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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.

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.

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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.

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.

Digital Learning Tips and Tricks from Neuroscience

Speaker: Margie Meacham, Chief Freedom Officer, Learningtogo

Join "Brain Lady" Margie Meacham for a quick-paced review of the latest tips and tricks as revealed by neuroscience. Learn how the brain works - and, in doing so, discover how to make your training stand out amidst the daily clutter of the online experience.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

How to Leverage Your eLearning Investment for Business Growth

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Top E-Learning Software - Recommendations and Pricing

Zero in on the best E-Learning software for your company. Get expert recommendations and pricing comparisons based on your specific needs.

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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Maximize Learning With a Training Needs Assessment

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INTRODUCTION. Needs Assessment Training Evaluation Employee Training and Performance

How Design Thinking for Educators Elevates Corporate Training

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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?

Employee Training Playbook by Lessonly

Strengthen new employees and develop existing teams with Lessonly’s Employee Training Playbook.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

View from the Learner's Perspective: ROI and the Triple Bottom Line of Learning

Speaker: Lonna Jobson, Instructional Design Team Lead, Inno-Versity, and Miriam Taylor, Chief Learning Strategist, Inno-Versity

Learners make an investment when they participate in learning initiatives - an investment that is often overlooked. Their schedules, priorities, and even their colleagues’ schedules are impacted. The Triple Bottom Line of Learning acknowledges the learner as a crucial stakeholder in the learning process. Join Miriam Taylor and Lonna Jobson of Inno-Versity as they continue in this series by looking at eLearning from the learner's perspective!

Five Steps For Conducting a Training Needs Assessment

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A couple years ago we published 13 Critical Questions to Ask Your Client When Scoping a Learning Engagement. The post captured considerable attention, probably since the task of conducting a training needs assessment can be both a moving target and an ambiguous one. Needs Assessment

How To Train Your Millennial

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There are 83.1 millennials in the U.S. , and they get a bad rap. They are often characterized as a generation continually over-rewarded for under-performance.

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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.

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The Ten Commandments of Elegant and Effective PowerPoint Design

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Thou shalt know thy audience and context Good design is good communication. PowerPoint is used in a variety of contexts and despite the rigid and inherently presumptuous title of this blog post, the specifics of how to follow these rules might change based on the purpose of the presentation.

View from the Learning Team: ROI and the Triple Bottom Line of Learning

Speaker: Andrea Mikulenas, Instructional Design Team Lead, Inno-Versity, and Miriam Taylor, Chief Learning Strategist, Inno-Versity

As a learning leader, you are regularly faced with a dilemma: prioritize the needs of the learners, or succumb to the budgetary demands and deadlines of the C-suite? This proverbial tug-of-war is a constant in learning development - but it doesn't have to be. Join Miriam Taylor and Andrea Mikulenas of Inno-Versity as they dive into the second layer of the Triple Bottom Line of eLearning – the Learning Leaders!

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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The Magic of the Hero’s Journey in Learning Engagement

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by Shane Lueck. Training needs to be engaging. What else is new? At this point, that concept is exhausted. It’s been the topic du jour of articles, webinars, conference break-out sessions, office meetings, and any other resource you can name.

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Why Instructional Designers Should Draw

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22 Free e-Learning and Graphic Design Resources

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Everyone loves a freebie. The problem with many free resource sites is that you are often inundated with so much unusable garbage that it’s hard not to feel like you are wasting your time.

View from the C-Suite: ROI and the Triple Bottom Line of Learning

Speaker: Jerry Zandstra, Co-Founder, Inno-Versity, and Miriam Taylor, Chief Learning Strategist, Inno-Versity

One of the secrets of the C-suite is that they are always dealing with scarcity. Money spent in one place cannot be spent in another. One hundred thousand dollars spent on learning will not be available to spend on marketing or hiring, or any one of several dozen other budget items. Join Miriam Taylor and Dr. Jerry Zandstra as they take a look at learning, training, and development from the C-suite perspective!

The Power of Chunking: How To Increase Learner Retention

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In 1980, K. Anders Ericsson and his colleagues published a fascinating experiment. They took a student of average intelligence, memory capacity, and IQ and had an experimenter test the limits of his memory.

5 Brain Facts That Influence How People Learn

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If you want to create powerful learning experiences, it’s very helpful to get an understanding of how the brain works. While technology changes at an incredible rate, the brain evolves slowly.

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Scenario-Based Learning: Choose Your Own Learning Adventure

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“Experience is the best teacher,” they say. Scenario Based learning Branching

So You Think You Can Change: 3 Quick Tips for Conducting a Change Readiness Assessment

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by Amber Pandya. Your company is implementing yet another change. You swear you just got accustomed to your job’s day-to-day technology process, and now corporate is rolling out a new software that’s supposedly going to help you do it better.

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The Triple Bottom Line of Learning

Speaker: Jerry Zandstra, Co-Founder, Inno-Versity, and Miriam Taylor, Chief Learning Strategist, Inno-Versity

Traditional return on investment (ROI), while a long standing and important concept in the business world, often falls flat when it comes to showing the full picture of a learning initiative. Join experts from Inno-Versity as they propose a new model for finding the ROI of learning, and learn how to make your learning valuable for everyone involved.