blended learning

What is Blended Learning? The Guide to Everything You Need to Know

By | Building A Learning Culture, eLearning Solutions, The Latest In Design and Development

You’ve likely heard of a lot of buzzing in the corporate world about Blended Learning and aren’t quite sure how or where to start with this concept. A vast majority of the research done with Blending Learning pertains to the K-12 educational space. In the past decade, lower education has led the trend, which is only recently catching on in the corporate space as more millennials enter the workforce. What we’ve done is reframed Blended Learning in a corporate context and basically given you a link-rich document with everything you need to know about Blended Learning.

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creative slump

Creative Slump Got You Down? 3 Surprising Ways to Spark Inspiration

By | Building A Learning Culture, eLearning Solutions, Engage and Retain, Learning and Development, Learning Trends

Anyone working in a creative capacity has been subject to the dreaded mental block. No matter what you do, inspiration is hard to find and you can wind up feeling like you’re stuck in a rut. And, if you manage others, it’s just as frustrating when you notice your usually high-functioning employees stuck in a creative slump.

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learning conferences

Top 10 Learning Conferences You Need to Attend in 2017

By | Building A Learning Culture, eLearning Solutions, Learning and Development, Learning Trends

The learning industry is an open book when it comes to sharing information, trends, and strategies. Why? Because we believe that when organizations–big and small–improve their L&D initiatives, everyone benefits. eLearning conferences during the second half of 2017 promise to be forums for networking, thought leadership, and industry disruption, and we can’t wait. Here are our top picks for must-attend eLearning conferences over the next year.

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learning strategy

Learning Strategy of the Future: AI’s Role in Your Course

By | Building A Learning Culture, eLearning Solutions, Engage and Retain, Learning and Development, Learning Trends

In just a few short years, AI went from sci-fi thriller fodder to everyday reality. As soon as Amazon released Alexa and Apple’s old standby Siri started acting as a personal assistant, artificial intelligence became a part of just about every average Joe’s daily routine. But for some reason, that slow progression to mainstream hasn’t translated as adeptly to a learning strategy. In fact, a study performed by CLO and Raytheon found that only seven percent of organizations were leveraging predictive analysis in training.

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science of learning

The Science of Learning: How To Gain Your Employee’s Attention

By | Building A Learning Culture, eLearning Solutions, Engage and Retain, Learning and Development, Learning Trends

Employee attention: it’s the holy grail of any training program. But while shiny new methods and the latest tech aim to grab ahold of employee attention and drive engagement levels, the foundation still needs to be in place to make sure employees are really listening. Before you buy into new programs or the latest in training tech, make sure you always utilize the proven science of learning to make sure your learners are truly getting the most out of every moment. Here are 5 things you can do in order to get your employee’s attention:

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leaders

Mentor, Coach, Advocate: Why Leaders Spending Time with Their Employees Pays Off

By | Developing Leaders, eLearning Solutions, Engage and Retain, Learning and Development

Spending time with employees pays off—not just for them, but for the leaders and the entire organization. The question of how much time can be explored in a Fast Company post, “Why Managers Should Spend Exactly 6 Hours A Week With Each Employee.” But here at ELM, we’ve found that it’s not necessarily quantified time that’s made the biggest difference—it’s qualified time.

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quality assurance

Fix Those Pesky Digital Learning Quality Assurance Pain Points

By | Developing Leaders, eLearning Solutions, Engage and Retain, Learning and Development

Any learning or product administrator can tell you a scary story about a time when glitches, grammar, design, and function served as a foil to their learners. When users are already consumed with other tasks, a digital learning module that functions anything less than flawlessly can seriously reduce motivation. But discovering the right way to do quality assurance can be a time consuming and often frustrating task. Here at ELM, we’ve had our own share of frustration because the thing about quality assurance is: if your product is flawless, you’re done in a day. Otherwise, you have a time-consuming issue.  

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gamification

Playing with Gamification? Those Badges and Leaderboards Aren’t Enough

By | eLearning Solutions, Gamification, Learning and Development, Learning Trends

The idea of gamification often feels way too good to be true. A training method that promises increased engagement and produces learners that actually want to access materials and content? It’s no wonder that organizations are quick to jump on the gamification bandwagon. Unfortunately, poorly-planned gamification almost always falls flat, leaving learners bored and administrators wondering where they went wrong.

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millennials

How to Attract and Retain Millennials in the Workplace

By | Building A Learning Culture, eLearning Solutions, Engage and Retain, The Millennial Workforce

Corporations, desperate for skilled labor, are searching all over the world for anyone who can think outside the box. The problem is, all of the ping pong tables, free lunches, and incentives in the world may attract the top talent, but it doesn’t make them stay. What’s the point of hiring innovative people if you put them into an environment that kills creativity? The only thing that keeps skilled millennials around is a culture built on transparency, mentorship and trust.

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LMS

Discover Why More Companies are Choosing to Ditch Their LMS

By | Developing Leaders, eLearning Solutions, Learning and Development, Learning Trends

Once upon a time, the learning management system (LMS) was king. It was there that L&D professionals could produce, tweak, deliver, and manage employee learning. It seemed like a perfect solution until suddenly, it wasn’t. Huge, monolithic LMSs are going the way of the dinosaur in favor of more agile programming options. But why? As it turns out, the very features that were once the LMS’s greatest strength have become its folly. If you feel like your LMS isn’t serving your organization’s needs, consider these options to decide whether or not to make the switch.

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