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8 Instructional Techniques for Remembering Participant’s Names

Posted by Dawn Lang on 12/5/16 8:00 AM

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I work in the field of training and development and have met many course leaders and trainers who have shared with me that they’ve had trouble remembering the names of the participant’s in their training sessions. As a training professional, it’s something I’ve struggled with as well!

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5 Tips for Co-Teaching with a Virtual Classroom Producer

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 11/28/16 8:00 AM

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Top Tips for Trainers!

Posted by Beth Brashear on 11/21/16 8:00 AM

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I want to love yoga, but I get so frustrated when I go to the class at my local gym! I am constantly wondering, “Are my hips at the right angle for downward dog? Are my hands and feet pointed in the right direction?” As I move into each pose, I watch what the instructor is doing but I still don’t feel like I have the proper form. I end up leaving feeling more stressed than relaxed. 

 

Therein lies the problem. I am observing the instructor’s presentation but the instructor is not observing me. At my gym, the instructor stays on her “stage” and guides us through the poses, but never actually walks around to monitor our performance or provide coaching when needed.

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3 Reasons to Use Fewer Slides in Classroom Training

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 11/14/16 8:00 AM

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Trainers tell me all the time about the issues they have around using slides in their training sessions. There are too many slides, they’re too wordy, they take too long to create, they must be approved by subject-matter experts—the list goes on and on. When I hear these comments, I shake my head in dismay. Why, you ask? As instructional designers or course leaders, we are the ones who deliver the content—the slides are just visual aids there to enhance what we are doing.

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3 Ways to Validate Elearning

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 11/7/16 8:00 AM

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In the instructor-led training world it is quite common to roll out courses with little or no validation. Validation involves testing a course before it is delivered to the end-user. We often validate or test a course by conducting a pilot session—the first live classroom session for real end-users. When designing elearning courses, best practice advocates a thorough validation before the module or course is rolled out.

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3 Tips for Gold Medal Training Sessions!

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 10/31/16 8:00 AM

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Every four years we are graced with the gift of being able to witness the “best of the best” athletes in the summer Olympics. I am always amazed, riveted, and spellbound by their abilities, whether they win the gold medal or not. Their performances are the result of years of planning, preparation, and practice. The process for developing our skills as trainer is similar in many ways.

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5 Benefits of Using Smile Sheets in Training

Posted by Paul Sitter on 10/24/16 8:00 AM

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One of the most common tools used by most training organizations to determine the success of a training session is an end of course survey—also known as a “smile sheet” or a Level 1 evaluation (the Kirkpatrick model).

 

The information from these smile sheets can be used to evaluate learning during class, performance back on the job, organizational impact, and to provide a fuller picture of the value of training within an organization.

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5 Instructional Techniques for Successfully Delivering a New Course

Posted by Dawn Lang on 10/17/16 8:00 AM

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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 on 10/10/16 8:00 AM

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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!

While many focus on making money for owners, stockholders, and employees, many companies also have mission statements that go beyond revenue gain. Examples of mission statement topics might include being environmentally-friendly, being a community citizen and/or assisting employees in securing a better retirement income.

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8-Step Process for Working with Subject-Matter Experts

Posted by Beth Brashear on 10/3/16 8:00 AM

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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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