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by Art Werkenthin

The cmi5 specification working group met April 15 & 16 to finalize a draft release of the cmi5 specification (an xAPI protocol providing the “use case” for xAPI in learning management systems) and set target dates for initial release. This news item summarizes the meeting and includes a link to the minutes of the meeting.

News   |   April 28, 2015
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by Nicholas Bird, Jay Davenport

How would you make learning about property sales and loan securitization interesting and enjoyable? At Wyndham Vacation Ownership, the answer was to build a game. Because business development and financial skills are critical to the company, the game is an important part of the leadership development program, available to all associates. Here’s what a team at Wyndham built.

Feature   |   April 27, 2015
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by Bill Brandon

Times change, and instructional methods change with them. One concept that instructional designers should become familiar with is that of the role of community in learning, and the necessity of learners feeling themselves involved in a community. A new book takes a strategic look at this approach and provides the necessary background you need to get started.

Review   |   April 21, 2015
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by Aisha Taylor

There are a few things that everyone engaged in the discussion of the numbers of women choosing STEM careers consistently get wrong. Here are four things that all of us—women and men alike—can do to be more inclusive and encourage women to enter and stay involved in STEM fields.

Spotlight   |   April 16, 2015
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by Marc Rosenberg

Even though we act like it’s been here forever, the Internet has only been of practical use for about 20 years. Nothing has changed our lives so much, so fast, as the Internet. Herewith a meditation on the bigger picture, beyond the online learning world, and some mind-blowing revelations.

Column   |   April 14, 2015
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by Lorna Collier

As mobile devices, apps, and other new learning tools have become available, so has the demand for education to teach learning professionals how to use them. What should you know if you are interested in an online degree or certificate in instructional design? If you need more focused skill development, are there options that require less time and lower investment? Here are some answers!

Feature   |   April 13, 2015
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by Megan Torrance

The University of Michigan Health System’s Stroke Center team wanted a way to educate the public to recognize symptoms of a stroke and to get potential stroke victims to the emergency department quickly. A combination of the xAPI and tablets is providing a solution that they are now testing. Read about the Stroke Ready App in this spotlight!

Spotlight   |   April 9, 2015
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by Megan Torrance

The Experience API (xAPI), in connection with RFID tags or beacons, makes it possible to assess learning interactions that go beyond what SCORM can do. This is the first of several articles that will provide specific real-life examples of the kind of work that eLearning designers are doing today with the xAPI.

Spotlight   |   April 2, 2015
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by Ben Muzzell

If you’re a manager or supervisor in a small-to-medium size business, you already know there’s never enough time for you to tackle every challenge you face. For example, how can you build a training program that is current, complete, effective, and affordable? Here’s a simple four-step process that starts with an “invisible” resource that you already have.

Tip   |   March 31, 2015
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by Pam Boiros

Even though the need for a strategic learning program may be clear, you may need to convince the rest of your organization to jump on board. However, building a business case for a learning solution involves much more than a static business plan. Want to understand what business case success looks like? Here’s a blueprint.

Feature   |   March 30, 2015
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