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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.

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Easygenerator: a great place to work and grow

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When we started building Easygenerator back in 2013, we had a vision about our product, but we also had a clear idea about what kind of company we wanted to become. We knew that it is the people that make your company; they define the heart and soul of the company.

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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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Spaced Repetition: The Secret to Boosting Employee Performance and Business Growth

Unlock the power of spaced repetition to boost employee performance and drive business growth! Download the whitepaper for expert insights and practical tips.

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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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The e-learning revolution is finally there

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We are talking about fundamental changes in corporate e-Learning already for years. But I did not see a real fundamental change for a long time, but now it is finally happening. The world of e-Learning is changing rapidly and fundamentally. An e-Learning revolution? I see a fundamental change with our customers in how (and by whom) e-Learning is created.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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How to Buy Learning and Development in 2023

This 6-step strategy guide serves as a reference point for how CLOs and learning and development professionals can go about procuring L&D services and what things they should look out for.

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#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.

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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.

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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

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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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Is Your L&D Organization Future-Proof?

Speaker: Karl Kapp, Ed.D., Professor of Instructional Design and Technology

If the recent past has taught us anything, it's that L&D organizations need to be nimble, quick, and able to react to both foreseen and unforeseen threats in order to be successful. That means looking to the convergence of technology, learning, and business needs so you can make intelligent, informed decisions regarding both your future and the future of your organization.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Your Expert Guide to Working With LMS Sales Reps

Considering moving to or improving your training online? Here’s a helpful guide to prepare you to talk to all those LMS salespeople. Arm yourself with the right info, and ask the right questions to ensure you find your best partner-in-training.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Guide: Your Talent Acquisition Roadmap for 2023

Updated with the latest labor market data for 2023, our popular annual roadmap offers a look at this new era of recovery recruiting. In it, we explore the seasonal cycles of TA and offer strategies to ensure competitive victory in hiring year-round.

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People that inspire me: my 5 eLearning heroes

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Recently I was doing a presentation on eLearning trends. During that presentation I realized that there are just a handful of people driving fundamental change in eLearning. These are the people who really change our landscape and have a big influence on my working eLearning life. So I decided to share these 5 eLearning heroes with you, so you can plug-in to these sources of inspiration as well. ELearning Hero #1: Jay Cross. Jay Cross in his famous ketchup bottle shirt- by Ignite Gnomedex 2009.

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Looking for information on eLearning? Here are my favorite 8 places

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After the post that I wrote on how to find copyright free images I got a number of requests to also share other eLearning sources that I use. Places that get you started in eLearning or will give you more detailed information. Websites that have independent information on eLearning, tools, communities, things like that. So out of the thousands of places to go, here is my top 8. Click on the separate logo’s if you want to check them out. eLearninglearning.

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Teachers and trainers: Use eLearning to flip your classroom and take it one step further

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If you ‘ flip your classroom ‘ you reverse the lecture and homework elements of a lesson: lecture at home and do homework at school. The idea is that you replace instruction by a video or an e-learning course. This gives the student the opportunity to apply his knowledge under supervision of their teacher. This is the advantage of the flipped classroom. In this blog I will explain what the flipped classroom is and how you can start flipping your own classroom.

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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.

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Onboarding Retrospective - A Different Path to Better Onboarding Experiences

Speaker: Carrie Missele - Practice Lead, Learning and Development at Inspirant Group

In this webinar, Carrie Missele will walk you through the process of developing an effective onboarding program that leads to a happy a happy new hire!

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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.

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#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.

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5 quick wins for more agile e-learning development

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I write and present on agile e-learning development since 2011. People like it a lot, but the response that I often get is that implementing it completely is a bridge too far. People are asking me for a starting point and quick wins. So here they are. 5 quick wins for more agile e-learning development. If you want to know more on agile, check out my links at the bottom of the post. Create an agile e-learning customer. Make your Return On Investment measurable.

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The Art of Making Engaging and Effective Learning Videos

Speaker: Joseph Suarez - Learning Experience Designer at Suarez Media Production

In this webinar, Joseph Suarez will break down the craft, the art, and the science, of video production and reveal how to leverage the production process to create engaging learning videos of all types and sizes.

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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

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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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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

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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.

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How Do You Measure the Success of Enterprise Learning?

Every organization measures ROI differently. With Thought Industries’ three pillars of learning in this white paper, you can identify what matters to your business, define KPIs and metrics, and see how other organizations measure success and impact.