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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.

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?

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What Are Yours? Top Ten Cognitive Biases in Learning

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Cognitive biases – or the tendency to think in certain ways that lead to systematic deviations from a standard rationality or good judgment – color almost every aspect of our daily lives. We all have them, whether we want to admit it or not.

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.

Content Planning Map: A Template for Training Teams

Are you delivering disjointed feature-based training? Rather than looking at small tasks, focus training content on goals that you want your students to achieve. Download the template to learn how!

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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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.

Why Your Training Is Failing. And How To Fix It

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by Shane Lueck. It seems outlandish to consider that the amount spent by companies on training has risen steadily over the past decade, culminating in a whopping $70.65 billion spent on training expenditures by U.S. firms in 2016 alone.

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

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

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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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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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.

Tim Gunn's “Natty Approach” to Learning

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by Shane Lueck. Anyone familiar with Tim Gunn knows that he does everything with a certain level of finesse. As the Emmy-winning mentor extraordinaire from Project Runway , viewers are well aware of his passionate, witty, and firm approach as a mentor to the designers.

The Essential Template for Your Customer Training Strategy

Looking to build your customer training strategy? The process can be overwhelming, if you don’t have a set plan from the start. This template can help.

The Seven Archetypes of Subject Matter Experts

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We need subject matter experts as much as we need air in order to do our jobs effectively. Some SMEs are fantastic, devoting the time and attention your project deserves without argument or complaint. However, SMEs are human, too (can you believe it?) and sometimes need a bit of help or encouragement to perform at their best due to other demands in their work and personal lives. We've found that generally, SMEs can be grouped into seven categories, or archetypes.

How to Get ROI by Using Social Media for Learning

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By Amber Pandya. ROI Social Media Social Learning

How To Be An Effective Leader During A Crisis

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

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?

Take training beyond your LMS: technical considerations for extended enterprise

You know the benefits of extended enterprise. But how do you execute the plan? Learn more about the technical considerations that can help you create a strategy to manage the delivery and tracking of product training across a variety of systems.

Quality Assurance vs. Quality Control: What's the Difference?

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by Heather Sather. The terms “Quality Control” (QC) and “Quality Assurance” (QA) frequently create confusion among learning professionals. Because it's common for the same team or person to handle both functions, the terms are often used interchangeably.

Custom vs. Off The Shelf Training: Which Should You Choose?

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You've finally completed your training needs assessment and have discovered your salespeople need training on effective negotiation skills. You're familiar with off the shelf training courses for sales teams and wonder whether general training on sales closing techniques would be suitable. Or, is custom training the route to take? ELearning

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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.

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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Aligning Customer Training With Certifications

Want to deliver a cohesive customer training certification program? From strategy to systems to job functions, it's time for us to reassess how learning and certifications are delivered together. Download the guide to see how!

12 Reasons Why MOOCs Will Change the World

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As a learning consultancy, it’s important for us to stay at the forefront of the education landscape. Our clients rely on us to bring solutions that are both proven and fresh – not an easy task by any means. While not yet proven, a new learning trend that has caught [.]

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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 Ways To Make Corporate Learning More Effective

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While at the dentist last week, I was asked the usual questions, including, “Have you been flossing regularly?” ” This question triggered a memory of the dentist from over ten years ago.

5 Things Millennials Want From Training

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The growing workforce of fresh faced millennials and GenY workers has many organizations concerned, with millennials being called the “Me Me Me Generation.”

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2017 Customer Training Benchmarks Study

What are the baseline metrics for a successful customer training program? Find out in Skilljar's inaugural customer training benchmarks study, which includes an analysis of completion rates, course duration, and more. Click to download.

3 Ways To Intrinsically Motivate Learners

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The carrot and stick model of motivation is known to work in the short run, but how can you motivate employees to continue interest in eLearning for the long run without constant need to dig up more rewards?

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

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Storytelling In Training

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Storytelling has been a popular tool for learning since the dawn of civilization, but thanks to technology bringing new mediums for storytelling, it has been on the rise in training in the workplace.

How to Evaluate Learning: Kirkpatrick Model for the 21st Century—A Revision

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I was asked by Wendy Kirkpatrick to remove the copyrighted Kirkpatrick diagrammatic model from my original blog post, How to Evaluate Learning: Kirkpatrick Model for the 21st Century. This revised post includes a step-by-step table as a replacement for that diagram.

Employee Training Playbook by Lessonly

Strengthen new employees and develop existing teams with Lessonly’s Employee Training Playbook.

How to Evaluate Learning: Kirkpatrick Model for the 21st Century—A Revision

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I was asked by Wendy Kirkpatrick to remove the copyrighted Kirkpatrick diagrammatic model from my original blog post, How to Evaluate Learning: Kirkpatrick Model for the 21st Century. This revised post includes a step-by-step table as a replacement for that diagram.

Hijack Learning Retention Rates by Teaching Learners to Fish

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by Shane Lueck. It’s time to face the facts; traditional training is broken. Traditional training methods might provide very short-term performance gains, but knowledge retention is minimal, leading to a skills gap. It’s no secret that many corporate training programs aren’t cutting it these days.

Why Instructional Designers Should Draw

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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

3 Ways to Create a Best in Class Customer Training Plan

Looking to improve your training plan for Q4 and beyond? Download this guide to learn how the right goals, education, and tools can help.