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Everything That Can Be Social, Will Be

Everything That Can Be Social, Will Be

In the first two posts in our Content Revolution series, we discussed how entertainment and information content is becoming digital and chunked. This post will discuss the third component of the content revolution: the social layer. For some, social media is a procrastination activity. For others, it’s a business strategy. Throughout the applications of social… Read more »

Good Thoughts from #lrnchat on Being a Department of One

Good Thoughts from #lrnchat on Being a Department of One

#lrnchat is a weekly Twitter-based discussion among the community of training and elearning professionals. It occurs twice each Thursday, at 11:30-1pm EDT and then again at 8:30-10pm EDT. While structured as a collaborative discussion on the theory and practice of leading learning, the chat has its own ecology of peers and friends who provide thought-provoking… Read more »

The Future of Open Source CMSs like Joomla in eLearning

The Future of Open Source CMSs like Joomla in eLearning

The integration between content management systems (CMS) and learning management systems (LMS) and use of popular open source CMS as an alternative to complex LMS is a hot topic. The benefit to a CMS-centered solution is full integration. It’s more convenient to have your eLearning system as an integral part of your business portal regardless… Read more »

Sexual harassment

Sexual Harassment Training is Vital in Business

Sexual harassment is a form of bullying. This is why most, if not all, major companies include this subject as an integral part of their corporate training. Do you know what appropriate and inappropriate behavior is? You may be surprised and even shocked to learn how many people do not. One study found that 22%… Read more »

communication training

The Basic Types of Communication Training

Does your work entail interacting with people all the time? Do you do a lot of writing, such as memos, press releases, and statements on behalf of your organization? Are you frequently in front of crowds to deliver speeches or talks? If so, online communication training might be what you need to make your experience a… Read more »

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5 Ways You Can Benefit from Customer Service Courses

  People today demand world-class customer service. They want the companies they deal with to provide outstanding support, relevant advice, and useful information related to the products and services that are offered. If they receive a mediocre or half-hearted response from the customer service team, they will look elsewhere. It is important for businesses to… Read more »

sales training

How I Went from Sales Newbie to Sales Guru in 6 Months

If you’re not a people person, becoming a master of sales could prove to be impossible. You have to love people and be able to relate to them. Sales training, of course, is crucial, but developing a thick skin for rejection remains of paramount importance. Why? Because you need to remain highly motivated. Let me… Read more »

Everything That Can Be Granular, Will Be

Everything That Can Be Granular, Will Be

Our previous post Everything That Can Be Digital, Will Be examines the migration of corporate training from traditional instructor-led training to elearning in the context of the digitization of other forms of media, like news, television and music. The conclusion from the data is obvious: Content that can be digital, whether news stories or songs, will… Read more »

The Importance of Teamwork Training

One of the greatest industrialists the world has seen, Henry Ford, once said something about teamwork: Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. Despite the different times we live in today, the basic principles behind teamwork still remain true. Whether your team is composed of two people, a department or… Read more »

humor at work

Humor on the Way to the Bottom Line

  In business, success isn’t just everything; it’s the only thing. Achieving that success can prove deadly serious and that causes stress. So to relieve some of that stress, take a short breather to recharge your humor cells and your funny bone. Don’t be surprised if you learn something in the process. Laziness People can… Read more »

Tools for Freelance Instructional Designers

Tools for Freelance Instructional Designers

Note from editor: This post updated with new tools 6/3/11. A recent LinkedIn eLearning Guild Group member asked “What are the top tools for freelance elearning design and development?” and 100 comments later, there was quite a list. The result was a nice mix of both specific software for getting the work done and advice and… Read more »

What Kind of eLearning Courses Are Companies Looking For?

What Kind of eLearning Courses Are Companies Looking For?

Just before Thanksgiving, the American Society for Training & Development released the 2010 State of the Industry Report, a fantastic resource chock full of information on the corporate learning and professional development marketplace. Did you know, for example, that U.S. companies spent more than $125 billion on learning and development activities in 2009? That’s billion with a… Read more »

Teamwork in action on the rugby field

6 Tips to Boost the Power of Teamwork in Business

A small twig is easy enough to break, but put a dozen of the same sticks together and they become very difficult to break. A hundred of them become impossible to crack. That’s one powerful image of teamwork. There are many things in life that can divide a team—that can make it weaker. These tips… Read more »

online security training

Exploring Your Options in Online Security Training

If you’re looking to forge a career in the world of security, you might want to explore your options in online security training. There are a number of online schools and training institutions that offer the tools and skills to individuals looking to advance their knowledge base and capabilities in order to gain a better… Read more »

computer security training courses

Computer Security Training Courses – Why They Matter

  It isn’t just for geeks. Why? Because the success of the company is the responsibility of every employee. Every employee needs to know what can jeopardize the company’s computer infrastructure. The reason is simple. One wrong action could crash the system or leak confidential information. These could become disastrous for the business. And when… Read more »

The LMS I Know Is Not Dying (Nor Is It Even Ill)

The LMS I Know Is Not Dying (Nor Is It Even Ill)

Over the past 12 months there have been lots of posts written by eLearning thought leaders declaring the LMS to be dead in favor of more social and collaborative learning options. While I understand and applaud the reasoning – nurturing informal learning – there are still too many core uses for the LMS which are… Read more »

The LMS I Know Is Not Dying (Nor Is It Even Ill)

Everything That Can Be Digital, Will Be

“Everything that can be digital, will be.” Attributed to Benny Landa, founder of Indigo, the world’s first commercially successful digital offset printing press, in 1993.   In the past 15 years, the digitization of media has made content more flexible, affordable and accessible. Content streams from news to music are rapidly transitioning to digital delivery. This transition is… Read more »

Elearning software for training and development

eLearning Software for the 21st Century

Imagine for a moment that you’ve jumped ahead eighty years. What would the state of education reveal? No one holds a crystal ball that can tell us this. Eighty years ago, television was still a rare novelty and low capacity electronic computers the size of large rooms were ten years from becoming a reality. Few,… Read more »

Tools to Adapt Your Courses to SCORM Standards

Tools to Adapt Your Courses to SCORM Standards

OpenSesame relies on the widely-recognized SCORM and AICC standards to ensure that we can connect any author’s courses to any learner’s LMS.  Standards are like chalk on a chalkboard: they are the tools that enable us to keep our promise to unlock elearning for authors and consumers through a simple, open marketplace. We have heard from… Read more »