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The gift and the burden of continuous learning

Yarno

This is how life works: You do twelve years of schooling (not including the less rigorous pre-schooling days), then you do another 3-6 years at Tafe, University, or the School of Hard Knocks. Then finally - finally - you graduate, get a job and can rest easy on your lazy laurels.

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Instructional design: what it is, what's wrong with it, how to do it right

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“What is Instructional Design?” It’s exactly what the name describes; the process of designing instruction. Every class you’ve taken, every sign with a stick-lady or a stick-man on it, every OH&S meeting with day-old donuts and instant coffee you’ve snoozed through, has been designed by someone.

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If you're not measuring your learning, you're not Learning

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I have this great learning method where I do absolutely nothing for the longest time. Then, when it’s the last most terrible minute, I gather up all my brain cells, all 6 of them, and set them to work learning that massive pile of content all at once, all in one big horrible binge.

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AI can speed up your learning, but will it save you time?

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is as scary as it sounds. Yes, it 100% means that robots are eventually going to rise up against us, and give us the inferiority complex we deserve. Before that though, they might help us out a little. The impact of AI on human learning is set to be revolutionary.

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.

How I failed miserably at doing things that don’t scale.

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When Lachy and I launched Yarno in 2016, I had no idea how to market a software product. I’d spend the previous 8 years running a digital agency that specialised in the design and build part of software - not the marketing component.

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How to stop (sans) forgetting what you've read

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It’s rare that something truly new comes along in any industry. And for the professional Learning & Development industry – often just called ‘L&D’ by those of us in said industry – new inventions are almost unheard of. Certainly, right now everyone is excited about gamified micro-learning.

How to stop (sans) forgetting what you've read

Yarno

It’s rare that something truly new comes along in any industry. And for the professional Learning & Development industry – often just called ‘L&D’ by those of us in said industry – new inventions are almost unheard of. Certainly, right now everyone is excited about gamified micro-learning.

How I increased my probability of making the right decisions

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I seem to make a lot of decisions. Decisions as a business owner, business partner, husband and father. I’d like to make good decisions. By that I mean decisions that have more upside than downside. Decisions where the probability of expected value is higher than the probability of expected loss.

What some ancient guy can teach a startup about learning, failure, and growth

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The growth of humans into who we are has been a long succession of Leveling Up – or more specifically, making mistakes, learning from them and making different choices next time for better results.

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Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

The 6 key ingredients in a successful Yarno campaign

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We've done it. We've cracked the perfect recipe. A toasted handful of learning objectives, half a cup of questions, a pinch of character, and a dash of imagery…and there you have it! A well-baked Yarno campaign.

The good, the bad and the ugly of WHS content

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Recently we’ve been writing some Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) content that has been been turning heads. And if you don’t believe me, I’ve got proof.

Learning guitar with learning science

Yarno

In the past four years, I’ve learnt a lot about learning. Mostly I've discovered that for 35 years I've been doing it wrong. Relying on techniques proven to be ineffective , such as cramming, re-reading and highlighting. On the positive side, I've also discovered what does work.

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Learn how I turned crappy AWB legislation into human readable content

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Hey blog readers – I have great news – I’m now a fully fledged Yarnoer! And while my last post was mostly about how my avatar looks more like a young Simon Baker than me, there have been more substantial developments - Yarno has put me to work!

LMS Comparison: What Learning Solution is the Best Fit for Your Business?

Explore this detailed guide to see how traditional Learning Management Systems compare to an advanced online learning platform, and find out which type of solution is best suited to meet your learning program needs.

Measuring training ROI - is it really possible?

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Customers often ask us “how do you measure training ROI?”. Which is funny, because when we started Yarno, we assumed everyone measured ROI. But the more conversations we had, we discovered that measuring training ROI isn’t actually that common. And that often it’s not measured at all!

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Our secret formula for writing (effective) multiple choice quizzes

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For most of my education I thought pretty poorly of multiple choice quizzes. In high school I’d learned all the usual tricks quiz authors use – and how to outsmart them.

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Training our employees to brush their teeth

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Or, why one-and-done learning doesn't work. Imagine that you want to teach a kid to brush his teeth. Why are you teaching him? Well, because you want him to be happy and healthy for his life…and you don't want to have to pay for a bunch of expensive dental work. So what are you hoping he'll DO?

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How I accidentally discovered the power of active listening

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Now, for those of you that know me well know that I like to talk. I love a good yarn, a chat, a story, which I'm told makes me a good sales guy. Or does it?

Developing a Results Driven Curriculum

A well-designed learning curriculum develops and nurtures skills needed to achieve organizational and business goals with the most effective and engaging set of experiences. This ebook outlines 5 critical steps to develop learning solutions that will help you achieve the most ambitious objectives.

Does eLearning work? Our reflections on Thalheimer’s latest research

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We’ve heard it on the internet. We’ve heard it from the learning professionals we’ve interviewed. We’ve heard it from our customers. Everyone’s facing one common problem. What problem, you ask? Cracking the learning effectiveness enigma.

Why manager involvement is crucial for workplace learning

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We believe the ultimate goal of any sort of training is to improve on-the-job performance. The answer to "Is what was learnt being applied on a regular basis?” should be a resounding yes. And we know that manager support and endorsement of training is critical to its success.

4 reasons why mobile is perfect for retail training

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A few weeks ago, I needed to go to the chemist to buy a few skincare products. I had a vague idea of what I was looking for but hadn’t chosen a particular brand or product yet.

The most rewarding and unrewarding job I've ever had

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2016 was a big year for the Eggers Family. It was the year of ‘births’; the birth of Yarno, of course, and the birth of our beautiful daughter, Lauren. But let’s take a step back.

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12 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Authoring Tool

Knowing what you need from an eLearning authoring tool can be hard, especially when there are so many options on the market. gomo’s new ebook aims to save you time and hassle by identifying 12 must-have authoring tool features.

4 learning principles that drive Yarno

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We’ve written previously about the results of our customer research with L&D professionals and the pain points we identified that needed solving.

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Real time, all the time: insights from Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2017

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Each year, Deloitte University Press conducts a global survey titled Global Human Capital Trends. The report outlines trends discovered in the survey responses, spanning HR, L&D and leadership.

3 drawbacks of microlearning you need to consider

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Microlearning. The biggest (smallest?) buzzword to come out of the L&D industry in the past couple of years. If you’re not up to speed, microlearning is pretty reflective of its namesake— little bits of learning.

How to use interleaving to win long-term results

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In basically every learning environment: school, higher education, workplace learning – we’re expected to be across content from different topics, subtopics, and problem types. But topics, skills, and ideas don’t live in isolation. So why do we try and learn them as if they do?

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Monetizing Customer Education: Free, Fee, and Everything In Between

Some of the best customer education programs monetize customer training to help offset program costs, fuel new initiatives, and enable additional investment in your programs. In this webinar, Skilljar will discuss the free-to-fee continuum and share best practices for developing a pricing and packaging strategy for your education offers.

Why your multi-choice questions suck, and how to fix them

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We can confuse learners when we: a. fail to actually complete the sentence we started in the question. inconsistent grammar in the options. sometimes veer off into another idea entirely. wombats. I found this question in a blog post by Cathy Moore, written way back in the stone age (2007).

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How the Craftsman Spirit can elevate your learning

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I started training jujitsu a few months ago. I had a friend/mentor comment that he thought I’d really benefit from picking up a martial art. He’s also the Sensei (and a salesman by day) so I figured he was just doing some recruiting for the school.

Overcoming a sneaky barrier to learning

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I’ve been researching cognitive bias recently (don’t judge just yet, it’s more interesting than it sounds), in an effort to improve my decision-making ability.

Bloom's 2 sigma problem: a summary

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In 1984 Benjamin Bloom authored a seminal paper called The two sigma problem: the search for methods of group instruction as effective as one-on-one tutoring.

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State of the Front-Line Manager

It's no secret that front-line managers are essential to your organization's success. They form the base of your leadership development funnel and, most likely, account for over half of all your organization's leaders. Improving how front-line managers perform yields mouthwatering increases in how individual contributors perform.