6 Pervasive Corporate Training Pitfalls
APRIL 20, 2017
Remember when you were new to learning and development? If you really are new, congratulations and welcome to the field! If you’ve been around for a little while, I want you to think back: what do you wish you could tell your former self about what he/she is getting themselves into?
Microlearning: What It Is and What It Isn’t
FEBRUARY 21, 2017
Last month, we published the results from our 2017 Learning and Remembering Survey. In the survey, we asked respondents to tell us what learning trends or new training delivery methods they are most excited about for 2017. The number one answer? Microlearning.
Seven 2017 Learning Trends: Novel or Norm?
JANUARY 10, 2017
At the start of a new year – or the end of an old one – we love to read about trends. Articles on trends can be fun reads, but do they really help us see the future? Do trends really matter? I’ll let you decide. I went back and found a 1998 ATD (then ASTD) State of the Industry report.
Do Your Learners Know the ‘Why’?
APRIL 4, 2017
Many learning leaders struggle to help learners feel accountable for their own growth and development. They devote time and budget to create more and more training, yet see little change. This common expression partially sums up the problem: “When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”.
Building a Business Case for Customer Training
Looking to expand your customer training program? Your executive team will likely have some concerns. Download this guide to learn how to prove the value of training and tackle objections head-on.
6 Steps to a Mobile Mindset: Mobile Learning Basics
JANUARY 31, 2017
If you attended ATD TechKnowledge this year, then you might have seen a session about this new thing called The Mobile Mindset. Steven Boller and myself presented on this topic in front of a rather enthusiastic audience.
Trainers: Don’t Forget to Coach!
MARCH 24, 2016
It’s been many years now since my son learned to drive, but I still recall the first time he got behind the wheel with his learner’s permit to take the family on an outing. The destination was one he was familiar with.
5 Ways Pokémon Go Shows Us What Learning Games Could Be
AUGUST 30, 2016
If you haven’t heard about Pokémon Go yet, then you haven’t been paying attention.
Why Product Managers Should Include Training in Their Launch Plan
OCTOBER 25, 2016
Everyone like surprises – at least good surprises like surprise birthday parties, surprise company lunches at work, finding a surprise twenty dollars in your jeans, etc.
Take Charge of your eLearning environment
Learn how to maximize the impact of your learning by aligning to the goals of your organization, how to establish a learning culture with gamification including leaderboards and badges. Discover a learning content management system that is both powerful and easy to configure and manage.
Four Emerging Technologies that L&D Leaders Need to Consider
JANUARY 21, 2015
I attended the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show two weeks ago with an eye to seeing what technologies have potential application within the L&D industry. I came away with notes on five areas that I think will impact L&D in the future.
How to Turn Overworked Managers into Empowered Coaches
AUGUST 2, 2016
Companies spend a lot of money on training… and on tracking the training people complete. The global spend on training in 2015 was $355B with the U.S. accounting for $160B of that spend.
BLP Wins 2nd Consecutive LTEN Excellence Award with Ventana Medical Systems
JUNE 27, 2016
For the second consecutive year, Bottom-Line Performance was named a winner in the LTEN Excellence Awards. This year’s win was in the Innovation category for product launch training created in partnership with Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. Ventana), a member of the Roche Group.
Why “70:20:10” Is Not Enough
FEBRUARY 11, 2016
In a recent article , Bill Brandon speculates that we’ve hit a tipping point in the workplace. Learning demands placed on workers have exceed workers’ capacity to meet them.
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.
Can Micro-Learning Help Stressed, Unmotivated Learners?
JULY 22, 2015
I’ve published two posts on micro-learning in recent months. One was on this site; one was done for ATD. Both generated discussion with some folks debating my assertion that we need to be very cautious about leaping to it. I’m going to stand by my assertion.
Reluctant Sales Reps? How to Show them the ‘Why’
SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
Have you ever encountered sales reps reluctant to take training? Maybe reps are excited and motivated as new hires, but less interested to invest time into training once they have been on the job for awhile.
Our “Recipe” for Learning and Remembering in Corporate Learning
NOVEMBER 12, 2014
Some employees get too little training. They sit through a few classroom sessions, see some slides, and get very little help at actually doing their job. Others get too much training. The list of required eLearning courses is too long, and actually takes them away from their responsibilities.
When Remembering Really Matters – New White Paper from Sharon Boller
APRIL 8, 2014
Sharon Boller, President of Bottom-Line Performance, has authored a new white paper: When Remembering Really Matters: Learning Strategies for Long-Term Retention.
Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose
Navigating the ever-changing world of eLearning can be a challenge, but many people are finding a way to manage it, as well as a clear path forward. With Learning Insights, you can develop an even clearer sense of purpose, taking your vision to reality.
The Myth of “Micro-Learning”
MAY 13, 2015
There’s a new buzz phrase going around town these days in the L&D and talent development communities. That phrase is “micro-learning.” ” The infographic on the modern learner, published by Bersin and Associates” in late 2014, fuels this fire.
eLearning Trends That Will Fizzle, Sizzle, or Simmer in 2014
FEBRUARY 3, 2014
Our industry is notorious for chasing after trends. We all enjoy reading the summaries of the past year – and seeing predictions for the new one. Most folks want to know: which trends are worth pursuing and which ones are going to fizzle?
3 Truths About Millennials and Workplace Learning
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
As a Millennial, I have felt at times turned off by the over-generalizations often presented about my generation. In my view, most of the changes in the workplace that we often say are coming from Millennials are actually larger shifts happening across all generations.
Learning Theories Gone Wild – Urban Myths that Hurt Your Learning Designs
FEBRUARY 24, 2014
I had lunch with one of our team members last week, and she shared a story about her elementary-aged son that made me cringe. The teacher had students take a “learning styles” assessment to determine their learning styles and assigned homework based on the learning style. Yikes!
[New eBook] The 3 Stages of Customer Training Development
Want to expand your training efforts? You’ll often see success by starting small and growing your program in a sustainable way. Download the eBook to learn more.
What Is Agile Learning Design?
MAY 7, 2013
If you’re in the learning design business or working with game based learning , then you’ve probably come across the term “Agile” a lot recently, so we’re going to try and make sense of it.
Why Companies Procrastinate When it’s Time for Training
SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
September 6th was National Fight Procrastination Day. And in true procrastination fashion, we’ve put off writing this blog until now.
A Guide to Superior eLearning Graphics
AUGUST 10, 2013
Regardless of whether you believe in “learning styles” (almost all of the research debunks them), it still stands that a huge percentage of our learning is visual. This is especially true for eLearning.
Agile vs ADDIE: Which Is Better for Learning Design?
MAY 11, 2013
My last post was about Agile Learning Design , an iterative model of instructional design that focuses on collaboration and rapid prototyping. And it’s become quite a hot topic this past year.
The complete eLearning journey
As an eLearning designer wouldn’t it be great if you could take charge of your eLearning environment right from storyboarding your ideas to generating responsive eLearning courses to being able to effectively deploy and track your learners’ performance?
How We Use Social Media for Informal Learning
JULY 16, 2013
Vendors talk about social learning like its something revolutionary, but I’m here to tell you its not. Informal learning is an everyday thing. Social media tools are just another platform we use to learn from each-other and find information serendipitously.
Global eLearning: When One Size Does Not Fit All
JUNE 17, 2014
Want life to keep you on your toes? Try deploying eLearning to a global audience. Good ideas have to be great ones, and even the best-laid project work plan can be torn asunder as project teams grow and decision makers multiply.
Designing UX for eLearning? Skip the Cargo Cult
APRIL 12, 2016
When it comes to user experience (UX), most eLearning designers will tell you they can do better. The problem? They are not really UX/UI designers. They are instructional designers, eLearning specialists and trainers.
See Our 2015 Learning and Remembering Survey Results
JANUARY 7, 2016
The results are in for our second annual Learning and Remembering Survey. We surveyed learning professionals throughout 2015 to find out what their top training priorities are… and what challenges they face.
4 Ways to Close the Learning-Doing Gap for Front-Line Managers [GUIDE]
Wanted: A better way to develop front-line managers! It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to gain key insights into why so many programs fall short and learn 4 key principles for designing an effective solution.
Once Is Not Enough: How to Playtest Custom Learning Games
JULY 30, 2015
I believe playtesting is a crucial, and often overlooked, part of learning game design. It takes multiple iterations to determine the right combination of game mechanics and game elements for your target learners.