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Steve Flanagan

Steve has been a course leader with Langevin since 2000. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and dreamed of being a pro soccer player. Steve translated his love of soccer and physical performance to the corporate sector and became a trainer. He’s had the pleasure of training within the government, large corporations, and as an independent consultant. Outside of training, Steve’s two biggest passions are his family and guitars, which he collects and plays!

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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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Tags: 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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Tags: 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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Tags: instructional design

3 Reasons to Keep “Old School” Techniques

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

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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Tags: instructor-led training

7 Ways to Show Learners You Care

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

In 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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Tags: instructional techniques

5 Instructional Techniques for Managing Instructional Time

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

Instructors 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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Tags: instructional techniques, tips-for-trainers

10 Signs of Instructor Burnout

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 5/18/15 4:00 AM

Training managers, a heavy training schedule with several weeks of classroom instruction in a row can take a toll on an instructor. Combine this with travel and administrative duties and an instructor can be at risk of burning out.

Here are 10 “tell-tale” signs to watch for:

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Tags: tips-for-trainers

3 Tips for Working with Subject-Matter Experts

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 12/15/14 3:00 AM

Since moving to our farm a few months ago we certainly have learned a great deal. We've discovered a lot of "what to do" as well as "what not to do" when it comes to growing grapevines. Since all of this is very new to us, we've had to rely on some seasoned farm experts. Our main resource is our vineyard manager – Roger. He has 30 years of experience in the farming industry as well as endless resources and contacts. Roger coaches us on how to prune, tie, sucker, and tuck the vines. However, when we are unable to perform a task around the farm, even with his help, he finds someone who can. He truly is a subject-matter expert and a valuable resource.

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Tags: subject-matter expert

How to Decide Whether to Fix a Course or Scrap it

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 9/22/14 4:00 AM

My wife and I recently gave up city living and bought a farm. Fourteen acres of grapes, a big farm house and a huge barn, all in a beautiful country setting. We knew it was going to be an adjustment in our life style, but we really had no idea how much. The grape vines need a bit of work after some years of harsh winter weather and unfriendly bugs. We had to make some decisions about some of our varieties; do we prune, tie, fertilize, and nurture these plants back to health or do we pull them up and replant?

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Tags: managing training

5 Tips for Virtual Classroom Trainers

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 7/7/14 4:00 AM

Preparing for the virtual classroom (synchronous training) is critical for a virtual trainer. Failing to consider all that could happen could mean an unsuccessful session. Sure, there are the obvious things that need to be done, such as checking that your computer is plugged in, the internet connection is wired and reliable, and you have thorough knowledge of your virtual platform and content.

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Tags: virtual trainer, virtual classroom

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