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Path to Becoming a Training Manager

Posted by Langevin Team on 11/5/18 5:36 PM

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Training managers typically come into the instructional world following one of two paths. In one case, a person advances within the training department, perhaps acting as a subject-matter expert, then a training analyst, then a trainer, then an instructional designer and, finally, with a broad background in training skills, the trainer moves into the training manager position. On the second path, a person with a track record for effective management, possibly with no training background, becomes the training department manager or director. Both paths have their own challenges.

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Tags: managing training

How to Motivate Your Learners

Posted by Langevin Team on 8/20/18 8:00 AM

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Within the field of Human Resource Development, commonly accepted definitions of training, education, and development are:

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Tags: instructional techniques, facilitation skills

How to Make Mandatory Annual Training Engaging and Successful

Posted by Langevin Team on 6/18/18 8:00 AM

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Something that sends a chill up the spine of any trainer is the requirement to design or deliver a course that employees will see every year for their entire career. Sexual harassment in the workplace, hazardous materials handling, CPR training, HIPAA compliance, and so on. Perhaps more importantly, the training is often dreaded by the participants as well. They’re wondering, “Why do I have to attend exactly the same class I’ve gone to for the last 14 years?!”

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Tags: instructional techniques, mandatory training

How to Use Spacing and Sequencing to Optimize Learning

Posted by Langevin Team on 4/16/18 8:00 AM

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Companies spend millions of dollars yearly to send employees to train in their respective fields. The employee who can take what they learn and enhance or improve their overall job performance is one in whom the companies’ money is well spent. Instructional designers must develop training that is dynamic and easy to implement. Though there are many factors that contribute to learners’ ability to process and retain information, the focus here is on the spacing and sequencing of content. Some have used these two terms interchangeably, but they are very different.

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Tags: instructional design, spacing and sequencing

Aligning Training and Organizational Objectives

Posted by Langevin Team on 4/9/18 8:00 AM

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When I have a workshop coming up, I survey the participants to figure out what they are looking for in the course. In a recent course, one survey response struck me because I’ve heard it—or variations of it—so many times before: “I want a course plan that moves from the strategic level to the details that my call center employees need to do their job better.” This is a single, concise sentence describing what we do as part of the instructional design process! Of course, we are not all working with call center employees, but the relation between the overall goals of the organization and what ends up in the classroom is something that applies to us all.

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Tags: managing training

How to Manage Classroom Time Effectively

Posted by Langevin Team on 2/5/18 8:00 AM

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When learners attend training, they are often looking to get what they need from the session and get out. In today’s corporate culture, learners must juggle their training time with their obligations back on the job. Even if learners are excused from the daily operations of their current position, most are still expected to check and answer emails and phone calls. With the demands placed on them, from professional and personal obligations, learners may find it difficult to maintain focus in the classroom.

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Tags: instructional techniques, instructor-led training

7 Practical Tips for Technical Writing

Posted by Langevin Team on 1/29/18 8:00 AM

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I recently facilitated our Writing Skills for Trainers workshop. It’s an excellent one-day workshop for instructional designers, training analysts, instructors, and training managers who need to write performance-based training materials that focus on the "how-to's." The workshop is full of tips and techniques to make your materials interesting, and lively, using a clear, concise writing style.

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Solutions for Dealing with Difficult Learner Behaviors

Posted by Langevin Team on 11/27/17 8:00 AM

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If you’ve been in training for any length of time, you know the motivation and attitude of your learners can make or break a training session. As trainers, it is our duty to make training a positive and safe experience for our learners. This can be challenging when the attitude of a small minority dictates the temperature of the entire room. It’s important that you know how to quickly recognize the unmotivated learner so you can win her over before you lose control of the entire class.

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How to Maximize Instructional Design Time

Posted by Langevin Team on 11/13/17 8:00 AM

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Get a group of instructional designers together and ask them, “What’s the one thing you need to be able to perform better?” The answer likely isn’t technology, more budget, or even more personnel. The most common answer to this question is “more time.” However, time, more so than even budget, is a finite resource. What can be done to ensure work is not only completed to specifications and within budget, but also by deadline?

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Tags: instructional design

4 Ways to Keep Your Learners Enthusiastic and Engaged

Posted by Langevin Team on 9/11/17 8:00 AM

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“Boy, Am I Enthusiastic!” This is the chant we had learners recite, every hour, on the hour, when I was an instructor at a recruiting school years ago. It was torturous to get our adult learners to sit in a class for eight hours a day, six weeks straight. But this was one of the tools we used to keep them engaged. We threw balls when we wanted someone to answer a question and we had all manner of toys that we used to prove a point, mock an incorrect answer, and point out the class snoozer. Looking back, I now recognize that in our effort to make the curriculum “fun” and “engaging,” we did many things wrong.

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