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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

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 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

How to Design Training When the Product Isn’t Finished

Posted by Paul Sitter on 6/16/14 4:00 AM

The most common complaint I hear in our instructional design workshops, from people working for technical companies, is “We have to design training before the software is finished!”

It’s always a challenge with unstable (changing) content, and a major frustration for those who have to design or deliver training around a product that doesn’t exist yet.

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Tags: tips-for-trainers, instructional design

5 Timeless Adult Learning Principles

Posted by Langevin Team on 5/5/14 4:00 AM


Photo by: Ulrike Mai via Pixabay

We certainly live in a time where technology has created an environment of incredible change. Techniques, methods of operation, and even ideals become outdated almost as fast as they get introduced. However, there are certain products that are still as relevant, and of the same high quality now as they were decades ago, when they were first invented. Some things do not need to change; we often refer to these as “oldies, but goodies.”

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Tags: adult learning principles, tips-for-trainers, instructional design

5 Tips for Better Writing

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 5/1/14 4:00 AM



So a panda walks into a café, orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air. The waiter asks, “Why did you do that?” The panda tosses him a wildlife manual and says, “I’m a panda. Look it up.”

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Tags: tips-for-trainers, instructional design

5 Tips for Writing Training Objectives

Posted by Paul Sitter on 3/31/14 4:00 AM



The use of the acronym SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-bound) is a good guideline for writing training objectives—a key step in the instructional design process. The SMART formula has been around for many years, yet some trainers still agonize over writing objective statements. Here are some tips on writing objective statements effectively and easily:

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Tags: needs analysis, tips-for-trainers, instructional design

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