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Modern Learning Environments

A lot’s been made in recent years around the way we make our modern learning environments (or MLE), the way we use the space, the collaboration and sharing of physical space mirroring the way we are increasingly working in the virtual space. Social media has hugely impacted the way we learn and share, the same principles also apply to the rooms in which we learning and share. All of this is great but there’s a great deal of skill involved in not only designing these MLEs but also in utilising them fully.

In this edition of The Nth Degree, Nigel explores what’s wrong with MLEs and how we can make it right.

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Learning design in your learning

It’s common knowledge that good learning requires some sort of design, but what a lot of people aren’t aware of is that having good learning design alone doesn’t guarantee that your learning will be good.  The best way to design learning is in a collaborative environment that allows for an agile approach.

Kanuka’s Nigel Young explains this in his latest blog post “The Importance and Irrelevance of Design”.

Kanuka can employ this agile methodology and, combined with our learning background, we can go further than just designing great learning for you, we can deliver it too and with our expertise we can deliver it whatever the blend.

Contact Us for further details and read the full blog here

Micro-Learning?

Nigel from Kanuka recently posted about Micro-Learning and posed the question if it even existed?  You may have heard of it recently with some of the buzz around using bite-sized pieces of learning to break-up learning into pieces that are easier for learners to consume; this is the basic theory behind micro-learning.  What’s the difference between micro-learning and micro-content?  Well, read Nigel’s blog to get more details, but in a nutshell what we often think of as micro-learning might just be micro-content, what we need to do with micro-learning is use our bite-sized pieces to inspire and let learners take control over their learning.  That’s something we can help you with!  Drop Nigel an email to discuss in more detail or contact us to arrange a discussion.

Working Out Loud

Have you heard about Working Out Loud?  One of the hottest topics right now is the use of social media to share what we’re doing.  It’s not just about sharing our successes, but also our failures and learnings along the way.  What about in your workplace?  Is it safe to try and maybe not succeed?  It’s all about the environment you set and how comfortable your employees feel in that environment.

In the Nth Degree Kanuka Consulting’s Nigel Young takes the idea a little further and looks at actually Learning Out Loud.  Isn’t it time we started sharing more in the learning as well as the success?

Read it here:  Learning Out Loud

Selecting your LMS

As you may know Kanuka launched KLearn this week which is our Learning Management System (LMS) which we’ll be using to put up free resources as well as client areas and even helping out a not-for-profit organisation (more details to come…).  It prompted Kanuka’s own Nigel Young to review the options for an LMS on a low budget in his blog the Nth Degree: http://nigelkineo.blogspot.co.nz/2015/02/whats-best-lms-on-low-budget.html 

The conclusion is there’s no one-size fits all. That’s where we can help you to decide what’s going to work out best for your organisation.  If you have the time and know-how to sift between the several hundred LMS options that exist out there you’re not the typical L&D or HR Manager, if you are then speak to us and we can help.

In the meantime enjoy the read and reply to Nigel directly if you want some help or of course through our contact us page.

Getting a face-lift

It’s all well and good to spend your time making good elearning and having great looking charts for consultancy work but your own site sometimes gets overlooked that’s not such a great thing so we gave the site a bit of a face-lift on the holiday weekend.  Funny thing is you’d be amazed how often we see a client and they do the same thing – forget about the way internal systems look – like your LMS – and put all their focus on external people and clients.

Anyway we thought our main site could use a revamp to a cleaner and more modern responsive theme so check it out at http://kanukaconsulting.co.nz and let us know what you think.

In the meantime maybe it’s time to look at your own systems and consider a face-lift?  Maybe you need a helping hand doing that? If so, let us know :)

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Starting out with eLearning

One of hardest things to do is to start something.  Not just in your learning or elearning but in general – you feel like you don’t know anything and it’s easy to feel a bit out of your depth straight away.  eLearning is great for that.  You hear about these experts condemning the elearning that others have done or that the system is not interactive enough or there’s too much ‘click next’ type activity.  The problem is often that you haven’t even got that far… there’s no existing ‘e’ anything, there’s no learning management system (or LMS) and the closest thing to tracking you have is that old Excel spreadsheet which as fallen woefully out of date.

Probably a good time to give us a buzz.  We’re based in Tauranga in the beautiful Bay of Plenty but don’t let that put you off if you’re further afield – this is a distance based solution after all and we like to practise what we preach.  We can help sort you out with the right LMS for your needs (or determine if you need one at all) – we’re independent so not tied to one LMS or another or show you how go get the most out of the one you’re using.  We can produce your elearning or even show you how to produce your own with the minimal of fuss; we can ensure you get the settings right to track and plug your learning into your systems in line with your learning strategies (heck.. we can help with those too!).

eLearning is a minefield and an expensive one too if you don’t know what to expect.  One of the other services we can provide is consultancy to help you better interact with some of the big companies out there – elearning can certainly be a daunting area but the rewards and efficiencies are massive if done right… sometimes it just helps to have the right kind of guide.

Nigel is our resident learning technologies and elearning specialist – follow him on Twitter @the_nthdegree or via email nigel@kanukaconsulting.co.nz or by calling +64 27 509 5335 for a commitment free chat.

Oh and, the Nth Degree is also a great blog to help you on your way!

Kanuka Consulting – and the Nth Degree

It’s been a long time coming but Nigel finally left the big elearning producers at the start of the year to strike out on his own… or more accurately with his better half Kim and join her in a new adventure Kanuka Consulting Ltd.  The idea was to take Kim’s great start as a Human Resources or HR company and add a whole new dimension with Nigel’s background in L&D and particularly in learning technologies and e-learning.

Some of you may be aware that the blog The Nth Degree has been running for a few years now and is the brain-child of Nigel.  It’s a (sometimes) witty, (often) lighthearted and (always) relevant look at the world of learning technologies that often leaks into wider learning and sometimes wider life itself.  If you haven’t caught up with the Nth Degree it’s well worth a visit!  We’ll add a blog feed through to our website too!

What’s great about the Nth Degree is that we’re also incorporating that into Kanuka Consulting.  That means you can get great learnign technologies and elearning consultancy or even builds by an industry leading specialist through Kanuka.

Follow Nigel on @the_nthdegree on Twitter or follow the link here!