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10 top tips and essential resources for newcomers to elearning

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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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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.

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.

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

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

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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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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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.

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.

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.

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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.

The risky business of learning design

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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.

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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How to Price and Package Customer Training

To charge or not to charge? That is the question many customer training teams are facing today. The answer, however, is not always a straightforward yes or no. Download this guide to learn more.

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.

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.

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.

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?”

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Your Guide to Creating a Customer Onboarding Program

Even if you don’t have a formal program in place, customer onboarding is already happening at your organization. The question is, are you dictating it and guaranteeing a great experience? If not, this guide can help help.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

ReD is Dead

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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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Game-on! How to gamify your learning

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by Tess Robinson, Director, LearningAge Solutions. I have to admit that if you say ‘gaming’ to me, it still immediately brings up images of spotty youths barricaded in their bedrooms, slowly developing RSI in their thumbs from their controllers.

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Don’t use the G-word!

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There are some words that it is not good to use in polite conversation; the F-word and the S-word for example, are generally best avoided. In Learning and Development we also have the G-word, by which I mean “gamification”. The unrestrained use of this term tends to provoke strong reactions: “Games?

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What is goal-based learning?

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In order to thrive in today’s tough economic climate, it’s no longer enough for your people to just ‘know stuff’. Learning needs to be focussed on performance and that’s where goal-based learning comes in.

How to Price and Package Customer Training

To charge or not to charge? That is the question many customer training teams are facing today. The answer, however, is not always a straightforward yes or no. Download this guide to learn more.

Case Study: Waterstones Academy – Goal-Based Learning for Booksellers

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We were thrilled this month to win Silver at the 2013 eLearning Awards in the ‘Best eLearning Project (Private Sector) for a project that we did with bookseller, Waterstones. It was the toughest category with over 30 submissions.

The Really Useful eLearning Instruction Manual

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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.

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?

Designing distance learning courses

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Firstly I should clarify what I mean by a ‘distance learning course’. A distance learning course is something that: Is undertaken remotely. Typically takes a number of weeks, months or years to complete. Includes self-study and assignments.

Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

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.