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Life and Learning in a Post-SCORM World

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As learning professionals, we’ve lived in a SCORM world for a least the past decade; SCORM being the set of standards for sharing and tracking learning content. But the world has started to evolve, and these days, it’s abuzz with talk of xAPI. Not as familiar with xAPI? Click here.).

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Guest post: Training Culture vs. Learning Culture

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Guest Post by Stephen Gill. This blog originally posted on Learning To Be Great. What’s the difference between a “training culture” and a “ learning culture ”? The answer is, “A great deal.”

The Waste of Motion

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Before there was LLAMA (lot like Agile management approach), there was Agile. And before there was Agile, there was Lean. Each approach owes some of its principles to the one before. Sounds awfully iterative, doesn’t it?)

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Catch up with Megan at Learning Solutions

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Are you planning to be at the Learning Solutions Conference March 22-24 in Orlando? Catch up with Megan! Here’s a look at her schedule. Hope to see you there! Tuesday, March 21 Session Link xAPI Camp 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Session Link. Wednesday, March 22. Morning Buzz.

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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.

The future is bright: corporate learning gets smart

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Megan Torrance, CEO TorranceLearning. This article was also posted in Education & Career News. According to the Association for Talent Development’s 2015 State of the Industry Report 39% of all corporate training is delivered online, via mobile phone or remotely.

Namaste, Friends. Find your Office Zen.

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Does your work stress you out? We’ve all experienced the squeeze of work-related stress from time to time, but too much stress at the office too often can make a huge dent in your quality of life and decrease your productivity. We’re not okay with that, and we’re actively seeking ways to make our office a more peaceful place. It’s not unusual to find us hanging out with our yogi photographer friend, Michelle Massey Barnes.

ADDIE or Agile? A false dichotomy

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There’s a lot of buzz these days about whether we should abandon the training industry’s go-to model, ADDIE, for an Agile approach. The discussion has been rich, with elegant arguments made on both sides. A disclaimer: we’re all about Agile, or rather, LLAMA – the Lot Like Agile Methods Approach – here at TorranceLearning. But that doesn’t mean we give up on what ADDIE has taught us. This article in Learning Solutions Magazine goes into more depth, but here’s the gist of it.

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Agile: An incredibly freeing way to work

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At a recent conference session on using Agile project methods for elearning (what we call LLAMA) , an interesting question came up. I’ll paraphrase. Doesn’t the project team think this is just incredibly controlling?”. Uh, no… “Really? I tried to do something very much like this and nobody liked it. They said I was controlling every minute of their lives with these very small tasks and time estimates on everything and checking in all the time. They said I was micro-managing them.”.

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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.

Let me take a moment…or rather, Eight Moments of Learning Need

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“It is the quality of the moment, not the number of days, or events, or of actors, that imports.”. — Ralph Waldo Emerson. I can imagine the conversation that Ralph Waldo Emerson and Conrad Gottfredson might have if they were to meet. Two big thinkers, tossing around ideas about how we humans experience our lives, our work and our learning. Oh, to be a fly on that wall.

An Agile Year in Review

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2014 was a big year for us in our Agile journey. No, we’re not any better at yoga, despite having a yogi in residence. No, 2014 was a big year for us because really set ourselves to sharing what we’ve learned with others. Generous Collaboration is one of our core values, you know.

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Why do we teach Agile to elearning developers?

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“We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it.”. This is the preamble to the Agile Manifesto ( www.agilemanifesto.org ) and it’s one of the most important pieces of the whole thing, as far as we’re concerned. It means we’ve learned this by experimenting, by failing, by tweaking and by trying again. And we’re learning more by helping others do it, too. You see, we have this thing called LLAMA: the Lot Like Agile Methods Approach.

Catch up with Megan at DevLearn 2017 on Oct 25-27

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Are you planning to be at the DevLearn 2017 conference , Oct. 25-27 in Las Vegas? Catch up with Megan! Here’s a look at her schedule. Hope to see you there! Tuesday, October 24. Pre-conference Workshop.

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.

Catch up with Megan at FocusOn

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Catch up with Megan at FocusOn 2017! Here’s a look at her schedule. Hope to see you there! Tuesday, June 20. Concurrent Session. Session Link 410: Deconstructing Games: Apples to Apples 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Session Link Wednesday, June 21. Concurrent Session.

Catch up with Megan at TechKnowledge

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Are you planning to be at the ATD’s TechKnowledge conference January 11-13 in Las Vegas? Catch up with Megan! Here’s a look at her schedule. Hope to see you there! Wednesday, January 11. TK Disrupt Room. Session Link DISRUPT1: xAPI Showcase (Forum 22-23) 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Session Link.

Guest post: Informal Learning and the Pivot Point

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Guest Post by Stephen Gill. This blog originally posted on The Performance Improvement Blog. As David Grebow explained in his post about The Learning Curve and The Pivot Point , unless formal training (courses, workshops, seminars, webinars, etc.)

xAPI: The Stroke Ready App

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We recently hosted a group of about 30 clients, friends, and colleagues at an xAPI party (because nothing says “celebration” like verb definitions and data filtering).

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.

Live Fearlessly

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One of the biggest cultural shifts that new team members at TorranceLearning face isn’t our casual-every-day dress code or the lack of enclosed offices. It’s not the open book finance or the daily sync up sessions. It’s our fearless estimating. We take an Agile project management approach to estimating: We break things down into small pieces. We estimate each piece with no padding, no “just in case,” no safety margin. We communicate with each other when we know if the estimate is off.

LLAMAs here, LLAMAs there…LLAMAs at Work

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LLAMA is everywhere! And now you can learn our Lot Like Agile Management approach in the November issue of TD at Work. The Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly known as ASTD) publishes this very practical series every month, with techniques ready to implement. This month, it’s all about Agile. What’s really great about the state of Agile in the training industry is the newness of it all.

TorranceLearning Announces Eleventure Business Skills Course Library

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We are completely geeked to announce our new Eleventure elearning library , a business skills curriculum designed for and hosted on the LearnCore LMS platform. The first 30 courses in the series cover a broad range of business skills to help employees take their performance, their careers and their organizations to the next level. With Eleventure, think about ‘elevating your business venture’ with all those things you need to succeed in your worklife,” says CEO Megan Torrance.

Pay it forward. Be a mentor.

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It’s about time. Are you ready? The world needs you to be a mentor. Megan’s recent blog post on DBusiness Daily News: It’s Time for You to be The Mentor has gotten more than a bit of traction. We think it’s because people are ready to help others grow and, at the same time, grow their own skills and knowledge. The DBusiness blog post touches on some reasons to be a mentor and a number of ways to do it.

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 We Use Lean Coffee for Rich Results

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“Lean Coffee is a discussion facilitation technique that helps a small group agree on topics and a structure for a discussion that otherwise has no specific agenda.”. As a team of project managers, instructional designers, trainers and leaders, we do like our big box of tools and techniques we can wield at a moment’s notice. Lean Coffee is one of our new favorites. It’s not necessarily just for Lean, and doesn’t have to involve coffee, although that would make it extra special.

The changing skill set of the learning professional

Clive on Learning

Skills define us. They are what make us useful and productive. They are the foundation of our achievements. On our death bed, it is our skills that we will reflect on with pride.

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The Knowledge and Learning Transfer Problem

Performance Learning Productivity

During a meeting at Cambridge University around 30 years ago I was thoroughly chastised by a Cambridge academic. I’d used the phrase ‘learning delivery’ when describing computer-supported collaborative learning ( CSCL ) approaches.

6 Pervasive Corporate Training Pitfalls

Bottom-Line Performance

Remember when you were new to learning and development? If you really are new, congratulations and welcome to the field! If you’ve been around for a little while, I want you to think back: what do you wish you could tell your former self about what he/she is getting themselves into?

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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!

Employee Generated Learning, a transcending role for Instructional Designers 

Challenge to Learn

The e-Learning landscape is fundamentally changing. A while ago month I published a blog post about this change. In this blog post, I elaborated on how this transformation boils down to a shift away from content creation by instructional designers.

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How to Launch Elearning Content Using xAPI

HT2 Labs

Already using xAPI for more than just reporting? Then you may be wondering how it can be used to launch elearning content. The post How to Launch Elearning Content Using xAPI appeared first on HT2 Labs. Learning Locker xAPI

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Emerging Learning Technologies: Promise vs. Hype

Bottom-Line Performance

Go to any of the big L&D conferences or trade shows and you’ll hear buzz and conversation about virtual reality, augmented reality, and 360 video. Explore the pages of Inc., Forbes, Tech Crunch, or Mashable and you’ll find articles.

Chatbots and Virtual Assistants in L&D: 4 Use Cases to Pilot in 2018

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Tech analysts predict that 2018 will be a big year for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in all its forms.

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.

Top 5 Learning Technology Trends for 2016

Your Training Edge

New Year is coming and we all are at the edge of planning and redefining a lot of things, so do the businesses and their learning departments. If there is something quite certain about the future, it’s the emerging eLearning.

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Elearning Trends for 2018

Experiencing eLearning

At the end of last year, Bryan Jones from eLearningArt reached out to me for my predictions on the top 3 eLearning trends for 2018. He then took the responses from me and 56 other experts and put together a summary video of the top trends here and an article of the top eLearning trends here.

The e-learning revolution is finally there

Challenge to Learn

We are talking about fundamental changes in corporate e-Learning already for years. But I did not see a real fundamental change for a long time, but now it is finally happening. The world of e-Learning is changing rapidly and fundamentally. An e-Learning revolution?

Training Reinforcement: 7 Things You Need to Know

Knowledge Guru

Organizations expend constant effort to deliver information employees need to know for their jobs. And oftentimes, there’s a lot at stake. You depend on training to help your employees make more sales, provide better customer service, avoid regulatory issues, and make fewer mistakes.

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.