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How Social Networks Can Harness the Power of Weak Ties | Social.

Dashe & Thomson

The power of tools like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Yammer, are pretty astounding. They found that the employees near the edge of a cluster were more effective at problem-solving than those in the middle of a cluster.

Twitter as Social Learning: Seven Ways to Facilitate the Exchange.

Dashe & Thomson

Where Facebook and LinkedIn serve mainly as social dashboards for our personal and professional networks, respectively, I see Twitter as a customized information portal.

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The Power of Your Network | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

These people hold the secret to effective networking – it’s not all about you ; it’s about all of you. Continue to grow and develop your network along with your own personal growth and development.

Education Balancing Act: Asynchronous, Synchronous, and Blended Learning

Association eLearning

What do you think of when you hear the term eLearning? There are many different types of eLearning, so it isn’t surprising that they can be divided into categories. Asynchronous refers to eLearning offerings you take on your own. Synchronous refers to eLearning offerings where you participate as part of a group and everyone in the group needs to be logged in at the same time. Blended courses are a bit different because they’re not purely eLearning.

7 Things About eLearning Your CEO/Executive Director Wants to Know

Association eLearning

As an Education Director, you see the writing on the wall, and have decided that eLearning is the answer your association’s needs. But wait…How will you explain eLearning to your Executive Director? If you’re part of a corporation, maybe you’ve decided that training and employee development would be more efficient if it were all online. It’d save time and resources, and you could standardize training, but how do you explain eLearning to the CEO?

Collaborative Learning Lessons from Wikipedia (and Small Insects.

Dashe & Thomson

This same effect is seen in ant colonies and bee hives, as noted in another fascinating article I found in a post by Gisela Jonsson, titled “ Ants are stupid, ant colonies are smart.”

If Wikis Work for National Security, They Can Work For the Rest of.

Dashe & Thomson

If the US government can use wikis to develop intelligence on matters of national security, it seems that corporations should feel confident that the beneifts of using wikis can far outweigh the potential consequences.

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If Wikis Work for National Security, They Can Work For the Rest of Us

Dashe & Thomson

If the US government can use wikis to develop intelligence on matters of national security, it seems that corporations should feel confident that the beneifts of using wikis can far outweigh the potential consequences.

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Education Programs Prepared With Purpose

Association eLearning

Either way, if you don’t address your eLearning’s purpose it’s likely to fall flat. It’s easy to say, “Let’s match the training methods to the knowledge and skills we want our members to gain.” There are six categories you can use to help determine the purpose of your eLearning. Let’s say an association wants to provide eLearning to help its members learn how to use a new piece of equipment. The association could create an eLearning simulation to let them practice.

Top 4 Things You Can Learn from Buzzfeed (and #2 will blow your mind!)

Association eLearning

While many may feel that these kinds of sites are heralding the end of intellectualism, no one can deny they’re effective for driving traffic. These can help increase engagement and retention with your eLearning content. If BuzzFeed can make people excited about taking a quiz, wouldn’t it be great if you could do that with the quizzes in your eLearning? What you can do: Presenting your content in the best light possible from the very beginning is key to developing interest.

eLearning in the Digital Age

ICS Learning

In an effort to better understand the connection between shifting eLearning modality and the end user, it’s important to outline a few key assumptions about eLearning delivery. This results in our second assumption, quality eLearning design is shaped by the preferences of the target audience. This leads to our final and third assumption, learning preferences are greatly influenced by a number of external social factors and trends that develop over time.

The $2 Whiteboard Shows Power of Peer-to-Peer Learning | Social.

Dashe & Thomson

He contrasts two teaching methods that involve different kinds of whiteboards: one that costs $2,000, and one that costs $2.

Give User Adoption the Respect it Deserves | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

According to a study done by the Sand Hill Group and Neochange, the most critical factor for software success and ROI is effective user adoption (70% listed it as #1).

Analyzing the ROI of Social Media in Training | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

As an example, she notes that Cisco has cited the use of wikis in saving millions of dollars, by allowing “geographically dispersed staff [to] efficiently work on single documents, share ideas and comments, and decrease development time.”

Work as Improv Theater: Teaching the Right-Brained Learner.

Dashe & Thomson

To start answering these questions, we have to acknowledge that formal learning, as we know it today, will not be effective in the future. In the coming years, successful learning professionals will not be those that focus on traditional training methods.

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The Sound of Silence | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

The usual rationale given for why eLearning needs both text and audio is that it accommodates multiple learning styles. That’s all fair, and we should seek to accommodate as many people as possible in our pursuit of effective training.

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Call to Action Items in eLearning

Integrated Learnings

But don’t let the salesmen approach deceive you, as they could also easily benefit eLearning professionals as well. Sometimes however, as is often the case in eLearning, the call is to interact with a single page with no other goal than to absorb information. This creates a beautifully simple yet effective call to action statement, leading to an interactive experience. Animation effect (subtle). You might also be interested in our page on Facebook or Twitter feed

Learning from The King's Speech | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

This movie should be required viewing for anyone in the learning industry – it demonstrates all the ingredients for effective learning. Weber also points out how effectively additional techniques demonstrated in the movie – like music, movement, and humor – open the mind to learning.

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The Renewed Importance of EHR Training – Meaningful Use Incentives.

Dashe & Thomson

Up until now the effects of these failed implementations have amounted to little more than lost opportunities.

My Learning Resolution For The Year (Hint: It's not “to be.

Dashe & Thomson

Nothing new, really, but it reinforced the idea that effective training can only be accomplished by doing , not being told. In effect, he was driving; I was just executing the commands. This happens far more frequently with “tell-me” eLearning than it ever should.

The Impact of Social Learning: Will You Be The First? | Social.

Dashe & Thomson

Social Learning theorist Albert Bandura maintains that: “Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do. First to prove they are safe and then to prove they are effective.

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Who's Building the Social Learning Roads? | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

Most of the time we end up brainstorming ways to incorporate tools like Twitter or Facebook into his lessons, because even though I may have more experience using social media, the tools are so new that no one really knows the best way to utilize them, for anything really.

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Why Companies Should Spend More on Social Learning | Social.

Dashe & Thomson

Scrimping often plays out in the form of internal IT pros developing and delivering end-user training.

The Wisdom of Experience: Simplifying Complex Learning Targets.

Dashe & Thomson

The cause and effect is easy to understand. On the other hand, experienced workers develop a sort of sixth sense about when auto-refrigeration is likely to happen. We’ve come up with a couple of methods that I’d like to share.

Make Learning An Experience. Blend It! | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

While we may like to believe that directing and guiding our learners to new understanding is the most effective way to educate, the traditional Instructor-Led Training (ILT) model fails to recognize that our learners have changed.

Virtual Boot-Camp: Games and Learning with the U.S. Military.

Dashe & Thomson

In addition to the use of video games for recruitment purposes, which have been available for some time, the Department of Defense has begun embracing the use of combat simulators, culture-based eLearning , avatars, and even cell phone apps, all designed specifically for military use.

Who's Going to Build the Social Learning Roads?

Dashe & Thomson

Most of the time we end up brainstorming ways to incorporate tools like Twitter or Facebook into his lessons, because even though I may have more experience using social media, the tools are so new that no one really knows the best way to utilize them, for anything really.

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Online Video: the Perfect Social Learning Tool? | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

But why is video so much more effective at accelerating innovation than, say, print – or even eLearning? Like Marsha (above) I am a graduate student at Roosevelt University and focus on technologies like YouTube as an effective learning tool.

Kirkpatrick Revisited | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

I can now see how Level 2 can be used to evaluate role-based eLearning and instructor-led training. But, of course, you actually do need to develop an evaluation for this level. He recommends developing the Level 4 evaluation in a way that top management would find meaningful.

The Great Survey Completion Rate Dilemma Solved (Maybe) | Social.

Dashe & Thomson

So, while SurveyMonkey’s research is interesting, it still doesn’t tell us conclusively what the effect is of over-questioning your clients.

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The Great Survey Completion Rate Dilemma Solved (Maybe)

Dashe & Thomson

So, while SurveyMonkey’s research is interesting, it still doesn’t tell us conclusively what the effect is of over-questioning your clients.

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Training vs. Learning and the Role of Mobile Devices | Social.

Dashe & Thomson

Through an interview with John Congemi, senior manager of retail learning and development, we learn that all training initiatives at Best Buy now center on the three pillars of ROLE: freedom, co-creation and a robust library of learning content.

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Training vs. Learning and the Role of Mobile Devices

Dashe & Thomson

Through an interview with John Congemi, senior manager of retail learning and development, we learn that all training initiatives at Best Buy now center on the three pillars of ROLE: freedom, co-creation and a robust library of learning content.

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ADDIE isn't dead; how can it be?

Integrated Learnings

As a reminder, ADDIE stands for Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate. Perhaps, out of necessity, we gather what information we have, make a best guess, and go for it a la the Agile development method , but we must still take that step. I'm a big fan of scenario-based and simulation eLearning; these take longer to Design, but the outcome is worth it. Develop and Implement. To have eLearning, you have to have development and implementation.

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Online Academy Helps to Keep Lectures Where They Belong: Out of.

Dashe & Thomson

What happens in class is interactive problem solving – which means, in effect, that the “teachers have used technology to humanize the classroom,” he says. The eLearning modules act as the “lecture”, which learners do on their own time.

Can Games Transform the World? | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

by Jolene on March 11, 2011 in Gaming Theory , Instructional Design , Training Development , eLearning Over the last year or so, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to incorporate games into eLearning instructional design projects.

Moving from Teacher to Facilitator | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

Allow your learners to actively share their experiences and effectively leverage the knowledge and experience of your learners to help them teach each other.