MOOCs Filling Private-sector Skills Gaps – HTML5, CSS3, and responsive design

When Boston-based staffing firm Aquent recognized an HTML5 skills gap in their marketing, creative, and digital talent pool they created a MOOC. Known as the “Summer of Learning,” their course on HTML5 attracted 10,000 participants in August 2012 and was specifically designed to bridge their known skills gap and fill open jobs. Now, less than a year after that first offering, Aquent has placed more than 200 candidates in new positions and is building a course catalog of other MOOCs to offer free professional education throughout the year and better connect talent with employers.

“Aquent’s MOOC helped me develop my understanding of responsive design and HTML5. I’ve started working on responsive sites for a few of my freelance clients…”, read more…

Post by Jennifer Neibert


Designing for Conscious Decisions – Tin Can API

After looking at the reality of a Tin Can API world, Megan Bowe urges L&D to challenge the status quo by giving learners ownership and control of their personal data.

The premise of the article is that in a world where data is being collected in droves, we need to design better ways for people to understand what they’re giving up and ways for them to take ownership. It’s a challenge to the status quo. It’s a new world that learning and development needs to consider carefully. There’s no easy answer for exactly how to do this, but it’s conversation that we need to have, read more…

Post by Megan Bowe

Learning 3.0

Learning 3.0

Learning 3.0

I see it arising partly from what is happening on the web right now, but also as a result of new intelligent filtering tools. Increasingly, as users contribute to the content, links and pathways of the social web, it will become more ‘intelligent’, and will recommend to its users the best ways to find what they are looking for. It will also recommend things that users don’t know they need yet, predicting their ‘needs’ based on their previous behaviour and choices. Learning 3.0 will see learners using sophisticated new web tools that are intricately connected to each other, are context aware, and are accessed through intuitive and natural interfaces…read more

Post by Steve Wheeler


Congrats on your new LMS! But Wait..

Questions to ask your LMS vendor about their training.I know you are saying to yourself, well they are a LMS vendor in e-learning so they must rock on training. Seriously though, training is a major component when it comes to a LMS and its live date. The reality is that training on your new LMS can be thrilling and also irritating if the person or persons who provide the training are not really trainers – and surprisingly many are not.Training can enable you to achieve success or set you up for immediate failure…..But don’t worry, when it goes bad – your learners won’t be calling the vendor…..They will be calling you!

Read more here: Congrats on your new LMS! But Wait...

What is the Tin Can API?

The Tin Can API (sometimes known as the Experience API) is a brand new specification for learning technology that makes it possible to collect data about the wide range of experiences a person has (online and offline).

The website covers all aspects of Tin Can API aka Experience API…click here to read more!

Alternative’s to Kirkpatrick: Brinkerhoff’s Success Case Method

Instructional Design Fusions

As learning experience designers (aka instructional designers aka performance improvement consultants), we constantly try to improve upon our own processes. Are we meeting the needs of our learners? Are we creating learning opportunities that impact organizational performance?

When it comes to learning solutions leveraged in organizations, Kirkpatrick’s evaluation model is often looked to as the assessment method, despite its focus on training events rather than on learning processes.  In my previous post, I  described an alternative approach to Kirkpatrick’s model—Kaufman’s 5 levels of evaluation.  In this post, I’ll take a look at a more flexible model, Brinkerhoff’s Success Case Method.

Brinkerhoff: A focus on systems

Brinkerhoff (2005) squarely addresses one of the critiques of Kirkpatrick’s model: “Performance results can’t be achieved by training alone; therefore training should not be the object of evaluation” (p. 87). According to Brinkerhoff, this is like saying that the success of a marriage depends on…

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Evaluating and Selecting a Learning Management System

There are hundreds of LMS products available in an ever-changing marketplace. Many organizations are already on their second- or third-generation LMS. The report also explores the future role of learning management systems in a world of social media and mobile technology.


Report by The eLearning Guild:  read more here…

LMS Ecosystems

When you think of a learning management system you immediately focus on the features, ease of use (ideally) and more importantly how it ties directly to what you want to do in the short and long term as related to learning or learning/performance management.

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