Adobe Learning Summit is in Las Vegas on October 3!

Las Vegas.  Great sessions for learning professionals.  Really really good food.

Where can you get all of these things for free?  The Adobe Learning Summit.  It’s happening on October 3, and the Captivate Specialist Program will be available on October 2.  Register now or check out the session listings.

I’ll be doing part of the opening session on October 3, and presenting an overview of Adobe’s learning management system at 2:45PM.  Check out the session description below.  Hope to see you there!

Adobe Captivate Prime 101: Deliver Blended & Social Learning Experiences with Adobe’s LMS

Want to know what’s new and unique in Adobe Captivate Prime? This session will take you on a tour of the entire learning management system, including Prime’s fluidic course player and new social learning features.

Join Katrina Marie Baker to learn how the new features can support your blended learning program. We will cover:

• A general overview of the platform from the user and administrator perspectives
• How Adobe Captivate Prime allows learners to share web-based and user generated content on topic-specific discussion boards
• Ways learners can create their own videos, audio, and screenshots directly in Captivate Prime
• The new social learning browser add-in that allows learners to share web content easily
• How the fluidic course player helps you deliver a variety of content on mobile devices and web pages outside of the learning management system

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SCORM vs Tin-Can vs AICC

SCORM: SCORM stands for Sharable Content Object Reference Model which is actually a technical standard for writing e-learning content. It is highly popular and is an industry standard which allows organizations to use e-learning as a training method. Basically, SCORM will decide how online content and the Learning Management System (LMS) will talk to each…

Accessibility for E-learning: Section 508 and WCAG

The Section 508 and WCAG plays an important role in making technology accessible to people with disabilities like deaf or hearing impaired, vision impaired, etc. To cater to the needs of people with disabilities, Section 508 and the WEB Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) will lend a helping hand in accessing the e-learning content. WCAG and Section 508: (WCAG):…

Why should you use Online Assignments tool via Learning Management System?

Assignments usually deals with the assigning tasks to people as part of their project. It has proven to be an excellent tool in tracking and measuring of learner metrics via the Learning Management System (LMS). The assessments in an online course on eLearning platform involves written assignments and practical tests. Let’s look at some of…

Digital Learning Platforms In, LXP out

Craig Weiss schreibt: „Too many vendors are using learning experience as part of their pitch, their SEO to attract consumers who do not want an LMS.  Not because they may not need one, but because they are receiving mixed messages.“ Und weil das Branding so konfus ist und weil niemand mehr weiß, wo genau das LMS (die Lernplattform) aufhört und das LXP (die Learning Experience-Plattform) anfängt, schlägt er ein Rebranding vor. Digital Learning Platforms. Wer das Spiel mit Trends, Brands und Bezeichnungen liebt, sollte sich diesen Expertenbeitrag antun.
Craig Weiss, The Craig Weiss Group, 19. August 2019

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The L&D Benefits of Contributing to Wikis (Learning Thursday #17)

This Learning Thursday article builds on a previous article about participatory learning.

According to Cress & Kimmerle, individual learning occurs:

  • “As a result of externalization (due to processes of deeper processing and elaboration which are activated by the externalization process),
  • “As a result of internalization (due to the simple adding of new knowledge units) and
  • “As a result of inferences (due to the expansion of a person’s individual knowledge space through internalization and, arising from that, an opportunity to interconnect old and new knowledge units, i.e. inferences of knowledge units that were unknown until then).”

When an individual contributes to a wiki, all of these learning processes occur simultaneously.  That’s a lot of activity – almost like the individual is exercising on multiple pieces of gym equipment at the same time.  Wikis therefore have a real potential to benefit learners when they are incorporated into a classroom experience.  Schweder and Wissick note that wikis appeal to shy individuals, and they can bring together multiple stakeholders in the learning environment (parents, teachers, students, and outside resources).  Participating in wikis can even encourage outgoing behavior in school-aged students.

Many corporate organizations resist building internal wikis out of fear that the information will be inaccurate.  According to Jimmy Wales, and this article from The Connected Learning Alliance, wikis tend to be more accurate than popular opinion would have us believe.  The Connected Learning Alliance notes that wikis can be inaccurate due to being incomplete and may therefore not present the full and complete topic.

A previous Learning Thursday article included examples of how beneficial a participatory culture can be to learning and to society in general.  Wikis promote a participatory culture, as does Scratch.  Through Scratch, students use a simple computer programming language to build games, stories, and other media projects.  When one student shares a project, others often build onto it or create their own iteration.  When a learner is able to analyze a problem or situation, and then formulate complex additions or responses to what they see, it proves they have developed an understanding.  Where traditional learning environments fail is often in the “real world” context, because traditional environments ask the student to memorize but not necessary understand.  If a student is able to apply complex knowledge in a real world environment, such as a wiki article or Scratch project, they have truly gained understanding.

If you’re interested in creating a participatory culture for your corporate training program, check out Adobe Captivate Prime.  You can create topic-specific discussion boards for learners, and Prime’s built-in editing tool allows them to create and share videos, audio, and much more.  Here’s a demo of Prime’s social learning features.  And here’s a recent webinar I presented on ways to engage learners without breaking the bank.

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Let The Learner Lead: How Learning Technology Can Support Skills, Competencies, & Constructivism (Includes Webinar Recording & Slides)

A big thanks to everyone who attended yesterday – a wonderful chatty group as always.  And thank you to eLearning Industry for hosting our discussion of learning technology and theory!

You can watch the recording or take a look at the slides:

The slide deck suggests some books that relate to the topics of skills and competencies.  I also mentioned articles on various topics, so here are those additional links:

Here’s the full session description:

How do you encourage a person to learn without telling them what to believe? How do you assess skills without asking learners to memorize facts? It’s all in the learning environment.

Many learning professionals incorporate constructivism into their instructional design approach. Constructivism seeks to actively involve the learner in a process of meaning and knowledge construction. Learners are exposed to an environment and framework that allows them to derive meaning as opposed to passively receiving information.

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

  • Definitions of constructivism and some related terms, such as project-based, experiential, and inquiry-based learning
  • Benefits and limitations of constructivism
  • How constructivism can be applied to a training course or program
  • How to create an effective learning environment using technology
  • Suggested reading and additional resources

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Learner-Centric L&D: How To Align Your eLearning Team And Programs To Enhance Personalization

How To Align Your eLearning Team And Programs To Enhance Personalization

Often we don’t even recognize our biases or realize we’re trying to enforce them onto others. It can be hard to put yourself in other people’s shoes. And yet for a training course to be successful, that’s exactly how we must structure materials. We need to communicate knowledge in the learner’s ‘language’, breaking it down into ways they understand. In order to push our training agenda we need to put trainees first. How can a learner-centered training LMS help us align our eLearning team and programs to enhance personalization?

  1. Ensure Your L&D Team Has Access To Relevant LMS Reports

Report-writing can seem like one of the most tedious parts of any job. We spend hours putting them together, and deep down, we’re afraid nobody actually reads them. LMS reports are a little different. They’re not written by human hands, so they don’t aim to impress. Instead, they’re automated. The AI picks only relevant details and keeps everything direct. This ensures reports are shorter, less fluffy and more content-dense. They’re also easier to analyze and implement. Ensure your LMS can generate this type of customized reports by incorporating WYSIWYG tools. Office admin can tick off relevant boxes to indicate what information they need. Then they can generate the report in seconds. Give your L&D access both to report generation and archives. They’re best placed to derive the right data, such as, drop-off rates and the exact point of discontinuation. Or commonly downloaded JIT references as a content guide.

  1. Pre-Assess To Develop Custom Tailored Resources

In that thought-space, it’s a human reflex to see ourselves in others. Or to try to. It’s why we try to make our kids, spouses and partners more like us. Whether they want to be or not. In the corporate training space this can display as offering the training we want. Or the training we think they deserve instead of simply asking them what they need. Assess your staff before you begin any L&D activity. It will save you a lot of time and money. By providing the kind of training they’ve asked for programs are more customized. Which means trainees will be more invested. They’ll feel heard, appreciated and they’ll see the value in their eLearning course. This will make them work harder and stick with it even when it gets hard. Plus, it gives them a sense of career movement which is a good retention strategy. It can be satisfying to the L&D team too when they see their trainees’ enthusiasm.

  1. Identify Gaps In Your Current Online Training Strategy

Surveys and pre-assessment can give you a big-picture blue-sky view of your staff’s ambitions. You want to word it in a way that doesn’t lead them or constrict them. This way you get more honest answers. But once you’ve established loose lines it can be helpful to drill down. You know what they want and you know what you want (as a training lead). Now it’s your task to find a happy middle ground. The first steps were about identifying trainee interests. It’s time to get practical. Conduct a training needs analysis. The goal is to spot skill-gaps that need to be filled. You can then match this data with individual staff preferences. There are sure to be areas of overlap. You can train and position someone to plug a skills-hole that’s related to their interests or job description. This works better than forcing someone into a position they dislike. You may develop the right skills in them but if they hate the work, they won’t do it well.

  1. Provide Microlearning Modules

Personalization isn’t always about content and style. Sometimes it’s about time. Be aware some trainees can only study during their lunch break, or after their kids have gone to bed. Others would rather listen as they drive or read in the subway. Provide suitable teaching formats for each of these study patterns. Each online lesson should be available as a video, audio clip, visual display (e.g. infographic) or curated text. Trainees can pick their preference. Provide lesson options that are less than five minutes so they can study in bursts if they need to.

  1. Focus On Social Interactivity

The beautiful thing about interacting with others in the training space is that it enhances the fluidity of your support system. Personalization is all about getting the specific resources you need to address your goals and gaps. Rather than relying solely on an online training library, encourage employees to work together for the greater good. A solid online training community that’s comprised of online forums, peer coaching and group collabs. All these social learning tools not only enrich the online training experience but individualize the process. If employees have a problem, they can turn to seasoned in-house pros to show them the ropes. Your L&D team may not be directly involved. However, they helped to frame your collaborative online training program so that employees can always avail themselves of peer guidance.

Taking a learner-centric approach to eLearning personalization isn’t complicated. It just requires willingness and creativity in delivery. What are some of your options? Give your eLearning team access to reports. Assess online learners before you build their eLearning course. Spot skill gaps and find ways to fill the hole. Finally, provide condensed online lessons for time crunches. These steps will help create a personalized training path for employees. It keeps them invested, which helps the whole company.

Collaboration is key to unlocking in-house talent and facilitating social learning support. Adobe Captivate Prime can help you deploy learner-centered training for your remote workforce. It features auto-assign learning plans, auto-generated user groups and personal dashboards. Making it easy for your L&D team to improve eLearning personalization without having to do all the work manually.

For more details, please write to Adobe Captivate Prime team at

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