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10 top tips and essential resources for newcomers to elearning

Rob Hubbard

by Tess Robinson, Director, LAS.

Keeping potential locked up

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by Tess Robinson, Director, LAS. Why oh why is The Towards Maturity benchmark report – Unlocking Potential – such depressing reading each year!

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A quick guide to behavioural economics and 7 ways to apply it to learning design

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by Tess Robinson, Director, LAS. Traditional economics is based on the assumption that humans are rational beings, that we evaluate our situation in a logical way, making decisions based on cost- benefit analyses.

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Back to Basics – What is eLearning?

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by Tess Robinson, Director, LearningAge Solutions. ‘I I absolutely loath elearning with all of my being. I just spent 1hr 40 answering stupid F-ing multiple choice questions in the attempt to gain a poxy bit of paper for work and the blinking site crashed.

[Webinar] How Zenefits Uses a Customer Enablement Tech Stack to Drive Adoption

The Education Services team at Zenefits was looking to provide easily accessible and immediately usable education offerings to drive customer adoption and engagement. The company addressed this challenge by connecting the technologies powering its training, support and customer advocacy programs into an ecosystem for customer enablement. This ecosystem has made it simpler for customers to onboard, and for the Zenefits team to maximize and measure the net impact of their initiatives. In this session, Melanie Gallo, Senior Director of Education Services at Zenefits, will team up with Skilljar to share learnings and best practices from their experience in creating this customer enablement ecosystem.

Virtually there – VR AR World London

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By Rob Hubbard, LAS Director. I took a trip down to London recently for AR VR (Augmented Reality Virtual Reality) World. It was a small affair with geeks rather than sales people manning most of the stands.

Microlearning – what the devil is it and 5 things it’s good for

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The limitations of human memory are an eternal conundrum for learning designers – how exactly do you create meaningful learning experiences for learners who have a shorter attention span than a goldfish? Or who are only able to retain 7 items in their short term memory 1 ?

How to be Innovative – 10 Top Tips

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by Tess Robinson, Director, LearningAge Solutions. Being innovative doesn’t mean that you have to come up with big radical new ideas all the time. Sometimes the very best learning innovations are quite simple and subtle or are just improvements or diversions from existing ideas.

A Decade in eLearning – Then, Now and Next

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As LAS celebrate 10 years in business I find myself thinking back to what has changed over that time, what hasn’t, and what the future may hold. When I started LearningAge Solutions, it was as a jobbing contractor, working for a number of elearning development houses.

Power to the People – 5 Reasons to Embrace a Pull Learning Strategy

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by Tess Robinson, Director, LearningAge Solutions. We’re so used to self-directed learning these days that we forget we’re even doing it. I’m a trainee silversmith in my spare time.

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.

Who owns learning? 5 reasons to give your learners more control

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By Tess Robinson, Director, LAS. If we’re honest, no one really likes just being told stuff. Cast your mind back to the last conference you attended.

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The Advantages of Building Curiosity into Learning and 7 Ways to Do It.

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by Tess Robinson, Director LAS. “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” ” — Albert Einstein. Our youngest son (7) is the very definition of curious. Every day is a barrage of questions: “Can anything happen in a nanosecond?”

5 Ways to Use Goal-Based Learning

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by Tess Robinson. Director, L earningAge Solutions). So goal-based learning sounds great but what can you use it for? And how can technology augment this way of learning? Performance support. Learning shouldn’t stop when a learner leaves the classroom.

Top Tips for Encouraging Users to Engage with Your Learning

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By Tess Robinson, Director, LearningAge Solutions. It is incredibly disheartening to put all of your creative efforts into a piece of learning design for it to be largely ignored by your target audience.

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[Webinar] Driving Customer Health Through Education

How actionable is your customer education data? And are you combining it with other business metrics to uncover the impact of your training program? Innovative Education Services teams are integrating their Customer Training Platform (CTP) and CRM systems to uncover valuable insights, and answer mission-critical business questions. Join Skilljar and Pat Durante, President of the Computer Education Management Association and Senior Director, Technical Enablement at Talend for a Q&A webinar exploring the intersection of customer health and education.

The Art of Simple Design

Rob Hubbard

“I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” – Mark Twain. The same is true of design, and for the purposes of this article I’m going to focus on the design of learning experiences, websites and apps. The secret to great design is simplicity.

How interactive should your elearning be?

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by Tess Robinson, Director, LAS. These days it’s widely accepted that learners don’t really learn much from just sitting passively in front of a screen.

Together We’re Smarter: Tips for Using Digital Learning to Make the Most of Collective Intelligence

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Whenever I speak at a conference I take the same approach – I look for ways to get people talking to one-another and contributing to the session. I figure; we’ve got a room full of smart, highly experienced p eople – talking at them for an hour would be a huge waste of time.

How does responsive design impact learning culture?

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By Tess Robinson, Director, LAS. Lately I have been spending a lot of time on Webflow, a responsive site builder, redesigning our company website.

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.

How to be an elearning visionary

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by Tess Robinson, Director, LAS. Our MD recently won an Outstanding Contribution award and was named as one of the Top 10 eLearning Movers and Shakers in the UK for 2016.

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How to make best use of your training budget in 3 steps

Rob Hubbard

In uncertain times, L&D budgets have a tendency to get slashed. Th is doesn’t need to herald doom and gloom.

ReD is Dead

Rob Hubbard

This month we bid a fond farewell to our much cherished and long-running Rapid eLearning Development (ReD) course. Bac k in mid-2009 the concept of a fictional Ministry of Instructional Design with a secret mission became an itch that I had to scratch. It consumed me and I loved it.

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The importance of learning in uncertain times

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by Tess Robinson, Director, LAS. The UK’s recent referendum on whether we should stay in the EU produced a shock result that has led to political and economic turmoil on an unprecedented scale. The VUCA acronym (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) has never felt more apt in this country.

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3 Reasons to Prioritize On-Demand Customer Training

How can you provide a great onboarding experience while keeping up with a growing customer base? By leveraging on-demand training. This guide describes three benefits of adding on-demand training to your onboarding process. Click here to download.

6 ways to convince your organisation to embrace digital learning

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by Tess Robinson, Director, LAS. The latest Towards Maturity benchmark report makes rather depressing reading.

Grand designs: How to be inventive with your learning design

Rob Hubbard

The internet. Television. The telephone. The bagless vacuum cleaner. The chocolate bar. The light bulb. The British are a nation of inventors – we like to tinker and try new things. For such a small island we have contributed more than our fair share of world-changing inventions.

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The risky business of learning design

Rob Hubbard

At a party recently I had a flash of insight. A number of disparate ideas suddenly aligned in my head with an almost audible ‘clunk’, lubricated by prosecco and stimulating conversation.

10 Ways to Encourage Participation in Distance Learning (DL)

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By Tess Robinson, Director, LearningAge Solutions. Technology now affords so many more options to learn new skills without being physically present, but how can we ensure that participants are kept engaged and motivated when they’re not sat in front of us?

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.

The Really Useful eLearning Instruction Manual

Rob Hubbard

This year, I had the great privilege, in my position as Chair of the eLN, to have edited and co-authored the eLN’s first ever book, The Really Useful eLearning Instruction Manual, published by Wiley.

How to Build Agility into your Learning Design

Rob Hubbard

Anyone who has attempted some form of learning design project will know that the goalposts have an annoying habit of moving. The objective that you set out initially to meet might evolve or even change co mpletely.

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Learning Design : What can we learn from creativity in the arts

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by Tess Robinson, Director, LAS. I am trying to teach myself to paint with acrylics at the moment. I have a definite idea in my head of what my paintings should look like, but with no painting experience, they don’t exactly come out like that when translated to canvas. It’s very frustratin g!

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10 lessons from Design Thinking that can be applied to digital learning

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By Tess Robinson, Director, LAS. A few weeks ago I attended a fabulous workshop by Sally Spinks from Ideo. If you haven’t heard of them before, they are a design consultancy headquartered in California but with offices throughout the world.

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A recipe for learning new skills

Rob Hubbard

After a 20-year break I’m getting back into skiing. I’ve just returned from a four-day ski trip to the French Alps. It was awesome. Returning to a soggy grey UK, I’ve been thinking a lot about the trip and reflecting on my learning process.