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Deep Learning vs. Surface Learning

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I have been in the adult education and training business for almost 30 years and I still see an unfortunate fixation on content. So much of education and training is focused on ensuring that learners know certain things.

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The Pitfalls and Promises of Mobile Learning

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If you are in any way connected with the fields of training, learning and development, or eLearning, you are probably regularly inundated with messages about the wonders of mobile learning.

Seriously - Stop Talking; Start Showing

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A few weeks ago, four leading lights of the learning business - Michael Allen, Julie Dirksen, Clark Quinn and Will Thalheimer - released a call to arms.

Work = Learning

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"Change is so fast and furious that work and learning blur into one activity." Jay Cross, et. Working Smarter in Terra Nova Circa 2015 Jay Cross and his colleagues at Internet Time Group have recently published an interesting article on the evolution of work.

Training for Lead Generation, Customer Onboarding and Support

Customer lifecycle training gives customers the knowledge and tools they need to be successful. As customer success and satisfaction grows, so does retention and repeat business. This eBook can help training teams improve or expand their customer training programs.

Instructional Design Malpractice

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I recently came across an interesting online conversational podcast with Clark Quinn (Quinnovation) and Cammy Bean (Kineo) on the topic of "instructional design malpractice." Of course there is no such crime on the books, but perhaps there should be.

Why Aren't Online Training Supports the Norm?

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A little while ago I was interested in a rapid eLearning authoring tool, and a sales rep did a web presentation for me, showing how it worked. He then encouraged me to download this software for a trial period. His demo was 20 - 30 minutes long, and only provided a very quick overview.

Demonstrate Your Value

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The training blogosphere has been buzzing lately with a great deal of agonizing, soul-searching and prognosticating about what the recession means for the industry.

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Creativity Should Precede Technique

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Our daughter wants to be an animator. She will be going to university or college next year and has been checking out various computer animation and digital media programs. Interestingly, none of these programs really care about the applicant's computer programming skills.

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A New Segmentation Model for Customer Onboarding

A great customer onboarding program is a proactive and meaningful way to make a lasting impact on customer engagement, retention, and expansion. In this eBook, Skilljar will show you a new framework for building a customer onboarding program, including how to segment users and drive long-term value and retention through education.

eLearning is Green

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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.

Let's Broaden the Training Conversation

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I really enjoy Donald Clark's Plan B Blog. Clark is an Englishman with loads of experience in the training field. He has an acerbic wit and writes about training in general, and eLearning in particular, with a refreshing candor.

Trim the Text

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I was at a meeting last week when someone commented on a thick file folder I had brought along, bursting with papers related to the project at hand. When asked about it, I replied that I am of the generation that does not like reading a lot of text off a screen.

Context + Control + Community = Learning

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A couple of weeks ago I noted that I was beginning to learn Mandarin Chinese via ChinesePod. Based in Shanghai, ChinesePod broadcasts daily online audio lessons. These are free of charge.

The Definitive Guide to Customer Education Metrics

As you build and scale your customer education program, the right data can help you identify patterns, make evidence-based decisions, and adapt strategy to meet business goals. In this eBook, Skilljar will share the data and metrics best practices that have helped their customers meet program goals and communicate business impact.

Context is King!

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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."

Does the World Really Need More Lectures?

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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.

Let's Junk the Jargon

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A recent Chief Learning Officer magazine electronic newsletter carried a press release about Thomson Learning and Tata Interactive Systems collaborating on a new project called the Thomson Learning Lot.


Two Ships Passing in the Night

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I'm in the unique position of straddling the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors and seeing the way that each approaches eLearning. I have worked in both sectors. I now serve clients in both sectors, and speak to prospective clients in both sectors. And what a study in contrasts this presents.


Top E-Learning Software - Recommendations and Pricing

Zero in on the best E-Learning software for your company. Get expert recommendations and pricing comparisons based on your specific needs.

Kicking the RFP Habit

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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.

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Client eLearning Re-visited

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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.

Beware the Technology Police

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I remember doing a pitch to some potential clients once, showing them how they could really bring their eLearning to life by including some rich, multi-media, case-based scenarios. They seemed genuinely impressed by some examples I showed them and I thought we were making real progress.

Client eLearning Examples

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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. Well, faithful readers have come to the rescue and sent me a few examples.

Choosing the Right Technology for External Training

According to Talented Learning, more than 700 LMS vendors compete in today’s learning platforms marketplace. But of course, not all platforms are created equal. In this eBook, Skilljar will discuss the key components of an external training LMS, and why they’re essential for a well-designed customer training program.

Wikinomics and Learning

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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."

Breakthrough eLearning: Dealing with eLearning Objections

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i just heard that an elearning project that we had hoped to bid upon is on hold because of "internal resistance." it got me to thinking about the various objections to elearning that i have heard over the course of my ten years in this

Lessons from Wii Fit

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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. balance games, yoga, aerobic, and strength training) and see their results on the screen.

Breakthrough eLearning: Score an "A" in eLearning (X4)

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there are many ways that even the best elearning training interventions can be kiboshed, but i see the following two come up again and again. firstly, many really good elearning ideas do not even get off the ground because key

Employee Training Playbook by Lessonly

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

Breakthrough eLearning: Year-End Reflections

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the end of a year is traditionally a time for stock taking and reflection. and the end of 2006 is also the end of elearn campus' fourth year in existence. my business partner, michael grant, and i set up elearn campus to fulfill what we

Breakthrough eLearning: Learning Should be "Hard Fun"

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when surveying the 100 folks we had in our webinar this week on how to integrate gaming and simulations into elearning, i wasn't that surprised that a great many were computer gamers themselves. they played games like world of warcraft

Breakthrough eLearning: Be Nice to Your SME!

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we had a lively webinar session on thursday on using subject matter experts wisely: keeping your elearning development projects on track. about 60 training and education folks from across north america jumped into the debate on how best

Breakthrough eLearning: Harvesting Your SMEs Brain

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one of the great things about working in the elearning field is the variety it affords. in the last year, for example, i have developed elearning courses or online job aids that teach people how to: use software; manage greenhouses

Your Guide to Creating a Customer Onboarding Program

Even if you don’t have a formal program in place, customer onboarding is already happening at your organization. The question is, are you dictating it and guaranteeing a great experience? If not, this guide can help help.