April, 2017

6 Pervasive Corporate Training Pitfalls

Bottom-Line Performance

Remember when you were new to learning and development? If you really are new, congratulations and welcome to the field! If you’ve been around for a little while, I want you to think back: what do you wish you could tell your former self about what he/she is getting themselves into?

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5 games every e-learning professional should play

E-Learning Provocateur

You can narrow down someone’s age by whether they include spaces in their file names. If they do, they’re under 40. That is a sweeping declaration, and quite possibly true. Here’s another one… Gamers are a sub-culture dominated by young men.

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Scaffolding in Microlearning

Experiencing eLearning

How do you incorporate scaffolding in microlearning? How is scaffolding different in microlearning than in longer formats? First, let’s define scaffolding. Scaffolding is support for learners that gradually fades away until the learner can do the task without support.

Instructional Design vs. Learning Game Design: What’s the Difference?

Knowledge Guru

Your manager decides to include games and gamification as part of this year’s training strategy. As the instructional designer, she expects you to create the learning game.

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2018 Customer Training Goals

Are your customer training goals actually achievable? Or will they be cast aside as your team gets caught up in their daily tasks? If you’re not sure, this guide can help.

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Do Your Learners Know the ‘Why’?

Bottom-Line Performance

Many learning leaders struggle to help learners feel accountable for their own growth and development. They devote time and budget to create more and more training, yet see little change. This common expression partially sums up the problem: “When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”.

L&D: Learning and Dystopia

Association eLearning

You know that feeling you get when something is hyped as “the ultimate solution”? If you’re like me your reaction is probably along the lines of, “That’s too good to be true. Therefore, it probably isn’t true.” Back in the day, household radio sets were going to be the big breakthrough for learning.

How to Get Started Writing a Branching Scenario for Learning

Experiencing eLearning

In a recent conversation, a colleague asked, “Once you and your client have agreed on a branching scenario approach, how do you get started writing it? How do you get from the broad concept of training on X topic to actually creating the scenario?”

Tim Gunn's “Natty Approach” to Learning

Dashe & Thomson

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.

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.

Latest Negative E-Learning Trends

eLearning 24-7

Trends. They will often bare fruit. Sometimes is a way we like, other times in a way we don’t. Who can forget the trend of seeing Ned Beatty in every movie out there? He was soon replaced by Morgan Freeman.

Developing Millennials: Why Skimping on Soft Skills Training is Risky

eLearning Brothers

Complaints about Millennials in the workplace remind me of that adage attributed to Charles Dudley Warner, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”. Likewise, many senior managers are quick to share their gripes about their younger co-workers.

How to Engage Learners Before, During and After Training

Knowledge Guru

How many times are you distracted or interrupted during a normal work day? What about your learners? How often are they pulled away from their planned activities? Let’s face it: distraction often feels like the norm for many of us.

Collaboration VS. Interaction: What’s the Difference?

InSync Training

Virtual classroom platforms now include a plethora of tools meant to encourage learner participation. We have whiteboards , breakout rooms , polls , text-based chat. Including them appropriately in our programs positively impacts our modern learners’ experiences.

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.

The Ethics of Instructional Design

Allen Interactions

By Edm ond Manning , Senior Instructional Strategist. With so many fascinating topics in our world of learning design (mobile learning! MOOCs! Gamification!)

4 Reasons Instructor-Led Training is Killing Your Sales Potential

mLevel

If you want to earn, you’ve got to learn. Staying on top of market trends, needs, insights, and news is key to maximizing your organization’s sales potential. As a result, sales teams weak on knowledge don’t get far – even if the rest of their skillset is outstanding.

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7 Ways A Supportive Online Training Culture Improves ROI

G-Cube

A supportive online training culture encourages continual development and professional growth. But it also has a significant impact on your corporate eLearning ROI. In this article, I’ll discuss 7 benefits that a supportive online training culture can bring to your company’s bottom line.

Self-Directed Learning or Self-Directed Performance?

Living in Learning

There is no shortage of new innovation we seek to implement in our L&D discipline, and Micro-Learning is one of the most recent. Depending upon how one chooses to integrate "Micro-Anything", the results can range from truly innovative solutions to merely applying more lipstick on the training pig. Continuous Learning Discovery & Consulting Micro-Learning Performance Support Sustained Capability intentional design performance support Self-Directed Learning

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!

LRS Rankings (Learning Record Store)

eLearning 24-7

I’m a dreamer. I dream that those who are involved in e-learning (online) and soon immersive (VR/AR/MR), learn and understand about the nuances of the various types of learning technology current and down the road. Each piece can help you achieve amazing and outstanding results.

4 Stages of a Learning Business

Web Courseworks

OrgCommunity and Web Courseworks are excited to present the closing webinar of the Spring eLearning Thought Leaders series, The Learning Business Maturity Model , featuring Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele of Tagoras.

Storyline 3 is here

Kineo

There has been much anticipation around when Articulate would be releasing Storyline 3, the next version of Storyline, especially after the release of Articulate 360 last year. It has been quite some time since we last had a full authoring tool from Articulate people thought it would not happen. But after two and a half years since Storyline 2 was released, Storyline 3 is now here!

Types of Learner Engagement in the Virtual Classroom

InSync Training

Recently, we looked at the two different types of learner engagement we can use in the virtual classroom: interaction and collaboration. Let’s build on that foundational knowledge with a deep dive into different subtypes of interaction and collaboration, and intelligent ways to use them.

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.

Open Source LMS: The Free LMS that isn’t Free!

Paradiso

So, you’ve identified the need for an LMS in your organization and are on the lookout for one. Some smart techies in your organization might have suggested going for an Open Source LMS. Open source what.? Must have been your first reaction!

Getting Started with Games in PowerPoint

eLearning Brothers

Video games have always been and still are something that I love playing. The movement and design of objects are very captivating and keep me entertained for hours on end. That is why many developers and presenters put serious time into the graphical representation of their message.

The student will become the master! But how? Adapting the Feynman 3-Step Mastery Technique to Online Learning

Association eLearning

How often do you feel like you understand something until someone asks you to tell them more about it? When teachers and learners want to convey information quickly there’s always a temptation to rely on definitions and a sampling of big picture ideas to help the learner hit the ground running.

Answering The Top 6 Microlearning FAQs

Growth Engineering

Are you ready to offer bite-size eLearning experiences to your audience? Before you begin, read these 6 microlearning FAQs to brush up on the microlearning basics. I’ll also explore the benefits, examples, and limitations of this memory-boosting ID strategy.

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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.

Create a culture of collaboration through the power of design thinking

Kineo

As a learning designer, when you're sending that early mock-up or first draft, be honest with yourself: is what you're actually looking for sign-off rather than collaboration? Perhaps up to that point, you've already put a good chunk of work in and it might even mess your schedules up if the other person asks you to rip it up and start again. Collaboration requires an open mind and a step into the unpredictable, but the results can be content that’s higher quality and more innovative.

How to Conduct Productive Training Meetings At Work

InSync Training

Training and development are extremely important components of employee satisfaction and engagement. Appropriate training and development opportunities also play a factor in your staff's ability to be productive throughout the day.

3 Instructional Design Theories

LearnDash

Instructional design is a growing field given the amount of online courses we are seeing today.