Welcome to the April issue of the D- Letter.
In this issue look for the new feature, Straight
Talk which will contain my rants, raves, reflections and
ramblings on topics important to my work with clients. Check out
this week's webinar, the new Spring webinar series - and a special
follow-up webinar to last month's session on implementing your LMS.
Accept my invitation to send me your 'factoids for thought'. Due to
your unprecedented response, I'm continuing the free offer. (Why not
take advantage of it, it's free!) And, I'm introducing two new
features to my website, downloads and a blog.
Thank you for joining me. As always, I welcome your comments and
feedback; don't hold back.
My best, Lance
|Factoids for Thought|
"You can't solve tomorrow's problems with the thinking of
today." Albert Einstein
Did you know?
There were 5.3 billion web searches in February 2006 (up
from 3.8 billion in February 2205)
Googles' share of these searches is 48.5%
Yahoo!s' share of these searches is 22.5%
MSN and AOL combined share is 17.3%
Source: Nielsen/NetRatings, March 2006
I invite you to submit your own factoids for
thought to be included in this section. Email them to
me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|April 12th Webinar: Are You Prepared for an Uncertain
Future? How to Align Your Organizations' Learning Strategies
with itís Learning Needs|
Your organizations' needs are constantly changing. But,
since no one can truly predict the future how then do you
prepare for it? Organizations need to have a range of learning
options available that include the more traditional
instructor-led training, mentoring and coaching, but also
technology-enabled learning (e-learning), blended learning,
and new learning approaches as games and simulations, informal
learning, blogs and wikis, and new forms of
"learning-at-the-speed of work".
Itís important therefore to understand your options so that
you can best leverage them to meet your future challenges. In
this session youíll learn how to: recognize the key stages in
your organizationís learning evolution; know when itís time to
transition to the next stage; and, what it will take to make
that transition successful. This is the session for those of
you who are now ready to take a serious look at your
organizationís learning Ďjourneyí: where youíve been, where
you want to go in the future, whatís new and whatís coming,
and what youíll need to do to get there.
I look forward to seeing you online in this webinar on
Wednesday, April 12th from 2:00-3:00pmEST. Register now from
the Quick Links.
|By Popular Demand: What the Experts Don't Tell You
About Implementing Your LMS - Part 2!|
What the Experts Donít Tell You About Implementing
Your LMS: The Thinking Behind Effective Communication/Change
Programs is the sequel to my webinar on "What the
Experts Don't Tell You About Implementing Your LMS."
In the first part we looked at three very different case
studies of LMS implementations. In this part we will explore
the thinking and conceptual framework behind the techniques
and approaches for change management, communications, and
consumer marketing applied in each of these cases.
Join me online on Tuesday, April 25th from 2:00 -
3:00pmEST. Register now from the Quick Links.
|Spring Webinar Series|
I'm pleased to announce my Spring Webinar Series. Each of
the three webinars in this series will be focused on
de-mystifying some aspect of e-learning. For more information
on each one, click on the Quick Links. Also, I'll be
sending you additional information in the May and June
Here's the series schedule:
- May 11th: De-Mystifying Applying New Trends - Games
& Simulations, M-Learning, Informal Learning
- May 25th: De-Mystifying Developing an All- Encompassing
Learning Strategy Ė From Instructor- led training to Blended
Learning to e-Learning & Beyond
- June 7th: De-Mystifying Implementing Your LMS/LCMS
I look forward to seeing you online. All of these webinars
are from 2:00-3:00pmEST. Register now from the Quick
Who doesn't want something for free?
I'm continuing my offer of one hour of consulting
- at no charge - to each and every subscriber to the D-Letter.
Use me as your consultant to explore any of the current issues
you are having with your e-learning -- Low enrollments? High
drop-out rates? Learner resistance? Manager apathy? Lack of
senior management support? Interested in e-Learning 2.0? Want
to know about blogs and wikis, informal learning, games and
Give me a call or send me an email and let's schedule a
time and day to talk. I'd love to hear about your victories
and your struggles. And, I'd welcome the opportunity to help
you make your e-learning programs and initiatives even more
|Coming Soon: Downloads & a Blog|
Within the month I will introduce two new features to my
website: downloads and a blog. You will be able to download
copies of my presentations and articles directly from my
website. And, I will be joining the world of bloggers with my
own blog. Check it out!
I just returned from the Masie Center's LMS 2006 User Group
event. Over 450 people gathered in a beautiful resort in Las
Vegas to discuss learning management systems and learning
content management systems - and hopefully catch a glimpse of
former President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea, who
were also at the resort (but not for this event, if you had to
What struck me was the profound sense of deja vu. Deja vu
that once again the conversation was focussed on the
technology. I remember much the same conversations when we
moved from mainframe to client server applications and then to
enterprise resource planning systems and then to web
applications. Technology. Systems. Software. It's as if we
hadn't really learned the major lesson from these oh-so-many
many years of hard experience:
"The 'hard' stuff is easy, it's the 'soft' stuff
What's difficult is not getting it to technically work.
That's just frustrating. What's difficult is to get
individuals enaged with the system, managers motivated to
support it, and the organization energized to fully integrate
it into everyday operations; to make it 'just the way we do
things around here'.
I welcome your reactions and thoughts. Find out more....