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The changing skill set of the learning professional

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They are what make us useful and productive. Producer: You might think we’re entering the realm of the expert here, but not all graphic design, audio and video production, and e-learning development needs to be carried out by full-time specialists. Skills define us.

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Skills: The last frontier for digital learning

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They are what make us useful and productive. I’ll cut straight to the point. To most learners and most learning professionals, digital learning is a way to meet requirements for knowledge.

Seven ways that video can transform learning at work

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And where once video editing could only be carried out by skilled engineers in elaborate editing suites, it can now be accomplished, often with equivalent production values, with free or low cost software on PCs and even mobile devices. Like drama, the production of documentary video is not trivial and best left to experts but, again, the expense is often worth it. Video production is becoming as core a competency as writing. Video is very much the medium of the moment.

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Engaging your learner - four dos and four don'ts

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Overload on glitz : It’s a common misconception that super-high production values will provide that elusive engagement, but there’s no evidence to support this.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

The final product shows a direct link between the training and the goals of the. Instructional design approaches, current thinking and modern production values aside, a. Seven Simple Secrets to. Off-the-Shelf Course Success. By Megan Torrance, CEO TorranceLearning.

The Really Useful eLearning Instruction Manual is here and it is really useful

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Jane Bozarth Production Processes – Making it Happen! Along with my co-contributors, I’m delighted to be able to let you know about this new publication, edited by my good friend Rob Hubbard, which celebrates 25 years of the eLearning Network.

M-learning: What's the big deal?

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And for many of us, the situations in which you’re likely to most use a mobile device - particularly on trains, on planes and generally when you’re waiting around - are much better suited to a productive learning experience than when you’re at your desk and very much in lean-forward mode. Just released is the eLearning Guild’s new report, Mobile Learning: The Time Is Now , put together by Clark Quinn, who really knows his stuff on this topic. If Clark says the time is now, it probably is.


Learning videos - anyone can do them, but that doesn't make them easy

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Post-production of video, if you're bothered with that at all, can be carried out on a tablet or with free or low-cost computer software. I remember clearly 30 years ago when I joined a specialist corporate video production company. Post-production took place in two phases: a preliminary edit was carried out on 3/4" tape machines, with a final edit on 2" tape at a London facilities house. Last week I explained why video trumps e-learning , at least in certain situations.

Is e-learning something I can do?

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If that doesn’t sound like you, keep clear and concentrate instead on working productively with those who are better suited to the job than you are. In what will probably be the final post in my series of questions most frequently asked by learning professionals, I tackle the question ‘Is e-learning something I can do?’

Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose

new product, how to use it and how. be more productively spent researching. drive productivity, growth and innovation. Learning Insights 2017 1 Learning Insights 2017 Progress with purpose Learning Insights 2017 2 “WE’RE LOOKING TO CLOSE THE. GAP BETWEEN LEARNING AND.

PIAF - no regrets

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Preparation : In this phase your aim is to prepare the learner for a productive learning experience. I don''t often have cause to write about French singers on this blog.

A formula for successful online distance learning

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Willow's Lisa Minogue-White made an interesting observation about video production values. This Wednesday I hosted the first in a series of webinars in which winners of the 2012 E-Learning Awards present their projects and describe how they set about achieving their successes. This is the second year of these webinars and I'm delighted to be involved, primarily because I find the projects so inspirational.

Insights: Improving performance still matters the most

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Compliance may drive learning interventions but it doesn't have to Now every organisation does, to some extent, have to comply with regulations of one sort or another, whether that relates to employment policies, health and safety, the prevention of money laundering, the marketing of pharmaceutical products, and so on. Over the next few weeks I'm going to provide my own commentary to the excellent Learning Insights 2012 Report produced by Kineo for e.learning age magazine.

How online education could mean a very few attain stardom

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The best teachers will be fabulously productive, reaching hundreds of thousands of students. I was fascinated to read an article in this week''s Economist on Massive Open Online Forces , looking at some of the economic effects of the rise of online education. In particular the following caught my eye: The market for instructors will also be transformed. There may therefore be far fewer of them, each compensated like superstars in the entertainment industry.

4 Ways to Close the Learning-Doing Gap for Front-Line Managers [GUIDE]

retention, productivity, and employee engagement. FOUR WAYS TO CLOSE THE. LEARNING-DOING GAP FOR. FRONT-LINE MANAGERS 4FOREWORD We’re in business to help organizations. achieve their goals by making sure their. employees have the knowledge and skills. they need to succeed. Our experience.

Market failure? Blame it on the dog food

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I'm continuing to try and make sense of why it is that most professionally-produced e-learning content is so strong on production values, especially in terms of graphic design, yet so superficial when it comes to learning design (see Over-engineered for information transfer, under-engineered for learning and Striking the right balance with learning ). Hollywood spends tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars, on the production of major feature films.

Profile of a learning architect: Dick Moore

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Operated by Ufi Ltd, learndirect’s mission is to transform skills, productivity and individual lives by providing the best of online learning. Throughout my book The New Learning Architect I take time out to look at real-life examples of learning architects in action.

Profile of a learning architect: Julie Wedgwood

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A bi-product of creating this e-learning was that it could also be used by other professionals that needed to understand and use the same healthcare systems. Throughout my book The New Learning Architect I take time out to look at real-life examples of great learning architects in action.

Selling your services by the hour

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recommending products / vendors? Now here's an idea. This site, [link] , allows you to offer your services to carry out particular tasks at a specified hourly rate. Alternatively, you can buy those services from others.

Questioning social media

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Not because they don't have a good product or a massive marketing pot, but because it's not enough for a new product to be 10% better than what exists. The recent arrival of a new social network in the form of Google+ has given cause for reflection from some long-serving social media users and advocates.

Profile of a learning architect: Nick Shackleton-Jones

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In his profile, we will be examining two very different populations for which Nick has architected learning solutions – those responsible for production safety and all those in the BBC with a desire to contribute creatively.

Storyline and ZebraZapps: seriously powerful, seriously simple

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You can storyboard and prototype directly in the tool, as you iterate towards a launchable product. Here at DevLearn 2011 in Las Vegas I've got authoring tools on my mind. Because I have been able to take a look at two new tools today, which I'm sure are going to have a major impact. The have one thing in common and lots of differences. First up is Storyline from Articulate.

The vision: 2. Learning and development that is economical

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Every hour spent away from productive work is a cost to the organisation and one that should be minimised. But even if this is not the case, the cost is still real; time spent learning could have been used productively elsewhere - in other words, there is an opportunity cost. In the first post in this series, I expressed a vision for learning and development that is aligned, economical, scalable, flexible, engaging and, above all, powerful in terms of the results it achieves.

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Wired for speech

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The central premise is as follows: 'As a number of experiments show, the human brain rarely makes distinctions between speaking to a machine - even those with very poor speech understanding and low-quality speech production - and speaking to a person. Specialists v generalists 'Experiments have shown that the products of specialists are perceived to be better than the products of generalists, even when their contents are identical.'

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Who archives the web?

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What you'll hear in this program is how he developed his idea, why he insisted on an imperfect launch, how he got coverage for his new product, and the exact tools he uses to get customers to pay How do you get your first $10,000 in sales with a part-time project and a "ghetto launch"? That's what I invited Jason Baptiste to teach. He launched PadPressed, which enables blogs and other publications to automatically make their content iPad friendly.

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goalgetter - assisting the transfer of learning

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Rob is an excellent designer and a real innovator, so I feel compelled to use this blog to tell you about what he's up to with this product. The experience was fun and productive.

Profile of a learning architect: Bill Sawyer

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Flexible learning materials Bill’s team has started to use an Oracle product called the ‘User Productivity Kit’, a development environment which simplifies the process of creating course materials, software simulations, assessments and job aids.

Learning by making stuff

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Now I’m a particularly goal-orientated person and I love to finish an activity with a product of some sort, but I would hazard a guess that many others feel the same. I had the pleasure to chair a session by Ewan McIntosh at Learning Technologies 2011 earlier this week.

PIAF - blending in

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Yesterday I outlined a simple series of four phases through which a workplace learning intervention should progress: Preparation: Helping the learner to prepare for a productive learning experience. Input: Providing the formal element which hopefully will inspire the learner and act as a catalyst for changes in behaviour and on-going skills development. Application: Providing opportunities for the learner to test out new ideas and skills in the work environment.

Profile of a learning architect: Tiina Paju-Pomfret

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Production values play second fiddle to simplicity and effectiveness.

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Exploring social learning with Ben Betts

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Why can't we just say that a social component to learning is highly productive, rather than that it's always necessary. This week I got to have a go with Curatr 2 , the just-released, latest version of what has to be one of the most interesting learning platforms on the market, one that I would love to use within the context of a real learning intervention. In going through the demo, one of the objects I explored was a video of Ben Betts talking about social learning.

Cases in custom content development: tentative suggestion 1

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I'm absolutely certain that this is true, because I see so many e-learning products that break practically every known rule of usability and learnability. When they test the product the one thing they are not trying to do is learn from it. Over the past couple of weeks I've shared four case studies in custom e-learning content creation, each bringing out a number of problems that occur regularly in real projects.

iBooks Author: Any relevance for learning in the workplace?

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True we were restricted to distributing on PCs via the offline medium of a laserdisc, but the creative product was almost identical. You may remember the wonderful interactive products that Dorling Kindersley produced back then, not to mention Encarta. The difference is that iBooks Author creates a tightly formatted, packaged product that can be sold, just like a CD-ROM or a paperback.

Strategies for transformation 1: from generic to tailored

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It might seem counter-productive when resources are very tight to offer a more personalised service, but there are ways in which this can be achieved without incurring additional cost: You can start by adopting a more modular architecture for your interventions. In the next six posts, I explore six ways in which learning professionals can realise a transformation in the way that learning and development occurs in their organisations.

Developing is not for everyone

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It’s beginning to dawn on me that a wide range of development tasks associated with e-learning, including the use of authoring tools, plus the post-production of graphics, animations, audio and video, are not going to be for everyone. Because they all require you to be incredibly systematic and, above all, organised.

PIAF - the skills journey

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On Monday and Tuesday of this week, I shared with you a simple four-phase model for the design of workplace learning interventions: Preparation: Helping the learner to prepare for a productive learning experience.