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503 - Oprah e-Learning? Search and Your LMS

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - February 25, 2008.
#503 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
54,118 Readers - - The MASIE Center.
Learning Systems ‘08 - April 10 & 11 - Las Vegas, NV.

1. Oprah Joins e-Learning World.
2. Tips for Trainers: Re-Design the Class Activity.
3. Search, Google and Your LMS/LCMS.

1. Oprah Joins e-Learning World: I just signed up for an on-line course offered by Oprah’s Book Club.  Cathy Tighe, a TRENDS Reader, send me a note about Oprah’s entry into the e-Learning world and I thought that I would give it a try.  If you would like to check out how e-Learning is being used by Oprah:

2. Tips for Trainers: Re-Design the Class Activity: Here is a different way to do an end-of-the-class evaluation. Instead of a smile sheet, ask your learners to, in small groups, re-design the program.  Give them 10 minutes and ask them to do a rapid re-design of the Sequence, Scope and Activities in the class.  You will be pleasantly surprised at the great ideas and rich data that this will yield.

3. Search, Google and Your LMS/LCMS: Your learners want to access the resources in your LMS and LCMS via a search process that is as simple as Google and perhaps integrated into a federated search.  While Learning Portal pages are still used by many companies, more and more of our learners want to locate and launch learning content as the result of a personalized and targeted search.  Some organizations have integrated their LMS or LCMS into the corporate search engine.  Others are using Google-like “ads” to display course offerings alongside corporate search results.  We will be diving into this topic at our upcoming Learning Systems ‘08 event in Las Vegas on April 10 and 11th.  I’ll be asking the CEOs/CTOs of major LMS and LCMS companies how they are going to build the link between content and search.  Information at

Upcoming MASIE Center Events:
* Learning Leaders Academy (For Future CLOs)
* Learning Systems ‘08: User Groups for LMS and LCMS Systems
* Performance Support Lab & Seminar
* Learning 2008
Information and Registration at