and educational experience for your clients and those you wish to attract as clients? A few weeks back I lamented the paucity of good examples of eLearning for clients / potential clients, and then posted some examples of client eLearning that folks had sent to me the following week. But what a turn-around it has been.
  • BREAKTHROUGH ELEARNING  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2007
    [Providers] Kicking the RFP Habit
    Be specific and precise : the more you can clearly explain exactly what you want, the easier it will be for the vendor to provide an accurate estimate of costs and time lines. Two weeks ago, in a moment of weakness, I almost submitted a response to a request for proposals (RFP). It was for an eLearning development project for which I knew our firm could have done a terrific job. However, I remembered an earlier vow that I had made to myself never to put myself and my colleagues through "RFP hell" again, was resolute, and I ignored the invitation. When did X enter the equation? Not so.
  • BREAKTHROUGH ELEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2007
    [Providers] Two Ships Passing in the Night
    meeting defined learning or competency objectives, increasing reach, providing more flexibility for targeted learners). I'm in the unique position of straddling the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors and seeing the way that each approaches eLearning. have worked in both sectors. now serve clients in both sectors, and speak to prospective clients in both sectors. And what a study in contrasts this presents. It is like observing two absolutely different cultures, and two completely different ways of approaching a problem. There is an inordinate focus on software systems (e.g.
  • BREAKTHROUGH ELEARNING  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2007
    [Providers] Does the World Really Need More Lectures?
    And through all of this - primary school, middle school, high school, undergraduate studies, graduate studies, and innumerable professional development courses and conferences - I could probably point to a small handful of lecturers who were totally enthralling and provided a meaningful and memorable learning experience. I did some quick mental math and came to the conclusion that I must have sat through many thousands of lectures delivered by hundreds of lecturers in my lifetime. There are two reasons for this. One, genuinely good public speaking and presentation skills are scarce.
  • BREAKTHROUGH ELEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2007
    [Providers] eLearning Lets it All Hang Out
    Published by the Education Sector, an independent education think tank in Washington, the paper provides an overview of online education at the high school level across the United States. Not surprisingly, the results are mixed; some jurisdictions are doing a fine job of providing alternative access to secondary education, and in others the quality is just not up to snuff. I just read a report that came out in June titled Laboratories of Reform: Virtual High Schools and Innovation in Public Education. It is in these ways that virtual classes act as "laboratories of reform."
  • BREAKTHROUGH ELEARNING  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2007
    [Providers] Context is King!
    During the dot.com frenzy of a few years ago, when there were mergers of content providers and those that controlled online distribution channels, one often heard the phrase "content is king." I received an email invitation today to join a webinar to be led by Ed Cohen, the Chief Technology Officer of Plateau Systems, titled "The Future of Learning Content." took a pass. did so because I think that gathering, tagging, storing, sharing, manipulating, and managing good content is the easy part (whether using Plateau or any other content management system, including customized databases).
  • BREAKTHROUGH ELEARNING  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2008
    [Providers] Tap Into Your Organization's Tacit Knowledge Pool
    Firstly, Janet Clarey of Brandon-Hall Research provides this excellent slide show that contrasts the multitudes of ways that individuals learn and interact online in their personal lives versus the very linear, isolating, and ineffective ways that learning is often organized in the workplace. The training / learning model embraced by most organizations can be characterized as top-town, centre-to-periphery, and decidedly one-way. In other words, training is pushed from the centre, out to a dispersed audience of learners to be passively received in isolation. million page views.
  • BREAKTHROUGH ELEARNING  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2008
    [Providers] eLearning is Green
    If you reduce your organization's training footprint, but fail to provide training that is focused on real value creation for the organization, you are not really any farther ahead. In the course of helping a company devise an eLearning strategy, we were interviewing a number of key stakeholders in the organization. These interviews are an important part of the process of gathering information on the best ways of better integrating eLearning into the organization's training mix. online courses, webinars, knowledge repositories, online communities, etc.) eLearning is a green industry!
  • BREAKTHROUGH ELEARNING  |  SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2008
    [Providers] Rule #1: Respect the Learner
    One program participant recently lead a 10-day asynchronous online discussion as her facilitation competency exercise on the topic of "What advice would you provide for a novice learning designer?" Our Certificate in eLearning Management is based on principles of experiential learning. In other words, instead of just learning about eLearning, we have learners doing various facets of eLearning to demonstrate competency attainment. The conclusion I came to was that it was most important to respect the learner. Respect the Learner's Time This is closely related to the first point.
  • BREAKTHROUGH ELEARNING  |  MONDAY, JULY 14, 2008
    [Providers] Focus on Action in eLearning Design
    By starting with a clear goal and focusing on required actions to reach that goal, we can provide a great deal more focus to our learning design and avoid the information dump that unfortunately characterizes much of eLearning today. My job involves coaching and mentoring a great many instructional designers - both within our own eLearning development projects and as a service for many of our clients. Less is indeed more when we can get from A to B in a short, straight line. Action mapping is a four-step process as follows: 1. Identify the business goal. title="Atom feed">Site Feed
  • BREAKTHROUGH ELEARNING  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2009
    [Providers] Lessons from Wii Fit
    Coaching and Immediate Feedback There are virtual coaches who explain how everything works and provide immediate feedback on your performance, along with some encouragement along the way. We visited some friends over the holidays and they were lucky enough to secure the Wii Fit balance board. Nintendo, the makers of this device, have been having difficulties keeping up with the demand for this nifty game. It plays with the Wii console, hooks up to a TV, and allows users to perform various physical exercises on it (e.g. Hard Fun The activities are fun, but not necessarily easy.
  • MINDLEADERS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2010
    [Providers] Food and Drink Labour Market Report – Training Focus
    Overall the proportion of Food and Drink Manufacturing and Processing (FDMP) employers that provided training in the last 12 months reduced from 67% in 2007 to 57% in 2010; 56% in 2007 to 46% in 2010 amongst employers with 10 or fewer staff. In some case this extends to providing sector Apprenticeships. Today’s post comes courtesy of Lorna Tyrtania, ThirdForce Senior Product Manager. The latest Labour Market Intelligence report for the Food and Drink Manufacturing and Processing (FDMP) Industry is an interesting insight into the market. 11-49 staff           (21%).
  • LEARNNUGGETS  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2010
    [Providers] NuggetHead Summary of Learning Solutions 2010
    An enormous value for anyone new or veteran in this industry for just providing a lousy email address! Skip to content Follow: RSS Twitter LearnNuggets Nuggets of Learning Stuff Home About Resources NuggetHead Summary of Learning Solutions 2010 by Kevin on April 7th, 2010 Better late than never, but I’ve been haggling over what to write about from my recent conference experience… I’ve been in this industry for quite some time, but only started attending conferences about 5-6 years ago. Don’t believe me? See the Learning Solutions Magazine article. Day 2 is here. Cheers!
  • MINDLEADERS  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2010
    [Providers] When to consider elearning?
    During a conference last week I was listening to a bespoke elearning provider address a range of delegates that were considering implementing elearning. Justifying the implementation of elearning should not be based around the size of your programme alone, you will find providers like ThirdForce that will support smaller programmes, specially at the initial stage of shifting from classroom based delivery to including elearning in their curriculum. Provide training in off-peak business hours. When should you consider elearning? Reduce costs by reducing travel.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010
    [Providers] Friday ReFlects #4 - Virtual Classroom Edition
    And they provide an ideal, on-demand environment for employee collaboration. So, here are five reflections for this week – each using today’s leading providers as examples of the evolution of these platforms: Reflect 1: Citrix GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, GoToTraining : Simplicity leads to ubiquitous adoption which leads to __? And – like most – it also provides for easy recording and distribution of content as well. BTW - Blackboard recently bought two of the leading virtual classroom providers in the education space, Elluminate and Wimba.
  • MINDLEADERS  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2010
    [Providers] TSI Funding
    The care industry as we all know is heavily regulated and meeting those requirements is proving more and more difficult in this climate of austerity where local authorities are reducing fees right, left and centre and providers are looking at different ways of reducing their outgoings.  This funding is available on an annual basis to support employers, micro employers and micro providers with workforce development and build the skills of their employees. Today’s post comes courtesy of Philippe Noyon, ThirdForce Care Sector Account Manager.
  • LEARNING SOLUTIONS MAGAZINE  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2010
    [Providers] Taleo Corp. to Acquire Learn.com, Inc. by Bill Brandon
    a provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) learning management, social learning, and collaboration solutions. Taleo Corporation, a leader in on-demand talent management solutions, has announced its intention to acquire Learn.com, Inc.,
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2010
    [Providers] Back to Basics
    Unsurprisingly, the government are very interested in this as it impacts social mobility, unemployment and the extent to which they can migrate to providing services online. Getting staff to first base When it comes to supporting general IT and web user skills, our latest benchmark shows that 87% of us provide staff with training (including email and internet safety) and 68% using e-learning to help with the delivery. 1/5th of the UK population has never been online - How does this impact your e-learning strategy and what can you do about it? by phone, £12.10 link].
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010
    [Providers] HOW TO Identify & Design Great Digital Content
    Given these provisos, this HOW TO provides a checklist that will both support L&D professionals in evaluating existing resources and guide content developers in the design of future resources. What does exemplary digital learning content look like for Business? Use this check list to help you purchase or develop great content. When used effectively, digital learning resources have the power to engage and stimulate learners and to contribute greatly to learning achievement. NB please login or register to download this free resource
  • ELEARNING BROTHERS  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2010
    [Providers] Tips for Audio in eLearning
    They provided a great paper on “ Best Practices in eLearning Audio “ Keep it in focus. Audio and narration are great ways to enhance e-Learning. We all know what a difference sound effects make when we watch a great action movie. Without it the movie would be terrible. All too often we forget that eLearning can also have audio. Not just narration but also sound effects that emphasize and support the text/images/animations. met Sound80 for the first time the other day at a conference. Sometimes silence really is golden. Make it real. Not all recordings are created equal.
  • ELEARNING BROTHERS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2010
    [Providers] New Interactive Flash Templates for eLearning!
    The eLearning Flash templates are easy to edit, look amazing, and provide the source files. We’d like to announce our latest interactive Flash template set: iStyle. Have you ever wanted to have a library of pre-made Flash interactions and activities? Templates that look great and could be easily integrated with your eLearning authoring software? Articulate, Captivate, Unison, Lectora, etc.) Do you also want the source files so you can edit anything that you’d like? Now you can! How to use the templates: 1. Purchase and download the Flash source files. Publish the.swf file.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010
    [Providers] Friday ReFlects #3 - Social Learning in Ireland Edition
    The Showcase is a recurring mini-conference and networking opportunity co-sponsored by the Irish Learning Alliance (a consortium of Ireland-based learning industry providers) and Enterprise Ireland. The event is a chance for relationship building between these companies and the Irish providers, as well as both a source of personal network building and professional development for all participants. Last week’s event was a great success. The line-up was impressive. And, of course, our Irish hosts were warm and generous in their hospitality. suspect there are quite a few.
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