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Global Internet Trends and Association Learning: Part 2

This is the second in a three-part series that deals with opportunities for association learning initiatives inspired by Mary Meeker’s recent report on global Internet trends. In my first post, I addressed trends related to Millennials and the vital questions associations should be asking about serving this important group. In this post I want to point out the evolving new realities of video usage and consumption, and look at their possible impact.

Global Internet Trends and Association Learning: Part 2

This is the second in a three-part series that deals with opportunities for association learning...

Online Learning: Friend or Foe of Traditional Learning?

Education is a hot topic in the association space and in recent years discussion has been heavy...

Creating Effective Learning Environments: A Road Map for Success

When you begin to develop an online learning environment two factors are in play: 1) You have...

Social Learning Trends in the Association Space

Strategically implementing collaborative learning can revolutionize the way your association...

Boost Association Education Products with Learner-Centered Experiences

The Gallup-Purdue Index provides an interesting look at the relationship between a person’s...

New Workshop Series to Build Capacity for Great Learning Experiences

The Institute for Learning Environment Design (ILED), a partnership between NextThought and the...

Unknown Professional Futures and Opportunities for Associations

In their recent white paper, “The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm,” Shelly Alcorn...

Six Tips for Creating Great Digital Learning Content

Last week, Dan Meyer shared the Desmos guidelines for building great digital math activities. ...

Moving Beyond Traditional Self-Paced Learning Models in Professional Education

Ambient Insight has just released a report that predicts a sharp decline worldwide in the...

Employing Learning Design to Avoid the The Awkward Translator Syndrome

The Awkward Translator A key to designing and creating effective learning solutions is to remove...

Good Learning Design Begins with the "What"

Beginning with What vs. How Often, learning technology companies focus their product messaging...

Building Organizational Capacity through Great Learning Design

It’s not uncommon we encounter an organization with a strong desire to deliver an innovative...

Effective Networked Learning Environments for Professional Development

Three questions for an effective networked learning environments for professional development.  

Designing Innovative Learning Experiences

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of sitting with both NextThought and ILED colleagues at the...

Improving Learning by Adding Inquiry

One of the most common learning design questions I’m asked is, “How can I get learners more...

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes (In Revenue)

The era of associations relying on member dues to support revenue is all but gone. The challenge...

Using Synchronous Communication Tools to Enhance Learning Environment Design

For today’s learning environment architect, synchronous communication tools are an important and...

Millennials, Listicles, and Learning

Listicles have quickly become one of the more popular online writing styles. What is the...

The Simplicity and Power of Learning Environment Design

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending Virginia Tech’s Conference on Teaching Large Classes,...

Designing NextThought’s Learning Video Playbook

One of the great things about being Chief Learning Officer at a company like NextThought is that...

Pinterest As A Learning Environment

We all participate in some form of online content curation whether we realize it or not. From...

Meetings and Meeting Agendas as Learning Environments

Most people who work in organizations are familiar with and are, sometimes, resigned to the...

5 Tips for Designing Learning Video for Mobile Contexts

I’m a big fan of professional cycling and, over the years, July has become a special time for...

Millennials: Digital or Paperback Learners?

My mom is a former teacher, and as soon as I could crawl she had a baby-proof book in my hands....

Your Video As A Learning Environment

When creating video for learning, it’s easy to forget that the video itself is a complete,...

What’s Workplace Development Anyway?

A Gallup poll shows that 87% of Millennials find development to be important in a job. So in the...

5 Questions to Ask When Designing Informational Videos

In an earlier post, we discussed the growing importance of video as part of the online learning...

The Value of a Shared Language for Learning Environment Design

Beginning last fall, NextThought began integrating Learning Environment Modeling (LEM) and the...

5 Suggestions for Improving Learning with Video

There is little doubt about the effectiveness of video as a tool for improving learning. As...

Build A Community Through Associations

Millennials are used to surrounding themselves with a community that stems from shared...

NextThought Announces Exciting Association Research Partnership

As part of our partnership with the University of Central Oklahoma and its Institute for...

4 Considerations for Better Training Video

There’s no doubt that video is an important part of the online learning toolkit. Ideally, video...

How To Make Association Members Out of Millennials

There is a lot of discussion about the role millennials have to play in association membership...

Global Internet Trends and Association Learning: Part 3

This is the third in a three-part series that deals with opportunities for association learning...

Design Thinking Projects in Online Learning Environments

I do a good bit of design thinking research related to learning design and and I’ve found design...

Personalization in Online Learning Environments

Today’s learning environment design challenge was prompted by a discussion I read in the online...

5 Steps for Creating Successful E-learning Solutions

All too often our discussion about e-learning becomes a constraint exercise that begins with the...

A Partnership for Learning Environment Design

Early last August, I attended a workshop on Learning Environment Modeling (LEM) and was inspired...

Learning Design Is Truly Global with LEML

Yesterday I had the pleasure of sitting down to chat with Ratul Dev, our visiting Fellow from the

Learning Design Solutions for Increasing Student Engagement in Math

Dan Meyer gave yet another thought provoking presentation about math education at the recent...

Weekly Update: It's an Open and Closed Future

When I write a weekly update like this, I always begin by looking for a theme in the articles...

Parable # 9: The Story of the Beautiful Meal

The beautiful meal A wise woman was making her way through a distant land and she came upon a...

Learning Environment Models for Creating T-Shaped Individuals

I'm presenting today at the T-Summit 2016 in Washington D.C. This is a conference focused on...

Making Learning Content Affordable in Oklahoma

(Note: Within the context of this post, affordable content is defined as “free, at-no-additional...

From Cohort Learning to Alumnification at Oklahoma Christian University

Recently, I’ve started sharing concrete examples of how we at NextThought are using a...

NextThought Launches Power of Connections Course on Student Engagement

NextThought announced the launch of a new online learning experience today called The Power of...

The Promise of Connected Learning

Rob Reynolds, Ph.D. Chief Product Officer, NextThought

A Textbook, What Is It Good For?

On Friday, we'll have our next #OpenTeachingOU Twitter Chat. The topic for this session will be...

Eight Qualities of Open Pedagogy

A week ago, I got into one of those spontaneous Twitter discussions with two of my good friends...

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