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Learning objectives are like metadata – useful but best left unseen

From the Coleface

An update on a post about learning objectives which attracted a healthy amount of support and debate: refinements to that position and what it means in practice for learning designers. One of the richest compilations of high quality thinking is Will Thalheimer’s.

Five more ingredients for compliance e-learning excellence

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Once again I had the privilege to judge the e-learning awards (now called the Learning Technology Awards). When I last judged the compliance category two years ago I wrote Five ingredients for compliance e-learning excellence .

Three essential charts about learners for L&D business partners to show their stakeholders

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As noted before, many factors have made it harder for L&D professionals to know their learners really well.

Five ingredients for compliance e-learning excellence

From the Coleface

Last week I had the privilege of judging the e-learning awards (obviously my lips are sealed as to who the winners are until the awards dinner).

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Three ways GDPR changes life for L&D managers

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GDPR is one of e-learning’s hot topics in 2018. Here’s a blog that I co-wrote with Brightwave’s Head of QA on how it will affect L&D managers when they have a breathing space from getting learning to their colleagues about GDPR. link]. e-learning training

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Why the time is right for self-managed learning

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In 1990 Peter Senge published “ The Fifth Discipline ” , giving a compelling vision of how companies could transform into learning organisations. The ideas chime with many L&D professionals, but adoption by business has been patchy.

Research says that whatever I say next will be a whopping lie

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Over 15 years of working in L&D (and a dose of studying philosophy of science at university) makes me very alert to the phrase “research says” It is usually followed by an unsubstantiated claim.

Beautiful data, frightening conclusions

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Viv on Learning Now TV on 31 March

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As an experienced blended learning designer and judge of the e-learning Awards (recently rebranded as the Learning Technologies Awards), I was invited to appear on TV. As part of the learning designers series, I’ve shared three key tips on blended learning design on LNTV.

State of the Front-Line Manager

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Professional Services e-learning Forum (PSEF) welcomes CLO of the year

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Fresh from being awarded CLO of the year by the LPI, forum member Sarah Lindsell , Global & UK Director of Digital Learning and Learning Strategies at PwC, was the guest speaker at PSEF’s 3 March meeting hosted by Deloitte.

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Are confidentiality concerns holding back the e-learning industry?

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If e-learning has a creation myth, it is that the e-learning industry was born out of the dotcom crash at the turn of the century – swarms of freshly unemployed web designers and developers started applying their skills to changing learner behaviour rather than consumer behaviour.

Talent management myths and facts

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Last Friday I went to an excellent session of the Trainers and Developers Network led by Catherine Shepherd.

Ice bucket learning

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If you’ve managed to avoid the ice bucket challenge , I can only commend you for managing to stay unplugged from social media on your holidays, you have surpassed me.

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How well do you really know your learners?

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Curation 101

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Just when you thought you had enough e-learning buzzwords, curation came along. For those who like definitions “ Content Curation is the act of discovering, gathering, and presenting digital content that surrounds specific subject matter.”

Is this compliance story too close to home?

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Learners are used to compliance e-learning. Anyone in a big company is used to having several mandatory modules a year to complete so the game becomes “how can I do this as quickly as I can and get my tick in the box?”

Instructional design agony uncle

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At this year’s Learning Technologies show I’ve been invited by the eLearning Network to do a slot on ‘Ask the Expert’ about instructional design. I’ll be at stand 190 from 2-3pm on Wednesday 29 January, answering any questions you might have on instructional design.

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

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So does Linkedin really work?

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I’m often asked the question does Linkedin really help or is it a waste of time? Like most social media it allows us to do things that we do in real life faster, more cheaply, with more reach and more publicly (or with less privacy, if you prefer).

How would you design learning with an unlimited budget?

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Recently I was given what many instructional designers would consider the best brief ever: there’s unlimited budget, there’s no major urgency, just come up with something innovative and interesting.

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Learning Science Laundering

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When I’m explaining to non L&D people what I do, one thing they commonly say is “Oh yes, e-learning.

Let’s focus on the learning (with a little help from Cynefin)

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I enjoyed a day out at the Learning Technologies Summer Forum yesterday. Like many conferences, there was no shortage of vendors trying to broadcast how their offering is the panacea to organisations’ performance problems. This noise about the channels of learning (“modality”) tends to distract from a far more significant consideration: What is the nature of the learning that we want to make happen? How clear are we about what we want people to learn?

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3 Reasons to Prioritize On-Demand Customer Training

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Dialogomatic 2.0 launches on 1st April

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Today I have been given exclusive reviewer access to the Beta version of Dialogomatic 2.0, the system that takes dialogue from a novel and at the click of a button can republish this as the script for self-paced e-learning, a stage play, music for a musical or as a comic strip.

The pitfalls of selling content online – five questions that training companies should ask

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Imagine you are running a training company that has successfully carved out a niche. You’re selling lots of training courses and it’s only capacity that is stopping you from selling more. One day you realise that you could increase reach, lock out competitors and reduce cost of sales if you put some of the training online. What could possibly go wrong? Here are five questions that I find many training companies in this situation have failed to ask. Who is the buyer?

Chain of fools

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I chose the title for this blogpost because I like the tune , not because I wanted to offend… Anyway, here’s a chain of events that’s been played out in hundreds of organisations.

News is bad for you

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A really thought-provoking article by Ralf Dobelli (based on a longer essay) about information overload and in particular, news.

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

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e-learning professionals “the cobbler’s children with no shoes”

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At a recent Professional Services e-learning Forum, L&D teams were likened to “cobbler’s children with no shoes” This allegory describes the phenomenon where professionals are so busy with work for their clients and their teams that they neglect using their professional skills to help themselves or those closest to them. A beautiful metaphor, but is it true to life?

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Happy season

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At this time of year there’s plenty of times that you’ll hear ‘Happy Christmas’ or ‘Happy New Year’ which got me thinking about the nature of happy. There are three pertinent stories I wanted to share, two from 2013 but the first one from 20 years ago….

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eLN Insights advent calendar

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After a weekend of getting advent calendars underway, once again it’s great to see that the eLearning Network has its own advent calendar up and running. Check it out at [link]. e-learning

Pitfalls in mobile learning #5:

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Although this is my fifth pitfall it’s probably the most fundamental – it’s just that I was hoping that this time round the e-learning industry had got its heads round the idea that emerging technologies are not solutions that we need to find problems for.

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Is praise better behind closed doors?

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Lucy Kellaway’s recent article in the FT “Compliments are always best made behind closed doors” challenges the conventional wisdom that workplace praise is best given in public and criticism in private.