Upcoming Webinar: “Five Must-Haves in an LMS to Get Mobile Learning Right”

Join us! On April 24, ATD Orange County hosts a virtual session of my class, “Five Must-Haves in an LMS to Get Mobile Learning Right.” It’s open to the public in exchange for a small donation to ATD. Click here for details.

The slideshare and session description are below. This webinar is inspired by Adobe’s white paper by the same name. Check out page three for useful L&D studies and resources.

Got Mobile? Our corporate learners are on the go constantly, which means we need to make training opportunities accessible from a wide range of locations. Fortunately, learning technology enables us to reach employees no matter where they work or travel.

Join Katrina Marie Baker to explore five ways a Learning Management System (LMS) can enable mobile learning. We will discuss how to:

  • Make just in time training content available to on-site and remote employees
  • Use QR codes to efficiently track classroom and on the floor/on the job learning
  • Enable travelers and sales representatives to access resources when wifi isn’t available
  • Format content so it displays responsively on mobile devices (links to supplemental resources will be provided)
  • Incorporate mobile learning into an employee’s overall blended learning experience

We look forward to seeing you!

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From Web-Based Training To Blended Learning: How To Make The Switch To Increase Training Effectiveness

Switching from one instructional method to another may be necessary to provide a high-impact learning experience. As a facilitator, we need to determine what delivery is best suited depending on the topic, learners and overall goal of the class. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

How To Transform Your Organization’s Classroom Training To Blended Learning

Blended learning is an amalgam of the two most popular corporate training methodologies. Transitioning from classroom training to blended learning is easier than transitioning from classroom training to pure eLearning. This article discusses how to perform this transition, and get a two-fold benefit. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

Top 5 Highly Discussed eLearning Trends So Far

As time goes, in the field of eLearning industry new trends will take place or any new updations take place in the existing technology. So, to catchup with the technology, eLearning vendors accustom these changes in the technology to provide the learners the best learning experience. Let’s have a look on such trends. xAPI :…

[Free Webinar #2!] Convert Classroom Training to Blended Learning Using Your Creativity and Adobe Technology

I recently did a webinar on this topic.  (Check out the recording and the slideshare.)  We had an awesome group who shared tons of ideas, so we’re going to do the webinar one more time!  Join us on April 2 at 9AM Pacific.

Register for free with eLearning Industry.

If you just can’t get enough of blended learning, come to my keynote session at ATD’s New England Area Conference on March 29.  We’d love to see you!

Convert Classroom Training To Blended Learning Using Your Creativity & Adobe Technology

Blended learning is a common buzz phrase in L&D, and it’s one that deserves attention. Using a blended learning approach means providing course content in a variety of formats – including videos, games, virtual reality (VR) activities, basic documents, and eLearning courses! You may mix and match many delivery formats in order to create a learning environment that is engaging and cost-effective.

Blended learning courses often include classroom or virtual classroom training experiences. But other content is used to augment and enhance the classroom. You may even deliver the same course content in multiple delivery formats so learners can choose how they want to learn. Blended learning gives L&D professionals the flexibility to use every type of course content in order to best serve the learner’s needs.

Katrina Marie Baker, Senior Learning Evangelist at Adobe, will provide food for thought on the following points:

  • Benefits of blended learning as they relate to the learner and organization
  • A cost comparison of 100% instructor-led training (ILT) versus blended learning
  • How to incorporate classroom experiences with other types of course content to engage learners
  • Ways learning technology can add value and make it easier to develop and deliver blended learning
  • Understand how the Fluidic player can help you leverage fully blended courses in your training programs

Group discussion will take place throughout the session.

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[Free Webinar!] Convert Classroom Training To Blended Learning Using Your Creativity & Adobe Technology

If you subscribe to the Learning Thursday blog series, you may have figured out from a recent article that I like blended learning.  Which I do!  Blending learning allows us to deliver an experience that is tailored to students’ learning styles and preferences.

I’ll facilitate a free virtual session about blended learning on April 2 at 9AM Pacific.  You can register with our host, eLearning Industry.  The session description is below.

If you just can’t get enough of this topic, come to my keynote session at ATD’s New England Area Conference on March 29.  We’d love to see you!

Convert Classroom Training To Blended Learning Using Your Creativity & Adobe Technology

Blended learning is a common buzz phrase in L&D, and it’s one that deserves attention. Using a blended learning approach means providing course content in a variety of formats – including videos, games, virtual reality (VR) activities, basic documents, and eLearning courses! You may mix and match many delivery formats in order to create a learning environment that is engaging and cost-effective.

Blended learning courses often include classroom or virtual classroom training experiences. But other content is used to augment and enhance the classroom. You may even deliver the same course content in multiple delivery formats so learners can choose how they want to learn. Blended learning gives L&D professionals the flexibility to use every type of course content in order to best serve the learner’s needs.

Katrina Marie Baker, Senior Learning Evangelist at Adobe, will provide food for thought on the following points:

  • Benefits of blended learning as they relate to the learner and organization
  • A cost comparison of 100% instructor-led training (ILT) versus blended learning
  • How to incorporate classroom experiences with other types of course content to engage learners
  • Ways learning technology can add value and make it easier to develop and deliver blended learning
  • Understand how the Fluidic player can help you leverage fully blended courses in your training programs

Group discussion will take place throughout the session.

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The 5-Step Process To Ensure A Robust Blended Learning Strategy

Organizations today can’t rely on just Instructor-Led Training or online learning in isolation to address changing learning needs. To offer an all-around training to learners, the best of both ILT and eLearning need to be combined. This is what blended learning is all about. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

Attending the Adobe eLearning Conference on March 13?

It’s free! And there are lots of awesome speakers joining us in Washington DC!

There are two tracks on e-learning development and three more tracks on enterprise learning, multimedia training and virtual learning. You can check out the full session catalog here. My 2:30PM session is about increasing engagement through social learning, user generated content, and LMS gamification.

You can register for free. You can also register for the Adobe Captivate Specialist program on March 12 for a fee.

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Learning Thursday #5: Overcome Your Blended Learning Phobia

Learning Thursday is a blog series that features a new L&D article every other week along with discussion points.  Read and then share your own ideas by commenting below!  Check out the last Learning Thursday here.

I wrote this week’s article for InSync Training’s “50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs” series.  The discussion questions are: What is the biggest hurdle you’ve faced when implementing blended learning?  How did you rise to the challenge?


Blended learning programs can be a beautiful thing. Need to cover a global workforce? Use virtual classrooms to engage learners everywhere. Can’t get employees to leave their desks? Bring learning opportunities to their desks in the form of short videos, quick reference guides, and fun simulations. Mix learning content together to create interactive training programs.

But wait, you say, it’s not that easy. My organization has expectations. 

Your organization may expect learning to take place in person. In their opinion, if there isn’t a person in front of the classroom, teaching with an apple on their desk, it’s not “real” training. Sometimes the perception comes from your learners – other times it’s from your leaders. Either way, it will take time to change your organization’s collective mindset.

You may ask, “Why would you go to the trouble of moving to blended learning?” Because it helps the learner retain the training. It helps you serve your workforce efficiently. And, it helps your organization reach an increasingly tech savvy employee base that expects learning to be as easy to access as Google.

Become the training equivalent of Google. Give your learners options, and they will take advantage of those options.

Start small. If you encounter resistance from the top, don’t start there. Start at the bottom, with one little group of learners.

Converting your learning program is a major change. Resistance to change is driven by fear – often fear of failure, or fear of the unknown. To ensure your organization accepts blended learning, address both fears up front by trying out your program ideas on a small group of learners. Get their feedback and incorporate it into the program. If a course element isn’t effective according to your learners, ask why. Refine instead of removing. Tweak instead of making sweeping changes.

Know that one round of revisions will not be enough. Like any training product, a blended learning campaign is a work in progress.

What happens if something doesn’t work? You take it out. You try something else. Don’t give up.

Like any part of training, blended learning programs require a willingness to add, delete, and refine. Edit before you roll your program. Collect feedback from learners. Refine more.

Is your current program delivered entirely in the classroom? Look for ways to replace small pieces of classroom content with videos, documents, or simulations. In the beginning, spend as little as possible. Use free or affordable content until you build up your organization’s confidence in blended learning.

Other ways to replace small pieces of classroom content include:

  1. Start with the obvious, the easy, and the accessible. How much do YouTube videos cost? Nothing. Add them to your classroom experiences to give the learner variety. Are there quick reference guides or internal communications you can repurpose into learning? Into the LMS they go. Free compliance training from government agencies make perfect, ready-made material.
  2. Look for the little victories. Include activities where learners do research online or do scavenger hunts around the office, before returning to class to share their findings. Rather than accomplishing it all in the classroom, find ways to deliver content in other ways, before and after class. Look for ways to cut material out of classroom training and replace with other resources.
  3. Add mentoring elements to your learning program. Look for existing resources in your organization – supervisors, SMEs, and experienced employees, especially those seeking a promotion. Look for topics in your program that can be reinforced through coaching and one-on-one interactions. Reward those who teach others by making mentoring a line item on job performance reviews.

Sometimes it isn’t the organization as a whole that fears blended learning. It’s the trainers themselves.

“You’re getting rid of my job!” they scream. “Classroom training is what the learners want!” (If all your organization has ever delivered is classroom training… how would learners know that’s what they prefer over everything else?)

It’s natural to fear change. Blended learning necessitates a change in the trainers’ role. Those who only know classroom training will be required to learn new skills, such as e-learning development, LMS administration, and technical editing. Those on your team who see change as exciting will dance. Those who fear technology will hide. But change is real and necessary. Change happens regardless of whether we ask for it. And the change to blended learning is spreading across the entire learning and development industry.

Duncan Welder IV, Director of Client Services for RISC, Inc., shared a personal experience in Corporate Training Tips & Tricks. It is a great example of the new role of the learning professional in this modern approach:

When I was in grad school, we had to complete a group class project.  (This was for instructional video if that places an age on me.)  We produced a recruiting film for the High School for the Human Sciences, a new magnet school for people with an interest in health care professions.  Again, it was student developed and overseen by a professor, but it rendered a final piece for the school that would have normally been a capital expense if it was something they could have done at all.  It’s not a bad idea to reach out to an educational or instructional technology program nearby and see if they can assist.”

Building the acceptance of change starts with your own team. Introduce your team to blended learning elements, and give them time to embrace it. Give them time to become good at it. Remember that trainers are learners too, and they have to be given time to adapt to new responsibilities. Give them time not just to become competent, but confident. Enthusiastic even. Get the buy-in of your immediate team, and let their love of blended learning motivate change in your organization.

What is the biggest hurdle you’ve faced when implementing blended learning?  How did you rise to the challenge?  Comment below.

Try Adobe’s learning management system, Captivate Prime, for free.  Assembling a blended learning catalog has never been easier!

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Free eBook – Blended Learning: A Proven Approach To Learning Development

With this edition, Obsidian Learning contributes to the blended learning canon. eLearning professionals can benefit greatly by tapping into the insight found in this eBook, especially those that are now beginning to work with blended learning. Take a close look on this up-and-coming eLearning concept from different angles such as purchasing software, designing courses, budgeting and managing programs, and using blended learning to improve your organization’s activity as a whole. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.