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Amp Up Employee Engagement through L&D

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This year you need to build engagement through learning and development. Maybe you know there’s a connection between engaged employees and business success, such as higher profits and lower turnover than companies with disengaged employees.

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Six Must Have Data Analytics Skills

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Over the past couple decades, a steady increase in the use of technology has opened many new opportunities for organizations to streamline operations, solve a myriad of problems, and innovate. One of the most substantial benefits of technology is its ability to collect data.

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eLearning at the Forefront of Your L&D Strategy

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How has your training infrastructure adapted to today’s business world? Before COVID-19 hit the world by storm, many L&D professionals struggled to get their organizations to include robust eLearning tactics as part of the training process.

Learning and Development Trends for 2021

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Writing about trends coming off the year 2020 feels precarious and hasty. Can we, at this moment, safely say that we are heading in any general direction? Maybe not, but one critical lesson 2020 taught us is that we must be comfortable acting with speed and urgency.

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CFO’s Guide to Building an HR Team with Limited Time, Budget and Resources

Building the ideal HR team doesn’t happen overnight—especially when CFOs have limited time, budget and resources. But our new guide can give you advice on where to start and key focus areas you need to know. Download our guide today!

Three Ways to Use Microlearning to Upskill or Reskill Your Workforce

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Microlearning is an emerging paradigm that addresses a learner’s need to receive the content they need, when they need it, and in the appropriate context. As a learning strategy or approach, microlearning delivers short (10 minutes or less), focused training and performance support.

Best Practices for Remote Onboarding

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If you have any experience in the L&D field, you probably know that successful onboarding is one of the most important steps to ensure new hire success.

Enhance Your Learning with Modern Technology in the Workforce

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Getting and keeping your workforce engaged in learning got a whole lot harder this year. If in the past you felt challenged to keep learners engaged in a face-to-face setting, now you may find yourself working even harder to hold their attention in the two-dimensional classroom.

Staff Augmentation: Extending Your Team with a Flexible Strategy

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Now more than ever, employees and teams are overworked and understaffed. Many companies have been forced to cut salary budgets, slim down their workforce, and make layoff decisions that impact business processes and resources.

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Storytelling Series: A Powerful Tool for Your L&D Program

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Storytelling in L&D. As L&D professionals, we want our training to stick. We know it’s critical to make learning content relatable and memorable. Yet, achieving that ‘stickiness’ module after module, and program after program, can be challenging.

The Role of Human Resources in Workplace Safety

While it may seem obvious to say that safety is important for any company to embrace, making it a priority as an HR representative will not only be beneficial to your employees but to your bottom line too. Download this whitepaper to learn more!

Analyzing Your Compliance Training Programs to Decrease Risk and Improve Outcomes

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You may have heard of Siemens, Germany’s mammoth technology conglomerate with a wooly paw in everything from power plants to trains. They are described in many ways, such as the international energy giant pioneering new electric highway technology.

Transforming Training Programs with Soft Skills

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Over the past few years, companies have begun to transform their employee education programs to make training a more holistic learning experience.

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Four Ways to Utilize Customer Education To Deliver Dynamic Results

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In recent years, customer education and training has become a large part of the learning and development field. Companies are beginning to understand the utility of an educated customer base and are developing training solutions to improve business outcomes.

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Staff Augmentation: Extending Your Team with a Flexible Strategy

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Now more than ever, employees and teams are overworked and understaffed. Many companies have been forced to cut salary budgets, slim down their workforce, and make layoff decisions that impact business processes and resources.

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Five Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

Reskilling Your Workforce: Future Proof Your Training Strategy

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Over the past several months, companies have been working hard to ensure their businesses can continue to function in an online world. Many businesses were able to piece together new strategies to make remote work successful, but others were not.

A Roadmap for Updating Your Training Evaluation Strategy

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For many companies, 2020 has provided a unique set of challenges that have impacted budgets and projects. There is increased pressure to ensure each dollar goes to the most effective use and learning and development projects are often some of the first areas to be cut. Businesses often struggle to understand and articulate return on investment (ROI) for employee education.

Why Gamification for Onboarding/New Hire Training Works

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The first, and perhaps most important, outcome of new hire training is an employee who feels integrated into the team and believes that their role has purpose. To develop a sense of welcome and value, a new employee needs to experience the part they will play in the bigger story. A gamification approach works in an employee onboarding program because it allows a new employee to begin exploring a day-in-the-life of a new role on day one. Gamification New Hire Training

Preparing For Distance Learning: A Checklist

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Right now, administrators are doing everything in their power to provide ongoing education to their students. In some states, like Minnesota, schools are planning for at least eight weeks of lessons delivered remotely and equitably for every student. At the same time, school administrators’ concerns extend beyond student learning. They are working with maintenance and cleaning staff to sanitize their buildings. They are negotiating with bus companies and school lunch providers.

From Surviving to Thriving: Returning to what science says about how we think, work, and learn

Speaker: Clark Quinn, Ph.D., Author and Executive Director of Quinnovation

The pandemic and associated upheavals of 2020 has led to both the need and opportunity to rethink how we think, work, and learn. Being forced to distance, we took emergency steps to build mechanisms that supported remote-learning, with an emphasis on elearning and virtual training. The consensus suggests that our existing elearning and training weren’t as well-received as we hoped. Our efforts to rely on elearning more and translate training to virtual experiences weren’t well-designed. The underlying reason is that we’re not well aligned with how our brains really work! In this session, Dr. Quinn will also go over the implications for learning and working effectively both in general and in this new era. Come see what L&D can, and should, do to help transform organizations to work smarter (and wiser).

Why Gamification Doesn't Mean Serious Games

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Clients often come us to develop their learning solution saying they already know what they want. They want gamification. We ask what they mean by gamification. They say they want the training to be a game. And why do they want it to be a game? Because they want it to be fun. We hear this all the time - even from some colleagues. For training to engage learners, it must be entertaining. There are a couple problems with this.

How To Support Families During the Transition to Distance Learning

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During this transition to distance learning, we know educators are working hard to provide the best, most immediate instructional, interventional, and logistical support to their students. They are planning for weeks or months of lessons delivered to all students, including those with IEPs and 504 Plans, those learning English as a new language, those who are experiencing homelessness, and those who need mental health support. Distance Learning

How To Facilitate Distance Learning In Your School Community

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COVID-19 has caused many in the higher education community to move their face-to-face lectures and meetings to Zoom or other online meeting platforms. [1] 1] While this approach may work well for higher ed or even high school students, can you imagine what that might look like for grade schoolers? Some six- and seven-year-olds struggle to sit through dinner without leaving the table. Take away the food and give them a laptop that’s live streaming their math teacher’s lesson on place value.

Why You Should Invest in Policy and Compliance Training Programs

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Still using completion rates to measure the effectiveness of your compliance program? If so, you’re not alone. According to a survey conducted by Deloitte and Compliance Week, many organizations still rely on completion rates to gauge success. Of those organizations, most considered training to be effective when between 90% and 95% of their learners finish it. Training professionals have long argued that completion doesn’t equal learning, let alone understanding the rules.

The Ins and Outs of Connecting Technologies in a Modern Learning Ecosystem

Speaker: TJ Seabrooks, former CEO at Rustici Software

Have you ended up with a collection of content inputs and data outputs that might be hard to wrangle? If your organization uses multiple LMSs and has content coming from many different places, or you’re heading in this direction, this webinar is for you.

Transitioning Your In-Person Training to Virtual Instructor-Led Training

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Over the past year, we’ve seen the creation of a “new normal” in the business world. More and more communication is taking place online and in virtual environments, and corporations and their employees are beginning to understand that this reality is here to stay. Companies are finding their training and development suddenly inaccessible—many in-person programs have been postponed or eliminated altogether.

7 Creative Ways To Make The Most Of eLearning Pre-Assessments

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How much do your online learners really know, and how well are they able to apply it in the real world? That’s the million-dollar question when you’re designing an eLearning course. It’s all about identifying the gaps so that you can bridge them as quickly, and stress-free, as possible. However, straightforward assessments may not be the best way to go. Especially for online learners who shudder at the mere thought of an exam.

Using the Scrum Process to Manage eLearning Projects

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Introduction. Let’s face it: as helpful as ADDIE is as an instructional design methodology, it doesn't really guide the the project management process. That’s because ADDIE, like many instructional design methodologies, wasn’t originally designed with the “e” in mind. That's the "evaluation" step in the Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (ADDIE) instructional design framework.

How to Develop a Strategic Plan for Compliance Training

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If you’ve read our other blogs on this topic , you know that elements of a good compliance training strategy include tailored training, well-defined goals, focused instructional design, and predetermined metrics. It should also provide comprehensive communication and ongoing refresher training. While these are essential elements of any training program’s strategy, they alone do not constitute a compliance training strategy.

The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

How Microlearning Can Improve Your Training Program

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In a quest for new approaches to training, we are often tempted to turn to the latest trend or technology, thinking one of them must be the golden ticket. One of these new approaches is microlearning, and it’s getting traction, and for good reason. Microlearning Performance Improvement Learning Retention Performance Support Mobile Learning Product and Sales Enablement Employee Training and Performance

Uncovering Performance Gaps With Front End Analysis

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The ADDIE model has served the instructional design community well for decades. For the uninitiated, ADDIE stands for: Analysis. Design. Development. Implementation. Evaluation. But in the “real world,” the analysis phase is often curtailed, if not overlooked outright. Decision-makers are often not versed in the ADDIE methodology. They may make the assumption that training is required as part of a project because it seems obvious. We develop a new system or procedure, and we train it.

Cognitive Bias in Learning: An Overview

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Learning & Development Resolutions for 2020

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Henry Kingman Learning Experience Designer/PM. 2019 was a transformational year in so many ways: technology changed, procedures changed, even teams changed. The one consistency I encountered was the need to effectively align everyone’s expectations and drive the adoption of new practices. That’s how, whether I was designing an eLearning course or managing a blended learning project, I discovered the value of change management.

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

What Is Performance Support? And Why Won't People Stop Talking About It?

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by Jolene Rowan. Education experts have said for years the important role performance support plays in building competency. It tackles head-on two fundamental challenges of learning: the limits of human memory and learner motivation. Despite the vast evidence, most organizations have made little progress implementing performance support solutions. Often, companies are not sure what performance support is or where to begin. So what is performance support?

Sharing Freely: Learning & Development Resolutions for 2019

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Henry Kingman Instructional Designer. My resolution for 2019 as an instructional designer is to always go one step further. Whether I’m brainstorming solutions, designing meaningful interactions, or reviewing my content, I’m going to take one extra step to make sure I have the best version possible. I’ll take one more pass through, find another creative solution, add an extra bit of polish, reassess my decisions. Whatever it is that needs to be done, I’ll do it one more time.

How Design Thinking for Educators Elevates Corporate Training

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8 Budget-Friendly Ways to Create a Moment of Need Online Training Repository

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There are times when employees require immediate online training tools to complete tasks, build skills, or brush up on company policy. Waiting for the next scheduled online training session would not only diminish their productivity but also put customer satisfaction at risk. The challenge that organizations face is figuring out how to address their needs on the spot with the resources available.

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[On-Demand Webinar] The State of Customer Education: Trends and Benchmarks Report

Speaker: Sandi Lin & Linda Schwaber-Cohen

In this webinar, Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin shared learnings from Skilljar's recent study and her insights on the state of Customer Education. She dug into key findings so you can benchmark against industry trends and understand how your strategy and metrics compare.