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5 keys for Section 508 Compliance and Web Accessibility

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For some instructional designers the accessibility standards of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act can become a source of confusion, frustration, and anxiety during eLearning course design. If web accessibility issues for disabled users aren’t accounted for and addressed at the outset of the design process, the back end of a project can morph into an imposing labyrinth of alt-text, tabbing, transcript, and template color contrast nightmares.

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Zoom & the LMS: The Blended Online Workshop for association members

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Sure, we all have a love-hate relationship with the web conferencing software called Zoom. The Covid-19 Pandemic lockdown fueled an exponential increase in the use of web conferencing tools, especially Zoom.

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Why Hire an Online Learning Business Consultant

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A business partner of mine who had owned a construction company once asked me why national associations would pay for Web Courseworks consultants to help them explore expanding their eLearning learning offerings.

Five Reasons to Apply for eLearning Awards

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This managing eLearning blog’s mission is to inform managers about emerging topics and to impart advice concerning becoming a better leader and manager. As many of you know, I am a crossover corporate eLearning consultant and vendor. Over the last ten years I have concentrated on association, non-profit and healthcare related eLearning PD and performance improvement platforms.

5 Essential Virtual Selling Practices Every Company Must Have by 2023

Speaker: Erika Bzdel - Vice President of Sales and Craig Simons - Director of Marketing

Join us on Sept. 13 at 9:30 am PT as Erika Bzdel, VP of Sales, and Craig Simons, Director of Marketing, discuss the virtual selling practices that every company should adopt, and how to succeed at selling in a hybrid world.

Virtual Events are Creating a Paradigm Change in eLearning

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As a 23-year veteran of building online applications and eLearning courses, I am excited to be witnessing the paradigm change taking place within association professional development.

Managing eLearning Podcast: Episode 7 Summary & Highlights

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In episode 7 of the Managing eLearning Podcast , Jon & Matt sit down with Celisa Steele Co-Founder & Managing Director for Tagoras to discuss the Learning Business Maturity Model , which articulates the characteristics of a mature market-facing learning business or line of business, as well as the stages that typically precede full maturity.

2019 eLearning Predictions – Hype Curve

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Around New Year’s Day each year, we issue our predictions for the top eLearning trends of the coming year. In the past, we’ve plotted these predictions through dead reckoning – relying on our experience living, eating and breathing online learning all day, every day throughout the year. But this year, be warned: we come armed with #data. We’ve based our predictions on analysis of over 2.3

Serious Games from Wisconsin Win Awards at Conference

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As the summer winds down, so does my conference schedule. However, I had the opportunity at the end of August to attend the Serious Play Conference at the DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, WA. The event was a great mix of academics and practitioners, all excited to discuss the very latest on game development [.]. eLearning elearning game based learning Web Courseworks

Top 8 Sessions to Attend at ASAE Annual and Why

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The ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition , taking place on August 13-18th, is one of the (if not the biggest) association-related event each year. The numerous amount of networking opportunities, educational sessions, and ways to earn CAE credit truly makes this event so valuable.

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Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

Managing eLearning Podcast: Episode 2 Summary & Highlights

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In episode two of the new Web Courseworks podcast, Managing eLearning , Dr. Jon Aleckson & Matt Harpold sit down with Jeffrey Gorton , author of “ The Seven Secrets to Managing Remote Employees ” to discuss the source of inspiration for the book, highlight some of the major themes, and walk through the seven steps.

Managing eLearning Podcast: Episode 3 Summary & Highlights

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Non-profits and national associations are moving to the Salesforce ecosystem in large numbers to satisfy customer relationship management and other operational database requirements. The association management system is a non-profits system of record.

2018 eLearning Predictions: Updated Hype Curve

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This is our most popular Managing eLearning post every year, and by now we know you want to see the hype curve first. Here it is: Our 2018 eLearning predictions set in terms of Gartner’s hype cycle. As always, we try to use this blog post to speak from our experience as a learning technology partner to organizations that provide continuing education and professional development. We use our knowledge of practical use cases to put the media and marketing hype in perspective.

Choosing an LMS: Navigating the Process

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Great content is only part of the equation for successful online education – most organizations also need a way to effectively deliver that content, track participation, and manage credits and certificates. The right technology can mean the difference between a big success and a big headache, but the selection is no easy feat. How do you navigate the LMS selection process ? How do you avoid the mistakes? Which LMS features should you prioritize?

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Discover What Stage Your CE Program is in and the Next Steps for Tomorrow’s Growth

Get the Customer Education Maturity Model Self-Assessment to quickly determine which of the 5 maturity stages your program is in today and then identify the next high-impact initiatives to undertake to advance to the next stage of program growth.

2017 eLearning Predictions: Updated Hype Curve

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Our 2016 hype curve was a big hit, so we’re doing it again this year. Here is the short, graphical version: Our 2017 eLearning predictions set in terms of Gartner’s hype cycle. And below the fold, the long version, broken into the five stages popularized by Gartner: Innovation Trigger. As I wrote last year, “Online learning lags behind other industries in adopting new technologies.

Best Practices for Blended Learning Design

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Darcy Luoma, Lead Instructor, UW–Madison Professional Life Coach Certificate Program. Aphra Mednick, Program Director, UW–Madison Professional Life Coach Certificate Program. Association educational leaders who are responsible for developing adult learning programs often struggle with defining what makes for a quality educational program, especially one that relies heavily on technology.

Raise the Bar with VR

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Date: March 27th, 2018. Register Here. In this session, Filament Games CEO Dan White will discuss the potential of Virtual Reality (VR) to facilitate interactive, inquiry-based learning. Through the lens of Filament’s VR research, development, and ongoing dialogue with leading VR manufacturers like HTC, Oculus and Google, White will demonstrate how VR can engage users in authentic learning through identity, embodiment, and immersion.

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2016 eLearning Hype Curve Follow Up

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Last December, we placed some of eLearning’s most interesting trends on the hype curve. Now that we are over halfway through 2016, we felt it was time to reflect on how well our predictions played out here at Web Courseworks as well as the eLearning industry. Innovation Trigger. Physical Simulators and EHR-integrated Performance Improvement Activities – Next Generation CME White Paper.

Customer Education Maturity Model: How Customer Learning Programs Create Value

The Customer Education Maturity Model was developed from an extensive industry study and delivers a comprehensive guide to moving the needle on your program including a roadmap for growth and the common stages, and barriers, of program development.

Upcoming: 7/31 @ 11:30 CTeLearning Myth Busters

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Date: 7/31 at 11:30 CT. Register Here. Our profession requires us to be practicing in alignment with what science tells us about learning and more. What we don’t need is to be continually in the sway of myths, superstitions, and misconceptions about how our brains think, work, and learn. Yet, the evidence is strong that these problematic beliefs persist! We need to do better. We’ll discuss a couple of persistent examples, and demonstrate how research advises us.

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eLearning in the Age of Automation

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In 2011, I took a human-computer interaction course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. One day, the class collectively decided to discuss automatizing the workforce. I greatly enjoyed musing over the restructuring of society and what it means to be a member of a “work force” who no longer has to work. How could capitalism survive in such an environment?

Hiring the Right LMS Administrator

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Work Tasks and Skill Set Uncovered: An Interview with Elizabeth Lepkowski. Elizabeth Lepkowski, Education Manager, American Society of Anesthesiologists. I occasionally encounter customers of our Learning Management System that are unaware of the need to hire people to support the system. Or they end up hiring a person who does not have the technical skills to administer the LMS. Sometimes customers make the false assumption that any administrative assistant can do the job.

Digital Badges for Educational Achievement

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Is Your Organization Ready? Learning today happens everywhere, not just in the classroom. But it’s often difficult to get recognition for skills and achievements that happen outside of school. Mozilla’s Open Badges project is working to solve that problem, making it easy for anyone to issue, earn and display badges across the web through a shared technical infrastructure.

Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

Management Tips from Pixar Animation

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Disney/Pixar Animation post upon Steve Jobs passing. I have found that managers often educate and enrich themselves professionally by reading non-fiction business books. Because this allows a budding manager an opportunity to peek into the inner workings of another business to see what works and what doesn’t.

The Extended LMS – The John Leh Report

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John Leh runs a firm called Talented Learning and he is quite the talented guy when it comes to speaking about Extended Enterprise LMS. Talented Learning is a news, research and consulting organization dedicated to the advancement of all aspects of extended enterprise learning technology solutions.

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Online Learning Needs a Robust E-Commerce System

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When I write blog posts for Web Courseworks, I’m typically focused on the philosophy and design of adult education, and for good reason: there are many special educational considerations for adult learners, and I want to design curricula that best meets their needs. Part of addressing those considerations is picking the right tools for my learners.

eLearning Predictions 2015

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The arrival of a new year means we have new eLearning predictions to reveal! In 2015, we believe experimentation with analytics-driven performance improvement will lead to more “intelligent recommendations” and personalized professional development in Continuing Medical Education and beyond. We also think that extended enterprise LMS solutions will allow corporations to expand training opportunities and license to external, third-party audiences.

6 Tips for EdTech Evaluation by Adult Learning Institutions

Many continuing adult education institutions have turned to technology used by higher ed with the following benefits: elevates teaching and learning, scales to address changes in staffing, enrollment and budget, and protects student and institutional data.

LMS Selection: 7 Features Associations Need

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Association members grow and change over time, and their needs grow and change with them. Unless the association addresses these changes, members won’t see the value of their membership. One tried-and-tested way to keep members engaged is providing professional development opportunities – either to improve networking avenues for members or to support them in certification exams. But how do associations accomplish this? Through a learning management system (LMS).

Raise the Bar with VR

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Virtual reality (VR)! Why is this such an exciting topic? It’s new and up and coming; and its made some amazing improvements within organizations already. It’s a versatile product, being exposed to social environments such as the Olympic Games, to creating simulated “life like” courses for continuing education.

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The Advantages of an Association LMS

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The desire to properly educate members will always be a top priority for associations around the globe. Associations constantly look for ways to educate their members in the most efficient and timely matter. This is the reason many have made the switch from traditional learning to online learning or eLearning. All online learning platforms have the same goal—to provide training to their employees. But different eLearning platforms tailor to different industries.

Corporate MOOCs Reveal How Badging Can Boost Your Brand

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This week, Managing eLearning features a guest post from Lauren Gray, a Marketing Intern at Web Courseworks. MOOCs are Maturing . A Massive Open Online Course, otherwise known as a MOOC, provides users with unlimited participation and access via the web by including interactive user forums to support community interactions between the users and the instructors. MOOCs rely on user-generated content to recreate a personalized classroom experience.

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6 Strategies for Using Actionable Data to Impact Student Success

Educators need effective tools to drive student success. The trend to use actionable, comprehensive data—like attendance, assessments, grades, and more—is an effective way to give teachers the visibility they need to make a difference. Videri gives teachers and administrators access to comprehensive, integrated data so they can easily filter, drill down, and analyze data—to get the information that they really need, when they need it, and improve student outcomes. Download the eBook today!

Five Best Practices for Professional Certification Test Preparation

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The following article is a bit of an advice column written to myself; however, I think it will be helpful to others as well in the learning technology space. Dear Ab—I mean, Managing eLearning, For most of my career I’ve been constructing eLearning experiences that provide professionals with meaningful continuing education credits (that don’t make them want to rip their hair out).

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