Participate In Towards Maturity’s 2013 Benchmark Survey

Upside Learning

The largest learning technology survey has been launched! It’s the Towards Maturity 2013 Benchmark Survey. For those of you who are not aware of the Towards Maturity Benchmark, it is an internationally recognized, vendor neutral, longitudinal study that considers how organizations are establishing successful e-enabled learning strategies in the workplace. More details about the 2013 Study can be found at-. Mobile Learning: A Quick Start Guide.

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Creating Games for Learning: Strategies for Learning in a ‘Different’ Way


Game-based Learning (GBL) has been making a strong foray into the world of corporate training in the past few years. They are interactive – drawing out even the most reluctant learner to experience, do and learn. But can this medium be really effective for learning, a medium which predominantly caters to entertainment? We explore some strategies – with suitable examples and evidence – that make GBL effective, thus answering this question in the affirmative!

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Digitec to Present on Mobile Learning Strategies

Association eLearning

Training departments are scrambling to understand their options for developing learning without Flash. To help answer that question, the Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT) has asked Digitec’s Jack McGrath to lead a session on demystifying mobile learning in a post-Flash era during the New Learning Technologies Conference & Expo, March 6-8, 2013 in Orlando, FL. 5 Creative Ways to Market Your eLearning on a Budget - June 20, 2013.

Roger Schank #eli3 Keynote Mindmap

Clark Quinn

Roger Schank gave a passionate, inciteful and insightful talk about how learning really works and how he’s building businesses on those principles. design meta-learning strategyHe raced along and jumped around, making mapping challenging, but his message was apt.

Agile eLearning development: business goals and road map

Challenge to Learn

I will start with the ‘long term planning’: The road map and how to connect learning to your business goals. Before I can do that I have to introduce the roles in this process and map them to ‘e-Learning development roles’. In corporate eLearning terms this will be the manager of the Learning department. He will translate the training demands of the company into goals for the learning department. The team that builds the learning components.

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Peter de Jager #PSS13 Keynote Mindmap

Clark Quinn

meta-learning strategy Peter de Jager spoke eloquently and amusingly on change, addressing both our misconceptions and expectations. Fun and insightful!

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Power to the People – 5 Reasons to Embrace a Pull Learning Strategy

Rob Hubbard

We’re so used to self-directed learning these days that we forget we’re even doing it. We have come to expect this kind of on-demand learner-led learning in our everyday lives, why should learning in the workplace be any different? Learning at work should not just be about someone telling you a bunch of facts and then expecting you to go away and remember it all. Learning should also be continuous, self-directed and personalised – ‘pull’ rather than ‘push’.

Learning Cafe Workplace Trends Forum – Looking back at 2013. What is coming in 2014

Learning Cafe

Thursday, December 12, 2013 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM AEDT. Our final online panel discussion for 2013 and it is not be missed. We speak to a panel of learning and performance managers and consultants to review the year that was and the next one. Business drivers for Learning in 2013. How Learning design and delivery has changed. Corporate L&D trends in 2013. Influences changing the business model of Learning.

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Learning In Practice Awards 2013

CLO Magazine

The 10th annual Chief Learning Officer Learning In Practice Awards recognized learning leaders, vendors and organizations that have made a substantive and measurable change in business, vision, strategic alignment or leadership. Senior learning leaders received awards in seven categories that had two divisions: Division 1 for companies with more than 10,000 employees and Division 2 for companies with fewer than 10,000 employees. Global Learning — Division 1.

Being explicit about corporate learning

Clark Quinn

Brent Schlenker recently resurfaced after disappearing into a corporate learning job. One of his reflections is that there existing ‘people unwilling to learn’ Jane Hart picked up on his post, and in her reply teased apart two separate things: Whether learners were willing to learn, and whether they were capable of learning. To me, the ability to be a self-directed learning is a skill issue. The issue of being willing to learn is a separate issue.

Jeremy Gutsche #DevLearn Keynote Mindmap

Clark Quinn

meta-learning strategy Jeremy Gutsche opened DevLearn with a very animated presentation about how to unlock innovation and communicate killer messages. Entertaining and informative, he made a specific point to link his messages to eLearning. A nice start to the conference.

Eli Pariser #DevLearn Keynote Mindmap

Clark Quinn

meta-learning strategy technology Eli Pariser gave a very thoughtful and thought-provoking talk about the ‘below the surface’ action of filters on the Internet. He made very astute points about the potential dangers of this, and opportunities to remedy these ills. Very worthwhile!

50 Best eLearning Posts Of 2012

Upside Learning

We hope you have had a good start to 2013. The posts are broadly divided into 3 categories – Mobile Learning, Learning Management System and Learning Technology. Mobile Learning. The Future Of Mobile Learning. Top 7 Myths Of Mobile Learning. 6 Steps To A Better Mobile Learning Strategy. Mobile Learning And The BYOD Movement. Some Thoughts On Tablet Learning (aka Elearning On iPads). New Mobile Learning Research.

Meet the 2013 LearningElite

CLO Magazine

Watch video interviews with learning leaders from the top-ranked companies in Chief Learning Officer magazine''s 2013 LearningElite. General Mills'' Elite Learning Strategy. Kevin Wilde of General Mills talks with editor Deanna Hartley about the company''s award-winning learning strategy. Jody Rosen Knower of Sidley Austin LLP talks about the law firm''s use of blended learning and mock assignments for new associates

Michael Moore #eli3 Keynote Mindmap

Clark Quinn

design meta-learning strategyProfessor Moore gave a carefully detailed argument about why educational institutions (particularly higher ed) had to change, given the changes in society. He then argued some of the changes needed, and suggested some new institutional structure models that might provide guidance.

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2nd Loop Learning

Clark Quinn

A concept from cybernetics is double loop learning , where you’re reviewing your goals as well as your methods, and it’s been a valuable contribution to thinking and action. design meta-learning strategy It used to be that the L&D model was to prepare people, then send them out to perform. There would be some data collection from the result, including debriefing perhaps, and then the training and personnel would be reviewed.

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Turbo Charge Scheduled Events in Your Learning Management System by Using Tags

Absorb LMS

Instructor-led sessions, either in physical or virtual classrooms, play a big part of many organizations’ learning strategies. To support such initiatives, the best learning management systems (LMS) are equally adept at managing scheduled instructor-led events as they are at managing self-paced learning. A learner clicking the August 2013 tag or searching for that keyword will be presented with all the scheduled events taking place in August 2013.

Learning Café Call – L&D should include MOOCs in employee learning strategies.

Learning Cafe

After some discussion amongst the Learning Café community, today we ready to put make a prediction and make this call. MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) can be a mainstream employee learning option. L&D need to be proactive in exploring and including MOOCs in learning strategies. But for the right learning topic, right type of learner and right learning conditions, MOOCs provide a strong case to be used as a learning resource for employee development.

What Can You Expect in 2013?

CLO Magazine

Apps, videos and more sophisticated blended learning and collaboration schemes are just a few of the learning trends to watch and implement in the next year. Several trends will drive performance and development in 2013, and learning leaders will need to strategize for mobility. With mobility, learning and work are not conducted in isolation. ” Other organizations may look to QR codes to enable geo-specific learning.

Enhance Your Mobile Learning Delivery with 7 Eye-openers.


mLearning has, slowly but surely, been creating a niche for itself in corporate training and learning. Even a decade ago mLearning was being created and utilized for learning – though sparingly. But in the past few years it has emerged as a sustainable learning platform. In addition to providing uninterrupted access, mLearning also provides a more learner-centric approach where the learner can assess his or her own needs and learn accordingly.

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Leveraging Technology

Clark Quinn

While I have not been a fan of Microsoft in general, I learned Word to write my PhD thesis, and have used it consistently ever since. design meta-learning strategy technology Technology is supposed to support our goals, and, when well-written, it does. So for instance, when I write, I use particular features to make my writing process better aligned with my thinking.

Motion Based Learning: A Modern Turn On Game-Based Learning


Game–based learning has slowly but surely been making an impact on the learning industry over past few years. This new way of learning has been successful across a variety of learners – from high-school and college students to corporate learners. But as a mode of learning – game-based learning has been ubiquitously successful. This will enable us to modify learning environment or learning content and suit it according to the preferences of the learner.

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Reflections on Experience

Clark Quinn

While machine learning and analytics is one opportunity, there’s another, which is having people look at the data. As background, I was fortunate back in 1989 to get a post-doctoral fellowship to study at the Learning Research & Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. This reflected work done by the Valerie Shute and Jeffery Bonar some years before on your learning strategies. meta-learning strategy technology

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Meta-learning in Moscow

Clark Quinn

I was reflecting on the benefits of travel, and recalled a ‘learning’ experience I underwent involuntarily more than 20 years ago. These are perhaps the most valuable investment an organization can make, getting concrete about learning and problem-s0lving, instead of expecting them. meta-learning strategy I’d gone to Moscow to speak at a conference, and determined to venture on my own to the Kremlin for a scheduled tour of the museum.

Barrier to scale?

Clark Quinn

I was part of a meeting about online learning for an institution, and something became clear to me. and the opportunities for delivering quality learning online. When I think about quality learning, the core of it is, to me, about the learning activity or experience. The xMOOCs that I’ve seen have a good focus on quality assessment aligned to the learning goal, but there’s a caveat. design meta-learning strategy

The Unstoppable Force of M-Learning


Mobile learning (also referred to as mlearning ) is a relatively new “sub-niche” to elearning. While the definition can vary depending on who you speak to, in general it focuses on learning across various contexts and on mobile devices. Essentially, because of mobile devices, learners can learn anywhere, anytime, about (almost) anything. As mobile device use increases, so does the interest in mobile learning strategies and techniques.

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How Writing a Learning Journal Can Increase Critical Thinking Skills

Absorb LMS

Keeping and contributing regularly to a personal learning journal can be an effective way to encourage reflection and develop critical thinking skills. Mark Smith’s article in the encyclopaedia of informal education titled ’ Keeping a learning journal ‘ describes the following benefits: The first and obvious use of writing a journal is that it helps us to remember something later. Remember reflection?

M-Learning’s dirty little secrets

E-Learning Provocateur

You see, when you have been in the e-learning game for as long as I have, you learn a few things that a surprising number of my peers in the broader L&D industry don’t know – or perhaps don’t want to know! To explain why it failed, let me share with you m-learning’s dirty little secrets… SECRET #1. For all the rhetoric in the LMS market about mobile learning, IMHO they are designed principally for the desktop. This is m-learning.

2013 Trailblazer — Division 1

CLO Magazine

Spectrum Health recognized the need for administrators and physicians to work in tandem, but the leadership structure already in place did not support the strategy to create a strong bench of ready-now physician leaders. The company came up with a simple strategy — focus on shared development goals. Since implementing the strategy through Spectrum Health University, the company’s business outcomes have reinforced its success.

Supporting Cognitive Performance

Clark Quinn

I’m looking forward to the upcoming eLearning Guild’s Performance Support Symposium in Boston as a way to learn more, and hope to see you there! design meta-learning strategy technology It’s clear that our brains aren’t the logical problem-solvers we’d like to be. The evidence on our different thinking systems makes clear that we use intuition when we can, and hard thinking when we must.

Leaving Trails

Clark Quinn

Two memes stuck with me, and the first was “leaving trails” For context, the event featured designers – graphic, industrial, visual – but mostly learning designers. design meta-learning strategySo I was away for the weekend at a retreat with like-minded souls, Up to All of Us , thinking deeply about the issues that concern us. I walked away with some new and renewed friendships, relaxed, and with a few new thoughts.

Balancing Guidance With User-Driven Learning Strategies

CLO Magazine

Brenda Sugrue, EY’s global chief learning officer. As the volume of learning content explodes, how do we guide learners to make good choices? Recent research by global research and advisory firm Gartner indicates that when organizations move to self-serve and user-driven content strategies, learning and performance suffer. We leverage learning platform functionality to provide all this guidance in one place.

Tips to Help Avoid eLearning and LMS Project Failure

Connect Thinking

Implementing eLearning and/or a Learning Management System (LMS) is a significant investment in resources and budget. It can also feel like a ‘leap of faith’ when engaging an e-learning or LMS provider. The provider has not provided a working proof-of-concept prior to full e-learning/LMS build. You have not used the proof-of-concept to test the e-learning course or external LMS in your standard operating environment. E-Learning Strategy LMS Implementation

Designing Higher Learning

Clark Quinn

One of the things I see is that somehow no one’s really addressing the quality of the learning experience, and it seems like a huge blindspot. Either SMEs make up what they think they do (which has little correlation with reality) or they resort to what they had to learn. Neither’s a likely source to meaningful learning. meta-learning skills) as well as performers, is going to have a defendable differentiator. design meta-learning strategy

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Designing Learning is a Probabilistic Exercise

Clark Quinn

However, we make some assumptions about the performer and their ability to have comprehended our learning interventions and any resources we design or are available in the context. We figure our learning was successful (if we’re doing it right, we’re not letting them out of our mitts until they’ve demonstrated the ability to reliably perform what we need), and we figure our performance solutions are optimal and useful (and, again, we should test until we know).

Learning Café Call – L&D/HR should include MOOCs in employee learning strategies.

Learning Cafe

After some discussion amongst the Learning Café community, today we ready to make a prediction and this call, which we believe is significant for the HR & L&D community. MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) can be a mainstream employee learning option. L&D/HR need to be proactive in exploring and including MOOCs in learning strategies. The HR & L&D community is reluctant to try out new learning delivery methods till has been proven elsewhere.

E-Learning Change Management Free Video Series

Connect Thinking

Followers of our E-Learning Academy blog may be aware I have been posting a series of videos on change management when implementing e-learning including Learning Management systems, webinars and performance support tools. Change Management E-Learning Strategy

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