January, 2017

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How To Combine Text And Image In eLearning Design

The eLearning Coach

The way that you combine text and image (including shapes) in a slide affects the message you convey and the visual appeal of the material.

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The Challenge of Learning and Development Outsourcing

Infopro Learning

What Do All of These Events Have in Common? The answer is they all are candidates for training opportunities. As such, if the training event is not conducted in-house, then it is outsourced to a third party organization to execute the training requirements. Increasingly, companies are outsourcing their training projects if it is not part of their core competencies as the following chart depicts: It’s clear that outsourcing training projects are a way of life.

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Articulate Rise – Got questions? We got answers!

B Online Learning

I love Articulate Rise. I’ve made no secret about it around the office. To create a learning module that you know will look great, no matter what device is used to access it, is something that e-learning developers have been crying out for. And to make it even better, not only will it look great, but authoring content in it is a ‘snap’. Here at B Online Learning my colleagues and I have been running short overview webinars on the new Articulate Storyline 360, the Articulate 360 subscription add-

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Putting Tom Cat Into a Pet Carrier: 28-Easy Steps

Living in Learning

“We ARE going for a ride and YOU…the cat…have no choice in the matter.” In advance of ever even seeing the car, there is a direct correlation here – pet carrier = car ride. Solution options that surface in a cat’s brain?? Flee. Hide. Fight. Unfortunately, those three options are not actually options; instead they represent a chain of escalation.

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How to Fix the 10 Biggest Mistakes in Gamification

Speaker: Stephen Baer - Chief Creative Officer, ELB Learning

Are you using gamification as part of your L&D strategy? SMART! According to multiple studies, gamification strategies have been proven to increase engagement, improve knowledge retention, and get stellar results, but what if your results just don’t hit the mark? According to instructional designers interviewed by The Game Agency, some errors are very common when implementing gamified learning.

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The Surge of Corporate Training Videos: 6 Styles to Engage Your Learners

Dashe & Thomson

During our annual development team retrospective, we realized that video has begun to comprise an increasingly larger share of our project portfolio. The growing demand for video is exhilarating for us as a learning development team; it’s an indicator that clients are grasping the value of blended learning. More than ever, clients enter the conversation knowing it’s not enough to focus on task-level proficiency; learning is optimized when learners are engaged at all levels: Head, Heart, and Hand

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Is eLearning Dead? Is Instructional Design Dying with It?

Kapp Notes

Death of Self-Pace eLearning. In a report published in August 2016 by Sam Adkins of Ambient Insight a declaration is made that self-paced eLearning is in a death spiral: The worldwide five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for self-paced eLearning is distinctly negative at -6.4%; global revenues for self-paced courseware are dropping fast. In 2016, global revenues for self-paced eLearning reached $46.6 billion, down slightly from the $46.9 billion in 2015.

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How to Develop Character Illustrations in Role-Play Scenarios

Infopro Learning

Proposal Submissions! Prototypes! High Impact! World Class! Deadlines! Illustrations! Engaging Characters!… I’m sure you have been handed a similar brief for a task. Though the brief might not necessarily come in that order, some just start with the deadline! We often find ourselves in situations where things get complex with little time and much to deliver.

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Tips on Leading Your Team Campaign Right

Your Training Edge

Leading your team campaign right requires from you excellent leadership skills. Leadership plays a vital role in almost every aspect of our society today. Should leadership be nonexistent in our society, it would probably plunge into darkness filled with mayhem and chaos. Among the top skills that employers look for when recruiting new staff is leadership skills.

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EdTech Tools and Apps for Encouraging Communication and Interaction

InSync Training

Last week, we looked at knowledge and content EdTech tools and apps. This week, we continue our series by diving deeper into communication and interaction tools and apps that will help you support your blended learning campaigns. Again, these are the tools and apps you use to reach your learners – via email, announcements, and any other outreach broadcast media in this toolbox compartment, along with discussion forums, chat , collaboration , and virtual classroom meeting tools and apps.

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Revitalizing Dry Content: A Lesson in Engagement

Speaker: Tim Buteyn, President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions

We’ve all been there. You’ve been given a pile of dry content and asked to create a compelling eLearning course. You’re determined to create something more engaging than the same old course that learners quickly click through, but how do you take this “boring” content and create something relevant and engaging? Many instructional designers will say, “Boring in means boring out.

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How to Make Sure Your Online Education Materials Are Section 508 Compliant

CourseArc

You may already know that your eLearning materials must be fully compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act — but what does full compliance actually look like in practice? We asked Christopher Doyle , Education Specialist at the Maryland State Department of Education , to explain the recent refresh to the Section 508 law in layman’s terms.

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Niche Chess LMS Making Waves

LearnDash

I am always impressed to see the new and innovative online learning programs sprouting up on a weekly basis. There are niche training programs for languages, learning how to code, industry professions (like CPAs, realtors, marketers, etc), and even for games – such as chess! For those that may not be aware, in chess there are three recognized parts to a game: The opening.

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Struggling = Learning

Kapp Notes

The other day, an online colleague of mine, Peter G. Shea, introduced me to the term “disfluent” from the book Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg. The term means “harder to process at first but stickier once it was really understood.” The term resonated with me because I believe one of the reasons games are so effective for learning is because struggle is built into the process of playing a game.

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The Top 5 Reasons to Use a Learning Management System (Small Business Edition)

Infopro Learning

Feroze Mistry started The Misty Tree Café a decade ago. With each passing year, his business expanded and today he is the proud owner of 20 cafes employing over 200 employees. Understandably, Mr Mistry’s training across his 20 cafes leaves room for improvement. Expanding the business created new challenges for Mr. Mistry, such as: Training new employees across different locations.

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5 Things Your eLearning Strategy Needs (Beyond a Bigger Course Library)

What makes a great eLearning strategy? There’s no simple blueprint guaranteed to work; but there are recurring themes. The reality of L&D programs is that training needs to be repeatable, scalable, and uphold learning standards. Simultaneously, programs are often more engaging when personalized to the learner. Striking a balance between these demands can be a challenge.

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9 Best eLearning Websites to Grasp Knowledge of Programming

Your Training Edge

As the technology trends are advancing, computer programming is becoming the core competency of all kinds of work. Nowadays, many people hold the potential and have the chance to become an expert in many of the programming languages such as C++ and JavaScript. Now you don’t have to waste a lot of money on transportation and go to institutions for learning programming.

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Creating a Culture of Accountability in the Virtual Classroom

InSync Training

The virtual classroom has a lot of advantages. We can create a learning environment which promotes interactivity and collaboration among learners. We can deliver a lesson to remote learners with minimal delivery costs. We can easily engage subject matter experts in the learning process. But even with these advantages, we still have concerns about how effective virual learning is and how to determine if learners are meeting the objectives of the lesson.

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The No.1 Problem In Professional Training

Administrate

Our CEO John Peebles walks us through his humble beginnings in the professional learning industry, and shares the lessons that underpin Administrate’s direction and focus. I remember my first teaching gig vividly. Like most American university students, I needed to earn money during the summer to pay for tuition and Read More. Published on January 19, 2017.

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The Year of Social Learning

LearnDash

This is the year we double-down on social learning. For too long we have seen elearning courses that end up with “click-click-click-click” progression. No interaction, no engagement. It is time for learning program developers to strive for something more. I will concede that certain courses like compliance training don’t necessarily require more than a traditional elearning module.

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How to Buy Learning and Development in 2023

For long, organizations outsourced services expecting to reap the benefits of decentralization—namely, speed, agility, and cost-efficiencies. However, many pure outsourced operations risk devolving into siloed functions with opaque vendor governance and inefficient administration. Before the sourcing organization knows it, their L&D is beyond their control.

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My eLearning Hopes for 2017

Allen Interactions

By Michael Allen , Chairman & CEO, Allen Interactions. Years seem so short as I’ve reached, um, maturity. And each year is shorter than the previous one. As the years fly by, I always wonder about the accomplishments of each previous year and how the coming year might contrast with it.

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5 TED Talks (and Big Questions) for Adult Learning Professional

eLearning Alchemy

f schools kill creativity, does corporate training kill leadership? Most of these TED Talks aren’t new; however, as an adult learning professional you may have skipped them or not considered them too deeply. The best TED Talks on education focus on reforming education for children. It’s a curious conundrum then that a lot of what we’re finding creates the best learning experiences for children is to treat them like adults.

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How Blockchain is changing Learning & Development

Your Training Edge

Let me share with you one of the latest and rising concepts being seen in education, learning and development, and that is “blockchain”. I am sure if you have been in learning and development, you must have heard of it this year. So, what blockchain basically is and is blockchain going to be the next great thing in learning and development? Well, this is the question I have been encountering with high frequency regarding this technology that until recently, previously belonged to cryptocurrency

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Follow The Learners: Identifying the Moments of Learning Need

InSync Training

According to Bersin by Deliotte, the modern learner is overwhelmed, distracted, and impatient. Sound familiar? And, on the up side, the modern learner is untethered, accessing information on-d emand, collaborative, and empowered. These new ways that we access information, contribute content, interact, communicate, collaborate , and create new knowledge is made possible by new technologies and innovations in old ones.

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The AI Conundrum: How HR Can Prepare for the Storm of Change

Speaker: Kate Bischoff - CEO and Founder of k8bisch LLC (formerly tHRive Law & Consulting)

It’s no secret that the indication of AI has drastically changed most industries. But with every advancement, there are new hurdles to overcome. Recent research suggests that AI may introduce prejudice and discrimination into decision-making processes, leading to unequal chances. Given that HR and recruiting often use AI, this has the potential to become a serious problem.

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Quality Control: Best Practices in Online Course Design and Delivery

CourseArc

Like any other product or service, online course design and development must be subjected to quality control (QC) standards to ensure that its users’ needs are truly being met. But like other design-driven products, in which subjectivity plays a key role in a course’s development and execution, the quality of eLearning products can sometimes be difficult to evaluate objectively.

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My 2017 ELearning Wish List

LearnDash

Each year it is exciting to see the changes that emerge in the elearning and training industry. There are new technical innovations, instructional design trends, and training methodologies that emerge. Some of these are short lives while others prove to stand the test of time. It is about this time of year that I make my yearly predictions for our industry, and that list is generally related to three particular items that I believe will “happen” in the industry based on current tren

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Modern Workplace Learning Magazine is launched

Jane Hart

Modern Workplace Learning Magazine is a new online publication that focuses on helping L&D departments do things differently and do different things in order to provide an effective service for today’s workforce. The articles will build a body of knowledge, experience and know-how for enabling and supporting learning in the modern workplace. We therefore invite workplace learning practitioners to contribute an article on how they are modernising their own approaches to workplace learning in

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Reflections on the ‘New Groupthink’ and lessons for asynchronous collaborative e-learning

The eLearning Nomad

I re-read Susan Cain’s ‘Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking’. According to this very well researched book, at least one-third of the population are introverts. The book provides great insights into how introverts live within a culture that rewards and favours extroversion. Lots of people are ‘ambivert’ – they have traits of both introverts as extroverts – but one is always dominant.

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LIVE DEMO: Using PowerPoint to Create Compelling Presentations for Virtual Training

Speaker: Richard Goring, Director at BrightCarbon

Have you ever caught an employee sleeping during training? Compelling content is paramount, but trying to do so with the same tools you've always used is complicated, right? Wrong! Powerpoint has excellent features that, with a bit of creativity, can help you improve your presentations and keep your people engaged without going over budget. By utilizing newer components that enable interactive sequences, navigable content to respond to your audience, and pop quizzes for informal knowledge checks

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What’s the real cost of eye candy?

Making Change

When you’re designing a practice activity, such as a mini-scenario, your time and money are limited. So what should you prioritize? A stakeholder might insist you create lots of graphics, also known as “eye candy.” However, making those images cuts into the time you need to design a challenging activity. The cost of eye candy is often a too-easy activity.

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9 Terms That Create the Language of Modern Blended Learning

InSync Training

The time has finally come to take the ‘e’ out of eLearning. ( Pause for applause.). Words matter -- especially when trying to communicate new ideas and teach new concepts. Terms like microlearning, virtual classrooms, and mobile learning no longer resonate with our learners. In this modern learning landscape, the old training language just doesn’t work anymore.

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Comparing Video Hosting, Transcribing, and Captioning Tools

CourseArc

Video is a powerful instructional tool, but some of your students will need the extra step of captions in order to fully appreciate the message in a video-based lesson. This can be a time-consuming process, but fortunately several tools have been created to make this easier for online teachers and instructional designers. But Wait… Is Captioning My Videos REALLY Necessary?

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