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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

5 Timeless Training Concepts

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 5/7/18 8:00 AM

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I’m a big fan of working out and staying fit. At my local gym, I often notice exercise programs change frequently. One day they are offering cross-fit, a few months later they are offering fitness 360, a few months later they are offering fitness boot camp, and on and on. One fad fitness workout program after another. Who knew there were so many ways to keep fit!

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Tags: facilitation skills, adult learning principles, instructional techniques, presentation skills, instructional design, technology and training, public speaking skills

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

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: adult learning principles, job performance, instructional design

5 Habits to be a Hit as a Trainer!

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 8/8/16 8:00 AM

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Tied to many of our first-time experiences are a myriad of emotions that range from fear to pure joy and exhilaration. One of the participants in a recent course I delivered shared her concern and fear around having to roll out a course for the very first time.  She wasn’t a subject-matter expert and was given very little time and resources to prepare. The reality is that this story is not unusual.
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Tags: instructional techniques, tips-for-trainers, instructional design

Why a Task List is an Instructional Designer’s Best Friend

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 7/11/16 8:00 AM

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Does this scenario sound familiar to you? A manager comes into your office and says, “I want you to design some leadership training for our managers.” You think to yourself, “Huh, now where do I start with that request?” Perhaps you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and confused at this point. Sound familiar?

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Tags: task analysis, instructional design

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

3 Key Components of Solid Training

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 5/30/16 8:00 AM

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It continues to amaze me to hear about the number of companies and organizations who are still doing chalk and talks, data dumps, and death-by-power-point presentations, and calling them training. At Langevin, we teach that presentation alone is not training. A solid training program should contain a basic foundation of Presentation, Application, and Feedback, also known as PAF.

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Tags: 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

5 Virtual Classroom Design Constraints

Posted by Melissa Grey Satterfield on 11/30/15 3:00 AM

If you’ve ever attended Langevin’s Instructional Design for New Designers workshop, you know that early on in the design cycle we cover project planning. At this stage in the process, we’re looking to identify potential design constraints and determine the timing parameters for our proposed design project.

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Tags: virtual classroom, instructional design

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