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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.

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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.

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.

5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development

In 2021, many of your competitors will invest in talent development software. If you make the right decision, invest in the right software, and if your organization is willing to use it, you can realize five decisive competitive advantages. To see those advantages, download Paycor’s latest guide, 5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development.

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.

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.

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?

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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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.

Deliver Effective Online Education and Events Your Members Will Love

This guide identifies the biggest challenges for associations moving their training online and provides practical solutions so that you can hit the ground running. Download now to keep your members engaged and growing even in times of COVID-19.

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?

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.

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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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.

Bridging the Gap Between HR and Safety

Members of HR are known for taking on different types of tasks. Safety training isn’t always one of them, but in reality, it makes sense that it should be. Learn how safety aligns with the goals of any HR team and how managing it can make your job easier.

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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“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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3 Guiding Principles to Support the Human Dimension in Learning

Speaker: Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting

Join Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting, for her exclusive session where she will be discussing the 3 guiding principles for the future of learning, and how these can affect the design of work in organizations.

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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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.

5 Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

L&D Trends, Time Estimates: ID and eLearning Links 3/2/2021

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As I read online, I bookmark resources I find interesting and useful. I share these links periodically here on my blog. In this post, I share links on L&D trends, training development time, spaced repetition, RSS feeds, and an overview of instructional design. L&D trends.

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Custom eLearning Development: 3 Modern Learning Trends That Will Drive Future Success

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Custom eLearning solutions have long been on the rise. Investing in online learning programs enables organizations to provide more flexible employee development programs that better suit modern learners. Many custom eLearning solutions can help your organization engage employees this year.

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I’m Writing a Second Edition of The eLearning Designer’s Handbook!

Tim Slade

It was nearly five years ago when I started thinking about writing a book to share everything I knew about designing and developing eLearning. At the time, the mear thought of writing my own book seemed like an enormous task, and it was! In fact, it wasn’t my first time working on a book.

Blended Learning as a powerful strategy for corporate training success

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Many organizations are currently looking for ways to provide quality employee training online. The remote workforce has steadily been growing over the past several years and current events have only sped up the process.

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.

Tips to Create Better eLearning Development Content

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Content for eLearning is only useful if the learner remains engaged. There are best practices you can use to ensure you are developing the most useful content.

7 Reasons LearnDash Is the Best LMS for Developers

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Trying to decide which LMS will give you the most control and flexibility as a developer? Look no further than LearnDash.

Instructional Writing, Identifying Strengths: ID Links 4/13/21

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As I read online, I bookmark resources I find interesting and useful. I share these links periodically here on my blog. In this post, I share links on instructional writing, identifying strengths, project management tools, design principles, and more. Instructional writing.

Presentations on Scenario-Based Learning and More

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I have given a number of presentations on scenario-based learning over the past five years, plus a few presentations on other topics. I have also had the pleasure of being interviewed on several podcasts and video casts.

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!

How to Design Performance-Based eLearning Interactions

Tim Slade

One of the most important lessons I learned when I first started designing and developing eLearning courses was the importance of building performance-based eLearning interactions. However, this wasn’t a lesson I learned quickly. When I first started as an eLearning designer, I remember being constantly reminded of the importance of making my eLearning content interactive. I was told that interactive eLearning equaled engaging eLearning.