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The Learning Management System Feature People Hate the Most

Satisfaction surveys of learning management system administrators invariably identify reporting as the most reviled feature in their platform. Administrators complain about reporting being unintuitive, cumbersome, lacking customizability, not being powerful enough, and just generally being bad at displaying the data administrators want. So, why aren’t LMS solution providers fixing the problem? The short answer is […]


How to Use a Learning Management System to Solve the I-Didn’t-Get-the-Memo Problem

Somewhere among the hundreds or perhaps thousands of e-mails in your inbox, somewhere in the skyscraper-high piles of paper on the corner of your desk, is something really really important. This might be an urgent policy or procedural change. If you work in emergency response, healthcare, security, transportation, among many other industries, people’s safety may be compromised […]


How Mobile Devices are Influencing User Interface Design

“Dear Doctor, I’m concerned about Stanley. He has developed an unusual growth between his left thumb and index finger. The growth is the size of an average hardcover book, yet thinner. One side is silver and emblazoned with the image of an apple. The other glows with an iridescent light. Stanley does not appear to […]


Course-of-the-Month Club: Using a Learning Management System to Sell Subscriptions to Learning Content

It seems as if almost every organization I speak to wants to use a learning management system (LMS) in a different way. One company I recently met with uses a magazine subscription-like business model to sell bundles of courses: A customer signs up for an annual subscription. The person immediately gets access to some courses. […]


How to Use a Learning Management System for Performance Support

About a dozen years ago, learning and development professionals thought performance support was bigger than Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and The Beatles all rolled into one. Conferences about performance support were filled to capacity. Help authoring tools such as Robohelp and Doc-to-Help were selling like hotcakes. Electronic performance support systems (EPSS) were the rage. Performance […]


Using a Learning Management System to Gather Good Ideas

There’s a winding, two-lane highway in Quebec that has a telephone/electrical pole standing in the middle. This isn’t a joke. I’ve inserted a photo from a reputable news source below to show you that this really exists. How did this happen? Apparently, a road crew was sent to pave the road and they worked around the […]


The Role of a Learning Management System in a World Awash in Learning Content

A client recently asked if I could help him prepare a presentation he’ll be delivering to colleagues within his organization. The aim of the presentation is to provide an overview of workplace learning technology in 2012. So far, he has a very impressive slide deck that covers: An introduction to e-learning Learning modalities and content […]


How to Encourage Physical Activity as Part of a Learning Strategy

The 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 […]


How to Use a Learning Management System to Support Your Workplace Culture

Nilofer Merchant wrote a blog post for Harvard Business Review last year titled “Culture Trumps Strategy, Every Time.” It contains a fantastic definition of organizational culture that I would have printed on a t-shirt if I wore an extra large instead of a size small: “Culture is the set of habits that allows a group […]


Issuing Points for Completion of Learning Events

The point system is engrained in higher education. A typical undergraduate degree in a university where I reside requires the completion of 120 credits. A university student who completes an individual course usually earns three or four credits. Often, students can be given the opportunity to take on special projects or extracurricular activities to earn extra […]


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