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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Grand designs: How to be inventive with your learning design

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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.

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.

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 to Build Agility into your Learning Design

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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.

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.

How to Harness Informal Learning

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Picture the scene… an increasingly frustrated Bob is trying to work out where a particular field is on a database. After much poking around, he finally calls across to Sally, his colleague, to ask if she knows where it is.

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Breaking Down Barriers Between Learning and Doing

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As humans we understand that we learn skills best by doing, by thinking about what went well and how we could improve, and by trying again, and again, and again. We can take short-cuts to improving our performance by learning what we can before attempting the task. We might read an article, watch some YouTube videos, ask someone’s advice or attend a course online or in person. We can be coached as we undertake the task and talk to someone afterwards who can help us to reflect.

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.

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5 Ways to Inject Magic into Digital Learning

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By Tess Robinson, Director, LearningAge Solutions. My favourite teacher from my high school days, Mr ‘Geography’ Jones, died recently. I remember his enthusiastic an d, at times dramatic teaching style as if it were yesterday.

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.

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.

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What Makes Effective eLearning?

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There seems more interest than ever in elearning, but I worry that people will charge headlong for an author tool thinking it’s the answer to their prayers. The trouble is there’s more to creating good elearning than just using the author tool. Whatever we build it must be effective. We all know that, but what does ‘effective’ mean? For a piece of learning to be effective it must be: Relevant – it must align to what I, the learner, want to achieve.

7 Ways to Find Inspiration

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Guest post from my LearningAge co-director, Tess Robinson… Have the right attitude. Open your mind to all kinds of weird and wonderful possibilities. Don’t discount anything at first. Creativity is impossible to achieve if you are not brave enough to look beyond your normal paradigms.

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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!

What Exactly is Business Agility?

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by Tess Robinson, Director, LearningAge Solutions. For me it conjures up images of acrobats and contortionists.

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New Paradigms

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Last month I attended the Ufi Charitable Trust launch event where there was a lot of talk about innovative ways to use technology for teaching purposes. Interactive whiteboards were broadly lambasted as waste of resources that are underused in schools.

How to Produce Great Screencasts

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I’ve been creating a lot of screencasts recently for the goal-based learning systems that we develop, so I thought I’d give you a run through of the equipment I’m using and the workflow I’ve adopted. The screencasts show users how to use the functions of the goal-based learning system.

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.

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.

Begin with the Blend in Mind

Rob Hubbard

You’ve probably experienced this situation, most of us have. You attend a great instructor-led workshop. You learn loads of useful new stuff. You meet some great people and come away inspired and fired up, full of ideas for what you’ll put into practice when you get back to work. Then you sit down at your desk and reality rushes in. You’ve got 150 emails waiting for you, a report to write, and that b*£$!y y presentation your boss needs from you ASAP. The workshop folder goes up on the shelf…….and

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.

The BIG Debate: Can Rapid eLearning Ever Be Truly Engaging?

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There are now a number of ‘rapid’ elearning authoring tools that enable ‘anyone’ to author elearning content. And yes, this is true. But only in the same way that word processing software enables anyone to write a book.

How Do You Measure Success?

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You can never be sure of how effective you’ve been in creating a learning intervention unless you measure its impact. This is something that few organisations do. It is often considered enough for something to look ‘cool’ and for people to like it, to brand it a ‘success’. Also, evaluating the success (or failure) of something can be a substantial piece of work – and what if this creation of yours hasn’t made a difference?!

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.

Onboarding the Blended Way

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Guest post from my LearningAge Co-Director, Tess Robinson. We’ve all been there – the corporate induction that involves eight hours of PowerPoint, form filling and reading manual after manual of processes and procedures. Did it make us feel engaged, enthused and wanted? Did we come out with a deep understanding of our new organisation’s culture, mission and values? I’ll bet the answer is ‘no’.

The Art of Simple Design

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“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.

Time Machine: Tips for Harnessing Time to Ensure Success in your eLearning Projects

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Time: it marches relentlessly on – we can’t stop it, change it or rewind it (yet!). We squander it on the wrong things, complain when it goes too slowly and when it goes too fast. In this posting I’ll share three tips for making the most of the time you have, so you can maximise the success of your elearning projects. There is a pub that I often walk past, which for years had a fairly bad reputation. It was not a place you’d choose to drink in unless you were a local.

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.

(G)old Blend

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It tickles and frustrates me in equal measure when I hear people say that they “…don’t believe in blended learning.” They seem to think it is something new – the latest fad in learning. I respond by explaining that blen ded learning is how they have always learnt, indeed how we humans have always learnt – from a variety of learning interventions. For example learning to drive a car involves studying a book, guided practice, instruction, discussion, assessment and so on.

How to Create an Effective Blend

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I don’t hold with the vi ew that: Blended learning = elearning + instructor-led. Some people hold that blended must include an element of classroom but for me it doesn’t. Given the huge range of learning interventions we can now use this is a far too limiting definition. My definition is broad and encompasses both online and offline interventions and may include an instructor-led element. Most of the projects we undertake (at LearningAge) are blended to some extent.

Why Use Video for Learning?

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Video has been a passion of mine for a number of years. Because when it’s done well it’s so engaging. We know from research that our brains are hard-wired to take notice of moving images – it might be prey or predator (or even a potential mate). We all now watch tonnes of online video – if I want to know how to do something I’ll generally search YouTube before I search Google. I find it frustrating, therefore, that we don’t use it more for learning purposes.

Top 10 Tools for Rapid eLearning

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by Tess Robinson, Director, LearningAge Solutions. We’ve put our heads together and come up with our favourite (mostly free) tools for aiding rapid elearning development.

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!