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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 Paul Sitter 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 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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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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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: instructional design, virtual classroom

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: instructional design, job performance, 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

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