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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

Moving Through the 4 Levels of Learning

Posted by Beth Brashear on 1/7/19 8:00 AM

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While trying to fall asleep one night, I had a brilliant idea. That is when most brilliant ideas happen, right? I was going to build a patio in my backyard. How hard could it be? Just put some patio pavers on the ground and, voilà, a patio! Well, little did I know, that is NOT how you build a patio. I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I was not aware of my knowledge/skill gap. This is known as the Unconscious Incompetence/Novice level in the four levels of learning.

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Topics: adult learning principles, instructional design

5 Ways to Get Learners More Involved in Your Training

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 10/29/18 8:00 AM

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Every winter I do a lot of skiing with my ski club. We own a home in a resort community in Northern New Hampshire in the Mt. Washington Valley. As with many social or business clubs or organizations, it often seems like a small number of people do all the work when it comes to running the club. Perhaps you see this phenomenon happen in your training as well. Try as you might to get everyone to participate, a small number of learners likely do most of the work. You’ve seen them. They raise their hands to answer all your questions, they lead the small group activities, and they volunteer to scribe answers on flip charts and white boards. Instructors absolutely love these people! They take a lot of pressure off the instructor and keep the flow of the course moving.

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Topics: adult learning principles, making training fun

What is Learner Engagement?

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 9/3/18 8:00 AM

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I drove past my local town hall recently. The electronic sign read, “New Resident Engagement Platform. Join the conversation now.” I thought to myself, “What an interesting term—engagement platform.” It seems that everywhere we go people are talking about “engagement.” Whether it’s resident engagement, employee engagement, or learner engagement.

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Topics: adult learning principles

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

5 Timeless Training Concepts

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 5/7/18 8:00 AM

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I’m a big fan of working out and staying fit. At my local gym, I often notice exercise programs change frequently. One day they are offering cross-fit, a few months later they are offering fitness 360, a few months later they are offering fitness boot camp, and on and on. One fad fitness workout program after another. Who knew there were so many ways to keep fit!

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Topics: facilitation skills, adult learning principles, instructional techniques, presentation skills, instructional design, technology and training, public speaking skills

5 Major Contributors to Adult Learning

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 4/30/18 8:00 AM

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There are many theories and approaches to how adults learn, many of them developed between the 1940’s and 1970’s. Although developed several years ago, these models still drive much of the adult learning today.

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Topics: adult learning principles

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 Bring Dry or Boring Training to Life

Posted by Beth Brashear on 12/27/17 8:00 AM

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At Langevin we believe there is no such thing as dry or boring material. Right now, you are probably thinking, “What about policies and procedures, regulations, etc.? That content is definitely dry!” While, yes, the content may be dry or boring, there are instructional techniques that help add a little zest to your content to make it more fun!

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Topics: adult learning principles

The Principles of Adult Learning are Everywhere!!

Posted by Beth Brashear on 10/9/17 8:00 AM

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I am currently doing a fitness challenge on Facebook. Each day we are required to respond to a daily assignment and post pictures of our workouts for points. So far, I have really enjoyed being a part of the challenge group and love when the weekly stats are posted and I’m in the lead! However, I do feel there is something missing…

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Topics: adult learning principles

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