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It’s All About the Journey

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Don’t Just Train, Give Learners an Adventure! Consider this training request scenario: Learning need: A new business process, along with new software, is to be rolled out to employees within a company division. Challenge: The employees must transition to the process at software go-live, three months from now. The software is currently being customized to meet the organization’s requirements.

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Interactive PDFs — An Underused Learning Solution

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Not Quite E-Learning But More Than a Job Aid. One of my first learning industry projects was in the late ‘90s, when printed PowerPoint facilitator guides and corresponding participant guides were all the rage.

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The SME: An ISD’s Best Content Friend

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How to Effectively Work With Subject Matter Experts. In my many years as an instructional systems designer (ISD), I’ve learned about a lot of other jobs in a number of different industries. I started out at a company that focused on government defense and have gone on to projects in automotive , utilities, medical technology , healthcare , insurance , financial services , and retail. Because of the diversity of projects I’ve worked on, I’ve never been bored!

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Compliance Training – Just Do It Already

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Best Practices for Doing Compliance Training Right. I know what you’re thinking, “Not another blog about compliance. What more is there to say? Compliance training must be done, so just do it!”. But pause a minute… this idea of “just do it” is why compliance training often ends up being so unpalatable. Because it typically must be created — or recreated — and taken on a yearly basis, compliance training may be given short shrift when it comes to rigorous and thoughtful design and development.

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Spaced Repetition: The Secret to Boosting Employee Performance and Business Growth

Unlock the power of spaced repetition to boost employee performance and drive business growth! Download the whitepaper for expert insights and practical tips.

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Who, Me – Biased?

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Seek Many Voices When Designing Solutions. Imagine you’re an instructional designer (ID) charged with creating e-learning to teach a work process. Which one of the following is the best way to determine the course content? Obtain relevant information from the subject matter expert (SME) Imagine what you would want to know yourself Observe an exemplary performer Rely on your expertise as a learning professional.

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The Rights and Wrongs of Feedback

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Feedback: An Essential Element for Performance Improvement. Feedback: Love it or leave it? Do you like receiving it, do you like giving it, or are you okay without it? Do you know which types of feedback improve performance? I think we can agree that feedback is critical in attempts to improve employee job performance.

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Performance Objective Pitfall

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The Danger of Describe. If you’ve worked with me recently and turned in performance or learning objectives starting with “Describe…” you’ve most definitely gotten feedback from me questioning your choice. If you work with me sometime soon, you’ll know this is one of my pet peeves and be prepared for the questions! Yes, I do realize Describe is an action verb. I’m also fully aware it’s on Bloom’s Taxonomy at the Knowledge AND Comprehension levels of Cognitive Domain.

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Yes, You Can Do Both!

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Be Responsive and Effective. Can you have short, breezy learning opportunities that your learners take whenever and wherever they want that won’t make the training gods cringe? Now more than ever, learners don’t want to spend hours sitting through synchronous learning. They also don’t want to read volumes of text or sit through a lengthy e-learning course. But can you still create effective, efficient, enjoyable learning experiences ? I say YES!

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Learning at the Great Oasis

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Relevant, Meaningful Content Creates Great Learning Experiences. According to a Gallup Global Emotions survey , people are experiencing a record amount of stress in their lives with 40 percent saying that they experience stress during most of their day. You can say that it’s because of the pandemic or that it’s the result of social polarization, but the most overarching feeling is that many people seem to be on the edge. Where can you go to get away from it all? A Learning Oasis.

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How to Buy Learning and Development in 2023

This 6-step strategy guide serves as a reference point for how CLOs and learning and development professionals can go about procuring L&D services and what things they should look out for.

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The Learning Experience Evolution

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From Relationship Managers to Business Consultants. Many Moons Ago…. …I I began working with a great team at Amway on transitioning its global sales account managers from administrative/relationship-building roles to strategic, business consultants or trusted advisors. This revolutionary change in position and perspective prompted the global sales learning and development team to also radically evolve its approach to training new account managers. As The World Turned….

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The Four Stages of Animation

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3D Animation Can Add Dimension to Your Custom E-Learning Projects. Animation is a great way to grab learners’ attention in e-learning, but how do you determine when and how to use 3D to take it to the next level of engagement?

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Natural Learning — Exploring and Discovering; Connecting and Doing

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Eight Components to Cultivate a Robust Learning Experience. It’s gardening season where I live, one of my favorite times of the year. Waiting for perennials to come up, watching for buds and leaves to appear, moving plants to more favorable locations in the yard, deciding what vegetables to plant where, all bring me joy. I’m familiar with my yard, the soil, the sun and shade, and I know what I want to cultivate and how.

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Four-in-One!

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Tips to design Role-Specific Systems Training. Picture this — you’re meeting with a business services client who wants to develop a custom-learning course to walk learners through the functionality of a time sheet system. You think to yourself, sure, we can do that! But then the client adds that this training must cover the requirements of four unique roles within a single course. One role (manager) must receive all content in the course.

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Is Your L&D Organization Future-Proof?

Speaker: Karl Kapp, Ed.D., Professor of Instructional Design and Technology

If the recent past has taught us anything, it's that L&D organizations need to be nimble, quick, and able to react to both foreseen and unforeseen threats in order to be successful. That means looking to the convergence of technology, learning, and business needs so you can make intelligent, informed decisions regarding both your future and the future of your organization.

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Why Is It Important to Know What Learners are Thinking and Feeling?

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Using Empathy to Create Impactful Learning. At the end of 2020, a colleague and I were recapping the year’s experiences and the abrupt shift that had to occur in learning for many companies. In particular, we’d both noticed how often the word “empathy” had come up in client conversations, and in industry articles, blogs, and podcasts. Empathy seemed to be the focus of leadership, human resources, and teams.

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Audience… Objectives… Chunk It Up!

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Three Simple Steps to Create a Blended Learning Solution. I think we’d all agree that 2020 forced a lot of change to training solutions in a very quick and reactionary manner. Did anyone not convert hundreds of instructor-led training (ILT) to virtual ILT on the fly? As we start 2021, it’s more important than ever to create and provide great learning to your employees.

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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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Developing Leaders From a Distance

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Leadership Workshops Evolve From the Classroom. It’s interesting how change is sometimes thrust upon us. Innovation flourishes when disruption forces us to abandon the status quo and approach leader development without the quintessential leadership workshop. It had been widely accepted that leader skills require full-contact engagement. After all, leaders interact with people constantly.

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Your Expert Guide to Working With LMS Sales Reps

Considering moving to or improving your training online? Here’s a helpful guide to prepare you to talk to all those LMS salespeople. Arm yourself with the right info, and ask the right questions to ensure you find your best partner-in-training.

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Systems Training Is Not One-Size Fits All

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Best Practices For Developing Systems-Based Training. Innovative Learning Group has developed custom training for many systems, from talent management and customer relationship management to banking and financial systems. After managing many of these projects , I’ve learned that systems training is definitely not one-size fits all. However, along the way I’ve discovered three best practices that every company can apply to ensure the successful launch of a system.

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Are We In This Virtually Forever?

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Five Actions to Take to Advance Your Learning Future. Now that we are many months into this pandemic, I think we’ve come to realize that many of our normal routines have changed forever — at home and at work. For learning professionals, those whose work weeks were largely filled with maintaining and delivering live instructor-led training were literally rocked to the core.

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Don’t Expect the Same Experience, Because It’s Not. And That’s Okay!

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Create — Instead of Convert — Virtual Instructor-led training. In the past few months, we’ve all found ourselves connecting more in a virtual space than in person. Before this, I wouldn’t have taken an online exercise class or used a telemedicine service. Why would I when I live in an urban area with so many amenities only a few blocks away? But when in-person togetherness went away, it pushed me to try more virtual experiences. And you know what … that’s not such a bad thing at all!

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Is Now the Time to Revisit Your Learning Strategy?

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Adding A New Delivery Method Will Impact Your Strategy. I recently finished conducting a review of the technology sections of a client’s comprehensive learning strategy. Looking back on this effort, I was surprised to see how many parts of the strategy needed to be revised when a new delivery method was added, in this specific case, custom e-learning.

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Onboarding Retrospective - A Different Path to Better Onboarding Experiences

Speaker: Carrie Missele - Practice Lead, Learning and Development at Inspirant Group

In this webinar, Carrie Missele will walk you through the process of developing an effective onboarding program that leads to a happy a happy new hire!

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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.

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Giants of the Past Offer Words of Wisdom

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Start with Performance First to Get to the Right Learning Solution. My colleague and a former ILGer Susan Fisher is what you would call an expert in turning e-learning into e-performance. Her approach has made me stop and think… where have I heard this before? Is it possible to help workers in the moment they’re performing a task? Could that reduce — or even eliminate — the time we traditionally pull people away from work to engage in training? Emphatically, yes!

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“No” Is Not the Answer

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When Client Expectations and Best Practices Don’t Align. How often have you encountered a situation in which you were asked to do something, and you knew the request wasn’t the best approach? For example, what if your client asks for a custom learning. project to turn a half-day workshop into a 30-minute e-learning without removing any content? Would you just stare at them unblinking? Shake your head in disbelief? Would you be tempted to just say, “ no ” to them?

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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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The Art of Making Engaging and Effective Learning Videos

Speaker: Joseph Suarez - Learning Experience Designer at Suarez Media Production

In this webinar, Joseph Suarez will break down the craft, the art, and the science, of video production and reveal how to leverage the production process to create engaging learning videos of all types and sizes.

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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.

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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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The Proof is in the Pie: Customized Training Programs Boost Employee Efficiency

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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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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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How Do You Measure the Success of Enterprise Learning?

Every organization measures ROI differently. With Thought Industries’ three pillars of learning in this white paper, you can identify what matters to your business, define KPIs and metrics, and see how other organizations measure success and impact.

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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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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?

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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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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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Designing For Engagement: Revive Your L&D Strategy with Gamification, VR, and More

Speaker: Stephen Baer - Chief Creative Officer, ELB Learning & Luke Talbot - Chief Product Officer, Userlane

In this fireside chat, leading L&D experts Stephen Baer & Luke Talbot will discuss the exciting technological advancements in eLearning and how you can choose and implement the right technology for your company.