Easygenerator and its partner, Inbrain, together have collaborated to create a completely new adaptive master page (template) for the Windows based Plus Edition of easygenerator. The adaptive template integrates easygenerator’s unique approach to aligning course learning objectives, questions and content pages. It will provide the learner with an at-a-glance view of the course, including location in the course and what additional pages and activities the learner must complete to reach their identified goal. Read more »
My recap of the whole conference is summarized in the title. I attended great presentations on 70:20:10, agile development, mobile (TinCan), serious elearning, performance support and learning ecosystems, but the gap with the audience was huge. When we were just talking before the start of a session, someone said: “I get all this and I want to do it, but I’m also getting frustrated because my clients want 1990 eLearning and not 70:20:10”. That really says it for me. We do have to move away from courses and into performance support, we have to grow ecosystems and the the formal learning that we create must be of a higher quality (applying the 22 rules of the serious eLearning manifesto). Read more »
Here is my recap of LSCon day 1.
I kicked the day and the conference of with a morning buzz session. These sessions are not presentations but an opportunity to talk/discuss/share experiences on a certain topic. We talked about agile development under the guidance of Don Bolen. We had a very good attendance (about 25 people) and had a nice conversation. My best recap is:
- All the attendees do see the problems and limitations of the current working methodology (ADDIE or other waterfall models)
- They have heard of agile (thanks to Michael Allen)
- They know they have to change
- And they took their first sniff at agile.
After this we had the formal opening (1500 attendees, 30% up from last year) by David Kelly and the Keynote from Soren Kaplan about Leapfrogging to learning breakthroughs and innovation. The essence of his story is that good breakthrough business ideas always have a form of surprise in them. He had an example of a café in Paris that is regarded the number one place (from 30,000 competitors) to be. He found to his surprise that is was a café, that the owner bought all her beans directly from the farmers. That she had made a whole business of selling these beans and that she had an academy where she was training people from all over the world to learn her concept. Not something you would expect in a café. This sparked the idea of surprise that he investigated more. Other examples are a clothing shop that sells cloth by the pound, a cinema that sells monthly subscriptions et cetera. His conclusion ‘Surprise is essential for all breakthroughs. And you will find that surprise outside your normal comfort zone. He gave a number of nice tips:
- Fall in love with problems not solutions
- People love innovation but they hate surprises
- Rethink your role (what is your added value)
- Learn to live with uncertainty
- Look outside your own culture
- Get your customers inside your processes
- What is your business really about?
For more check his presentation, you can download it from his website. Interesting reading and he is an entertaining presenter.
Next was a presentation from Marty Rosenheck. He jumped the 70:20:10 bandwagon. Core message the formal learning (10) is served by the LMS what do you do with the 90%? He is really big on apprenticeships and has a nice vision of that (learning in the real world without the bog claim on experienced people so you can make it scalable).
He has created a solution (Trek) based on TinCan that supports this kind of learning.
I attended the serious elearning manifesto session. As expected it was a recap of the launch from last week. I really do support this initiative and I do thing that we should do a better job. At the ame time you hear more and more critical sounds: that the initiative brings nothing new to the table. They made it very clear that their goal is the raise the general level of eLearning in order to make it more effective, it is not about innovation, but about applying the stuff we already know (or should know).
This year there is a second conference next to Learning solutions: Ecosystems 2014. It is more on a strategic level. You have to have a special upgrade in order to attend the sessions, build the guild was kind enough to allow me to party crash a session. The session I attended was about ecosystems and was presented by Lance Dublin. For him the term ecosystem was also new, so he took us on a journey to discover it with him. I got from it that an ecosystem is a living and ever changing thing that enables and facilitates learning. It should contain four elements: Process, people, Technology and content. So it is not an architecture (that is part of the ecosystem) but the whole thing. The reason we have to thing about this is the increasing speed of things, our old ways (LMS learning with courses) do not work anymore. We need something that delivers Performance at the speed of need. He gave s an impressive list of opportunities/changes, developments that should be part of an ecosystem: Mobile, Moocs, Cloud, social learning, serious games, Big data, personalization and much more. He also defined the goal of an ecosystem: Performance. He promised to share his presentation, but is is not available now. I will share it with you when I can.
This was a really nice session although it didn’t bring me what I expected from it. It was presented by Megane Torrance. I did expect her to make the connection between agile and lean. I do know about agile, I wrote a whole bunch of post on it. I know a bit about lean and was curious about the connection. Instead she took us through the eight wastes of lean (Transport, Over-processing, Time & Intelligence, Motion, Waiting, Overproduction, Inventory, Defects) and she challenged us to come up with waste on these topics and solutions for them. Based on the info she gathered she will create an article for the learning solutions magazine. So we sort of crowd sourced an article in an hour. Really inventive and informing.
So this leads up to the conclusion of day 1. As I wrote in the beginning of this post. I have the feeling that change is reaching eLearning. But I see only the first signs of it. People are aware that they need to change and that raises more interest in topics like TinCan, Agile, innovation. But most of them are just investigating, it will take a while before they can act on it.
A Learning Management System (LMS) offers tons of functionality. At the same time it sets strict boundaries for learning, often requiring a substantial investment in time and money which is hard to maintain.
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- To track and trace learner results and.
- To create courses and learning content.
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The second function is displaying and delivering content to the learner. Aim 4 You offers an unique global eLearning catalog that aggregates learning from all over the world. It allows developers, designers, IDs or anyone to showcase content or courses, invite people to follow it, provide more information and / or sell it directly. Aim 4 You takes care of the back office, so no implementation is required, and you get the benefits. And if you don’t want your learning displayed globally, with one simple click you can secure your content to only invitees. It’s as simple as that. Try our service free of charge.
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5 trends leading to the end of the Learning Management System
Amsterdam, February 3, 2014 – Easygenerator CEO and eLearning veteran Kasper Spiro shares his vision of the future of eLearning and learning. Kasper predicts learners will take control of their learning, proactively searching for information when they need it. Learners will also begin to create their own content using smart devices and apps. These developments together with the arrival of TinCan will lead to the downfall of the corporate Learning Management System (LMS).
1. The Learner Takes Control
Learners are beginning to manage their personal and professional development more and more. As learning becomes more pull by the learner, than push by the learning department, the type of content, the planning, the control and even the development method (from ADDIE to agile) will change.
2. Personalized (Adaptive) Learning
Today we are all used to personalized information, and learners will also begin to expect this from learning content. Adaptive learning responds to this demand. Personalized learning is the future – it will be the end of one-size fits all learning tools. Tin Can allows people to track and trace their learning results and experiences in their own personal Learning Record store (the TinCan tracking and tracing system). These will evolve into personal portfolios, making learners even more independent from the corporate learning department.
3. Anywhere, Anytime and Any Device
Thanks to mobile technologies learning is becoming anytime and anywhere. the Bring Your Own Device trend will drive this development along with TinCan (Xperience API) adding to this trend. Learners will not only take control of the learning itself but also when, where and how they learn.
The overall trend of a more independent learner will require the learning department to adapt to a new role. Authors and course designers will become more of a curator. This role will assist the learner in Internet searches by filtering out relevant content that ties to individual needs and curating it.
5. Specialized Learning Material
Large amounts of general information are readily available on the web. There is a need for added value over the ‘generic’ content on the web Content produced by the learning organization will need to build context around it that relates to specific job functions or organizational needs. Many people predict that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) will have a big impact on universities. I believe they will have a major impact on corporate learning by providing access to general content and information.
These trends will affect the learning organization and the learning software it uses. Kasper Spiro elaborates, “Learning organizations need to make a shift from planning and control to facilitating the individual learner. The current Learning Management Systems are mostly about managing and not about learning. If the learner needs any Learning system in the future it will be a system facilitating his personal development. I predict the LMS, as we know it, will be dead in five years. There might be a chance of survival for the systems that will address the developing eLearning trends. However, I believe the future is mostly in new solutions and not in the current leading Learning Management Systems.”
Read the full article Kasper wrote about the 5 trends here.
The new Web version of easygenerator’s e-learning software was successfully launched and announced at the DevLearn conference in Las Vegas last week. There was great interest in both the new Web edition and the existing Windows editions of the product. As a follow-up to DevLearn, we are offering a free webinar in which we will explore both versions. This event will be perfect for those who are evaluating easygenerator as an e-learning development solution.
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About the Presenter
Kasper Spiro, CEO of easygenerator, has over 25 years of experience in the field of learning and user performance support. His learning experience ranges from teaching, authoring textbooks, designing and creating e-Learning, knowledge management and user performance support. Kasper’s foundational approach blends together didactical learning principles with output management, agile development, and new learning metaphors to meet business needs.
About the Host
Dan Richards is Vice President of Professional Services with Interactive Advantage Corporation (IAC), a provider of training, consulting and course development services centered on e-learning and a long time easygenerator partner in the United States. Mr. Richards is an e-learning industry thought leader who regularly speaks and instructs on the subject of technology-based learning and process architecture.