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ASTD’s Learning Circuits Express: January 19, 2001

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Learning Circuits Express is a free information service provided by Learning Circuits, ASTD’s online magazine about e-learning (http://www.learningcircuits.org). Forward this newsletter to friends, co-workers, and colleagues to share the latest in e-learning news, trends, and community.


CONTENTS
1. A Fresh Look at ROI
2. Interact! With Online Learning
3. Game-Based E-Learning Gets Real
4. Change Afoot, Says ASTD Report
5. Your Take on ROI

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1. A FRESH LOOK AT ROI

Return-on-investment isn't what it used to be. Think tank CEO Jay Cross examines ROI in the age of e-learning from four different perspectives: training manager, business unit manager, corporate staff, and executive manager.


READ: http://www.learningcircuits.org/2001/jan2001/cross.html

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2. GAME-BASED E-LEARNING GETS REAL

E-learning consumers should expect programs that incorporate the same innovative tools and techniques used in the computer gaming industry--such as graphics, interaction, and skill-building challenges--to deliver an educational experience that's compelling, informative, and fun.

READ: http://www.learningcircuits.org/2001/jan2001/klaila.html

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3. INTERACT! WITH ONLINE LEARNING

As the novelty of learning on the Web wears off, using interactive materials in your online instruction becomes more important. In many cases, you can find free online materials on the Web suited for your courses. Sometimes you'll need to create your own materials. Here are some tips for locating and creating interactive exercises for your e-learning projects.

READ: http://www.learningcircuits.org/2001/jan2001/elearn.html

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4. CHANGE AFOOT, SAYS ASTD REPORT

An annual report by ASTD's research arm identifies technology as one of three megatrends shaping (and shaking) the training industry. The 2000 ASTD Trends Report: Staying Ahead of the Winds of Change says the "forces of globalization, technology, and demographics are driving the development of an entirely new organizational landscape in which the pressure to perform is unrelenting.”

The authors note the continued growth of technology-delivered learning, citing recent studies by IDC and other Internet market research firms. “The challenge for the future is for employers to realize the true value of learning technologies in improving individual and organizational performance,” the report states.

MORE: http://www.learningcircuits.org/2001/jan2001/newsbytes.html#newjan1

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5. YOUR TAKE ON ROI

Do you (or your firm) measure ROI for e-learning? Cast your vote and see how others have weighed in.

VOTE: http://www.learningcircuits.org

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