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Sep 16 2021

Train The Trainer Best Practices

Why Train Trainers? Does your business need to train internal team members on how to do something, but you lack anyone with the ability to properly run the training? Do you have a subject matter expert in the content you wish to teach, but they lack the skills to be able to train effectively? This …

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Sep 16 2021

Train The Trainer Best Practices

Why Train Trainers? Does your business need to train internal team members on how to do something, but you lack anyone with the ability to properly run the training? Do you have a subject matter expert in the content you wish to teach, but they lack the skills to be able to train effectively? This …

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Sep 2 2021

The Power of Blended Learning

What is Blended Learning? Blended Learning is the combination of traditional, in-person learning experiences (such as Instructor-Led Training, Seminars, etc) and virtual learning (eLearning, Webinars, etc). While traditional learning has been around for centuries, Virtual learning has become more popular lately due to global circumstances, and has demonstrated that it can be a very useful …

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Aug 19 2021

Choosing the Right Training Delivery Method

In the instructional design world, choosing the right packaged training delivery method is sometimes as important as creating the training itself. This is because how a training is delivered to learners can greatly impact your goals and learning outcomes. What is Packaged Training? Packaged training is the buzzword often used to describe the courses and …

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Latest Learning Articles

Sep 16 2021

Train The Trainer Best Practices

Why Train Trainers? Does your business need to train internal team members on how to do something, but you lack anyone with the ability to properly run the training? Do you have a subject matter expert in the content you wish to teach, but they lack the skills to be able to train effectively? This …

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Sep 2 2021

The Power of Blended Learning

What is Blended Learning? Blended Learning is the combination of traditional, in-person learning experiences (such as Instructor-Led Training, Seminars, etc) and virtual learning (eLearning, Webinars, etc). While traditional learning has been around for centuries, Virtual learning has become more popular lately due to global circumstances, and has demonstrated that it can be a very useful …

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Aug 19 2021

Choosing the Right Training Delivery Method

In the instructional design world, choosing the right packaged training delivery method is sometimes as important as creating the training itself. This is because how a training is delivered to learners can greatly impact your goals and learning outcomes. What is Packaged Training? Packaged training is the buzzword often used to describe the courses and …

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Aug 5 2021

eLearning Development Roles

Why are Roles Important in eLearning Development? eLearning development can be a large undertaking that contains many moving parts. Changing one part can impact other areas, creating extra work, so it’s vital for everyone to know what needs to be done and who is responsible. This is why eLearning development roles are so important. Roles …

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Jul 22 2021

Remaster eLearning content to give it new life

Reduce, Reuse, Remaster It’s inevitable that your eLearning content (no matter how well produced it is, and how much you try to account for scalability and future proofing) is eventually going to become outdated. This can happen due to unforeseen changes in your industry, rapid improvements in technology, shifts in design trends and more. Some …

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Jul 6 2021

Rapid eLearning Design with Powerpoint

eLearning Simplified Microsoft Powerpoint® sometimes gets a bad rap in the eLearning community because people often use it to create low quality, boring presentations riddled with bullet points. However, Powerpoint is actually a powerful tool for rapidly designing simpler, high quality eLearning content that’s interesting, and engaging. This makes it an attractive option for a …

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Jun 24 2021

How Downloadable Resources Support your Training

What are Downloadable Resources? Downloadable Resources are supporting materials such as documents, videos, audio files, or other materials that pertain to elements of your training but may not fit inside the training itself. Although the term “Downloadable resources” implies that they are electronic and can be downloaded from somewhere, these materials can also be distributed …

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Jun 10 2021

How Reflection Encourages Better Training Design

Reflection is an Underutilized Skill Reflection is a skill that we feel isn’t utilized enough within the learning development sphere, both from the perspective of an instructional designer and that of a learner. This type of deeper thinking can help spur training designers to identify and improve their training while it can also assist learners …

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May 27 2021

How Text to Speech can Reduce Training Design Costs

What is Text to Speech? Text to speech is a function that many computer applications provide, which takes text that is in written form and verbalizes it so that it can be heard instead of read. Many people tend to associate text to speech with robotic-sounding voices that did a poor job intonating and pronouncing …

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May 13 2021

Connecting Your Learning Objectives to Your Business Outcomes

When a company wants to create training, business leadership will often ask about the value training will bring to the company. Connecting the Learning Objectives in your training to the Business Outcomes for your company allows you to both define the value of the training, and ensure those outcomes are actually reached. What are Learning …

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Apr 29 2021

The Benefits of Social Learning

What is Social Learning? Employing social learning can help businesses more smoothly transfer the most important knowledge to learners. 82% of businesses that currently utilize social learning tools want to increase their use of them in the future.[3] With an increasing amount of the workforce being driven by millennials who grew up with social technology[4], …

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Apr 15 2021

How to get more from your Learning Analytics Data

Training is Only Part of the Solution While training is often designed as a way to solve a problem (often through teaching learners a new skill or changing their behavior in order to better align with the needs of the business), many businesses don’t typically spend much time determining if that expected result actually occurred. …

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Apr 8 2021

Why scripts are important when recording training

What are Scripts? Scripts are a common element of film and TV production. They explain the actions, events and dialogue that will occur during the course of a scene, so the cast and crew know what, how and when to do things. In Training Development a script is similar in form, as it usually contains …

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Apr 1 2021

10 questions to ask yourself when choosing an LMS

What is an LMS? An LMS (Learning Management System) is a powerful tool that can house your training content and supporting documents while managing users and reporting on progress. An LMS has many other features that can make it an attractive option for many teams looking for a way to optimally deliver their content, but …

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Mar 25 2021

How creative storytelling can increase learner retention

Tell a Story, Inspire an Idea Some people love to learn, but for others it’s a struggle they endure because they’re required to. Those who struggle may not gain nearly the same benefit of the learning as those who are enjoying themselves. What if there was a way to help inspire more people to enjoy …

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Mar 18 2021

Is an LMS the right solution for your training delivery?

What is an LMS? When companies need to create training for their teams on processes, applications or materials, there are many outputs they can choose from. They might decide to record a quick video explaining the concept, write a step-by-step user guide, or get a trainer to learn the material so they can teach others …

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Mar 11 2021

How Process Documentation Removes Organizational Silos

What are Organizational Silos? Many businesses, large and small, encounter issues with workers and teams creating their own processes and structures, which are self-contained and isolated from the company as a whole, often referred to as silos. It’s very easy for SMBs to get caught in a silo mentality because there may only be a …

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Mar 4 2021

Simplify Complex Processes into Easily Consumable Training Content

Keep it Simple Many workers are inundated in a myriad of complex processes as part of their job. Oftentimes these processes are not documented and may change on the fly. How would you train a new employee to follow those processes and ensure they learn the “right” way of doing things? It could end up …

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Feb 25 2021

The Value of Stabilizing Process before Teaching

Remember the old saying, “Measure Twice, Cut Once?” It implies that rushing to make changes before taking the time to determine the result of your actions could be costly. Instead, it’s often better to plan first, then take action once you know your plan is sound. This is a great analogy to apply to many …

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Feb 18 2021

Why VR may be the next big thing in training development

What is VR? Since training development often utilizes tools such as gamification and simulation, it’s not hard to see that VR would be appealing to developers because of its ability to provide realistic simulated environments for learners to explore. Not surprisingly, VR has already been in use for quite some time, and in fact, VR …

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Feb 11 2021

How to successfully utilize AI in eLearning development

AI has a range of applications Artificial Intelligence (or AI for short) is becoming a staple of the cloud computing scene, and its versatility and accessibility is allowing it to cross into other fields such as Training & Development, specifically eLearning development. This is because AIs can be trained on a myriad of different functions …

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Feb 4 2021

4 eLearning Design Choices that Excel and 4 to Avoid

The Dos and Don’ts of Modern eLearning Design eLearning design is as much an art as it is a science. You need to balance the requirements of the training against the needs of the learner and limitations such as time and budget. Additional factors come into play as well, since not all eLearning is created …

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Jan 28 2021

The Importance of the Instructional Designer in eLearning design

An Instructional Designer is like the Architect of the elearning World Training is often compared to building a house. In housing once someone has decided to get a house built, you need to have an architect draft blueprints, builders create the framework of the house based on the blueprints and designers furnish and customize the …

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Jan 21 2021

How the Gig Economy is influencing training creation

What is the “Gig Economy”? More and more people are working freelance or as solopreneurs through projects called “gigs” where they create a product or service for customers. The Gig Economy is defined as “economic activity that involves the use of temporary or freelance workers to perform jobs typically in the service sector.”[1]  It can …

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Why Agile learning development flourishes in today's society - for blog

Jan 14 2021

Why the Agile methodology can flourish in modern Learning Development

  Learning development has undergone a lot of shifts and evolutions over the past few years. From areas such as Micro-Learning Development, Learning Experience Platforms (LXPs) and Gamification, there are so many wonderful new tools and applications to help improve training, but has the internal process of the training development team evolved at the same …

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7 reasons why interactivity within your training is essential to getting engagement from learners

Jan 7 2021

Why Interactive Training Increases Learner Engagement

What is Interactive Training? Interactive Training is not a new topic, but it has come more to the forefront recently as other trends such as Micro-Learning and Gamification have become more popular and demands are increasing to provide more benefits (such as increased ROI, higher grades) in less time. Making a training interactive can come …

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how to guide to writing case studies

Dec 31 2020

Writing Case Studies – a How To Guide

What is a Case Study? A case study is a descriptive, exploratory or explanatory document that analyzes a person, object, event, situation, or idea.   People may find themselves writing case studies in different industries for different purposes.  Some examples include: Marketing or sales case study to highlight a product or service and its benefits Educational …

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Virtual mentoring

Dec 24 2020

Why virtual mentoring guides new hires to success

Mentorship Makes a Difference Having a mentor is a big deal, especially when it comes to entering a company or the workforce as a whole for the first time. According to a CNBC-SurveyMonkey poll, 91% of workers who have a mentor are satisfied with their jobs, while 57% say they are very satisfied.[1] In that …

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Why it's Crucial to Develop Mobile-Focused and Compatible Learning to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Dec 17 2020

Develop Mobile Learning to Stay Ahead of the Curve

What is Mobile Learning? Mobile learning is a relatively recent development that allows people to enjoy training opportunities from their mobile device, such as a smart phone or tablet. Mobile learning is unique because it allows participants to learn in a time and place that is convenient for them. Mobile learning offers many advantages to …

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5 Ways to Position Training as a Benefit to Your Workforce to Increase Engagement

Dec 10 2020

5 Ways Training can Increase Employee Engagement

Training is Important If your organization doesn’t promote training opportunities properly, your employees may look at training as a chore. Rather than making it seem like an obligation they have to fulfill as part of their job requirements, you should work with the leadership team to position training as a beneficial experience for your employees. …

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Personal but not In-Person

Dec 3 2020

Can Online Learning be as effective classroom training?

Today’s learning environment is shifting rapidly. With technology and the internet becoming more readily adapted into daily life due to challenges in the modern world, it’s more important than ever to find ways to utilize online learning to continue to help companies grow and stay effective. Online training isn’t that new, but it has been …

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Nov 26 2020

How Covid-19 exposed the need for eLearning

What is eLearning? If you’re reading this article, you may already be familiar with the concept of eLearning, but for those who are unfamiliar, here is a brief overview. One of the greatest benefits of eLearning is that it can be accessed online via the internet and does not rely on the same limitations that …

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Best Practices for Virtual Meetings and Webinars

Nov 19 2020

Best Practices for Virtual Meetings and Webinars

What are virtual meetings/webinars? Virtual meetings are similar to in-person meetings, except they are done remotely, usually via an online meeting application (such as Ringcentral or Zoom). Attendees can call in through their phone or computer (where they can oftentimes voice chat and share their webcam) and converse with many others at a time.   …

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Why Micro Learning is continuing to dominate trends in eLearning development

Nov 12 2020

Why Micro Learning is dominating eLearning trends

What is Micro Learning? Micro Learning is much as you might expect from the name – it’s learning, but smaller and shorter in length with less complexity. Micro Learning doesn’t have a set length but tends to prefer a larger number of smaller training modules to be able to carry clear, concise and retainable messages …

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7 ways to keep learning simple and keep users interested

Nov 5 2020

Keep eLearning simple and keep users interested

Training doesn’t have to be boring Training is very important in helping businesses to function smoothly and efficiently. More and more industries are turning to eLearning and Instructor-Led training to accomplish these goals. But not all training is created equally. Many people have suffered through very dry and boring material that impacted their ability to …

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How to Ensure Your Company is Training on the Soft Skills Your Workers Need Most

Oct 29 2020

Ensure You’re Training the Soft Skills Your Workers Need

What are Soft Skills? When applying for a position, job seekers often look at the skills that are required for that particular role. Depending on the industry, those skills may vary from technical skills to trade skills. While these hard skills are critical to success, many employers often overlook the importance of soft skills. Soft …

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