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Can We Learn from Information?


In this way I provided individualized training to 25 students rather than forcing all of them to slog through a lot of stuff they didn’t need. Should organizations implement “train the trainer&# types of programs to provide volunteer content leaders, education committee members, and others with the skills and knowledge they need to develop and lead effective educational events? In a recent blog post over at Midcourse Corrections, Jeff Hurt wrote that “Information isn’t education.&# It certainly worked for him, didn’t it?!? Thought so. Probably.

Is the LMS Dead?


The good news is that LMS vendors are working to integrate the three key components most of us want: A way to provide access to learning across our state, nation, and world that’s right-sized for our organization. A way to measure that learning, for certification or maybe just to keep watch on what’s effective elearning and what isn’t so we can pull that offering and do something else. A way to connect our members (and maybe non-members) as learners within the context of elearning and across the social learning spectrum. Richard Natel, CEO of Brandon Hall Research.

Oh, No!! It’s Back!!


With some of the new time you’ve carved out in your conference schedule, provide open-format sessions for solving problems, meeting challenges, and sharing great ideas. Use the saved money for increasing line items for A/V so you can provide Web access, rented laptops for actvities, and whatever else is needed so your learners can practice new skills rather than sit and listen to speakers. To plan how you’ll allocate funds across the sessions, provide the needed guidance to content leaders, and incorporate pre-event actvities, you’ll need extra time.

What Our Vendors Can Teach Us


Most responding organizations provide consulting services (nearly 90%) and more than half (56%) provide learning management/learning content management systems (LMS/LCMS) as their primary product/service (P/S). None of the organizations provide Web Conferencing systems as their primary P/S, although one company reported it as a secondary P/S. Who Participated?

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

but might be a little vague in providing concrete actions, so you’ll need to dig a bit deeper. Providing OTS courseware in these situations has several advantages. OTS curriculum, it’s fairly easy to provide training to individuals or groups whenever you. While the mainstream social media platforms can provide opportunities for. Seven Simple Secrets to. capital. You’re.

Stealing from the Rich…


This is an example that supports what the women from Google said in the previous point: democratizing learning — field techs sending problems to other field techs who provide solutions. Stealing what works in elearning from the rich corporations, that is… First, my usual caveat: we’re not corporations. We shouldn’t assume that everything they do is worthy of emulation by associations and other nonprofits. But that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from them, right? Source? This happens at Google a lot. And that’s what the next decade will require.”

Handy Learning


People love “before&# and “after&# images, and providing them in a way that they can be viewed as often and as long as someone needs to see them is a great instructional enhancement. blog can summarize the points of view on a controversial topic that affects your membership and provides a place for members to comment. Think of the blog not only as a way to provide information, but to engage in a conversation — a conversation more in-depth than you can have via Twitter — and you’ll begin to reap true benefits from blogging. for associations.

Why Tutorials Instead of Documents?


Which is why you should still provide a readable copy of Robert’s Rules of Order. Those (along with the handy-dandy job aid that tells you which motions take precedence, when they need a second, and if debate or voting or reconsideration is allowed) work in combination to provide effective need-to-know-NOW instruction. One of the standard objections to simply done tutorials (like those you’ll find under the aLearning Fundamentals link on the left) is that they’re essentially page-turners. Let’s be honest here. How interesting would that be?!? Be honest.

Getting to the Core


can provide constructive feedback. “What Are the Core Competencies of a Trainer?&# This great question was posted by Ling-Huey on ASTD’s LinkedIn forum, and her question generated dozens and dozens of comments. Here’s a summary: Effective trainers … know the subject matter and can adapt key messages to learners’ levels of understanding while helping learners see the relevancy of the content. involve the learners. exude enthusiasm and passion. accept that it isn’t about them — it’s about the learners. understand how adults learn.

Microlearning Whitepaper: Small Bites, Big Impact

been providing lukewarm results for years. techniques and solutions that provide more impactful methods for improving employee. But microlearning offers far more than that: • It adapts to the pace of today’s business and meets the needs of your modern learners, providing learning in short bites that are fast and easy to absorb. Aside from providing access over the.

Indefinite Hiatus


But we are involved in some other areas these days and providing up-to-date insight on association-related elearning topics hasn’t been at the top of the list, sorry to say. Regular aLearning blog readers have probably noticed a sudden drop in activity here. No worries! We’re fine. Previous posts on various topics continue to garner so many hits daily that the blog will sit, waiting and ready for new posts, when the time comes. Just click the image or button on the left for more information on how to order your copy. appreciate your support! Uncategorized aLearning


Cloudy About ‘The Cloud’?


What this means is that the responsibility for maintaining those systems rests on the company providing them, instead of on you. Don’t be. Here’s the easy-sneezy version of what you need to know to help your association or nonprofit. First, “The Cloud” is just another way of referring to the Web, the Internet, cyberspace. Services “in the cloud” are available via the Web instead of systems having to be installed on your server(s) or applications or programs being installed on your desktop. Yes, this is very good news. But here’s the best part.

How Does the Money Flow?


You have been providing educational events for many years, as education is a key benefit of membership. Use current or recent registration numbers, feedback, surveys, polls — whatever you can provide. Find out if your organization must make its financial information public; if so, there are a number of Web sites that can provide that information to you. As we noted in our summary of the aLearning Survey results, we were surprised by the number of respondents who didn’t know what percentage of the organization’s overall budget is dedicated to education.

Quick Clicks


You provide links to recorded lectures, discussions, and readings prior to the event, then focus on hands-on activities during the face-to-face (FTF) session. Looking for resources to provide guidance to your online volunteer content leaders? The University of New South Wales in Australia has provided some great tutorials, available free here: [link]. doesn’t just provide a summary of her review of Intellum’s Rollbook LMS, but includes some great tips for your LMS/LCMS selection process. What’s the Diff?*. Julien R. You can find it here. link]. **.


Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

would love to provide, we need a change. We must go beyond providing great content. to instead take responsibility for providing. Totara, an open source LMS), provides structure. Our platform provides. well beyond providing content to include. provide the manager with talking points. We provide practice guides to help Sue. We now. Right?

Measuring Level Four


The more we can demonstrate to them that they are benefitting (and their employers are likewise benefitting) from the educational sessions we provide, the more likely they are to renew their membership, register for more events, and tell others about the advantages they’re experiencing. If they were written well, they should provide the desired outcomes. Let them know how much you appreciate providing the feedback so you can continue to improve the program. Sounds like something from a sci-fi flick, doesn’t it?!? Let’s start with why. …sales?&#.

How Willing Are You To Cut Your Losses?


Anything that’s more of a pain to deliver than the benefits it’s providing? It’s one thing to recognize how important it is to just cut your losses and walk away when something isn’t producing the results you expected or the development/integration of a new system is taking more time and more money than you can afford. “We’re so far into it now,&# you say, “that we have to make it work.&#. Or really? Here’s a small example. How is that possible?!? But to get our money’s worth out of it, I go through this messy ritual every few weeks.

February March April Quick Links


Her charts contrasting these provide a great checklist: [link]. “Terrific” because it not only provides the “what” you need to know and do, but examples as well — including images of various applications. Yes, aLearning has been distracted these past few months with some non-blog projects… so although a few of these resource items are a little older than a month or two, they’ve been re-vetted and we think they’re still worth your attention. LMS Resources. The most popular topics on this blog are those on LMSes. Social Learning.

January Quick Clicks


More on that soon… Meanwhile, we’ll make it up to you by providing this edition of Quick Clicks, some links to what we believe are valuable resources, articles, and tools, collected here to help save you the time of tracking them all down. We’ve mentioned Craig several times here at aLearning (and include him in our pretty exclusive Blogroll) because provides enormous help when it comes to LMSes and other systems… Here’s a list of some of the “Must-Reads” from his blog (noted above): Interoperability – it works every time.Wrong.

Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy

The purpose of this guide is to provide you with the information and tools you need to. Provide a step-by-step work-plan to show you how to integrate gamification into. Game-based learning is often used as a one- time event to provide insights and instruction in a formal learning setting, either online or. Most games provide. Introduction.3 What is Gamification? system.

December Quick Clicks


As usual, here’s aLearning’s attempt to provide you some valuable, quick PD — for you! Patti Shank’s “Beginning Instructional Authoring: Learning How to Author” at Learning Solutions e-magazine breaks it all down and provides a plethora of resources. We know that you give more time to your association members and fellow staffers than you do to nurturing your own professional acumen, so we’ve gathered some links to articles, sites, blog posts, and other resources that we think would be worth your time. Help With Tutorials. Take a look. *.

Information or… Information?


Well, maybe the get some ideas from reading it, but despite being called a “manual,” it doesn’t provide any specific, step-by-step instructions or procedures or guidelines for implementing any of the best practices. Allow for slide-outs in the width and, if desired, towed vehicles in the length  (or provide for a separate hitching/unhitching area — see separate guideline on this). 3. You are providing instructions. ” It’s easy to see why it’s confusing. Example Scenario. Inside the Manual. Let’s take this a little deeper.

Pulling Back the Curtain on the 2011 aLearning Association Survey


Well, on the downside, fewer respondents than we would have liked means results that don’t provide reliable benchmarking. We got enough responses to provide a broad picture of what various organizations are doing based on the size of the organization, and to look at the data from a few other perspectives as well. We’ll continue to provide what we can in the best way we can do it… …and serving as an inspiration along the way, we hope! A few things about the recent aLearning Association Survey that you need to know, and that I need to get off my chest.

Quick Clicks


What’s even better, his recommendation for those you should offer free should cost you less (if anything) to provide than it will cost you to offer those you would charge a fee for. A big THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the recent aLearning Association Survey… while we compile the results into readable posts for you (watch for new posts with the results)… here are some quick resources for you. eLearning Glossary. Looking for a great glossary of common elearning acronyms and terms? Tutorial Tools. And here’s another great article from Learning Solutions.

Are your managers ready for a world without formal performance reviews?

GIVING FEEDBACK: I provide constructive. SETTING. EXPECTATIONS: My team members are clear on. their roles & responsibilities. 2. DELEGATING: I effectively identify tasks that. others can take on to develop their. capabilities and free my time for. more strategic activities. 3. COACHING: I support my team members by. challenging and encouraging them. to think for themselves and take.

Quick Clicks – August 2011


As ever, aLearning is happy to help you save some time by providing you with some direct links to valuable stuff by other people. If you haven’t seen these yet, they’re worth your time or they wouldn’t be here. Have links to posts, articles, sites and other online stuff that helped you in your association learning management? If so, drop me a line with the link so we can all benefit from it. See his post, “Mission Possible: Engaging Event Attention.&#. Here are a couple of related posts… both work taking a look at. link]. *. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. **.

Get ICEd!


We already provide our members with excellent (if we do say so ourselves) training to help them become even better at what they do. We’ll be content curators — adding another voice to others who have predicted this same future for us. I’ll add a few more aspects to this entire conglomerate that is ICE: the system (whatever it will be that will make searching and accessing all of these resources possible) will have to provide for learners to download, link to, and otherwise “extract&# the pieces and parts that are of the greatest value to them. Sounds deep.

From FTF to Online


It’s likely there are many ways for prices to be determined (regardless of the industry), so providing a general overview of the price-setting options is imperative. This could be provided in a short tutorial that provides simple opportunities for learners to see examples of the various price-setting options, practice each, and make some general applications to their own situations. They’re different teaching and learning modes, and need to be planned for accordingly. That’s what I’m saying. Basic accounting. Industry-specific accounting. Case study.

Why Conference Education Sucks


With such a constrained budget, it was very hard to provide events that engaged learners — providing active learning environments rather than subjecting our members to an endless stream of PowerPoint presentations. Associations provide conferences because they want to be seen as THE organization that provides important connections among members and valuable professional development opportunities. hours for the trade show, and provided for an opening and closing general session. So why would I say what I was doing sucked? wouldn’t. Simple.

Whitepaper: When The LMS Isn’t Enough

of respondents are looking to leave their current LMS platform and move to a new provider. do not provide the data and analytics the companies need.” When the LMS isn’t Enough How to Turbocharge Your LMS and Improve. Learning Retention for Bottom Line Results W H I T E P A P E R 2Table of Contents. The LMS is running out of gas.3 The LMS doesn’t have enough horse power.4 expectations.

New! FREE aLearning Tutorials!


An instructional designer at heart and always the advocate of DIY… I thought I would create a few stand-alone tutorials, offer them here FREE and accomplish a few things (other than keeping myself entertained by creating them): Provide some useful content on elearning and face-to-face facilitation topics. hope you do, and that you’ll let me know what you come up with, how you’ve improved on what I’ve started here, and provide some links and ideas to the rest of aLearning’s readers! Inspire you to create your own for your members or fellow staffers.

Meta What?!?!!?


Goel provides specifics for pre-training, training event, and post-training activities that will make your job much easier! Back in grad school, when discussion turned to “deconstructionism,&# I mentally closed down. Something about that term turned me off, maybe because it sounded pretentious when people uttered it. Here’s another one: metacognition. But the concept is simple, and — thanks to learning and development specialist Taruna Goel — easy to implement, all for the good of your association. Here’s an example. What are you waiting for

Social Networking Providers


Drawing from interviews with key vendors, the 50 or so page document summarizes the companies and their systems, with details about the features, backend structures (important to make sure members will be able to access the system and you’ll be able to provide it), pricing models, and contact information. They intentionally didn’t provide one of those checkmark charts, but you might decide to create your own in order to sort through the narrative comments. The white paper provides a good model for the sorts of questions you can ask to begin exploring those companies.

Calling All Association Sector Learning Providers!


If you provide products or services to associations and/or non-profits, please take a few minutes to participate in this brief aLearning survey.  This This short survey asks your opinions on the biggest challenges and greatest opportunities in this unique market sector.  . All responses will remain anonymous; aggregated results will be posted in an upcoming aLearning Blog post. Your candid responses are welcome and will serve to open discussion with association and non-profit learning leaders. Survey will remain open through the end of the month.

Ditching the formal performance review? Kineo shares 3 Elements for Success

Means: We have to have a way to provide an ongoing stream. Skills Gap 3% 38% 59% 5% 61% 33% 6% 46% 48% 9% 62% 29% 1000 Providing career. GIVING FEEDBACK: I provide constructive. provide the system and environment. provide coaching and accountability to. An improved solution for developing front- line managers should provide a scorecard. The e-learning provides an. in the e-learning program, providing fertile ground. Extend the Learning Activities within each module provide. tools are provided to help the manager. Moving.

Calling All Providers of Association Learning Services and Products!


If you provide education products or services to associations and/or non-profits, please take a few minutes to participate in this brief aLearning survey.  This This short survey asks your opinions on the biggest challenges and greatest opportunities in this unique market sector.  . All responses will remain anonymous; aggregated results will be posted in an upcoming aLearning Blog post. Your candid responses are welcome and will serve to open discussion with association and non-profit learning leaders. Survey will remain open through the end of the month.

Put Your Members in Jeopardy!


aLearning is grateful to iSpring for providing the use of their Presenter program which is used to compile our PowerPoint slides for access on the Web. The game, of course. Okay, not the real televised version, but one of the variations available for learning. In this case, I used a template designed by Theresa M. Game Show Presenter can be purchased to run in a group setting and/or online.

aLearning Trail Guide Going Dark

aLearning has decided to no longer support DRM, which provides certain protections for the way e-versions are made available. Not my choice, but the days for ordering e-versions of aLearning: A Trail Guide to Association eLearning are numbered.* The e-reader enabled versions and possibly the PDF version will no longer be available after the end of this month. If you’ve been putting off purchasing the aLearning Trail Guide, don’t wait much longer. You can order here. For info on this book and others, click here.

It Doesn’t Have To Be That Hard


Early careerists need more fundamentals that can generally be provided through more structured learning situations; experienced veterans who have lived through that learning curve benefit more from direct peer-to-peer (PTP) interactions. People who just want an answer–fast–would rather listen to experts or click their way to a solution. Is this assessment too harsh? Think again.

The Performance Management Storm: Four Macro-Trends Driving the Change

development, provides better data on. and providing the resources and support. effectively, monitor performance on a day- to-day basis, and provide timely feedback. Means: We have to have a way to provide an ongoing. ManagementPlus portal We provide detailed reporting on results and. 1Why Your Company Will Need to. moving from traditional performance. it happen.