eLearning Content Curation at Your Company

With the proliferation of so many excellent bits and pieces of learning content available through the Internet, some companies have gone the unfortunate route of what might be called “unlimited content.” They pack the company LMS with articles, videos, podcasts, courses and other resources that seem at least marginally useful in some way. And then they wonder why nobody is looking at any of it. No one in their right mind is going to waste valuable time trying to figure out what’s in there that they might actually need. You’ve created a monster that scares people away. The problem with this approach is the classic quantity-quality dilemma. If you err on the side quantity, then your learners will be too overwhelmed. You need to balance quantity with quality in what you make available to learners. The way to do this is through eLearning content curation. Continue reading

How Big Data Informs eLearning

It may feel like the phrase “Big Data” hasn’t been in the headlines as much as it was a few years ago, but that’s only because it’s now a mainstream concept instead of being something new. Despite this, there are surprisingly few companies who are really making the most of big data. It’s a shame, because with so many rich sources available to companies of all sizes, nearly every aspect of a business can benefit from making good use of data. In this article, I’ll describe some ways big data informs eLearning, if leveraged correctly. Continue reading

Improve Your Company Induction Process

Whether you call it your company induction process, onboarding, or new hire orientation training, it all means the same thing: What your company does with new employees in their first days and weeks is going to determine whether they stick around to become loyal, productive workers or quickly leave to find a job elsewhere. It should go without saying that you want to get this induction process right, and yet only 32% of companies even have a formal program! In this article I’ll outline a number of ways to improve your company induction process. Continue reading

What Do You Do to Improve Your Knowledge? Sticky eLearning!

Whether a person is looking to up their skills or knowledge on their own or your company wants to provide better training and learning programs to increase the productivity of employees, one of the core goals has to be learning retention. In this article I’ll go over all the key ingredients that go into making your eLearning content stick, which is why I call it sticky eLearning! Continue reading

Business Goals Examples for Employees: Better eLearning

If you want your company’s eLearning efforts to have tangible impacts on the bottom line, the best place to start is aligning training and learning objectives with business goals. This critical alignment task has been mentioned in a variety of past articles, including business goals examples for employees to get eLearning results. Be sure to check out these previous articles:

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Synchronous vs Asynchronous eLearning: The Great Debate

When it’s time to put together a new eLearning course or module for your learners, one of the first things you have to figure out is how you’ll resolve the great debate between synchronous vs asynchronous eLearning. In this article I’ll describe not only the pros and cons of each approach, but also what should be driving your process for deciding which one will be used. Continue reading

Employment Skills are Key to Business Success in the Digital Era

What employment skills are in highest demand in the digital era of the 21stcentury? If you’ve heard of the digital skills gap, then you already know that it’s not only real but also has companies around the world anxious about its predicted impacts if no action is taken. Companies who want to be proactive in bridging the digital skills gap will need to be creative and persistent with learning and training programs to provide the right employment skills to their workers. Continue reading

6 Tips for Improving Work Performance Now

There are many factors that drive business success – a great product or service people need, establishing a strong brand, gaining a significant share of the market, profit margins, and the list goes on. But one of the most important pieces of the puzzle is the productivity of your company’s workforce. Why? There’s a surprisingly direct connection between productivity and profitability. When you focus on improving work performance in your company, the following six tips will put you on the path to success. Continue reading

LMS Life Support: Is the LMS Dead or Dying?

The short answer to the question posed in the title of this article is an emphatic NO, but it’s important to understand why there are those who keep signaling the demise of the LMS as we know it today. There is merit to their analysis, but only for what I argue is a very small group of corporations. And it’s also possible that your company is so dissatisfied with its current learning management system that you might feel as if you need some serious LMS life support. Continue reading

Make eLearning Scripts More Personable with Better Writing

Why make eLearning scripts more personable? As a writer, I can’t help but pay particular attention to the vital role writing plays in creating great eLearning content. It’s the single-most important aspect of instructional design that makes or breaks a program, course or module. Unfortunately, it is also often among the most-overlooked aspects of eLearning design. Continue reading