Proliferating Portals

Clark Quinn

Let’s say you are the Director of a company’s Education/Training department and you want to move more toward information learning. Your vision is that once the wiki site is up for awhile, your instructional designers can take some of the knowledge that’s posted and create a job aid, reference document, and so forth that could be distributed more formally. Do you move forward with yet another wiki site and not worry about all of the other internal wiki sites, intranet, and so forth?

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4 Killer Examples Of Learning Portals For Corporate Training

Adobe Captivate

Usage of learning portals for corporate training initiatives is gaining momentum. In this article, I share 4 examples of how you can use them for both formal and informal learning to increase employee engagement. Learning Portals For Corporate Training: What Are Their Key Characteristics? Learning portals are knowledge repositories featuring learning paths, and they are designed to meet specific initiatives. Increased application of the acquired learning.

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Corporate Learning Portal and Filter

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

The line he quoted I was hoping was referring to our past state of affairs in the training industry. But I think it came across as more of what I thought the future will look like. I know many, many corporate training folks who agree that the small committee style project work we do is considerably dumbed down, with all of the creativity sucked out, because of compromising and bending to satisfy every stakeholder who wants their hands in the pie.

At the edge

Clark Quinn

Each also represents a diversity of settings and needs. These represent some folks working at the edge, away from the ‘event’ Mark Britz , facing more experts than novices, structured his corporate university as a network, not a series of courses. Communities of Practice served as a model for this thinking. Instead of courses, the solution connected those with demonstrable skills to mentor those who could benefit.

Social Learning and LMSs Marketplace

eLearning 24-7

LMS/LCMS vendors are following one of three approaches when it comes to social learning. In any other market, the goal is to be number one, yet for whatever reason, in this market when it comes to social learning, there are a significant number of vendors, who would rather just sit on the sidelines. Let’s set the record straight on a couple of details. The age range of people using social media is 35 to 54, with a college or post graduate degree.

Successful Online Employee Onboarding Strategies

TalentLMS

That’s right, most of us remember our first day at work with the “fear of the unknown”. In this article, we share with you some innovative ways to use your company’s online portal to change the way employees are brought into a company. Gone are the days when individuals would feel lucky to be part of a successful organization. Most firms believe that the employee onboarding are the activities taking place on the first day of work. No fears of the unknown!

What does change(d) look like?

Clark Quinn

I’d expect to see more performance support, easily accessible via user-centric portals and search and delivered when and where needed. Employees would be tightly coupled to their work teams, and more loosely coupled to their communities of practice. This is the vision of the Coherent Organization. They’d be looking to share the vision of goals and rationale, and then supporting performance aligned towards this goal.

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70:20:10 Tech

Clark Quinn

At the recent Up To All Of Us event (#utaou), someone asked about the 70:20:10 model. One is the rise of social networking tools: blogs, micro-blogs, wikis, and more. The other is the rise of mobile. Learners can ask for, or even be provided, support more closely tied to their performance situations regardless of location. We also can have help on tap freed of barriers of time and distance.

The Future of the LMS

Bottom-Line Performance

We started the month talking about the features and functions of learning management systems. In this online community, learners can create their own “real&# with profiles and list their experience; by searching the profiles, learners can use the LMS to contact others for help and support in a specific subject area. Most respondents use all of the 12 major learning tools and technologies listed on the survey in their portals.

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Starting from scratch

Clark Quinn

From a conversation with my ITA colleagues, talking about the (self-imposed) death of L&D that Charles wrote about, Jane wondered what we might do if we were starting from scratch. I decided to take this on, thinking about an org that was already in operation, with it’s goals, processes, and practices, and what I might do if I were to come in and get it going (with the support of the executive team to do what I thought was right).

Maximize Your Professional Development with Industry Memberships

eLearning Brothers

Association for Talent and Development (ATD): ATD is an organization that helps employers, HR representatives, and almost everybody who is in charge of the development of employees. They do this mainly by providing information in the form of research, webinars, conferences, and even educational programs online, on demand and face-to-face. TD at Work (4 digital issues/yr): 16-24 page resource that help in gaining proficiency in a variety of practical topics.

Yes, you do have to change

Clark Quinn

Of late, I’ve seen a disturbing trend. Not only are the purveyors of existing solutions preaching caution and steadiness, but it even seems like some of the ’names’ of the field are talking in ways that make it easy to think that the industry is largely doing ok. Learners need to perform, repeatedly, with guidance, over more and more complex contexts until they achieve the level of performance they need.

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Value of Investment (VOI) vs. Return on Investment

Kapp Notes

Perhaps the constant effort to find the ROI of higher education or even training programs is mis-placed, should we be asking ourselves if an alternative exists? As the competitive landscape of higher education shifts and the training industry changes, using a measurement like Return On Investment (ROI) as the only guide for evaluating information technology investments like an LMS or an audience response system is a mistake. Johnson community college initiative. [3]

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How to Improve Learning Outcomes With Performance Support

Dashe & Thomson

Given that the goal of instructional designers and training developers is to improve employee performance, it’s surprising that many continue to create blended learning programs with little or no reliance on performance support tools or systems. Dr. Allison Rossett describes the value of performance support in her article Ode to Performance Support. These repositories of user instructions are structured around business processes and job roles.

Meet the CLO Advisory Board: David Vance

CLO Magazine

Vance is the founding and former president of Caterpillar University and the author of “The Business of Learning.” In 2006, he was awarded CLO of the Year. I grew up in South Bend, Indiana, not far from the campus of Notre Dame.

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Related Terms

Tony Karrer

The recent addition of related terms (relationship factors) in eLearning Learning that show what how related terms are to a given result set provides some interesting insights. I already pointed to some of the Interesting Information that we could see as we compare what different bloggers write about. Some of these are no surprise, but others such as Yugma made me notice that version 4 is out, hence people are talking about it more than usual.

5 Vital Elements of Engaging Microcontent

Obsidian Learning

Learners not only expect but demand that microcontent be easy to search for, easy to access, and easy to run, see, and interact with on their device of choice. For a deeper dive, see 7 Essentials of a Successful Mobile Learning Strategy. ). Make it part of a larger program.

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10 Content Curation Strategies for Corporate Training

EI Design

The Internet may give us data in seconds, but this often needs us to go through a maze of options before we get what would work best for us. The use of Content Curation for corporate training is on a steady increase and it is being leveraged by L&D teams to support formal training as well as informal training. I also outline 10 Content Curation strategies for eLearning you can use to enhance the impact of your corporate trainings.

Work Out Loud – Don’t Just Share What You Did

Nick Leffler

Today is the final day of my four-day journey to cover my thoughts on this week’s topics for the online cMOOC Exploring Innovations in Networked Work and Learning. I’ve already covered the wonderful topics of crowdsourcing , idea management and design and yesterday’s communities of practice. This is my favorite topic out of the four. Working out loud is opposite of just showing the final work.

Training Method Trends

Clark Quinn

All of the data comes from surveys to the eLearningGuild membership (which is more than 30,000) and typically they have 2,000 - 3,000 respondents on surveys which is large enough to get pretty good indications. So here's the graph showing all of the trending information. Some things that jump out at me: Contrary to a lot of what is being said out there ( The Death of the Classroom ), classroom still dominates as a delivery method and is actually going up.

4 Secrets No One Will Tell You When Choosing Your Microlearning Platform

Obsidian Learning

This means they can find any content through a single search engine (the way they can Google anything outside of work) or they know where to look for content because it resides someplace they already visit frequently for a specific topic or task (e.g., Just do some of it really well.

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Using SharePoint

Tony Karrer

SharePoint is so flexible and the documentation for it is so big and diverse, that a big part of my goals have been to understand the different ways that training organizations are using SharePoint. I've had conversations with several of these folks in more detail and with a few others. In this post, I wanted to capture some of the patterns of use of SharePoint that seem to be emerging. Examples , most all of these could have been supported through SharePoint.

Summarizing Learn for Yourself

Jay Cross

I just copied a rough draft of my new book, Learn For Yourself , into a free summarizer. It’s all a matter of learning, but it’s not the sort of learning that is the province of training departments, workshops, and classrooms. Most of what we learn, we learn by interacting with others. Sharing is an act of learning and can be considered your responsibility for the greater social learning contract.

Adopting Content Curation To Support Employee Training – Top 5 Questions Answered

Adobe Captivate

Today, information access is immediate, but we end up spending a lot of time sourcing the right information we need. Through a series of Q&A, I showcase why you should adopt it. However, we often end up spending a lot of time in sifting through this maze of data to identify what would work best in our context. The concept of Content Curation is akin to generic offering vs. custom offering. It is normally offered through a dedicated portal or platform.

The Social Learning Revolution in eLearning

TalentLMS

The boom in social media and the round-the-clock need to connect in communities is doing wonders for the eLearning industry. Leveraging social learning with the eLearning content is the new norm of eLearning courses. Let’s examine some top benefits of social learning in organizations. Before we delve into the benefits of this type of learning, we need to understand what research in social learning tells us. The learner is not a passive recipient of information.

Moodle VS Paradiso LMS: Who is Leading the Race

PSB

Let’s Begin with the Comparison of Moodle and Paradiso . It has potential for creating a successful e-learning experience by offering an abundance of tools that can be used to enhance conventional classroom instruction into a virtual learning environment system. Student Portal.

Moodle VS Paradiso LMS: Who is Leading the Race

PSB

Let’s Begin with the Comparison of Moodle and Paradiso . It has potential for creating a successful e-learning experience by offering an abundance of tools that can be used to enhance conventional classroom instruction into a virtual learning environment system. Student Portal.

Success Formula for Discussion Forums in Financial Services

Tony Karrer

I received a question this week related to Discussion Forums for Knowledge Sharing at Capital City Bank : I successfully launched a discussion forum for a small group of lending assistants within my bank. I’ve used examples from the lending assistants as well as other benefits of the tool to demonstrate how its use would benefit the bank and these work groups. They see the benefit of the tool in a strict learning environment, but have difficulty seeing its use in an expanded role.

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The Importance of Learning Technologies

CLO Magazine

I am still surprised by the number of organizations without one or with systems that fall far short of meeting their needs. Many organizations wrap their LMS in a very user friendly portal so the actual LMS may be transparent to the user. The portal may be part of an organization-wide effort to provide access to all HR services and company information through one home page. Used in this way, portal technology increases the efficiency of the LMS.

5 ways to make your LMS work for you

Sponge UK

Let’s look at some of the ways you can shift your perspective on your LMS and see how it can benefit your employees. This setup period is just the start of administering the platform. Many of your everyday tasks can be automated or made much easier by the LMS, leaving you more time to focus on your learners. This follow-up can be part of the normal review process of a company. One of Jakob Nielsen’s 10 principles for user interface design is consistency.

Using Social Media to Drive Social Learning

ATD Learning Technologies

The ATD and i4cp study Instructional Design Now: A New Age of Learning and Beyond reported in early 2015 that social learning was in use by fewer than three in 10 organizations. However, another 46 percent of surveyed talent development professionals said they were considering social learning for future use or had it in development, suggesting significant anticipated growth. Remove barriers (cultural, technological) to effective use of social media for learning; 60%.

How to grow an elearning dream team: 8 things the best L&D leaders do

Elucidat

We’ve pulled together our years of experience working across hundreds of elearning teams of every size and configuration – across the globe. Too often production teams are under huge pressures to produce large volumes of elearning, quickly. It’s a big challenge to efficiently produce quality online learning content that meets the needs of users and business stakeholders…particularly when under strain. Think of your team in terms of roles not jobs.

Valuable Content - Views and Social Signals

Tony Karrer

I just saw two posts by a couple of the nicest people out there: Nancy White - Most Viewed Posts First Quarter 2009 - What next? Bill Ives - Your Favorite Portals and KM Posts for Last Quarter and Last Year Both posts look at page views of posts and use that as a proxy for what is good / interesting / valuable. I've talked about the questionable nature of page views vs. other signals in posts such as: An Aha Moment - del.icio.us

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40+ Instructional Design and eLearning Books

Experiencing eLearning

This is a compilation and update of my book list and book review posts. These are some of my favorites, plus recommendations from readers of my blog. Design For How People Le arn by Julie Dirksen is one of my favorite books in the field. It provides a model for the range of skills that fall under the umbrella of “instructional design.” Read my full review about this practical book. Read my review of Write and Organize for Deeper Learning.

Top 113 eLearning Posts and 28 Hottest Topics for 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Taxonomy of Learning Theories - E-Learning Provocateur , January 12, 2010. The Org Structure of Enterprise 2.0 - trainingwreck , April 18, 2010. Anatomy of a PLE - Learning with e’s , July 11, 2010. 25 places to find instructional videos - Jane Hart - Pick of the Day , February 8, 2010. 10 Unusual Sources Of Inspiration for eLearning - The eLearning Coach , September 29, 2010. Checklist of Social Learning Strategies - Engaged Learning , January 12, 2010.

8 Tips to Build a Blended Learning Solution on a Budget

Obsidian Learning

Follow these tips to figure out where to start, how to identify big wins to build your support and momentum, and the practical how-tos of getting development and delivery done with agility, even on a shoestring. For each piece of content: Is it accurate, current, and credible? Could some or all of it be repurposed into a blended learning format for better outcomes (supplemental microlearning, on-the-job activities, sneak peek preview videos)?

40+ Instructional Design and eLearning Books

Experiencing eLearning

This is a compilation and update of my previous book list and review posts. Design For How People Learn by Julie Dirksen is one of my favorite books in the field. It provides a model for the range of skills that fall under the umbrella of “instructional design.” It includes practical tips on topics such as working with SMEs and avoiding “clicky clicky bling bling” or flashy interactivity and multimedia for the sake of being flashy. Learning Communities.

Adapting an Off-The-Shelf Course to a Custom eLearning Solution

Obsidian Learning

Here are 5 ways to extend the usefulness of off-the-shelf courses and transcend their limitations by adapting them into custom eLearning solutions. Being generic, off-the-shelf courses are inherently limited in terms of the context they provide. Context orients learners so they can settle in and pay attention, increases the credibility of the content, clarifies what’s really expected of learners (especially important for behavior change), and boosts retention.

Building a Performance Ecosystem

CLO Magazine

By combining the power of the human brain with technology in a way that facilitates work, collaboration and communication, leaders can turn learning into multifaceted performance support. Things are moving faster, and organizations have to be more nimble, responding to changes in their audiences, competitors and the context of work. Lots of the opportunities to improve come through the network, through the people we learn with and from.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Lots of discussion and debate around interesting questions for eLearning professionals. We would welcome lots of discussion. Situated learning (learning within context in a community of practice) grows thanks to augmented mobile reality. Of course, you can’t look at learning in 2011 without mentioning mobile learning. Analytics will be the buzzphrase of the year. Mobile learning development for tablets will become one of these sub-disciplines.