LMS and Virtual Learning Environments (VLE)

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Technology has changed the mode of delivery of education or skill training drastically. Especially in the current times of COVID-19 pandemic, companies are looking at the use of Learning Management Systems to aid their Training and Development (T&D) activities

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The Future of eLearning and Immersive Learning Environments

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Elearning continues to rapidly evolve as technologies such as gamification, immersive learning environments ( ILEs ), MOOCS, mobile learning and other modern training delivery methods penetrate the marketplace. What are immersive learning environments? They relearn even the simplest of tasks, like turning a wrench, underwater, to simulate the harsh low-gravity and airless environment of space. E-learning LMS eLL

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The Importance of Training and Development for Start-ups

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The Importance of Training and Development for Start-ups and Small Businesses. With the hectic nature of start-up organizations today, one can easily make a claim that it is never too early to evaluate the effectiveness of a structured Learning, Training, and Development program. Without a Training and Development program, the following scenarios tend to present themselves in various manners across and organization: Process Creation.

How To Find The Right Learning Management System For Employee Training?

Gyrus

How To Find The Right Learning Management System For Employee Training. Employee training has always been one of the most important concerns of businesses around the world. But, traditional training methods consume much time and costs in the process. This is why modern-day entrepreneurs are getting inclined towards ‘LMS or learning management system’ that is known to create a virtual learning environment for the perfect delivery of online training courses.

The 6 Hottest Training Technologies That You Can’t Overlook

Gyrus

Technology has impacted almost every aspect of our lives and training & development is no exception. It is redefining workforce learning methods and tools, allowing organizations to nurture their talent in the most effective way. Advanced software, technology tools, and innovative methods are being used to enhance training program’s quality, participation and engagement as well as to enable corporate training to be a more personalized experience.

Flexible Space: The Secret To Designing Powerful Training

Beth Kanter

Join me for a FREE Webinar: Training Tips that Work for Nonprofits on Jan.29th at 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST. I’ll be sharing my best tips and secrets for designing and delivering training for nonprofit professionals that get results. And, if you are attending NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology in March, join me, John Kenyon, Andrea Barry, and Cindy Leonard for a session on designing effective technology training. Have you facilitated a training in a flexible space?

Learning Analytics: Big Data Applied to Training, Teaching, and Learning

Beth Kanter

Learning Analytics comes from a report about the impact of emerging technologies for practitioners in a field. And, NTEN is the first stop for nonprofits to go for this type of field level of research and coverage. For those of us who also focused on training, instruction, and professional learning for nonprofits, the New Media Consortium , has been charting the landscape of emerging technologies in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry on a global scale for the past ten years.

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Creating a Culture of Continuous Learning

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The best way to ready ourselves for this shifting environment is Continuous Learning. Continuous learning is an established persistent learning process, designed for bolstering the knowledge and skills of your workforce over time, and presents itself in many forms. Establishing a formal policy of Continuous Learning. This is the most important step in promoting a continuous learning environment.

The Future of the LMS

Gyrus

The future is bright and full of potential technical advancement, included somewhere within that progression is a small segment for Learning Management Systems and how they are already trending towards something completely different. In the Learning and Development world training has migrated from solely instructional and self-taught. To completely accessible without time requirement, electronic, as well as mobile learning platforms. E-Learnings.

Informal vs. Formal Learning: Creating a Blend!

Gyrus

The corporate training world often questions and evaluates the concept of incorporating informal learning. The question always arises whether informal learning can be added to the formal learning and if so, how both can be combined together. Informal learning is the unofficial, unscheduled, and unplanned way to learn and gain knowledge, whereas formal learning is delivered in a systematic, intentional way with a reporting and evaluation process.

Getting the Most out of your Social Learning Program

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Getting the Most out of your Social Learning Program. Statements like, “how do we make our learning program work for us?” ” or “let’s get social with our learning plan.” ” But, how do you get your learning program up to speed? Are there already social components in your current learning mix that you are using? A newer more professional network which needs to be linked to your learning approach?)

Aligning Learning Needs with Business Process

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Aligning Learning Needs with Business Process. It appears that the work of a learning professional is never done. In order to establish an effective learning program, there must be a great consideration for the future needs of the day to day business, and the workforce themselves. Learning is a fairly nebulous industry. How to safeguard your users’ learning experience. Learning Management Systems (LMSs) are the foundation of the learning process.

What Makes Social Learning so Interesting?

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​. What Makes Social Learning so Interesting? A Comprehensive Examination of Social Media in Our Learning Programs. Social learning, relied solely on what one could obtain in a classroom setting, working with direct peers, or what could be conveyed back in forth on a phone. Why does this matter to those of us in the Training, Learning, and Development field? Social Learning can best be defined as working with others to understand ideas, concepts, and procedures.

The Olympics and Learning – A Fierce Combination

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The Olympics and Learning – A Fierce Combination. In the Learning and Development market, as in most, there are incredible similarities and strange happenstance where the lines seemingly cross without much of a thought. Though in one realm people are representing their countries and battling in beloved sports, and the other, we’re just trying to learn better and convince people along the way that they can too.

Election Day – Using Social Media Campaign Methods to Enhance Learning Programs

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Election Day – Using Social Media Campaign Methods to Enhance Learning Programs. That being said, a lot of the initiatives utilized to motivate voters, also have merit in the learning realm. As learning professionals, the election is a large tutorial on how to motivate learners to undergo organizational learning at a reasonable pace. This will not only further facilitate learner engagement but also bring attention to learning efforts.

How We Learn – Capitalize On Knowing

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How We Learn – Capitalize On Knowing. This post is written based on my personal understanding and could reflect deficiencies experienced in my own personal learning process. To begin we should evaluate what a younger version of myself experienced in the learning process. I used to think it was based on my ability to learn. Teachers used my IQ to recommend me for advanced courses, and such avenues awarded me the ability to attempt learning more difficult topics.

How to Design an Effective Nonprofit Staff Retreat: A Lesson from Life

Beth Kanter

Pre-work would prime me for the learning objectives. About the Distributive Learning Process. The principles used in ETR’s retreat come from the Distributive Learning Process. Developed by ETR in 2014, this is a research-based approach for designing and delivering skill-building trainings. It reflects best practices in adult learning and provides a framework that results in positive change. Clarity of intent is key for any learning event.

Gamification vs Game-Based eLearning: Do You know the Difference?

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Gamification is fast emerging as an effective and exciting technique to engage with learners in the corporate training world. However, the term gamification is often mixed up with another term known as game-based learning. Gamification is not a game and does not imply that learners will be playing video games and learn through it. Gamification is the technique of using game elements and mechanics in the learning environment. E-learning LMS elearning eLL

How to Persuade your Boss to Invest in an LMS

Gyrus

Your learning program has been managing itself for years, or at least that’s what your boss thinks. You spend a ridiculous amount of time organizing and determining methods of learning dispersal among personnel within your organization. A Learning Management System Means… More Time. Learning programs are resource intensive. The cost of the learning management system aside, an LMS is basically like hiring a full-time planner for your learning program.

70:20:10: Aligning Learning Needs with Business Process

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Aligning Learning Needs with Business Process. It appears that the work of a learning professional is never done. In order to establish an effective learning program, there must be a great consideration for the future needs of the day to day business, and the workforce themselves. Learning is a fairly nebulous industry. How to safeguard your users’ learning experience. Learning Management Systems (LMSs) are the foundation of the learning process.

Mobile Learning – Is it Finally Viable?

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Mobile Learning – Is it Finally Viable? Mobile Learning has been a cool shining beacon in the learning industry for quite a while now. But with new technologies, sometimes you have to stop and ask yourself, is it just being used for the sake of the media itself, or is it actually adding to my blended learning portfolio? Why Mobile learning is actually worth its grain of salt. Why should I want to participate in this learning exercise?

So You Want to Buy an LMS?

Gyrus

During these calls it’s important to gather information from prospects about their learning environment and training challenges. This initial conversation is important because it allows Gyrus Systems to understand the prospect’s needs and to determine if the GyrusAim Learning Management System (LMS) solution we offer is a good fit for their organization. “Our company is growing and we can’t manage our training anymore.”

xAPI – What it can mean for your learning Program

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xAPI – What it can mean for your learning Program. In the Learning and Development industry a very buzzworthy topic is xAPI (xAPI is also known as Tin Can API or the Experience API in case you have heard or read additional posts elsewhere, it will herein be referred to solely as xAPI within this blog post). But in general, you realize that xAPI definitely can go a long way in expanding the capabilities of some of your more cumbersome components within your learning program.

Bridging the Skills-Gap with Competency-Based Learning

SocialFish

According to the 2014 Accenture Manufacturing Skills and Training study: 50% of manufacturers were planning to increase their staff by at least 5%. What is competency-based learning and how would it work? A competency-based model involves creating learning journeys around high-need roles within an industry. Next, the association takes each competency and creates specific learning activities that teach that competency. Industry Insider Social Learning

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Why we need Learning Management Systems

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Why We Need Learning Management Systems. Have you found yourself fighting your way through the learning and development market without a guide? As to not shroud this document with bias, I have taken the liberty of pulling the dictionary.com definition of a Learning Management System, which appears below: noun. Be that as it may, nothing can compare to a well-established LMS in regards to the immediate impact of organizing learnings within your environment.

The Ultimate Benefit of Learning Management Systems

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The Ultimate Benefit of Learning Management Systems. The Benefits of a Learning Management System (LMS) are quite wide and can contain everything from basic functionality to cool recently implemented features. LMS are not only for E-learning activities! When establishing an appropriate blended learning strategy and increasing departmental efficiency, the LMS should be the first place you look. Who needs additional learning? LMS eLL learning management system

Bridging the Skills-Gap with Competency-Based Learning

SocialFish

According to the 2014 Accenture Manufacturing Skills and Training study: 50% of manufacturers were planning to increase their staff by at least 5%. What is competency-based learning and how would it work? A competency-based model involves creating learning journeys around high-need roles within an industry. Next, the association takes each competency and creates specific learning activities that teach that competency.

The Concept of Microlearning

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Today, we will evaluate microlearning and the potential it carries in reference to bolstering a learning program. Microlearning is a brief (less than 5 minute) learning component with a focus on a very particular learning object (specifically a skill, behavior, or compliance piece). However, with the migration of learnings to more accessible on the go mobile learning (mLearning) platforms such as phones and tablets, their need becomes a bit more noticeable.

Your Ideal LMS. Have Your Cake And Eat It Too.

Gyrus

Want to deploy and maintain the e-learning that you have spent so much time and effort to develop? Do you want to be able to create quality actionable e-learnings? Then you’re in the market for a Learning Management System (LMS). LMS’s are an essential tool for all e-learning professionals. Choosing a Learning Management System is no easy task. How about, will it work within your pre-existent learning environment?

What Pokémon Go Means to the Learning Industry

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What Pokémon Go Means to the Learning Industry. So, how can this apply to the corporate learning environment? Pokémon Go is great as it is, however, the possibilities of new and more enthralling mLearnings are a real game changer for the learning industry. If your training arsenal consists of Instructor led training and elearnings and your user base is not as receptive to the teachings as they used to be, another option now exists.

Guideline For Finding Your Organization’s Ideal LMS

Gyrus

Want to deploy and maintain the e-learnings that you have spent so much time and effort to develop? Do you want to be able to create quality actionable e-learnings? Then you’re in the market for a Learning Management System (LMS). LMS’s are an essential tool for all e-learning professionals. Choosing a Learning Management System is no easy task. How about, will it work within your pre-existent learning environment?

Building My Leadership Tribe in the American Express Leadership Academy

ASU Lodestar Center

But I greatly missed the human element and learned quickly that you can’t replace face-to-face interaction. Learning from others is ingrained in our DNA and is nothing short of crucial. Research from Harvard Business Review shows that learning happens best when learners collaborate and help one another. This tool allowed me to better identify my natural strengths while training me on how to build the most effective teams based on their individual strengths.

Learning and Development: The Presidential Debate Edition

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Learning and Development: The Presidential Debate Edition. As one of those viewers and the blogger who prides himself on relevance and a cohesive storyline (especially in day to day & professional happenings), I sought out to discover a link between the events of what transpired on Debate night with a particular facet of the learning industry. The first two topics will focus on the direction of the “Learning Management Systems Industry (LMS).”

Games for Change 2007: Funders Perspective Panel

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The key takeaway for me is the whole point about the need for new metrics to measure learning from games. Mentioned recent studies about taking laptops out of the classroom and there is a problem with using old metrics and it is important to look for new metrics and rethink learning environments in general. New learning environment puts games at the center. It is a new form of teaching, not just skill-based learning. Photo by Rikomatic.

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Gyrus ranked as a Specialist in the 2018 Aragon Research Globe? for Corporate Learning

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Analyst firm Aragon Research positioned Gyrus as a ”Specialist” in the Aragon Research Globe™ for Corporate Learning. Gyrus Systems , a leader in the Learning Management Systems (LMS) industry, proudly announced today that analyst firm Aragon Research has recognized Gyrus as a ”Specialist” in the Aragon Research Globe™ for Corporate Learning, 2018.

The importance of Sandboxes and Play in online learning spaces!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I was reminded yet again about the importance of play and experimentation as part of the online spaces, particularly those that are learning environments. During the Full Circle training on online facilitation that I took this last month, we had a sandbox. Download pumpkins-apples-not-blogging.wmv.

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Mobile Learning Infographic – Benefits and Features

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Mobile Learning Infographic – Benefits and Features. A few months ago we explored Mobile Learning and whether or not it is viable , today we provide an infographic of the benefits and features of Mobile Learning at a glance. Mobile Learning is a newer component of the blended learning mix and is constantly evolving into something more robust. Text of Infographic: Why is Mobile Learning so Effective? Mobile Learning Infographic.

Should Everyone Work on the Front Line as Part of their Career?

Museum 2.0

I figured I could pay someone a lot of money to go to graduate school, or I could pay nothing (and hopefully get paid) to learn on the job. This decision fit well with my learning style--I tend to lean towards real-world experience and self-directed endeavors. I never stayed at any one institution for longer than I was learning (about 3 months on average), and I never made more than $7 an hour. It's a learning environment free of meetings and bureaucracy.

Where I'm Coming From

Museum 2.0

I'm a strong believer in free-choice learning, and I see museums as places to circumvent the hazards of compulsory education and support a democratic, engaged society of learners. What is free-choice learning? Unschooling" is an an educational theory that argues that people of all ages (including children) learn best when their work is self-directed--and that children are better at determining what and how they should learn than any accredited school or instructor.

Show Me the Release Notes!

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If a vendor cannot or will not provide such a detailed history, it can be a warning to steer clear of their Learning Management System. (An Perhaps the company is trying to be bought ( mergers & acquisitions have been common in the Training & Development Software Industry ) and has cut development staff to save costs and make the company more attractive to a buyer. I occasionally help out with RFPs.