7 Ways LearnUpon Makes eCommerce For eLearning Easy

If you want to sell online courses, you need a platform with strong eCommerce features. As a Learning Management System that was originally developed for training companies, LearnUpon specializes in offering the best sales and marketing tools for eLearning.

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Lifelong Learning and Technology

Das amerikanische Pew Research Center hat in einer repräsentativen Umfrage seine Landsleute um Auskunft über ihre Lernaktivitäten gebeten. Der Blick in die Studie lohnt sich! Hier einige Ergebnisse:

  • “Most Americans feel they are lifelong learners, whether that means gathering knowledge for “do it yourself” projects, reading up on a personal interest or improving their job skills. For the most part, these learning activities occur in traditional places – at home, work, conferences or community institutions such as government agencies or libraries. The internet is also an important tool for many adults in the process of lifelong learning.”
  • “73% of adults consider themselves lifelong learners.”
  • “As a rule, those adults with more education, household incomes and internet-connecting technologies are more likely to be participants in today’s educational ecosystem and to use information technology to navigate the world.”
  • “These findings offer a cautionary note to digital technology enthusiasts who believe that the internet and other tools will automatically democratize education and access to knowledge. … Still, those who already have high levels of education and easy access to technology are the most likely to take advantage of the internet. For significant minorities of Americans with less education and lower incomes, the internet is more on the periphery of their learning activities.”

Und dann gibt es noch einen Absatz, der sich konkreter auf das Internet und die neuen digitalen Plattformen und Tools in der Bildung bezieht. Hier heißt es:

“The educational ecosystem is expanding dramatically. Still, there is not widespread public awareness of some of the key resources that are becoming available. Noteworthy majorities of Americans say they are “not too” or “not at all” aware of these things:

  • Distance learning – 61% of adults have little or no awareness of this concept.
  • The Khan Academy, which provides video lessons for students on key concepts in things such as math, science, the humanities and languages – 79% of adults do not have much awareness of it
  • Massive open online courses (MOOCs) that are now being offered by universities and companies – 80% of adults do not have much awareness of these.
  • Digital badges that can certify if someone has mastered an idea or a skill – 83% of adults do not have much awareness of these.”

Ich glaube, selbst wenn man hierzulande nach deutschsprachigen Angeboten im Netz fragen würde, kämen solche Zahlen nicht zusammen!
John B. Horrigan, Pew Research Center, 22. März 2016

5 BYOD Mistakes To Avoid For Successful Online Training

BYOD can help your organization cut online training costs while reaping all of the corporate eLearning benefits but only if you can create a secure, well-organized online training strategy that keeps your employees in the loop. In this article, I will highlight 5 BYOD online training mistakes that your organization should avoid.

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5 Innovative eLearning Solutions For The Self-Directed Learner

We are long past the online coursework and training that involves video lectures, unit plans and assignments, and exams. This type of instruction is no longer embraced by learners, and those who design eLearning coursework for students or business training are embracing new strategies and technology very rapidly now. It is a new day for eLearning, and the self-directed learner will have access to all of these new innovations.

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10 Strategies Of Deeper Learning Skills For Education Leaders

In today’s world, teachers and education leaders have the thankless job of not only educating students and instilling knowledge and skills inside their young minds, but also of preparing them for all the challenges that are waiting for them out there, in the real world. It is essential, because it is no longer the world their parents used to live in, and because everything around them is undergoing constant and swift change. This means simply having students know something is not enough. They need to be able think for themselves and approach things critically, which is where deeper learning comes in.

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Fachartikel: Nachhaltiges Blended Learning mit Videos – vier Praxisbeispiele

Blended Learning ist bei Unternehmen mehr denn je gefragt: Beeindruckende 97% der befragten Unternehmen des letzten MMB “Learning Delphi” gaben an, Blended Learnnig sei für die berufliche Aus- und Weiterbildung eine hochrelevante Lernform. Einer, sich mit Blended Learning in der Praxis auskennt, ist Frank Stefan Alì, ein erfahrener Vertriebs-Trainer und -Berater für Kunden in den… weiterlesen →

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Instructional Design and Certification Courses

In March, I earned my PMP.

For the final push, I took advantage of an opportunity to take a test prep bootcamp through Cheetah Learning.  The bootcamp came highly regarded by our project managers – so my management was kind enough to spring the money for me to take it before the exam.

Cheetah’s PMP Bootcamp has some really interesting features that I have not seen in other bootcamps of this sort.

1) Single-minded focus.  You are there to pass the test.

You are NOT there to learn project management. You are NOT there to learn project management tools and techniques.  You are NOT there to have discussions of project management practices and what each of you do in your own environments.  You are there to focus on passing the test. PERIOD.

What this means?  It means you do not question the PMI.  At least – not for the next week.

2) Your heavy lifting occurs before the class.  Memorizing the mind map.

Before you show up, you are expected to memorize a mind map and be able to draw it on demand day 1 of the bootcamp.  The mind map will serve as a tool during the exam – drawn during the 15 minutes you have prior to the test as you run the Prometrics tutorial.

The act of memorizing that mind map helped to organize what I learned in the previous 35 hours of course work I needed to perform before I submitted for exam eligibility (PMP eligibility is 3 years, 4500 hours, and 35 hours of coursework).  I also tended to look in the PMBOK if something in the mind map didn’t make sense.  That helped ground the week a bit.

By the way – memorizing someone else’s mind map stinks.

I would have liked to been able to make adjustments to the mind map on the Tuesday of the bootcamp rather than waiting until late Wednesday afternoon – if only so I could incorporate my newer thoughts (particularly regarding contract types and some trickier quality management concepts) and draw them out more quickly.  I spent more time drawing the mind map during the actual exam than I would have liked – taking about 18 minutes vs the 15 allotted.

3) They control as much as they can control – your food, your breaks, your focus, your time.

Unlike other courses of this type, Cheetah did a few things I have never seen before.

  • Food.  No caffeine. No sugar. High protein.
  • Breaks.  No time to pee until the designated break.  Really.  It was that intense.
  • Focus. They provided “meditation tapes”.  3 voices with random project management definitions on top of a delta wave soundtrack.  You were to listen to this at designated times during the bootcamp and at night.  
  • Time.  I typically appeared at the hotel at 6:30am (DC traffic). Class started at 8am. We went until at least 6pm. I then spent another hour or two doing homework.  Unlike many of my classmates, I prioritized sleep – which helped.  The only person who heard from me or saw me that week was the man I live with. And that – barely. No email. No voice mail. Nothing. 

The days fell into a rhythm pretty quickly.

  • Recreate the mind map
  • Take a test for the day
  • Notecards on the chapter – each section timed
  • Workbook / mind map on the chapter – each section read
  • Test on the chapter
  • Notecards / Workbook / Test – repeat until finished with each chapter for the day
  • Oh yeah…and there was lunch somewhere in there…..
  • Go home. Study hard sections. Retake at least 1 test from the day. Fall asleep to the “meditation tapes”

It’s been a long time since I’ve been through an experience quite that intense.  But damn if it didn’t work.
As with most of these certification tests, the trick is to get into the mind of the test authors.

The PMP is notoriously hard because they occasionally enjoy testing whether you have fully read the question (attention to detail).  They also write questions using a wide array of unpredictable source materials – not just the PMBOK.

I got the feeling that they wrote the test in a way to encourage / force people to take a test prep class.

So now what?  The next round is likely going to be Agile courses and methodology.

Beyond the task of trying to push  my phone number off my business card with letters behind my name – I find that going through these certification efforts provide me with some tools I can use in my own work.

Building the toolbox.

Having something for the resume / LinkedIn profile to show for my efforts is a bonus.

MOOCs auf ihrem Weg von den Universitäten in die Erwachsenenbildung

Vor allem der letzte Abschnitt dieses Artikels enthält einen interessanten Hinweis: Ich denke nämlich auch, dass MOOCs gerade für ErwachsenenbildnerInnen ein lohnenswertes Instrument sein können, um sich unmittelbar mit den Möglichkeiten des vernetzten Lernens vertraut zu machen. Vor diesem Hinweis liegen ein Rückblick auf die EMOOCs 2016, auf Graz als “österreichische MOOC-Hauptstadt”, aber auch mutige Einschätzungen wie die, dass MOOCs an den Hochschulen zum Mainstream geworden sind.
Birgit Aschemann, erwachsenenbildung.at, 30. März 2016

New Report – Surfing the Collaboration Wave: How to spread the benefits of Collaborative Learning across your organisation.

New research finds that those organisations using collaborative learning register significantly higher take up in all other L&D interventions; and
enjoy average engagement scores around 10% higher than those that do not.

In addition, two-thirds (67%) of those surveyed say that a more collaborative approach to working and learning would help boost productivity by at least 5% in their organisation.