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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.

Engaging Adult Learners: An Oxymoron?

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Increase Engagement in Learning Solutions by Respecting Learner Characteristics. Maybe you’ve seen the Salesforce commercial : Matthew McConaughey, dressed as an astronaut but piloting a hot air balloon, tells us “It’s not time to escape, it’s time to engage!” A very thinly veiled poke at certain billionaire tech giants, it asserts that we don’t need to travel to Mars or the Metaverse to find our future. Instead, we should look to improving our own, real, flawed but still-beautiful world.

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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.

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!

The Future of eLearning in 2022: A Sensitive Eye for Authentic Translation and Localization

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

To avoid awkward and sometimes disastrous learning content, instructional designers must use authentic translation in the right context to get optimal results. Join Chris Paxton, President of D3 Training Solutions, to walk through simple strategies step by step.

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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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.

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?

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.

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.

Are You Still Watching? How to Create Engaging Presentations for Virtual Learning

Speaker: Richard Goring, Director at BrightCarbon

Remote meetings are here to stay - and so is the Zoom fatigue that many experience. The importance of compelling content is more apparent than ever. In this webinar, learn how PowerPoint provides terrific tools to create the kind of dynamic visual content you need to capture your remote audience’s attention. Come along to this masterclass packed with live demonstrations of how to create compelling presentations for successful meetings in a virtual and hybrid environment. In this webinar, you will learn how to: Create dynamic visuals that support persuasive stories to engage your audience Develop professional-looking designs for presentations and other content Become a PowerPoint legend with techniques to make effective presentations quickly and easily June 30th, 2022 at 9:30 am PDT, 12:30 pm EDT, 5:30 pm GMT

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.

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.

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.

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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Who C.A.R.E.S.!? How Learning Got Its Bad Rap & What We Can Do About It

Speaker: Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer at ELB Learning

Since when has learning and development become such a negative experience with learners? Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer for ELB Learning, will introduce a new learning framework called the C.A.R.E.S Learning Effectiveness Model.

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.

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!

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.

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.

The Key to Getting the Best Out of Video-Based Practice & Coaching

Speaker: Micah Eppler, Account Executive for Rehearsal of eLearning Brothers

Join Micah Eppler from eLearning Brothers to see hands-on examples of how organizations are transforming outcomes with video-based training strategies.

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!

“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?

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.

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.

Immersing the Curious Mind in VR: Why You’re Missing Out on Proven ROI!

Speaker: John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO, CenarioVR® Creator

Join John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO and creator of the award-winning VR course builder CenarioVR®, to find out why organizations choose immersive learning and how they've used innovative approaches.

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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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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Personalize Your Employee Training with Adaptive Learning

While you may not be familiar with the term “adaptive learning,” it is likely you’ve encountered this type of learning before. But now is finally the time to learn how adaptive learning helps with knowledge retention, and how it can be used to improve your program.

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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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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Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

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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