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

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: instructional design, adult learning principles, job performance

How to Prioritize Content

Posted by Dawn Lang on 1/15/18 8:00 AM

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One of the most frequently asked questions during our instructional design workshops is, “How do I pare down the content when there’s a lack of available time?” This can be a challenge, especially if you feel everything is important. 

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Tags: instructional design

How to Maximize Instructional Design Time

Posted by Langevin Team on 11/13/17 8:00 AM

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Get a group of instructional designers together and ask them, “What’s the one thing you need to be able to perform better?” The answer likely isn’t technology, more budget, or even more personnel. The most common answer to this question is “more time.” However, time, more so than even budget, is a finite resource. What can be done to ensure work is not only completed to specifications and within budget, but also by deadline?

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Tags: instructional design

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, instructional design, virtual classroom

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 Langevin Team 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 Langevin Team 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

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