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Serial Learning

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Serials are really trending. The most popular example is “ Serial ” – a podcast that is delivered as a serial (shocking I know) – it’s a fabulous model for learning.

2016 Trends in L+D and how to make the most of them

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I wasn’t going to write an obligatory end of year/predictions for next year post, but then read this one and and liked how they added the “how to make the most of them” part, so I guess you could say I was inspired.

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The nature of e-learning in Australia

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This post is written by Ryan Tracey. The young nation of Australia has a rich history in e-learning. They say necessity is the mother of invention, and so in 1951 the School of the Air was launched to educate children dispersed across the outback.

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Canada’s learning technologies are HOT!

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Most of what I see around learning and technology (especially as it relates to Canada) is focused on MOOCs (for lots of news and commentary, Stephen Downes is a must read). But, there seems to be less coverage on learning technologies or products/services focused on the corporate markets.

[Webinar] The New Formula for Customer Onboarding

When it comes to customer onboarding, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, but that shouldn’t stop you from forming an effective onboarding strategy. Register for this free webinar with Adam Avramescu of Checkr, and Linda Schwaber-Cohen of Skilljar to learn about the key business characteristics to evaluate before building great customer education offerings.

What does travel teach us about learning?

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I’ve recently returned from a trip to Greece and thought it would be fun to reflect on what I’ve learned from travel that I could apply to training or learning. Don’t rely solely on technology. We had the worst GPS experiences on this trip.

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Book Review: Learning Articulate Storyline

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I recently read the book Learning Articulate Storyline by Stephanie Harnett. I’ve always admired Stephanie’s work and was excited to see how she approached her book. You can see Stephanie’s work at her website (all built in Storyline) and in her super-informative Screenrs.

Designing a “Learning Journey” #LX

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One of the most useful tools that we instructional designers can borrow from #UX is the Customer Journey map. After we’ve confirmed that this training should exist (a la Cathy Moore’s Action Mapping), we should remember that learning is not an event, but a journey.

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Learning to learn | Learning to think

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I’ve seen a few articles around the topic “Learning to Learn” recently: link]. link]. It would seem that learning to learn is a skill that is in demand. But (and this could be a wild generalization), I wonder how well we as a society teach learning. I’m not talking about learning styles, or generational preferences. I’m talking more about process than content.

Think like a product manager

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Instructional designers create instructional or training products. Whether we like it or not, product design and product management is our industrial cousin. How so? We produce a “thing” that others choose to use/buy or not.

Developing a Results Driven Curriculum

A well-designed learning curriculum develops and nurtures skills needed to achieve organizational and business goals with the most effective and engaging set of experiences. This ebook outlines 5 critical steps to develop learning solutions that will help you achieve the most ambitious objectives.

How to identify a good instructional designer

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In the last post, we made the case for why instructional design matters. We believe that designing good instruction for learning requires a unique set of skills and the reality is (as with any profession) there are good ones and not so good ones. When you are looking for an instructional designer, especially to build your online course, here are some things you should look for: Good ( needs) analysis skills – they ask questions about the outcome and challenge you on the creation of the course.

Why Instructional Design matters

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In the first post of this series , I wrote about my observations of blurring the lines between web design and elearning, as well as the obsession with beauty over useful. In this post, I’ll explore what the differences between the web design and instructional/e-learning design. They are different, but closely associated, design approaches. So, the closing question at the end of the previous post was “does instructional design matter”? I’m going to declare my bias right up front.

“Training for Good”

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There’s a lot of focus in the L&D world on corporate applications of training or elearning. Which is understandable, but it would seem that the not-for-profit organizations are underserved and under-represented.

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Other Training Debt

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I’ve written before about “ Training Debt “, based off: [link] and. link] and. [link]. Here are some other ways that training debt might hurt an organization or a cause. Customer Training Debt.

Agile Microlearning Explained

Learner engagement and retention doesn’t have to be a mystery. Cognitive science theories already supply the answers. Learn how OttoLearn packages them into a single platform you can use to deliver microlearning based reinforcement training, and go beyond completions to focus on outcomes.

The role of instructional designer in social/informal learning

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One of the quandaries that instructional designers have been struggling with, is their role (if any) in informal or social learning. First of all, what exactly is informal and social learning?

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Performance equation

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When building your training solutions, it’s really important that you consider how your target audience is going to incorporate this new knowledge or skill into their practice, task or work. Whether it’s online or offline (or both!),

e-learning for … everyone?

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Recently I was interviewed for , Canada’s online legal magazine: e-Learning for Lawyers, explained. e-Learning for Legal Organizations . These articles came out of a discussion with Natasha Chetty of [link]. Bellweather provides strategic planning, business development, reputation management and training services to professional service firms and related organizations.

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Book Review: Articulate Storyline Essentials

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I was asked to review the book “ Articulate Storyline Essentials ” by Ashley Chiasson. The Articulate Storyline Hub is a pretty comprehensive site for learning and troubleshooting Storyline projects and you may wonder if a book is even necessary in this day and age. What’s nice about a book, and this book in particular, is how it approaches the subject. . This is a nice compact book and really does provide the essentials, without adding extraneous details.

12 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Authoring Tool

Knowing what you need from an eLearning authoring tool can be hard, especially when there are so many options on the market. gomo’s new ebook aims to save you time and hassle by identifying 12 must-have authoring tool features.

Instructional Designer’s Mindset

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I was going to call this post the “curse” of the mindset of the instructional designer, as many of us go through life seeing places where people could really use our help and sometimes we can’t stop. But, in reality it isn’t a curse. It’s a gift! An instructional designer mindset means: You seek to clarify what the intended audience supposed to DO and HOW are they supposed to do it. You identify that there are conditions that may impede learning and/or remembering.

Fiction lessons for e-learning

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I read fiction, typically “award-winning” novels (am a fiction snob truth be told) and am often thinking about how to incorporate some techniques into my e-learning design. . Novels (Photo credit: sbluerock).

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“T-shaped” instructional design process

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(Not so) Recently I commented on Twitter about my approach to professional development this year and Steve Flowers (@xpconcept) commented that it made sense in a broader application to instructional design.

Wearables – how do they impact learning?

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There’s a fair bit of hype around wearables – smart watches, bands, rings , belts (!) and the list could go on. As a trend, it’s still a few years from actual impact (according to the Gartner Hype Cycle ). I am curious about the possibilities for application to training or learning situations. So far, we have naturally gravitated towards examples like Google Glass or Oculus Rift, which hold potential for delivering instant information or training.

How to Use Customer Training Data to Make Better Business Decisions

You may think customer training is crucial to the success of your organization, but do you have the data to prove it? Download the guide now, and learn how to prove the value of your customer training programs.

Design Confusion

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Design. The word has such lofty connotations. You create. You make. You construct. You model. You build. You design. I’m a designer. An instructional designer. I design instruction. Seems pretty simple, right? Well, it used to be, but it’s become a bit more muddy these days. At least to me.

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Wearables and xAPI

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If you read my blog, you’ll know I’ve done a series of posts on wearables: Part 1: Wearables – how do they impact learning? Part 2: Wearables and behaviour change. Part 3: Wearables in manufacturing. Part 4: Wearables in customer service. Part 5: Wearables and knowledge workers. These have mostly focused on the tracking/monitoring aspects, less on the content delivery side (from devices like: Oculus Rift , Google Glass , Hololens , etc).

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Balancing task and people

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I’m working with a client who is providing their employees who need to work across country boundaries with some training on how to best design and deliver an online meeting.

Designing a learning experience, applying #UX to instructional design #LX

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Many of us have heard of “user experience” or UX , but how many of us think about the “learner experience” or LX ? We’ve looked at (ranted?) about the confusion between e-learning design and web design. We’ve looked at some shared goals between product design (and management) and instructional design. Let’s look at how instructional designers might learn from user experience (UX) designers.

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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.

Wearables in manufacturing training situations

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This is part 3 of my series exploring wearables in training and development. In part 1 I talked about the angle that I’m most interested in: wearables providing a trigger, feedback and data for learning and performance. In part 2 , I explored it a bit further, making connections to self-reporting components, affective aspects and behaviour change.

The Talent Question

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One of the common things heard at the recent #BCTECH summit was the cry from organizations for more talent. The government responded with coding in schools and investment in post-secondary facilities (let’s build more talent) and relaxed immigration (let’s buy more talent). One aspect I wanted to explore is the third element – organizations investing in talent development (let’s shape more talent).

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Wearables and knowledge workers. A perfect match for learning?

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This is another installment in the series about using wearables to provide training/education. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. This post will focus on knowledge workers. In previous posts, there was a greater emphasis on using wearables for groups of employees, in this post the focus will shift to how individual employees might be able to harness the power of wearables to support their learning and performance. What makes knowledge workers different?

What does Citizen Science have to do with instructional design?

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I’m not a scientist, but I am curious person. I am the type who reads voraciously, watches documentaries and nature shows and is amazed at the ingenuity of innovators who find solutions to both big and small things. Often sharing with people: “did you hear/read about …” and then rattle off the interesting discovery I found (usually via Twitter). Today, I saw this article tweeted: [link] and immediately clicked through.

Best Practices for Launching an External LMS

When launching a new platform to deliver customer and partner training, there are a few key items to keep in mind. The best and simplest way to stay organized during this process is to follow the tried-and-true practices outlined in this eBook.

Simply Changing Part 1 – My move to Berlin

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of posts on the international flavour of technology and/or learning & development. In April 2012, I decided to make a bold step in my life and move to Berlin. It is a magnificent city with much history, culture, openness, and beauty that welcomes close to 10 Million visitors a year. Why Berlin?

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