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Audience… Objectives… Chunk It Up!

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Three Simple Steps to Create a Blended Learning Solution. I think we’d all agree that 2020 forced a lot of change to training solutions in a very quick and reactionary manner. Did anyone not convert hundreds of instructor-led training (ILT) to virtual ILT on the fly? As we start 2021, it’s more important than ever to create and provide great learning to your employees.

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Developing Leaders From a Distance

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Leadership Workshops Evolve From the Classroom. It’s interesting how change is sometimes thrust upon us. Innovation flourishes when disruption forces us to abandon the status quo and approach leader development without the quintessential leadership workshop. It had been widely accepted that leader skills require full-contact engagement. After all, leaders interact with people constantly.

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Systems Training Is Not One-Size Fits All

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Best Practices For Developing Systems-Based Training. Innovative Learning Group has developed custom training for many systems, from talent management and customer relationship management to banking and financial systems. After managing many of these projects , I’ve learned that systems training is definitely not one-size fits all. However, along the way I’ve discovered three best practices that every company can apply to ensure the successful launch of a system.

Are We In This Virtually Forever?

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Five Actions to Take to Advance Your Learning Future. Now that we are many months into this pandemic, I think we’ve come to realize that many of our normal routines have changed forever — at home and at work. For learning professionals, those whose work weeks were largely filled with maintaining and delivering live instructor-led training were literally rocked to the core.

How HR Can Promote Mental Health at Work (Actionable Advice to Help Your People Thrive)

HR leaders are on the frontlines of a mental health crisis, but the topic can still be taboo—or at least something that’s only talked about reluctantly. What can HR do to help? Download our latest guide to learn the 4 ways you can support the mental health of your employees and identify warning signs of burnout.

Don’t Expect the Same Experience, Because It’s Not. And That’s Okay!

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Create — Instead of Convert — Virtual Instructor-led training. In the past few months, we’ve all found ourselves connecting more in a virtual space than in person. Before this, I wouldn’t have taken an online exercise class or used a telemedicine service. Why would I when I live in an urban area with so many amenities only a few blocks away? But when in-person togetherness went away, it pushed me to try more virtual experiences. And you know what … that’s not such a bad thing at all!

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The Four Stages of Animation

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3D Animation Can Add Dimension to Your Custom E-Learning Projects. Animation is a great way to grab learners’ attention in e-learning, but how do you determine when and how to use 3D to take it to the next level of engagement? It’s helpful to think about 3D options in stages of complexity (and cost). When planning to use 3D animation , you can choose from simple to challenging approaches, which can help you to discuss expectations and effort for your custom e-learning projects.

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Giants of the Past Offer Words of Wisdom

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Start with Performance First to Get to the Right Learning Solution. My colleague and a former ILGer Susan Fisher is what you would call an expert in turning e-learning into e-performance. Her approach has made me stop and think… where have I heard this before? Is it possible to help workers in the moment they’re performing a task? Could that reduce — or even eliminate — the time we traditionally pull people away from work to engage in training? Emphatically, yes!

The Agile Industrial Complex

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Agile as a way of working and organizing team activities has spread from software development to other aspects of work and business, from sales management to project management and most points in between, including learning and development (L&D). From my perspective, it’s gotten well out of hand. In software development, agile demonstrates its worth by delivering robust software with a sharper focus on customer/end-user needs.

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Weaving Design Thinking Into Project Work

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This summer, Spine Crackers , the Innovative Learning Group (ILG) book club, decided to read the TD at Work publication, “ Design Thinking Meets ADDIE ,” by Kathy Glynn and Debra Tolsma. Admittedly, our group wasn’t only intrigued by the topic but also the manageable length (only 16 pages plus a few job aids and resource lists!) for our summertime brains.

The Role of Human Resources in Workplace Safety

While it may seem obvious to say that safety is important for any company to embrace, making it a priority as an HR representative will not only be beneficial to your employees but to your bottom line too. Download this whitepaper to learn more!

“No” Is Not the Answer

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When Client Expectations and Best Practices Don’t Align. How often have you encountered a situation in which you were asked to do something, and you knew the request wasn’t the best approach? For example, what if your client asks for a custom learning. project to turn a half-day workshop into a 30-minute e-learning without removing any content? Would you just stare at them unblinking? Shake your head in disbelief? Would you be tempted to just say, “ no ” to them?

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Lights… Action… Pilot!

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Planning Your Instructor-led Training Pilot. My teenager recently participated as a model in a fashion runway show. For the dress rehearsal the day before the show, not all models and designers were able to attend, so a sense of the number of outfit changes, order, and timing wasn’t possible to gauge. There weren’t any observers acting as the audience to provide feedback on the audio levels of the emcee and music nor on the proximity of the models to camera locations.

Lights… Action… Pilot!

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My teenager recently participated as a model in a fashion runway show. For the dress rehearsal the day before the show, not all models and designers were able to attend, so a sense of the number of outfit changes, order, and timing wasn’t possible to gauge. There weren’t any observers acting as the audience to provide feedback on the audio levels of the emcee and music nor on the proximity of the models to camera locations.

Get Animated!

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Engaging learners is a key element of any e-learning. However, for some, e-learning can be as dry as burnt toast. The best instructional designers know that keeping learners involved is half the battle when it comes to absorbing information. Even if the subject matter is drier than overcooked chicken that’s been left out in the Sahara next to a dehumidifier for a month, there are still methods an instructional designer can employ to make the e-learning more engaging.

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Five Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

The Proof is in the Pie: Customized Training Programs Boost Employee Efficiency

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Training is about moving the needle…engaging learners. At its core, it’s about designing and developing solutions that increase performance. But does it matter in all roles and all types of businesses? For the roles and responsibilities that tend to be repetitive, is training even necessary ? Consider this before you answer. With a fresh driver’s license in hand, my son was convinced he had everything he needed to live his best life. How could it not get any better?

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What Could be Better than Free Pizza?

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Training is about moving the needle…engaging learners. At its core, it’s about designing and developing solutions that increase performance. But does it matter in all roles and all types of businesses? For the roles and responsibilities that tend to be repetitive, is training even necessary ? Consider this before you answer. With a fresh driver’s license in hand, my son was convinced he had everything he needed to live his best life. How could it not get any better?

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Redemption for the Sins of Learning

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I have come to a point in my career where I find myself reflecting on the good and the bad, the highs and the lows, and the hopes and wishes I have for those who will step forward when I ultimately, one day, step back. Today, I want to expose some of the challenges we face in our organizations — challenges that I see are leading us all down the path toward “sins” in our learning programs. It seems that despite our best efforts, organizations often fail to create improvements in performance.

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Creative ILT Design: Wow Your Learners

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I’ve had the pleasure of managing many memorable projects during my two and a half years at Innovative Learning Group (ILG). One thing I’ve always emphasized is the value of being consultative. Sure, there are some projects for which the solution is simple and straightforward. However, there are also those where our clients value our partnership and objectivity as a third party. It’s this consultative approach that recently led to a pretty awesome outcome for one of my clients.

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From Surviving to Thriving: Returning to what science says about how we think, work, and learn

Speaker: Clark Quinn, Ph.D., Author and Executive Director of Quinnovation

The pandemic and associated upheavals of 2020 has led to both the need and opportunity to rethink how we think, work, and learn. Being forced to distance, we took emergency steps to build mechanisms that supported remote-learning, with an emphasis on elearning and virtual training. The consensus suggests that our existing elearning and training weren’t as well-received as we hoped. Our efforts to rely on elearning more and translate training to virtual experiences weren’t well-designed. The underlying reason is that we’re not well aligned with how our brains really work! In this session, Dr. Quinn will also go over the implications for learning and working effectively both in general and in this new era. Come see what L&D can, and should, do to help transform organizations to work smarter (and wiser).

Wowing Your Learners

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I’ve had the pleasure of managing many memorable projects during my two and a half years at Innovative Learning Group (ILG). One thing I’ve always emphasized is the value of being consultative. Sure, there are some projects for which the solution is simple and straightforward. However, there are also those where our clients value our partnership and objectivity as a third party. It’s this consultative approach that recently led to a pretty awesome outcome for one of my clients.

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L&D Roads Bad? It’s Time to Repair Our Infrastructure!

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I’m frustrated! As a Michigander, I hear a lot about the state’s infrastructure and the extensive work needed to improve it. There are crumbling roads, deficient bridges, and congestion plaguing our streets and highways. But what’s really frustrating me are the problems I see with the state of the learning and development (L&D) infrastructure. How are so many organizations ignoring the obstacles that impede how we travel to our L&D destinations?

Learning Should Be More Like Branding

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During my recent trip to Phuket, Thailand, I noticed how a handful of global brands had penetrated deeply into remote areas of the island. It made me think: What is it about brands that makes people remember their product? Can learning professionals model some of the tactics used by brands to help employees remember important concepts? First and foremost, brands make sure their names are everywhere.

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Should the Customer Always Be Right?

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Possibly, hopefully, you read my previous blog post ( Learning and Performance: Get Angry, Make Changes ), and you’ve been waiting eagerly since last June for the promised follow-up. Today’s your lucky day! But first, let me ask: did your organization make any progress toward performance-first learning last year? Really, I’d love to know, so please leave a comment below!

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The Ins and Outs of Connecting Technologies in a Modern Learning Ecosystem

Speaker: TJ Seabrooks, former CEO at Rustici Software

Have you ended up with a collection of content inputs and data outputs that might be hard to wrangle? If your organization uses multiple LMSs and has content coming from many different places, or you’re heading in this direction, this webinar is for you.

Butter Up Your Training With VILT

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Seven Tips for Successful Virtual Instructor-Led Training. If you haven’t attended a virtual instructor-led-training (VILT), sign up for one now! As learning and development professionals, having some VILT knowledge and experience will increase your tool set and give you an opportunity to show your organization how to embrace this cost-effective, flexible, and efficient way to train many learners in diverse locations. I’m sure you’re asking yourself… “Isn’t a VILT the same as a webinar?”

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Butter Up Your Training With VILT

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If you haven’t attended a virtual instructor-led-training (VILT), sign up for one now! As learning and development professionals, having some VILT knowledge and experience will increase your tool set and give you an opportunity to show your organization how to embrace this cost-effective, flexible, and efficient way to train many learners in diverse locations. I’m sure you’re asking yourself… “Isn’t a VILT the same as a webinar?” The answer is no.

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Learning and Performance: Get Angry, Make Changes

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Three Ways to Streamline Employee Performance Improvement. “I’m I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”. Remember that iconic catch phrase from the 1976 movie Network ? Howard Beale (played by Peter Finch) was commenting on modern American society, but it’s been running through the back of my mind lately — about formal training in the workplace. OK, I may not actually be as mad as hell , but I do think much employee training is a waste of time.

Learning and Performance: Get Angry, Make Changes

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“I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”. Remember that iconic catch phrase from the 1976 movie Network ? Howard Beale (played by Peter Finch) was commenting on modern American society, but it’s been running through the back of my mind lately — about formal training in the workplace. OK, I may not actually be as mad as hell , but I do think much employee training is a waste of time.

The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

Gamification: Is It Relevant? Is It Meaningful?

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Gamification continues to be a growing trend — in a long list of trends — in the learning industry. The thing is, gamification isn’t all that new. Gamification techniques (or more simply gaming techniques) such as countdowns, discovery, points, and levels, have been used for many years to engage learners and transfer knowledge and skills. As with all trends , the trick is to know when and how to use games to enhance learning and performance rather than just to entertain participants.

Preparing the Perfect Learning Feast

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Tonight after a long day at work, it’s likely that the last thing you want to do is go home and prepare a fabulous meal. Honestly, after a day of mind-numbing meetings, 150 emails, and your manager leaning on you for that presentation, who has the energy for that? It’s more likely you’ll stop at the market to pick up a roasted chicken, open a can of corn, and announce to your family “dinner is served!” Will it fill their tummies? Will it be fast and easy? You bet.

Getting Learners to the “Aha!” Moment

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I’m sure this has happened to all of us at one time or another when taking an e-learning course. You sit in front of your computer, coffee in hand, and unconsciously click through each screen without giving the content a second thought. You just want to get to the end and check off on your training plan that you’ve completed the course. As an instructional designer for Innovative Learning Group (ILG), I want to give learners real “aha!” moments.

What can the “Great British Bake Off” Technical Challenge Teach Us About Learning?

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You’ve heard all the hype about the latest technological cure for what ails training: augmented, virtual, or mixed reality. Sure, I’d be the first to agree that mobile learning with augmented reality could be truly revolutionary in the workplace, a fact that visionaries in our industry have been talking about for the last six or seven years. Yes, let’s start using AR/VR/MR (augmented reality/virtual reality/mixed reality) in our learning and performance support solutions where it makes sense!

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

What “The Great British Bake Off” Can Teach Us About Learning

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You’ve heard all the hype about the latest technological cure for what ails training: augmented, virtual, or mixed reality. Sure, I’d be the first to agree that mobile learning with augmented reality could be truly revolutionary in the workplace, a fact that visionaries in our industry have been talking about for the last six or seven years. Yes, let’s start using AR/VR/MR (augmented reality/virtual reality/mixed reality) in our learning and performance support solutions where it makes sense!

The Art of Storytelling in Training: The Great Pineapple Dilemma

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Tips to Incorporate Storytelling in Your Learning Solutions. Growing up, my dad’s memorable tale of his father, my Grandpa Schirmacher, has inspired me throughout my life. As a Mounted Marine, my grandpa rode a horse while serving in the United States Marine Corps. During his career, he was stationed on the then-island nation of Hawaii (before it became the 50 th state). Grandpa Schirmacher, being the mischievous character that he was, decided one day to liberate a pineapple from a local farm.

The Great Pineapple Dilemma — and the Art of Storytelling

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Growing up, my dad’s memorable tale of his father, my Grandpa Schirmacher, has inspired me throughout my life. As a Mounted Marine, my grandpa rode a horse while serving in the United States Marine Corps. During his career, he was stationed on the then-island nation of Hawaii (before it became the 50 th state). Grandpa Schirmacher, being the mischievous character that he was, decided one day to liberate a pineapple from a local farm.

What’s Your Attitude?

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When it comes to learning, we all have an attitude regarding how to learn. This mindset includes how we think others should learn, the best way to learn, if generations really learn differently, and so on. Elliott Masie posted a great article — “ Your Learners Have Attitude ” — that inspired me to really think about the changes occurring in the learning industry and how they influence what I do and how I think.

[On-Demand Webinar] The State of Customer Education: Trends and Benchmarks Report

Speaker: Sandi Lin & Linda Schwaber-Cohen

In this webinar, Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin shared learnings from Skilljar's recent study and her insights on the state of Customer Education. She dug into key findings so you can benchmark against industry trends and understand how your strategy and metrics compare.