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Dawn Lang

Dawn has been a course leader with Langevin since 2015. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education at Kansas State University, followed by a Master’s in Information and Learning Technologies/Instructional Design from the University of Colorado Denver. Her passion for teaching started in third grade and she’s never looked back! As an educator, technology trainer, instructional designer, and facilitator of virtual training, she’s had the opportunity to work with a variety of stakeholders in all different contexts to support their learning and application of skills and knowledge. As a trainer, Dawn strives to inspire and empower people to reach their full potential. Consistently incorporating fun and laughter, building connections, and respecting others are important components she utilizes as a trainer. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, biking, being in the mountains, as well as reading at the pool or the beach!
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Why a Producer is Key to Virtual Classroom Success

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

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Just like a good movie or event, there’s a lot that goes on “behind the scenes” to pull off a successful virtual classroom session. The preparation and actions of the producer are key to the session’s success. I’ll reveal some of these behind the scenes actions by addressing the typical questions asked about producers and their role in the virtual classroom.

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Topics: virtual trainer, virtual classroom, virtual producer

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

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

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 Combat Boring e-Learning

Posted by Dawn Lang on 10/8/18 8:00 AM

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Are you getting pushback from learners because of boring e-learning? Did it take you hundreds of hours to plan, design, and develop the course, only to learn it isn’t engaging? A recent State of the Industry Report from ATD states that approximately 45% of training is delivered via online methods. With almost half of training taking place using a technology-based method, we need to get it right!

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Topics: e-learning, instructional design, web-based training

How to Apply Adult Learning Principles in eLearning Modules

Posted by Dawn Lang on 8/6/18 8:00 AM

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Many organizations are using eLearning as one of their go-to training methods because of the many advantages it offers. The audience for these modules comes with many needs and wants. It’s essential for instructional designers to keep in mind how adults learn, as well as what motivates them, as they design eLearning experiences.

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Topics: adult learning principles, e-learning, instructional design

How to Design Successful Virtual Classroom Training

Posted by Dawn Lang on 6/4/18 8:00 AM

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Many organizations say they are using virtual training or are planning to implement it. However, there’s more to virtual training than simply repurposing PowerPoint slides in a virtual classroom platform. With so many organizations moving to online training, it’s important to adhere to quality instructional design principles. When the design is solid and interactive, virtual classroom training can be an effective way to learn.

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Topics: virtual classroom, instructional design

3 Tips to Improve Learning Based on the Cognitive Load Principles

Posted by Dawn Lang on 3/26/18 8:00 AM

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Cognitive load refers to the total amount of information your working memory can handle. If the demands placed on working memory are too high, learners may give up in frustration or fail to comprehend.

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Topics: adult learning principles, job performance, instructional design

How to Prioritize Content

Posted by Dawn Lang on 1/15/18 8:00 AM

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One of the most frequently asked questions during our instructional design workshops is, “How do I pare down the content when there’s a lack of available time?” This can be a challenge, especially if you feel everything is important. 

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Topics: instructional design

5 Strategies for Active Listening in Your Training Sessions

Posted by Dawn Lang on 11/6/17 8:00 AM

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Active listening is defined as a communication technique that requires the listener to fully concentrate, understand, respond, and then remember what is being said. Sounds like a critical trainer skill. Yet, we are rarely trained to listen actively. It takes a lot of effort to implement all aspects of active listening, but the benefits are great.

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Topics: instructional techniques

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