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“On My Mind” - Content, Content, Content!

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dear Colleagues:

Hope everyone is well into your planning for attending the CEdMA Fall Conference on November 5-6 at the beautiful Babson College campus in the Boston area!  Some great speakers and topics coming your way!

I am coming off of several months of planning around content development platforms, shared content discussions, and a new LMS for hosting different learning activities.  During this time I’ve seen a number of posts on Ask the Members and in our Forums around rapid content development tools, content development planning, and ways to incorporate social or mobile into our learning activities.

I’m sure we all experience the increasing demand for more content, more types of content, more ways for folks to access content, and better ways to utilize mobile driven or short content snippets into our training offerings.  The common phrase, “let’s do it faster!” The Juniper Networks folks will be presenting on their CEdMA Award-winning “Learning Bytes” program at the Fall Conference, a fun way they have been able to meet some of this demand for their customer programs.  As indicated by the requests I get in my own company, the pressure is on for us to be more creative, more diverse, and more responsive in our ways to deploy learning.  And we continually review the platforms and tools we should be using to achieve efficiency, velocity of development, and effectiveness, with a large emphasis on how we can use technology not only to build, but also to help facilitate learning.

In a recent issue of Training and Development magazine (July 2014) from the newly re-named ASTD (now ATD, Association for Talent Development), there is a good article on simple tools for facilitating mobile and social techniques in our learning activity.  Written by Michelle Baker of phase-(two)-learning, the article provides a quick overview of free and inexpensive apps that can be used to supplement and enhance the learning experience.  Michelle highlights a number of apps that I have not had the time to look at before:  Remind101, Google Drive, Jing, Evernote, PollEverywhere, and Wunderlist.  She of course also references Twitter, LinkedIn groups and Facebook.  And she provides some high level guidance on selecting such tools.

This was a fun read for me and saved me lots of time researching things I might want my instructional designers to incorporate and my instructors to start using in the classroom.

In the meantime, we continue to look for the “ultimate” platform for our content development, i.e. a repository environment for a consolidated learning content strategy across our company and for extensive content re-use and publication.  All suggestions are welcome!

Jesse Finn, President, CEdMA

Vice President, Global Education and Learning, Marketo, Inc.

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