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Managing the Rate of Change in E-learning

by Ian Huckabee on April 3, 2015

E-learning Rate of ChangeLearning has seeded itself in practically every environment encountered by today’s worker. It has propagated beyond the LMS, beyond the classroom, beyond performance support tools. Increasingly, the distinction between work environments and learning environments is becoming obscure, and today’s successful learning initiatives anticipate tomorrow’s changes and improvements in developing and delivering learning and measuring its impact.

Our current state of mobility and the demand it has created for shorter content lengths, collaborative environments and personalized learning experiences are the primary drivers of this renaissance. While businesses grapple with what it means to be a digital organization, and as they deliberate over improvements to their current technologies and to their content development and messaging as it applies to these newer technologies, their audiences (workers, customers, brand advocates) consume various content at increasing rates, content that is seamlessly inserted into their lives by media providers who strategically employ the latest devices, platforms and channels that can reach them anywhere at any time with information that effectively changes behavior.

Moreover, these devices, platforms and channels – whether a computer, a mobile device, a social media channel, a native app, or any combination of these – are quickly interchanged and, in some cases, quickly discarded (by consumers and media providers alike) when they lose their popularity.

What remains is the content. When we hear phrases like mobile-first and cloud-first, most of us presuppose media to be content-first. With this post, we begin a series of blog articles in which we look at learning content and effective and sustainable learning strategies in the context of perpetual change – changes in the types of devices we use, our media environments, and the technologies that string them all together. We’ll look at underlying technologies, like the Experience API, that support learning in this new paradigm, and we’ll present strategies that can be used to launch successful learning initiatives that will survive continuing shifts in technology.

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New Year: New Instructional Design

by Tracy Bissette on January 6, 2015

Instructional Design in the New YearI’m a big fan of Pinterest. I love scouring the site for interior design and instructional design inspiration as well as the occasional recipe (I don’t cook much). While browsing the site yesterday, I came across a New Year’s Resolution poster that suggested ways to improve in 2015. Being very goal driven, I quickly jotted down responses to each of the prompts for my personal life and then realized that it also pertains to my work as an instructional designer. I’ve shared below my own New Year’s resolutions for improving my own instructional design in 2015. Please share your 2015 Instructional Design resolutions below this post.

Break a bad habit

Shorten, shorten, shorten. This is my mantra in 2015. At the outset of a project, we’re often given PowerPoint documents with “all of the content” that needs to be in the course. That PPT may, and often does, contain hundreds of slides. I’m a fan of action mapping because I find it to be a great editing tool for e-learning. In 2015, I commit to editing my work until each and every component is essential to teaching the skill. As Dr. Seuss said “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”

Learn a new skill

One of my big takeaways from DevLearn 2014 in November was how many non-e-learning tools are now being used in the creation of learning solutions. In 2015, I want to learn at least 10 new tools that can innovate, enhance or add pizzazz to my learning solutions, starting with all of the many tools that Adobe has to offer and we already have in our toolbox.

Write something important

Instructional designers are in a position to have a great impact in the world. Weejee Learning has had the fortunate opportunity to design learning solutions on many different topics and with quite a few NGO and non-profit clients. While I consider all education to be important, there is one specific project that I’m really looking forward to in 2015. In January, Weejee will begin working with the world’s largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide to create a course to train staff on food security indicators, which informs the organization on geographical areas of highest need. This topic is important to a great many people around the world.

Take a risk

Risk-taking is about experimenting. This year, I will remain chronically curious and experiment further with taking the learning beyond the module. As my business partner, Ian Huckabee, often says “Learning is getting chopped up and splattered everywhere.” I commit to taking advantage of the full learning ecosystem in an organization, planting seeds of learning in company discussion boards and Yammer accounts, “moving learning closer to the point of performance” (Bryan Chapman, Chapman Alliance), leveraging Talent Management Systems, implementing blended learning approaches, and coaching organizations on the learning possibilities of xAPI.

Take a stand for someone who can’t stand up for themselves

As I design solutions in 2015, I vow to always hear the voice of the learner in my head. To know the true motivators for learning the new skills, to value their time, to make it relevant, and to make learning as convenient as possible. Create a learner persona and see the learners in action as much as possible. It’s important to hear directly from the learners as you design the solution and observe the learners as they engage with your prototypes. One important goal of instructional design is to help each learner achieve career success.

A new year opens up all kinds of possibilities for new instructional design. I look forward to pushing the boundaries of learning with you!

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Seven Reasons Your E-learning Will Fail in 2015

December 11, 2014

At the beginning of the year we took a look at how and why e-learning was changing, and we published a report in which we identified key trends and their underlying technologies and how these are significantly changing the landscape of learning. We began to see e-learning in the context of increased mobility, an evolving […]

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Weejee Learning Launches Qwick Custom

October 21, 2014

Custom E-Learning Solutions Created in Less Than Half the Normal Time Durham, North Carolina – Oct. 21, 2014 – Weejee Learning, a global provider of fun, interactive enterprise-wide custom learning solutions, is launching its newest offering, Qwick Custom – a selection of highly adaptable pre-designed themes that can be easily tailored with an organization’s own […]

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Weejee Learning Co-Founders to Present at DevLearn 2014

October 7, 2014

Weejee to Lead Guild Academy Pre-conference Blended Course on Project Management and Concurrent Session on xAPI Design Ideas Durham, North Carolina – Oct. 9, 2014 – Weejee Learning, a global provider of fun, interactive enterprise-wide custom learning solutions, will serve as premium level sponsor at the upcoming DevLearn Conference and Expo 2014 where the company’s […]

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Internet Explorer Helps Make Learning Fun

August 13, 2014

Do you remember Internet Explorer 6? Mention this relic browser to developers and watch their eyes roll. IE6 was released in August 2001, and eight years later Microsoft was still committed to supporting it in spite of its increasing loss of interoperability. Microsoft felt it was acting in the interest of its users by supporting […]

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The New Attention Span

April 7, 2014

Someone told me recently entropy isn’t what it used to be. I haven’t been able to stop offering that up as a quip for why anything goes differently than expected. For many in the world of learning and training, things do appear to be going differently than expected. When we look at learning in the […]

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Weejee Learning Co-Founder Tracy Bissette and eLearning Guild Partner on Academy Course Series

January 27, 2014

Bissette to Teach Course on Improving Instructional Design Execution Durham, N.C. – Jan. 9, 2014 – Weejee Learning chief learning officer and co-founder Tracy Bissette has partnered with The eLearning Guild to lead a series of classes for The eLearning Guild Academy in 2014.  The eLearning Guild, the oldest and most trusted source of information, […]

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