What is Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Learning and Why Should You Care?

Pract.us

Sometimes we learn together and sometimes we’re on our own pace. You may have heard people talk about synchronous and asynchronous learning before. What is Synchronous Learning? Synchronous learning refers to the traditional classroom we all know and love.

Closing the Learning-Acquisition Gap with Informal Learning

Learnkit

This is the same way lots of animals learn (bear with me – no pun intended). Wacky but completely true (there is a great article here if you are curious to learn more) – it also highlights well the connection between training and rewards. Rolling out Informal Learning.

Micro-Learning as a Workplace Learning Strategy

Learnnovators

In todays’ time-crunched, attention-deficit and multitasking world, micro-learning seems to have cropped up as a possible solution to corporate learning and personal development. Can a 10-minute learning byte be defined as micro-learning? To me, this is micro-learning.

The Six Hats Of A Community Manager

Learnnovators

And to be honest, email is the most frictionless, asynchronous mode of communication today. Providing generic, platform related information is not too useful. The activity stream turns into an overwhelming flood and people lose control of their information flow.

Using an eWorkshop to initiate or enrich a community

The eLearning Nomad

One of our new clients, a small NGO with a wide network of local partners in Africa and Latin America is building an e-learning program from scratch. Helping their partners to make a difference involves deep learning – together. These spaces have never really taken off, yet whenever there is a face-to-face get-together there is great enthusiasm for learning from each other and a call to continue remotely through a community of practice (CoP).

How MOOCs Are Improving Traditional ILT

Your Training Edge

Despite spending billions of dollars on training programs, many companies have not been realizing significant ROIs, mainly because within a year employees forget 90 percent of what they learn. MOOCs and a plethora of new technology-enabled learning tools have improved training content in all environments. Better Learning Formats. Social and Mobile Learning. Credentials and Informal Learning.

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Learning and the Changing Workplace – Part 3

Tom Spiglanin

In part 1 of this series , I wrote how the field of Learning and Development* (L&D) hasn’t really changed much over the last decade, despite substantial changes in the workplace. Modernising the L&D function: From learning gatekeeper to learning concierge.

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Using an eWorkshop to initiate or enrich a community

The eLearning Nomad

One of our new clients, a small NGO with a wide network of local partners in Africa and Latin America is building an e-learning program from scratch. Helping their partners to make a difference involves deep learning – together. These spaces have never really taken off, yet whenever there is a face-to-face get-together there is great enthusiasm for learning from each other and a call to continue remotely through a community of practice (CoP).

Ad-hoc Social Learning Environment - How a Blog Drives Learning

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

We decided to set up an ad-hoc social learning environment mostly using freely available tools. In this post, I summarize what we learned about the ad-hoc social learning environments. Blog is the watering hole A learning blog is so much a happening place! Participants had a lot to learn from each other. In our case we preferred the earlier option, because to us, it was more important that people learn from each other rather than compete for grade.

Clive Shepherd – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

ABOUT CLIVE SHEPHERD (Learning Technologist, Director – Onlignment Ltd. & Clive is a consultant learning technologist. He works with a broad range of public and private sector organisations internationally, helping them to build capability in the application of new media to learning, and to transform workplace learning through the effective integration of formal, informal, on-demand and experiential learning. All on-job learning’ is not enough.

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Guarding Against Primitive eLearning Programs

Vignettes Learning

In our love of everything instant, we tend to develop “primitive-like” behaviors in learning and lose significant insights present in a “contemplation mindset”learning environment. The training and learning industry has this love affair with technology.

Lessons From The Guggenheim, Spain

The eLearning Coach

Like many visitors, I paid a few Euros to rent a portable audio player to learn about the museum’s architecture and its architect, Frank Gehry. It was an ideal model for integrating a structured yet informal learning paradigm. See Your Brain On 3D Learning for more on this topic.

Shocking outcomes from ATD research on Instructional design

Challenge to Learn

The ATD published a report on Instructional design: “Instructional design now: a new age of learning and beyond” They did a survey among 1120 learning professionals. 70% – Blended learning. 65% – Synchronous learning systems.

Guarding Against Primitive eLearning Programs

Vignettes Learning

In our love of everything instant, we tend to develop “primitive-like” behaviors in learning and lose significant insights present in a “contemplation mindset”learning environment. The training and learning industry has this love affair with technology.

Micro-Learning: Its Role in Formal, Informal and Incidental Learning

ID Reflections

What is micro-learning? What characteristics define micro-learning? In this post, I have looked at micro-learning from the point of view of efficacy as well as applicability. Microlearning deals with relatively small learning units and short-term learning activities. Generally, the term ''microlearning'' refers to micro-perspectives in the context of learning, education and training. Our employees are busy and want to learn on the go.”

Learning Delivery: E-Learning and Mobile Gaining Ground

CLO Magazine

Two years ago, CLOs reported for the first time that self-paced and instructor-led e-learning courses were used more often than classroom-based instruction content and tools continue to evolve. This year’s research shows e-learning overall is used more often than classroom training.

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Big Question - In the Year 2019

eLearning Cyclops

The March Big Question from Learning Circuits is What will workplace learning look like in 10 years? Here are some of the things I see in 10 years: We will see much more informal learning and knowledge management. There will be a need for trainers and/or knowledge managers who will guide, coach, be a catalyst for, and monitor social media and informal learning. Participants will have much more control of learning events.

What's New in Captivate 5? Twitter, That's What!

eLearning Cyclops

I think this is good news and a good start for incorporating social media in asynchronous courses. Yes, I do think using social media tools directly for informal learning is a better option in many, if not most situations, but if a "blended" solution is needed then incorporating Twitter into Captivate is now an option. Tools Captivate Social Media LMS e-LearningDuring #LrnChat it was mentioned that Captivate 5 will include integration with Twitter.

Trends in L&D

Clark Quinn

The original questions and responses: How has our thinking evolved on using technology to assist in learning and development? Thinking around technology for Learning & Development has shifted from delivering ‘courses’ to looking at the entire learning and performance ecosystem where technology can not only help us perform in the moment but also develop us over time. What technology-assisted learning tools do you think hold the most potential?

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How to MOOC: Technology-Enabled Learning Tools, Part 2

Your Training Edge

And researchers, educators, and trainers have begun to realize that learning is no exception. According to a 2011 ASTD report , social media enables learning by providing platforms for people to exchange information, facilitating communication, personalizing the learning experience, and supporting informal learning. Discussion forums are most effective as learning tools when they are actively monitored and directed by instructors. Web 2.0

Moving from Teacher to Facilitator | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

Even with the help of the newest technology tools to communicate and educate including social media, wikis, and Google, we still need to transform our ILT classrooms and training sessions into integrated blended learning environments. Introduce your information slowly.

4 Surprising Things You Can Learn from Your LMS

Avilar

For many, a learning management system is a tool to track employee learning and to deliver eLearning. An LMS captures a wealth of data about learners and learning experiences that can inform learning and development programs in organizations of any size.

What’s in Your Toolbox?

CLO Magazine

While many learning leaders choose their offerings based on cost and convenience, others are staying true to costlier traditional methods. Content, audience, environment and available technology each play a role in how learning is delivered, and all of those continue to evolve.

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May's Big Question

eLearning Cyclops

Learning Circuits' Big Question for May is "So what can, should, or will, we offer the digital generation by 2015?" Just think of how learning technology has changed in the past five years. We are already seeing the impact of social media and informal learning, but we will see it blend immensely with both classroom and e-learning. More access and advances in smart phones, tablets and smart boards will help blend e-learning, social media and classroom training.

Learning in the Workflow

Litmos

We’re moving learning to the workflow, and this has some important implications. Major factors include moving from learning beforehand to supporting in the moment, or a blend, making those performance moments also learning ones. We can also put information ‘in the world’.

Technology Advancement and Learning – Help or Hindrance?

Integrated Learnings

I have worked in a learning environment for just over 10 years – not a very long time when you think about the grand scheme of things. There have been many leaps forward in technology for learning in the past 10 years. What does all of this mean to learning? Good ole’ Instructional Design principles and Adult Learning theories have not changed. Adults still learn in the same ways they did before all of this came about. Integrated Learning Services, Inc.

Sales eLearning – 21 Great Resources

Tony Karrer

Of course, it’s such a big topic that I decided to cheat and quickly point the person to eLearning Learning and particular to eLearning Sales , eLearning Sales Metrics , Sales eLearning Case Studies , and Sales Performance Support. In Part 2, I'll list some of the levels within one of the learning types. Certainly Work Literacy has a learning and performance focus and is a passion of mine. The Business Case for Social Learning. learning. It is asynchronous.

In case you missed it – 2011 in posts

Clive on Learning

Before I take my leave for Christmas, I thought I'd provide you with this summary of all my posts on Clive on Learning in 2011. December Where is the model for e-learning? November Profile of a learning architect: Darren Owen Shepherd accused of sensationalist claptrap Beware who's selling informal learning * Blending is a continuum Want to write? Get on a train Why does learning content seem so much more exciting on an iPad?

Can PeopleCloud support learning in all its contexts?

Clive on Learning

Last week I posted that Formal learning doesn't need to be all that formal. My argument was that well-designed formal interventions can extend beyond the confines of the course to include elements that would normally be regarded as 70 or 20 in the 70:20:10 model or experiential , on-demand or non-formal in the model I present in The New Learning Architect. Learning professionals have no real difficulty in supporting the formal element of their work, i.e. providing access to courses.

Learning Goes Social

CLO Magazine

New technology is empowering employees more than ever to control their own learning and development. As corporate America continues to embrace social tools for learning and development, social learning has shed its reputation as a transient industry buzzword. With a laser-like focus on the end user, emerging technologies are shifting some of the power and onus from the learning function to the individual learner. Learning materials must be easily accessible.

Development Tools I Would Learn If I Were You - June's Big Question

eLearning Cyclops

June's Big Question over at the Learning Circuits blog is regarding tools one should ".learn learn today in order to be a valuable eLearning professional in 2015." So you know my perspective, since my start in e-learning I have always been both a designer and developer. Most of which gave me a good baseline for further developing my e-learning development skills. learn today in order to be a valuable eLearning professional in 2015." Tools flash e-Learning

Learning Technology Market Segments

Training Industry

The learning technology market has been, and continues to be, one of the most fascinating segments of the training industry, now approaching a $5 Billion market worldwide. Training professionals have become increasingly dependent on technologies for the purpose of managing training operations (LMS/LCMS) and developing and delivering e-learning. But not surprisingly, the learning technology market is complex.

A Look at Learning’s Future

CLO Magazine

A slow but steady economic recovery is driving optimism toward learning investments. Firm spending on learning and development has been volatile since 2008, declining and recovering in reaction to the global financial crisis and its abatement.

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eLearning Cyclops: Deconstructing My #DemoFest Course ? Part 2.

eLearning Cyclops

My first step for any training project is the needs analysis, albeit it is often very informal when on short time-lines like this project. It focused mostly on the asynchronous online course itself. Labels: e-Learning , e-Learning Courses , e-Learning Guild , ISD , Storyboard.

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E-Learning 2.0 Research

Experiencing eLearning

These are my liveblogged notes from the eLearning Guild’s webinar on their e-Learning 2.0 1160 people completed the e-learning 2.0 Hard to learn: Probably not. What is e-learning 2.0? Asynchronous e-learning is high. 70% plan to apply more e-learning 2.0