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My Journey through the 4 Stages of Learning in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 7/31/17 8:00 AM



Do you know about the four Stages of Learning? In our workshop, How Adults Learn, we introduce new instructors to these important stages. Everyone starts out at stage one as a Novice. At this stage, we can feel nervous and scared because “we don’t know, what we don’t know.” As we progress to the Apprentice stage, we start to realize “how much we still need to learn.”

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Tags: adult learning principles, instructional design, virtual classroom

4 Techniques to Support Learner Retention

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 7/10/17 8:00 AM



We are constantly bombarded with information these days and the challenge is how to retrieve it when we need it! I recently saw the film “La La Land” and was amused by how often the young lead character could not remember where she parked her car. If you’ve ever parked in a huge mall, parking lot, or sports arena, you may have experienced the awful panic of not being able to remember where you parked!

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Tags: adult learning principles

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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Tags: adult learning principles

How to Create Quality eLearning Quizzes

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



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

How to Promote the Transfer of Training

Posted by Beth Brashear on 3/28/16 4:00 AM

“Thank you for attending.” Have you ever been to a course where the instructor closed with this statement? I have and it left me feeling somewhat disappointed. It would have benefited me had the instructor closed the course with a review of the day’s content.

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Tags: training transfer, adult learning principles, summary and review techniques

10 Tips on How to Study

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 6/29/15 4:00 AM

Learning how to drive all over again with the help of Langevin’s How Adults Learn workshop…


Well, here’s a funny story. I recently relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. No, not because I want to be a Southern belle, but because I married an American, living in Georgia. The things we do for love, but that’s for another time. So here I am, a permanent resident of the United States and I realize I don’t have a Georgia Driver’s License. Well, that’s easy to change, I thought.

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Tags: adult learning principles

How to Connect With Your Learners

Posted by Jeff Welch on 8/25/14 4:00 AM


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A learning style is defined as an individual’s natural pattern of acquiring and processing information in a learning situation. As individuals, we all learn differently. Thus, a learning style is an individual’s preferred way in which to learn.

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Tags: instructional techniques, adult learning principles

5 Timeless Adult Learning Principles

Posted by Langevin Team on 5/5/14 4:00 AM


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We certainly live in a time where technology has created an environment of incredible change. Techniques, methods of operation, and even ideals become outdated almost as fast as they get introduced. However, there are certain products that are still as relevant, and of the same high quality now as they were decades ago, when they were first invented. Some things do not need to change; we often refer to these as “oldies, but goodies.”

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Tags: adult learning principles, tips-for-trainers, instructional design

8 Instructional Design Tips for Web-Based Training

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 3/17/14 4:00 AM

It finally happened. Yes, it’s true. After 18 years in the business, I am no longer a newbie. I can finally say I completed my first self-paced e-learning course. And here’s the best part, I loved it! Me, the person who fears technology and craves human interaction! Who would ever believe it?

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Tags: adult learning principles, tips-for-trainers, instructional design

How to Write Training Materials for a Specific Grade Level

Posted by Langevin Team on 3/13/14 4:00 AM

One phase in the instructional design process is learner analysis. This analysis determines the characteristics of your target audience and will affect your design.


In training, we typically provide written documentation in the form of manuals, handouts, etc. One of the most important items to consider when creating the materials is the reading level of your target audience. This is typically expressed as a grade level. For example, I’ve written this blog at a 10th grade level.

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Tags: adult learning principles, tips-for-trainers, instructional design

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