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How to Minimize Instructor Burnout [Video]

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 9/16/19 8:00 AM
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Topics: instructional techniques, instructor burnout

Top 10 Tips for Maximizing Small Group Work in Training

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 9/9/19 8:00 AM

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As an instructor, I’ve always placed a lot of value on learners working in small groups (e.g. 4-6 people). The benefits of small group work are many: the sharing of ideas, collaborative problem solving, and complimentary skill sets, to name just a few. Recently, I’ve experienced some learners who expressed a preference to work independently. This can create issues in terms of the dynamics within the group. Perhaps it’s time to go back to the basics and revisit the best practices for maximizing small group work in training.

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Topics: instructional techniques, instructor-led training

3 Guidelines for Creating a Dynamic Classroom-Based Escape Room

Posted by Sandy Beauchemin on 9/2/19 8:00 AM

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When a performance-based review is not a realistic option, a fun way to conduct a non-performance review is in the form of an escape room. An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players (often in teams) solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Within a training environment, the classroom is used as the escape room and the course content is used to create the puzzles and riddles.

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Topics: instructional techniques, gamification, making training fun, microlearning

Strategies for a One-Person Training Department

Posted by Beth Brashear on 4/29/19 8:00 AM

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Are you a one-person training department? Well, not any longer! Training is a partnership. Think of it as a 3-legged stool, where one leg is the training department, one leg is the management team, and one leg is the learners. Just like the legs on the stool offer support, all three groups must work in sync to contribute to a well-supported training department.

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Topics: instructional techniques, instructional design, new trainers

7 Steps to Ensure New Trainers are Successful

Posted by Langevin Team on 3/25/19 8:00 AM

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What do you do when your organization expands the training department to meet the increased training needs of a growing company? Most commonly, the first step is to bring in new employees. Often these new trainers do not have significant experience.

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Topics: instructional techniques, virtual classroom, instructor-led training

5 Ways to Make Learning Easier

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 3/18/19 8:00 AM

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Have you ever applied for a home loan or refinanced your existing home loan? If you have, you know that it can be a long, tedious, and frustrating process. Often there’s too much time spent on the process, an abundance of paperwork to sign, too many fees, and there are too many people involved. By the end of the process, you may even wonder why you bothered in the first place. The process is much too cumbersome. This makes me wonder if anyone in the banking or mortgage business has asked the question, “How can we make this process easier for the customer?” If they did, maybe the entire process would be overhauled and simplified. Granted, they have many legalities that necessitate all the paperwork but, in my mind, everything can be simplified and improved if you put yourself in the shoes of the customer and streamline every step.

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Topics: adult learning principles, instructional techniques, instructor-led training, facilitation

How to Use Interactive Games and Exercises in Training

Posted by Langevin Team on 3/11/19 8:00 AM

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Learners want training to be fun. It’s as simple as that. To encourage and maintain ideal behaviors, and to ensure a successful transfer of new knowledge and skills, training must be interesting and motivating for learners. Don’t forget, we are often competing with cell phones, social media, emails, and other distractions, so it’s essential to ensure learning is fun.

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Topics: instructional techniques, instructor-led training, games in training

How to Keep Learners Focused During Training

Posted by Beth Brashear on 3/4/19 8:00 AM

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Cell phones. They are everywhere. Nowadays, most people are more engaged with their mobile devices than they are with their surroundings. Whether they are walking, standing in line, in a business meeting, or even worse—your classroom! As instructors, what can we do to prevent our learners from being consumed by their electronic devices during the course? How can we keep learners focused during training?

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Topics: instructional techniques, instructor-led training, facilitation

Virtual Vs. Traditional Classroom Facilitation Part 1

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 2/18/19 8:00 AM

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I deliver training in both virtual classrooms and traditional classrooms and have noticed many differences. Each learning environment creates its own unique behaviors among the participants.

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Topics: instructional techniques, virtual trainer, virtual classroom, facilitation

How to Use Interactive Games and Exercises in Training

Posted by Langevin Team on 10/22/18 8:00 AM

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Learners want training to be fun. It’s as simple as that. To encourage and maintain ideal behaviors, and to ensure a successful transfer of new knowledge and skills, training must be interesting and motivating for learners. Don’t forget, we are often competing with cell phones, social media, emails, and other distractions, so it’s essential to ensure learning is fun.

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Topics: instructional techniques, games in training, gamification

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