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A helicopter view on our changing learning landscape

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Being the CEO of a company that revolves around learning technology I have to watch the trends in Learning & Development. I even have to predict what will be next. I need to be ahead of the game in order to steer my company in the right direction. For this purpose, I made an analysis of the changes that I see and I wanted to share these insights. Move towards informal learning. This trend started a long time ago with Jay Cross, with his “workplace learning” approach.

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Smarter ways to improve the quality of Employee-generated Learning

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Many thousands of subject matter experts (SMEs) capture and share their knowledge in the form of a course or assessment using Easygenerator. As we are working closely with our customers, we gained new insights about how to manage and improve the quality of the content in a smarter way. Old school quality control. When companies start with Employee-generated Learning there is always a concern about the quality of the content.

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How subject matter experts can create more effective learning

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An increasing number of subject matter experts are sharing their knowledge in a variety of ways. One of them is the creation of learning content. Facilitating this is the core role of my company Easygenerator. We provide a hassle-free authoring platform for them to share knowledge effortlessly. We know that the software must be so intuitive that anyone can log in and, without any training, can start creating learning material.

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Employee Generated Learning, a transcending role for Instructional Designers 

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The e-Learning landscape is fundamentally changing. A while ago month I published a blog post about this change. In this blog post, I elaborated on how this transformation boils down to a shift away from content creation by instructional designers. Instead, learning content is often being generated in a more decentralized manner by the employees. I have been referring to this concept as Employee Generated Learning.

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9 Warning Signs Your Employees Need Language Training

Most global companies are diverse in perspectives, backgrounds, and yes, language. Language barriers can compound existing communication problems, often resulting in business losses. Learn the 9 warning signs your employees need language training today!

Jane Hart’s op 200 Tools for Learning

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Jane Hart is conducting her annual Digital Learning Tools survey. An interesting list to follow. Here is my top 10 for 2018. Easygenerator. Yes, I know it's my own tool. But we are actually constantly using it to create learning for our company. . Slack. We use Slack for all our internal communication. I have to say that, initially, I was not a big fan, but it has grown on me significantly. We use Zoom for internal meetings, webinars and learning sessions with customers. I love it! WordPress.

Moving learning back to the business

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Moving learning back to the business Learning has become too far detached from the business side of companies. In the days of medieval guilds, you would complete your entire education while working and learning the trade and skills alongside a master craftsman. However, times have changed and we've moved learning to schools and universities. At work, corporate HR/learning professionals are responsible for employees' learning and development. I believe this is wrong for many reasons.

Sharing your knowledge: What’s in it for you?

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You are an expert, so why should you share your knowledge with your co-workers or with the rest of the world. I will tell you in this post. It works for me; I’m working in the field of e-Learning for 20 years now, and I’m writing this blog (and sharing my knowledge) since 2010. It built me a network, established my name in the field, made me a speaker at conferences all over the world and most important: I learned a lot while writing these posts. Knowledge sharing is.

#DevLearn 2018: The death of the Learning styles, microlearning, and Millennials

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Back home after DevLearn 2018 and the one thing that stands out is the annihilation of three big learning buzzwords: Learning Styles, Microlearning and Millennials. Learning styles. The e-learning guild published a couple of new reports, I attended a session on them. One of the reports is "The truth about teaching to learning styles and what to do instead" by Jane Bozarth.

What makes a good Learning eXperience Platform

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A session about our latest buzzword LXP (Learning Experience platform) by Ben Betts. He states that we are leaving the era of learning and we are moving towards the era of Performance which in his mind also means moving from an LMS towards an LXP. I also liked his seven habits, it makes it more actionable. e-Learning

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.

#Learning2019 Day 3. Burger universities, Elliot, Nigel, Bob and Donald

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This morning started with an extra "Dutch" session by Rob Lauder, the CLO of Mc Donalds. He gave us a detailed overview of the setup of Mc Donalds training programs. They employ 1.9 million people and they have 1 million new hires every year. Mc Donald knows that for crew employees they will be their first job and they will move on pretty soon. Their training program is focus on this, making sure their employees are ready for their next job. Pretty cool. Rob Lauber presenting at Learning2019.

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#Learning2019 Day 2. About performance support and the future of learning…

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The second day of Learning 2019. A full packed schedule with many sessions, keynotes, planned and unplanned meetings. Today started early at 6.45 with an extra "Dutch session" by Molly Petroff from the St Vincent Hospital. Molly is a workflow specialist already for 12 years. She showed us how they got started and what they have learned along the way. They created based on the main processes in the hospital, a performance support environment using the five moments of learning need.

Bob Mosher’s Dutch session at Learning 2019

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Bob Mosher did an exclusive Dutch session this morning at learning 2019. Bob presenting. Bob became very passionate when explaining the difference between learning in or while working and made a strong point that for workplace learning it is Learning while working. Kasper's mind map on Bob Moshers session (Click to enlarge). learning19us e-Learning Bob Mosher

Dutch session by Donald Taylor at Learning 2019

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Donald Taylor is (among other things) the Chairman of the Learning and Performance institute. David discussed the trends that emerge from the surveys they do. Kasper's mind map on the trends and megatrends by Donald Taylor (click to enlarge). learning19us Donald Taylor

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Benefits in a Pandemic: What HR Leaders Need to Know

Building a benefits program for a diverse workforce has always been a top priority, but now it’s become both more important and complex with so much change and uncertainty. Download our latest guide that features emerging benefits employees expect in 2021 and beyond.

Brandon Carlson on how we live, work and learn

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Brandon shared the insights he learned as a learning manager at Home Depot and Delta on living, working and learning. Kasper's mind map on Brandon Carlson (click to enlarge). learning19us

The Learning 2019 conference

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I have been to a ton of learning conferences but this will be my time at this conference. I'm looking forward to it and I'm planning to report on all interesting sessions via this blog. It is now Sunday morning, the conference will officially kickoff this evening. But I have an interesting day ahead. There is a Dutch group trip to this conference and they have invited me to join them in a couple of extra sessions.

Elliot Masie Dutch Session at #learning19us

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At Learning 2019 there is a separate extra track for a group of 45 Dutch learning people. I was allowed to join their sessions. The first session was with Elliot Masie. Elliot sold the event last year, but at 69 he is still amazing. Elliot presenting at Learning 2019 for the Dutch group. Eliot started by showing his presentation, which was just this slide: Elliots trends.

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How to make user generated learning work for you

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My favourite e-Learning conference of the year is next week: Devlearn 2016. I will be there, and I will present together with Laura Payette about: “how to make user-generated learning work for you.” ” Laura works at Nielsen where they are using Easygenerator to enable subject matter experts to share their knowledge with their co-workers. Together we will present the lessons learned from the past two years. What does work and what does not work and when does it work or not?

Use Chaos to Build a Stronger Organization

Speaker: Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer & Managing Partner at Sapient Insights Group

As we look to tomorrow, it is time to ask ourselves what lessons have we learned and how do we create flexible organizations that can survive what the future holds. Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer for Sapient Insights Group, will share insights, data, and tools that are helping organizations adapt and even thrive in this difficult environment. She’ll discuss the emerging trends in the Learning technology market, and how these exciting new approaches to creating micro, adaptive, and personalized content is changing the face of workforce development while creating strong connections to business outcomes.

Best practice instead of malpractice

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Last month, I required a surgical intervention during which my worn-out shoulder was replaced with an artificial one. During the final preparations, one of the medical staff asked me which shoulder I needed to be operated on and I told her it was the right-hand side. She then got a marker pen out and drew a big arrow on my right forearm pointing towards the shoulder. This was to make sure I had surgery on the correct shoulder, I immediately loved the effectiveness of this solution.

Return on Investment or “ROI”: pie chart in the sky

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There’s a Big Misconception out there about e-Learning, and its sell-by date has passed this long since. It is that the value of e-Learning can be measured as a return on investment (ROI). My contention, simply put, is that it can’t. Return on investment and e-learning? Now don’t get me wrong: e-Learning, in my book, is the bees’ knees for a whole host of reasons, many of which I’ve touted in other blogs here. It’s the way to go.

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70:20:10 and user generated learning: no way!

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I’m talking to learning managers each day about the 20 in 70:20:10; about knowledge sharing and about user generated learning that can facilitate this. I see a lot of interest in this topic but a lot of reservations as well. So I decided to list the top 10 objections against user generated learning, with my response. What is user generated learning? Before I start, I will give you some context.

When Technology is your Friend: Regaining Control of your Content

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In today's digital learning boom, it's easy for university educators to feel like they're losing control of their own classrooms. As power shifts towards university administrations instead of educators, and e-learning becomes more prominent, learning content is becoming increasingly centralized. Instead of perceiving technology as a threat to their independence, university educators should see it as a chance to share the responsibility for creating e-learning content.

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!

L&D challenge survey: the outcome

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259 L&D professionals took part in my L&D survey. In this blog post, you will find a link to the full survey results, along with my initial impressions. Click here to access the full survey findings. Practically every challenge on the list struck a chord with the respondents. Every challenge scored an average between 6 and 7 (on a scale of 1 to 10). I checked whether managers responded differently to the survey compared to non-managerial respondents, but the difference was negligible.

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What are the 5 most powerful didactical principles?

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I’m looking for your input, what are the 5 most important didactical principles to apply when creating e-Learning? The reason I’m asking is because we are doing a project to support our users (most of them do not have an e-Learning background) in creating more effective and didactical sound content. I will explain in this post. Easygenerator is an e-Learning authoring tool for people with no e-Learning background.

Shocking outcomes from ATD research on Instructional design

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The ATD published a report on Instructional design: “Instructional design now: a new age of learning and beyond” They did a survey among 1120 learning professionals. I find outcomes of this report shocking. For 92% the most popular tool is traditional classroom training, and only 38% believes that they meet their learners needs. Here is their info-graphic. Info-graphic by ATD on report: instructional design now.

Why do searches on e-Learning terms drop dramatically?

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Searches on Google on some e-Learning related terms are dropping year by year: searches on Instructional design for example dropped by 80% since 2005. On SCORM the drop is 83%. Is this a decline in interest for e-Learning or is a signal for something else? Why is this happening? I do not believe it is a declining interest in e-Learning. The e-Learning market is over 50 billion and is growing with double digits each year. I do believe it is a signal of fundamental change.

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[On-Demand Webinar] The State of Customer Education: Trends and Benchmarks Report

Speaker: Sandi Lin & Linda Schwaber-Cohen

In this webinar, Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin shared learnings from Skilljar's recent study and her insights on the state of Customer Education. She dug into key findings so you can benchmark against industry trends and understand how your strategy and metrics compare.

Getting the Most out of Your DevLearn Experience

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DevLearn kicks off on Wednesday, October 24. This is how I'm preparing to get the most out of this conference. Download the App and Create Your Schedule. DevLearn has a great app. Download it and register with your email address and the password: devlearn. The first thing I do to prepare for the conference is go to the agenda and read through all the sessions listed there. Beside each session, you will see a plus sign.

eLearning is now created by people with no e-Learning background

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In July 2013 we started developing a new web-based authoring tool for e-Learning. One of our focus points was to make it so easy that everybody could use it and would be able to create and share e-learning courses, quizzes and exams. We were hoping to attract a new audience with this, people who do not have an instructional design background like our ‘old’ audience has. I have to say we are positively surprised by the results.

How to use the new 70:20:10 rule for knowledge sharing

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I discovered a new rule for knowledge sharing, the 70:20:10 rule. In any given company 10% of the employees is willing to actively share their knowledge. About 20% of the employees is willing to share knowledge if they are invited, and 70% will not share knowledge at all, they are just consumers. I found these figures in working with our corporate clients who use Easygenerator as a way to facilitate knowledge sharing between their subject matter experts.

Employee-generated Learning is now mainstream

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The main takeaway for me looking back on 2018 is that our approach of Employee-generated Learning (EGL) is becoming more and more mainstream. Let me explain why this is the case. Knowledge sharing, social learning, and peer-to-peer learning have become household names driving new knowledge acquisition in the workplace.

How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.

How to support authors that have no experience?

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Corporations are moving to ‘sustainable e-Learning development’ They are looking for new, more agile ways of creating e-Learning to meet the on-demand requirements from the business side. User-generated content is a possible solution. But how can you ensure that these subject matter experts will create decent content? Sustainable e-Learning development.