Rob Hubbard

Back to Basics – What is eLearning?

Rob Hubbard

I absolutely loath elearning with all of my being. This is still such a common perception of elearning; dull, mandatory training, done on your own, using technology that doesn’t quite work properly. So what exactly is eLearning? What is eLearning?

10 top tips and essential resources for newcomers to elearning

Rob Hubbard

The elearning industry is a very supportive one and you won’t be short of help. Read the blogs of the best in elearning. eLearning Network (UK and Europe) – supportive professional networking through events. by Tess Robinson, Director, LAS.

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Keeping potential locked up

Rob Hubbard

59% of L&D lack the skills to implement and manage eLearning. The eLearning Network (eLN) has a fabulous mentoring programme for those starting out in learning technologies. behaviour change Budget Collaboration elearning Learning Culture Learning Objectives Strategy Technology

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A Decade in eLearning – Then, Now and Next

Rob Hubbard

When I started LearningAge Solutions, it was as a jobbing contractor, working for a number of elearning development houses. As LAS celebrate 10 years in business I find myself thinking back to what has changed over that time, what hasn’t, and what the future may hold.

3 Tips to Measure and Analyze the ROI of your Custom eLearning Solution

Providing engaging and relevant eLearning for your learners can be a sizable investment. How do you measure both the quantitative and qualitative results of your efforts? These 3 tips show you how to do a big picture analysis so you can give a full account on your next eLearning project.

5 Ways to Inject Magic into Digital Learning

Rob Hubbard

Design elearning By Tess Robinson, Director, LearningAge Solutions. My favourite teacher from my high school days, Mr ‘Geography’ Jones, died recently. I remember his enthusiastic an d, at times dramatic teaching style as if it were yesterday.

How interactive should your elearning be?

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Is there a place for click-to-continue elearning? by Tess Robinson, Director, LAS. These days it’s widely accepted that learners don’t really learn much from just sitting passively in front of a screen.

How to be an elearning visionary

Rob Hubbard

Our MD recently won an Outstanding Contribution award and was named as one of the Top 10 eLearning Movers and Shakers in the UK for 2016. Take an active part in the elearning community and aim to really raise the bar – rewarding in so many ways. by Tess Robinson, Director, LAS.

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5 Ways to Use Goal-Based Learning

Rob Hubbard

Used in conjunction with another method of training e.g. a face-to-face workshop or elearning courseware, it makes sure that what is learnt isn’t quickly forgotten, but instead is translated into learners working lives and practiced until perfect (or as near as dammit). by Tess Robinson.

The Really Useful eLearning Instruction Manual

Rob Hubbard

This year, I had the great privilege, in my position as Chair of the eLN, to have edited and co-authored the eLN’s first ever book, The Really Useful eLearning Instruction Manual, published by Wiley. And here’s a summary of the chapters: So What is eLearning?

Supercharge Your Sales Training ROI with eLearning

Speaker: Ray Makela, CEO, Sales Readiness Group, and David Jacoby, President, Sales Readiness Group

Companies spend about $20 billion a year on various forms of sales training, but many sales leaders report a low ROI from their sales training initiatives. Join us, along with Ray Makela and David Jacoby from Sales Readiness Group, as they break down the five essential factors to achieve sustainable success from your sales training investment, and how to leverage eLearning to maximize results.

Who owns learning? 5 reasons to give your learners more control

Rob Hubbard

behaviour change elearning Performance SupportBy Tess Robinson, Director, LAS. If we’re honest, no one really likes just being told stuff. Cast your mind back to the last conference you attended.

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The Art of Simple Design

Rob Hubbard

Design elearning instructional design “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” – Mark Twain. The same is true of design, and for the purposes of this article I’m going to focus on the design of learning experiences, websites and apps.

Top Tips for Encouraging Users to Engage with Your Learning

Rob Hubbard

Align your elearning to a wider organisational initiative or strategic objective. Although end-users will have been involved in your design process, this will give you the chance to gain more feedback from the users themselves and to create a bit of excitement around your elearning.

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Together We’re Smarter: Tips for Using Digital Learning to Make the Most of Collective Intelligence

Rob Hubbard

Collaboration conference Creativity elearning instructional design Learning approaches Social Learning Whenever I speak at a conference I take the same approach – I look for ways to get people talking to one-another and contributing to the session.

Legendary Presentations: eLearning, Sales Collateral, and Defeating Death-by-PowerPoint

Speaker: Richard Goring, Director, BrightCarbon

eLearning has the potential to fall into the same trap, as L&D professionals are tasked with creating content to hit tight deadlines and with limited budgets. You end up with click-through eLearning that’s just not interesting - and unengaged people don’t learn.

Top 10 Tools for Rapid eLearning

Rob Hubbard

We’ve put our heads together and come up with our favourite (mostly free) tools for aiding rapid elearning development. Storyline – elearning tool that can develop for Flash and html 5. Author Tools elearning eLearning Tools Rapid eLearning

ReD is Dead

Rob Hubbard

This month we bid a fond farewell to our much cherished and long-running Rapid eLearning Development (ReD) course. We offer courses for free as a way to get our name out there and to upskill and enthuse the elearning community for the greater good, particularly those who are new to it.

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10 Ways to Encourage Participation in Distance Learning (DL)

Rob Hubbard

Collaboration Distance Learning elearning Learning approaches By Tess Robinson, Director, LearningAge Solutions.

6 ways to convince your organisation to embrace digital learning

Rob Hubbard

Don’t allow your organisation to stick to an outdated view of elearning. Make sure you are well-versed in the latest thinking – join a professional association ( eLearning Network , ATD etc.), elearning Strategyby Tess Robinson, Director, LAS.

9 Stages of the Custom eLearning Development Process

Whether new to custom eLearning or a seasoned pro, you will appreciate this solid overview of the development process, as well as the insider tips. Avoid costly mistakes on your next project, stay on track, and deliver relevant and engaging content that fits your learners and gets the job done.

How to Build Agility into your Learning Design

Rob Hubbard

Collaboration Design elearning instructional design Technology Anyone who has attempted some form of learning design project will know that the goalposts have an annoying habit of moving. The objective that you set out initially to meet might evolve or even change co mpletely.

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How to make best use of your training budget in 3 steps

Rob Hubbard

Budget Change elearningIn uncertain times, L&D budgets have a tendency to get slashed. Th is doesn’t need to herald doom and gloom.

Grand designs: How to be inventive with your learning design

Rob Hubbard

For many, electronic learning = the SCORM elearning course – this is their only answer to any learning or performance problem. To have the courage and determination to think beyond the paradigm of the SCORM elearning course to find a real solution to a real problem. The internet.


A recipe for learning new skills

Rob Hubbard

70-20-10 Action Mapping Blended Learning Creativity Design elearning Experiential Learning Goal-based learning instructional design Learning approaches Learning Practice Social LearningAfter a 20-year break I’m getting back into skiing.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

What is goal-based learning?

Rob Hubbard

You then need to identify the knowledge that people would need to complete the practice activities and include this in the goal, you could do this as text, a video, a link to an existing piece of elearning or links to other relevant resources – but keep it short.

Learning Design : What can we learn from creativity in the arts

Rob Hubbard

Creativity Design elearning Learning approachesby Tess Robinson, Director, LAS. I am trying to teach myself to paint with acrylics at the moment.

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10 lessons from Design Thinking that can be applied to digital learning

Rob Hubbard

Design Thinking elearning UncategorizedBy Tess Robinson, Director, LAS. A few weeks ago I attended a fabulous workshop by Sally Spinks from Ideo. If you haven’t heard of them before, they are a design consultancy headquartered in California but with offices throughout the world.

What Exactly is Business Agility?

Rob Hubbard

The traditional elearning course is just not enough to address these issues, although it may provide part of the answer. Collaboration elearning by Tess Robinson, Director, LearningAge Solutions. For me it conjures up images of acrobats and contortionists.

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View from the Learner's Perspective: ROI and the Triple Bottom Line of Learning

Speaker: Lonna Jobson, Instructional Design Team Lead, Inno-Versity, and Miriam Taylor, Chief Learning Strategist, Inno-Versity

Learners make an investment when they participate in learning initiatives - an investment that is often overlooked. Their schedules, priorities, and even their colleagues’ schedules are impacted. The Triple Bottom Line of Learning acknowledges the learner as a crucial stakeholder in the learning process. Join Miriam Taylor and Lonna Jobson of Inno-Versity as they continue in this series by looking at eLearning from the learner's perspective!

Case Study: Waterstones Academy – Goal-Based Learning for Booksellers

Rob Hubbard

We were thrilled this month to win Silver at the 2013 eLearning Awards in the ‘Best eLearning Project (Private Sector) for a project that we did with bookseller, Waterstones. Collaboration Design elearning Goal-based learning

How to Produce Great Screencasts

Rob Hubbard

elearning Filmmaking Goal-based learning Screencast Technology VideoI’ve been creating a lot of screencasts recently for the goal-based learning systems that we develop, so I thought I’d give you a run through of the equipment I’m using and the workflow I’ve adopted.

What Makes Effective eLearning?

Rob Hubbard

There seems more interest than ever in elearning, but I worry that people will charge headlong for an author tool thinking it’s the answer to their prayers. The trouble is there’s more to creating good elearning than just using the author tool. elearningWhatever we build it must be effective. We all know that, but what does ‘effective’ mean? For a piece of learning to be effective it must be: Relevant – it must align to what I, the learner, want to achieve.

Designing distance learning courses

Rob Hubbard

I’m not talking about elearning tutorials or online webinars, though these may form a part of a distance learning course. In our free Rapid eLearning Development (ReD) course we see the following approximate ratio: 100 people – enrol and are sent joining instructions.

View from the Learning Team: ROI and the Triple Bottom Line of Learning

Speaker: Andrea Mikulenas, Instructional Design Team Lead, Inno-Versity, and Miriam Taylor, Chief Learning Strategist, Inno-Versity

As a learning leader, you are regularly faced with a dilemma: prioritize the needs of the learners, or succumb to the budgetary demands and deadlines of the C-suite? This proverbial tug-of-war is a constant in learning development - but it doesn't have to be. Join Miriam Taylor and Andrea Mikulenas of Inno-Versity as they dive into the second layer of the Triple Bottom Line of eLearning – the Learning Leaders!