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by Patti Shank

It’s easy to guess that informal learning is different when it takes place outside the influence of the training department or L&D, but how is it different when it happens outside that arena? The newest Guild research report shines a light on the differences in a way that will help you leverage informal learning in both sets of circumstances. Read the highlights here!

Research   |   September 16, 2014
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by Patti Shank

When experts use the term “informal learning,” they don’t mean exactly the same thing eLearning and learning practitioners do. The latest eLearning Guild research report “Informal Learning Takes Off,” written by Jane Hart, highlights the differences as well as some innovative approaches you may want to try.

Research   |   August 28, 2014
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by Patti Shank

The eLearning Guild’s newest research report says training ROI studies are flawed because they do not measure results. Executives told us one question interested them more than ROI: Do employees have the skills needed to do their jobs? A study on that issue by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has huge implications for education and training. Read about it here.

Research   |   July 15, 2014
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by Patti Shank

Is ROI (return on investment) an appropriate measure to demonstrate whether eLearning was effective? Do executives and decision-makers actually care about ROI measures of learning, or do they look for other non-financial, perhaps intangible, evidence that eLearning worked? A new eLearning Guild research report offers some stunning new ideas about the right answers to these questions.

Research   |   June 17, 2014
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by Patti Shank

Instructional designers often need to have reliable data about how people do things, but no data exists. When this happens, designers can take a chance and go with their gut, or they can do actual research. But formal research is hard and it is expensive. A better answer sometimes may be to collect observations using crowdsourcing. This month, learn how to do effective crowdsourcing.

Research   |   May 20, 2014
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by Patti Shank

The eLearning Guild has completed an important study of how people interact with mobile devices. If you design mobile apps for eLearning, this study will help you design better: minimum sizes of text for various mobile devices, preferences for touching different devices, designing for keyboards, design differences for phones, phablets, small tablets, and large tablets, and much more.

Research   |   April 15, 2014
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by Patti Shank

Since we published The eLearning Guild’s 2014 Global eLearning Salary & Compensation report in February, there have been many comments in social media about the gender pay disparity highlighted in the report. How do we begin to explain the salary gap between men and women? If you read this article, you’ll understand it better—and learn what you can do about it.

Research   |   March 18, 2014
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by Patti Shank

More eLearning professionals worldwide (5,923) took part in this year’s survey, meaning the validity of the data is greater and even more useful for improved benchmarking. The 2014 Global eLearning Salary & Compensation Report is available to all Guild members, free and paid. Read about it here!

Research   |   March 6, 2014
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by Patti Shank

Research shows that stories are extremely powerful tools for learning. That’s because our brain has a natural ability to remember facts told in a story. The implications of using stories to support learning are described in the Guild’s new Big Answers report, Using Stories for Learning: Answers to Five Key Questions, by Karl Kapp. This article explains why you need to read the report.

Research   |   January 21, 2014
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by Patti Shank

“I’m excited to be able to invite you to take part in an important and groundbreaking research project that will benefit our colleagues who are designing eLearning and performance support applications for delivery on mobile devices. But time is short! Please read this description of the project and start collecting data today!”—Patti Shank, research director, The eLearning Guild

Research   |   December 11, 2013
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