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Elearning Course Development: Why The Kick-Off Meeting Is So Important

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At Spark + Co., we pride ourselves on partnering and working collaboratively with our clients on elearning course development projects. Our goal isn’t to build training courses but to help our clients achieve their business results.

5 Bold But Practical, Elearning Trends For 2022

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What are the elearning trends emerging for 2022? Although online learning has been around for a while, it took a pandemic to make it mainstream. A few organizations quickly transitioned as they were already well down the path. But others struggled.

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Blended Learning: How To Innovate Your Organization’s Training

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No matter what type of course or training event you are conducting, including blended learning methods, can significantly enhance your course. Both for you and, more importantly, for the participants.

Successful Zoom Webinar Training: How To Create The Best Training

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Zoom webinar training has quickly become an essential way for organizations to deliver their training. But how many Zoom webinars have you attended, which have been poor experiences?

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Using New Trends to Revive Your eLearning Strategy

Speaker: Stephen Baer - Chief Creative Officer, ELB Learning

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

What Is E-learning, And How To Create The Best Types Of E-learning?

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What is e-learning? Well, there are many types of e-learning that organizations can use to educate or train people. Understanding what is e-learning and the best types of e-learning to use, is critical when creating new training programs.

19 Insider Secrets About Selecting An LMS

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There are over 800 different LMS (Learning Management Systems) currently available. Why so many you ask? Because there isn’t one that meets all the needs of all (or most) course providers.

How To Use Proven Virtual Learning Activities To Boost Your Training

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Virtual learning sessions using a platform like Zoom, WebEx, or Adobe Connect, have become commonplace. They are often the first step organizations take to provide online learning. And it is easy to set-up a virtual classroom to start your online training.

Articulate Storyline – 9 Practical Ways To Make A Great Course Within Your Budget

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Articulate Storyline is one of the most popular authoring tools used worldwide to create online learning. We discuss the benefits of using Articulate Storyline, when to use it, and when not to.

E-learning Companies: How To Find The Best Partner For Your Online Learning

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In recent years the number of e-learning companies has exploded in response to the demands for online learning. How do you select from all the e-learning consultants and find the best fit for your organization? Which types are best suited to your project and your needs?

Create Engaging Scenario-Based Training on ANY Budget

Speaker: Tim Buteyn - President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions, Inc.

In this webinar, Tim Buteyn of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions will explore how to optimize learner engagement with scenario-based training. You'll learn what makes up scenarios, how they benefit the learner, and why this is important to your organization. You'll also dive into real-world examples across a wide range of budgets and look at how typical training content can be completely transformed.

Non-Profits: 13 Ridiculously Simple Ways To Improve Your On-Demand Learning

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Digital learning is here to stay. A great way for non-profits to connect and educate members and supporters is to create on-demand learning opportunities. It provides the convenience that busy people are demanding. And it provides superior results over traditional training.

Do You Really Need That New Elearning Consultant? If So…

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While the benefits of online learning have been clear for years, it’s only recently that online learning has gone mainstream. Post covid19, traditional face to face training isn’t po ssible.

The Pros And Cons Of Online Learning: Startling Lessons From COVID-19

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It has been almost two years since the COVID-19 outbreak. And the virus continues to cause disruption all over the world. Countries have gone into complete lockdowns to curb the spread of the virus. And organizations have turned towards remote working solutions to continue their operations.

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E-learning Activities That Don’t Suck!

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There’s a lot of boring e-learning out there. If you’ve been guilty of this in the past you have no excuses now. Start by creating better e-learning activities. In our article, “The Dummies Guide to Developing Online Learning” we listed several e-learning activities.

The Changing World of HR: Prepare Your HCM for the Future

Speaker: Mark Stelzner - Founder & Managing Principal at IA

Join Mark Stelzner of IA as he discusses how to optimize your current HCM system and the opportunities for new tech.

How to Easily Create Powerful Customer Education

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Customer Education is the most underestimated competitive advantage organizations have. And while traditionally it applied to businesses selling widgets or software, customer education now also applies to governments, and non-profits, who have a product or service.

Benefits of Online Learning: 27 of the Best Secrets You Need to Know Today

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Since Covid-19 people are now more familiar with some of the benefits of online learning. The global pandemic has forced organizations, their employees, and customers, to move to online learning. Some of the benefits, however, are much more obvious than others.

How E-learning for Health Changed After Covid-19

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Even before Covid-19 took the world by storm, the World Health Organization (WHO) knew e-learning for health was important. In a 2013 study WHO claimed that more available e-learning for healthcare was to be a major focus.

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April Dunford and Obviously Awesome

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April Dunford and Obviously Awesome. Scared to learn how positioning can make your instructional products awesome? You should be – it’s not what you thought! You know your product is awesome – but does anyone else?

The Next Level of Sales Enablement: Sales Content Management

Speaker: Deniz Olcay, Senior Director of Product Marketing, and Jake Miller, Senior Product Marketing Manager

In this value-packed webinar, Deniz Olcay and Jake Miller will unravel and debunk the top three SCM myths and explain how to get the most from your SCM solution.

10 Qualities and Skills of a Great Instructional Design Company

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Why Hire an Instructional Design Company? There are many reasons you to consider hiring a company that specializes in developing instructional products. For example, you need a new training or e-learning course but. You, and/or your organization, are new to e-learning and you aren’t sure where to start. You have a small team and can’t afford to add a permanent employee.

How To Select The Best Instructional Design Company

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How To Select The Best Instructional Design Company. In the first article in this series we discussed the 10 Qualities & Skills of a Great Instructional Design Company. Then we posted an article on How To Find A Great Instructional Design Company. Now we turn our attention to how you assess their qualities and skills to hire the best instructional designer.

THE DUMMIES GUIDE TO DEVELOPING ONLINE LEARNING

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Has your organization reached a size or stage where you’re struggling to keep up with the training demands? Or are you looking to reach a new audience in a more modern way? Then developing online learning or an e-learning course might be your solution. Yet, where to do you start? What do you do, more importantly, what shouldn’t you do? And how do you know that developing online learning is the right solution for you?

Traps To Avoid When Hiring An Instructional Designer

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Traps To Avoid When Hiring An Instructional Designer. This is the last in our series of articles discussing finding and selecting a great instructional design company. In our first article we discussed the 10 Qualities and Skills of Great Instructional Design Companies. Our second article focused on how to identify a list of potential candidates. Our previous article discussed steps to select the best candidate to work with.

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Drips, Bots, and Blogs: A Non-Traditional Approach to Learning Reinforcement

Speaker: Shannon Tipton, Chief Learning Officer, Learning Rebels LLC

Today's work culture requires giving people the ability to control when and where they participate in their professional development. Learn how you can provide valuable, self-directed bites of learning content (and strategies to make that content stick) in this webinar!

How Do You Find A Great Instructional Design Company?

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How Do You Find A Great Instructional Design Company? In an earlier article we discussed 10 Qualities and Skills of a Great Instructional Design Company. While that post describes the top qualities and skills you should look for, how do you actually find a great instructional design company? In this post we expand on the previous article, to suggest ways you can find companies to then assess their qualities and skills. Referrals From Your network.

How to Use Customer Training to Inspire Your Clients

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Where does your customer training journey begin ? After a customer has purchased your product? Or before they’ve purchased it? And what customer resources do you include in your program? Should you provide as many resources as possible to meet the needs of everyone? Or should you focus your efforts? And produce a few high-quality customer training resources to inspire your user?

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Designing a “Learning Journey” #LX

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One of the most useful tools that we instructional designers can borrow from #UX is the Customer Journey map. After we’ve confirmed that this training should exist (a la Cathy Moore’s Action Mapping), we should remember that learning is not an event, but a journey. What is a Learning Journey? It’s a type of timeline that we can use to align different types of instructional products or solutions to support learning. Learning is not a binary activity, it takes time!

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Designing a learning experience, applying #UX to instructional design #LX

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Many of us have heard of “user experience” or UX , but how many of us think about the “learner experience” or LX ? We’ve looked at (ranted?) about the confusion between e-learning design and web design. We’ve looked at some shared goals between product design (and management) and instructional design. Let’s look at how instructional designers might learn from user experience (UX) designers.

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The L&D Strategy Roundtable

Speaker: Cara North - Learning & Development Consultant, Speaker, & Researcher | Maggie Quigley - Senior Account Executive for US Market Userlane

In this webinar, L&D professionals Cara North and Maggie Quigley will discuss the various factors that affect training and how you can stretch your budget to create an effective L&D program.

“Training for Good”

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There’s a lot of focus in the L&D world on corporate applications of training or elearning. Which is understandable, but it would seem that the not-for-profit organizations are underserved and under-represented. Several months ago I saved this link with the idea that the L&D world needs a bit of this. link].

When do you need a “course” (and not something else)?

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There are times when it seems that when training is suggested, it always means “a course” In North America, a course means a single instance of programmed instruction (an e-learning module, a 2 day workshop). It may have different connotations elsewhere (in the UK, it can mean a series of related workshops/events). But many training needs are put in a “course” format unnecessarily.

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Other Training Debt

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I’ve written before about “ Training Debt “, based off: [link] and. link] and. [link]. Here are some other ways that training debt might hurt an organization or a cause. Customer Training Debt. Without investing in customer training, you might find that your customers don’t know how to use your product. Without that knowledge, they might not get the full appreciation of your product. They may not be aware of ,or know how to use certain features.

The role of instructional designer in social/informal learning

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One of the quandaries that instructional designers have been struggling with, is their role (if any) in informal or social learning. First of all, what exactly is informal and social learning? Informal – no set objective in terms of learning outcomes and is never intentional from the learner’s standpoint. Often, it is referred to as learning by experience or just as experience. For all learners this includes heuristic language building, socialization, inculturation, and play.

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Authentic eLearning Localization: Challenges and Best Practices

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

People prefer to learn in their native language, so localizing eLearning helps genuinely engage learners and gives them that much-needed sense of inclusion. In this exclusive webinar with Chris Paxton, learn how to ensure that authentic translation and localization work for your organization!

Performance equation

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When building your training solutions, it’s really important that you consider how your target audience is going to incorporate this new knowledge or skill into their practice, task or work. Whether it’s online or offline (or both!), think of how you can: Specify and communicate (performance) expectations. Provide training and simulate a realistic environment where they can practice. Augment your solution with resources. Align access to those resources to the process.

How to get the most out of your instructional designer

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(or how to be a good “client”). We recently wrote a post about what makes a good instructional designer , and a great instructional designer is not the only factor in a successful working relationship. We believe it should be a mutually beneficial relationship, so here are some things that YOU as a client can consider when procuring e-learning or instructional design services and getting the most of our your instructional designer.

19 Powerful Ways That Small Businesses Can Benefit From Thinkific

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Thinkific is a platform that in a short space of time has revolutionized the online education market. Thinkific empowers entrepreneurs and small businesses to create online courses. Making it easy to manage your course and sell it for a profit.