2019

What’s Your Story? Narratives in Blended Learning

InSync Training

If you were unfamiliar with L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz and read a description of the elements of the story, you’d likely see a list something like the following: a haunted castle with flying monkeys, a poppy field. a tornado in Kansas, a village populated by wee folk. a forest of talking foul-tempered trees. a cornfield with a sentient scarecrow. and a yellow brick road (YBR for short).

How Understanding Cognitive Load Can Improve Your Course

LearnDash

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Leading the Way to a Learning Culture

ej4 eLearning

Culture happens. I know, it sounds like a bad bumper sticker from the ’90s, but it’s true: Your organization has a culture. To be successful, that culture will need to be one where learning is valued. Growing and sustaining that kind of learning culture starts with leadership. Learning Cultures

4 Ways to Reduce Cognitive Load in eLearning

Tim Slade

CFO’s Guide to Building an HR Team with Limited Time, Budget and Resources

Building the ideal HR team doesn’t happen overnight—especially when CFOs have limited time, budget and resources. But our new guide can give you advice on where to start and key focus areas you need to know. Download our guide today!

Learning from Experimentation

Clark Quinn

At the recent LearnTec conference, I was on a panel with my ITA colleagues, Jane Hart, Harold Jarche, and Charles Jennings. We were talking about how to lift the game of Modern Workplace Learning , and each had staked out a position, from human performance consulting to social/informal. Mine (of course :) was at the far end, innovation. Jane talked about how you had to walk the walk: working out loud, personal learning, coaching, etc.

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How subject matter experts can create more effective learning

Challenge to Learn

An increasing number of subject matter experts are sharing their knowledge in a variety of ways. One of them is the creation of learning content. Facilitating this is the core role of my company Easygenerator. We provide a hassle-free authoring platform for them to share knowledge effortlessly. We know that the software must be so intuitive that anyone can log in and, without any training, can start creating learning material.

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Why Gamification Doesn't Mean Serious Games

Dashe & Thomson

Clients often come us to develop their learning solution saying they already know what they want. They want gamification. We ask what they mean by gamification. They say they want the training to be a game. And why do they want it to be a game? Because they want it to be fun. We hear this all the time - even from some colleagues. For training to engage learners, it must be entertaining. There are a couple problems with this.

Focus on What’s Important for Learning

Experiencing eLearning

My daughter is in kindergarten this year. It’s been so much fun to watch her process of learning to read and write. During their unit about animals, my daughter wrote some facts about fish. A fish moves with its tail and fin. Its covering is called scales. Fish do not have eyebrows. How fish move, what kind of covering they have…and their lack of eyebrows?!?

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What is Adult Learning Theory and Why Is It Important?

ej4 eLearning

We often take for granted that people know how to learn. After all, we all had to learn while in school, right? But that can be a dangerous attitude to take when it comes to corporate training initiatives. School curricula are built on theories about how children and teenagers learn (and how much time they can dedicate to learning). Have you ever considered whether adults learn in the same way? Spoiler: They don’t!). Training & Development

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The Role of Human Resources in Workplace Safety

While it may seem obvious to say that safety is important for any company to embrace, making it a priority as an HR representative will not only be beneficial to your employees but to your bottom line too. Download this whitepaper to learn more!

8 Productivity Tips for Online Course Creators

LearnDash

In the face of distractions sabotaging your concentration, the following tips can help you focus on building the best online course in a timely fashion. Building an online course requires consistent dedication. If you want your course to be as good as it can possibly be, you will need to devote time to ensuring that all your materials are high-quality – this can be tough when you have a full-time job or a million other things vying for your attention.

The roots of LXD

Clark Quinn

Instructional design, as is well documented, has it roots in meeting the needs for training in WWII. User experience (UX) came from the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) revolution towards User Centered Design. With a vibrant cross-fertilization of ideas, it’s natural that evolutions in one can influence the other (or not). It’s worth thinking about the trajectories and the intersections that are the roots of LXD, Learning eXperience Design.

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The 5 Types of Subject Matter Experts & How to Deal With Them

Tim Slade

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You Have the Power, Don’t Give it Away

Learning Rebels

What is power? Looking at the standard definition we see this: “ the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events “ However, the word, “power” often triggers negative emotions of a person or process leveraging against us. Negative power words surround us. This said I find “power” an interesting concept when it comes to working within organizations.

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Five Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

5 podcasts every e-learning professional should listen to

E-Learning Provocateur

…or should that be “to which every e-learning professional should listen”? Never mind, I can end a sentence with a preposition if I want to. Arcane grammar jokes aside, I’m a late bloomer to podcasts. While everyone else was apparently obsessed with them, they never really appealed to me until I starting taking long trips on the bus. Now I’m hooked. As many of my peers will attest, there’s no shortage of podcasts directed to the L&D practitioner.

A 5-Step Guide to Create an Employee Onboarding Plan

Infopro Learning

If you are looking to improve your employee retention rates, implementing an effective onboarding plan might be the answer you’re looking for. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3 million Americans quit their jobs every month (1). Poor onboarding experiences and unclear expectations are some of the top reasons for employees to leave their positions within the first six months (2).

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Using Design Thinking to Craft Better Learning Solutions, Part 1

Bottom-Line Performance

The post Using Design Thinking to Craft Better Learning Solutions, Part 1 appeared first on Bottom-Line Performance. Learning Design

Learning objectives: Our frenemy

Making Change

“Never design anything without first writing the learning objectives.” ” We all know this. It’s a useful rule, but only when the objectives are useful. And there’s the problem — conventional learning objectives can work against us. They’re our friends, but not always. What do I mean by “conventional learning objectives?” ” This sort of thing: List the three steps of widget certification.

From Surviving to Thriving: Returning to what science says about how we think, work, and learn

Speaker: Clark Quinn, Ph.D., Author and Executive Director of Quinnovation

The pandemic and associated upheavals of 2020 has led to both the need and opportunity to rethink how we think, work, and learn. Being forced to distance, we took emergency steps to build mechanisms that supported remote-learning, with an emphasis on elearning and virtual training. The consensus suggests that our existing elearning and training weren’t as well-received as we hoped. Our efforts to rely on elearning more and translate training to virtual experiences weren’t well-designed. The underlying reason is that we’re not well aligned with how our brains really work! In this session, Dr. Quinn will also go over the implications for learning and working effectively both in general and in this new era. Come see what L&D can, and should, do to help transform organizations to work smarter (and wiser).

Is your Instructor Led Training Agile?

mLevel

Is Your Instructor Led Training Agile? Agile is defined as the ability to move quickly and easily. Of course, everything from software development to project management is agile these days, yes, even learning – but it’s limited to the learning creation side of the business. As technology has evolved in the training space, we as learning professionals now have an opportunity to make our instructor led training (ILT) – be it virtual or in person – agile as well. Why does this matter?

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Branch and Bottleneck Scenario Structure

Experiencing eLearning

One of the challenges of branching scenarios is that you can generate so many options and paths that it quickly becomes unwieldy. A branch and bottleneck scenario structure is one strategy for keeping the complexity manageable. Branch and Bottleneck. In a branch and bottleneck structure, you branch into different options for a while, but then all paths return to a single bottleneck. The bottleneck is an event or choice that happens the same in every path.

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7 Creative Ways To Make The Most Of eLearning Pre-Assessments

Dashe & Thomson

How much do your online learners really know, and how well are they able to apply it in the real world? That’s the million-dollar question when you’re designing an eLearning course. It’s all about identifying the gaps so that you can bridge them as quickly, and stress-free, as possible. However, straightforward assessments may not be the best way to go. Especially for online learners who shudder at the mere thought of an exam.

How to Write an Irresistible Course Description

LearnDash

Be direct, specific, exciting, and put your students first. You’ve spent hours building an online course which you hope will instruct learners and help them take the next step forward in their career, learn a new hobby, or expand their horizons. All that’s left is the course description: your first (and maybe last) opportunity to inspire learners to sign up. Not a problem, right?

The Ins and Outs of Connecting Technologies in a Modern Learning Ecosystem

Speaker: TJ Seabrooks, former CEO at Rustici Software

Have you ended up with a collection of content inputs and data outputs that might be hard to wrangle? If your organization uses multiple LMSs and has content coming from many different places, or you’re heading in this direction, this webinar is for you.

Three eLearning Design Challenges and Solutions

B Online Learning

There is no doubt that eLearning designers need strong problem-solving skills. In the early stages of any design project, we need to wear […]. The post Three eLearning Design Challenges and Solutions appeared first on B Online Learning. Articulate Design Development

How to Design Performance-Based eLearning Interactions

Tim Slade

One of the most important lessons I learned when I first started designing and developing eLearning courses was the importance of building performance-based eLearning interactions. However, this wasn’t a lesson I learned quickly. When I first started as an eLearning designer, I remember being constantly reminded of the importance of making my eLearning content interactive. I was told that interactive eLearning equaled engaging eLearning.

The Ultimate List of Resources to Help You Choose The Best LMS

Client Engagement Academy

Is your current learning management system adequate for your course requirements? Will it be able to grow with your online course business? It’s not just a matter of whether it can take on all of your learners and courses; you also need to consider whether your LMS has the level of functionality you require to deliver the best possible learning experience. Many LMS’s make it easy for online course creators to get started, but they won't give you many opportunities to scale up.

Micro-learning’s unsung sibling

E-Learning Provocateur

Micro-learning is so hot right now. But I’m not going to deliberate over its definition. If you’re into that, check out Shannon Tipton’s Microlearning: The Misunderstood Buzzword and 7 Deadly Myths of Microlearning. Nor am I going to try to convince you to jump on board, or abandon ship. Instead, I’m going to consider firstly how micro-learning might be used in a corporate training context; and secondly, pivot towards something slightly different.

The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

Top 3 L&D trends to watch for in 2019

Infopro Learning

This year, personalization, artificial intelligence (AI), and learning analytics took the top three spots in the annual Learning & Development (L&D) Global Sentiment Survey. The annual L&D Global Sentiment Survey takes pulse of the L&D community worldwide. What are the results telling us for the months ahead? This year will be all about data. Watching the results change and grow.

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Design Thinking and Instructional Design: Clearing Up Confusion

Bottom-Line Performance

The post Design Thinking and Instructional Design: Clearing Up Confusion appeared first on Bottom-Line Performance. Learning Design

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Labels for what we do

Clark Quinn

Of late there’s been a resurrection of a long term problem. While it’s true for our field as a whole, it’s also true for the specific job of those who design formal learning. I opined about the problem of labels for what we do half a year ago, but it has raised its head again. And this time, some things have been said that I don’t fully agree with. So, it’s time again to weigh in again.