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5 Techniques to Make Your Training Leaner

Posted by Alan Magnan on 7/15/19 8:00 AM

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The more content a course has, the harder it is to do everything: work with subject-matter experts (SMEs), structure activities, get approvals, proofread materials, and meet deadlines. The trick is to limit the content and prevent the extra work from the start. This is the philosophy behind lean training design—include exactly the skills or knowledge people need and nothing more. Each bit of information beyond what is needed takes away from the value of the course because it makes it more difficult for learners to find and apply just what they need.

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Topics: instructional design

4 Key Steps for Writing Training Materials

Posted by Langevin Team on 7/8/19 8:00 AM

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Have you ever read a novel that was so riveting you simply couldn’t put it down? I would hope that most of us have had that experience. Alternatively, most of us have also read work-related material that did not have the same effect. In fact, sometimes we need to read a paragraph several times before uncovering its true meaning. Instructional designers and trainers are consistently challenged to translate complex content into simple, clear, concise language for the learner.

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Topics: instructional design, writing skills for trainers

How and When to Design Performance-Based Testing in Training

Posted by Dawn Lang on 7/1/19 8:00 AM

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Setting your learners up for success drives many of the decisions you make as an instructional designer. But, designing your “performance tests” is probably one of the last things you design before you start developing your product.

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Topics: instructional design

Strategies for a One-Person Training Department

Posted by Beth Brashear on 4/29/19 8:00 AM

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Are you a one-person training department? Well, not any longer! Training is a partnership. Think of it as a 3-legged stool, where one leg is the training department, one leg is the management team, and one leg is the learners. Just like the legs on the stool offer support, all three groups must work in sync to contribute to a well-supported training department.

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Topics: instructional techniques, instructional design, new trainers

Techniques for the Successful Transfer of Skills After Training

Posted by Beth Brashear on 4/22/19 10:02 AM

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Nothing is more frustrating than spending hours on the design and delivery of training, only to find out the skills are not being applied back on the job and, therefore, not making a positive change in the workplace. So, what can we do as instructional designers and trainers to ensure the transfer of skills occurs after training?

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Topics: instructional design, make your training stick, new trainers

How to Increase Human Interaction in e-Learning

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 1/28/19 8:00 AM

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I’ve found a new love. It’s been going on for several years now. Yes, I’m proud to say that I have embraced e-learning. Me, the person who usually fears technology and craves human interaction. How is this possible?

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Topics: e-learning, instructional design

A 3-Step Decision-Making Process for Blended Learning

Posted by Langevin Team on 1/21/19 8:00 AM

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Instructional Designers are constantly faced with the challenge of putting together solid performance-based training that sets learners up for success on the job. Their real-world circumstances are often less than ideal as they are consistently asked to work their magic with tight and unrealistic constraints. As training professionals, we know there is no magic wand, but we do have choices. One of those choices is blended learning. It offers the instructional designer a variety of strategies to choose from to help solve the complexities of the work environment’s training needs. There is no perfect blend of strategies, but there is a 3-step process we explore in our Blended Learning workshop that helps simplify the decision-making process.

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Topics: blended learning, instructional design

5 Instructional Design Tips that will Transform Your Training

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 1/14/19 8:00 AM

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I’m passionate about training and giving people the skills they need to excel in their jobs. One of my biggest passions revolves around instructional design. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “My purpose on this earth is to abolish death by PowerPoint.” It’s insulting to our learners. Yes, they know how to read. Guess what? It’s insulting for us, too. Did I become a trainer so I could read to people? No, I did not.

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Topics: instructional design

Moving Through the 4 Levels of Learning

Posted by Beth Brashear on 1/7/19 8:00 AM

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While trying to fall asleep one night, I had a brilliant idea. That is when most brilliant ideas happen, right? I was going to build a patio in my backyard. How hard could it be? Just put some patio pavers on the ground and, voilà, a patio! Well, little did I know, that is NOT how you build a patio. I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I was not aware of my knowledge/skill gap. This is known as the Unconscious Incompetence/Novice level in the four levels of learning.

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Topics: adult learning principles, instructional design

5 Reasons to Play Games in Training

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 10/15/18 8:00 AM

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Help release the inner child in your participants by playing games in your training sessions. Sure, you’ve likely played Jeopardy and Who Wants to be a Millionaire in your training, but did you ever stop to think about all the benefits of playing those games? How often have you designed a workshop and thought about how to spice things up or add fun and high energy to the learning process? There are many ways to add fun and excitement to your training, but a sure-fire way to do it is to play a short game. Notice I said a short game? Like any activity, games in training should be fun but not too long. If a game goes on too long the learners become bored and will disengage.

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Topics: instructional design, games in training, gamification, making training fun

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