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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

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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, virtual classroom, instructional design

5 Steps for Tackling Training Requests

Posted by Langevin Team on 7/17/17 8:00 AM

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If you work in a training department, then you’re familiar with urgent requests from management stating their department has a deficiency "only training can solve." This type of request usually ends with "NOW!"  So, how can you slow down the process long enough to ask them, “Why Training?” and “Why now?” 

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Tags: needs analysis, instructional design

4 Strategies to Manage Course Design Expectations

Posted by Paul Sitter on 7/3/17 8:00 AM

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As instructional designers, we’ve all experienced having more content to design than time allotted to create it! Management’s guidance is often to “Just do it” (don’t you wish Nike never came up with that tag line?!). So, what to do?People learn by doing what is most relevant to their success in the workplace.

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Tags: instructional design

How to Manage Constant Changes in Instructional Design

Posted by Paul Sitter on 5/1/17 8:00 AM

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One of the most common complaints I hear from instructional designers is about content requiring constant updates. Examples and “how to” instructions in the course materials may need to be revised at the last minute. This is more often a challenge for instructional designers who design technical content but all instructional designers deal with this challenge at one time or another. Even interpersonal and conceptual content can change at the last minute!

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Tags: instructional design

3 Phases of Award-Winning Instructor-Led Classroom Training

Posted by Dawn Lang on 4/10/17 8:00 AM

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I recently attended a Broadway musical that relied heavily on audience participation. It was such an interactive and engaging experience, that I’ll never forget it! It got me thinking about how audience engagement is a key element for both playwrights and instructional designers.

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Tags: virtual classroom, instructional design

How to Create Useful Job Aids

Posted by Beth Brashear on 3/27/17 8:00 AM

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Recently, I bought a craft for me and my 3-year-old daughter to do together. It was recommended for her age so I thought, “This shouldn’t be too hard.” After pulling out all of the pieces and looking at the instructions, I realized this WAS going to be hard! The instructions only had four pictures which implied there were only four steps to this craft. By the time we got to the second picture, we were lost!

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Tags: job performance, instructional design, job aids

6 Reasons to Add Buffer Time to Your Training

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 3/20/17 8:00 AM

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Have you ever run through an airport to catch a connecting flight, heart pounding, chest heaving, only to end up missing it? If so, then you can relate to not having enough buffer time to get from one airport gate to the next. This experience recently happened to me—I made my flight, but it was too close for comfort and I was so frustrated that the airline hadn’t allowed for enough buffer time.

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Tags: instructional design

50 Ways to Add Excitement to your Training!

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 8/29/16 8:00 AM

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When I was grocery shopping the other day it occurred to me that we enjoy a variety of choices in this country. Some may say we have too much to choose from in everything we do. Do you want fresh or frozen, canned or boxed, paper or plastic, single serving or family size? Even at the airport, getting ready to board my plane, there are so many categories of air travelers. Special club members and first class passengers board first, then military personnel, then families with small children, followed by passengers who have paid for extra space seating, and finally, the rest of us. Just crazy! Do we really need all of these choices?

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Tags: energizers, instructional techniques, icebreakers, 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, 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

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