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How to Use Interactive Games and Exercises in Training

Posted by James Summers on 10/22/18 8:00 AM

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Learners want training to be fun. It’s as simple as that. To encourage and maintain ideal behaviors, and to ensure a successful transfer of new knowledge and skills, training must be interesting and motivating for learners. Don’t forget, we are often competing with cell phones, social media, emails, and other distractions, so it’s essential to ensure learning is fun.

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Tags: gamification, games in training, instructional techniques

5 Reasons to Play Games in Training

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 10/15/18 8:00 AM

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Help release the inner child in your participants by playing games in your training sessions. Sure, you’ve likely played Jeopardy and Who Wants to be a Millionaire in your training, but did you ever stop to think about all the benefits of playing those games? How often have you designed a workshop and thought about how to spice things up or add fun and high energy to the learning process? There are many ways to add fun and excitement to your training, but a sure-fire way to do it is to play a short game. Notice I said a short game? Like any activity, games in training should be fun but not too long. If a game goes on too long the learners become bored and will disengage.

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Tags: making training fun, gamification, games in training, instructional design

How to Combat Boring e-Learning

Posted by Dawn Lang on 10/8/18 8:00 AM

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Are you getting pushback from learners because of boring e-learning? Did it take you hundreds of hours to plan, design, and develop the course, only to learn it isn’t engaging? A recent State of the Industry Report from ATD states that approximately 45% of training is delivered via online methods. With almost half of training taking place using a technology-based method, we need to get it right!

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Tags: e-learning, web-based training, instructional design

4 Factors to Consider When Selecting a Vendor

Posted by Jeff Welch on 10/1/18 8:00 AM

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A vendor is described as an individual or company who offers a product or service for a cost. Organizations often partner with vendors to achieve a strategic goal or to obtain a product or service that is not available internally.

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Tags: managing training, project management

5-Step Training Needs Analysis Process

Posted by Beth Brashear on 9/24/18 8:00 AM

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Recently, I went through a fast food drive thru with my family and received extremely poor customer service. I decided to contact the franchise owner to share our experience and was surprised when he shared that he’d send the employee through training. Yes, training! I don’t know why I was shocked since training is usually the “knee jerk” reaction when an employee’s performance is poor. To me, it was very clear that training was not the solution. Why is training the initial reaction? Why is there a belief that training can fix everything? Training is not always the solution.

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Tags: needs analysis, instructional design

Who is Responsible for Ensuring Training Success?

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 9/17/18 8:00 AM

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When I deliver Langevin workshops, I often share with clients that it takes a triple play at an organization to ensure training success. What do I mean by this? For training to be successful, every organization needs three groups of people working together to ensure positive results. The three groups responsible for ensuring training success are: managers, training professionals, and employees. Each one of these groups has specific responsibilities to ensure training works for everyone.

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Tags: managing training, make your training stick

7 Tips to Help Learners Manage Change Effectively

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 9/10/18 8:00 AM

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I attended a wedding just over a week ago. I just LOVE weddings! They are filled with so much positive energy and excitement. To be in the presence of true love, real joy, and a shared promise for the future. Yes, I'm a hopeless romantic. That's probably why I've seen every season of the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise, but I digress.

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Tags: managing training, managing change

What is Learner Engagement?

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 9/3/18 8:00 AM

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I drove past my local town hall recently. The electronic sign read, “New Resident Engagement Platform. Join the conversation now.” I thought to myself, “What an interesting term—engagement platform.” It seems that everywhere we go people are talking about “engagement.” Whether it’s resident engagement, employee engagement, or learner engagement.

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Tags: adult learning principles

Managing Conflict in Training

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 8/27/18 8:00 AM

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I often ask participants to share their first thought when they think of conflict. Most often, the responses are negative. I follow up by asking, “How often do we deal with conflict?” Eventually, we reach the conclusion that conflict is a daily occurrence and a natural part of our lives. As we move away from all the negative aspects of conflict, we discuss the benefits and how ultimately it helps us to grow. Unfortunately, many people are uncomfortable dealing with conflict and prefer to avoid it. Skilled facilitators must be prepared to deal with conflicts that inevitably occur in any type of group or life situation. It helps to develop and master a healthy response to conflict when it shows up.

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Tags: instructional techniques, facilitation skills

How to Motivate Your Learners

Posted by Paul Sitter on 8/20/18 8:00 AM

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Within the field of Human Resource Development, commonly accepted definitions of training, education, and development are:

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Tags: instructional techniques, facilitation skills

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