Posts Tagged ‘Best practices’

July 3rd: Cool Things You Can Do With a Learning Management System (That You Probably Haven’t Thought Of)

June 5, 2013 2 comments

I’ll be presenting a new Webinar for on July 3rd titled “Cool Things You Can Do With a Learning Management System (That You Probably Haven’t Thought Of).”


Learning management systems are designed to enrol learners into courses and learning events and track their progress. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Some systems have become so powerful and feature rich that they can be used to do much more, allowing you to leverage learning management system technology to meet other business needs.

Join me, Richard Nantel. VP, Enterprise Learning Solutions at Blatant Media, to examine:

  • How to use a learning management system as a communication platform
  • How to use a learning management system to manage contests
  • Using a learning management system as a curator to the Web’s best content
  • How to use a learning management system for team problem solving and collaboration
  • How to use a learning management system for document management
  • Using a learning management system as an intranet
  • How to use a learning management system to manage the onboarding of new employees
  • How to use surveys to gather information about your learners
  • How to use a learning management system for market research
  • And much, much more

This fast-paced presentation won’t bore you with a bunch of PowerPoint slides. Instead, we’ll focus on hands-on demonstrations of ways a learning management system can be used to do more than just deliver courses and track learner progress.

I hope you’ll join me and share your ideas.

Details and registration form are located here.

Webinar: Strategies to Empower Learners Within a Learning Management System

December 20, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ll be presenting a Webinar for on January 10th titled “Strategies to Empower Learners Within a Learning Management System.” This event will cover:

  • How to design curricula that give learners control over which learning events they select
  • How to use a learning management system as an on-ramp to the Web’s best content
  • How to allow learners to select their preferred learning modalities, whether self-paced courses, instructor-led events, or other
  • How to give learners the ability to record the learning events they engaged in outside of the learning management system
  • How the data collected through learner surveys can create a learner-driven environment
  • Launching collaborative activities from a learning management system
  • And much more

I hope you’ll join me and share your ideas.

Details and registration form are located here.

64 Per Cent Rate Effort Required to Administer Learning “High”

January 20, 2012 1 comment

I had a great time this week presenting a session titled “How to Manage Large Scale Learning Initiatives Painlessly” for’s Technology Enabled Learning virtual conference. Thank you for putting on a great event.

To get a sense of who was in attendance, I began the session with a few poll questions. One was:

How would you rate the effort required to administer learning?

A: High

B: Moderate

C: Low

A full 64 per cent of attendees rated the effort as “High.” Thirty-six per cent rated the effort as “Moderate.” No one rated the effort as “Low.”

I’m not at all surprised that all of the attendees who reported that they were managing learning manually using paper records and/or spreadsheets—33 per cent of poll respondents—rated the effort as high. What’s fascinating, though, is that of the 67 per cent of attendees who reported that they were using a learning management system, a full 46 per cent rated their administrative effort as high.

Learning management systems are suppose to make the administration of learning easy and efficient. The fact that nearly half of attendees report that their LMS administration effort is high suggests that:

  • Administrators may not be making full use of the LMS features available to them; or,
  • The systems being used may not be a good fit for their type of learning initiatives

If you too rate the effort to administer learning within your LMS as high, consider speaking with your LMS vendor. They may be able to show you some tips and tricks that will greatly increase efficiency. If they aren’t able to help, consider evaluating other systems that may better support your learning programs.

WEBINAR: How to Automate the Administration of Learning Within Your Organization

January 18, 2012 1 comment

Join us for a free Webinar:

How to Automate the Administration of Learning Within Your Organization

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MT (GMT-7)

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Register Now

What would be your reaction if you were informed that you needed to provide training to 1000 new individuals in the next 30 days? If you’re a commercial training provider, it may be a combination of joy over the influx of revenues mixed with stress at the required effort. If you’re a learning administrator within an organization’s learning or HR department, the need to manage a new learning initiative may be one more big responsibility added to an already massive task list.

Enabling learning in others shouldn’t be a source of stress, it should feel rewarding. Too often, though, the time and effort required to enrol learners, assign them to the correct course or curriculum, track their progress, provide them with certificates, and manage future re-certification requirements is huge and potentially demoralizing.

Join Blatant Media’s Richard Nantel as he discusses:

  • Why your learning initiative needs to be scalable
  • How automation can make the number of learners irrelevant
  • The costs of administering training in a LMS manually
  • How to structure administration within your learning management system

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Space is limited. We hope to see you there!

What Software Users Need to Work Efficiently

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment

The Zite app on my iPad served me an excellent post last night from UX Movement; a “user experience blog that’s devoted to improving the way designers and developers design and make user interfaces.” The post, written by Anthony Tseng, is titled Are You Meeting the User Experience Hierarchy of Needs? Included in this post is this nice diagram illustrating the what applications must provide to be usable:

At the bottom level is the need to have the application’s features work. The top-most level is the need for users to be able to perform tasks within the application quickly and accurately.

I applaud Anthony for really nailing some of the key issues surrounding usability:

When most people speak of user experience, they’re usually referring to usability, the highest need of the user experience hierarchy. Usability is the ease of use of an interface that increases user productivity. Interfaces that have a high level usability allow users to complete tasks quickly and accurately. However, most interfaces rarely achieve usability to its full capacity. This is because most interfaces have many user tasks, and there’s always some task that users make errors on or can’t complete fast enough.

I believe the diagram above should have one extra layer added above Usability. That level is Automation. Through automation, productivity is even higher yet risk of user error is low. The user spends time not in repeating tasks but in creating rules to automate those tasks.

We’re seeing more applications adding automation. Hootsuite, for instance, is one of a number of popular applications that allow you to automate and schedule the publishing of content to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. We’re also slowly seeing automation appearing in enterprise software such as learning management systems.