Taxonomy of Learning Theories

E-Learning Provocateur

Academia is teeming with learning theories. It can be quite a challenge for the modern learning professional to identify an appropriate learning theory, draw practical ideas from it, and apply it to their daily work. Where do you start? Which theory do you choose? How does it relate to other theories? To clear some of the obfuscation that surrounds learning theory, I have developed the following Taxonomy of Learning Theories.

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Competency-Based Learning: How to Bridge the Skills-Gap

Association eLearning

Competency-Based Learning: How to Bridge the Skills-Gap was originally published in the IACET blog as a guest post by Digitec President Jack McGrath. The skills-gap issue is growing more critical in the U.S., Continuing education is needed to address the crisis, but while most associations do provide education, a number of third-party suppliers have entered the marketplace as well. The Skills-Gap Crisis. How bad is the skills-gap problem?

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Adult learning theories for instructional designers: Andragogy

Matrix

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of the focus moving towards technology rather than learning itself. While trainers have to preferably keep up with the latest developments and trends, there is a lot to be saiz about adult learning and how it applies to successful L&D interventions.

Bridge the Skills-Gap with Competency Based Learning

Association eLearning

What can I do? How do I advance in my career when I’m barely qualified for an entry level job in my field even though I have a degree? Who are your potential members and what do they want? You can help your members over the skills gap with competency based learning, career focused training, and micro-credentialing. How do I know? You can do it with your continuing education programs, and if you did, people like me would join and stay.

The student will become the master! But how? Adapting the Feynman 3-Step Mastery Technique to Online Learning

Association eLearning

How often do you feel like you understand something until someone asks you to tell them more about it? He asked, what does it means to know something well, over simply “knowing its name” (or memorizing definitions and concepts)? “ It’s a brown-throated thrush, but in Germany it’s called a halzenfugel, and in Chinese they call it a chung ling and even if you know all those names for it, you still know nothing about the bird.” .

Do Your Learners Speak Your Language?

Association eLearning

You and your SMEs might know what ROI stands for or what “drilling down” is, but learners aren’t necessarily going to know. This knowledge gap is usually addressed with one, or both, of the following: The terms are defined one-by-one as they appear in the course. After all, it’s hard to learn anything when you have no idea what’s being said. If you’d like to read more about training, learning, and instructional design check out the rest of this author’s blogs.

Deeper eLearning Design: Part 1 – The Starting Point: Good Objectives

Learnnovators

The goal of this series is to build upon good implementations of instructional design, and go deeper into the nuances of what makes learning that really works. For a learning experience design to be truly effective, it has to have a focus. That focus is the outcome that the learning experience is designed to achieve. So, the starting point of a learning design has to be the objective that will achieve the outcome. With a clear goal, we can know how to get there.

Takeaways from Learning 2017

Association eLearning

I recently got back from the Learning 2017 conference. Like last year, I want to share some of what I learned and experienced. Learning design is not a one-way street. Not only does it involve them in the process, they can often offer valuable insight, suggest possible solutions, and identify gaps. You can generate all the good ideas and excitement in the world, but if you don’t do anything with them you’ll quickly lose momentum and the trust of the people involved.

The Changing Nature of Workplace Learning

Learnnovators

One was from the field of architecture and the other was by Harold Jarche on workplace and learning. “ Wilkinson proposed building out the entire GLG office to accommodate “activity-based working”–the theory that employees no longer need personal workstations so much as they need many different settings in which to meet, collaborate, or focus, depending on which tasks they’re working on. In theory, we know this is what will work in the long run.

Clark Quinn – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

ABOUT CLARK QUINN (Learning Technology Strategist): Clark Quinn, Ph.D., helps organizations align technology with how we think, work, and learn. ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW SERIES: ‘ Crystal Balling with Learnnovators ’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape. How do you think we could tackle this?

How Do I Increase My Learners’ Motivation With Gamification?

Cinecraft

Before delving into the methodology of developing effective learning games, you need to know what gamification is, and just as importantly, what it is not. When training and game elements are appropriately designed and implemented, learners know what is expected of them and perform their jobs better. Gamification Helps Learning Stick. Effective training always starts with the business goal and learning objectives. Learners won’t learn or be motivated.

7 Tips To Apply Microlearning In Online Training

Obsidian Learning

New post 7 Tips To Apply Microlearning In Online Training on Obsidian Learning. From increasing knowledge retention to filling performance gaps in a fraction of the time, microlearning offers a variety of different benefits. Understand the learning needs and preferences of your employees. Create a variety of microlearning activities that cater to different learning needs and preferences. There are some learning goals that cannot be achieved by microlearning.

Skills aren’t soft or hard — they’re durable or perishable

CLO Magazine

Do they enable horizontal or vertical movement of talent within the organization? In the learning and talent development field, these would include the ADDIE process used for designing and developing learning content, or the various learning theories that may have currency today, but are likely to change as learning science advances and businesses pivot their strategy and approach.

Back To Basics: Instructional Design Terminology

Obsidian Learning

Blended Learning: Also referred to as hybrid learning. Learning and instructional techniques that integrate e-learning (such as podcasts and online discussion) mobile learning (such as just-in-time training and performance support) and instructor-led training (such as lectures and tutorials). Condition: Component of a learning objective that describes the specific situation in which the performance occurs. Performance Discrepancy: (Performance gap).

Eric Schuermann – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

Its product suite includes Lectora – the world’s leading e-Learning software used by over 60% of the Global 2000 companies. ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW SERIES: ‘Crystal Balling with Learnnovators’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape. Eric: The future of e-Learning is wide open!

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Do Instructional Design Degrees Get "Wasted"?

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Friday, January 30, 2009 Do Instructional Design Degrees Get "Wasted"? Is the degreed-ID the department manager and not doing any actual design work? In Dr. John Currys recent interview series with practicing instructional designers , he asked Dr. Andrew Teasdale what advice he would give to ID students and what he himself did not learn at school that he couldve used.

What is social learning (and how to adopt it)

Docebo

Social learning can help today’s organizations keep up with the pace at which their business moves. More and more, organizations are turning to social learning to deliver exciting e- learning experiences to their customers, partners, and employees. What is social learning?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Memoirs of an "Instructional Designer"

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. I have never taken a course in adult learning theory. I have learned everything I "know" about instructional design and teaching by doing. I started my professional life in operations -- behind the scenes helping people do their jobs better. Ive created a lot of bad e-Learning over the years -- page turner after page turner.

What’s the CEO want to see

Clark Quinn

To start with, we need specific responses for the things an organization knows they need to do (until that can be automated? Orgs must do what matters, and address any gaps. Should our glorious leader care about us doing what we’re supposed to? Instead, this individual is concerned with gaps that have emerged and that they’re fixed. You know, “we’ve been able to decrease those troubling call handling times back down to x.5

Learner-Centered Approaches: Why They Matter and How to Implement Them

LearnUpon

When gearing up to plan a learning and development program, it’s a good time to look at how your training is delivered and see where you can adopt a more learner-centered approach in your sessions. They bring their own knowledge, past experiences, education, and ideas – and this impacts how they take onboard new information and learn. No teacher can stand there and tell the students how to do something and expect the students to leave the classroom able to do it.”.

Allego Customer Spotlight: Wind River Evolves Sales Enablement

Allego

Welcome to the Allego Customer Spotlight, where we share insights from conversations with customers who rely on Allego to help transform their sales learning and enablement. If you wanted to learn something, there were six hours of courses on it. What do our customers need to know?

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5 Key Trends in the Future of eLearning

SmartUp

Elearning, also known as electronic learning, is the method of delivering learning through digital resources. . In the early 2000s, the development of technology made the concept of elearning more advanced, that’s when Learning Management Systems (LMS) came in place.

Why the Workplace Digital Divide Matters

Learning Rebels

Do you have a workplace digital divide? However, organizations create frustration by wanting people to be creative and innovative 3 yet do not allow or take away access to tools that would support the workplace. A fact that continues to stymie learning curiosity.

Part 4 of 6: Key Features to Look for in an LMS: Learning Modes

Overnite Software

As our six-part series develops, we’re examining another valuable key feature to look for in an LMS — learning modes. Now, it’s time to decide how you want your learners to go about doing the learning. Scores are not recorded; thus, the pressure is off while the learning is on.

What is Social Learning (And How to Adopt it)

Docebo

Social learning can help today’s organizations keep up with the pace at which their business moves. More and more, organizations are turning to social learning to deliver exciting e-learning experiences to their employees, customers and partners. Learning is all about the interactions we have across all facets of our lives: we talk to people, we listen to what they’re saying, and then aim to apply or consider the insights that person is bestowing upon us (and vice-versa).

The Social Learning Revolution in eLearning

TalentLMS

The boom in social media and the round-the-clock need to connect in communities is doing wonders for the eLearning industry. Social learning is an age-old learning and teaching strategy, backed by many cognitive scientists. While retouching social learning theories is a requirement for this article, we cannot overstate the benefits this effort can incur for training professionals. Let’s examine some top benefits of social learning in organizations.

7 questions from the University of Wisconsin-Stout ID Program

Clark Quinn

Here’re the questions and my answers as presented to the students: Learning Design Evangelist Clark Quinn Answers Questions. Are there any critical gaps in knowledge that you frequently encounter in the ID industry? Clark: Several: The first is folks who only know the surface level of ID, not understanding the nuances of the components of learning (examples, concepts, etc), and consequently creating ineffective designs without even being aware.

Why effective training simulations matter more than ever

Limestone Learning

One virtual learning tool that will probably get more buy-in now is the simulation. An effective workplace simulation can provide an adaptive experience for learners, bridge the gap between theory and practical behaviour (“ learning by doing ”), allow for real-time feedback, and increase learners’ confidence in their performance. Learning outcomes are better when simulations are accompanied by good facilitation or mentorship.

How to Devise an Effective Online Learning Assessment Strategy

Hurix Digital

Nearly everyone regards assessment as a key component of any learning design strategy. Below are a few points to remember for devising an effective online learning assessment strategy. Let’s say the learning objective is “Describe the different types of clouds.”

Sales eLearning – 21 Great Resources

Tony Karrer

Of course, it’s such a big topic that I decided to cheat and quickly point the person to eLearning Learning and particular to eLearning Sales , eLearning Sales Metrics , Sales eLearning Case Studies , and Sales Performance Support. In Part 2, I'll list some of the levels within one of the learning types. What’s an instructional designer doing attending sales training? Yes, I know haven’t posted anything interesting last few days. The Business Case for Social Learning.

Motivating Adults to Learn

LearnUpon

Businesses delivering training, no matter who they are, seem to have one common problem – motivating adults to learn isn’t easy. What motivates adults to learn? . As adults, there are several factors that motivate us to learn. With motivation, we can be aware or unaware of our reasons for wanting or not wanting to do something. Outside factors that encourage us to learn, like meeting a deadline our boss set us, is called extrinsic motivation.

Keeping with Your KPIs: eLearning Sales Training

TalentLMS

How do I create training to teach them to sell better? All your adult learning theories that you “experted” over the years, pretty much boil down to creating constructivist or learner-focused training materials. Why on earth do I need to bother with KPI’s to design a sales training for sales people? Before you know it, you have a whole new series of sales training proposed to a very eager client! How do I begin? Where do I begin?

Serious eLearning: Course Topic and Game Goal

TalentLMS

Motivation and behavior theories have been pointing instruction designers and eLearning developers in this direction too. The attentions span is too short, and is increasingly getting shorter due to availability of novel learning environments like serious games. Why do you think context-centric learning environments like serious games work? And what do game-based learning and regular eLearning courses have in common?

The Corporate Learner’s Holiday Wish List: 3 Things People Want from Training Programs

Mindflash

If you know what your learners really want from the training, you stand a much better chance of delivering on expectations. Ideas for learning professionals to make training relevant: Link training to workplace performance, make it non-punitive, and ensure that training is the right answer for the business problem you aim to address. Actively seek to close any organizational skills gap via training solutions. Make learning stick by extending training to the job site.

8 Questions To Ask About Your eLearning Audience

TalentLMS

The fundamental step towards meaningful learning material development is to identify the learners. What capabilities do they have? What do they lack? Can they co-tutor in a learning session? What eLearning format will be best for your audience: synchronous, asynchronous or blended learning? Design learning materials that enable them to investigate a problem and arrive to multi-perception solutions. What type of learning do they prefer?

Learning Audiences Are Not Created Equal: Employees vs. Extended Enterprise

Talented Learning

Once upon a time, HR and learning organizations focused exclusively on training and development of corporate employees. Everything changed with the dawn of modern learning technology and other digital enterprise innovation. Now, businesses large and small are expanding their internal training programs to serve the serve the needs of learning audiences outside of organizational walls. In the corporate world, this is called extended enterprise learning. You’ll learn: .

Cathy Moore – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

ABOUT CATHY MOORE (International e-Learning Thought Leader, Blogger): Cathy Moore is an internationally recognized speaker and writer dedicated to saving the world from boring instruction. ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW SERIES: ‘ Crystal Balling with Learnnovators ’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape.

Why Companies Should Spend More on Social Learning | Social.

Dashe & Thomson

Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS Why Companies Should Spend More on Social Learning by Paul on May 5, 2011 in Informal Learning , blended learning , social learning Companies are spending next to nothing on social learning, and their frugality is going to come back to haunt them. The slow adoption of social learning is not localized to Minnesota and North Carolina.

Training a Specific Population – An Interview with Kelly Prince

WalkMe Training Station

Companies are taking a deep dive into employee training, knowing all too well this step of the on boarding process is the platform for success. She responded with thoughtful and incredibly detailed answers referring to her experience with the training world and even how Relias Learning can help with these challenges. Kelly Prince is a Senior Instructional Designer with Relias Learning. in Learning and Technology from Western Governors University. Take Note!

Is Your Organisation Ready to Support Self-Directed Learning?

HT2 Labs

A topic we’ve been discussing at length recently, Self-Directed Learning [SDL] in the workplace has emerged as a response to both the changing demands of the working environment and needs of learners; fueled by the ever-expanding ocean of freely accessible content from which to learn in 2018. Wait… What is Self-Directed Learning? The self-directed method of learning is just one example of how you can support your learners. Set learning goals. Evaluate learning.