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Dawn Lang

Dawn has been a course leader with Langevin since 2015. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education at Kansas State University, followed by a Master’s in Information and Learning Technologies/Instructional Design from the University of Colorado Denver. Her passion for teaching started in third grade and she’s never looked back! As an educator, technology trainer, instructional designer, and facilitator of virtual training, she’s had the opportunity to work with a variety of stakeholders in all different contexts to support their learning and application of skills and knowledge. As a trainer, Dawn strives to inspire and empower people to reach their full potential. Consistently incorporating fun and laughter, building connections, and respecting others are important components she utilizes as a trainer. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, biking, being in the mountains, as well as reading at the pool or the beach!

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How to Combat Boring e-Learning

Posted by Dawn Lang on 10/8/18 8:00 AM

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Are you getting pushback from learners because of boring e-learning? Did it take you hundreds of hours to plan, design, and develop the course, only to learn it isn’t engaging? A recent State of the Industry Report from ATD states that approximately 45% of training is delivered via online methods. With almost half of training taking place using a technology-based method, we need to get it right!

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Tags: e-learning, web-based training, instructional design

How to Apply Adult Learning Principles in eLearning Modules

Posted by Dawn Lang on 8/6/18 8:00 AM

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Many organizations are using eLearning as one of their go-to training methods because of the many advantages it offers. The audience for these modules comes with many needs and wants. It’s essential for instructional designers to keep in mind how adults learn, as well as what motivates them, as they design eLearning experiences.

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Tags: adult learning principles, e-learning, instructional design

How to Design Successful Virtual Classroom Training

Posted by Dawn Lang on 6/4/18 8:00 AM

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Many organizations say they are using virtual training or are planning to implement it. However, there’s more to virtual training than simply repurposing PowerPoint slides in a virtual classroom platform. With so many organizations moving to online training, it’s important to adhere to quality instructional design principles. When the design is solid and interactive, virtual classroom training can be an effective way to learn.

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Tags: virtual classroom, instructional design

3 Tips to Improve Learning Based on the Cognitive Load Principles

Posted by Dawn Lang on 3/26/18 8:00 AM

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Cognitive load refers to the total amount of information your working memory can handle. If the demands placed on working memory are too high, learners may give up in frustration or fail to comprehend.

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Tags: instructional design, adult learning principles, job performance

How to Prioritize Content

Posted by Dawn Lang on 1/15/18 8:00 AM

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One of the most frequently asked questions during our instructional design workshops is, “How do I pare down the content when there’s a lack of available time?” This can be a challenge, especially if you feel everything is important. 

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Tags: instructional design

5 Strategies for Active Listening in Your Training Sessions

Posted by Dawn Lang on 11/6/17 8:00 AM

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Active listening is defined as a communication technique that requires the listener to fully concentrate, understand, respond, and then remember what is being said. Sounds like a critical trainer skill. Yet, we are rarely trained to listen actively. It takes a lot of effort to implement all aspects of active listening, but the benefits are great.

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Tags: instructional techniques

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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Tags: energizers, brainteasers, icebreakers

3 Ways to Reinforce Training: What’s in it for Me?

Posted by Dawn Lang on 6/12/17 8:00 AM

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“What’s in it for me?” (WIIFM) is the leading motivator for most human activity and can hold unexpected gifts. Specifically, in the training field, it’s important that your learners know the benefit to them for attending training. Answering this question at the start, and throughout your sessions, will keep your participants interested, involved, and engaged.

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Tags: reinforce training

3 Phases of Award-Winning Instructor-Led Classroom Training

Posted by Dawn Lang on 4/10/17 8:00 AM

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I recently attended a Broadway musical that relied heavily on audience participation. It was such an interactive and engaging experience, that I’ll never forget it! It got me thinking about how audience engagement is a key element for both playwrights and instructional designers.

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Tags: instructional design, virtual classroom

The 5 “W’s” of Using Review Techniques in Training

Posted by Dawn Lang on 2/13/17 8:08 AM

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As a Langevin Course Leader, I want all our workshop participants to get the most out of the training they attend with us. That’s why using creative and memorable review activities during the courses we teach, is so essential! These activities help learners store and retrieve information, especially after they leave the training session.

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Tags: summary and review techniques, instructor-led training, instructional techniques

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