Sat.Aug 26, 2017 - Fri.Sep 01, 2017

The Magic of the Hero’s Journey in Learning Engagement

Dashe & Thomson

by Shane Lueck. Training needs to be engaging. What else is new? At this point, that concept is exhausted. It’s been the topic du jour of articles, webinars, conference break-out sessions, office meetings, and any other resource you can name.

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Don’t Restart Scenario-Based Learning, Go Back

Experiencing eLearning

In my previous posts, I shared tips for managing the complexity of branching scenarios and some ideas on how long to let learners go down the wrong path. At some point in that wrong path, you have to redirect learners.

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When Learning Games Go Small: The Four Principles of Design

Knowledge Guru

The education game market continues to grow rapidly, and mobile games are the dominant force within this market.

How Data Analytics Helps Boosting Your E-Learning Experience


Whitepaper on Analytics in Learning. As more aspects of everyone’s daily lives are integrated with technology, the way people amend their ways of attaining knowledge and recording that information has become the prime key to the e-learning industry today.

Content Planning Map: A Template for Training Teams

Are you delivering disjointed feature-based training? Rather than looking at small tasks, focus training content on goals that you want your students to achieve. Download the template to learn how!

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Coping with Cognition

Clark Quinn

Our brains are amazing things. They make sense of the world, and have developed language to help us both make better sense together and to communicate our learnings. And yet, this same amazing architecture has some vulnerabilities too. And I just fell prey to one, and it’s making reflect on what we can do, and what we still can’t. Our cognition is powerful, but also limited. So, yesterday I had a great idea for a post for today.

New Pricing Model to Disrupt L&D Industry Bringing Microlearning to SMB


mLevel Offering Award Winning Performance-Based Learning Platform to the Masses. Atlanta, GA : mLevel announced a brand-new pricing model in which businesses of all sizes – from 1 to 1,000,000 employees – can utilize the latest in learning technologies that promise to positively impact employee performance. Expanding the Reach of Microlearning.

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The Importance of eLearning Style Guides

Association eLearning

Once upon a time not so very long ago, an organization rolled out their latest style guide. It had their color palette, the guidelines for using their logo, the standards for images, and more. In short, all the usual elements of a style guide.

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How Microlearning Will Shape the Future of Work

ATD Learning Technologies

When I first started experimenting with microlearning in 2010, Amazon sold one book on the topic: The Didactics of Microlearning. Written in dense academic text translated from German, the book made me feel like I was slogging through an instruction manual for an infinitely complex blender.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

6 Steps to Start Making a Video Tutorial Program

Visual Lounge

Creating a video tutorial series is a great go-to strategy for any training program and when done right, it creates a more manageable learning experience, with content that’s easily reusable. To get started, check out our six steps to start making a video tutorial program. #1

5 Reasons PowerPoint Is Better Than You Think

eLearning Brothers

To most users PowerPoint is a great tool for banging out a quick presentation when a superior requires information or when a teacher assigns a country to present on. And because of the breadth AND depth of PowerPoint, it is perfectly suited for those tasks.

5 E-Learning Design Mistakes to Avoid

Designing Digitally

Learners are quick to pass judgment based on their first impressions, and their initial thoughts may determine the fate of an e-learning course. So, a small e-learning design mistake could cost you dearly.

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The Digital Workplace – are you ready?


By Emily Wiese As I sat with my kids recently watching Dreamworks 2002 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, I was reminded of the many complexities that juggernauts of change bring.

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The Essential Template for Your Customer Training Strategy

Looking to build your customer training strategy? The process can be overwhelming, if you don’t have a set plan from the start. This template can help.

How to Turn PowerPoint Slides into Videos

Visual Lounge

Approximately 35 million PowerPoint presentations are given each day , but most people tune out of a presentation within the first ten minutes. How can you keep them focused? Images and other visuals can help. What if you were to take that one step further and turn PowerPoint slides into videos?

The slow death of Flash and what it means for eLearning

Pure Learning

You may have heard recently that Adobe is finally going to kill off Flash by the end of 2020. What does this mean for the L&D space?

Proven Way to Structure Your Courses


Creating an online course is easy. Creating a good online course is a different story. Everyone wants people to like the courses they make, but not every course is created equal. You can have two courses on the exact same subject yet one is preferred over the other. When it is all said and done the best courses deliver on their objectives and do so in a way that helps people remember. I have written plenty about making engaging content.

Evidence-based L&D

Clark Quinn

Earlier this year, I wrote that L&D was a ‘ Field of Dreams ‘ industry , running on a belief that “if you build it, it is good” There’s strong evidence that we’re not delivering on the needs of the organization.

Take training beyond your LMS: technical considerations for extended enterprise

You know the benefits of extended enterprise. But how do you execute the plan? Learn more about the technical considerations that can help you create a strategy to manage the delivery and tracking of product training across a variety of systems.

What L&D can take away from the top 6 talks at Adobe Make It


There’s nothing quite as invigorating and inspiring as being surrounded by game-changers. You know, the kind of people who look at the standard practice and ask the question “but what if we did this?” This is the kind of person you’ll find at the Adobe MAKE IT event.

Webinar: A First Look at Eibhlin’s Quest, Our Newest Storyline Game

eLearning Brothers

Earlier this week, we held a webinar featuring our newest and most exciting Storyline Game Template! Bill Milstid, the developer behind the game, walked us through what the game has to offer to those who download and use the template.

Reframing the capability framework

E-Learning Provocateur

There once was a time when I didn’t respect the capability framework. I saw it as yet another example of HR fluff. You want me to be innovative? No kidding. And collaborative? What a great idea! And you want me to focus on our customers? Crikey, why didn’t I think of that?!

A comparison between organised and self-organised learning in the workplace

Jane Hart

What is the difference between L&D organised and managed learning AND self-organised and self-managed learning? In the graphic below I have compared some of the activities of both approaches to learning in the workplace. Although most interest still focuses on the top half of the graphic – ie providing services … Social learning

Aligning Customer Training With Certifications

Want to deliver a cohesive customer training certification program? From strategy to systems to job functions, it's time for us to reassess how learning and certifications are delivered together. Download the guide to see how!

Powerful Habits that Change Managers into Great Leaders


The debate about the difference between a manager and leader has been settled. Without question, there is a difference in both definition and behavior. Just to ensure we are on the same page, here are my favorite definitions of both in action form: Management: The manipulation of others for your own success. Leadership: Serving and empowering the lives that have been entrusted to you.

Word of Caution About Using Micro-Content


Have you heard? Micro-content is on the rise and will continue to become one of the leading methodologies for course creation. It is no secret that I am a fan of micro-content. In some respects it has even influenced the way content is shared on this very blog.

4 lessons Mr Miyagi can teach learning designers

Pure Learning

The other day I was able to show my wife the original Karate Kid film for the first time. She loved it and was able to instantly make connections with many modern day movie references.

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Imagined futures 2: Education

Learning with e's

From Villemard, c 1910 Aspirations, dreams, hopes and desires for the future appear in many art forms. Known as retrofuturism , the study of how people in the past represented their imagined futures is quite fascinating.

2017 Customer Training Benchmarks Study

What are the baseline metrics for a successful customer training program? Find out in Skilljar's inaugural customer training benchmarks study, which includes an analysis of completion rates, course duration, and more. Click to download.

TWO articles of the week in this week’s MWL Newsletter

Jane Hart

News and articles about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 20-26 August 2017. Social learning

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What Needs Really Motivate People

Training Industry

Motivation is a powerful tool. In the hand of a manager, it can persuade, convince and propel individuals or teams to take action. There’s one caveat, however: You have to be motivated yourself in order to motivate others.

Are your retail associates prepared to handle a security threat?


Did you know 40% of all active shooter events happen in business locations? And retail stores are one of them? That’s an unsettling thought. I don’t want to have to think about terrorist attacks, active shooter events, or armed shoplifters while I’m out shopping—and luckily, I don’t have to, because of people like Chad McIntosh. McIntosh is the Vice President of Asset Protection and Risk Management at Bloomingdale’s, one of the largest retailers in the US.