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An Instructional Design Toolkit

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We’re sharing some of our favorite instructional design techniques here in this toolkit to support new instructional designers or “old” ones who want to sharpen their saw (pun completely intended). Why a toolkit?

Which came first: Agile or Culture?

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We get asked the proverbial chicken and egg question a lot: which came first our LLAMA (Lot Like Agile Management Approach) project management or our communicative, accommodating culture?

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Catch up with Megan at DevLearn 2017 on Oct 25-27

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Are you planning to be at the DevLearn 2017 conference , Oct. 25-27 in Las Vegas? Catch up with Megan! Here’s a look at her schedule. Hope to see you there! Tuesday, October 24. Pre-conference Workshop.

Catch up with Megan at FocusOn

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Catch up with Megan at FocusOn 2017! Here’s a look at her schedule. Hope to see you there! Tuesday, June 20. Concurrent Session. Session Link 410: Deconstructing Games: Apples to Apples 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Session Link Wednesday, June 21. Concurrent Session.

How UserTesting Drives Product Adoption and CX with Customer Education

Speaker: Steve Fleming-Prot, Content Strategist, UserTesting

In this webinar, Steve Fleming-Prot of UserTesting will share lessons learned from building UserTesting’s Learning Navigator and on-demand University, and why Customer Education is an important part of CX—and CX is an important part of Customer Education.

Catch up with Megan at Learning Solutions

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Are you planning to be at the Learning Solutions Conference March 22-24 in Orlando? Catch up with Megan! Here’s a look at her schedule. Hope to see you there! Tuesday, March 21 Session Link xAPI Camp 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Session Link. Wednesday, March 22. Morning Buzz.

The Waste of Motion

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Before there was LLAMA (lot like Agile management approach), there was Agile. And before there was Agile, there was Lean. Each approach owes some of its principles to the one before. Sounds awfully iterative, doesn’t it?)

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The future is bright: corporate learning gets smart

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Megan Torrance, CEO TorranceLearning. This article was also posted in Education & Career News. According to the Association for Talent Development’s 2015 State of the Industry Report 39% of all corporate training is delivered online, via mobile phone or remotely.

xAPI: The Stroke Ready App

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We recently hosted a group of about 30 clients, friends, and colleagues at an xAPI party (because nothing says “celebration” like verb definitions and data filtering).

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Guest post: Informal Learning and the Pivot Point

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Guest Post by Stephen Gill. This blog originally posted on The Performance Improvement Blog. As David Grebow explained in his post about The Learning Curve and The Pivot Point , unless formal training (courses, workshops, seminars, webinars, etc.)

Training for Lead Generation, Customer Onboarding and Support

Customer lifecycle training gives customers the knowledge and tools they need to be successful. As customer success and satisfaction grows, so does retention and repeat business. This eBook can help training teams improve or expand their customer training programs.

Guest post: Training Culture vs. Learning Culture

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Guest Post by Stephen Gill. This blog originally posted on Learning To Be Great. What’s the difference between a “training culture” and a “ learning culture ”? The answer is, “A great deal.”

Life and Learning in a Post-SCORM World

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As learning professionals, we’ve lived in a SCORM world for a least the past decade; SCORM being the set of standards for sharing and tracking learning content. But the world has started to evolve, and these days, it’s abuzz with talk of xAPI. Not as familiar with xAPI? Click here.).

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xAPI Community

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I just returned from ATD’s TechKnowledge 2016, where I learned all sorts of groovy stuff: cool tricks for Adobe Connect, the value of microvideo, best practices for MOOCs. However, as is often the case, the most potent lesson didn’t come from any of the fabulous presenters’ direct instruction.

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An Agile Year in Review

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2014 was a big year for us in our Agile journey. No, we’re not any better at yoga, despite having a yogi in residence. No, 2014 was a big year for us because really set ourselves to sharing what we’ve learned with others. Generous Collaboration is one of our core values, you know.

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There’s Not a Skills Gap in the U.S… or Is There?

Your search for the perfect candidate has resulted in zero perfectly skilled applicants. What’s going on? Enter… the skills gap. This report, ‘The Employment Skills Gap and What To Do About It,' breaks down the issue with solutions you can apply now.

ADDIE or Agile? A false dichotomy

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There’s a lot of buzz these days about whether we should abandon the training industry’s go-to model, ADDIE, for an Agile approach. The discussion has been rich, with elegant arguments made on both sides. A disclaimer: we’re all about Agile, or rather, LLAMA – the Lot Like Agile Methods Approach – here at TorranceLearning. But that doesn’t mean we give up on what ADDIE has taught us. This article in Learning Solutions Magazine goes into more depth, but here’s the gist of it.

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Pay it forward. Be a mentor.

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It’s about time. Are you ready? The world needs you to be a mentor. Megan’s recent blog post on DBusiness Daily News: It’s Time for You to be The Mentor has gotten more than a bit of traction. We think it’s because people are ready to help others grow and, at the same time, grow their own skills and knowledge. The DBusiness blog post touches on some reasons to be a mentor and a number of ways to do it.

Namaste, Friends. Find your Office Zen.

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Does your work stress you out? We’ve all experienced the squeeze of work-related stress from time to time, but too much stress at the office too often can make a huge dent in your quality of life and decrease your productivity. We’re not okay with that, and we’re actively seeking ways to make our office a more peaceful place. It’s not unusual to find us hanging out with our yogi photographer friend, Michelle Massey Barnes.

Live Fearlessly

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One of the biggest cultural shifts that new team members at TorranceLearning face isn’t our casual-every-day dress code or the lack of enclosed offices. It’s not the open book finance or the daily sync up sessions. It’s our fearless estimating. We take an Agile project management approach to estimating: We break things down into small pieces. We estimate each piece with no padding, no “just in case,” no safety margin. We communicate with each other when we know if the estimate is off.

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A New Segmentation Model for Customer Onboarding

A great customer onboarding program is a proactive and meaningful way to make a lasting impact on customer engagement, retention, and expansion. In this eBook, Skilljar will show you a new framework for building a customer onboarding program, including how to segment users and drive long-term value and retention through education.

Agile: An incredibly freeing way to work

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At a recent conference session on using Agile project methods for elearning (what we call LLAMA) , an interesting question came up. I’ll paraphrase. Doesn’t the project team think this is just incredibly controlling?”. Uh, no… “Really? I tried to do something very much like this and nobody liked it. They said I was controlling every minute of their lives with these very small tasks and time estimates on everything and checking in all the time. They said I was micro-managing them.”.

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LLAMAs here, LLAMAs there…LLAMAs at Work

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LLAMA is everywhere! And now you can learn our Lot Like Agile Management approach in the November issue of TD at Work. The Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly known as ASTD) publishes this very practical series every month, with techniques ready to implement. This month, it’s all about Agile. What’s really great about the state of Agile in the training industry is the newness of it all.

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TorranceLearning Announces Eleventure Business Skills Course Library

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We are completely geeked to announce our new Eleventure elearning library , a business skills curriculum designed for and hosted on the LearnCore LMS platform. The first 30 courses in the series cover a broad range of business skills to help employees take their performance, their careers and their organizations to the next level. With Eleventure, think about ‘elevating your business venture’ with all those things you need to succeed in your worklife,” says CEO Megan Torrance.

How We Use Lean Coffee for Rich Results

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“Lean Coffee is a discussion facilitation technique that helps a small group agree on topics and a structure for a discussion that otherwise has no specific agenda.”. As a team of project managers, instructional designers, trainers and leaders, we do like our big box of tools and techniques we can wield at a moment’s notice. Lean Coffee is one of our new favorites. It’s not necessarily just for Lean, and doesn’t have to involve coffee, although that would make it extra special.

The Definitive Guide to Customer Education Metrics

As you build and scale your customer education program, the right data can help you identify patterns, make evidence-based decisions, and adapt strategy to meet business goals. In this eBook, Skilljar will share the data and metrics best practices that have helped their customers meet program goals and communicate business impact.

Why do we teach Agile to elearning developers?

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“We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it.”. This is the preamble to the Agile Manifesto ( www.agilemanifesto.org ) and it’s one of the most important pieces of the whole thing, as far as we’re concerned. It means we’ve learned this by experimenting, by failing, by tweaking and by trying again. And we’re learning more by helping others do it, too. You see, we have this thing called LLAMA: the Lot Like Agile Methods Approach.

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Let me take a moment…or rather, Eight Moments of Learning Need

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“It is the quality of the moment, not the number of days, or events, or of actors, that imports.”. — Ralph Waldo Emerson. I can imagine the conversation that Ralph Waldo Emerson and Conrad Gottfredson might have if they were to meet. Two big thinkers, tossing around ideas about how we humans experience our lives, our work and our learning. Oh, to be a fly on that wall.

Branch and Bottleneck Scenario Structure

Experiencing eLearning

One of the challenges of branching scenarios is that you can generate so many options and paths that it quickly becomes unwieldy. A branch and bottleneck scenario structure is one strategy for keeping the complexity manageable. Branch and Bottleneck.

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Finding a Good Fit in Instructional Design

Experiencing eLearning

When you’re looking for an instructional design role, it’s important to find a good “fit.” ” A good fit means doing work you find satisfying, in an organization or with clients that value your contributions. Generalist or specialist.

Top E-Learning Software - Recommendations and Pricing

Zero in on the best E-Learning software for your company. Get expert recommendations and pricing comparisons based on your specific needs.

How many options in branching scenario decisions?

Experiencing eLearning

When you create branching scenarios, each decision point provides learners with multiple choices. How many options do you need to provide in a branching scenario?

Learner Engagement: Behavioral, Cognitive, & Affective

Experiencing eLearning

We’re all looking to improve our “learner engagement,” right? But what exactly do we mean by “engagement”? In elearning, we often focus on clicks and interaction. That’s part of behavioral engagement.

Selling Storytelling in Learning

Experiencing eLearning

I got a call from a prospective client looking to hire an instructional designer. “Tell me about what you’re looking for,” I said. “Well, I have a classroom training program I’d like to convert to online. It’s a course on pregnancy discrimination.

Focus on What’s Important for Learning

Experiencing eLearning

My daughter is in kindergarten this year. It’s been so much fun to watch her process of learning to read and write. During their unit about animals, my daughter wrote some facts about fish. A fish moves with its tail and fin. Its covering is called scales. Fish do not have eyebrows.

Choosing the Right Technology for External Training

According to Talented Learning, more than 700 LMS vendors compete in today’s learning platforms marketplace. But of course, not all platforms are created equal. In this eBook, Skilljar will discuss the key components of an external training LMS, and why they’re essential for a well-designed customer training program.