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Communities of practice have been around since humans started using stories to share knowledge and information. People instinctively rely on the expertise of their social and professional networks to solve problems and learn new things—it’s practically in our collective DNA. Why, then, do countless attempts to create and cultivate communities of practice in the workplace either lose momentum or fail to get off the ground altogether?Read More
Too much of instructional design is about what to do, rather than why. And there’s the small problem that when push comes to shove—when the answers aren’t obvious, or when recommendations collide—you need a basis for deciding. That basis is a deeper understanding of the cognitive science behind learning. It’s not rocket science, but it is more complex than “post content and ask quiz questions.”Read More
Whether it’s an online meeting, a presentation via webinar, or live online training, engagement is the main question on everyone’s mind. Interaction is the answer to engagement, and leveraging the features of the platform you use is the answer to interaction. However, the features alone do not engage participants. It is what you choose to do with those features that will make the difference in your next virtual training, webinar, or meeting.Read More
Tighter budgets, smaller L&D teams, and an increasing number of learning requests. You can’t do more with less. Or can you? L&D needs a new approach—and one that can be built in-house by leveraging internal expertise. What if there were an option for L&D to put the employees at the center of the learning ecosystem and enable them to drive and self-serve their training needs?Read More
As a training manager or instructional designer, have you found yourself on the outside looking in when business decisions are made? Do you have a seat at the table when business strategy is discussed within your organization? Are you in the unenviable position of reacting to others’ decisions regarding employee training rather than influencing or leading the conversation? That doesn’t have to stop you from changing the situation and becoming a true business partner who can help drive strategy.Read More
You have a conceptual understanding of xAPI but don’t know how to graduate from playing with xAPI to using it for serious business. How do you handle security? Can you be confident that systems work together in a trustworthy fashion? What is a profile, and how does it allow for consistent meaning-making? This session will provide a 201 for xAPI so you can kick off your first project with confidence.Read More
Technology has completely changed the way we live, work, and learn. Technology has brought us the internet, smartphones, tablets, and many more tools that have changed our lives forever. Of course, these same technologies have also brought us memes like Socially Awkward Penguin, Success Kid, and yes, Grumpy Cat.Read More
It’s not uncommon for people in L&D to have to take on some, if not all, of the visual design of their projects. It’s also not uncommon for those same people to not have a background in visual design. So what can you do if you know you want to use design more effectively in your projects but you just aren’t sure where to start?Read More
Learning designers tend to wear many hats: project manager, instructional designer, video creator and editor, game designer, eLearning developer, technology troubleshooter, graphic designer, and marketing guru, just to name a few. To be successful wearing these many hats, you need the right tools! Unfortunately, you may not have the budget for your dream tools. So, what do you do? You need the best free tools available!Read More
Many reports and studies claim there is dissatisfaction with the learning function inside organizations everywhere. And as the workplace and workforce continue to rapidly change, the need to upskill and develop employees has never been greater. Enter VR, which has become the solution to corporate learning’s problems. In its infancy as a new technology, VR has drastically improved the way individuals learn information—and corporate learning has taken notice.Read More
Keeping students engaged in their learning is always a challenge. Can messaging enhance the learning experience? Could chatbots open up a whole new communication backchannel? Automatically? And safely? This exciting session will address these questions and more, including a hands-on demonstration.Read More
Many stakeholders want to allow learners to access courses on their phones, and LMSs tout their ability to do that. However, it’s not as simple as clicking “publish.” When creating or modifying eLearning courses for the phone, there are pitfalls you must avoid to ensure an optimal learner experience.Read More
Video continues to have explosive growth as a delivery medium for knowledge transfer events. Organizations are incorporating video-based learning into the daily flow of work and establishing methods for delivery and tracking of video assets in their learning ecosystem. This session will explore these new workflows, as well as how video can become an integral part of your students’ learning journey.Read More
Many L&D teams and organizations suffer from a lack of innovation and different thinking. They can easily become stagnant, always looking at their world at the LMS level with no thoughts about the art of the possible. But innovative thinking can drive up engagement and significantly enhance the learning experience. So how can you increase it at your organization?Read More
As learning organizations are tasked with including Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 accessibility requirements in their eLearning content, many designers and design teams are left asking the same question: How do I take a set of bullet points from a government website and put them into practice? What is tab order? What does good alt text look like, and when should I be using it? Inquiring minds want to know!Read More