Agile tips that will improve your eLearning development

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I love agile development. We use it at Easygenerator to develop our software. You can apply the lessons learned from agile software development to eLearning development as well. For me one of the biggest benefits of agile development is that you involve your client in the development process, that is what makes the biggest difference. Agile is made for that. Here are the agile tips that will help you to do just that. Agile.

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Day one: My agile eLearning development presentation from #DevLearn

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So for day one I will limit myself to my presentation on agile eLearning development. For us at easygenerator the day was mostly about our new free web edition. Agile eLearning development: business goals and road map. Agile eLearning development (2): Culture. Agile eLearning development (3): Best practices, Demo’s, user stories and backlog. Agile eLearning development (4): Planning and execution. Agile eLearning development (5): Chatty Kidz.

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Agile eLearning development (2): Culture

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I planned to write this second post on agile eLearning development about the backlog and estimations. The difference between a classic waterfall approach and an agile one is way more than applying a different set of tools and techniques, it is a different state of mind. For me his theory describes the very essence of management but it also applies to an agile approach. But there is more to agile. So sometimes it will be so agile that you stop earlier than planned.

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Agile E-Learning development

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I believe in the AGILE approach. At easygenerator we develop our software in an Agile way and it works wonders for us (I wrote about this in an earlier post ). I also wrote earlier about Agile e-Learning development in a post for the LCBQ. Recently I noticed that more and more people are writing about agile e-Learning development. The agile e-Learning process. It gives a very complete overview on how to apply the agile approach for e-Learning.

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I lost my agile virginity

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In the past two weeks we started working on the newest version of easygenerator. We do software development through an agile approach. I knew a bit about agile software development, but I was never really a part of the process. Ergo: Agile works for me. agile software development e-Learning EasyGenerator

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Agile eLearning development: business goals and road map

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This is a first post in a series of post on Agile eLearning development. I do believe that agile software development can offer us even more very practical ‘best practices’ that we can apply to eLearning. Michael told me that he is working on a new book on agile project management, that will also address this. The idea is to go over the process of agile software development at easygenerator and translate that into eLearning development.

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On demand: agile e-Learning development #LCBQ

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We did e-Learning development through waterfall models for years, but now we have the agile approach. We do our software development at easygenerator through an agile method and I love it! We build the new easygenerator version in 3 months. Sumeet Moghe wrote a post in his blog ‘ The Learning Generalist ‘ on agile content development. He wrote a blog on how to make ADDIE more agile by making it circular.

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Book review: Leaving ADDIE for SAM: will agile eLearning development become mainstream?

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I believe that an agile approach will bring a lot of benefits to e-Learning development. I’m interested in agile development because we develop the easygenerator software in an agile way. Michael and Richard present us an agile alternative for ADDIE: SAM (Successive Approximation Model). I like this; it will bring a lot of the advantages of agile software development to your e-Learning development.

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Easygenerator Wins Excellence in e-learning Award

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Easygenerator has just won the golden “Excellence in e-Learning” award at the 2018 CLO Learning in Practice Awards, presented by Chief Learning Officer magazine. Winning this award is an incredible honor for Easygenerator and a major milestone for our “Employee-generated Learning” approach. At first, I looked at a faster way of creating content and started writing about agile e-Learning development. lip-award e-Learning EasyGenerator Employee-generated Learning

Agile eLearning development (3): Best practices, Demo’s, user stories and backlog

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In the previous post on agile eLearning development I wrote about culture. Agile development offers a range of best practices that are relatively easy to implement. Agile development works in short sprints (one or 2 weeks). At easygenerator we now work in one week sprints. You don’t have to implement an agile process to do this. The heart of agile development is formed by the user stories. Post 3: Agile eLearning development (2): Culture.

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Webinar: Didactics, Management theory, Agile and new learning metaphors equals Outcome learning

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I order to make it more complete I now added principles from Agile (Scrum) software development and my ideas about a new learning metaphor. The US partner of easygenerator (Interactive Advantage) organizes webinars on a regular basis and they have asked me to present on this approach. Agile e-Learning development. Agile e-Learning development e-Learning e-Learning metaphorLast year I wrote a series of post on outcome learning.

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Webinar: What’s New with Easygenerator’s e-Learning software ? #DevLearn follow up.

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The new Web version of easygenerator’s e-learning software was successfully launched and announced at the DevLearn conference in Las Vegas last week. This event will be perfect for those who are evaluating easygenerator as an e-learning development solution. . Attendees of this webinar will be eligible for a discount, a 12 month subscription to easygenerator for the price of 11 months. The post Webinar: What’s New with Easygenerator’s e-Learning software ?

The people behind Easygenerator: Kseniya Kobrum

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Easygenerator is growing. This gave us the idea to do a series of blog post on the people behind easygenerator. I started my work with easygenerator in November 2008. Before my work at easygenerator I studied economics and informatics at the technical university of Karlsruhe in Germany. In 2006 ISM (the mother company of easygenerator) took over easygenerator from the founders. We joked that easygenerator was in its womb again.

The people behind Easygenerator: Kseniya Kobryn

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Easygenerator is growing. This gave us the idea to do a series of blog post on the people behind easygenerator. I started my work with easygenerator in November 2008. Before my work at easygenerator I studied economics and informatics at the technical university of Karlsruhe in Germany. In 2006 ISM (the mother company of easygenerator) took over easygenerator from the founders. We joked that easygenerator was in its womb again.

How to keep formal e-Learning relevant

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Adaptive learning Agile e-Learning development Change management curation e-Learning e-Learning metaphor EasyGenerator Learning maps Learning objectives metaphor outcome learning The future of e-LearningWe all know that e-learning is changing, we all know that our learners have changed. The rise of the internet, social media and mobile devices have changed our world.

Learning (and development) strategies how far do they reach?

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For easygenerator this is also true. We use an agile software development method (see older blog for more detail), this means that our developers work on new functionality for two weeks and deliver working software after each sprint. agile software development e-Learning EasyGenerator Learning strategyThe Masie center brought out an eBook on Learning Strategies. This book was coined by an article by Gadi Amit in Fast Company.

My tips for the DevLearn conference in Las Vegas

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Session 303 : Michael Allen: A New Agile Model: Leaving ADDIE Behind. If you have read more post of me you will know that I’m a strong believer of an Agile approach. Should be interesting, a presentation on how all the 21th century changes effects learning design and methodologies like ADDIE and Agile. And easygenerator is present at the expo with a booth (#421). devlearn EasyGenerator eLearning

Devlearn conference day one: an exhilarating day

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Easygenerator Free edition launch. After the keynote I presented the launch of easygenerators free edition. Organizational Learning with agility. I was triggered by the term agility. In the ‘Agile LMS’ it is just one of the functions. devlearn EasyGenerator eLearning Learning objectives SCORM TinCan API IACCSo we are off to an excellent start with DevLearn. As always at the first day of a guild conference it was an exhilarating day.

#LSCon review: 70:20:10, agile, mobile, serious, performance and ecosystems vs “my clients want 1990 eLearning”

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I attended great presentations on 70:20:10, agile development, mobile (TinCan), serious elearning, performance support and learning ecosystems, but the gap with the audience was huge. The post #LSCon review: 70:20:10, agile, mobile, serious, performance and ecosystems vs “my clients want 1990 eLearning” appeared first on Easygenerator. My recap of the whole conference is summarized in the title.

Devlearn conference 2011: retrospective

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For easygenerator it was an important conference too. Agile. I’m a huge fan of an agile approach (I wrote about that in previous posts ) and this was the first e-Learning conference that I heard people talking about it and where presenting on it. That’s great, I really believe that such an agile approach has great advantages over ADDIE and other methods. I’m even considering adding support for the agile process to easygenerator.

It is great to have that startup feeling again

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This week Easygenerator moved into a new office and that gave me the “startup feeling” all over again. A bit of Easygenerator’s history. In fact Easygenerator is (in e-Learning terms) an ancient company. The first edition of Easygenerator was a CD-ROM tool based on Authorware. In 2005 Easygenerator was acquired by ISM, a large Dutch e-business company. We reinvented Easygenerator from the ground up. Agile.

Think Like a Start-Up, Act Like a Product Manager

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Build a Learning Road Map and Go Agile. At Easygenerator, for example, our product managers work with nine separate development tracks at once. Design an MVP: Go agile with sprinted project management. Centralized learning departments lack the agility and speed to keep up with the never-ending flow of content updates in a cost-effective manner. Kasper Spiro is CEO of Easygenerator. Videhi Bhamidi is a product consultant at Easygenerator.

#LSCon review: 70:20:10, agile, mobile, serious, performance and ecosystems vs “my clients want 1990 eLearning”

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I attended great presentations on 70:20:10, agile development, mobile (TinCan), serious elearning, performance support and learning ecosystems, but the gap with the audience was huge. The post #LSCon review: 70:20:10, agile, mobile, serious, performance and ecosystems vs “my clients want 1990 eLearning” appeared first on Easygenerator. My recap of the whole conference is summarized in the title.

Kasper Spiro on eLearning Chat

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Two weeks ago, Easygenerator’s CEO, Kasper Spiro, made his second appearance on eLearning chat, the show led by eLearning expert Rick Zanotti. Since Kasper’s appearance last year, a lot has changed for easygenerator. Easygenerator has developed and rolled out a web version of its tool, and introduced the new Starter Plan, which allows non-eLearning experts to create engaging courses and quizzes. The post Kasper Spiro on eLearning Chat appeared first on Easygenerator.

An eLearning revolution: From professional development to knowledge sharing

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I will try to illustrate how fundamental this change is by telling you what happened over the past 18 months at Easygenerator. And that is changing, now anyone can create eLearning with simple web based tools like Easygenerator and share it via the web with anyone, anywhere. This means these changes affect eLearning software companies like Easygenerator before they will affect the eLearning users. Easygenerator is one of the oldest eLearning companies, it dates back to 1996.

Getting ready for #LSCON

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This year it will be extra fun, easygenerator does’t have a booth there (we moved all our marketing online), so I will be able to attend a lot of sessions and blog on them. A lot of things are going on: mobile, TinCan, workplace learning, informal learning, agile development and more. Agile development. Last year there were hardly any session on TinCan and Agile. I will post these reports both on easygenerator and on kasperspiro.com.

2012 in retrospective: top 10 posts

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Why Easygenerator will launch a free edition of her authoring software. Agile E-Learning development. The launch of our free edition was big for easygenerator (number 3). A new step in easygenerators endeavor to change e-Learning. Agile e-Learning development. I believe a better way is the agile approach that comes from software development. An other interesting development here is Michael Allens SAM, an agile methodology for eLearning development.

User Interface lessons applied to eLearning

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24 months ago my company Easygenerator switched to a new target audience. It also generated ideas that we will implement in Easygenerator and I found that a lot of the findings will apply to the development of eLearning courses as well. At Easygenerator we use a tool called Mixpanel. At easygenerator we really believe in the power of the new eLearning track and trace standard XAPI. A sprint is a term from agile software developing. eLearning and user interface?

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#ICE #ASTD2013 conference recap

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One thing that I noticed was that agile and agility are increasingly hot. Michael Allen with SAM (and a packed Ballroom), agile processes are presented as the answer to the ever increasing speed of change. Since easygenerator is a LCMS the future still looks bright. Easygenerator is not participating in the expo there, so I will be able to follow a lot of sessions and I will blog about it. So my first ICE ASTD conference is finished.

How to support authors that have no experience?

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Corporations are moving to ‘sustainable e-Learning development’ They are looking for new, more agile ways of creating e-Learning to meet the on-demand requirements from the business side. By giving simple tools (like Easygenerator) to their Subject Matter Experts, they can have them create courses, quizzes and knowledge documents. We built Easygenerator for authors who do not have an e-Learning background, and we know we need to assist our users in creating effective.

Getting ready for LSCON

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This year it will be extra fun, easygenerator does’t have a booth there (we moved all our marketing online), so I will be able to attend a lot of sessions and blog on them. A lot of things are going on: mobile, TinCan, workplace learning, informal learning, agile development and more. Agile development. Last year there were hardly any session on TinCan and Agile. I will post these reports both on easygenerator and on kasperspiro.com.

Want to be successful at e-Learning? Don’t make the mistakes experts make!

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I’m CEO of Easygenerator and as a CEO you have to be all-round. The modern way of developing e-Learning is agile. Making mistakes and learning from them is a good thing; learning from mistakes that others make is even better. In this post I will show you the pitfalls that e-Learning experts are falling in, so you as a e-Learning rookie do not have to make them. Here are the lessons learned. Do not go for the all-in-one solutions!

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Want to be successful at e-Learning? Don’t make the mistakes experts make!

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I’m CEO of Easygenerator and as a CEO you have to be all-round. The modern way of developing e-Learning is agile. Making mistakes and learning from them is a good thing; learning from mistakes that others make is even better. In this post I will show you the pitfalls that e-Learning experts are falling in, so you as a e-Learning rookie do not have to make them. Here are the lessons learned. Do not go for the all-in-one solutions!

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Creating an e-Learning piranha network!

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The key idea of the book is that small agile companies working together can create innovative solutions in a pace big corporations only can dream of. When I started in December we had three products: an authoring tool (easygenerator), a LCMS specifically tuned at making paper publications and a LMS. I don’t think that you can do three things at the same time, so we quickly decided to focus on easygenerator.

Book review: REWORK. 12 quotes and comments

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This is why I like agile software development so much. It is something we can improve on at easygenerator. When I started at easygenerator I wrote two post on our vision and mission. A book straight from my heart: Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hanson. They are the two of the people behind the company 37signals. They build products like Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, Ruby on Rails and more. And they have done that with just 12 people!

Press Release: Kasper Spiro Predicts the End of the Corporate Learning Management System

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Amsterdam, February 3, 2014 – Easygenerator CEO and eLearning veteran Kasper Spiro shares his vision of the future of eLearning and learning. As learning becomes more pull by the learner, than push by the learning department, the type of content, the planning, the control and even the development method (from ADDIE to agile) will change. The post Press Release: Kasper Spiro Predicts the End of the Corporate Learning Management System appeared first on Easygenerator.

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People that inspire me: my 5 eLearning heroes

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In 2010 I became CEO of easygenerator, one of the first things I did was writing a mission and vision statement to give clarity to our direction. He is also the one that made agile e-Learning development main stream with his book Leaving ADDIE for SAM. ADDIE is the ‘old’ approach of building eLearning through the so called waterfall model, Sam use agile principles that come out of the world of software development.