Leading Learning logoIn my last post I highlighted some of the most popular recent articles on the Tagoras blog. In this one, I thought I’d highlight the top links to external resources that we have provided in the Leading Learning newsletter during the first half of 2014.

The monthly newsletter contains links to any new Tagoras research (like, for example, the recent social learning white paper) as well as upcoming Webinars (stay tuned for the fall line up). The core of Leading Learning, however, is the “Leading Links” section, in which we highlight and provide brief comments on resources and insights we feel readers may find useful in growing and improving their education businesses. We organize the links according to the key areas of our research and consulting work: strategy and innovation, learning, marketing, and technology.

Here, in descending order, are the most clicked links for the first six issues of 2014. I’ve also included the brief commentary that accompanied each of these in the issue of Leading Learning in which they appeared.

6 Scientifically Proven Brain Facts That eLearning Professionals Should Know
Christopher Pappas briefly covers six areas of brain science relevant to anyone in the lifelong learning business. We liked that “spaced learning” is on this list. There is a lot of room for growth of spaced learning as an approach, and fortunately, there are starting to be a number of technologies to support it.

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The worst error in business strategy according to Professor Michael Porter
If you haven’t read Michael Porter’s major works, you aren’t serious about strategy. Period. This brief post highlights one small, but critical element of his thinking that we feel is particularly important as organizations in the continuing education and professional development market experience more and more competition.

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3 Myths That Kill Strategic Planning
A Simple Nuance that Produces Great Strategy Discussions

These two brief blog posts from Harvard Business Review get to the heart of what successful strategy creation requires and nearly always lacks. Read. Re-read. And be sure to share with other stakeholders before your next strategic planning meeting.

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The Best Research Demonstrating That Lectures Are Not The Best Instructional Strategy
We’re going to assume the highly intelligent readers of Leading Learning are savvy enough to ask “The best instructional strategy for what?” In spite of all the bashing they get these days, lectures do have their place. But, as Larry Ferlazzo’s post suggests, there are plenty of instances in which they are not the best way to go. Find out when and why – and adapt your programming accordingly.

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7 Mind-Numbingly Easy Marketing Changes You Probably Haven’t Made Yet
You may not have it within your control to make all of these changes, but even one or two of them could make a significant difference. In addition to the seven changes, the posts provides a number of valuable tips and resources.

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Conferences Need Quality Measurement Tools And Feedback To Spur Innovation
One of the key points that came out of The Speaker Report that we issued in collaboration with Velvet Chainsaw is that organizations do not really measure the learning that takes place at their major conferences. In this post, Jeff Hurt highlights “The World’s Best Smile Sheet Question” as a way to dramatically improve measurement of learning. The smile sheet comes from Dr. Will Thalheimer, who we have referenced here before. We highly recommend reading both Will’s and Jeff’s/Velvet Chainsaw’s blogs regularly.

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19 Kick-Butt Tools for E-Learning
Hey, who doesn’t want kick-butt tools for e-learning?

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Reimagining education in the digital age
Maddie Grant over at Social Fish posted two very good slide decks on the massive change under way in the worlds of education and learning. While these have the limitations of slides without narration, they are both well done, so you can follow the points even without a narrator, and you will doubtless find some stats, images, etc. that you may want to borrow for presentations of your own.

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Digital Badges for Professional Development
Digital badges were one of the topics of discussion that emerged at the recent Leading Learning DC lunch. In general, we are very bullish on them. This article on the Educause site offers a brief but valuable overview of how digital badges can be used.

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So, those are the most clicked links for the past six months. Naturally, they represent only a sampling of the links that were sent out. If would like to get similar resources going forward, along with downloads of Tagoras research and notification of our upcoming free Webinars, just use the form below to subscribe to Leading Learning today.

Like symbol on white backgroundWe’re lying low and taking some time off until early August, so now seems like a good time to go into the archives and highlight some of the more popular posts from the past. The following are the six most viewed posts – in descending order – on the Tagoras blog for the past quarter. (Those of you who doubt the value of blogging should note that some of these were actually published years ago and continue to draw significant traffic to our Web site.)

Here’s the quick link list, followed by brief comments on each:

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If you want to charge for it, don’t call it a Webinar

June 30, 2014

I’ve written before here about the inform-perform distinction as a way to differentiate Webinars for which you don’t charge from those for which you do. Here’s another, much simpler approach to Webinar strategy: if you want to charge for it, don’t call it a Webinar.

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Social Learning in the Association Space – Free White Paper

June 26, 2014

Readers who attended our recent Webinar have already gotten access to our newest white paper, “Social Learning in the Association Space,” sponsored by Meridian Knowledge Solutions. For all others, today marks the official release. The report is packed with data on how associations are using social technologies as part of their learning initiatives. It also […]

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Do you treat learning like an event or a process?

June 16, 2014

I see this as a “beautiful question” that can spark some very productive discussion when asked of the right stakeholders in you organization. It’s a question that can fundamentally impact both your education business strategy and your ongoing operations.

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Webinar and White Paper on Social Learning Trends in the Association Space

June 11, 2014

In Thursday’s Webinar, sponsored by Meridian Knowledge Solutions, we’ll look at what associations are doing with social technologies for learning. Sign up at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/723256278 for the Webinar and to get access to the companion white paper, “Social Learning Trends in the Association Space,” which we won’t release publicly until the end of this month. The […]

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AMS-LMS Integration: A Primer

June 4, 2014

In the past few days I’ve received e-mails from two consulting colleagues with questions and comments about integration between learning management systems (LMSes) and two other key systems: association management systems (AMSes) and Webinar platforms. The e-mails made me realize that, while we deal with these sorts of integrations all the time (they factor heavily […]

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5 Reasons Why Social Learning Matters So Much for Associations

May 27, 2014

In a few weeks we’ll release a new white paper on how associations are using social technologies for learning. You can make sure you receive the white paper by signing up for our free Leading Learning newsletter. Additionally, registrants for our June 12 Webinar, “Social Learning Trends”, get an advance copy of the report. Leading up […]

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Do You Know About These Learning Technologies?

May 21, 2014

I attended the Association for Talent Development’s annual conference in DC at the beginning of the month. (At the start of the event, it was the American Society for Training and Development’s conference, but the group announced a rebrand at the conference.) Walking the trade show floor, I noticed a range of vendors that use […]

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New White Paper Released: “Exploring the Fringe: Flipping, Microcredentials, and MOOCs”

May 13, 2014

“Exploring the Fringe: Flipping, Microcredentials, and MOOCs,” our latest white paper, is now available for general access. The white paper defines these three fringe formats—dubbed “fringe” because our research shows that none has above a 10-percent adoption rate among associations—and then looks at when each might make sense for an association to pursue and factors […]

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