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The changing skill set of the learning professional

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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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Skills: The last frontier for digital learning

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I’ll cut straight to the point. To most learners and most learning professionals, digital learning is a way to meet requirements for knowledge.

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Six common micro-learning myths

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Micro-learning can justifiably be accused of being the latest digital learning bandwagon, here today, gone tomorrow.

The four responsibilities of the learning professional

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I have been lucky in my job to spend time with many hundreds of learning and development practitioners over the past ten years or so, in all sectors of the economy and in all parts of the world.

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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!

Every learner is different but not because of their learning styles

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I've been reading Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter Brown and Henry Roediger (Harvard University Press, 2014). What a great book! It provides a whole load of useful tips for learners, teachers and trainers based on solid research.

Let’s face it, compliance is not the same as learning

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A while back I did something quite unusual. I completed a self-study e-learning programme, as a student, not as a consultant running their eye over someone else's work. Some time later, having had the chance to reflect on the experience, I can't resist making a few comments.

Seven ways that video can transform learning at work

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Video is very much the medium of the moment. Not only do we spend many hours each day watching it on our TVs, it has become an integral part of the online experience. An ever-increasing proportion of the population does not only consume video, it creates and shares it with a worldwide Internet audience. Whereas once video cameras cost many hundreds, if not tens of thousands of pounds, they are now integrated for no additional cost in computers, stills cameras and mobile phones.

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Do no harm - the duty of the learning professional

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One of the key differences between professions and other forms of occupation is the fact that professionals are bound by ethical codes. If they contravene these codes they are liable to be disbarred from the profession.

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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.

Engaging your learner - four dos and four don'ts

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Whether you’re teaching in a classroom, developing some e-learning or producing a video, you’ll be concerned about engaging your learners. Because, if learners aren’t engaged they’ll pay little attention to what you’re offering and they’re very unlikely to retain anything.

Adding the human touch to digital learning content

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Learning is a very human experience. To learn successfully, it requires us as human beings to exchange information, give and receive feedback, share perspectives, engage together in practical activities, support each other through the bad times and get together to celebrate our successes.

Blended learning report shows where work needs to be done

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It''s not often that anyone researches blended learning. After all, blending is not remotely sexy, even though it now seems to be the strategy of choice for most employers around the world.

TV very much alive for learning professionals

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On Wednesday, on his Plan B blog , my old mate Donald Clark told us that TV is dying, and I believe him. But in some ways it is just changing form. Last night I tuned in to a live stream of the second episode of LearningNow TV , a monthly one-hour news magazine for learning professionals.

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.

Clive's Cone (if Dale can have one so can I)

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Are you fed up with all that pseudoscience with which the learning profession is plagued? If so, join the Debunker Club. For April Fool''s Day we''re going after Dales Cone of Experience. debunkings

E-learning: what is it good for?

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First of all, before we get started, let me just clarify that I am not talking about e-learning in the broadest sense, encompassing live online sessions and all sorts of online collaboration. I prefer to refer to these as learning technologies, perhaps even ''digital learning''.

Why micro-learning works for me

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Over the past twelve months, micro-learning has quietly worked itself into my daily routine. Absolutely every day (I’m on a 360-day streak), I practise my French using the Duolingo app. Not quite so often (because it takes a lot of concentration), but still regularly, I do brain training using Peak.

E-learning is dead, long live learning

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I produced this short video to accompany the Learning Insights 2012 Report produced by Kineo for e.learning age magazine and due to be launched today. I'll be posting about it over the next few weeks

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Take training beyond your LMS: technical considerations for extended enterprise

You know the benefits of extended enterprise. But how do you execute the plan? Learn more about the technical considerations that can help you create a strategy to manage the delivery and tracking of product training across a variety of systems.

E-learning ain't what it used to be

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The interactive self-study lesson that we commonly refer to as an e-learning module has a very long history, going back to the late 1970s and the very first micro-computers.

Seven ways in which stories power learning

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I’d never written a film script before. The nearest I’d got to so-called creative writing was penning the dialogue for interactive scenarios, so this was a brave move.

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What does it take to be a good e-learning designer?

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With the Serious eLearning Manifesto drawing attention to a current lack of e-learning design skills, as evidenced by more than a little tedious and ineffective content out there, it got me thinking about what it takes to be a good designer. Or rather, it was actually Stephen Walsh at City & Guilds Kineo who started this train of thought as he sought out my help in tracking down a great Lead Designer.

Towards Maturity 2015 benchmark shows just how much we've got stuck

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Last week I attended a preview of this year’s Towards Maturity benchmark results, due for public release on November 5th (you can register for the launch webinar on this page ).

Aligning Customer Training With Certifications

Want to deliver a cohesive customer training certification program? From strategy to systems to job functions, it's time for us to reassess how learning and certifications are delivered together. Download the guide to see how!

The learner speaks

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Towards Maturity are well known for their benchmark studies which allow organisations to compare their experiences in applying learning technologies and to learn from what the best organisations are doing. I have found these studies useful in helping to understand the various challenges that organisations are facing and the choices they are making in terms of their use of technologies.

Why scenarios are the future of e-learning

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I hate to say it, after so many years of trying to reverse the trend, but it seems that far too many people (finance directors excepted) really dislike e-learning. First let me be clear, I am using a narrow definition of e-learning here. I''m referring to those interactive self-study materials which employees sit and complete on their own (if they can''t get someone else to do it for them).

The teacher as storyteller

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A few days ago, I sat down to write a post explaining why I thought stories were such a powerful tool for learning. In my research, I came across a post I originally published in 2005.

My tips for better blends

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This is my self-proclaimed year of the blend and I''m releasing a new book on blended learning in the new year, so it''s time to collect my thoughts. There is nothing inherently wonderful about a blended solution.

2017 Customer Training Benchmarks Study

What are the baseline metrics for a successful customer training program? Find out in Skilljar's inaugural customer training benchmarks study, which includes an analysis of completion rates, course duration, and more. Click to download.

The Really Useful eLearning Instruction Manual is here and it is really useful

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Along with my co-contributors, I’m delighted to be able to let you know about this new publication, edited by my good friend Rob Hubbard, which celebrates 25 years of the eLearning Network.

Why e-learning should be in perpetual beta

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When you run a workshop for the first time it can be a bit nerve-wracking. After all, youve never tested your ideas for content and activities against a real audience before. You can only guess at how long any session will actually take to complete. You dont know for certain whether your design will work in meeting the underlying learning need. So, you cross your fingers and toes and give your ideas their first airing. Inevitably, some things will have worked well and some less so.

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The new age of exploration

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The rise of instruction From the earliest days of computer-assisted learning, way back in the mid 1970s, the dominant teaching strategy has been instruction.

Why is e-learning so unpopular?

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Over the years I have spent many thousands of hours in conversations with l&d people. As you would expect, there is some commonality in the sorts of questions I get asked. Over the next few weeks, I am going to try and answer those questions in a series of posts, not because I have any problem with answering the questions directly, but for the benefit of all those l&d people whom I never get to meet. The first is: Why is e-learning so unpopular?

Employee Training Playbook by Lessonly

Strengthen new employees and develop existing teams with Lessonly’s Employee Training Playbook.

The new self-directed learning toolkit

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For practically thirty years now, the default corporate solution for any sort of formal, self-directed learning intervention has been self-study e-learning, specifically some form of interactive tutorial. While this format certainly can deliver the goods, and provides a simple, trackable means to monitor compliance, it frequently falls down on many fronts: Interactive tutorials are time-consuming, expensive and complex to put together.

Oppia - just like the good old days

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Oppia is an open-source tool from Google which allows anyone to create interactive learning dialogues. Here''s Google''s explainer: There''s also a useful review at TechCrunch. I''ve had a look at several examples of Oppia dialogues and, to be honest, they are still pretty primitive.

Transforming learning and development

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Over on the Onlignment blog, I have, throughout 2012, been setting out a model for a transformation in workplace learning and development. I started the series by arguing the case for transformation.

Over-teaching experts and under-teaching novices

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No two learners are the same. There are seven billion people in the world each with their own unique life experiences, which have in turn shaped their aspirations, their personality, their attitudes, their preferences and their capabilities. It goes without saying that one of the greatest mistakes we can make as designers of learning experiences is to treat them all as if they were the same.

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3 Ways to Create a Best in Class Customer Training Plan

Looking to improve your training plan for Q4 and beyond? Download this guide to learn how the right goals, education, and tools can help.