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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

2018 Customer Training Goals

Are your customer training goals actually achievable? Or will they be cast aside as your team gets caught up in their daily tasks? If you’re not sure, this guide can help.

5 Reasons to Implement E-Learning

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From a business perspective, there are arguably five (5) main drivers for implementing e-learning (learning technologies): 1. Build staff productivity. The business decision to employ anyone is all about productivity.

Looking ‘Under the Hood’ of MOOCs

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There’s lots of excitement about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course); new business models and prestige for education institutions, new opportunities for people from around the world to access learning.

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.

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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.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

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.

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.

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.

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.

State of the Front-Line Manager

It's no secret that front-line managers are essential to your organization's success. They form the base of your leadership development funnel and, most likely, account for over half of all your organization's leaders. Improving how front-line managers perform yields mouthwatering increases in how individual contributors perform.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Content Planning Map: A Template for Training Teams

Are you delivering disjointed feature-based training? Rather than looking at small tasks, focus training content on goals that you want your students to achieve. Download the template to learn how!

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.

Free E-Learning Tutorial: Choosing a Social Media Platform for Formal and Informal Learning

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I have just released episode 23 of the Connect Thinking E-Learning Academy free video and audio podcast series. This is the first of a series of three podcasts exploring social media platforms for formal and informal learning in organisations.

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.

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.

The Secret to Getting Learning Results May Not Be What You Think

Do you struggle to achieve measurable results with your learning solutions? If so, you’re not alone. According to CEB, traditional training only creates 37% learning transfer. This guide explores the causes of poor transfer and concrete steps to achieving better outcomes.

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.

Addressing The Great Organisational Learning Debate: Employee Sovereignty vs Compliance E-Learning

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One of the great debates we see in organisations is between the will or sovereignty of the individual versus the corporate desire for conformity – for staff to comply with corporate strategy and execution.

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Free E-Learning Tutorial: Video for Organisational Learning

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Podcast 29 of the the Connect Thinking E-learning Academy free video and audio podcast series has recently been released. This is the first in a series of three podcasts exploring the role of video in organisational learning.

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 ).

The Essential Template for Your Customer Training Strategy

Looking to build your customer training strategy? The process can be overwhelming, if you don’t have a set plan from the start. This template can help.

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.

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.

E-Learning courware or LMS – Which comes first?

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Question from a client: We are an industrial business with about 400 staff. We know we need to move into e-learning for complance training reasons, but this is all new to us. What are our options?

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.

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Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.

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.

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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.

Performance support tools for learning – a decentralised strategy

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A couple of weeks ago I blogged about social media tools for learning , and made the statement that such learning strategies are usually best managed decentrally. There may be a central role in purchasing social media platforms (with stakeholder input).

Free E-Learning Tutorial: Implementing a Corporate Learning Management System (LMS)

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I have just released episode 20 of the Connect Thinking E-Learning Academy free video and audio podcast series. This is the second of three podcasts examining corporate learning management systems (LMS). This episode is about implementing a corporate learning management system.

Aligning Customer Training With Certifications

Want to deliver a cohesive customer training certification program? From strategy to systems to job functions, it's time for us to reassess how learning and certifications are delivered together. Download the guide to see how!