“Media convergence is a paradigm for understanding educational convergence that is revolutionizing the educational structure and creating a space for digital stories.” So says the publisher of this book, which focuses on web-based transmedia storytelling edutainment as an educational strategy. Should you add it to your library? This review may help you decide.
by News Editor
Ecosystems are becoming increasingly important to the workplace. What are they, and why are they necessary? The eLearning Guild’s new report, Learning and Performance Ecosystems: Current State and Challenges, takes a deep dive into this increasingly important topic.
by Bill Brandon
While there are perennial topics that readers of Learning Solutions Magazine are always interested in (authoring tools, video, LMS, etc.), it is the list of most-read articles that tells us where the practice is heading. The top 10 most-read articles of 2014 provide some interesting insights.
by Ben Muzzell
Large formal training programs feel tangible and impressive. Unfortunately, they may also be cumbersome, inefficient, and quickly outdated. Research also indicates that optimal learner focus only lasts about 10 to 18 minutes. “Microlearning” can make content more visible, extendable, reusable, and up to date while offering minimal disturbance to the daily work schedule. Read about it here!
by Nic Laycock
A recent international survey of learning and business professionals reveals that 90 percent consider foreign language skills of high importance for global business success. Yet 41 percent of those responding believe that lack of foreign language skills—particularly in English—is hampering communication across borders in their organizations. Here is what one German company is doing about that.
by News Editor
Next-generation learning agency Brightwave has released a significant update to its total learning system tessello. Harnessing xAPI technology, tessello’s latest release includes new features such as structured learning pathways and event- booking modules, making the system one of the first on the market to combine formal learning with social, coaching, and collaborative tools.
The xAPI can transform the enterprise and ultimately impact many aspects beyond training. If the technology-based training project you are pitching to your sponsor is also your first venture into the xAPI, getting approval may be a bit more complicated. This guide walks you through the steps, including those needed to get the support of your IT department.
As the half-life of knowledge grows shorter, it is becoming harder for learning and development, including eLearning, to keep up with the demands placed on it. Attention spans are also getting shorter, and it isn’t enough to consolidate content down to a day instead of a week or to reduce to 90 minutes what used to be a three-hour-long training session. Is microlearning the answer?