How Much Does it Really Cost to Train an Employee?
NOVEMBER 17, 2015
We’ve heard the numbers before: The average company spends around $1,208 per employee per year on training costs. But that statistics can be misleading, especially when company size and industry come into play. The truth is that the costs to truly train an employee vary widely–and in some cases, may be much more than necessary. Training by the Numbers. The Forgetting Curve.
Infographic: How Neurolearning Can Drastically Improve Your Employees Ability to Learn New Skills
JANUARY 28, 2016
Learning is a lot more than just “Read this,” and “Look at that.” When receiving new information, our brains are firing on all cylinders to process, route, and store that data for later recall. With 86 billion neurons firing at a rate of 300 million per second, the brain is a veritable information and retrieval machine, so why does so much learning ignore the brain’s way of thinking? link]. link].
5 Ways To Effectively Teach Soft Skills To Your Sales Team [Infographic]
MAY 16, 2016
We all know that the best sales people have the “it” factor that no one seems to be able to describe. It’s in the way they communicate to a customer, that connects with them beyond the surface level, and spawns an immediate likeability and trust. Sales managers wish they could clone this person’s hard to train skill set, and many try to by creating training initiatives.
3 Reasons Epic Fails Happen in Corporate L&D
DECEMBER 11, 2015
You did the research. You created the content. You even got people to take your course. But it still wasn’t a success. Forgetful learners, unenthused managers, and a lack of engagement caused your training session to fall flat. Insanity is often defined as doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results each time. If your training is ineffectual, you know all too well how exhausting it can be to plan and prep, only to have it become a total dud for your purposes. Choppy Workflow. Workflow is an important part of training, but it’s often forgotten. No Manager Buy-In.
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Why Understanding Learner Motivation Is Key For Gamification
MARCH 14, 2016
Just like eLearning can’t take place without a deep understanding of learner motivation, gamification in employee training won’t work without an understanding what drives and motivates employees. Just adding point or badges to a learning module is not gamification. great way to think about it is this. Dangling a carrot in front of a rabbit will motivate a reaction from the rabbit.
How to Growth Hack Your Brain Using Gamification and Neurolearning
MARCH 7, 2016
When you hear the term “growth hack,” what do you think of? It’s one of those buzzwords that marketing pros throw around, especially when speed and size are of the essence. But more than just a flashy hashtag, #growthhacking has real applications when it comes to helping your learners see the need for more training. Creating an Emotional Connection. Let’s face it: Money talks. Leveraging Your Data.
How Better Customer Education is the Secret Ingredient for Customer Loyalty
MARCH 16, 2016
Many eLearning principles are also highly effective when applied to the marketing front, especially when it comes to customer loyalty. While most think of customer loyalty as the percentage of wallet share you earn in any given customer’s pocket, today’s social landscape has altered what that loyalty really means. And millennial customers? They’re a new breed altogether. Explainer Videos.
You Might Need an Instructional Designer If…
DECEMBER 29, 2015
We get it: Small budgets and that one guy in HR who swears he took an instructional design course in college might sway you to get the job done in-house. And at times, it might even be adequate for less-important training or quick-fire leadership tips. But sometimes, trying to develop instructional design and training in-house could be an epic fail. Check your needs against our list. No one cared.
Iterative Design Models: ADDIE vs SAM
AUGUST 21, 2016
Whipping up a boring corporate learning or training session into a dazzling & engaging eLearning experience has huge, obvious benefits. The question is – what model best fits your team? The Iterative Process of Addie vs SAM. Merriam-Webster defines iteration as “a procedure in which repetition of a sequence of operations yields results successively closer to a desired result.” Mind numbing!
Why We Should Teach Millennials The Same Way We Market To Them
APRIL 5, 2016
In just a few years, Dollar Shave Club (a mail-order subscription service for razors) went from being a basement startup to being worth $615 million. The brand boasts 2.6 million followers on Facebook, and its original low-brow viral video explaining the service has enjoyed over 22 million views. The secret to Dollar Shave Club’s success? What a Millennial Wants. Microlearning and Micromarketing.
Testing, Testing: Best Practices for eLearning Recall and Retention
AUGUST 24, 2015
The word “test” usually strikes fear into the hearts of learners, replete with anxiety and sweaty palms. That’s because in most cases, tests are used as a way for learners to prove to administrators that they’ve mastered the material: If a learner fails, it means he’s done something wrong. Tests aren’t meant to be for the benefit of the administrator, but for the learners themselves.
3 Upgrades You Need for Your Corporate Learning in 2017
NOVEMBER 9, 2016
In an industry that was stagnant for a long time, we can’t help but be excited about the possibilities that innovation and creativity bring to the table for learning. The decades-long monopoly that bad eLearning and training once held over the corporate world has been replaced by engaging content and out-of-the-box delivery methods that keep learners glued and actually improve retention and results. But we’re not done yet. While it’s true that eLearning has gotten better over the years, tech advances and creative thinking still leave us with a few tricks up our collective sleeves.
Why Mindfulness Deserves a Place in Your Leadership Training
AUGUST 29, 2016
It seems like something you’d hear while meditating during yoga class: Mindfulness teaches us to be present and deliberate in choice and action. But mindfulness has made its way from the yoga mat to the office in some organizations, and the benefits have been significant and even scientifically proven. The shift to soft skills as part of leadership training should encourage mindfulness, so it’s worth understanding why keeping mindfulness on your mind could make all the difference. Mind Over Matter. Proven Results. Benefits such as: Improved decision-making skills. More creativity.
Why Your Training Strategy Probably Needs an Attitude Adjustment
AUGUST 4, 2015
If you’re taking on the paternal role for workplace training and notice that employees are more sullen teens than willing participants, you have a serious problem. Often, the issue with training initiatives isn’t only centered around the content, the delivery system, or even the strategy: It’s the attitude behind the training. Good Learning, Bad Learning. Changing Attitudes. Functional training.
Africa Rising: How eLearning is Elevating Education in the World’s Fastest-Growing Market
JUNE 29, 2015
Revolutionizing the way an entire continent thinks about education is hardly a one-size-fits-all solution, but eLearning is definitely coming close: As Sub-Saharan African nations set their sights on making education more accessible for everyone, learning applications such as MOOCs and online post-secondary schools are filling an obvious gap that has long since plagued the area.
3 Reasons Why Your Brain Loves Animation for Learning
MAY 9, 2016
“Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation.” ” -Walt Disney. At first glance, the decision to go with animation over live-action training makes sense from a business perspective. It’s obviously much less expensive than hiring a subject matter expert, and it gives you the chance to create branded assets specific to your organization. Did you know that 70% of all your sensory receptors are in your eyes ? Richard E.
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ELM Expert Series: 3 Fundamental Pillars to Sales Training Success
JULY 20, 2016
What’s Your Foundation? Organizations are currently spending billions of dollars a year on sales training without seeing a lasting impact to their programs. As a sales training professional, I believe we can do better. Sales training is evolving rapidly. To make the most progress quickly, and create the most value, the right combination of structure and process must be implemented. Business impact.
The Force Awakens: Is Neuromarketing on the Side of Good or Evil?
SEPTEMBER 19, 2015
The clear winner of the Super Bowl advertisement showdown in 2011 was Volkswagen. Not only did their Passat commercial about the world’s cutest pint-size Darth Vader make all 111 million viewers say “aww,” but the spot nabbed two Gold Lions and the title of Adweek’s best commercial for 2011. No one would deny that it was a brilliant ad. Neuromarketing, as a science, is still in its infancy.
How Microsoft Can Be A Digital Learning Powerhouse With It’s Lynda.com Acquisition
JULY 6, 2016
With Microsoft’s $26 billion-dollar acquisition of LinkedIn, the software giant also gets a bevy of other online businesses. One of the sites included in the package deal is Lynda.com, which LinkedIn acquired for $1.5 billion in 2015. Past Mistakes. Remember the Microsoft Paperclip, Clippy? Unfortunately, it was also whether you liked it or not. Cool, right? Certification (Finally). Social Sharing.
The Talent You Are Missing Might Already Be On Your Team
OCTOBER 4, 2016
It’s a jungle out there, and we don’t mean for employees. Today, it’s the employers that are at a disadvantage because organizations are fighting for the attention of a few multi-talented individuals. When someone has talent in their role, other companies will take notice, and you could find that your organization keeps losing crucial personnel to competitors. So what’s the issue? It could be a lack of learning opportunities. As employees feel educated and respected, they’ll be more motivated to learn the inner workings of an organization and stick around for the long haul. But why?
Pedagogy vs. Andragogy: Where Many Get it Wrong In Their Learning Strategy
JUNE 6, 2016
Most professionals in the learning space have used the words “pedagogy” and “andragogy” before. Unfortunately, the terms are often used interchangeably and therefore, incorrectly. Broken down, pedagogy and andragogy essentially translate to “child guide” and “man guide” respectively. It might seem like a case of a tiny detail and a nitpicky eLearning agency, but there is actually a vast difference between adult and child learning theories. Someone applying pedagogical theory to a classroom full of professionals might find that their efforts read as child’s play. Life Experience. Adults?
5 Ways to “Uberize” Your eLearning
FEBRUARY 3, 2016
Did you know that if you traveled all Uber trips in just the past five years, it would be roughly the same as a round trip to Saturn? Not bad for a company that started five years and $200K ago. Today, Uber is one of those rare success stories, valued at around $63 billion. It might be time to cut the fat, get lean, and use these five tips to operate in the Uber way for better results.
Slack Vs. Hipchat: Which Works Best for Informal Learning?
SEPTEMBER 14, 2015
Full disclosure: At eLearning Mind, we love Slack. The platform allows us to easily talk between departments and helps to close the gap caused by having offices on opposite sides of the country. But we were also curious about Slack’s biggest competitor, Hipchat. When compared side-by-side, both have their pros and cons. Both are methods for informal communication. Straight to the Source.
How To Retain Employees By Giving Them Learning They Want
APRIL 20, 2016
Your employees are resourceful. If they want to learn about something, they only need an Internet connection and the willingness to page through an article or two, or watch a quick video. So, what’s stopping them from getting all the information they need from the University of Google instead of utilizing employee resources and learning materials? As it turns out: not much. The Social Spin.
Still Sending Emails About Your Learning Initiative? It’s Not Enough.
OCTOBER 17, 2016
You put a ton of resources into creating a learning initiative for your team, all just to have it be neglected to wither away in an LMS graveyard. Sound familiar? It’s frustrating to put all of your time and energy into a program that doesn’t really get a response. Maybe you even tried to send out an email to drum up support–and still; nothing. Clearly an internal email isn’t doing much to inspire your employees to take action and use the learning program. But you do have the tools to inspire. You want your team to actually use the learning you’re providing right? The Marketing Method .
3 Ways Learning Will Amplify Your Internal Communications
AUGUST 1, 2016
Everyone seems to be communicating about the lack of communication within the workplace without much success. It’s not surprising, internal communications may be one of the hardest things to learn and foster, especially in a business where you are dealing with hundreds of people who all have their own ideas and needs. It’s a mess, really. But communication doesn’t have to be this daunting ordeal that continues to disrupt company harmony. Once you link communication to learning, and you have this foundation, then you build on it in order to help your company succeed.
Why Slow and Steady Wins in Leadership Training
APRIL 12, 2016
Leadership training? That’s easy. Leadership training that is effective and sustainable? That’s another story altogether. Too often, leadership training is approached with a boot camp mentality: Fast and intense, an afternoon is supposed to be enough to churn out the latest crop of visionaries and leaders. Click To Tweet. Here’s how. Building Leaders… Slowly. That’s Not All….
Here’s the Secret Number to Help You Avoid Information Overload
FEBRUARY 8, 2016
You may not realize it, but we have a natural defense to avoid information overload. Imagine that someone is giving you a phone number. It’s almost universal: They will give you the first three numbers first (8-6-7) before giving you the last four numbers (5-3-0-9). Why do humans almost naturally default to this method of “chunking” information? This is Your Brain on Data. Microlearning Memories.
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Inside Out: How Disney Uses Neuroscience as a Marketing Tool
AUGUST 3, 2015
Disney/Pixar’s latest movie Inside Out , writers delved into a conceptualized idea of how emotions affect and influence our reactions, our memories, and even our personalities. Imagined as the inner workings of a pre-adolescent girl–Riley– Inside Out has raked in nearly $500 million at the time of publication. We think it boils down to neuroscience. Masters of Manipulation. Boosting mood.