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How to Create Quality eLearning Quizzes

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 9/19/16 8:00 AM

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When designing elearning training sessions, instructional designers may spend a lot of time, energy, and resources on how the content will look on the web page. Learners respond well to a graphically pleasing elearning module but it’s also important to pay attention to the actual content of an elearning quiz! Remember that “need to know” content presented in an interesting and well-thought out elearning quiz, along with meaningful feedback, will help make your elearning even more successful.

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Topics: adult learning principles, evaluation, tips-for-trainers, e-learning

50 Ways to Add Excitement to your Training!

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 8/29/16 8:00 AM

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When I was grocery shopping the other day it occurred to me that we enjoy a variety of choices in this country. Some may say we have too much to choose from in everything we do. Do you want fresh or frozen, canned or boxed, paper or plastic, single serving or family size? Even at the airport, getting ready to board my plane, there are so many categories of air travelers. Special club members and first class passengers board first, then military personnel, then families with small children, followed by passengers who have paid for extra space seating, and finally, the rest of us. Just crazy! Do we really need all of these choices?

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Topics: energizers, tips-for-trainers

5 Habits to be a Hit as a Trainer!

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 8/8/16 8:00 AM

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Tied to many of our first-time experiences are a myriad of emotions that range from fear to pure joy and exhilaration. One of the participants in a recent course I delivered shared her concern and fear around having to roll out a course for the very first time.  She wasn’t a subject-matter expert and was given very little time and resources to prepare. The reality is that this story is not unusual.
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Topics: instructional techniques, tips-for-trainers, instructional design

How to Use Wardrobe Color to your Advantage While Delivering Training

Posted by Jeff Welch on 8/1/16 8:00 AM

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It’s very likely you’ve heard the expression, “You are what you eat.”  But have you ever considered you are what you wearAs a professional trainer, you always want to make the very best first impression on your audience. Being well-dressed, not too flashy, and adhering to the corporate dress code usually does the trick.
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Topics: tips-for-trainers

How to Build Rapport with Your Learners

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 6/27/16 8:00 AM

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I’m sure many of you have heard the expression, “Without customers there is no business.” It’s no secret that customers are a company’s greatest asset and it costs a lot more to get a new customer than retain a current one. So what does that have to do with us trainers? Well, let’s face it, our learners are our customers and without them we wouldn’t be in business.

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Topics: tips-for-trainers, learners

7 Tips for Staying Healthy When traveling for Work

Posted by Beth Brashear on 6/20/16 8:00 AM

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While traveling to different cities during my first year with Langevin, I gained 15 pounds! In each new city I wanted to taste the cuisine for which they were famous. A whole loaf of sourdough in San Francisco, poutine (fries with gravy and cheese curds) in Toronto, BBQ in Dallas, and so many other foods in so many more places. Then toward the end of that year I finally realized very few of my clothes fit! When working at home I ate healthy, but on the road I was treating each trip as if I were on vacation. Something had to change.

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Topics: travel, tips-for-trainers

Top 5 Items for a Trainer’s Yearly “Check-up”

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 6/13/16 8:00 AM

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I was just thinking about what trainers should do every year to keep their skills sharp and to keep tabs on how their courses are going—a yearly trainer check-up!

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Topics: tips-for-trainers

5 Instructional Techniques to Create a Training Masterpiece

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 5/23/16 8:00 AM

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I love to bake. The thing about baking is that you must include quality ingredients in just the right proportions, and in just the right way, for the recipe to come out perfectly. If you slip up in the building process, your dessert could end up being a disaster! When we design and deliver training we must use the same principles that a pastry chef uses. We must include all of the right elements for our training and in just the right amounts for a successful course and satisfied learners!

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Topics: instructional techniques, tips-for-trainers

Top 3 Question Types for your Trainer’s Toolkit

Posted by Jeff Welch on 5/2/16 4:00 AM


As a corporate trainer, I learned very early in my career the many benefits of asking thought-provoking questions while delivering a course. Asking questions helps keep participants engaged. A good question can encourage classroom participation. Lastly, a question and answer session allows you, the trainer, to check the understanding of your participants.

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Topics: instructional techniques, tips-for-trainers

How to Connect with ESL Learners

Posted by Paul Sitter on 2/22/16 3:00 AM

Connect with ESL Learners

More and more instructors are finding themselves having all, a significant number of, or sometimes just a few participants in their classrooms who were not raised with English as their primary language. How do you connect with this audience?

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Topics: instructional techniques, tips-for-trainers

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