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The Consistency of Disruptive Innovation

November 1, 2016 2 comments

One of my favorite movies of all time is “Little Big Man” starring a very young Dustin Hoffman who was abducted as a toddler by Indians…yes, I know, Native Americans. He grew up through childhood to become a young adult brave, and had an adopted grandfather who was also the tribal medicine man. Whenever he was confronted with a challenge growing up the old man would always say…sweeping his arm wide, “Endeavor to persevere!”. When confronted with people who seemed bent on destroying him, the advice given by the old man was, “Tie ‘em up…shoot ‘em full of arrows…and drag ‘em all around!”…once again with the sweeping arm motion. For some reason, those words of wisdom have always stuck with me…sometimes to my detriment. Read more…

Training Needs To Get Plucked

August 10, 2012 5 comments

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Did any of you read the article posted at Chief Learning Officer’s site, “When Employees Hack Learning – and Why That’s a Good Thing”? If not check it out – short and sweet – and right on the money. Evidence of this “hacking” also shows up as something that many LMS administrators see in their reporting summaries as a negative signal – Course Incompletions – courses forever in “In Progress” status, and likely never to be completed. This is NOT a negative indicator of the value of training content, but it IS a negative indicator of how we are providing learning content. Read more…

When Does a Cloud-based LMS Make Sense?

July 12, 2012 3 comments

A few years ago, I am quite certain, I would have been fighting this “cloud” concept tooth and nail. There was something about having my own staff running my own servers behind my own firewall that provided a sense of security and control. To an extent it did, and the IT staff would be the first to man the ramparts to fight off having anything living outside the firewall – much less allowing anyone outside to get into our systems. I feel their concern, and I respect the need to protect the network and data resources behind the firewall. So does that make a cloud-based LMS a better solution? Read more…

LMS Terrors – Reporting & Taxonomy…or lack thereof…

June 20, 2012 4 comments

I wish I had a nickel for every time I read a post on one of my networking groups where someone asks what features they should be sure to get on their LMS. Having been down that path multiple times, I can say the chances of finding one with the “best features” are really good, because most LMSs I’ve seen have all of them. My point being this – the LMS is the commodity – the world does not revolve around the LMS – the application in which the LMS is going to be implemented is where the variability that matters is manifested. Being at a state of readiness to utilize your new LMS is of far greater importance than the features that, for the most part, come as standard. I will share several areas where most of the blood we let was experienced; both were external to the LMS, and yet depended upon the LMS for successful implementation. Read more…

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