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Group Dynamics in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 8/5/19 8:00 AM

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I’ve been teaching in the virtual classroom for about two years now and teaching in the traditional classroom about twenty years. When designing and delivering training, you gain a solid understanding of human behavior, specifically group dynamics. In the traditional classroom, people progress through the four stages of group dynamics rather quickly. They start to form, storm, norm, and perform quite well provided the instructor has created a positive learning environment and conducted certain activities at the right times for the group. People also pass through the four stages of group formation in a virtual classroom. They may not be physically together in the same room but they are together as a group. The instructor needs to conduct introductions, icebreakers, and early participatory activities to facilitate the group bonding process in the virtual classroom.

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Topics: virtual classroom

5 Techniques to Make Your Training Leaner [Video]

Posted by Alan Magnan on 8/1/19 3:27 PM
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Topics: instructional design

5 Steps for Creating an e-Learning Strategy

Posted by Dawn Lang on 7/22/19 8:00 AM

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Managing a training department is no easy task and with the learning and development industry changing so quickly, the job is even more complex. Despite speculation that there is a decline in e-learning, ATD reports that nearly 90 percent of organizations are still utilizing this training strategy. Organizations have shifted a large percentage of their learning and development to e-learning to reach more learners and conserve resources. Although there are some drawbacks to e-learning, many training managers continue to support it as a viable method. They are making informed decisions based on the content and current design tools that support more effective e-learning use.

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Topics: e-learning, instructional design

5 Techniques to Make Your Training Leaner

Posted by Alan Magnan on 7/15/19 8:00 AM

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The more content a course has, the harder it is to do everything: work with subject-matter experts (SMEs), structure activities, get approvals, proofread materials, and meet deadlines. The trick is to limit the content and prevent the extra work from the start. This is the philosophy behind lean training design—include exactly the skills or knowledge people need and nothing more. Each bit of information beyond what is needed takes away from the value of the course because it makes it more difficult for learners to find and apply just what they need.

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Topics: instructional design

4 Key Steps for Writing Training Materials

Posted by Langevin Team on 7/8/19 8:00 AM

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Have you ever read a novel that was so riveting you simply couldn’t put it down? I would hope that most of us have had that experience. Alternatively, most of us have also read work-related material that did not have the same effect. In fact, sometimes we need to read a paragraph several times before uncovering its true meaning. Instructional designers and trainers are consistently challenged to translate complex content into simple, clear, concise language for the learner.

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Topics: instructional design, writing skills for trainers

How and When to Design Performance-Based Testing in Training

Posted by Dawn Lang on 7/1/19 8:00 AM

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Setting your learners up for success drives many of the decisions you make as an instructional designer. But, designing your “performance tests” is probably one of the last things you design before you start developing your product.

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Topics: instructional design

5 Reasons Instructors Love On-Site Workshops

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 6/24/19 8:00 AM

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Most often, the opportunity to conduct an on-site workshop is an opportunity instructors relish. While it’s a chance to learn about a specific organization and industry, it’s so much more than that.

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Topics: train the trainer

Gift of Gratitude from a Treasured Client

Posted by Beth Brashear on 6/17/19 8:00 AM

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For the past two years, I’ve been blessed with facilitating training for the Chaplains and Chaplain Assistants at the US Army Chaplain Center and School in Fort Jackson, SC.

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Topics: train the trainer

Benefits of a Workshop at Your Location

Posted by Dawn Lang on 6/10/19 8:00 AM

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Are you building your training department? Do your designers and trainers need a structure based on best practices? A Langevin workshop delivered at your location is a convenient, cost-effective way to get the results your organization needs.

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Topics: train the trainer

How to Build Rapport with Clients

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 5/27/19 8:00 AM

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You have an important meeting with a new client and you want to make a good first impression. This client needs your help with a performance problem to determine whether training is the right solution. You’ll want to put on your problem-solving hat, but it doesn’t end there. You also need strong interpersonal skills if you want to be successful. One of the first things you can do is build rapport with the client.

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Topics: build rapport, consulting skills

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