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Spring Clean Your Training

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Work With Subject Matter Experts to Organize Content Every spring the increase in sunshine prompts us to do a deep clean of our homes, organizing our prized possessions and throwing out or donating things that no longer spark joy or suit us anymore. A messy closet can hide our favorite outfits and make it take longer in the morning to get ready. It may also cause more work if the clothes are so cramped that they wrinkle.

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Learning Objectives: Who Cares?

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What Really Matters When Documenting Course Goals When I started in the world of L&D, one of the biggest shocks I had was the battle over the learning objective. I had moved from my life as a small-town newspaper reporter to a supporting role on an e-learning development team. At that point, I had no formal training in instructional design, so listening to people go back and forth about the correct verb to use in an objective seemed a little bizarre.

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Don’t Get Lost in the Sand Dune… Make Connections!

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Providing a Road Map for Learners In 1984 I saw the first movie adaptation of Dune. Because it was so extraordinary and made such an impression, I set out to read the original series by Frank Herbert , a journey that took me many, many years to complete. While the original series is only six books, most can best be described (in the words of my former College English Lit professor) as “weighty tomes of words.

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Staying the Course…

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Skill-Based Learning I’ve read several recent articles and trend reports talking about a renewed focus on skills as the basis for hiring and learning, and I couldn’t be happier. Innovative Learning Group was founded on the idea that skills can be improved through learning and performance support solutions for workers, leading to higher performance and organizational results.

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Pushing Beyond 101

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Teaching the Experienced Workforce Why do most organizations put 80 percent of their learning resources into supporting less than 20 percent of the workforce? Look at your organization’s budget for learning and development and try to justify why almost every program is geared to new hires and those with less than a year of experience. That’s an 80/20 phenomenon that doesn’t make a lot of sense.

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Let’s Talk Video, Take 2

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Instructional Reasons for Using Video in E-Learning Recently my peer, Eris Noren, wrote a blog about best practices for using video in e-learning where he described video styles, software, and the process used to create a video. In this “Take 2,” I’m going to expand on his ideas by addressing the instructional reasons for using videos. Like Eris mentioned, there are many reasons to use video in your training: it’s a quick way to deliver content, sound, and motion to engage learners; it can be us

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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.