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Weaving Design Thinking Into Project Work

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This summer, Spine Crackers , the Innovative Learning Group (ILG) book club, decided to read the TD at Work publication, “ Design Thinking Meets ADDIE ,” by Kathy Glynn and Debra Tolsma. Admittedly, our group wasn’t only intrigued by the topic but also the manageable length (only 16 pages plus a few job aids and resource lists!) for our summertime brains.

Lights… Action… Pilot!

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Planning Your Instructor-led Training Pilot. My teenager recently participated as a model in a fashion runway show. For the dress rehearsal the day before the show, not all models and designers were able to attend, so a sense of the number of outfit changes, order, and timing wasn’t possible to gauge. There weren’t any observers acting as the audience to provide feedback on the audio levels of the emcee and music nor on the proximity of the models to camera locations.

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Lights… Action… Pilot!

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My teenager recently participated as a model in a fashion runway show. For the dress rehearsal the day before the show, not all models and designers were able to attend, so a sense of the number of outfit changes, order, and timing wasn’t possible to gauge. There weren’t any observers acting as the audience to provide feedback on the audio levels of the emcee and music nor on the proximity of the models to camera locations.

Get Animated!

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Engaging learners is a key element of any e-learning. However, for some, e-learning can be as dry as burnt toast. The best instructional designers know that keeping learners involved is half the battle when it comes to absorbing information. Even if the subject matter is drier than overcooked chicken that’s been left out in the Sahara next to a dehumidifier for a month, there are still methods an instructional designer can employ to make the e-learning more engaging.

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How UserTesting Drives Product Adoption and CX with Customer Education

Speaker: Steve Fleming-Prot, Content Strategist, UserTesting

In this webinar, Steve Fleming-Prot of UserTesting will share lessons learned from building UserTesting’s Learning Navigator and on-demand University, and why Customer Education is an important part of CX—and CX is an important part of Customer Education.

The Agile Industrial Complex

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Agile as a way of working and organizing team activities has spread from software development to other aspects of work and business, from sales management to project management and most points in between, including learning and development (L&D). From my perspective, it’s gotten well out of hand. In software development, agile demonstrates its worth by delivering robust software with a sharper focus on customer/end-user needs.

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What Could be Better than Free Pizza?

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Training is about moving the needle…engaging learners. At its core, it’s about designing and developing solutions that increase performance. But does it matter in all roles and all types of businesses? For the roles and responsibilities that tend to be repetitive, is training even necessary ? Consider this before you answer. With a fresh driver’s license in hand, my son was convinced he had everything he needed to live his best life. How could it not get any better?

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Redemption for the Sins of Learning

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I have come to a point in my career where I find myself reflecting on the good and the bad, the highs and the lows, and the hopes and wishes I have for those who will step forward when I ultimately, one day, step back. Today, I want to expose some of the challenges we face in our organizations — challenges that I see are leading us all down the path toward “sins” in our learning programs. It seems that despite our best efforts, organizations often fail to create improvements in performance.

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Creative ILT Design: Wow Your Learners

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I’ve had the pleasure of managing many memorable projects during my two and a half years at Innovative Learning Group (ILG). One thing I’ve always emphasized is the value of being consultative. Sure, there are some projects for which the solution is simple and straightforward. However, there are also those where our clients value our partnership and objectivity as a third party. It’s this consultative approach that recently led to a pretty awesome outcome for one of my clients.

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Wowing Your Learners

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I’ve had the pleasure of managing many memorable projects during my two and a half years at Innovative Learning Group (ILG). One thing I’ve always emphasized is the value of being consultative. Sure, there are some projects for which the solution is simple and straightforward. However, there are also those where our clients value our partnership and objectivity as a third party. It’s this consultative approach that recently led to a pretty awesome outcome for one of my clients.

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Training for Lead Generation, Customer Onboarding and Support

Customer lifecycle training gives customers the knowledge and tools they need to be successful. As customer success and satisfaction grows, so does retention and repeat business. This eBook can help training teams improve or expand their customer training programs.

Should the Customer Always Be Right?

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Possibly, hopefully, you read my previous blog post ( Learning and Performance: Get Angry, Make Changes ), and you’ve been waiting eagerly since last June for the promised follow-up. Today’s your lucky day! But first, let me ask: did your organization make any progress toward performance-first learning last year? Really, I’d love to know, so please leave a comment below!

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L&D Roads Bad? It’s Time to Repair Our Infrastructure!

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I’m frustrated! As a Michigander, I hear a lot about the state’s infrastructure and the extensive work needed to improve it. There are crumbling roads, deficient bridges, and congestion plaguing our streets and highways. But what’s really frustrating me are the problems I see with the state of the learning and development (L&D) infrastructure. How are so many organizations ignoring the obstacles that impede how we travel to our L&D destinations?

Learning Should Be More Like Branding

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During my recent trip to Phuket, Thailand, I noticed how a handful of global brands had penetrated deeply into remote areas of the island. It made me think: What is it about brands that makes people remember their product? Can learning professionals model some of the tactics used by brands to help employees remember important concepts? First and foremost, brands make sure their names are everywhere.

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Butter Up Your Training With VILT

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Seven Tips for Successful Virtual Instructor-Led Training. If you haven’t attended a virtual instructor-led-training (VILT), sign up for one now! As learning and development professionals, having some VILT knowledge and experience will increase your tool set and give you an opportunity to show your organization how to embrace this cost-effective, flexible, and efficient way to train many learners in diverse locations. I’m sure you’re asking yourself… “Isn’t a VILT the same as a webinar?”

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There’s Not a Skills Gap in the U.S… or Is There?

Your search for the perfect candidate has resulted in zero perfectly skilled applicants. What’s going on? Enter… the skills gap. This report, ‘The Employment Skills Gap and What To Do About It,' breaks down the issue with solutions you can apply now.

Butter Up Your Training With VILT

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If you haven’t attended a virtual instructor-led-training (VILT), sign up for one now! As learning and development professionals, having some VILT knowledge and experience will increase your tool set and give you an opportunity to show your organization how to embrace this cost-effective, flexible, and efficient way to train many learners in diverse locations. I’m sure you’re asking yourself… “Isn’t a VILT the same as a webinar?” The answer is no.

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Learning and Performance: Get Angry, Make Changes

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Three Ways to Streamline Employee Performance Improvement. “I’m I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”. Remember that iconic catch phrase from the 1976 movie Network ? Howard Beale (played by Peter Finch) was commenting on modern American society, but it’s been running through the back of my mind lately — about formal training in the workplace. OK, I may not actually be as mad as hell , but I do think much employee training is a waste of time.

Learning and Performance: Get Angry, Make Changes

Innovative Learning Group

“I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”. Remember that iconic catch phrase from the 1976 movie Network ? Howard Beale (played by Peter Finch) was commenting on modern American society, but it’s been running through the back of my mind lately — about formal training in the workplace. OK, I may not actually be as mad as hell , but I do think much employee training is a waste of time.

Gamification: Is It Relevant? Is It Meaningful?

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Gamification continues to be a growing trend — in a long list of trends — in the learning industry. The thing is, gamification isn’t all that new. Gamification techniques (or more simply gaming techniques) such as countdowns, discovery, points, and levels, have been used for many years to engage learners and transfer knowledge and skills. As with all trends , the trick is to know when and how to use games to enhance learning and performance rather than just to entertain participants.

A New Segmentation Model for Customer Onboarding

A great customer onboarding program is a proactive and meaningful way to make a lasting impact on customer engagement, retention, and expansion. In this eBook, Skilljar will show you a new framework for building a customer onboarding program, including how to segment users and drive long-term value and retention through education.

Preparing the Perfect Learning Feast

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Tonight after a long day at work, it’s likely that the last thing you want to do is go home and prepare a fabulous meal. Honestly, after a day of mind-numbing meetings, 150 emails, and your manager leaning on you for that presentation, who has the energy for that? It’s more likely you’ll stop at the market to pick up a roasted chicken, open a can of corn, and announce to your family “dinner is served!” Will it fill their tummies? Will it be fast and easy? You bet.

Getting Learners to the “Aha!” Moment

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I’m sure this has happened to all of us at one time or another when taking an e-learning course. You sit in front of your computer, coffee in hand, and unconsciously click through each screen without giving the content a second thought. You just want to get to the end and check off on your training plan that you’ve completed the course. As an instructional designer for Innovative Learning Group (ILG), I want to give learners real “aha!” moments.

What can the “Great British Bake Off” Technical Challenge Teach Us About Learning?

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You’ve heard all the hype about the latest technological cure for what ails training: augmented, virtual, or mixed reality. Sure, I’d be the first to agree that mobile learning with augmented reality could be truly revolutionary in the workplace, a fact that visionaries in our industry have been talking about for the last six or seven years. Yes, let’s start using AR/VR/MR (augmented reality/virtual reality/mixed reality) in our learning and performance support solutions where it makes sense!

What “The Great British Bake Off” Can Teach Us About Learning

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You’ve heard all the hype about the latest technological cure for what ails training: augmented, virtual, or mixed reality. Sure, I’d be the first to agree that mobile learning with augmented reality could be truly revolutionary in the workplace, a fact that visionaries in our industry have been talking about for the last six or seven years. Yes, let’s start using AR/VR/MR (augmented reality/virtual reality/mixed reality) in our learning and performance support solutions where it makes sense!

The Definitive Guide to Customer Education Metrics

As you build and scale your customer education program, the right data can help you identify patterns, make evidence-based decisions, and adapt strategy to meet business goals. In this eBook, Skilljar will share the data and metrics best practices that have helped their customers meet program goals and communicate business impact.

The Art of Storytelling in Training: The Great Pineapple Dilemma

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Tips to Incorporate Storytelling in Your Learning Solutions. Growing up, my dad’s memorable tale of his father, my Grandpa Schirmacher, has inspired me throughout my life. As a Mounted Marine, my grandpa rode a horse while serving in the United States Marine Corps. During his career, he was stationed on the then-island nation of Hawaii (before it became the 50 th state). Grandpa Schirmacher, being the mischievous character that he was, decided one day to liberate a pineapple from a local farm.

The Great Pineapple Dilemma — and the Art of Storytelling

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Growing up, my dad’s memorable tale of his father, my Grandpa Schirmacher, has inspired me throughout my life. As a Mounted Marine, my grandpa rode a horse while serving in the United States Marine Corps. During his career, he was stationed on the then-island nation of Hawaii (before it became the 50 th state). Grandpa Schirmacher, being the mischievous character that he was, decided one day to liberate a pineapple from a local farm.

What’s Your Attitude?

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When it comes to learning, we all have an attitude regarding how to learn. This mindset includes how we think others should learn, the best way to learn, if generations really learn differently, and so on. Elliott Masie posted a great article — “ Your Learners Have Attitude ” — that inspired me to really think about the changes occurring in the learning industry and how they influence what I do and how I think.

Adapting to Adapt: Learning a New Framework for Responsive Design

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An Expert’s Advice on Using Adapt for E-Learning. At Innovative Learning Group, we’ve designed and developed thousands of e-learning courses using many different authoring tools and programming languages. So when requests started coming in to create e-learning using the new-to-us Adapt authoring tool and framework, an application that allows you to quickly build responsive e-learning content, we dove right in — because we know what we’re doing! We got this!

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Adapting to Adapt: Learning a New Framework for Responsive Design

Innovative Learning Group

At Innovative Learning Group, we’ve designed and developed thousands of e-learning courses using many different authoring tools and programming languages. So when requests started coming in to create e-learning using the new-to-us Adapt authoring tool and framework, an application that allows you to quickly build responsive e-learning content, we dove right in — because we know what we’re doing! We got this!

Harnessing the Power of Video Learning: Take Your Content from Boring to Exciting

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Are you ever faced with a need to communicate a procedure to your team but are unsure of the method to deliver it because the content is somewhat dry or is not very interesting? I recently worked with a longtime Innovative Learning Group client in the financial industry on a learning need just like this. In a nutshell, the client needed to show how a conversation should be conducted between a financial analyst and his/her customer.

Harnessing the Power of Video: Take Your Learning Content from Boring to Exciting

Innovative Learning Group

Are you ever faced with a need to communicate a procedure to your team but are unsure of the method to deliver it because the content is somewhat dry or is not very interesting? I recently worked with a longtime Innovative Learning Group client in the financial industry on a learning need just like this. In a nutshell, the client needed to show how a conversation should be conducted between a financial analyst and his/her customer.

Using Social Science for Learning

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Let’s face it, we’re social beings. We don’t live in isolation, and most of us don’t work in isolation. Even if we work alone, we connect with others through various ways. There’s now an entire body of evidence about the impact that social interaction has on us: namely the Social Neuroscience of learning. As we have evolved into more social beings, we have become more sensitive to the environment around us.

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Choosing the Right Technology for External Training

According to Talented Learning, more than 700 LMS vendors compete in today’s learning platforms marketplace. But of course, not all platforms are created equal. In this eBook, Skilljar will discuss the key components of an external training LMS, and why they’re essential for a well-designed customer training program.