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Top 10 Tips for Maximizing Small Group Work in Training

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 9/9/19 8:00 AM


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As an instructor, I’ve always placed a lot of value on learners working in small groups (e.g. 4-6 people). The benefits of small group work are many: the sharing of ideas, collaborative problem solving, and complimentary skill sets, to name just a few. Recently, I’ve experienced some learners who expressed a preference to work independently. This can create issues in terms of the dynamics within the group. Perhaps it’s time to go back to the basics and revisit the best practices for maximizing small group work in training.

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Topics: instructional techniques, instructor-led training

3 Guidelines for Creating a Dynamic Classroom-Based Escape Room

Posted by Sandy Beauchemin on 9/2/19 8:00 AM



When a performance-based review is not a realistic option, a fun way to conduct a non-performance review is in the form of an escape room. An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players (often in teams) solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Within a training environment, the classroom is used as the escape room and the course content is used to create the puzzles and riddles.

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Topics: instructional techniques, gamification, making training fun, microlearning

4 Strategies for Coping with Challenging Behaviors in the Virtual Classroom [Video]

Posted by Melissa Grey Satterfield on 8/26/19 8:00 AM

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Topics: virtual trainer, virtual classroom

Why a Producer is Key to Virtual Classroom Success

Posted by Dawn Lang on 8/19/19 8:00 AM


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Just like a good movie or event, there’s a lot that goes on “behind the scenes” to pull off a successful virtual classroom session. The preparation and actions of the producer are key to the session’s success. I’ll reveal some of these behind the scenes actions by addressing the typical questions asked about producers and their role in the virtual classroom.

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Topics: virtual trainer, virtual classroom, virtual producer

Overcoming 3 Challenges to Providing Feedback in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jeff Welch on 8/12/19 8:00 AM



In a typical training course, learners spend significant amounts of time completing skill-based activities and exercises. During those exercises, or upon completion of them, each learner should receive feedback on their performance. In a traditional instructor-led course, the feedback process is fairly straight-forward. In virtual training, however, the process of giving and receiving quality feedback might pose a few challenges.

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Topics: virtual classroom

Group Dynamics in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 8/5/19 8:00 AM


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I’ve been teaching in the virtual classroom for about two years now and teaching in the traditional classroom about twenty years. When designing and delivering training, you gain a solid understanding of human behavior, specifically group dynamics. In the traditional classroom, people progress through the four stages of group dynamics rather quickly. They start to form, storm, norm, and perform quite well provided the instructor has created a positive learning environment and conducted certain activities at the right times for the group. People also pass through the four stages of group formation in a virtual classroom. They may not be physically together in the same room but they are together as a group. The instructor needs to conduct introductions, icebreakers, and early participatory activities to facilitate the group bonding process in the virtual classroom.

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Topics: virtual classroom

5 Techniques to Make Your Training Leaner [Video]

Posted by Alan Magnan on 8/1/19 3:27 PM
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Topics: instructional design

5 Steps for Creating an e-Learning Strategy

Posted by Dawn Lang on 7/22/19 8:00 AM


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Managing a training department is no easy task and with the learning and development industry changing so quickly, the job is even more complex. Despite speculation that there is a decline in e-learning, ATD reports that nearly 90 percent of organizations are still utilizing this training strategy. Organizations have shifted a large percentage of their learning and development to e-learning to reach more learners and conserve resources. Although there are some drawbacks to e-learning, many training managers continue to support it as a viable method. They are making informed decisions based on the content and current design tools that support more effective e-learning use.

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Topics: e-learning, instructional design

5 Techniques to Make Your Training Leaner

Posted by Alan Magnan on 7/15/19 8:00 AM


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The more content a course has, the harder it is to do everything: work with subject-matter experts (SMEs), structure activities, get approvals, proofread materials, and meet deadlines. The trick is to limit the content and prevent the extra work from the start. This is the philosophy behind lean training design—include exactly the skills or knowledge people need and nothing more. Each bit of information beyond what is needed takes away from the value of the course because it makes it more difficult for learners to find and apply just what they need.

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Topics: instructional design

4 Key Steps for Writing Training Materials

Posted by Langevin Team on 7/8/19 8:00 AM


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Have you ever read a novel that was so riveting you simply couldn’t put it down? I would hope that most of us have had that experience. Alternatively, most of us have also read work-related material that did not have the same effect. In fact, sometimes we need to read a paragraph several times before uncovering its true meaning. Instructional designers and trainers are consistently challenged to translate complex content into simple, clear, concise language for the learner.

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Topics: instructional design, writing skills for trainers

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