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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.

So, how do you build and strengthen this relationship? These six tips will help the process run more smoothly:

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Topics: technology, instructional design

3 Ways to Overcome Technophobia

Posted by Jeff Welch on 6/1/15 4:00 AM



Technophobia is defined as the fear or dislike of advanced technology or complex devices, especially computers.Although self-diagnosed, I’m convinced I suffer from technophobia. While I have the ability to learn how to use technological devices, I become anxious at the mere thought of using hi-tech equipment.

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Topics: technology, tips-for-trainers

3 Ways to Incorporate Cell Phones in the Classroom

Posted by Langevin Team on 9/13/12 4:34 AM

In one of the discussions in our Langevin Learning Services Alumni Group on LinkedIn, the question was asked, "How do you manage techie devices in the classroom?" The truth is that the more involved our participants are, the more engaged they will stay. While there is a lot of technology available to trainers, I'd like to focus specifically on cell phones. Our participants have them, and they want to use them, so I have three suggestions to keep our participants involved by letting them use their phones during class.

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Topics: technology, instructional techniques, instructor-led training

Connecting with Learners in the Technological Age

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 6/21/12 4:44 AM

We all have them; Smartphones, Blackberries, iPads, cell phones, and laptops are all devices designed to help us stay connected. We can now take our work lives home with us and our home lives to work with us. Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin enable us to connect with family, friends and business associates literally all over the world in seconds. Wow! Isn’t it amazing the ability we now have to get, and stay, connected?

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Topics: technology, social media, instructional techniques, learners

Technology and Training - Part 1

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 3/22/12 4:56 AM

"Everything Must Change, Nothing Stays the Same"

The sub-title of this blog was inspired by the classic song by the famous guitarist, George Benson. I recently heard it on the radio and not only did it bring back fond memories of my youth but it also caused me to reflect on the relevancy of the lyrics and how it relates today.

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Topics: technology, social media

Making Whiteboards Work

Posted by Alan Magnan on 8/4/11 4:48 AM



As a traveling trainer I end up in a lot of different training rooms. One of the items I've gotten more excited to see lately is a whiteboard. Not only is it about as useful as paper easel boards, it's more environmentally responsible. In fact, I think the only advantage paper chart pages hold over whiteboards for an instructor is the ability to stick them up all over the room. This makes key visuals easier for learners to reference later on.


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Topics: technology, instructor-led training, tips-for-trainers

Blended Learning: Myths and Facts

Posted by Langevin Team on 7/18/11 5:19 AM

Whenever we design training, we presume that we are designing to achieve a performance goal (i.e. increased sales, improved customer service, better teamwork, fewer errors, etc.). To achieve this goal, training must have three key components: presentation, application and feedback (PAF). We also know that organizations want lean design in training: get people in, get them trained, and get them back to work as quickly as possible.

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Topics: technology, blended learning, e-learning, instructional design

Multi-tasking and Learning: Are you Buying or Selling?

Posted by Langevin Team on 10/18/10 3:13 AM

Remember the old expression, “You can’t walk and chew gum at the same time”? It’s my understanding that this expression refers to someone who cannot multi-task. As a member of the Baby Boomer generation, I grew up learning that if you wanted to be good at anything, you needed to dedicate 100% effort, attention, and focus to achieve your goals.

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Topics: technology, social media, learners

Death by PowerPoint: No More Death Sentences

Posted by Alan Magnan on 10/14/10 3:22 AM

Have you ever attended a Lunch-n-Learn? You know, those fast-paced lunchtime sessions full of useful information you absorb as you wolf down your corned-beef-on-rye? The trainer diligently starts on time and takes the projector off video mute. At the bottom of the first slide, in a very small font, you read: “Slide 1 of 92.” That's roughly one slide every 30 seconds.

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Topics: technology, instructional techniques, instructor-led training

Social Media & Training - A Change of Perspective

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 8/23/10 2:56 AM

With the influx of social media, organizations are leveraging this new technology to train employees. Mobile learning, nano learning, Twitter, and wiki’s are all being used to deliver training in a “just-in-time” manner.

As trainers we know that training is defined as knowledge and skill (with the focus on the skill component) for use in your current job. We deliver new information to learners, the learners practice, and then receive feedback on their performance.

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Topics: technology, social media, blended learning, instructional design

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