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Tips to Level-Up Your Virtual Learning Game

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Time to think differently about your virtual learning applications. COVID-19 has taken over all aspects of our lives and has created a new normal. There is understandable concern about travel and traditional instructor-led training and virtual learning is again a topic of conversation. This post was originally created for Litmos, and has been updated). Here’s the deal.

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5 Steps to a Successful Blended Learning Strategy

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Blended Learning Strategy. This Blended Learning post was originally written for DominKnow.com. Since the beginning of time, companies have relied on instructor-led format for training their employees. However, as time has marched on, organizations face certain problems using this delivery method, such as logistic issues, high cost of loss productivity, inability to connect learning back in the workplace, the inability to provide learning reinforcement and the list continues.

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5 Common Virtual Learning Issues and Solutions

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COVID-19 notwithstanding, there are many benefits to consider when making the shift to a virtual learning platform from traditional instructor-led delivery. Consider advanced flexibility, productivity savings, and the ability to make your virtual learning programs part of a blended solution. However, organizations encounter challenges that prevent employees from experiencing the best that virtual learning can deliver.

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How to Ask Better Training Questions

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The time has come to once again to discuss the art of, “How to ask better training questions?” ” (This post ran originally on my blog site for Litmos in January 2018. The content here has been updated.). Picture this: . Director of Well-Meaning Stuff enters your space with a training request. We want people to do “better”, and we want you to create training so the masses do “better” Cue: Head, Bang, Wall.

Paycor CFO Survey: The State of American Business in 2021

In Paycor’s latest survey, more than 2,000 Finance and HR leaders told us about their plans for 2021. Download the survey for actionable insights and tips.

You Have the Power, Don’t Give it Away

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What is power? Looking at the standard definition we see this: “ the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events “ However, the word, “power” often triggers negative emotions of a person or process leveraging against us. Negative power words surround us. This said I find “power” an interesting concept when it comes to working within organizations.

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The Lonely Training Needs Assessment

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What is it about a training needs assessment that makes learning professionals panic? Jump to the bottom of this post to enter to win this month’s book giveaway). I’ve written many times, on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and on this website about the importance of asking the right questions at the right time. Not every nail needs a hammer, not every problem requires a training intervention. CSI Training Needs Investigation How to Ask Training Questions.

The Twitter Chat Conundrum (Part One)

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My name is Shannon and I used to be a twitter chat addict. Seriously, it was nothing to participate on some level in no less than three twitter chats a week. All usually, “learning” related. However, there is something happening with the state of twitter chats that is making me less engaged than in years past, and has put me in a bit of a conundrum. In this two-part post, I am going to tackle the biggest issues I feel are affecting twitter chats today.

Why Training Needs Video

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The shift has arrived, and video is King! You may or may not be shocked by this but not enough of us are creating video to help the people in our organizations. We, as educators in the Adult Learning world, have a responsibility to help our organizations move forward and we are not doing enough to practice this craft. The trend seems to be that we are aware video is important and critical, and we even admit that our end-users would probably prefer video to some of other learning methods used.

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5 Tips to Re-Energize a Lifelong Learning Mindset

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Click here to jump to the Learning Rebels BIG AUDACIOUS giveaway. For many, the New Year often brings into focus the possibilities of a brighter future. We want to brighten our horizons, learn more, and to be better versions of ourselves. We cheer the New Year and write checks that we might not be ready to cash. Once the reality of January 2nd hits, some of us might not sure what direction to go in and our commitment to lifelong learning falters. Sound familiar? . It does to me.

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9 Warning Signs Your Employees Need Language Training

Most global companies are diverse in perspectives, backgrounds, and yes, language. Language barriers can compound existing communication problems, often resulting in business losses. Learn the 9 warning signs your employees need language training today!

Mark Sheppard: Entering the Backchannel of ATD ICE 2018

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Buckle up people, it’s ATD ICE 2018! When it comes to this mammoth of a conference, it’s hard to convey everything that is going on and there is A LOT going on. Therefore, I try to enlist the help of our Learning Rebel village and I have quite the list for you. Peeps who are going to provide us with their unique conference point-of-view: Kassy LaBorie. Heidi Matthews. Kate Pinto . Krissy Richard (First timer, I CANNOT wait to read her perspective!).

Now What? 6 After Conference Tips

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Okay, you’ve just returned from ATD ICE 2015. The glow of the conference is fading as quickly as the warmth of the Orlando sun. Because we are Rebels, we aren’t just going to let all the inspiration and renewed passion sit in the bottom of our abused tote bags. Right? Therefore, here are 6 Rebel tips for after conference follow-up: (Be sure to list your success tips in the comment section below). Create an action list. This is different from a task list, or to-do list.

6 Stupid Classroom Rules Learning Professionals Still Use

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In any classroom, presentation, webinar, or other formal learning environment – in order to encourage engagement and discovery, it’s all about first reaching the hearts and minds of the people in the session. Which is why the continuous erosion of trust in the classrooms amazes me, and we’re not talking about 8th graders here, we’re talking about adults. We all laugh at the crazy rules and warnings we see on basic day to day items.

Creating Connections that Matter!

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Those of you who receive my newsletter, know I have been running a book giveaway the last week. The goal is to help us make connections matter. Be “ Super Connectors ” if you will. Jump to the bottom of this post to enter the giveaway). What drove to this book was me taking inventory of the people with whom I surround myself and the realization of the older I get the more I appreciate those people. In our youth, our mindsets are different, we aren’t necessarily in growth mode.

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The Ins and Outs of Connecting Technologies in a Modern Learning Ecosystem

Speaker: TJ Seabrooks, former CEO at Rustici Software

Have you ended up with a collection of content inputs and data outputs that might be hard to wrangle? If your organization uses multiple LMSs and has content coming from many different places, or you’re heading in this direction, this webinar is for you.

2017 – The Year of Progress and Purpose

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Oh progress…oh purpose, wherefore art thou? Head to the bottom to go straight to the Book Giveaway! Well, here we are at the end of 2016. It’s about time for a fresh start. We are all tired of 2016 and the baggage that came with it. Regardless of your political or philosophical mindset; there are many negative words to describe the feelings of 2016: Despair. Disbelief. Tired. Anger.

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Let the Games Begin!

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In the spirit of the Winter Olympics, “Let the Games Begin!” ” I have already christened 2018 as “The Year of Discovery” and I have written before as to what “Discovery” looks like in the wild.

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If Your Training Doesn’t Stick, You Need Microlearning

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It’s a story old as time… There is a need to roll out companywide sensitivity training, food safety training, or sexual harassment training, everyone must participate and it must stick. Being the good L&D person you are, you put together a training program. You design the program with engaging interactions. You create a powerpoint that will not put people to sleep. You’ve double checked your information with the subject matter expert.

ATD ICE 2018: It’s a Wrap Pt 4 – Heidi Matthews

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ATD ICE 2018 – It’s all about the sessions that speak to us. Jump down to the bottom to enter the May, ATD ICE 2018 “Wish You Were There” giveaway). Click here to read Part One with Mark Sheppard. Then here read Part Two with Krissy Richard. Finally read Part Three with Kate Pinto. As I have mentioned before, ATD ICE is an entirely different animal than other L&D conferences on the circuit.

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The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

Lesson from Edutech Australia? Planned Failure.

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Okay, I’m late. I was at Edutech last week, in glorious Brisbane Australia. Sunset on the Brisbane River. It was a real privilege to have been asked. I had the opportunity to share stories, thoughts and ideas with some people in my network who I have long admired (Harold Jarche, Ryan Tracey, Simon Terry, Michelle Ocker) and met some new FABULOUS people along the way (Constantine Ongarezos, Mairi Thompson, Joyce Seitzinger just to name a few!).

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It’s a Wrap! ATD ICE 2017: It’s All About Connections with Chris Coladonato

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Conferences are about building connections, and ATD ICE 2017 was no exception! . Whew, it’s been a busy few weeks since ATD ICE 2017 ( here’s my wrap-up post ) and I think Chris’s guest post here is even more relevant now that the dust has had a chance to settle. I’m STILL trying to play “connection keep up”! Here is Chris Coladonato, Learning Consultant with Farmers Insurance – with her wrap up thoughts about ATD ICE and connections.

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Guest Blogger, Mark Sheppard: Not Attending ATD ICE? The Backchannel Saves the Day

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ATD International Conference and Expo! In Orlando! In just 6 days! I’ll be there! Oh, shucks – you won’t be? I’m truly sorry to have missed you. Cue sad face). A close network friend of mine won’t be there either. Cue another sad face). But won’t he? He will be there in spirit. In the Backchannel. That’s the beauty of technology these days, we can be anywhere and pretty much have a front row seat.

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Breaking Up with “Yeah, but…”

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In the training world, it is not uncommon to hear: “Yeah, but…” and it’s time to put an end to this unhealthy relationship. It’s a relationship that is holding us back from success. It is holding us back from moving forward. It is holding us back from seeing the future. This “Yeah, but…” relationship is further separating learning and development from the people who need us the most, at a time when our help is most needed.

Use Chaos to Build a Stronger Organization

Speaker: Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer & Managing Partner at Sapient Insights Group

As we look to tomorrow, it is time to ask ourselves what lessons have we learned and how do we create flexible organizations that can survive what the future holds. Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer for Sapient Insights Group, will share insights, data, and tools that are helping organizations adapt and even thrive in this difficult environment. She’ll discuss the emerging trends in the Learning technology market, and how these exciting new approaches to creating micro, adaptive, and personalized content is changing the face of workforce development while creating strong connections to business outcomes.

Why is Learning So Complicated?

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#Blimage on! How can the Mouse Trap Game relate to learning? Let’s discuss… When I read Steve Wheeler’s #Blimage challenge I knew I had to share and participate. Last week I posted the shout out to all of you to become involved. It is always good to stretch our minds and letting our eyes do some of the work. In this case a conversation with Larry Straining brought the inspiration. MouseTrap, the Game. Perfect analogy for learning today.

What’s in My Conference Bag? ATD ICE 2018

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It’s 2018, What’s in my Conference Bag? Just want the good stuff? Scroll down for my top 10 tips for what to bring and what to do. Then, don’t miss out at the very bottom is my conference bag checklist and goal planner! . Back in 2014, David Kelley interviewed me for the (then) upcoming Dev Learn Conference sponsored by the Elearning Guild, he was writing a series on what people bring to the conference with them.

The Twitter Chat Conundrum (Part Two)

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You all KILLED IT! Last week our conversation centered around the twitter chat. How twitter chats, in general, may be improved and I have to say the response was great. I loved having your voices added to the conversation, including those of some of chat moderators; an unanticipated bonus! This from Doug , was my favorite – talk about taking ownership. “People are coming to hang out with me for an hour. An HOUR of their free time. I owe them a lot.

Learning Activities that Matter

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It is time to move away from just movement…to learning activities that matter. We have all been there, done that…a well-intentioned trainer has you up playing musical chairs for apparently no other reason than to create movement. They mean well, really – but it can be frustrating to participate in activities that have no connection to the learning at hand. Sure, we want people to stay awake and remain focused. We want people to remain engaged in the program.

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

Here a Hashtag, There a Hashtag, Everywhere a Hashtag

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As part of our 2015 commitment to Kaizen and incremental improvements, it’s time to shift the gaze toward improving the “Learning Toolbox for the 21st Century”. As you may remember I wrote a post for ATD which centered on improving your toolbox , and this year we are going to expand the thoughts to include deeper information and get a little Kaizen in your day! It’s time for a hashtag knowledge upgrade!

The Biggest Myth in Building a Learning Culture

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“The millennial generation requires belonging to an organization where a strong learning culture is present.” ” . It’s common knowledge employees increasingly value a workplace that nurtures learning. Employees want to work in an organization where there is time for self-discovery, time for reflection, debate and thought. They want their potential nurtured, and efforts recognized. On all of this we can agree.

#Blimage Challenge! Game On!

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So here I was, tra-la-la-ing through my Monday, minding my own business, when I saw this tweet from Steve Wheeler (UK @timbuckteeth ). So being curious, and looking for a reason to stop cleaning my office – I fell down the rabbit hole to read his post “Blimey, it’s #Blimage!” ” , and I hit gold! Apparently there is a challenge going on with the hashtag #blimage (yes, that’s a thing now.)

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Workplace Learning: One World, Not Two

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Been buried under a stack of PowerPoint slides? Stuck in meetings? Conducting a training session? Then you missed it. Jane Hart recently posted an OpEd, called, “The L&D World is Splitting in Two” quickly followed by a rebuttal post from Will Thalheimer, “The Two-World Theory of Workplace Learning – Critiqued” If you haven’t read them, I’ll wait here for you to review. Go on. Context with this post will be important.

[On-Demand Webinar] The State of Customer Education: Trends and Benchmarks Report

Speaker: Sandi Lin & Linda Schwaber-Cohen

In this webinar, Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin shared learnings from Skilljar's recent study and her insights on the state of Customer Education. She dug into key findings so you can benchmark against industry trends and understand how your strategy and metrics compare.