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eLearning: Buy or Build?

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So often I see organizations struggling to develop eLearning in-house when, really, outsourcing would result in a better product that's really less expensive in the long run. This month's "Nuts and Bolts" column for Learning Solutions Magazine explores this: Buy or Build

Tracy Parish: Actual Rockstar

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I'm just home from DevLearn , always a fun, exciting event. This year was especially meaningful for me as I watched one of my best friends, Tracy Parish, achieve well-deserved stardom as she won not just the annual shirt design concert but also the top prize in the 71-entry Demofest event, "Best Mobile Solution" category. I'm guessing I've known Tracy for upwards of a decade now, first online as #lrnchat participants (we're both moderators now) and later as conference buddies.

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The OEB Plenary Debate 2020: Is Academic Learning Only for Eggheads?

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This week I am participating in Online Educa Berlin (OEB) 2020 as a participate in the annual plenary debate. I am sad that COVID is keeping us from gathering in person in Berlin this year and especially miss hugging dear colleagues and seeing the delights of the Christmas markets.

Psychological Safety: Critical for Learning?

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has been a year of uncertainty for many professionals. People were suddenly shifted to working from home and many in-person activities within the training and education field were hastily adapted into virtual ones.

The Ultimate Crash Course in eLearning Visual Design

Speaker: Connie Malamed, Founder of Mastering Instructional Design and Publisher of The eLearning Coach

Well-designed materials can motivate learners, improve comprehension, and assist optimal retention. If you need rapid, easily actionable ways to improve your eLearning and slides, join this session to learn the power principles that will have the biggest impact on your designs.

What Works - and What Doesn't - In Diversity Training

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Organizations implement diversity initiatives for a number of reasons, including a desire to increase representation, decrease workplace conflicts, and teach different individuals how to work together effectively.

Less Content, More Learner: An Overview of Learning Experience Design (LxD)

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This month's research report from The Learning Guild is Less Content, More Learner: An Overview of Learning Experience Design (LxD).

Designing for Behavior Change: A Conversation with Julie Dirksen

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In this video research report , Julie Dirksen provides an in-depth look at Susan Michie et al.’s s research on how to understand and support behavior change to improve job performance.

More Similar than Different: What the Research Says About Generations in the Workplace

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The topic of “generations” in the workplace has become popular among L&D professionals. Stereotypes exist regarding generational differences surrounding values, work behaviors, and preferences in supervision.

Everything I Know About HR I Learned From My Corgi

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Ok, I am not necessarily equating animal and human behavior. Except sort of. Tongue mostly in cheek here. Mostly. I have a corgi who’s one of the smartest dogs I ever met. Earlier this year I had a serendipitous meeting with a fellow who owns a small farm, which he uses as a dog training facility. His specialty is herding: he provides sheep and ducks and fenced spaces in which to work them, and rents the space and his counsel to area dog owners.

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Using New Trends to Revive Your eLearning Strategy

Speaker: Stephen Baer - Chief Creative Officer, ELB Learning

In this fireside chat, leading L&D expert Stephen Baer will discuss the exciting technological advancements in eLearning and how you can choose and implement the right technology for your company.

Coming to Devlearn 2015?

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Coming to DevLearn 2015? I'll be there with 2 new sessions and a refreshed visit to a fun one from last year. Some has involved extensive new research. Some has involved rethinking something I may have changed my mind about. The best thing? Prepping for these sessions gives me a chance to collaborate with some of my best friends in this business, bright people who bring energy and passion and fun to creating something together.

9 Critical Elements of Performance Improvement: Devlearn Session Recap

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Session Recap: “9 Critical Elements of Performance Improvement” Devlearn 2015 Session 111: Jane Bozarth & Jeannette Campos In January 2014 my husband, Kent, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The experience -- from diagnosis to surgery to complications to recovery -- served as an excellent reminder that learning does not happen in a vacuum, that “training” is rarely enough, and that learners are actors in a system with many moving parts.

"Social Media for Learning" meets "Show Your Work": The 21 Day Drawing Challenge

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There''s a fun social learning activity going on via Lynda.com., the "21 Day Drawing Challenge". Led by artist Von Glitschka, the project offers a daily new assignment (like "draw a cat" or "draw a man on a unicycle using only a continuous line") along with a quick overview video and printable reference worksheet. Additional support and participant interaction happen via a Facebook page. There Von Glitschka offers additional tips and sometimes directs participants to tutorials in other courses.

"Ukulele Learning" Devlearn Session Recap

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“Ukulele Learning” session recap Devlearn 2015 Session Recap: 304 (will be repeated Thursday Oct 1 as session 518) Jane Bozarth, Shawn Rosler, Ellen Wagner Ukulele Learning: Music and the Brain Since so many colleagues of mine have taken up the ukulele recently I wanted to have a uke jam at Devlearn. We could play together and offer introductory lessons to those who wanted to learn to play.

The Next Level of Sales Enablement: Sales Content Management

Speaker: Deniz Olcay, Senior Director of Product Marketing, and Jake Miller, Senior Product Marketing Manager

In this value-packed webinar, Deniz Olcay and Jake Miller will unravel and debunk the top three SCM myths and explain how to get the most from your SCM solution.

A Spring Treat: Connie Malamed's New "Visual Design Solutions"

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Much better than a hollow chocolate bunny, my metaphorical Easter basket this year held a review copy of Connie Malamed’s wonderful new Visual Design Solutions: Principles and Creative Inspiration for Learning. As a career-long government employee I’m always interested in low-cost solutions so appreciate Connie’s attention to the idea that good design is not necessarily about money or software.

Maker Party! Show Your Work

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… so this happened the night of March 4. We were looking for a way to bring our more interesting friends together so hit on this: Kent & Kelly: Birthday Twins! A party with a twist: Makers only! We’re inviting friends who create: tie-dyers, artists, writers, musicians, welders, woodworkers, those who have started businesses. People with a passion or interest they have put into practice. PLEASE bring something for show and tell (and to sell, if you like).

I'M NOT A BLOGPORTUNIST

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There's really no blog post here. I'm not one of those people who pretend to engage in Twitter conversations while really only looking for ways to spam everyone with an old post. Worst offenders: The ones who manipulate a conversation around to an excuse to blogdrop.

Let Me Google That for You (LMGTFY)

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Let Me Google That for You (LMGTFY) , just out from The Learning Guild, gives me the opportunity to respond to Guild member questions that require answers but not full-length reports. Does everybody really have a mobile phone? What is the optimal length for a training video? Does eLearning really save time? These are just a few of the questions that Jane Bozarth is frequently asked by Guild members and L&D professionals.

Create Engaging Scenario-Based Training on ANY Budget

Speaker: Tim Buteyn - President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions, Inc.

In this webinar, Tim Buteyn of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions will explore how to optimize learner engagement with scenario-based training. You'll learn what makes up scenarios, how they benefit the learner, and why this is important to your organization. You'll also dive into real-world examples across a wide range of budgets and look at how typical training content can be completely transformed.

Social Media for Learning, Part 1: Extending, Including, Supporting

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This month's Nuts and Bolts column is the first in a series updating ideas around using social media for learning. I'm looking especially at the rise of new tools for user-generated images and video: “L&D is great at creating and delivering content. But emerging and evolving tools give us the opportunity to engage with our learners in new ways, to help move us toward making workplace learning more a process and less an event.

What Did You Learn Today?

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I've written quite a bit over the past few years about a certain disconnect we have with our learners. We tend to think about "Learning" with a capital "L", as some rather abstracted high-minded pursuit, a lifelong systematic interconnected journey of brain enrichment. Heck, I have a doctorate in that. Don't get me started.) But the rest of the world thinks about "learning" as "solving a problem" or "getting an answer" or "figuring it out" or "looking it up".

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"Social Technologies in Business"

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Know what happens when a bunch of your friends get together and assemble the best compilation ever of thinking in the social-social media-collaborative learning-knowledge management-narrating work realms? This book. My interest in social learning and working out loud grew from my own wonderful experience as a participant in a vibrant community of practice.

Punish the Learner

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For those who''ve been keeping up with Project Ukulele, I found a nice local group that has a uke playalong meetup every 1st and 3rd Monday. We meet in a small coffeehouse that hosts small concerts so there''s something of a ''stage'' up front. In months that have a 5th Monday -- like September 2013 -- there''s an open mic meeting. People come prepared to perform a song or 2, and with the smaller group that shows up it''s a fun time to share and learn some new songs.

The L&D Strategy Roundtable

Speaker: Cara North - Learning & Development Consultant, Speaker, & Researcher | Maggie Quigley - Senior Account Executive for US Market Userlane

In this webinar, L&D professionals Cara North and Maggie Quigley will discuss the various factors that affect training and how you can stretch your budget to create an effective L&D program.

Cammy Bean, "Writing Better eLearning Scripts" Training 2015

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I''m in Atlanta for Training 2015. Our friend Cammy Bean so often live blogs other people''s conference sessions, including some of mine, I figured I''d return the favor. How can we write better programs?" -Aim Aim for short & snappy -How do people talk to each other? Write like that. Use a lighter, accessible tone. It''s really critical to know your audience (Form follows function) Comic books are fun and can support the fun affect. -We

What Does Social Learning Look Like? Pokémon GO

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This month's "Nuts & Bolts" column examines social learning as it happens naturally, organically, as people go about their day: It’s not about ‘doing social.’ It’s about supporting workers as they work by giving them the time and the right space to talk about it. It’s about listening. And it’s about using social tools to support conversations and performance already in progress. upporting workers as they work by giving them the time and the right space to talk about it. It’s about listening.

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The DevLearn Mobile App: A Lesson in Motivation and Reward

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One of the components of our upcoming Devlearn "Ukulele Learning" sessions is some conversation around motivation and reward. A great example is happening right now in the DevLearn conference app, available to attendees. There's a swag shop with stuff like fun tshirts and sunglasses; app users can earn points toward purchases as outlined below. Notice the relative value of posting and filling out evaluations compared to just checking in or tagging something.

iSpring 9! Lots of New Features

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I always enjoy hearing from my friends at iSpring, who apart from being excellent humans with a great product are fun companions at minigolf. So I was delighted to get an email asking me to take a look at the newest release, iSpring9. Usually when a tool gets a refresh there are a few updates, but this new version of iSpring has advanced the product by leaps and bounds. My two favorite changes: 1.

Drips, Bots, and Blogs: A Non-Traditional Approach to Learning Reinforcement

Speaker: Shannon Tipton, Chief Learning Officer, Learning Rebels LLC

Today's work culture requires giving people the ability to control when and where they participate in their professional development. Learn how you can provide valuable, self-directed bites of learning content (and strategies to make that content stick) in this webinar!

When Social Biz Meets Superbowl

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I spend a lot of my time describing effective use of social media and the need for brands to have a real voice, to show that they are in touch with their customers, and to show that they are acting in real-time. Problems with auto-scheduling and then stepping away from social media content, or outsourcing social media tasks to inept firms, have time and again proven embarrassing (at best) for companies. But it's no reason to shy away from working in the social space.

Transforming Classroom to Online: What's the Reality?

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“When you’re looking at ‘converting’ classroom training to an online format, try to actually get to the classroom event. Get clear on what really goes on there, as opposed to what you might hear in a meeting or via document review. Talk to the trainers or facilitators who run classroom events, and ask them about any tricks or special adaptations they might employ. Then work on ways to bring the richness—and maybe even fun—to the worker’s online experience.”

Blended Learning in Practice

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This month's research report comes from Insync Training's Jennifer Hofmann: Blended learning can be applied in a variety of ways. This report examines some common critical success factors for incorporating blended learning into organizational training and offers recommendations for a successful move towards blending learning.

Social Tools for Learning: Updated Report for 2018

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Social tools have emerged, disappeared, and evolved over time. The question is whether or not these tools are being used successfully in the modern L&D landscape. Are organizations leveraging social tools to support training and performance efforts today? Earlier this year The eLearning Guild conducted a survey with its members on the topic of social tools. Using Social Tools for Learning , by Jane Bozarth, delves into the data collected from the survey and shares key findings.

Discover the Secrets to Creating More Meaningful Training Experiences

Speaker: David Kelly - CEO The Learning Guild & Luke Talbot - Chief Product Officer at Userlane

During this webinar, you will learn how to streamline your software training, boost ROI for your systems, and increase employee productivity.

Crash Course for New Instructional Designers

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Classroom trainers are often recruited to create eLearning content that is nothing more than a regurgitation of classroom materials.

What's Your Reality? AR and VR

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The eLearning Guild's April research report examines the benefits and barriers of using augmented reality and virtual reality in organizations and how these organizations access and utilize the data derived from the AR and VR systems. The eLearning Guild conducted a survey with its members on the topic of augmented reality and virtual reality. What’s Your Reality? AR and VR for Learning , by Jane Bozarth, explores the data collected from the survey and shares key findings.

Elements of Working Out Loud at a Conference

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DevLearn Blogger Update: Half the fun of a conference is participating in the backchannel, so friends back home, people who chose other sessions, and colleagues everywhere can keep up with the happenings. It's also a nice way of making notes for yourself. Here’s Helen Blunden’s (@ActivateLearn) “Elements of Working Out Loud at a Conference”. Which ones will you try at #devlearn

Creating Significant Learning Experiences

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This month in Learning Solutions I take a look at Dee Fink's Five Principles of Good Course design. A “good course” is one which meets the following five criteria: 1. Challenges learners to higher-level learning 2. Uses active forms of learning 3. Gives frequent and immediate feedback to students on the quality of their learning 4. Uses a structured sequence of different learning activities 5.

Authentic eLearning Localization: Challenges and Best Practices

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

People prefer to learn in their native language, so localizing eLearning helps genuinely engage learners and gives them that much-needed sense of inclusion. In this exclusive webinar with Chris Paxton, learn how to ensure that authentic translation and localization work for your organization!