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For those of us in the learning community, we know that the courses, training documents, and other files can become very large in a short amount of time. I realize I am not doing SharePoint justice here, but from a 30,000ft view, that is its primary use.

Top 10 LMSs for 2013

eLearning 24-7

Big win still with the communities tied to not only groups but also specific courses. 5 BizLibrary – Company College. The best SharePoint LMS on the market. Yes, there is a still market for SharePoint systems and I recommend finding a system already built on it, rather than doing it yourself (which many people do). Easy to use interface – which often does not happen with SharePoint LMSs. Works with SharePoint 2007 and 2010.

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Sharepoint for Learning and Communication: How can corporate learning and development staff use it more effectively?

Bottom-Line Performance

What does Hoarders have to do with Sharepoint collaboration spaces and training? Don’t get me wrong, SharePoint is tool that can work to support learning quite well. One of the benefits of a collaboration space like SharePoint is that many people can share and upload content.

The Rise of LMS Specialists: A Tour of Learning Tech Innovation

Talented Learning

Interestingly, because the founders and senior execs of specialist LMS companies are typically so deeply invested in the market they serve, it’s not unusual for them to participate actively in the sales process. Welcome to the Era of LMS Specialists.

Using Social Media for Learning: Tools & Practices #BHsocialmedia

Learning Visions

Social media communities can now create communities for external learners – customers, resellers, technicians. Used Microsoft SharePoint – blogs, wikis, messaging, polls, surveys, RSS feeds (get alerted when content is updated). SharePoint) – profiles, tags, ratings Private social networks: yammer (widely used in corporate world – over 100,00 corporate users!) These are my live blogged notes from a webinar presented by Brandon Hall on Wednesday, April 26 2011. (I

6 Ways to Add Sizzle to Your Classroom

Learning Rebels

Unless you are discussing company policy that is not open for discussion (and I would ask you, why in the world are you hosting a class?) – allow and embrace debate.

Oil and Gas downsizing: Training on a budget

Obsidian Learning

Companies are shutting down operations, restructuring, and downsizing. How can you ensure your A-Team is prepared to help guide your company through these anxious times? New post Oil and Gas downsizing: Training on a budget on Obsidian Learning. Breaking News!

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Strategy" Fails Corollary: if you have SharePoint installed, you will be using SharePoint a lot more this year. Situated learning (learning within context in a community of practice) grows thanks to augmented mobile reality.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions for 2010

Tony Karrer

When the personal tools in your mobile phone are more empowering than what your company provides or approves for your projects, how can you be saved from devastating market forces? See Learning Community, Peers and Outside Experts for a very interesting model around this.

Portrait of a learning architect: Rob Bartlett

Clive on Learning

The company has 1500 employees based in more than 100 offices across the country, with 600 based at the head office and around 1000 customer-facing. This allows them to take a look round, meet other new hires, find out what the company is all about and hear about plans for the future.

Building a Learning and Performance Support Ecosystem (Steve Foreman) #elguild

Learning Visions

Access to Experts: ask questions, get guidance A directory of experts in your org (could be Sharepoint). Portal Search Engine knowledge base, communities, courses xAPI Learning Record Store Analytics/reports Newsfeeds How do we create ecosystem solutions? Steve shares an example from a healthcare company that built off structured learning, performance support and knowledge management. eLearning Guild online webinar with Steve Foreman (InfoMedia Designs).

Profile of a learning architect: Sebastian Graeb-Konneker

Clive on Learning

Communities of practice have been established for more 12 years, with well-defined policies and systems. Learning through blogging Blogging is possible within the firewall using SharePoint, but hasn’t taken off in any significant fashion.

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Nashville Notes: The Power of Lectora at the LUC 2015


Going Beyond the Basics with Lectora – Angel Tracy, Grays Harbor Community Hospital. JavaScript Integration for Beginners – Becky Goldberg, Travelers Companies.

The Impact of Social Media in the Workplace

CLO Magazine

As social media technology continues to change and grow in popularity, companies will need to consider strategies to leverage its use in the workplace. Other online communities (e.g. Additionally, companies are considering and using these new technologies to help collect and manage knowledge across the organization. Many companies have begun investing in and implementing their own internal social media tools, such as Microsoft’s SharePoint , to encourage team collaboration.

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Are you playing the role of the Subject Matter Expert instead of the Instructional Designer?

Janet Clarey

Community&# which was built on SharePoint architecture. Community&# in the middle and blogs, wikis, discussion board, social bookmarking, and user-generated content surrounding it.). Not surprisingly, they used their company name + ‘pedia’).

Working smarter

Jay Cross

My must-reads include David Snowden on complexity, George Siemens on network learning, Jonah Lehrer on neuroscience, Steven Denning on management practice, Nancy White on building communities, Dan Pontefract on collaborative culture, and Ross Dawson on living networks. Example: sharepoint.

Training and Social Media Taught Me to Tie a Tie

E-learning Uncovered

Of the companies I’ve worked for or currently consult with, very few have a robust Knowledge Management System (KMS) where those with the knowledge can easily share that knowledge with others. There is one e-learning company, QuickLessons , that is seeing this trend too, and they developed a product that I think organizations should take notice of and consider – Izzui. Before you know it, you have a community of learners sharing knowledge with one another, and it doesn’t take much.

The Future Of Learning Design

The eLearning Coach

Learning initiatives are not altruistic for companies. By ignoring the impact of informal learning, companies do not have a consistent learning message or consistent methodologies.

Enterprise Mobile Learning 2011 - Year in Review

mLearning Trends

a.k.a. How On Target Were My 2011 Predictions? It’s time once again to take stock of what happened in enterprise mobile learning and see if any of my 2011 predictions hit their intended targets.

I want to facilitate online discussions but how do I choose the right platform?

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

You work for a company and may be asked to guide the process to develop a platform. But what are really the options you have for online community platforms and how you do it right choices? Option 4: Community software which is designed for knowledge sharing and interaction.

Social Collaboration and JIT Learning

CLO Magazine

” Jason Corsello, vice president of corporate development and strategy for talent management software company Cornerstone OnDemand, said social collaboration — the ability to find and connect with experts in the organization — is a growing trend. The company also has implemented a SharePoint site called SI Connect, which allows employees to search for and contact experts who might be able to help with specific projects or share lessons learned

Closing Out 2014 With Learning Reflection

Nick Leffler

As I was trying to gain traction with mobile help overlays in my organization, I also was thinking about their importance in the overall L&D community. That almost definitely rules out the SharePoint search functionality.

Web 2.0 Applications in Learning

Tony Karrer

Of course, you can try to improve those percentages through: Incentives or requirements (students must blog - it's graded) Community cohesion Focus (short time frame, limited topic) Integrated as natural activity and other adoption models. Agenda - Meeting agendas are a good common editing needs Company Directory / People Pages - Another easy place to start. Last week I presented a session at ASTD TechKnowledge entitled eLearning 2.0 - Applications and Implications.

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What to Do With a Broken LMS

CLO Magazine

In 2010, data storage company EMC had a working LMS, but its user interface was tough to operate and not intuitive, so the company decided to invest in a new learning portal. Moodle is a VLE designed to support learning in the academic community.


eLearning Predictions Further Thoughts

Tony Karrer

Social Learning Communities It was interesting that ASTD DC / Todd Slater has created a Ning community. My belief is that we are going to see lots of virtual communities created as it makes sense to aggregate outside of a local geography for common interests. If you are working for a company that falls in the first category (no social media please), its better that you install a Twitter mobile app on your cell phone and not use the office computer at all for tweeting.

What's on Your Social Wish List?

CLO Magazine

Imagine a senior executive in your company returns from Thanksgiving weekend having read white papers from IBM that say social business is the next step in the overall evolution of business. Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Fast Company already told him brainpower has become the engine of innovation. You’ve also sensed a groundswell in the learning and development community favoring social, self-directed pull learning.

Interesting Information via eLearning Learning

Tony Karrer

We've implemented a few features in the eLearning Learning Community. relates closely to the concepts Learning 2.0 , eLearning Tools , Corporate eLearning , Personal Learning , and Enterprise 2.0 ; the Tools Odeo , CollectiveX , Bea Pages , Apache Roller , and Dogear ; and the Companies NexLearn , Awareness Networks , Element K , and Mzinga. You can see the first feature by visiting the site and clicking around on terms.

Collaborative Learning: Strengthen Your Team

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Use SharePoint. Often training companies have Facebook or Twitter networks that they would love for you to join and add to the conversation. Respond to any questions thoroughly and promptly to foster a reciprocal community. by AJ George.

Related Terms

Tony Karrer

Here are some terms that are getting more attention the first couple weeks this month (December 2008) include Social Media , eLearning Activity , Mobile Learning , Yugma , Slideshare , SharePoint , Twitter , 100 Conversations , Mzinga , and GeoLearning. It's also interesting to me to drill down another level on a couple of the companies to see what pops for them.

12 eLearning Predictions for 2009

Tony Karrer

1 - "Self-Directed Learning" Increases Due to economic pressures, companies are going to reduce training budgets to a point where it doesn't make sense to create content on marginal topics. Corollary: if you have SharePoint installed, you will be using SharePoint a lot more this year. #3 Off-the-shelf content companies will be moving to meet this need by emphasizing quick wins through resources. #5 Last year I laid out in January my Ten Predictions for eLearning 2008.

2009 Predictions How Did I Do?

Tony Karrer

1 - "Self-Directed Learning" Increases Due to economic pressures, companies are going to reduce training budgets to a point where it doesn't make sense to create content on marginal topics. Corollary: if you have SharePoint installed, you will be using SharePoint a lot more this year.

New OneNote and Education Blog

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Here is a brief description from Mike: "Because there are so many things happening right now with OneNote and education, we wanted to start this blog to have a dialog with the education community, as well as share ideas, resources, and gather feedback from teachers, students and faculty. Many companies, including Microsoft, are delivering eLearning solutions using OneNote." AND Microsoft is actually seeing the eLearning community as a market. AND the Sharepoint Learning Kit.

GE TV: Elliott Masie on the Future of Learning Technologies

Growth Engineering

You look at SharePoint, an incredibly sophisticated product from Microsoft, and probably the most abandoned technology in the universe. Not because SharePoint is bad, it’s like a whiteboard, you can make it interesting or not.

Snake Oil 2.0: Lipstick on a pig

Jay Cross

Several large LMS companies added “informal learning&# to their sales shticks this week. have huge user communities and encompass social learning activities such as employee on-boarding, internal collaboration and expertise location.