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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?

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.

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?

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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.

Why Every Tech Company Needs a Customer Enablement Program

Want to increase your customer lifetime value? Join Skilljar's next webinar on 4/19! Learn why the subscription economy matters, and how you can set your customers up for success from day one. Register now.

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.

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.)

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.”

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.).

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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.

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.

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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?)

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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).

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Pay it forward. Be a mentor.

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It’s about time. Are you ready? The world needs you to be a mentor. Megan’s recent blog post on DBusiness Daily News: It’s Time for You to be The Mentor has gotten more than a bit of traction. We think it’s because people are ready to help others grow and, at the same time, grow their own skills and knowledge. The DBusiness blog post touches on some reasons to be a mentor and a number of ways to do it.

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.

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.

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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.

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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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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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How to Price and Package Customer Training

To charge or not to charge? That is the question many customer training teams are facing today. The answer, however, is not always a straightforward yes or no. Download this guide to learn more.

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.

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.

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.

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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The Secret to Getting Learning Results May Not Be What You Think

Do you struggle to achieve measurable results with your learning solutions? If so, you’re not alone. According to CEB, traditional training only creates 37% learning transfer. This guide explores the causes of poor transfer and concrete steps to achieving better outcomes.

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 ( www.agilemanifesto.org ) 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.

ADOBE PRESENTER: Sidebar Video

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by Kevin Siegel, COTP. Inserting and editing video in Adobe Presenter is as easy as accessing the Adobe Presenter tab on the Ribbon and then clicking the Video tool. Once videos have been added to a PowerPoint slide, they can be manipulated just like any other PowerPoint object.

TEACHING LIVE, ONLINE CLASSES: Engagement Is Not Enough

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by Jennie Ruby, COTP. We hear it all the time: engage your learners, create e-learning that is engaging, make sure the students are engaged.   And so we create interactive eLearning. In our classrooms we call students by name and discuss things with them face to face.

Your Guide to Creating a Customer Onboarding Program

Even if you don’t have a formal program in place, customer onboarding is already happening at your organization. The question is, are you dictating it and guaranteeing a great experience? If not, this guide can help help.

How to Launch Elearning Content Using xAPI

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Already using xAPI for more than just reporting? Then you may be wondering how it can be used to launch elearning content. The post How to Launch Elearning Content Using xAPI appeared first on HT2 Labs. Learning Locker xAPI

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ARTICULATE STORYLINE 360: Publishing to Video

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by Kal Hadi, COTP. When teaching my students how to publish Articulate Storyline projects during my beginner class , I often get the following question:   Student: “How do I publish my project as a video (MP4)?”.   Me: “You can’t.”.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Stay Current or Perish

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by Kevin Smith, COTP. Not that many years ago, computer technicians were limited to being just that: computer technicians. They installed memory chips (RAM), replaced hard drives, changed video cards, and instructed users on how to use these new and mysterious machines.   As user confidence increased, the PC technician’s knowledge requirements grew horizontally but at a much more rapid pace. How did the technology support industry keep up?

Articulate Storyline vs. Adobe Captivate

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A recent LinkedIn post asked eLearning developers: which tool is best: Adobe Captivate or Articulate Storyline? As  As I read through the comments, I was struck by how many people insisted that Storyline was the better choice because it was easier to learn than Captivate because it was so much like Microsoft PowerPoint.   As someone who uses both Captivate and Storyline, I have to disagree with that recurring sentiment.

Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.

ADOBE ROBOHELP: Getting Around Preview Errors

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by Willam van Weelden, COTP. RoboHelp is an awesome help authoring tool. However, even the best tools misbehave. While working with RoboHelp, you are likely to come across error message from time to time. For instance, atsome point you'll likely be tasked with customizing a Screen Layout.

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eLEARNING: The Struggle for Online Attention

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by Karin Rex, COTP. Which of the following statements do you think are true?   A. By 2019, 80% of ALL web traffic will be video.   B. 64% of customers say they are more likely to buy a product online after watching a video.      C. 59% of decision-makers would rather watch a video than read a blog or article.   If you said all three, you are correct (Source: Hubspot, 2017).      The impact of video is astounding. and growing! Whiteboard

ADOBE CAPTIVATE: Tips for Importing PowerPoint Slides

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by Jennie Ruby, COTP. Many organizations use PowerPoint templates to ensure that lessons are consistent and correctly branded. By importing PowerPoint into Captivate, you can retain that formatting and branding in your eLearning lessons as well.

MICROSOFT POWERPOINT: Adding Transparency to Photos

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by AJ Walther, COTP. You have a plan. a plan to create an awesome PowerPoint presentation about, among other emotions, anger.   Naturally, you want to illustrate anger on one of the slides.

How to Price and Package Customer Training

To charge or not to charge? That is the question many customer training teams are facing today. The answer, however, is not always a straightforward yes or no. Download this guide to learn more.