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4 Ideas for Using Brainteasers in Training Courses

Posted by Dawn Lang on 8/21/17 8:00 AM

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Photo by: David Goehring via Flickr

Do you use brainteasers to start your training day or to refocus or energize your learners after breaks? Brainteasers have multiple benefits, such as:

  • Increasing creativity
  • Adding fun into your training course
  • Building rapport between the learners as they work together to solve them
  • Refocusing and re-energizing your participants

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3 Techniques for Conducting Level 3 Evaluations

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 8/14/17 8:00 AM

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It’s time to get serious and discuss Level 3 Evaluations. Yup, no more excuses, and I’ve heard them all! Things like, “It’s out of our control” or “I don’t have time to do it.” By the way, anyone who says, “I don’t have time to do it,” is really saying, “I have something more important to do.”

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4 Standards for Consistency in Training

Posted by Beth Brashear on 8/7/17 8:00 AM

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Consistency is key in training, and is extremely important as part of your instructional design best practices when creating courses for adult learners. As it turns out, consistency in puppy training is also essential. While puppies and adults are not necessarily alike, I believe there are some similarities when it comes to training. 

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My Journey through the 4 Stages of Learning in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 7/31/17 8:00 AM

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Do you know about the four Stages of Learning? In our workshop, How Adults Learn, we introduce new instructors to these important stages. Everyone starts out at stage one as a Novice. At this stage, we can feel nervous and scared because “we don’t know, what we don’t know.” As we progress to the Apprentice stage, we start to realize “how much we still need to learn.”

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6 Common Grammatical Errors to Avoid in Your Training Materials

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 7/24/17 8:00 AM

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As instructional designers, we write course materials that can make or break the success of a carefully designed and delivered workshop. First impressions count, especially in the written form, and participants often make judgments about the quality of the workshop based solely on the way the materials are written. 

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5 Steps for Tackling Training Requests

Posted by Madonna Wagner on 7/17/17 8:00 AM

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If you work in a training department, then you’re familiar with urgent requests from management stating their department has a deficiency "only training can solve." This type of request usually ends with "NOW!"  So, how can you slow down the process long enough to ask them, “Why Training?” and “Why now?” 

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4 Techniques to Support Learner Retention

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 7/10/17 8:00 AM

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We are constantly bombarded with information these days and the challenge is how to retrieve it when we need it! I recently saw the film “La La Land” and was amused by how often the young lead character could not remember where she parked her car. If you’ve ever parked in a huge mall, parking lot, or sports arena, you may have experienced the awful panic of not being able to remember where you parked!

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4 Strategies to Manage Course Design Expectations

Posted by Paul Sitter on 7/3/17 8:00 AM

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As instructional designers, we’ve all experienced having more content to design than time allotted to create it! Management’s guidance is often to “Just do it” (don’t you wish Nike never came up with that tag line?!). So, what to do?People learn by doing what is most relevant to their success in the workplace.

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Four Tips to Help Manage Your Classroom Time

Posted by Jeff Welch on 6/26/17 8:00 AM

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“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”  Michael Altshuler

Classroom time management can be one of the most challenging aspects of a professional trainer’s job, and finishing your instructor-led training courses on time can be a daunting task. By incorporating a few tried-and-true classroom time management tips into your sessions, you can complete your training sessions on time! 

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5 Tips to Make Mandatory Training More Meaningful

Posted by James Summers on 6/19/17 8:00 AM

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As instructors, we have our work cut out for us because, in most cases, perception IS reality. If someone has had a lack-luster training experience, they are more likely to dread future training and attend it with the attitude to prove it. Every time we deliver a mandatory training session, we have a chance to use innovative instructional techniques to change a participant’s perception. Some form of mandatory training is required in most successful companies and our goal, as professional trainers, is to make sure people leave our sessions feeling excited and rejuvenated.

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