by Ellen Wagner
This is graduation season, when commencement speakers share wisdom and advice. If you don’t have graduation parties in your immediate future, where can you turn to get inspired to take on the “next big thing”? Where do you go for advice? eLearning leaders share the advice they wish someone had given them at the beginning.
The challenge for many learning organizations today is how to change the paradigm from training to performance. This transition includes not just the traditional training organization but also senior business leaders, stakeholders, and even the average employee. Today’s article provides a case study that illustrates the first four of five steps to make this change.
The eLearning Guild and Learning Solutions Magazine continue to support the Experience API at our conferences and in our publications. In March, at the xAPI Camp held in Orlando, 17 presenters offered an update to the progress made by the xAPI and examples of the ways developers are incorporating it into applications. Here is a report on that camp, with links to some of the presentations.
Supporting today’s agile organization with training solutions alone is difficult. And while instructor-led training, eLearning, and blended solutions will continue to be important parts of the L&D toolkit, we also need solutions that address pressing matters and move at the same speed our businesses move. Mentored tasks may be exactly the performance support solution you have been looking for.
by Ian Huckabee
Performance support clearly benefits from technological change. Our new mobility creates demand for shorter content and personalized learning experiences and for support to fill gaps in that content. Can learning departments keep performance support integrated with training initiatives and support the huge range of learners’ devices? Here are some thoughts on meeting this challenge.
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.
Agile project management offers project teams the ability to refine scope, check in often with project sponsors, develop and release iteratively, and estimate tasks at a very granular level. It’s a solid method that expects and accepts change. The promise is huge. But there’s a catch: Your team, your clients, your boss, and your SMEs must all be on board with it.
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!
For instructional designers whose product is one that learners will think of as a “course”—an online higher education offering, a MOOC, a corporate online class, even the dreaded webinar—the learners’ experience is critical to success. We can borrow techniques from web strategists to ensure that the content on sites is relevant and useful. Here are some ideas you can start using today.
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.