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Absorb LMS: Zero to Mobile Learning in as Little as Four Weeks

February 13, 2013 Leave a comment

Absorb LMS on an iPadYear after year after year, organizations report that they are in the `planning phase’ of providing mobile learning to their workforce. Spinning wheels without getting anywhere in a persistent planning phase often reflects:

  • An understanding that the initiative is important
  • Complete confusion about how to get it done

You can now cross the `Implement Mobile Learning’ task off your To Do list.

`Ninja’ is the top secret code name for the latest version of Absorb LMS, the multi-award-winning learning management system from blatant^. Absorb LMS Ninja is an innovative and responsive HTML 5-based design that adapts dynamically to any device, be it a traditional desktop or laptop computer, popular tablets such as iPads, or phones.

Lucky for us, this Ninja uses its power for good, not evil.

Find out more about how Absorb LMS can have you delivering mobile learning to your learners in as little as four weeks. Downloading this fact sheet Schedule a demonstration today.

How to Encourage Physical Activity as Part of a Learning Strategy

October 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Richard Nantel, Vice President, Enterprise Learning Solutions, Blatant Media | Absorb LMSThe year 2012 will likely be remembered as the “Get Off Your Butt” year. In recent months, major studies have  been published indicating that sitting for extended periods dramatically increases our risk of getting a wide range of diseases and significantly shortens our lives.

How dangerous is sitting for long periods? Studies published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that people who sit for the majority of the day are 54 percent more likely to die of a heart attack. The bad news is that exercise has little impact if it does not replace time sitting. If you feel smug about hitting the gym before going to work and sitting all day, you shouldn’t. Getting up and walking around, or working at a standing desk rather than seated, should be a priority for desk-bound knowledge workers.

As if dying weren’t motivation enough, research continues to indicate that physical activity improves brain health and ability to learn. According to a study done by the Department of Exercise Science at the University of Georgia, even exercising for just 20 minutes improves information processing and memory functions.

The bottom line is that our days should be filled with non-seated physical activity.Man standing at desk -- License Some rights reserved by jsmjr/Flickr

As learning professionals, we’re part of the problem. Much of the learning content and events we create are traditionally designed to be accessed by sedentary learners seated at a desk. Since it isn’t good for business to kill your customers, we should be using the latest scientific research to create learning content and events that:

  • Improve learning
  • Contribute to the quality of life of our learners

Here are some ideas on designing learning that encourages activity other than sitting:

  • Have you organized a full day, on site workshop? Have people first meet at a remote location such as a coffee shop for initial orientation. Then, have them walk 20 minutes to where the next session will take place. Yes, it will potentially be hot/cold/raining/snowing/windy. That’s what outside looks like. Your learners will arrive for the next session with brains caffeinated and oxygenated, a match made in heaven for learning. Taking a break for lunch? Don’t order in. Walk to a restaurant or remote loaction. Since a large number of your learners will attend this workshop wearing shoes that weren’t designed for walking, it’s best to let them know in advance that they will not be seated all day.
  • In instructor-led sessions, create activities where learners need to stand. One common example would be to have learners get up and write on a whiteboard. Or, have them review learning content while standing at a table rather than handing out materials to seated learners.
  • Classroom-based, instructor-led sessions are synonymous with coffee and donuts. Rather than having these items in the classroom, place these things far away in another room. Yes, we can have a donut but we’ll need to work for it.
  • In traditional online learning, keep lessons short. Many learners will feel they can’t leave a lesson midway. Short lessons allows them to engage with learning content yet take breaks.
  • Remember podcasts? No, they aren’t dead. In fact, some of the greatest content on the Web (such as my beloved, mind-blowing RadioLab) is available as a podcast. Audio podcasts on MP3 players free learners from looking at a screen. This allows them to learn while walking. Perfect.
  • Add prompts to learning content to let people know they can take a break and move around. Sometimes, people just need a reminder.

How to Provide Learning to People Outside Your Organization

Increasingly, organizations are expanding their internal learning programs to now include partners, suppliers, contractors, association members, and customers, among others. We’ve just written a case study describing one such scenario.

A company has signed a work agreement with a partner organization. The agreement states that the partner’s employees must be qualified, and certified, before they can deliver their services. As a learning professional responsible for this initiative, how do you ensure that these external learners will get the skills and qualifications they require?

Find out here: Who Are Your & What Are You Doing in My Learning Management System?

`No Pain, No Gain’ Belongs in the Gym, Not in Learning and Development Departments

February 14, 2012 1 comment

`No pain, no gain,’ is a popular fitness industry maxim. Oddly, this belief creeps into other areas of our lives. The result is that we often think that sweating through something makes it better.

[That’s crazy.]

In many organizations, the time and effort required to register learners, assign them to the correct course or curriculum, support them with good communication, track their progress, provide them with certificates, and manage future re-certification requirements makes learning administration painful.

If you’re doing all these tasks manually using spreadsheets and pen and paper, it’s no wonder the effort is high. The good news is that adopting the right learning technologies will act as an analgesic; reducing your pain significantly.

If you’ve moved beyond manual pen-and-paper learning administration and are now using a learning management system (LMS), administering learning may still be a bit painful. The system you’re using may not be well aligned with your requirements.

We’ve just published a document that describes how Absorb LMS is designed to make the management of learning less painful. It’s available for download here.

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