October, 2017

Design Thinking: Level-Up the Learner Experience

Bottom-Line Performance

Two years ago I was at a CLO conference in Austin, Texas. The keynote speaker asked a question that gave me pause then – and continues to drive me now. He asked, “Is the 45-minute course you created a good use of 45 minutes of the learner’s life?

10 top tips for a great interactive video

Kineo

We’re all abuzz these days about interactive video. And for good reason. It is a great way to get learners to sit up straight and pay attention and on top of that, can enhance and improve a traditional eLearning experience, by = breaking up the monotony of clicking next through a series of slides. And it is, well, so much more interactive than a “static” video.

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Designing with the Learning Ecosystem Canvas

Allen Interactions

Michael Hruska, President/CEO Problem Solutions. Learning Ecosystems Thinking is Important. Learning ecosystems are places where people, systems and resources are combined in a manner to support value creation around learning and performance. No longer is the LMS enough.

“Check Box” Training, or Is It “Check Box” L&D?

Living in Learning

It’s Saturday morning, and am fully caffeinated…sitting on the deck and nursing on the business end of a fairly decent cigar. It’s odd moments like these that a craving to rip out a blog post gets flung upon me. Out of the blue a question landed on my brain and I thought was significant enough […]. Continuous Learning Learning Ecosystems Performance Support Performer Support Rants & Ramblings Sustained Capability dynamic learning ecosystems embedded performance support point of work

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2017 Customer Training Benchmarks Study

What are the baseline metrics for a successful customer training program? Find out in Skilljar's inaugural customer training benchmarks study, which includes an analysis of completion rates, course duration, and more. Click to download.

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How Fantasy Elements Improve the Learning Experience

Bottom-Line Performance

The idea of using whimsy and fantasy as part of a training program makes some learning leaders nervous. Will learners take the training seriously? Will serious-minded audiences be offended by the lighthearted approach? And most importantly, what will stakeholders think?

The 4 Cs to Designing Meaningful Scenarios, Part 3: Connections

eLearning Brothers

One of the biggest mistakes made in scenario-writing is not providing the learner the opportunity to reflect on the choice that they made. Reflection is what makes learning stick.

The 3 Levels of Gamification (No One is Doing Number 3)

LearnDash

Gamfication has evolved into three distinct categories, and hardly anyone is implementing the third.

Does your company have the right plumbing to evolve corporate learning?

Axonify

In the first of a three-part series on modernizing corporate learning, hosted by Chief Learning Officer (CLO), Axonify’s CEO Carol Leaman made one thing clear: in order to remain competitive, organizations must begin to modernize learning. This week, Axonify’s Principal Learning Strategist, JD Dillon, continued the discussion by offering three practical strategies for how to make that happen.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

Training Needs 7: Future and Anticipated Training Needs

Your Training Edge

Summary: Your overall training needs assessment is not complete until you know what’s coming further down the road. Here are some ways to assess for future and anticipated training needs. It is a given in training and development that your best-laid plans tend to change.

An Instructional Designer's Guide to a Successful Project Kickoff Meeting

Dashe & Thomson

by Claire Narum. The importance of a strong kickoff to a training project can’t be understated. Not only does the project kickoff meeting define the road map, set expectations for your stakeholders, and clarify each team member’s roles, it’s also an opportunity for the team to forge a positive and enthusiastic working relationship that builds a solid foundation for collaboration on future projects.

Simple Insufficiency

Clark Quinn

As things get more complex, organizations are looking to get more agile. And they’re looking at a wide variety of approaches in different areas. It can be agile, digital transformation, design thinking, and more. And, by and large, these are all good things. And all of them are quite simply insufficient. Why do I suggest this insufficiency? Because the solution is complex. Organizations are complex organisms.

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The Importance of Alliances

eLearning Brothers

Today’s learning ecosystem is expanding.

3 Ways to Create a Best in Class Customer Training Plan

Looking to improve your training plan for Q4 and beyond? Download this guide to learn how the right goals, education, and tools can help.

Disruption Debate: Be open with change

Jane Hart

As part of Totara’s ongoing Disruption Debate series, Lars Hyland has been speaking to thought leaders and experts from the L&D world. A few weeks ago he talked to me, and this is the summary of that conversation that appears on their website. Social learning

How to get buy-in for your new onboarding vision

Axonify

We’ve been talking about a reimagined approach to onboarding for about six months now. We’ve covered a range of related topics, including: New foundational principles for facilitating an onboarding experience that never stops. Pre-boarding and the value of finding the right people who already have a passion for your company. Organizational fit and the need to involve people in the culture from day one rather than just tell them about it.

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How E-learning Can Benefit Companies – Corporate Training

Your Training Edge

Today, in the middle of the era of innovation, e-learning takes a prominent place in corporate life. Every business implements various methods to gain high quality, productive and motivated team. How it works and how efficient is it? Electronic learning is a new wave in a corporate education, which is mostly regulated by the 70/20/10 rule. Today most companies are using educational methods in a 70% part.

Why Learning Content Curation Matters

PDG

Training departments generate volumes of content. What do you have in your library? Is it up-to-date? Useful? Relevant? Do your people know how to find it? Many of us are standing on twin peaks of learning content.

How to Select an LMS for Customer Training

Finding an LMS suitable for customer training can be tough. Check out our guide to learn about some key considerations for selecting a customer education platform.

Radical Coherency

Clark Quinn

Tied to my last post about insufficient approaches, I was thinking again about the Coherent Organization . Coherency is powerful, but it could be a limiting metaphor. So I want to explore it a bit further. First, coherency is powerful. Lasers, for example, are just light, the same as comes from your lightbulbs. Except that the wavelengths are aligned and focused. When they’re at the same frequency, in the same direction, suddenly you can cut steel!

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5 More Business Reasons Why xAPI

ATD Learning Technologies

If your responsibilities include onboarding team members, developing learning curriculums, delivering training programs, or evaluating the performance of your organization, at some point this year someone likely asked if you had looked into xAPI. The conversation probably went one of two ways.

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What I miss and what I don't

Learning with e's

Photo by Kevin Harber on Flickr Watching my colleagues from around the UK posting images of themselves with their new cohorts of students gives me mixed feelings.

10 Tips to Take You from Zero to eLearning Hero

Blue Sky eLearn

Whether you’re a solo eLearning hero or you’re like the Avengers and you have a whole squad, we are counting down 10 tips that’ll help you put some POW into your program! Tip #10 – Preparation. Start preparing NOW.

Training for Lead Generation, Customer Onboarding & Support

Looking to create customers for life? Training can be used to successfully engage customers throughout their entire lifecycle - from initial awareness, to onboarding, to continuing support. Download this eBook to learn more.

Training Needs 5: Leadership, Talent Management, and Succession Planning Needs

Your Training Edge

Summary: An often-overlooked area of needs assessment is leadership, talent management, and succession planning. Let’s define these areas and look at some ways to assess them.

When Leadership Training Doesn’t Work

PDG

I recently read an online article that posited that leadership training doesn’t work. Look at great leaders like JFK and Gandhi, the author argued. Did they get leadership training? The author further went on to argue that leadership training has never turned an incompetent into an effective leader.

Developing Personal Learning Networks – Resources

David Kelly

People are not learning exclusively from conventional sources like courses and classrooms. In truth we never did, but there’s a growing awareness of the small percentage of learning that comes from formal means as compared to informal means.

The State of Video in Education 2017

LearnDash

Video is one of the most popular methods used in online education. It is incredibly helpful when explaining and showing new concepts. One thing is for sure: video isn’t going anywhere when it comes to online education. In fact, it’s going to keep growing in popularity.

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Employee Training Playbook by Lessonly

Strengthen new employees and develop existing teams with Lessonly’s Employee Training Playbook.