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A 3-Step Decision-Making Process for Blended Learning

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 1/21/19 8:00 AM

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Instructional Designers are constantly faced with the challenge of putting together solid performance-based training that sets learners up for success on the job. Their real-world circumstances are often less than ideal as they are consistently asked to work their magic with tight and unrealistic constraints. As training professionals, we know there is no magic wand, but we do have choices. One of those choices is blended learning. It offers the instructional designer a variety of strategies to choose from to help solve the complexities of the work environment’s training needs. There is no perfect blend of strategies, but there is a 3-step process we explore in our Blended Learning workshop that helps simplify the decision-making process.

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Tags: blended learning, instructional design

5 Instructional Design Tips that will Transform Your Training

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 1/14/19 8:00 AM

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I’m passionate about training and giving people the skills they need to excel in their jobs. One of my biggest passions revolves around instructional design. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “My purpose on this earth is to abolish death by PowerPoint.” It’s insulting to our learners. Yes, they know how to read. Guess what? It’s insulting for us, too. Did I become a trainer so I could read to people? No, I did not.

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Tags: instructional design

Moving Through the 4 Levels of Learning

Posted by Beth Brashear on 1/7/19 8:00 AM

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While trying to fall asleep one night, I had a brilliant idea. That is when most brilliant ideas happen, right? I was going to build a patio in my backyard. How hard could it be? Just put some patio pavers on the ground and, voilà, a patio! Well, little did I know, that is NOT how you build a patio. I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I was not aware of my knowledge/skill gap. This is known as the Unconscious Incompetence/Novice level in the four levels of learning.

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Tags: instructional design, adult learning principles

5 Steps to Prepare a Professional Presentation

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 12/17/18 8:00 AM

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Today, with modern technology and social media, there are so many ways to communicate ideas. Everywhere you turn, people are talking and motivational speakers are on the rise. I particularly enjoy TED Talks as they are clear, concise, and to the point.

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Tags: communication, presentation skills

8 Steps to Handle Challenging Behaviors

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 12/10/18 8:00 AM

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I’m never surprised. It’s the same result, every time. Whenever I teach the How to Influence People and Events workshop, I ask the group to select their top three workshop objectives from the list. So, what’s their top pick? It’s always the same: apply specific strategies to handle challenging behaviors!

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Tags: influencing skills, challenging behavior, communication

How to Determine if a Meeting is Necessary and Ensure it is Effective

Posted by Beth Brashear on 12/3/18 8:00 AM

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David, can we set up a meeting later today to discuss tomorrow’s meeting on the proposal of having a company-wide meeting?” Does this sound familiar? Okay, so maybe not to that extent, but do you ever feel like there are way too many meetings? Have you ever been to a meeting that went down so many rabbit holes you felt like Alice in Wonderland? Or, attended a meeting that didn’t have a clear objective, so you weren’t sure why you were even there? Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence in the workplace: unnecessary, unclear, and unorganized meetings.  

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Tags: facilitation skills, meetings

3 Common Challenges Training Managers Must Overcome

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 11/26/18 8:00 AM

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In today’s demanding and fast-paced professional environment, the role of a training manager is certainly not getting any easier. Training managers must be able to balance sparse training resources with the priorities and needs of the organization.

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Tags: managing training, job performance

How to Choose the Correct Training Strategy

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 11/19/18 8:00 AM

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Do you remember the Indiana Jones movie, The Last Crusade? There’s a scene towards the end of the film where a knight tells one of the main characters to carefully choose a gold chalice from a collection of chalices. If the man chooses the right chalice, he’ll be granted eternal life when he drinks from it. If he chooses the wrong chalice, he dies! Luckily, our choices in the training profession are not life or death decisions. However, our decisions about choosing the right training strategy to fit our training needs can mean the difference between success and failure. If you are a training manager, this is important.

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Tags: managing training, training strategy

How to Market Your Training

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 11/12/18 8:00 AM

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Do you know anyone who works in advertising? Typically, you’ll find really creative individuals who come up with catchy commercials and ads. The amazing thing is that we, as trainers, have a lot in common with them. You see, we both want to reach an audience, convey a message, and ultimately change behavior. While they want you to run out and buy their product, we want our learners to use their new skills back on the job.

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Tags: managing training, marketing training

Path to Becoming a Training Manager

Posted by Langevin Team on 11/5/18 5:36 PM

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Training managers typically come into the instructional world following one of two paths. In one case, a person advances within the training department, perhaps acting as a subject-matter expert, then a training analyst, then a trainer, then an instructional designer and, finally, with a broad background in training skills, the trainer moves into the training manager position. On the second path, a person with a track record for effective management, possibly with no training background, becomes the training department manager or director. Both paths have their own challenges.

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Tags: managing training

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