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5 Instructional Techniques for Successfully Delivering a New Course

Posted by Dawn Lang

10/17/16 8:00 AM



As a relatively new Langevin Course Leader, I facilitate new courses frequently. After I teach a course for the first time, I like to reflect on the instructional techniques I used that made it successful. Here are some of my favorite success tips for delivering a course for the first time.

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Why Your Training Department Needs a Mission Statement.

Posted by Lynne Koltookian

10/10/16 8:00 AM


Have you seen the Mission Impossible movies? Tom Cruise’s mission, should he choose to accept it, is usually quite dangerous. Just like the Mission Impossible movies, corporations have missions, too!

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8-Step Process for Working with Subject-Matter Experts

Posted by Beth Brashear

10/3/16 8:00 AM



Working with subject-matter experts (SMEs) is an integral component of instructional design. As designers, we may not always have the knowledge or expertise associated with the content of a course we are designing, so we need to partner with someone who does. However, sometimes there may be challenges when partnering with SMEs

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Relevance in Training is Key!

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce

9/26/16 8:00 AM



I recently had an experience that made me think about the power that relevance plays in the instructional design and delivery of training programs, especially when the conditions are not optimal. As trainers, it’s not uncommon to work in conditions that are less than ideal. I’m sure we’ve all experienced rooms that are too hot, too cold, too small, and/or resources that are minimal or maybe even non-existent. I recently had one of these experiences, and what struck me the most was the participant’s reaction.

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How to Create Quality eLearning Quizzes

Posted by Steve Flanagan

9/19/16 8:00 AM



When designing elearning training sessions, instructional designers may spend a lot of time, energy, and resources on how the content will look on the web page. Learners respond well to a graphically pleasing elearning module but it’s also important to pay attention to the actual content of an elearning quiz! Remember that “need to know” content presented in an interesting and well-thought out elearning quiz, along with meaningful feedback, will help make your elearning even more successful.

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Topics: adult learning principles, evaluation, tips-for-trainers, e-learning

Women and Office Politics – 10 Ways to Increase Your Power

Posted by Marsha Weisleder

9/12/16 8:00 AM



About 7 years ago, I wrote a blog entitled, “The Game of Office Politics – Do you know how to play?" In it, I referenced a book by Dr. Lois Frankel called, “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers.” In her book, Dr. Frankel suggests that women work too hard but don’t get promoted, purely because of that hard work. What else are we guilty of? We make our offices too girly and we don’t capitalize on work relationships. After all this time, I wondered, “Has anything changed?” Do women hold more leadership positions than before? Are we really breaking that glass ceiling and getting the corner office? 

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Topics: trials & tribulations, job performance, influencing

4 Essential Steps to Conducting a Successful Training Needs Analysis

Posted by Beth Brashear

9/5/16 8:00 AM



"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” We have all heard this saying before but what if lemonade wasn’t the solution? What if you were hungry rather than thirsty and you just used up all your lemons making lemonade? When a problem is presented, our natural instinct is to try to find a solution versus taking a moment to truly understand the problem. As Albert Einstein once said, “If I had an hour to solve a problem, I would spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.”

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Topics: needs analysis

50 Ways to Add Excitement to your Training!

Posted by Lynne Koltookian

8/29/16 8:00 AM



When I was grocery shopping the other day it occurred to me that we enjoy a variety of choices in this country. Some may say we have too much to choose from in everything we do. Do you want fresh or frozen, canned or boxed, paper or plastic, single serving or family size? Even at the airport, getting ready to board my plane, there are so many categories of air travelers. Special club members and first class passengers board first, then military personnel, then families with small children, followed by passengers who have paid for extra space seating, and finally, the rest of us. Just crazy! Do we really need all of these choices?

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Topics: energizers, tips-for-trainers

10 Ways to Eliminate Frustration with eLearning Technology

Posted by Steve Flanagan

8/22/16 8:00 AM




One of the biggest complaints learners have with elearning is dealing with the idiosyncrasies of the technology. Learners become frustrated when they discover they don’t have the required software or hardware or have questions they can’t get answered. They may get discouraged and not complete the course. 

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Topics: e-learning

6 Instructional Techniques to Keep Your Training On Track

Posted by Paul Sitter

8/15/16 8:00 AM



A question that takes your training session off-track can be like a run-away train or like going down the rabbit hole in Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland.


How can an instructor avoid this experience? Well, you may find these six instructional techniques useful:

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Topics: instructional techniques

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