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The Raptors and Learning Design

Posted by Dave Coodin on Tue, Jun 11, 2019

 

 

What the Raptors Can Teach Us About Learning Design

It’s official. Raptors fever has taken over the country, and there’s no cure in sight. Here at SwissVBS, the infection has been acute. Our offices may be a brisk walk from Scotiabank Arena, but the way we high-five each other the morning after a Raptors win, you’d think we were located in the middle of Jurassic Park.

Since no one here can think about anything else right now, I thought I’d use this week’s blog post to reflect on what the Raptors 2019 playoff run can tell us about learning design. After all, if we’re all striving to be the best at what we do, who better to look to for ideas than the (soon-to-be) champs?

A quick note: as I write this, the Raptors currently have a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. 

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Topics: Digital Learning, instructional design, elearning trends, Toronto Raptors

Motion as Storytelling

Posted by Grace An on Wed, May 22, 2019

 

Eadweard Muybridge's The Horse in Motion, 1878

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Topics: Storytelling, Digital Learning, Media, Animation, Illustration, instructional design, elearning trends, Motion graphics

Going Digital: Insights from the St. Gallen Learning Forum

Posted by Frank Ecker on Wed, Apr 24, 2019

 

St. Gallen Forum on Digital Learning,
March 2019

 

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Topics: Digitalization, Digital Learning, st Gallen learning forum, going digital, elearning trends

Designing Effective eLearning: Inside the Writers’ Circle

Posted by SwissVBS on Wed, Apr 10, 2019

From the desks of Dave and Josh.

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Topics: Digital Learning, Design, creative writing, instructional design

eLearning and the Digital Revolution

Posted by Obi Ochu on Mon, Apr 1, 2019


The digital revolution as a trend has loomed large over every industry for the past decade.

Its exact meaning, form, and impact has escaped definition and continues to confound learning experts tasked with making sense of it all and trying to distill it into a language everyone in the organization can understand.

So let’s start with facts: the digital revolution is very real. Its impact on strategic variables internal and external to your organization’s orbit will be substantial for years to come.

Another fact: Beyond the confines of your organization (whether you’re local or global), the marketplace in which you do business and interact with your customers is already digital, regardless of your organization’s affinity for it.

Now the bad news (…sort of): Research has shown that L&D experts are still searching for a common understanding of what the revolution is, what it's about, and more importantly, how to articulate its meaning in simple terms.

 

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Topics: Digital Learning, Design, Visual Design, big data, Information

The Art of Visual Design in Digital Learning

Posted by SwissVBS on Thu, Mar 7, 2019

In the world of eLearning, good visual design should go hand in hand with good writing - when they are both attuned to each other, they greatly improve the overall learning experience. But what does good visual design look like? How does one approach it?  

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Topics: Digital Learning, Design, Media, Animation, Visual Design, Illustration

Diversity and Inclusion Is Harder Than You Think

Posted by Dave Coodin on Wed, Feb 27, 2019

Over the past couple of years, it’s been impossible not to notice the number of clients asking for diversity and inclusion training. Chalk it up to recent updates to provincial labour legislation or to #metoo and #timesup. Either way, the change has been palpable, and seems driven by a genuine concern to start taking these issues seriously.

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Topics: eLearning, Digital Learning, sexual harassment, Workplace Sexual Harassment, inclusion

How One-Off Learning Gets it Wrong: Five Ways to Transform Learning from an Event to a Journey

Posted by Josh Cardoz on Wed, Feb 6, 2019

Let’s face it: Learning is tough. It’s messy. It’s effortful. And of course, it takes time. As learning professionals, we all know these truths, but the realities of our organizations and our learners often dictate otherwise. We focus on one-off “events” (e.g. online courses, ILT, bloated PowerPoint decks, etc.) in the hopes that something will stick and transfer of learning will occur, but everyone familiar with the Ebbinghaus forgetting curve knows just how much is retained in the days and weeks after those events. The need for journey-based learning is an imperative for organizations looking to secure better training ROI. Of course, these habits are difficult to break, so here are five ways you can start moving the needle toward journey-based learning within your organization.

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Topics: Performance Support, Learning Journey, Learning Reinforcement, Digital Learning

Learning and Training to Eliminate Workplace Sexual Harassment

Posted by Bay Ryley on Mon, Nov 13, 2017

SwissVBS is happy to invite Bay Ryley from Ryley Learning to guest blog this week on a subject that is gaining attention and becoming increasingly more important, workplace harassment.


“Eliminating Sexual Harassment: It’s Everyone’s Business” is an engaging digital learning program that instructs employees on how to identify, prevent, and report sexual harassment.

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Topics: Corporate Training, Digital Learning, Workplace Sexual Harassment

Mobile Learning for Developing Talent in Your Organization

Posted by Frank Ecker on Thu, Mar 16, 2017

In 2004, the Motorola Razr V3 was one of the most popular cell phone choices, according to PC World, and touchscreens were unheard of. According to TechCrunch, it's expected that a full 70 percent of the world's population will have smartphones by the year 2020, and the average smartphone owner already checks the phone up to 85 times a day. So what does this mean for your HR or L&D department? Because we have come to use smartphones on such a daily — and really, hourly — basis, they provide a prime opportunity to make use of mobile learning technology to help employees learn faster and retain more.

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Topics: Mobile Learning, Digital Learning, Talent Management