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Respond to COVID-19: Get your courses online NOW

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Has COVID-19 disrupted your classroom training schedule? Now is the time to seize momentum, pivot your training model and future-proof your organisation. It may seem daunting moving to online, but there is always a ‘sweet spot’ where risk and reward is acceptable.

12 Common Complaints about Learning Management Systems (LMS)

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Get any group of learning professionals in a room, and one of the first topics of discussion will be Learning Management Systems (LMS). I have rarely heard a learning professional say “ Our LMS does everything we need.” ” More often than not I hear complaints. Here are twelve (12) common complaints about Learning Management Systems. Our LMS doesn’t fit our existing administration workflows: A key reason to implement a LMS is to support efficient training administration.

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Technology Options for Developing and Leveraging Staff Knowledge and Skills

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Question from a client: Our staff need to be agile in knowledge and skill development to thrive in an environment of ever faster change. What are the technology options for different states in skill and knowledge? This comment reminded me of my 2005 Learning Technologies and a Learning Continuum which illustrates the application of learning technology (e-learning) based upon staff skill level at a point in time.

8 Signs That Your Learning Management System (LMS) Implementation is at Risk

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There is a lot of effort required to implement a Learning Management System (LMS), such as analysing requirements, engaging a vendor and getting the LMS ‘online’ The potential for failure during the early stages of a LMS project is obvious. An often unrecognised risk to LMS projects is the sustain phase of the LMS implementation.

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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.

Tips to Help Avoid eLearning and LMS Project Failure

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Implementing eLearning and/or a Learning Management System (LMS) is a significant investment in resources and budget. It can also feel like a ‘leap of faith’ when engaging an e-learning or LMS provider. Engaging a provider requires trust. It requires a deep and mutual understanding of requirements and expectations. It’s inevitable there will be misunderstandings along the way.

Managing Change in Organisational Learning: Part 1

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Question from client: What do we need to think about to manage the change associated with introducing technology into our learning strategy? This is such a big topic that I thought I would respond over a series of blog posts. Today I’ll make comment on three broad questions. In later posts I’ll address each of the stakeholder groups captured in the diagram – Organisation, HR/L&D, Manager and End user.

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Information on E-Learning and WCAG 2.0 Compliance in Australia

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Question from a client: What do I need to do to ensure our e-learning is WCAG 2.0 compliant? This is a very important question for any Federal or State Government agency in Australia. I reached out to a trusted network of e-learning providers (listed below) to better understand the issues from an e-learning design and development perspective. The following is a synthesis of what I understand to date. What is WCAG 2.0? WCAG 2.0 stands for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.

7 Tips for developing an E-Learning Strategy

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Part of my job is to provide e-learning strategy support to clients. I have a number of processes for this kind of engagement, and E-Learning Academy members to have access to an e-learning course on Strategy , and a number of other tools and resources. Top line tips for developing an e-learning strategy.

E-Learning Change Management Free Video Series

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Followers of our E-Learning Academy blog may be aware I have been posting a series of videos on change management when implementing e-learning including Learning Management systems, webinars and performance support tools. Here is a link to the enture series on YouTube. The series is also embedded below. Please kindly let me know if any of the series has been helpful to you. Thank you. Author : Buffer, Inc Website : [link] -->. Change Management E-Learning Strategy

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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.

A Functional Perspective to Managing Change in Learning: Part 3

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Over the last couple of months I’ve blogged about change management when introducing technology (e-learning) into a learning strategy (see part 1 – setting the context , and part 2 – organisational perspective ). Today is the third of five posts on the topic of change management, this time looking at how a learning technology strategy impacts Human Resources and the Learning and Development team and function, and how the change can be managed.

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Five Drivers to Organisational Learning

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There are so many contributing factors to successful organisational learning. I’ve been thinking through what might be the top 5. Importantly to note, two are intrinsic to the individual, two are extrinsic, and only one of the five requires a specific learning intervention. let’s take a look at these, and our role in promoting these drivers. Curiosity (intrinsic). Curiosity is what drives people to question beyond the status quo.

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The State of E-Learning in Australia in 2012

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Question from a client: We’re an organisation of about 1000 people and we don’t have any e-learning. How far behind are we? This question led me to think about a much larger question – the state of e-learning in Australian organisations in 2012. Now, before you read on, please be advised the following is my opinion , based on five years of consulting in Australia across about 80 clients. My experience is not exhaustive and my opinion will have inherent biases.

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The State of E-Learning in Australia in 2012

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Question from a client: We’re an organisation of about 1000 people and we don’t have any e-learning. How far behind are we? This question led me to think about a much larger question – the state of e-learning in Australian organisations in 2012. Now, before you read on, please be advised the following is my opinion , based on five years of consulting in Australia across about 80 clients. My experience is not exhaustive and my opinion will have inherent biases.

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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.

Keeping Learning in Mind: Challenges in E-Learning Practice

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Last Friday May 25 I had the privilege of presenting at the ElNet Workplace Congress in Sydney. I thought I’d share a synopsis of my activity-based presentation: Keeping Learning in Mind: Challenges in E-Learning Practice. The intent of the session was to get the audience to think about the dissonance they may be working in when their view of learning differs from the organisation as a whole and from the subject matter experts (SMEs) they are working with.

Compliance E-Learning Alone Will Not make an Ethical Culture

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GRC Solutions host regular Compliance forums in Sydney and soon to be Melbourne. The forums are well attended by practitioners charged with organisational development, governance and workplace practices. Last week I took the time to attend the forum topic The How and Why of Building an Ethical Organisational Culture presented by Stuart Palmer of the St James Ethics Centre. I was hoping to expand my repertoire of argument that self-directed compliance e-learning (e.g.

Compliance E-Learning Alone Will Not make an Ethical Culture

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GRC Solutions host regular Compliance forums in Sydney and soon to be Melbourne. The forums are well attended by practitioners charged with organisational development, governance and workplace practices. Last week I took the time to attend the forum topic The How and Why of Building an Ethical Organisational Culture presented by Stuart Palmer of the St James Ethics Centre. I was hoping to expand my repertoire of argument that compliance e-learning (e.g.

A Manager Perspective to Managing Change in Learning: Part 4

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Over the last several weeks I’ve blogged about change management when introducing technology (e-learning) to a learning strategy (see Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 ). Today is the fourth post on the topic of change management, this time thinking about what managers need to know and do to be part of the change. Managers play a vital role in encouraging staff to engage with online learning. . We’ll look at this topic from three perspectives: 1. Introducing the technology.

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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.

Free E-Learning Tutorial: Tips for producing video for organisational learning

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Podcast 30 of the the Connect Thinking E-learning Academy free video and audio podcast series has recently been released. This is the second in a series of three podcasts exploring the role of video in organisational learning and training. In this video we explore video design for four kinds of video – conceptual, procedural, expertise and recordings. You can download our free elearning tutorial series from iTunes. Or read the podcast 30 transcript.

Seven other advantages of an e-learning strategy

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The intention of an e-learning strategy is generally to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of organisational learning. However, there are other less obvious advantages of an e-learning strategy that may not be thought about at first. If you keep these other advantages in mind, you can integrate your strategy more holistically and use them as a measurement of strategy success. Here are seven other advantages of an e-learning strategy that I’ve come across.

Seven other advantages of an e-learning strategy

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The intention of an e-learning strategy is generally to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of organisational learning. However, there are other less obvious advantages of an e-learning strategy that may not be thought about at first. If you keep these other advantages in mind, you can integrate your strategy more holistically and use them as a measurement of strategy success. Here are seven other advantages of an e-learning strategy that I’ve come across.

E-Learning – The Fast Food of Organisational Learning?

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I recently reviewed a 2010 Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson where he argues for change in education. He warns us against the industrialisation, systematisation and standardisation of education – how this linear, ‘one size fits all’ treatment of education stifles the organic nature of learning. Are we creating a ‘fast food’ standardisation mentality with e-learning courseware? I think we sometimes are.

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.

End User Perspective to Managing Change in Learning: Part 5

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Over the last several weeks I’ve blogged about change management when introducing a learning technology (e-learning) strategy (see Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4 ). Today is the final post on the topic of change management, exploring things to think about to manage end user expectations and accountability. I will examine the topic from the perspective of both corporate learners and paying customers. We’ll look at this topic from four parameters: 1. Managing expectations.

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How we think about learning influences our e-learning practice

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My EdD Supervisor is Emeitus Paul Hager , an educational philosopher who keeps it ‘real’ for me when it comes to the inter-relationship between learning and technology. I recently read a number of Paul’s papers about learning in the workplace. Paul and colleagues have described the evolution of learning theories in the context of workplace learning, and I have summarised their points (probably rather clumsily) in the table you see below.

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5 Challenges Developing E-Learning as a Revenue Stream

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With the promise of faster national and global broadband networks comes opportunities for entrepreneurs in the training industry. As an independent e-learning consultant, I’m often asked how to develop e-learning courses as a viable revenue stream for their business - to sell to clients. You can imagine the answer is complex. Although the reward seems tantalising, below is a synthesis of 5 challenges that can stand in the way of success. Analyse your idea. It all sounds like a good idea.

An Organisational Perspective to Managing Change in Learning: Part 2

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Last month I wrote a big picture perspective on managing change when introducing technology (e-learning) into a learning strategy (see Part 1 ). Today is the second of 5 posts on this topic. I will share some things to think about from an organisational perspective – covering Corporates, Not-For-Profit organisations and Training Providers. We’ll look at it from three perspectives: 1.

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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.

Workshop, E-Learning or Video? A question of strategy

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Question from a client: We’re rolling out workshops about a new people development process. We want to use e-learning to reach the people we miss. How should we go about it? Should we use e-learning via the LMS or video on the intranet? This is a good question. Of course the question should be linked directly to purpose, and all modalities should be planned concurrently. Let’s take a look at each modality before looking at how my client’s question relates to learning strategy.

Free E-Learning Tutorial: Tips for Implementing Blended Learning

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Podcast 27 of the the Connect Thinking E-learning Academy free video and audio podcast series has just been released. This is the second in a series of three podcasts exploring blended learning in organisations. This episode explores tips for implementing blended learning and an example. You can download our free elearning tutorial series from iTunes. Or read the podcast 27 transcript. Or watch the entire free e-learning tutorial series on our E-Learning Academy YouTube Channel.

Free E-Learning Tutorial: What Is Blended Learning?

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Podcast 26 of the the Connect Thinking E-learning Academy free video and audio podcast series has just been released. This is the first in a series of three podcasts exploring blended learning in organisations. This episode explores a definition for blended learning, and the conditions required for blended learning to be successful in organisations. You can download our free elearning tutorial series from iTunes. Or read the podcast 26 transcript.

Free E-Learning Tutorial: What Is Blended Learning?

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Podcast 26 of the the Connect Thinking E-learning Academy free video and audio podcast series has just been released. This is the first in a series of three podcasts exploring blended learning in organisations. This episode explores a definition for blended learning, and the conditions required for blended learning to be successful in organisations. You can download our free elearning tutorial series from iTunes. Or read the podcast 26 transcript.

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!

Thinking e-learning strategy? Think video

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Every day, 98 years of video is being uploaded onto YouTube ( reference ). YouTube is now the second most commonly searched platform, after Google. It has 2 billion visitors a day, and handles 10% of all Internet traffic ( reference ). YouTube is strategically owned by Google. Can you imagine the pipeline of ideas Google has for video? Take Google TV . Not to mention the growing use of video watching on smartphones and tablets ( reference ). .