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The eLearn Podcast is your go-to resource for creating successful learner outcomes. Whether you’re an instructor, an eLearner, a parent supporting an eLearner, a content creator or just an eLearning enthusiast, our episodes provide the latest strategies, practices and technologies for supporting, engaging and retaining students... both on and off line! Learn more at https://www.lmspulse.com/elp

The eLearn Podcast Stephen Ladek, Principal eLearning Advocacy, Open LMS

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The eLearn Podcast is your go-to resource for creating successful learner outcomes. Whether you’re an instructor, an eLearner, a parent supporting an eLearner, a content creator or just an eLearning enthusiast, our episodes provide the latest strategies, practices and technologies for supporting, engaging and retaining students... both on and off line! Learn more at https://www.lmspulse.com/elp

    How To Build A Learning Culture Through Cohort-Based Courses With Andrew Barry

    How To Build A Learning Culture Through Cohort-Based Courses With Andrew Barry

    Hello everyone! My name is Ladek and my guest for today is Andrew Barry, founder of Curious Lion Learning. 
    In this very cultural conversation Andrew and I talk about:
    3:00 What a learning culture advisory group like Curious Lion does, and the origin, twists and turns Andrew has experienced over the past 5 years as the company has evolved from what he “thought” it would be to its current focus on providing Cohort Based Courses (CBC).
    14:00 How a company can go from lip service to championing investing in their people by cultivating a learning culture - and the key factors that make or break success.
    21:30 How recognizing and capturing shared stories are critical for creating shared purpose and building culture in an organization
    24:00 Bottom up vs. Top down learning - and the pros and cons of each… and how you can leverage having a “point of view” about learning
    32:00 How do you scale the CBC model in large organizations or institutions, and what are the factors for success (and typical fails)


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    • 43 min
    David James Wants To Tell You A Couple Truths About Learning & Development

    David James Wants To Tell You A Couple Truths About Learning & Development

    Hello everyone! My name is Ladek and my guest for today is David James, the Chief Learning Officer at 360Learning. 
    In this very analytical conversation David and I talk about:
    01:10 How David started as a trainer around finance and banking, but then evolved into running learning, talent and development for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Disney; and how, along the way, he tracked changes happening in training delivery around data and technology that led him to his current role
    06:00 How organizational learning culture is linked—and the tragedy behind the spending on “education” that typically happens at a company and isn’t relevant or just misses the mark entirely. And why “bribes” like gamification often fail
    10:00 Why today is the greatest opportunity in history for delivering the right learning to the right person at the right time. Hint: it’s not about your platform, but your ability to uncover what your learners actually need
    11:30 What data and evidence-based practices look like when they are used effectively, and why using analytics from learning platforms is basically a “post mortem” and why “learning needs analysis” is defunct in today’s world
    14:30 How to move past the typical training request of executives and managers, to be able to identify what isn’t working, what’s the cost of not solving the problem and building training around it
    18:00 Why Training-as-a-Bandaid is doomed, what to do about people —yes, CFOs included— who just want a feel good benefit, and how continuing to deliver this is corrosive to your company; and why building a “meaning” muscle dramatically grows the value of the L&D role
    19:30 What collaborative learning makes possible—a process that allows L&D professionals to facilitate learning about anything in any company in any context
    25:00 Why training is so often synonymous with waste the way it is delivered today; and how to get some of that time, money and effort back
    28:30 Why “Analysis” is one of the hardest things to sell in training, especially to executive leadership; and why you might consider selling other things around training and simply include it in the process
    33:32 How to get everyone comfortable working with numbers, and the analysis required to understand the problems that need to be solved
    39:30 How to deal with pushback around change and the inevitable question from managers and staff of, “what do I do with the things I’m currently doing now?” in order to shift to data driven learning



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    • 50 min
    Animation, eLearning and the Best Flauta Recipe Ever with Erick Prospero

    Animation, eLearning and the Best Flauta Recipe Ever with Erick Prospero

    My guest for today is Erick Prospero, the founder and chief Ninja at Ninja Tropic, which is NOT a self defense agency specializing in hot weather combat—but rather an eLearning animation company born out of passion and practicality.

    In this very practical conversation Erick and I talk about:

    📣 What is Ninja Tropic? The genesis of Ninja Tropic because of a need to create microlearning at scale (or high volume) for the nonprofit universe… and how Eric and his now-team got it done
    📽 Why there are different kinds of video, and why you’ll use video for everything, from a 30second topic intro, to long-form video for deeper explanations… and why finding the format that your audience responds best to is critical
    🤔 The need for immediacy vs quality storytelling. And why you might consider keeping your boring content for video, and your exciting, juicy content for text or other formats
    🌦 Corporate learners vs academic settings. Eric explains how it’s so often not about what the learners want, but what the institution is set up to be able to produce and the cultural inertia behind it. (Hint: academia generally ain’t interested in competing.) And examples of HigherEd that are solving for this and doing cool stuff
    🇬🇧 The process for creating great microlearning. Eric walks us through the process Ninja Tropic uses to work with a diversity of clients to produce effective content. And why the best content is motivational (not necessarily instructional). PS. Eric gives a huge shout out to flautas! 🌮
    👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 How to produce content that can be consumed anytime. Eric’s experience shows that people are looking for both timed and structured courses, as well as “consume at your own pace” content; and why what we really need to be focused on is how to remove friction from accessing content
    🛎 How much of learning data is actually used, and how much is this just lip service. Eric explains how he helps his clients use lead and lag metrics
    🕹 When to use animation vs live video. Eric explains why he’d always choose live video, but that this isn’t practice and why animation is better suited to certain types of content
    📴 When VR will take off for the masses, and why this won’t become mainstream until it's completely frictionless and immediately accessible to everyone


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    • 52 min
    4 Powerful Tools Teaching Tools Every Educator Should Be Using Today with Dr. Pooja K. Agarwal

    4 Powerful Tools Teaching Tools Every Educator Should Be Using Today with Dr. Pooja K. Agarwal

    My name is Ladek and I’m your Host from Open LMS and this is episode number 102 with Dr. Pooja Agarwal. 

    Dr. Agarwal is an assistant professor at the Berklee College of Music, an expert in cognitive science and author of the book “Powerful Teaching” and the website retrievalpractice.org.
    In this very practical conversation Dr. Agarwal and I talk about:

    🎓 How she has created a foundation for how to think about education as a process of getting learning “out”rather than “in” - the heads of learners.
    🔧 The four “Power Tools” for learning she details in her book, which include, retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving, and  feedback driven metacognition.
    💬 Why easy learning is also “easy forgetting.” In other words why cramming never (really) works and why retrieval is absolutely critical for long term learning, and how to ensure that retrieval practice also results in synthesis.
    🙏 Why you should always ask learners what they remember, rather than reminding them what you’ve already covered in a class.



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    • 19 min
    How Monash And A Volunteer Army Is Helping Ukrainians Meet Their Educational Goals With Michael Phillips

    How Monash And A Volunteer Army Is Helping Ukrainians Meet Their Educational Goals With Michael Phillips

    Hello everyone! My name is Ladek and my guest for today is Michael Phillips, Associate Professor of Digital Transformations at Monash University.
    In this humanitarian conversation Mike and I talk about

    🎓 Monash University, part of the group of 8 research intensive universities in Australia, with the largest and most comprehensive faculty of education in Australia (and #12 in the world)


    🎒 What digital transformation means for Michael, his career personally, and the future of education writ large
    🏫 The origins, evolution and current status of an initiative that Monash is spearheading to deliver education virtually to students displaced by the war in Ukraine—and how this initiative leverages technology, student teachers and a ton of goodwill to literally change the lives of 1,000s of people
    👨‍🏫 Michael’s perspectives on why the programs developed by Monash result in students AND teachers that rave about learning online (Hint: you have to completely rethink how you’re delivering as a teacher)
    📺 How the program at Monash is funded so that it can operate from scale, who is supporting it (a shout out to David Falcon and Smart Osvita) in other ways, and how you could participate as well
    📺 What future additions and evolutions look like for the Monash program with things like psychosocial support, credentialing and more
    ℹ The reason why providing a space where structured education happens is so incredibly different than just having access to information… and why it's more critical than ever in today’s world
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    • 40 min
    What Being A ‘30 Under 30’ Feels Like With LaTarshia Wooten

    What Being A ‘30 Under 30’ Feels Like With LaTarshia Wooten

    Hello everyone! I’m Ladek and my guest for today is LaTarshia Wooten, a learning experience designer, a 2021 30 under 30 award recipient, and someone you want to listen to about building a career in eLearning.
    In this ‘well designed’ conversation we talk about:
    🎓 How LaTarshia discovered the path to becoming a learning experience designer after beginning as a marketer, and —hint— it wasn’t through the typical university experience
    ⬆ Her experience working for a small accounting firm, and how this “many hats”, super niche experience prepared her to continue to evolve professionally
    📈 Why and how feedback is so important to growth, in every way: professionally, personally and for your business or organization
    🔮 Her transition to a much larger, Fortune 200 company, (happily) jumping into the deep end of the pool and the differences between serving external vs internal clients
    🏗 The challenges she has experienced working for a large company. Things like: not knowing what she doesn’t know, being asked to stretch by creating content, simply finding her way to the right people… and more
    🎨 The fact that learning and instructional design is one of the hottest careers in education, and why it doesn’t matter how you get in but what you do once you’ve arrived
    💼 Advice on breaking into the design space, especially if you’re trying to transition from another career path
    🥈 What the 30 under 30 experience was like, from application, to award to today and what LaTarshia has learned from it.
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