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Blended Learning Solutions Provide the Most Bang For Your Training Buck

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For years one of our clients delivered a one-and-done instructor-led classroom training seminar that prepared learners to pass an exam and achieve a professional certification.

Why Gamification for Onboarding/New Hire Training Works

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The first, and perhaps most important, outcome of new hire training is an employee who feels integrated into the team and believes that their role has purpose. To develop a sense of welcome and value, a new employee needs to experience the part they will play in the bigger story.

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Why Gamification Doesn't Mean Serious Games

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Clients often come us to develop their learning solution saying they already know what they want. They want gamification. We ask what they mean by gamification. They say they want the training to be a game. And why do they want it to be a game? Because they want it to be fun.

Using the Scrum Process to Manage eLearning Projects

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Introduction. Let’s face it: as helpful as ADDIE is as an instructional design methodology, it doesn't really guide the the project management process. That’s because ADDIE, like many instructional design methodologies, wasn’t originally designed with the “e” in mind.

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.

7 Creative Ways To Make The Most Of eLearning Pre-Assessments

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How much do your online learners really know, and how well are they able to apply it in the real world? That’s the million-dollar question when you’re designing an eLearning course. It’s all about identifying the gaps so that you can bridge them as quickly, and stress-free, as possible.

How Microlearning Can Improve Your Training Program

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In a quest for new approaches to training, we are often tempted to turn to the latest trend or technology, thinking one of them must be the golden ticket. One of these new approaches is microlearning, and it’s getting traction, and for good reason.

Cognitive Bias in Learning: An Overview

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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.

Revisiting SXSW: Training Design Ideas From Surprising Sources

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As innovation in technology continues to skyrocket, organizations and their people experience change at an unprecedented pace, leaving everyone a bit weary just trying to keep up.

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The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

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 Leverage Your eLearning Investment for Business Growth

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8 Budget-Friendly Ways to Create a Moment of Need Online Training Repository

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There are times when employees require immediate online training tools to complete tasks, build skills, or brush up on company policy. Waiting for the next scheduled online training session would not only diminish their productivity but also put customer satisfaction at risk. The challenge that organizations face is figuring out how to address their needs on the spot with the resources available.

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Maximize Learning With a Training Needs Assessment

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INTRODUCTION. Needs Assessment Training Evaluation Employee Training and Performance

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.

How Design Thinking for Educators Elevates Corporate Training

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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?

Elevate Your eLearning: How To Storyboard Like A Boss

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by Claire Narum. Good eLearning doesn’t simply create itself (though that would be great, wouldn’t it?). Just like every Beyoncé starts by singing into a hairbrush in front of the mirror, every great eLearning begins as a storyboard. The trouble lies in knowing where to start and what to include.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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Why Instructional Designers Should Draw

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'According to graphic designer Von Glitschka, his industry (graphic design) has: “become creatively lazy over the last 20 years when it comes to the creative process… Instead of spending the necessary time working out concepts by drawing out the ideas and thoroughly exploring the visual possibilities in a drawn form, they instead immediately jump on the box.” Hearing Von Glitschka’s assertion made me wonder about the instructional design industry. Certainly,… The post Why Instructional Designers Should Draw appeared first on Dashe & Thomson. Instructional Design Creativity instructional design'

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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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.

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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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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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.