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Jan
17

Zoomi And Adaptive Learning

I am delighted to share an interview I had about Adaptive/Personalized Learning with Caroline Brant, Director of Client Services at Zoomi, Inc. According to the Zoomi website, it is “the first and only automated personalized learning technology and provides actionable eLearning data to companies with more than 250 proprietary algorithms.” Zoomi was launched in 2015 by two university researchers who teamed with a “seasoned technology entrepreneur.”

LS: Caroline, tell us about Zoomi’s target audience.

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Nov
21

Content in Moodle – More LMS Exploration

In the last few blog entries on Learning Management Systems (LMSs), we have installed a local copy of Moodle and added a course and some students. At this point, I am assuming that you have a working copy of Moodle on your PC. If this is not the case, take a look at the previous posts in this series by reviewing all entries under Richard Kordel. In this post, I would like to conclude this very brief tour of Moodle by adding some content.

Before we start, I would like to restate one point. The goal here is not to learn Moodle in order to adopt it for your business. It is to allow you to work with a real LMS and to make you conversant and comfortable with basic LMS activities. The overall goal of this series has been to provide the background you need to write an effective RFP for a new LMS and to evaluate the responses you receive.

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Jun
28

Turning On Moodle

It may seem a somewhat strange thing to say and an odd way to start this post, but the purpose here, where we do a bit of learning Moodle, is not to learn Moodle. Unless you are an organization without a current learning management system (LMS), I think that the chances of you implementing it are probably pretty slim. So what then is the purpose?

As we have noted a few times in this LMS series, part of your evaluation process should be to test your work processes and course elements against those systems you have found and which have made it to the final selection. You are going to spend a great deal of time and effort evaluating the LMS you select, and I believe spending some time learning the process of evaluation itself is a worthwhile effort. Think of it like driving a car. Before you can tell if the test drive lives up to the advertising, you need to have a driver’s license.

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May
05

Getting Our Hands Dirty

There are any number of ways to learn something. Reading is one. Listening to a lecture is another. But perhaps the one with the longest history and the best track record is to just actually do it. At one point, you might have been called an apprentice. In higher education, this goes under the heading of experiential learning. In the modern world, this has the much more descriptive “getting your hands dirty.” Over the past few blog entries, I have been providing a lot of detail about what to look for in your processes and how to look for a learning management system (LMS) that will work with those processes and do what you need. Today, I would like to change gears and take a look at a real LMS we can touch and explore.

This is the first of several entries that will look at real LMS instances. In this first case, I will provide some links and some guidelines on how to install a local copy of Moodle. You will then have the ability to poke, prod, and use it as a learning tool.

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Apr
14

Are We In Compliance?

For a number of years, I worked in the training department of a large telecommunications company. As one of our core missions, we handled the training for the large force of technicians. In addition to the various technical topics, we were also asked to care for safety training for that population. That meant that we needed to ensure that all 50,000 technicians who were located across a very large geographic area received the proper subset of 17 safety courses every two years. Needless to say this was a massive job, but it gave me an understanding of many different aspects of training administration that I have carried forward in my career.

At the time, the company was implementing its first corporate learning management system (LMS) and the “interface” was between a centralized group of people who manually entered data and paper training records that came in from the various garages. Self-service was still a distant dream. What became clear early on was that the process used by the garages to track training on paper was a lot more stable than either our system or our processes to get that data into the system. This should not have surprised us; telephone company field service had been doing the same job in roughly the same way for most of the past 100 years.

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