Special Guest Daan Assen of SwipeGuide

Starting off the week with a special guest from across the pond. Daan Assen is the Founder of SwipeGuide: the new industry standard for digital work instruction. Today, Brent talks to Daan about the changing structure of learning under the influence of Information 4.0. They focus on the importance of capturing tribal knowledge and provide the workforce in industries with high employee-turnover (mainly manufacturing, maintenance and field service) with user-friendly, mobile on-the-job work instructions and standard operating procedures.

  1. Daan’s history
  2. Knowledge management
  3. Changes in the industry
  4. Excitement in industrial OJT
  5. Real world examples
  6. Accessibility compliance

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Special Guest Andy Hughes of Designing Digitally

Thursday brings Andy Hughes of Designing Digitally into the window. For nearly a decade, Andrew Hughes has made it his personal mission to ensure that commonly-used ineffective and lackluster training techniques are a thing of the past. Realizing his passion for changing the way we learn and evolve, in 2006 Andrew founded and became President of Designing Digitally, Inc., an E-Learning and Serious Game Development firm that creates fully customized learner retention solutions for various types of industries.

  1. Andy’s history
  2. Group think
  3. xAPI
  4. Data
  5. Content verification vs structural gamification
  6. Rewards for training
  7. Security
  8. Real world examples from Designing Digitally

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Special Guest Karen Hebert-Maccaro of O’Reilly

Today we have Karen Hebert-Maccaro in the window. She is presently Chief Learning Experience Officer of O’Reilly Media, Inc. Prior to O’Reilly, Karen was Chief Learning Officer and VP of People Development at healthcare technology and biotechnology companies. Luis dropped in to cover for Brent and he and Karen discuss the ins and outs of learning on-demand.

  1. Karen’s history
  2. Learn in the moment
  3. Performance adjacent learning
  4. Practical applications
  5. On-demand training
  6. Clarity in needs

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Special Guest Dr. Joe Pulichino Talks Definitions, Technology, and Training Trends

At the middle point in the week, we have special guest Dr. Joe Pulichino. He has a rich history in the field of learning and development with over 40 years as a teacher, instructional designer, and consultant in corporate, K-12, and higher education settings, and as a manager of education departments and businesses at organizations large and small from start-ups to global multi-nationals. His expertise covers leadership development; sales, compliance, & technical training; teaching English as a second language; human capital and talent management; and assessment, evaluation, and performance management. Joe drops in to share his vast experience with the group.

  1. Joe’s history
  2. Defining training/learning
  3. Old school vs. new school
  4. Classroom vs OJT or both
  5. Trends in technology

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Does Your Learning Management System Need an Upgrade?

Does Your Learning Management System Need an Upgrade?

If you’ve had the same Learning Management System (LMS) for years, then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your needs. For all you know, you may have grown complacent about it. You could be so comfortable using it that you have learned to overlook the flaws that may have crept in. Therefore, you should step out of your comfort zone and look at your LMS objectively. A good LMS needs to be intuitive and customizable. It should make life easy for you and your learners. Never compromise on your corporate learning strategy.

Here are five signs that your LMS needs to be upgraded. If your LMS meets any of these criteria, then it is time to consider improving it!

#1: It is not being used.

There could be several reasons why no one wants to use your online training system. Maybe your employees do not like the platform. Or, perhaps the interface is not user-friendly, or not compatible with mobile devices. Whatever the reason is, if the end result is that your employees are not using the LMS, then you need to think of upgrading it. But how can you be sure that the learners do not like the LMS? You may consider sending them an online survey. It’s a great way to find out why they do not like the system, as well as the features they want in their LMS.

#2: It cannot be customized.

Web-based training works best when it can be customized. Your LMS should give you the option to do so. Each one of your employees is different. They should not be served one-size-fits-all courses. If you want the learners to benefit from the online training courses, you must give them what they find relevant. Your LMS needs to support personalization. Learners should be able to find content that is relevant to their job role and needs. Otherwise, they will just ignore the overwhelming amount of training you push out to them.

#3: It is used as an online archive.

Your LMS should be much more than an online archive for your learners. It should allow your learners to interact with each other and share opinions. Social collaboration can go a long way in enhancing the overall productivity of an organization. If your LMS does not allow them to collaborate, they will choose a different platform. The LMS should also allow you to obtain reports about the learner activity. It should be much more than an online filing system.

#4: It is not mobile friendly.

Everyone has a smartphone in their pocket. Your workforce, especially the millennials, wants to access everything on a mobile device. They do not have the time to get tied down to a desktop. So, your LMS needs to be optimized for mobile usage if you want it to be successful.

#5: It does not provide relevant support.

Your LMS provider should provide robust service. A good LMS service provider should have dedicated support personnel, along with ongoing telephone and email support. Learners or administrators should not be required to wait for days after they submit a question or raise an issue ticket.

Once you make the final decision of upgrading your LMS, follow the following 3 steps.

Step 1: Define your requirement as clearly as possible. You need to be absolutely sure about the business objective you want to fulfill. Make sure you list out the reasons why you want to upgrade your system and the features you desire. That way, you can create a shortlist of the LMS that is most suitable for you.

Step 2: Now that you know what features you are looking for, make a list of all the LMS’s that fulfill your needs. You may have the option to upgrade to a newer or more robust version of your existing LMS, rather than investing in a new one. See if that is a feasible solution for your organization.

Step 3: Create a comparison chart of the benefits, costs, and risks associated with each option. Choose the option that is the most advantageous for you.

You need to keep in mind that the LMS renovation is not just upgrading the technical aspect, but it should also be an improvement in terms of user interface. It is a good idea to check with the vendor if the LMS fulfills your wish list. You may want to ask for demonstrations and testimonials from their current clients. Also, avoid settling on the first LMS you come across. Check out several options and select the one that best suits your needs and budget.

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