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Always Choose a Specialist over a Generalist

LearnDash

Today there are a countless number of business and service providers in the learning industry who claim that they can do it all – but is that really provide the customer with inherent value? Be it instructional designers, LMS providers, consulting firms, or what have you – it is always best to do business with a specialist. The old adage, “you get what for you pay for” is never more true in these instances.

MOOCS IN WORKPLACE LEARNING – PART 5: SKILLS LEARNERS NEED TODAY

Learnnovators

While the title of the post specifies MOOCs, the skills and mindsets I have explored in the post are, IMHO, required by all to survive and thrive in the digital and connected world. And participating in MOOCs could well be one of the ways to inculcate and hone the skills. I have been writing about MOOCs in the context of workplace learning from different perspectives for some time now. The earlier posts…. Power of Diversity.

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MOOCS IN WORKPLACE LEARNING – PART 3: LAUNCHING A MOOC

Learnnovators

This is a continuation of my MOOC series and also a post that draws a lot from the #MSLOC430 Community and MOOC (“C” type) that I am participating in — the open section of the graduate course in the Master’s Program in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University. The central term in this definition is connections. One of the shortcomings of being human is that we tend to measure & judge the future through the lenses of the past.

MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 5: Skills Learners Need Today

Learnnovators

While the title of the post specifies MOOCs, the skills and mindsets I have explored in the post are, IMHO, required by all to survive and thrive in the digital and connected world. And participating in MOOCs could well be one of the ways to inculcate and hone the skills. I have been writing about MOOCs in the context of workplace learning from different perspectives for some time now. I will just call out a few to set the context.

MOOCs In Workplace Learning – Part 2: Designing a MOOC

Learnnovators

@ ignatia (Inge de Waard) describes MOOCs thus in her Master’s Thesis: “MOOC is above all referring to a pedagogical model with independent learners, access to information, opportunity to create emerging, spontaneous, yet not directed learning communities, etcetera. As such the term MOOC can be seen as a new educational term. ” ~ Analyzing the Impact of Mobile Access on Learner Interaction in a MOOC. These are: (MSL 1): Encompassing formal and informal learning.

MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 3: Launching a MOOC

Learnnovators

This is a continuation of my MOOC series and also a post that draws a lot from the #MSLOC430 Community and MOOC (“C” type) that I am participating in — the open section of the graduate course in the Master’s Program in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University. Before I plunge into the heart of my analysis and discussion, I want to share a couple of snippets on Networked Learning from Wikipedia. ( [link] ).

The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning

Learnnovators

I am not the kind to crystal gaze. I lay no claim to being able to predict the future. Now that my disclaimers are in place, let me explain the premise of the post title and what I intend to discuss in this post. I am not doing (at least trying not to) today what I did five years back–not only in terms of professional and personal growth but with respect to the demands of the time. This brings me back to the point I started my post with.

MOOCS IN WORKPLACE LEARNING – PART 4: ROLE IN CORPORATE UNIVERSITIES

Learnnovators

The world has gotten complicated. Organizations are struggling to keep up with the shifts: in technology that are vastly impacting how people work, in the demography of their workforce which has become culturally diverse, multi-generational, and globally dispersed, in the nature of work that has moved from complicated to complex and emergent, and with the general fragmentation and breakdown of all aspects of the known ways of doing things.

2019 Talented Learning Awards: Continuing Education Systems

Talented Learning

Last week we kicked-off the 2019 Talented Learning Awards by honoring the best learning systems in our first category – corporate extended enterprise systems. And this week the celebration continues, as we recognize excellence in our second category – continuing education systems. Of course, other kinds of learning software also deserve recognition. We may explore these market segments in the future. Blue Sky eLearn. eLogic Learning.

Workplace Learning in a World “Beyond Automation”

Learnnovators

I just finished reading an HBR article by Thomas Davenport and Julia Kirby called Beyond Automation , which is the trigger for this post. With automation, AI and robots looming over the job scene, there seems to be a constant fear of humans losing out to computers and technology. It’s akin to one of our childhood sci-fi movies finally becoming a reality – the machines are taking over. The digital disruptors in the shape of Robots, Big Data and Sensors are here.

MOOCS IN WORKPLACE LEARNING – PART 2: DESIGNING A MOOC

Learnnovators

@ ignatia (Inge de Waard) describes MOOCs thus in her Master’s Thesis: “MOOC is above all referring to a pedagogical model with independent learners, access to information, opportunity to create emerging, spontaneous, yet not directed learning communities, etcetera. As such the term MOOC can be seen as a new educational term. ” ~ Analyzing the Impact of Mobile Access on Learner Interaction in a MOOC. These are: (MSL 1): Encompassing formal and informal learning.

MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 4: Role in Corporate Universities

Learnnovators

The world has gotten complicated. Organizations are struggling to keep up with the shifts: in technology that are vastly impacting how people work, in the demography of their workforce which has become culturally diverse, multi-generational, and globally dispersed, in the nature of work that has moved from complicated to complex and emergent, and with the general fragmentation and breakdown of all aspects of the known ways of doing things.

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The Top Six Things Organizations Must Do to Enable Emergent Learning

Learnnovators

What is common across the learning modes and methods mentioned? Social learning via an enterprise collaboration platform. Mobile enabled learning accessible anytime, anywhere, on any device of the user’s choice. MOOCs which straddle the line between social learning and e-learning with learner communities. While an organization can facilitate these, the onus lies with the users/learners. But first, WHAT IS EMERGENT LEARNING?

52 eLearning Experts Share their Best Tip for Creating Engaging eLearning

eLearningArt

As an instructional designer, I’m always trying to make my eLearning courses more interesting, effective, and engaging. That’s why I decided to ask the leading eLearning industry experts to share their single best tip for creating engaging learning. Check out the tips below. Here are our amazing eLearning experts: Tom Kuhlmann | Karl Kapp | Ray Jimenez | Patti Shank | Bryan Jones. Tom is the Chief Architect at Articulate.

Does Your Business Really Need an LMS? Straight Talk with “The eLearning Coach”

Talented Learning

Earlier this year, I was fortunate to be interviewed by one of the learning community’s most talented instructional designers and thought leaders, Connie Malamed (aka “ The eLearning Coach “). The resulting podcast is titled “ The Strategic Use of Learning Management Systems ” but speaks to a more basic question: Does your organization even need an LMS? Why is the LMS market is changing so quickly?

Which Learning Content Trends Matter Most to You?

Talented Learning

When the very first website launched in 92, there was just a handful of sparse pages outlining the new “ world wide web ” project at CERN. But soon, every company and organization focused on creating their websites and populating the web with content on every topic. Many were surprised when nobody showed up and the content race started. Extended enterprise learning content followed a similar path. The pendulum always swings backs to content.

5Cs to Unlock Your Potential

Coreaxis

There are so many learning opportunities and solutions that making a decision can be overwhelming or confusing. There are so many factors to take into account while selecting the learning solutions that best suit your organization and the way your employees learn.

Six Obstacles To Building Communities In Organizations

Learnnovators

Rachel Happe begins her latest post, 10 Trends for the Future of Communities , with a comprehensive description of the various intersecting and intermingling streams and characteristics that inform communities, and I am quoting her below: “ Communities sit at the intersection of a number of trends; social media, digital transformation, a generational shift to prioritize purposeful work, the future of work, change management, leadership and social learning.”

Social Technology, Community Management & Organizational Development

Learnnovators

I have been reading a spate of articles and posts related to the need for a change in the way organizations function. The diagram below by Dion Hinchcliffe is a succinct illustration of how digital technology has been and will continue to play a key role in bringing about this change. The diagram traces the evolution of different social technology and their potential to enforce and enable a deep change in how organizations function and their structure.

7 Strategies to Facilitate “Working Out Loud”

Learnnovators

I spent the greater part of the weekend mulling over the practice of working out loud, what makes some folks adopt the habit with ease while others struggle, and what could be some of the possible enabling factors that support working out loud. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed to me that it is one of the fundamental blocks of building a community of practice. Take Linux or the GitHub community for example.

Demystifying Working Out Loud

Learnnovators

“ When people leverage collaboration platforms to contribute and to build relationships, that appeals to their intrinsic motivators of autonomy, mastery, and relatedness. ” ~ Working Out Loud: Better for You; Better for the Firm. Working out loud has been steadily gaining popularity and has become a topic of conversation on many forums including the Facebook community of the same name. Dion Hinchcliffe in “ What Are the Required Skills for Today’s Digital Workforce?

L&D’s Role In A Purpose Driven Workplace

Learnnovators

This post is inspired by the #ihrchat on Twitter hosted by Dr. Tanvi Gautam and supported by Team #ihrchat. The chat was full of insights and learning, as always. And the trigger for this post was the question: How will learning & development shift in a PDW? I have been writing about the shifts required by L&D to meet the connected and collaborative knowledge economy for some time now. L&D’s Role in the VUCA World.

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How to Choose Between an eLearning Agency, Freelancer or Full-time Employee

eLearning Architect

Starting an eLearning project is an intimidating task. Choosing who will do the work is a key consideration. In this article we'll compare and recommend the best options. As the saying goes: There is more than one way to skin a cat. The same can be said for resourcing an eLearning project - who is going to undertake the work? Note: It may be that you already have one of these - and assuming you've done the necessary ground work, that's great.

5Cs to Unlock Your Potential

Coreaxis

There are so many learning opportunities and solutions that making a decision can be overwhelming or confusing. There are so many factors to take into account while selecting the learning solutions that best suit your organization and the way your employees learn.

“Digital Mindset”: What Is It All About?

Learnnovators

“Digital mindset” seems to have become another buzzword–rather buzz-phrase to be grammatically precise–whenever the conversation (online or offline) veers toward social business, social learning, collaboration, and other 21st Century phenomenon in general. It’s a spectrum, and we need to move along the spectrum to make the best of the world we are in. For those who missed it, here’s the compiled chat in Storify.

18 Top Learning Systems Trends to Watch in 2018

Talented Learning

Welcome to our 4th annual LMS and learning systems “Trends” post! As fiercely independent learning technology analysts, we think a trend isn’t just a fleeting idea that comes and goes like fashion, or a social media hashtag. Nor is it some sort of distant vision to chase until the next distraction captures our imagination. A trend should matter to any buyer, seller or user of learning technology who wants to make ongoing, intelligent and informed choices.

Who Should You Include In Your Planning For Your eLearning Course?

Adobe Captivate

Who Should You Include In Your Planning For Your eLearning Course? Having worked with many companies over the years I have come across a high number of instructional designers and company managers that dictate what needs to be included in the learning materials for online teaching. In their opinion, they select materials that they feel are suitable for the learner. Identify what training each employee will require within their role.

Free L&D webinars for February 2021

Limestone Learning

February may be short, but all the better to get us into spring. This little month packs a whirlwind of free webinars to keep your motivation up — that is, if you have the time to tune in. Employees get to learn and grow, which boosts their morale.

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The LMS Meets 2017: Top 15 Learning Tech Predictions

Talented Learning

Hands down, our learning technology “predictions” list is our favorite post to develop each year. Rather, they are educated guesses about learning technology trends, based on our continuous market research, our consulting interactions with countless LMS buyers and sellers and more than 20 years of experience we’ve accumulated in the learning industry. The LMS has evolved from a cost reduction tool to a profit-making engine for many types of organizations.

The Top 5 Business Benefits To Outsourcing Corporate Training And Development

Roundtable Learning

45% of organizations outsource learning and development (L&D) for a variety of reasons, such as a reduced cost and short-term commitment to developers. Have you considered the business benefits outsourced training could bring to your organization? .

Free learning & development webinars for June 2021

Limestone Learning

PT: How to Easily Create Multi-Language Elearning Courses Language and location present their own challenges when it comes to delivering learning to international audiences. A well-designed presentation both relies on and encourages presenters to be at the top of their games.

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LMS Technology Trends: Why Focus Is The Next Big Thing

Talented Learning

I have now formally reviewed 125 of the potential 700 learning management solutions available in the world. As I get deeper and deeper into the industry, I’m more convinced than ever that “focus” is the key LMS technology trend of today’s winning vendors. Our industry is always searching for the next big feature destined to change everything. In the learning technology market, focus creates business value and winning vendors have it!

Free learning & development webinars for September 2021

Limestone Learning

If you’re not too busy stowing the camping gear in the garage or looking for deals on school supplies — and if you’d just like to sit down and listen to someone else offer tips and tricks for work success — why not take a time-out with a free webinar or two? The result?

Universal Design Principles and Their Application in Education

KnowledgeOne

Colombia is my country of origin, and over there, the main barrier to accessing education is poverty. Therefore, my efforts were focused on helping students in vulnerable situations, and their teachers create meaningful and affordable learning experiences. Application in Instruction.

Working Out Loud: Using the Tools We Already Have

Learnnovators

While the concept of “working out loud” has been gaining popularity, thanks to the work done by thought-leaders like Jane Bozarth ( Show Your Work ), John Stepper ( Working Out Loud ), Austin Kleon ( Show Your Work ) and such, I still encounter bemused looks when I bring up this topic. I wrote about the strategies and benefits of working out loud earlier here and here. The former leads to focused learning and the latter leads to serendipitous discoveries.

Free learning & development webinars for September 2020

Limestone Learning

The return of school can be very distracting, and with so much pandemic-induced uncertainty, people are scrambling more than ever. You’ll learn how to add standard question slides on the tail end of your video. The answer is “no.” How the remote proctoring process worked.

On the brink with mobile– what learning executives say

Allison Rossett

That’s how I described the status of mobile learning in an article in eLearn magazine ten months ago. My point then was that mobile offers immense potential for learning and support but that it is not yet making much of a difference in the enterprise. Performance support and mobile devices only rarely appeared in the organizational playbook they described. It’s not first on their list, but appears near the top. Words without actions.

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Social Learning Cannot Be A Bolt-On Strategy

Learnnovators

“ I’m arguing that something much bigger is happening than the application collaborative tools within the enterprise – it’s a profound transformation of the enterprise as we know it. ” Don Tapscott (italics mine). I recently wrote about the challenges of integrating social learning in the workplace. Even as I was mulling over the topic and browsing through Dion Hinchcliffe’s posts for insights on social business, I had a moment of epiphany.

Free L&D webinars for November 2020

Limestone Learning

There’s a chill in the air — time to don a fleecy warm mask! PT: Making Interactivity Count: A Path to Elearning Your Learners Will Love Engaging learners is the essential challenge that faces designers of elearning. The business impact of soft skills training.

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Free L&D webinars for January 2021

Limestone Learning

We learned how to work differently, and in many cases better. We didn’t let distance get in the way of teamwork. The sense of renewal and hope that comes with a new year has never been more welcome. We look forward to new connections, new projects and new learning.

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