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3 Key Components of Solid Training

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



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.

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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

4 Instructional Design Tips for On-the-Job Training

Posted by Alan Magnan on 11/16/15 3:00 AM

There are many reasons to conduct on-the-job training: a very small number of people need training, the work cannot be simulated effectively, or the skills don’t lend themselves to other forms of instruction. Sadly, a lot of on-the-job training is ineffective. It’s often called “sit with Nellie.” An employee spends time with one of the top performers, with no plan or goal laid out. Somehow that person is expected to learn the skills in question through something akin to osmosis.

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Tags: instructional design

4 Tips for Using Simple Language in Training Materials

Posted by Jeff Welch on 7/27/15 4:00 AM

When I order a pizza, the word “plain” is not in my vocabulary. I want the works! Give me extra sauce, extra cheese, and every topping imaginable.


However, when writing training-related documents such as job aids, manuals, or multimedia slides, I try my best to keep things plain and simple. As a matter of fact, writing experts suggest when writing for learning and development, a “Plain Language” approach should be followed whenever possible.

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Tags: instructional design

ADDIE is Still Going Strong

Posted by Paul Sitter on 2/23/15 3:00 AM

If you have any spare time to allocate at a training conference, schedule a session that examines how the ADDIE (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation) instructional design model is now considered irrelevant. Oh, and that topic works well for books, magazine articles, and yes, even blogs.

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Tags: instructional design, ADDIE

How to Open Your Training with the Important Trio

Posted by Jeff Welch on 12/29/14 3:00 AM



Destiny’s Child; Crosby, Stills & Nash; TLC; and The Bee Gees are among the most famous and successful trios in music history. The opening act of any successful training course should also include a famous trio. This trio positions your training courses to begin effectively. The trio I’m referring to is the objective, benefits, and overview. They are the opening act of any effective training program.

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Tags: instructional techniques, instructional design

6 Reasons to Love a Training Needs Analysis

Posted by Paul Sitter on 11/24/14 3:00 AM

A training needs analysis (TNA) is an often misunderstood and underused tool of a training department.


Of course, you don’t always have to conduct a TNA. If something is brand new, mission critical and non-intuitive, the need for training is obvious. Additionally, if training is mandated by law or executive direction, the decision making has been done.

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Tags: needs analysis, job performance, instructional design

5 Instructional Design Tips to Keep Training Simple

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 11/17/14 3:00 AM

Why can’t everything be simple in life?! Take, for example, my bicycle computer. It is a nifty gadget. It records how far I ride, how fast I ride, how quickly I pedal, and how much time has passed. Another cool thing about the computer is that it is wireless. I have the control screen up by my handlebars and the sensor is attached to my rear tire. There are no wires anywhere! Yesterday I had to change my bike computer batteries. The directions were so complex, with so many steps; it took me 45 minutes to complete this task!

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Tags: instructional techniques, instructional design

6 Tips for Avoiding Errors in Your Training Materials

Posted by Alan Magnan on 6/30/14 4:00 AM

There’s nothing worse than reading materials you wrote months before and finding a bunch of writing errors in them. You were sure they were fine at the time. Now you see them the way your learners do: flawed and awkward. Here are six things to keep in your writing skills toolkit to reduce the chances of it happening again.

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Tags: instructional design, writing skills for trainers

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