Jennifer Neibert is the Staff/News Writer at Learning Solutions Magazine. She is a career learning professional who runs Brushfire Learning, a boutique firm creating custom solutions to engage learners and promote long-term performance sustainability. To the learning industry she brings more than 12 years of experience in eLearning and capacity building programs that improve the human condition in the U.S. and abroad. Jennifer’s work has taken her to four continents and allowed her the opportunity to present at several international and domestic conferences. She brings insight and understanding about our field and its challenges to her articles in the magazine.
The Power of Storytelling in eLearning November 10, 2014
Today’s learners face a barrage of competing priorities and overwhelming workloads. By tapping into the power of storytelling, instructional designers and eLearning developers can create emotional connections and engage learners with real-life scenarios and consequence-based feedback that result in meaningful discovery.
Written as a follow-up to Michael Allen’s 2012 bestseller Leaving ADDIE for SAM, the recently released Leaving ADDIE for SAM Field Guide, by Richard Sites and Angel Green, is chock-full of checklists, worksheets, templates, and tools. The Field Guide is sure to become a go-to reference as you make the most of the Successive Approximation Model (SAM) in your organization.
Book Review: Seven Attributes of Highly Effective Development Vendors, by William West June 19, 2014
In his book Seven Attributes of Highly Effective Development Vendors, William West draws on more than two decades of experience working with many of the world’s most admired companies from the perspectives of both employee and external-development partner. West’s attributes can help guide those responsible for hiring vendors … and vendors themselves!
Is your organization thriving … or are you merely surviving? And for those times when mobile learning is the perfect complement to your existing strategies, how can you take full advantage of its possibilities? This article takes a high-level look at the impact of mobile, data trends, and an organization’s learning culture to give today’s executives plenty of food for thought.
Recognition and Awards at Learning Solutions 2014 March 26, 2014
As a community of practice, the success of The eLearning Guild is dependent on the willingness of members to share their knowledge, expertise, and insights with other members. At Learning Solutions 2014, the Guild recognized a number of individuals for their exceptional contributions, and we congratulate our newest Guild Master, Global Giveback, and SolutionFest award winners!
Book Review: Interface Design for Learning, by Dorian Peters March 12, 2014
In Interface Design for Learning, Dorian Peters weaves together her work as a designer and specialist in user experience to give readers dozens of evidence-based strategies for designing effective learning experiences. Anyone tasked with creating learning interfaces, or curious about how design affects learning, should consider Peters’s book a must-have reference.
Book Review: Immersive Learning, by Koreen Olbrish Pagano February 12, 2014
Games, simulations, virtual worlds, alternate reality games (ARGs), and 3-D immersive environments… For anyone curious about the relationship between these mediums, or looking for commonsense guidance for designing such experiences, make a note to add Koreen Olbrish Pagano’s Immersive Learning to your reading list in 2014.
Effective Performance with A.G.I.L.E. Instructional Design February 6, 2014
The final three steps in Conrad Gottfredson’s AGILE instructional design methodology (iterate and implement, leverage, and evaluate) provide context and prioritization for creating workable learning solutions; for integrating technology, people, and research in our performance-support efforts; and for designing the ways we measure the business impact of what we do.
Getting the Most Out of Your Capital Investments January 15, 2014
With a multitude of tools, technologies, platforms, and systems on the market, learning executives face a dizzying array of options to support formal and informal learning and performance. Building a cohesive strategy that spans multiple technologies is a serious undertaking, fraught with challenges. What’s a leader to do? Discover a learning ecosystem mindset that integrates them all.
We’ve all had one of “those” days. You know the ones. You’ve got more items on your to-do list than hours in the day. Your eLearning budgets are shrinking by the minute. And your sanity? Where did it go? Thankfully, The eLearning Guild is here to help! With 138 Tips on Saving Time, Money & Sanity in Your eLearning—a free eBook—you’ll be back to good before you know it!
Invest in Your Development with The eLearning Guild December 30, 2013
As a community of practice, The eLearning Guild is based on the idea that members share with, and learn from, other members. And 2014 is shaping up to be another exciting year! With face-to-face and virtual events, real-world research reports chock-full of practical insights, and thought-provoking content from Learning Solutions Magazine, the Guild truly offers something for everyone.
New eBook: 131 Tips on Graphics and Animations for eLearning November 13, 2013
Thanks to the power of modern graphic and animation tools, you can apply just a little knowledge of visual principles to make your eLearning designs soar. In 131 Tips on Graphics and Animations for eLearning, a free eBook available from The eLearning Guild, dozens of today’s leading eLearning practitioners offer their ideas and insights to help you take your designs to the next level.
Agile Instructional Design: Get in the Performance Zone November 6, 2013
The first two steps of AGILE instructional design (align and get set) identify and validate business performance needs and define requirements for learning and performance interventions. And with two systematic approaches (rapid task analysis and critical skills analysis), you can scope performance and rate the impact of failure to ensure your solutions best meet your learners’ needs.
New eBook: 158 Tips on mLearning: From Planning to Implementation October 15, 2013
As mobile device usage soars, organizations are changing their questions about mLearning from “Should we?” to “How should we?” In 158 Tips on mLearning: From Planning to Implementation, an eBook available for free from The eLearning Guild, 23 of today’s leading mobile learning experts share their thoughts and strategies to help guide your mLearning initiatives.
Agile Instructional Design: The Big Questions October 7, 2013
Today’s instructional designers and eLearning developers are faced with an incredible amount of change. We work in a shifting business landscape, with new tools and processes, as we ensure our learners transfer knowledge and skills to on-the-job competence. AGILE instructional design is one approach that may help us meet these demands more quickly and effectively.
Book Review: Manager's Guide to Mobile Learning, by Brenda Enders September 24, 2013
For managers who see the benefit of anytime, anywhere access to learning opportunities, the Manager’s Guide to Mobile Learning, by Brenda Enders, will help you see the potential and outline the path to success for your mobile learning initiatives. Enders provides practical insights essential for anyone looking to dive into the mobile learning pool.
Get in GEAR with Launch of AGILE Instructional Design Course August 26, 2013
Are you an instructional designer looking for ways to infuse your work with a fresh approach? If so, the Guild Academy’s upcoming AGILE Instructional Design course may be a good option. Taught by an industry thought leader and master instructor, Conrad Gottfredson, the course employs the innovative GEAR methodology so you can apply your learning almost immediately.
Real Life: MOOCs Filling Private-sector Skills Gaps July 1, 2013
Recognizing a shortfall of talent with robust HTML5 skills, Boston-based staffing firm Aquent created a massive open online course (MOOC) that attracted 10,000 participants last summer. Aquent has placed almost 200 of those individuals in new positions so far, and they’re building more MOOCs to better connect marketing and creative talent with employers.
Making the Case for Performance Support June 6, 2013
Even the best training initiatives are no match for work environments where well-trained employees cannot directly apply their learning. With insights from today’s leading performance support experts, Marc Rosenberg underscores the need for a new performance framework in a white paper from The eLearning Guild, At the Moment of Need: The Case for Performance Support.
Engagement is a critical element of learning. For eLearning and mLearning engagement is arguably even more important, but it requires additional planning, monitoring, and creativity to do it well. If you’re looking for clever ideas to drive engagement in your learning initiatives, download 68 Tips for eLearning Engagement and Interactivity—free from The eLearning Guild—today!
There are often two reactions to the idea of virtual classrooms—utter excitement, fearful apprehension, or both. The virtual environment may intimidate instructors accustomed to physical classrooms. But it doesn’t have to be intimidating! Learn more in the latest free eBook from The eLearning Guild!
Become a Volunteer: Change the World One Course at a Time April 16, 2013
Whether you’re just getting started in eLearning or you’re an experienced practitioner looking for ways to continue building your portfolio, consider volunteering your skills and expertise to a nonprofit organization working to change the world. The opportunity to give back is incredibly rewarding, so step up and find an organization where you can donate your time and talents.
16 Performance Support Tips, Strategies, and Tactics March 27, 2013
Most workplace learning happens outside formal training course and classes. To effectively support and improve job performance, learning content must also be available when the learner needs it. Here are some tips from experts to get your learners the content they need when and where they need it. For more tips from these experts and others, sign up for the April 11 Online Forum!
The eLearning Guild's annual Learning Solutions Conference & Expo met in Orlando, Florida from March 13 to March 15, drawing a record number of participants. The Guild enhanced the program content and support in several innovative ways. Read the recap of the conference and expo here!
Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2013 Opens in Orlando March 13, 2013
From the opening session yesterday, the Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2013 is living up to the expectations that its tagline, “Maximizing Performance with Learning Technologies,” inspires. Over 1300 eLearning professionals are getting a comprehensive look at a broad range of topics and insightful presentations.
In their new book, Into the Heart of Meetings, Mike van der Vijver and Eric de Groot delve into processes defining the power of meetings as a means of communication. With case studies, practical ideas, and thoughtful suggestions for effective meeting design, the book can help us design successful meetings and ensure desired outcomes for our courses and learners.
The eLearning Guild has released the 2013 Global eLearning Salary & Compensation Report. Based on data obtained from more than 4,700 Guild members, worldwide eLearning salaries increased slightly by 1.7% this past year, with an average global salary of $77,682. In the US, salaries increased by 0.06% to $78,984.
Documentary Review—Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death, and Technology, directed by Tiffany Shlain February 20, 2013
With curiosity and candor, Tiffany Shlain set out to make a film answering one question: What does it mean to be connected in the 21st century? The result is her critically-acclaimed documentary and personal memoir, Connected, in which she explores the visible and invisible connections that link us as humans to one another, to the major issues of our time, and to the world at large.
The eLearning Guild Celebrates 100 Online Forums! November 14, 2012
Since 2004, The eLearning Guild has produced Online Forums focused on the newest tools, strategies, and trends in eLearning. After eight years of consistently high-quality programs, the Guild will produce its 100th Online Forum in December 2012. Make plans now to join the celebration and take part in this historic event!
DevLearn Conference and Expo 2012: Recap November 5, 2012
DevLearn 2012 was an incredible event. It capped a remarkable year of change with more professionals registered and attending (just short of 2000) than at any previous eLearning Guild conference. In this brief recap, we’ll try to give you a better sense of the excitement at the Aria last week. In this case, it’s important that what happened in Vegas, does NOT stay in Vegas!
DevLearn 2012 Enters the Record Books November 1, 2012
The eLearning Guild's DevLearn Conference & Expo opened October 31 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event has attracted a record number of professionals and exhibitors, and this spotlight gives a few of the highlights from the first day.
Book Review: Leaving ADDIE for SAM, by Michael Allen with Richard Sites September 19, 2012
If you’re looking for the next must-read book for learning professionals, this is it. Michael Allen’s latest work, Leaving ADDIE for SAM, outlines his successive approximation model (SAM)—an approach that reduces the overall complexity of traditional instructional design processes, offering a more flexible, iterative, and productive model for today’s instructional designers and developers.
Book Review: Unschooling Rules, by Clark Aldrich August 8, 2012
For anyone who thinks education in America isn’t quite right and wants to do something about it, add Clark Aldrich’s Unschooling Rules to your summer reading list. This quick read of Aldrich’s 55 common-sense insights will surely pique your interest. And you may soon find yourself unlearning everything you know about schools in America today.
Book Review: Learning Everywhere, by Chad Udell July 24, 2012
Technical details? Check. Relevant examples? Check. Accessible writing style, practical advice, and clear explanations? Check, check, and check! With Learning Everywhere, Chad Udell has taken a somewhat arduous process and distilled it into a how-to manual that is a must read for anyone tasked with developing mobile learning content.
If you’re up to the challenge, Karl Kapp’s latest book offers best practices, design considerations, and pragmatic recommendations that will surely change the way you think about enhancing your learning initiatives through the use of games.
The eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions 2012 was an overwhelming success, thanks in part to increased attendance, thought-provoking topics, and knowledgeable presenters. For anyone responsible for leading training and development efforts, managing a transition to eLearning, or building world-class solutions, no other event could offer more of today's solutions... and tomorrow's vision.