Your 2015 eLearning Reading List

Staying on top of the latest and greatest thinking on corporate eLearning is important for anyone striving to stay at the top of the game as an eLearning professional. Below you’ll find my top four picks for some of the most recently and about-to-be published books that will keep you on the leading edge of your industry. And don’t worry, I’m not asking you to immediately read four entire books. Two of the four are currently available, but the other two are coming out in June and November, so you’ll be able to pace yourself! Continue reading

Small is Beautiful: Bite-Sized eLearning

The days of set times where employees take classes to learn the skills, behaviors, and knowledge to move your company up the ladder to success are quickly fading in the digital age of the 21st century. Meeting the eLearning needs of your company in a rapidly-changing environment where it seems no one has the time to engage in learning, not to mention your time in developing and rolling out eLearning programs. Never has it been more important to pay attention to coming up with eLearning modules and courses that fit quick pace of corporate life. That’s why this article is about bite-sized eLearning. Continue reading

When Training Rage Rears its Ugly Head

Learning professionals everywhere face the same challenge: You put the blood, sweat, and tears into creating training opportunities to better your company’s workforce, but then very few people ever end up actually completing the training. It’s enough to give you training rage. Where does this resistance come from and what can you do to overcome it? Continue reading

The Triple Bottom Line, eLearning-Style

You’ve probably heard about the triple bottom line approach in business to focus on more than just the money involved. It’s sometimes explained as social, environmental, and financial aspects of business or as a triple focus on people, planet, and profits. I’d like to suggest that there’s a kind of triple bottom line to pay attention to in the eLearning environment as well. I think the three elements involved in eLearning’s triple bottom line are content, delivery method, and retention. Continue reading

Training in the Age of the Internet of Things: Part I

Today, nearly everyone is networked. Indeed, most of us rarely leave home without a mobile device and web access. We’re online all the time and so are our family members. In 2015, parents now track their children’s route home from school remotely and along the way, track missing devices and their human owners. If we once feared a future world of heightened surveillance, it appears as if we have now embraced and accepted this new reality. Being networked has become a more or less taken for granted part of everyday life. Now that we’ve networked ourselves, however, we are moving on to the next stage of the networked society—the so-called “Internet of Things.” Continue reading

Media Production Part 3: A Broad View

In the first two articles of this series on media production, I focused entirely on video production considerations for eLearning leaders and practitioners. I did this because there’s no way around the fact that video content is probably the single most important channel for rapid eLearning to happen in organizations today. But video isn’t the only method out there, so now it’s time to step back and take a broader view of media production in the eLearning environment. Continue reading

Media Production Part 2: eLearning Practitioners

In the first part of this series on media production, I focused on the issues that should be on the radar screen of eLearning leaders concerning the use of video in the eLearning environment. Now it’s time to get down to brass tacks when it comes to video production for eLearning practitioners – the people who are developing and distributing eLearning video content. Continue reading

Employee Screening: Advantages, Disadvantages and Limits

In an earlier blog post, we explored what we might learn from the devastating and, as we now know, intentional crash of a Lufthansa jet in March 2015. As the investigation unfolds, the facts coming to the surface suggest that a more rigorous employee screening and monitoring process likely would have saved the lives lost on the tragic flight. Continue reading

Can social media help you do your job better?

Although first and foremost associated with entertainment or socializing with friends and family, social media now pervades nearly all aspects of the modern workplace. From recruitment to training to promotions, social media is an integral part of how people carry out their everyday work, but does social media necessarily help us do our jobs better? Continue reading