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Interview With Mobile Learning Thought Leader Mayra Aixa Villar

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Mayra Aixa Villar. I had the opportunity to interview Mayra Aixa Villar , instructional designer and thought leader in the mobile learning space. Mayra has authored articles for ASTD and Learning Solutions Magazine and writes frequently on her personal blog. If you are interested in where mobile learning is headed, or in how mobile learning is different from “regular eLearning,” read on! How did you get started in instructional design, and what sparked your interest in mobile?

Global eLearning: When One Size Does Not Fit All

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Want life to keep you on your toes? Try deploying eLearning to a global audience. Good ideas have to be great ones, and even the best-laid project work plan can be torn asunder as project teams grow and decision makers multiply. We’ve been deploying global eLearning curriculums with our clients for years, and that experience has taught us that, well, every project is truly unique. One size really does not fit all. …But would that last sentence have worked in a global course?

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eLearning too Expensive? A Solution for Every Budget

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Some companies think the cost of eLearning is ONLY driven by the quality of the images, audio, visual, and complex interactions. The more “fancy” multimedia eLearning has, the more expensive it will be. Therefore, a stripped down course with minimal aesthetic value will be the most cost-effective. But while adding multimedia to an eLearning course will increase the cost, this is not the main contributor to eLearning cost. In fact, it’s far from being the biggest contributor.

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This Week on #TalkTech: Mobile Friendly Sites, Game Based Learning Checklist and Design Tips from LucasArts

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#TalkTech is the “flipped” approach to Twitter chats. We publish all the topics a few hours before the chat so you can show up at 3 pm EST / 12 pm PST on Thursdays ready to discuss. We discuss three topics a week and the chat lasts around 30 minutes. We’re shaking things up in 2013 here at #TalkTech! Every couple of weeks, a guest curator will be picking our topics and leading the discussion.

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5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development

In 2021, many of your competitors will invest in talent development software. If you make the right decision, invest in the right software, and if your organization is willing to use it, you can realize five decisive competitive advantages. To see those advantages, download Paycor’s latest guide, 5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development.

Is “Rapid” eLearning Design and Development Possible?

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Traditional eLearning may be on its way out, but it is still with us today. In fact, some companies still rely on it heavily. It’s our job to look to the future, while also catering to present needs. In today’s lean times, there is lots of buzz and interest around “rapid” elearning design and development. But what, exactly, is “rapid?”. In a 2008 post by Tom Kuhlman, author of the Rapid e-Learning Blog (one of my favorite blogs), it’s 40 hours.

Diving into mLearning: How to get started

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(We have created an 8-part comprehensive report containing a series of two-to-three page “briefs.” This is part 8: Diving into mLearning: How to get started. If you would like to see the collection in its entirety, click here.). Think small and not huge when you do your first project. At mLearn, we heard stories from companies such as PwC, Abbott Pharmaceuticals, the Federal Bank of Chicago, and several others. Here are tips we gleaned from others’ first efforts: 1.

mLearning devices and platforms: What you need to know

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(We have created an 8-part comprehensive report containing a series of two-to-three page “briefs.” This is part 4: mLearning devices and platforms: What you need to know. If you would like to see the collection in its entirety, click here.). The issue that halts enthusiasm for mLearning is the device wars. People want to know which device to use. Our answer is that companies need to be prepared to support multiple devices and that the issue REALLY needs to be tablet versus smartphone.

Low-end tools: QR codes and SMS text messaging

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(We have created an 8-part comprehensive report containing a series of two-to-three page “briefs.” This is part 6: Low-end tools: QR codes and SMS text messaging. If you would like to see the collection in its entirety, click here.). mLearning does not have to involve an extensive budget. The use of QR codes or SMS text messaging offer viable options for creating meaningful learning experiences for people. QR Codes. QR stands for “quick response.”

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Getting Started at Creating Games

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(We have created an 8-part comprehensive report containing a series of one-to-two page “briefs” regarding learning game design. This is part 4: Getting Started at Creating Games.If you would like to see the white paper in its entirety, check out the Learning Briefs section on our website.). You can create a fully-functioning simple game in an afternoon – though, admittedly, this would be a FIRST rendition of a game – not the final version.

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Deliver Effective Online Education and Events Your Members Will Love

This guide identifies the biggest challenges for associations moving their training online and provides practical solutions so that you can hit the ground running. Download now to keep your members engaged and growing even in times of COVID-19.

Play Testing Games — An Essential Step

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(We have created an 8-part comprehensive report containing a series of one-to-two page “briefs” regarding learning game design. This is part 7: Play Testing Games — An Essential Step. If you would like to see the white paper in its entirety, check out the Learning Briefs section on our website.). You can definitely brainstorm a game idea in an afternoon and build a simple prototype. However, going from the rough idea to a polished game takes iterations and time.

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Constraints that Affect Design

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(We have created an 8-part comprehensive report containing a series of one-to-two page “briefs” regarding learning game design. This is part 6: Constraints that Affect Design. If you would like to see the white paper in its entirety, check out the Learning Briefs section on our website.). Here are some of the big constraints that will influence design decisions: How much money can you spend?

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How to Take a Learning Experience From Miserable to Memorable

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Imagine you own a travel business. You decide to specialize in trips to Europe. It’s up to you to define the itinerary and make all decisions regarding what a group will do. Now imagine two groups of travelers and two trip purposes. One trip is for educational purposes. This trip is targeted toward low-income youth ages 16-18 who have never even flown on a plane before. The other trip is a Spring Break experience for affluent families.

Using Design Thinking to Craft Better Learning Solutions, Part 1

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Bridging the Gap Between HR and Safety

Members of HR are known for taking on different types of tasks. Safety training isn’t always one of them, but in reality, it makes sense that it should be. Learn how safety aligns with the goals of any HR team and how managing it can make your job easier.

Getting Ideas for Games

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(We have created an 8-part comprehensive report containing a series of one-to-two page “briefs” regarding learning game design. This is part 5: Getting Ideas for Games. If you would like to see the white paper in its entirety, check out the Learning Briefs section on our website.). There are numerous ways to approach the design of a game and some can get pretty sophisticated.

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Emerging Learning Technologies: Promise vs. Hype

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Go to any of the big L&D conferences or trade shows and you’ll hear buzz and conversation about virtual reality, augmented reality, and 360 video. Explore the pages of Inc., Forbes, Tech Crunch, or Mashable and you’ll find articles. Search Twitter using the hashtags #AR, #VR, #360video and you’ll find links to innumerable posts.

Design Thinking and Instructional Design: Clearing Up Confusion

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How to Design Great Learning Experiences Instead of Just Delivering Content

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3 Guiding Principles to Support the Human Dimension in Learning

Speaker: Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting

Join Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting, for her exclusive session where she will be discussing the 3 guiding principles for the future of learning, and how these can affect the design of work in organizations.

6 Pervasive Corporate Training Pitfalls

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Remember when you were new to learning and development? If you really are new, congratulations and welcome to the field! If you’ve been around for a little while, I want you to think back: what do you wish you could tell your former self about what he/she is getting themselves into? Maybe you would warn “past you” about how easy it is for learners to tune out during training.

Seven 2017 Learning Trends: Novel or Norm?

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At the start of a new year – or the end of an old one – we love to read about trends. Articles on trends can be fun reads, but do they really help us see the future? Do trends really matter? I’ll let you decide. I went back and found a 1998 ATD (then ASTD) State of the Industry report. Note that the “trends” listed in this report were often reported by only 1% – 2% of the respondents, who numbered in the 300 range.

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Chatbots and Virtual Assistants in L&D: 4 Use Cases to Pilot in 2018

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Tech analysts predict that 2018 will be a big year for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in all its forms. We’ve reached a point where the virtual assistant on our smartphone can usually understand what we’re saying , devices powered by Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant can be had for as little as $50, and app developers can leverage powerful conversational AI platforms created by Amazon, Google, IBM, and Microsoft (among others) for their own applications.

Why You Need a Learning Journey Map

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5 Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

Does Gamification Actually Work? Yes, and Here’s Why

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I’m a big Twitter fan; I use it to curate content and pay attention to people whose opinions I care […]. The post Does Gamification Actually Work? Yes, and Here’s Why appeared first on Bottom-Line Performance. Learning Games

Are VR and AR Ready for Primetime in L&D?

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6 Digital Learning Design Tips for Better User Experiences

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The LMS Revolution is Coming. Are You Prepared?

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I was seated in the back of the room at BLP’s first annual eXLearn conference last month as Sharon Boller […]. The post The LMS Revolution is Coming. Are You Prepared? appeared first on Bottom-Line Performance. Training

The Ins and Outs of Connecting Technologies in a Modern Learning Ecosystem

Speaker: TJ Seabrooks, former CEO at Rustici Software

Have you ended up with a collection of content inputs and data outputs that might be hard to wrangle? If your organization uses multiple LMSs and has content coming from many different places, or you’re heading in this direction, this webinar is for you.

4 Ways an Onboarding Program Can Reduce Frontline Staff Turnover

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Frontline staff turnover is a serious challenge in many industries. Companies dealing with the issue often struggle to find a […]. The post 4 Ways an Onboarding Program Can Reduce Frontline Staff Turnover appeared first on Bottom-Line Performance. Learning Design Training

Development Time for Corporate Learning: A Reality Check

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A frequent part of my job is answering the question, “How long will that take?” And my answer is based on a combination of experience, data, and knowledge about the project type. In January, ATD posted updated data as to how long it takes to develop an hour of instructor-led and asynchronous eLearning. This has led to lots of conversation and questions here at BLP and in our broader industry. Is this the formula for estimating development that we have all be waiting for?

Podcasts for Corporate Training: How and When to Use Them

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Ask yourself: how divided is your attention right now? Are you already composing an email response in your head? Did […]. The post Podcasts for Corporate Training: How and When to Use Them appeared first on Bottom-Line Performance. Learning Design Microlearning

Design Thinking: Level-Up the Learner Experience

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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? Because those are 45 minutes of time that individual does not get back.”. “Learner experience” (LX) is an emerging buzz term that originated from the software world, which focuses on “UX” or user experience.

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

Microlearning: What It Is and What It Isn’t

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Last month, we published the results from our 2017 Learning and Remembering Survey. In the survey, we asked respondents to tell us what learning trends or new training delivery methods they are most excited about for 2017. The number one answer? Microlearning. 18% of respondents said they’re excited about microlearning for the year ahead.