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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.

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.

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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. Or the global industrial behemoth using AI to create futuristic factories operated by robots.

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.

Use Chaos to Build a Stronger Organization

Speaker: Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer & Managing Partner at Sapient Insights Group

As we look to tomorrow, it is time to ask ourselves what lessons have we learned and how do we create flexible organizations that can survive what the future holds. Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer for Sapient Insights Group, will share insights, data, and tools that are helping organizations adapt and even thrive in this difficult environment. She’ll discuss the emerging trends in the Learning technology market, and how these exciting new approaches to creating micro, adaptive, and personalized content is changing the face of workforce development while creating strong connections to business outcomes.

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.

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.

Compliance Training: Meaningful Evidence, Measures, and Results

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Maybe your high-level leaders support your compliance training program , but do you have the information and resources you need to implement a meaningful program?

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.

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.

How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.

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.

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 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

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.

Don't Pick Your Next LMS Until You Read This Guide!

With so many factors and people to consider, how do you make sure you pick the right LMS? It’s simple: This guide covers crucial considerations with actionable advice and professional insights, so you know you’ve picked the perfect eLearning solution.

Cognitive Bias in Learning: An Overview

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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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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.

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.

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!

Blended Learning Solutions Provide the Most Bang For Your Training Buck

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For years one of our clients delivered a one-and-done instructor-led classroom training seminar that prepared learners to pass an exam and achieve a professional certification. The client’s accreditation body refused to certify the curriculum unless it was delivered in-person, which, they insisted, was the silver bullet, and best way for people to learn. Blended Learning Instructor-Led Training

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?

Why Conducting an Audience Analysis Improves Your Training Outcomes

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Assumptions. We all make them, and sometimes we have to. But, most people would probably agree - if you have the means to gather the information needed to make decisions based on facts rather than making assumptions, that is by far the safer way to go.

Revisiting SXSW: Training Design Ideas From Surprising Sources

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As innovation in technology continues to skyrocket, organizations and their people experience change at an unprecedented pace, leaving everyone a bit weary just trying to keep up. As learning and development professionals, we feel constant pressure in this fast-paced tech environment to design training that is efficient, meaningful, and engaging.

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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.

How to Leverage Your eLearning Investment for Business Growth

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Instructional Design Models: Comparing ADDIE, Bloom, Gagne, & Merrill

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On a recent business trip, I was reminded that even though I live in the world of instructional design every day, how difficult the concept can be to explain to someone who doesn't. Here’s a breakdown of common processes and principles. Instructional Design

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How Design Thinking for Educators Elevates Corporate Training

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Elevate Your eLearning: How To Storyboard Like A Boss

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by Claire Narum. Good eLearning doesn’t simply create itself (though that would be great, wouldn’t it?). Just like every Beyoncé starts by singing into a hairbrush in front of the mirror, every great eLearning begins as a storyboard. The trouble lies in knowing where to start and what to include. But first, a definition: w hat is a storyboard in learning and development? Why do you even need one? And, if you've never created one, where do you learn how to storyboard?

Mission Critical: Leveraging Learning Engineering to Drive Digital Transformation

Speaker: Trish Uhl, Founder of Owl's Ledge LLC and the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum

Digital is disrupting every part of an organization's value chain at a record pace, creating a critical need to transform operations and employees' ways of working. Formal training alone can't keep up; it's often too slow, too generic, inconvenient, inefficient, unduly expensive and lacks or lags methods for measuring business-related effectiveness. Trish Uhl show you how to start leveraging Learning Engineering, a multidisciplinary approach that combines modern technology, data analytics, decision science, learning sciences and change management with human-centered engineering design methodologies to ultimately deliver targeted learning outcomes and business results that keep pace with the business and merge learning into the flow of work and lead Digital Adoption.

How to Motivate Your Team: 12 Must-Have Methods For The L&D Manager

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by Nell Gelhaus. Plenty of material is available for learning and development professionals who are looking for ways to increase their employees’ desire to learn. In fact, we’ve even written about it. But what about your team? It can be exhausting for training developers to juggle projects, collaborate with subject matter experts, and manage stakeholder demands. How do we keep L&D professionals motivated to perform their best day after day, year after year?

Maximize Learning With a Training Needs Assessment

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Cognitive Bias in Learning: An Overview

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What Are Cognitive Biases? Our brains receive non-stop input from all five senses every moment we are awake. In the face of this enormous amount of daily input, our brains develop subconscious coping mechanisms that we can use to quickly make daily decisions. Cognitive biases result when these coping mechanisms fail. Put simply, a cognitive bias is an error in the way we think.

How To Convince Your Subject Matter Expert That Less Is More

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by Andrea May. Working with subject matter experts is not a straight-forward, one-size-fits-all affair. There’s no rulebook with a single set of rules that works for every SME you’ll encounter. Instead, each SME presents a unique challenge for instructional designers and other L&D professionals. But, before you can work with a SME effectively, you must identify what type of SME they are.

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COVID & the Future of Work: Insights from Paycor’s C-Suite

In Paycor’s newest report, our Chief Executive and Group Leaders consider how your clients will recruit, manage their workforce, optimize benefits, and foster employee experience in the new normal of 2020 and beyond. For actionable insights and tips download and share our guide with your clients!

The Surge of Corporate Training Videos: 6 Styles to Engage Your Learners

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During our annual development team retrospective, we realized that video has begun to comprise an increasingly larger share of our project portfolio. The growing demand for video is exhilarating for us as a learning development team; it’s an indicator that clients are grasping the value of blended learning.

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