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Sharing Freely: Learning & Development Resolutions for 2019

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Henry Kingman Instructional Designer. My resolution for 2019 as an instructional designer is to always go one step further. Whether I’m brainstorming solutions, designing meaningful interactions, or reviewing my content, I’m going to take one extra step to make sure I have the best version possible.

What Is Performance Support? And Why Won't People Stop Talking About It?

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by Jolene Rowan. Education experts have said for years the important role performance support plays in building competency. It tackles head-on two fundamental challenges of learning: the limits of human memory and learner motivation.

Why Conducting an Audience Analysis Improves Your Training Outcomes

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Assumptions. We all make them, and sometimes we have to. But, most people would probably agree - if you have the means to gather the information needed to make decisions based on facts rather than making assumptions, that is by far the safer way to go.

Uncovering Performance Gaps With Front End Analysis

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The ADDIE model has served the instructional design community well for decades. For the uninitiated, ADDIE stands for: Analysis. Design. Development. Implementation. Evaluation. But in the “real world,” the analysis phase is often curtailed, if not overlooked outright. Decision-makers are often not versed in the ADDIE methodology. They may make the assumption that training is required as part of a project because it seems obvious. We develop a new system or procedure, and we train it.

[Webinar] The New Formula for Customer Onboarding

When it comes to customer onboarding, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, but that shouldn’t stop you from forming an effective onboarding strategy. Register for this free webinar with Adam Avramescu of Checkr, and Linda Schwaber-Cohen of Skilljar to learn about the key business characteristics to evaluate before building great customer education offerings.

How to Motivate Your Team: 12 Must-Have Methods For The L&D Manager

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by Nell Gelhaus. Plenty of material is available for learning and development professionals who are looking for ways to increase their employees’ desire to learn. In fact, we’ve even written about it. But what about your team?

The Surge of Corporate Training Videos: 6 Styles to Engage Your Learners

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During our annual development team retrospective, we realized that video has begun to comprise an increasingly larger share of our project portfolio.

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How To Convince Your Subject Matter Expert That Less Is More

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by Andrea May. Working with subject matter experts is not a straight-forward, one-size-fits-all affair. There’s no rulebook with a single set of rules that works for every SME you’ll encounter. Instead, each SME presents a unique challenge for instructional designers and other L&D professionals.

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Selecting Metrics For Training Evaluation and Calculating ROI

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Measuring impact is important for those responsible for evaluating the success of their organization’s training programs. However, it can be cost-prohibitive and resource-intensive to obtain data needed to analyze the program’s impact. So, what can we do to identify metrics to help discover the training program ROI? Training Evaluation

The Magic of the Hero’s Journey in Learning Engagement

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by Shane Lueck. Training needs to be engaging. What else is new? At this point, that concept is exhausted. It’s been the topic du jour of articles, webinars, conference break-out sessions, office meetings, and any other resource you can name.

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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.

So You Think You Can Change: 3 Quick Tips for Conducting a Change Readiness Assessment

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by Amber Pandya. Your company is implementing yet another change. You swear you just got accustomed to your job’s day-to-day technology process, and now corporate is rolling out a new software that’s supposedly going to help you do it better.

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Performance Support Tools From Quick Reference Guides To Mobile Apps

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If you were asked what you ate for dinner 3 weeks ago, would you remember? On average, we forget 80% of what has happened, including what we’ve learned, in the past 30 days. Now, let’s apply this concept to the workplace. A recent study 1 suggests that 19.8%

Five Steps For Conducting a Training Needs Assessment

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A couple years ago we published 13 Critical Questions to Ask Your Client When Scoping a Learning Engagement. The post captured considerable attention, probably since the task of conducting a training needs assessment can be both a moving target and an ambiguous one. Needs Assessment

How To Train Your Millennial

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There are 83.1 millennials in the U.S. , and they get a bad rap. They are often characterized as a generation continually over-rewarded for under-performance.

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Agile Microlearning Explained

Learner engagement and retention doesn’t have to be a mystery. Cognitive science theories already supply the answers. Learn how OttoLearn packages them into a single platform you can use to deliver microlearning based reinforcement training, and go beyond completions to focus on outcomes.

Scenario-Based Learning: Choose Your Own Learning Adventure

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“Experience is the best teacher,” they say. Scenario Based learning Branching

18 Free eLearning and Graphic Design Resources

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Everyone loves a freebie. The problem with many free resource sites is that you are often inundated with so much unusable garbage that it’s hard not to feel like you are wasting your time.

How To Use Images Creatively In Your ELearning Design

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by Eric Berget & Andy Schiemo. Dashe & Thomson's award-winning creative director, Eric Berget, explains how to use images creatively in your eLearning design. Beware the floating rectangle! Design ELearning Visual Design

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The Ten Commandments of Elegant and Effective PowerPoint Design

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Thou shalt know thy audience and context Good design is good communication. PowerPoint is used in a variety of contexts and despite the rigid and inherently presumptuous title of this blog post, the specifics of how to follow these rules might change based on the purpose of the presentation.

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.

Instructional Design Models: Comparing ADDIE, Bloom, Gagne, & Merrill

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On a recent business trip, I was reminded that even though I live in the world of instructional design every day, how difficult the concept can be to explain to someone who doesn't. Here’s a breakdown of common processes and principles. Instructional Design

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Why Instructional Designers Should Draw

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13 Free e-Learning Resources to Make Your Courses Beautiful

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by: Andy Schiemo. Does your eLearning feel stale or still have that 1990s vibe? Are you bored with your existing stock photography? Are you still using photos that look like this? Free Resources

Who Is Derailing Your Learning Project? (And How Can You Stop Them?)

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Great news! That learning project you’ve nurtured through countless meetings and rolls of red tape has finally come to fruition, and you’re starting to get down to business. But wait – something’s not quite right. Why does it feel like the team is spinning out of control?

How to Use Customer Training Data to Make Better Business Decisions

You may think customer training is crucial to the success of your organization, but do you have the data to prove it? Download the guide now, and learn how to prove the value of your customer training programs.

22 Free e-Learning and Graphic Design Resources

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Everyone loves a freebie. The problem with many free resource sites is that you are often inundated with so much unusable garbage that it’s hard not to feel like you are wasting your time.

The Power of Chunking: How To Increase Learner Retention

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In 1980, K. Anders Ericsson and his colleagues published a fascinating experiment. They took a student of average intelligence, memory capacity, and IQ and had an experimenter test the limits of his memory.

5 Brain Facts That Influence How People Learn

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If you want to create powerful learning experiences, it’s very helpful to get an understanding of how the brain works. While technology changes at an incredible rate, the brain evolves slowly.

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How To Be An Effective Leader During A Crisis

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by Emily Walters , guest author. Leadership Project Management/Project Delivery

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.

The SMEs Guide To Working With An Instructional Designer

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So, you’ve been asked to be a SME - a Subject Matter Expert - on an upcoming training project? Congratulations! It’s a big deal to be considered an expert. Your knowledge, and the relationship you form with the instructional designer (ID) picking your brain, will be vital to the success of your team’s training project. If it’s your first time around the block as a SME (or if you just want to improve the experience), here are some tips to make the collaboration a smooth one.

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Social Learning in Clinical Settings: Adult Learning Theory Applied to #MedEd

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Developmentally, both individually and as a culture, much of our learning has been social learning. Social learning theory is the concept of learning from other people through observation, questions, collaboration, and knowledge sharing. Learning Theory

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The Forgotten Role of Reflection in Learning

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John Dewey, a noted psychologist, philosopher and educational reformer, once said, “We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.” Reflection in the context of learning can be described as linking ideas and constructing meaning from our experiences.

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13 Critical Questions to Ask Your Client When Scoping a Learning Development Engagement

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As a salesperson in the enterprise learning industry, a critical responsibility of mine is to obtain the necessary information from a client in order to appropriately scope a solution. Many times the client won’t have all of the answers, in which case it is even more important to find them.

Best Practices for Launching an External LMS

When launching a new platform to deliver customer and partner training, there are a few key items to keep in mind. The best and simplest way to stay organized during this process is to follow the tried-and-true practices outlined in this eBook.

Using Memory Engineering to Aid Learning Retention

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Recently I was re-reading my first-ever post for this blog, based on an article in Wired magazine entitled “Clive Thompson on Memory Engineering." The gist of it was that a (then) new service called 4SquareAnd7YearsAgo would summarize and email your Foursquare “check-ins” from a year before, resulting in, as Thompson calls it, “a curiously powerful daily jolt of reminiscence.”.