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Steve Flanagan

Hello, I am Steve Flanagan. (Only my mother calls me Stephen.) I was born in Glasgow, Scotland and moved to Canada with my family when I was 12 years old. I currently live in the beautiful wine region of Niagara, Canada. As Senior Instructor with Langevin Learning Services, I enjoy a variety of duties but mostly enjoy conducting our excellent workshops in fantastic locations throughout the world.
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The History of Training

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 3/13/17 8:00 AM

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At Langevin we define training as “giving people the knowledge and skills required to do their current job.” There’s been a lot of research on the history of training and development, and a quick internet search can provide you with a detailed account of how training people to do their jobs has evolved over time. The history of training is quite interesting.

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5 Tips for Enhancing a Learner’s Self-Esteem in Training

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 1/16/17 8:00 AM

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A recent conversation with a client revolved around the self-esteem of adult learners. In the 1970’s, Malcolm Knowles wrote extensively about learning principles relating to self-esteem specifically in adult learners. He believed that adult learners have something to lose and a strong need to maintain their self-esteem. Courses they attend should be set up to ensure successful outcomes, and adult learners need to feel they are being heard.

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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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How to Create Quality eLearning Quizzes

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 9/19/16 8:00 AM

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When designing elearning training sessions, instructional designers may spend a lot of time, energy, and resources on how the content will look on the web page. Learners respond well to a graphically pleasing elearning module but it’s also important to pay attention to the actual content of an elearning quiz! Remember that “need to know” content presented in an interesting and well-thought out elearning quiz, along with meaningful feedback, will help make your elearning even more successful.

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Topics: adult learning principles, evaluation, tips-for-trainers, e-learning

10 Ways to Eliminate Frustration with eLearning Technology

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 8/22/16 8:00 AM

 

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One of the biggest complaints learners have with elearning is dealing with the idiosyncrasies of the technology. Learners become frustrated when they discover they don’t have the required software or hardware or have questions they can’t get answered. They may get discouraged and not complete the course. 

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Topics: e-learning

5 Key Roles in an e-Learning Project

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 7/4/16 8:00 AM

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The training needs analysis has been done; there is a definite need for training. The project sponsor has decided on an e-learning solution; we need to assemble a project team. There are several roles that need to be filled; one person may even fill multiple roles.

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Topics: e-learning, instructional design

6 Tips for Collaborating with the IT Department

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 5/9/16 4:00 AM


When working on an e-learning project, one of the key factors in the success of the project is the instructional designer’s relationship with the IT Department.

So, how do you build and strengthen this relationship? These six tips will help the process run more smoothly:

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Topics: technology, instructional design

3 Reasons to Keep “Old School” Techniques

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 11/23/15 3:00 AM

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Don’t get me wrong, I like “new school.” I enjoy technology in training: iPads in the classroom, mobile learning, virtual classroom, social media and the like. The impact of technology in training over the past few years has been dramatic! It is becoming a popular practice that when new training is required, organizations first think of e-learning as the default solution. I understand the appeal of all the benefits of e-learning, but let’s not forget what got us this far. New school is great, but let’s keep old school!

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Topics: instructor-led training

7 Ways to Show Learners You Care

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 9/7/15 4:00 AM

Show Learners You CareIn today’s learning climate, instructors are under pressure to deliver critical, need-to-know content in an interesting way and in a short period of time. We sometimes get so focused on this that we overlook the need to show learners we are also interested in them as individuals and not just delivering content and getting through the material.

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Topics: instructional techniques

5 Instructional Techniques for Managing Instructional Time

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 7/13/15 4:00 AM

Managing Instructional TimeInstructors are often required to deliver a whole lot of content in a very short period of time. It doesn’t take much to get off track or to spend more time on a topic than is allotted in the lesson plan. A quick glance at your watch and you are way behind time.

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Topics: instructional techniques, tips-for-trainers

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