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An Instructional Design Toolkit

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We’re sharing some of our favorite instructional design techniques here in this toolkit to support new instructional designers or “old” ones who want to sharpen their saw (pun completely intended). Why a toolkit? Just like a carpenter’s toolbox, you probably won’t use all of these techniques on every project, but these are tried-and-true favorites you’ll want within easy reach.

Which came first: Agile or Culture?

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We get asked the proverbial chicken and egg question a lot: which came first our LLAMA (Lot Like Agile Management Approach) project management or our communicative, accommodating culture? Agile is about more than just project management; it’s a way of perceiving success, communicating and prioritizing the most important work. In other words, Agile is embedded in the culture. And we’re pretty lucky because that Agile kind of culture is how we like to roll here at TorranceLearning anyway.

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Catch up with Megan at DevLearn 2017 on Oct 25-27

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Are you planning to be at the DevLearn 2017 conference , Oct. 25-27 in Las Vegas? Catch up with Megan! Here’s a look at her schedule. Hope to see you there! Tuesday, October 24. Pre-conference Workshop. Session Link P17: Agile Project Management for eLearning 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Session Link Wednesday, October 25. Concurrent Session. Session Link INN102 : Building the xAPI Ecosystem of Your Dreams 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Session Link. Thursday, October 26. Morning Buzz.

ADDIE or Agile? A false dichotomy

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There’s a lot of buzz these days about whether we should abandon the training industry’s go-to model, ADDIE, for an Agile approach. The discussion has been rich, with elegant arguments made on both sides. A disclaimer: we’re all about Agile, or rather, LLAMA – the Lot Like Agile Methods Approach – here at TorranceLearning. But that doesn’t mean we give up on what ADDIE has taught us. This article in Learning Solutions Magazine goes into more depth, but here’s the gist of it.


5 Essential Virtual Selling Practices Every Company Must Have by 2023

Speaker: Erika Bzdel - Vice President of Sales and Craig Simons - Director of Marketing

Join us on Sept. 13 at 9:30 am PT as Erika Bzdel, VP of Sales, and Craig Simons, Director of Marketing, discuss the virtual selling practices that every company should adopt, and how to succeed at selling in a hybrid world.

Catch up with Megan at FocusOn

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Catch up with Megan at FocusOn 2017! Here’s a look at her schedule. Hope to see you there! Tuesday, June 20. Concurrent Session. Session Link 410: Deconstructing Games: Apples to Apples 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Session Link Wednesday, June 21. Concurrent Session. Session Link 705: A Tale of Two Mobiles: Mobile Design Across Two Platforms 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Session Link. Concurrent Session. Session Link 813: Overcoming Barriers to mLearning – hosted by Brandon Hall, PhD 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Session Link.

Catch up with Megan at Learning Solutions

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Are you planning to be at the Learning Solutions Conference March 22-24 in Orlando? Catch up with Megan! Here’s a look at her schedule. Hope to see you there! Tuesday, March 21 Session Link xAPI Camp 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Session Link. Wednesday, March 22. Morning Buzz. Session Link MB02: Getting Started with xAPI 7:30 AM – 8:15 AM Session Link. Concurrent Session. Session Link 108: LLAMA Agile Project Management for eLearning 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Session Link. Concurrent Session w/ Rob Houck.

The Waste of Motion

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Before there was LLAMA (lot like Agile management approach), there was Agile. And before there was Agile, there was Lean. Each approach owes some of its principles to the one before. Sounds awfully iterative, doesn’t it?) You’ve probably heard of Lean because it’s a term that gets used a lot, sometimes accurately and sometimes, well, not so much. Lean started in the manufacturing world as part of the total-quality-management movement.

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Catch up with Megan at TechKnowledge

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Are you planning to be at the ATD’s TechKnowledge conference January 11-13 in Las Vegas? Catch up with Megan! Here’s a look at her schedule. Hope to see you there! Wednesday, January 11. TK Disrupt Room. Session Link DISRUPT1: xAPI Showcase (Forum 22-23) 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Session Link. Concurrent Session. Session Link W300: Agile Project Management for eLearning (Forum 1-3) 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Session Link Thursday, January 12. Concurrent Session w/ Rob Houck.

The future is bright: corporate learning gets smart

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Megan Torrance, CEO TorranceLearning. This article was also posted in Education & Career News. According to the Association for Talent Development’s 2015 State of the Industry Report 39% of all corporate training is delivered online, via mobile phone or remotely.

Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

xAPI: The Stroke Ready App

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We recently hosted a group of about 30 clients, friends, and colleagues at an xAPI party (because nothing says “celebration” like verb definitions and data filtering). As the day drew to a close, many of us came to the same conclusion: we need more examples of xAPI in the real world so we can see what works and what doesn’t and so we can have credible examples for those who are contemplating this new way of tracking learning but haven’t yet taken the leap.

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Guest post: Informal Learning and the Pivot Point

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Guest Post by Stephen Gill. This blog originally posted on The Performance Improvement Blog. As David Grebow explained in his post about The Learning Curve and The Pivot Point , unless formal training (courses, workshops, seminars, webinars, etc.) is followed by informal learning interventions, at the Pivot Point in the learning curve the knowledge and skills acquired in those formal experiences will not be applied and will be forgotten.

Guest post: Training Culture vs. Learning Culture

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Guest Post by Stephen Gill. This blog originally posted on Learning To Be Great. What’s the difference between a “training culture” and a “ learning culture ”? The answer is, “A great deal.” As the chart shows, in a training culture, responsibility for employee learning resides with instructors and training managers. In that kind of culture the assumption is that trainers (under the direction of a CLO) drive learning.

Life and Learning in a Post-SCORM World

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As learning professionals, we’ve lived in a SCORM world for a least the past decade; SCORM being the set of standards for sharing and tracking learning content. But the world has started to evolve, and these days, it’s abuzz with talk of xAPI. Not as familiar with xAPI? Click here.). We’re pretty geeked about xAPI ourselves. If you’ve talked to us at conferences , participated in our learning cohorts , or read our latest blog posts , this probably comes as no surprise.


5 Ways to Improve DE&I in the Workplace

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical for an organization’s success. And companies that take bold action to help ensure an inclusive workplace will win every time. Discover how your company can create a culture that celebrates DE&I while achieving higher revenue and growth.

xAPI Community

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I just returned from ATD’s TechKnowledge 2016, where I learned all sorts of groovy stuff: cool tricks for Adobe Connect, the value of microvideo, best practices for MOOCs. However, as is often the case, the most potent lesson didn’t come from any of the fabulous presenters’ direct instruction. Instead, I was reminded, for approximately the millionth time, of the value of learning as a member of a community.

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Namaste, Friends. Find your Office Zen.

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Does your work stress you out? We’ve all experienced the squeeze of work-related stress from time to time, but too much stress at the office too often can make a huge dent in your quality of life and decrease your productivity. We’re not okay with that, and we’re actively seeking ways to make our office a more peaceful place. It’s not unusual to find us hanging out with our yogi photographer friend, Michelle Massey Barnes.

Live Fearlessly

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One of the biggest cultural shifts that new team members at TorranceLearning face isn’t our casual-every-day dress code or the lack of enclosed offices. It’s not the open book finance or the daily sync up sessions. It’s our fearless estimating. We take an Agile project management approach to estimating: We break things down into small pieces. We estimate each piece with no padding, no “just in case,” no safety margin. We communicate with each other when we know if the estimate is off.

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An Agile Year in Review

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2014 was a big year for us in our Agile journey. No, we’re not any better at yoga, despite having a yogi in residence. No, 2014 was a big year for us because really set ourselves to sharing what we’ve learned with others. Generous Collaboration is one of our core values, you know. Megan was out giving conference presentations & workshops at Training 2014, Learning Solutions, ATD’s ICE, Learning DevCamp, Online Learning, DevLearn.

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How to Write OKRs: 45 Effective Examples

Many companies are embracing objectives and key results (OKRs) as the best practice for committing to goals and following through. Objectives are outcomes that reflect current company priorities. Each employee should write OKRs that roll up to larger company goals.

Agile: An incredibly freeing way to work

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At a recent conference session on using Agile project methods for elearning (what we call LLAMA) , an interesting question came up. I’ll paraphrase. Doesn’t the project team think this is just incredibly controlling?”. Uh, no… “Really? I tried to do something very much like this and nobody liked it. They said I was controlling every minute of their lives with these very small tasks and time estimates on everything and checking in all the time. They said I was micro-managing them.”.

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LLAMAs here, LLAMAs there…LLAMAs at Work

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LLAMA is everywhere! And now you can learn our Lot Like Agile Management approach in the November issue of TD at Work. The Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly known as ASTD) publishes this very practical series every month, with techniques ready to implement. This month, it’s all about Agile. What’s really great about the state of Agile in the training industry is the newness of it all.

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TorranceLearning Announces Eleventure Business Skills Course Library

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We are completely geeked to announce our new Eleventure elearning library , a business skills curriculum designed for and hosted on the LearnCore LMS platform. The first 30 courses in the series cover a broad range of business skills to help employees take their performance, their careers and their organizations to the next level. With Eleventure, think about ‘elevating your business venture’ with all those things you need to succeed in your worklife,” says CEO Megan Torrance.

How We Use Lean Coffee for Rich Results

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“Lean Coffee is a discussion facilitation technique that helps a small group agree on topics and a structure for a discussion that otherwise has no specific agenda.”. As a team of project managers, instructional designers, trainers and leaders, we do like our big box of tools and techniques we can wield at a moment’s notice. Lean Coffee is one of our new favorites. It’s not necessarily just for Lean, and doesn’t have to involve coffee, although that would make it extra special.

Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

Why do we teach Agile to elearning developers?

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“We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it.”. This is the preamble to the Agile Manifesto ( ) and it’s one of the most important pieces of the whole thing, as far as we’re concerned. It means we’ve learned this by experimenting, by failing, by tweaking and by trying again. And we’re learning more by helping others do it, too. You see, we have this thing called LLAMA: the Lot Like Agile Methods Approach.

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Let me take a moment…or rather, Eight Moments of Learning Need

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“It is the quality of the moment, not the number of days, or events, or of actors, that imports.”. — Ralph Waldo Emerson. I can imagine the conversation that Ralph Waldo Emerson and Conrad Gottfredson might have if they were to meet. Two big thinkers, tossing around ideas about how we humans experience our lives, our work and our learning. Oh, to be a fly on that wall.