Four Emerging Technologies that L&D Leaders Need to Consider
JANUARY 21, 2015
“Modern” browsers have been around since 2009, but many huge corporations still mandate compatibility of web and eLearning applications with Internet Explorer 8, which is a dinosaur in technology years.
Designing UX for eLearning? Skip the Cargo Cult
APRIL 12, 2016
It is from a UX conference held back in 2009, but its message is pretty timeliness. When it comes to user experience (UX), most eLearning designers will tell you they can do better. The problem? They are not really UX/UI designers.
Interview With Mobile Learning Thought Leader Mayra Aixa Villar
SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
In 2009, as I was writing my M.A. Mayra Aixa Villar. I had the opportunity to interview Mayra Aixa Villar , instructional designer and thought leader in the mobile learning space. Mayra has authored articles for ASTD and Learning Solutions Magazine and writes frequently on her personal blog.
3 Ways to Use Game Based Learning in Corporate Training
APRIL 30, 2013
This is a quote from a middle school student at the Quest to Learn School that opened in Fall 2009. “We learn everything that all the other schools learn, we just learn it differently.”.
JULY 15, 2009
If you want to share tips in a longer format than a comment allows, join our new blog carnival.
Reading Comprehension and Line Length - Survey Results
JUNE 18, 2009
Learning games - some interesting ideas
JUNE 3, 2009
I’ve written a few different posts on games. I love games - and i think games help engage people and make learning more fun. I found a few interesting games today, by chance.
Analyzing and Driving Performance - What Not to Do
OCTOBER 20, 2009
As we focus on analyzing and driving performance this month, I thought I’d start a list: How to Ensure Your Bottom-Line Doesn’t Improve. In other words, what shouldn’t we do when analyzing performance or choosing performance interventions? Rely on self-reporting to determine needs. While self-reporting can be valid and should always be a consideration, the higher risk the topic, the less we should rely on it to make conclusions about the needs of our learners.
Preparing for Change
SEPTEMBER 25, 2009
When I was fifteen my father told me that one thing I can always count on is that things are going to change. In the moment I couldn’t fully comprehend what he was telling me. Since that time I have learned this to be true. For better or for worse, I fully expect change - I know its going to happen. Throughout our lives we are challenged to deal with personal and professional upheaval.
Asking the right questions during design to track down elusive content
SEPTEMBER 13, 2009
As a first-time BLP blogger, I was very eager to lock down my e-learning topic and join the ranks of my fellow bloggers. Last week, I determined my three blog topics for the month, all focused on curriculum design and development. I felt good identifying my first topic: designing an e-learning course with little to no content in sight, and then…do you know what happened next? Ironically, I had created the topic and struggled with…the content. I can’t escape!
Moodle: A fantastic tool for informal learning - and not just “e-learning”
AUGUST 31, 2009
Last week I hosted a webinar called “Come Moodle with Us: Straight Talk on Moodle as an LMS Solution. Along with two of my colleagues at BLP, we showed attendees OUR Moodle site - and attempted to illustrate many of the cool features Moodle provides and how Moodle facilitates informal learning and not just functions as a place to house and track e-learning.
The Future of the LMS
AUGUST 31, 2009
We started the month talking about the features and functions of learning management systems. It’s only fitting we end talking about the changes the future holds for those features. Soon, it won’t be enough that the LMS tracks formal learning like instructor-led training courses or e-learning modules; the future is here, and learning management systems are changing rapidly to keep up.
Every multimedia developer’s nightmare…the LCMS
AUGUST 7, 2009
It seems important to begin this post with a disclaimer…this is my “multimedia developer opinion. You’ve been warned. As a multimedia developer the thought of developing e-Learning with an LCMS development tool sends shivers up my spine (not the good kind, like when you learn a new way to make something animate in Flash…yes, I know I need to get out more).
Tips and Tools for Synchronous e-Learning
JULY 29, 2009
The blog carnival didn’t get quite the response I was hoping for this month, so I decided to go in a slightly different direction, and look to see what the higher education field had to share about e-learning. Higher education started out as all synchronous learning - and as they have branched into web-based solutions they have stuck with the synchronous model in many cases. They also like to do a lot of research and writing about theories, which makes for some good ponderables.
Give Them Permission to Learn
JULY 17, 2009
In live facilitation we often remind folks to shut off their cell phones, we select an appropriate learning environment, schedule the time – it’s a training event. Just as Gayle indicated in her recent post that it’s important for learners to apply good business practices when taking e-learning, it’s also important for the organization to give the learners permission to do so.
Impact of Culture on Learning
JUNE 24, 2009
I’ve been working on an instructor-led project lately and it’s caused me to think about what impact does culture have on learning preferences? My disclaimer for this post is that I’m not advocating that we teach to “learning styles. Check out this post for a starting point to learn more about why we shouldn’t design to learning styles. However, my question is - How much should culture influence my design?
Analogies are like Informal Mnemonics
JUNE 23, 2009
Analogies have been a source of great amusement for me this past wee k. Analogies can be very helpful in learning, if they’re used correctly. In this award-winning (if I do say so myself) sample , we use water as an analogy to teach the surprisingly complex topic of electricity. Learning games use analogies all time. Anne Derreberry talks about games that mirror reality (like a flight simulator) and others that teach through metaphor (like World of Warcraft as a leadership training lab).
Mobile phones as training tools
JUNE 17, 2009
What role do you think mobile phones should play in training? Check out this video - admittedly focused on using cell phones in the classroom - and let me know what you think? 1) Are mobile phones a viable training tool in the distance-based or live classroom in a training setting for adults? 2) Should schools be embracing mobile phones as teaching tools for children in schools? Can’t wait to hear what you think! Click here to view the embedded video.
MAY 13, 2009
A recent survey that found that employees (in the UK, at least) are more interested in innovative learning and collaboration than the HR and training people in those same institutions. The study, conducted in March, found that 44% of employees want to see collaborative tools like blogs, forums and wikis developed, while just 32% of HR professionals agree. More HR professionals (42%) than employees (38%) wanted to see more classroom learning.
Engage the Right to Land on the Left
APRIL 24, 2009
“Emotion is the fast lane to the brain.” These are the words of Doug Stevenson , author of the Story Theater Method , and speaker at today’s CIASTD meeting. I have to tell you Doug made me laugh, he made me sad, at times I was touched – the key is I was feeling and learning at the same time. The Story Theory Method is about using your personal stories to enthrall and engage learners to make a point.
Are Learning and Entertainment Mutually Exclusive?
APRIL 16, 2009
Jennifer’s post titled Corporate Training – Journalism or Entertainment , really got me thinking about learning versus entertainment. Are they congruous or exclusive? I want to believe training can effectively be delivered in an entertaining way. I for one want to be entertained. However, is it possible that I may learn more from something on the boring side? Possibly, it is a fine line to follow. Let’s consider a couple examples.
April’s Big Question - Stuck?
APRIL 8, 2009
The Learning Circuits blog posted their big question for April – Stuck? Getting Unstuck? I feel very fortunate that I don’t typically face being stuck in old and boring ways of doing things due to oppressive corporate standards. I don’t know that I can go as far as Ignatia and say that I’ve never taken no for an answer when a cool idea is blocked. I do think I can honestly say that we get to play with enough new ideas and concepts that stuck isn’t typically an issue for me.
Corporate Training - Journalism or Entertainment?
APRIL 1, 2009
Last night Bill O’Reilly visited The Letterman show and they had a heated discussion about whether Bill O’Reilly is a journalist or entertainer. Regardless of your political leanings, it was an entertaining interview. Check out a highlight below (especially around minute 7:00): Click here to view the embedded video.
This Week on #TalkTech: Mobile Learning Strategy, #EdTech apps for iPhone and ROI of #TinCanAPI
OCTOBER 4, 2012
We uncovered a fantastic post from wayyy back in (gasp) 2009 about designing educational apps that still has validity. #TalkTech is the “flipped” approach to Twitter chats.
A Primer on Learning Game Design
SEPTEMBER 22, 2011
Challenges for Game Designers by Brenda Brathwaite and Ian Schreiber, Course Technology, 2009. The gamification of learning is a hot, hot trend with great potential to improve the quality of learning experiences for adults – not just kids.
Mobile Learning: A couple examples of the promise it offers
JUNE 22, 2011
We have integrated mobile devices into our lives at a lightning fast pace: In 2009, 83% of adult Americans owned a mobile phone (and who knows how many children!) ( 2009 Pew Internet Report ); we can assume that a poll taken today would show even higher percentages.
DECEMBER 21, 2009
As we prepare about the new year, I encourage you to check out the Learning Circuits Big Question: What did you learn about learning in 2009? Thanks for spending part of 2009 with us, whether in person or here on Lessons on Learning! Hello blog readers! BLP is wrapping up our year and we won’t be posting over our holiday break. and consider how you’d answer the question. I know I’ll be thinking about that and will have a post on the topic in early Janaury.
Welcome to Synchronous E-Learning Month
JULY 6, 2009
Tags: distance learning July 2009 synchronous e-learning
Cool, but Not Necessarily New
DECEMBER 15, 2009
I have to admit it, I’m fully adicted to FastCompany. I read the entire magazine, cover to cover, within 48 hours of it hitting my mailbox. And, of course, I love the Heaths of Made to Stick fame.
Mobile Photo Search: The learning potential
DECEMBER 11, 2009
Dear Google, what can’t you do??? This week Google announced the launch of Google Goggles. It’s a mobile app for android phones that allows you to complete internet searches based on a photo you take with your smart phone. What’s that, you ask?
Using Media to Maximize Learning
NOVEMBER 12, 2009
That’s a loaded title for a blog post no doubt! Well, hold on to your mouse, because that is the focus of BLP’s blog for the month of November. I would like to kick off this topic with an example to do nothing more than stir the thinking pot and also note that there is more to come.
When you need to Tell not Teach–the eMag
OCTOBER 29, 2009
How often do you find yourself with a request for “training that is really more about sharing information? The ultimate goal isn’t training learners to DO anything; it’s about building awareness, providing details, or just communicating a message.
Designing for the How, not the What
OCTOBER 1, 2009
As we wrap up our design focus for the month of September, I wanted to share some of the internal discussion we’ve been having here at BLP. Does this remind you of any of the courses you’ve developed? It does me!
Tips for Developing a Course that Fits Your LMS
AUGUST 24, 2009
At BLP, we work with many different learning management systems for our various clients. The only thing they all have in common is that invariably they are nothing like the one we used the week or month before.