The Importance of Experiential Learning

Just hearing the term — experiential learning — tells us a lot. Clearly, it’s about learning through an experience of the topic under study. A deeper dive, however, reveals that experiential learning is more than just “learning by doing.”  It’s more like trying it on until you find what fits. The goal of experiential learning... View Article

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4 Reasons Instructor-Led Training Isn’t Dead

Instructor-led training (ILT) happens in a classroom and is often regarded as the more traditional, formal version of training, while eLearning is technology-based and the learner can take it at any time. With the popularity and convenience of eLearning, it’s easy to disregard ILT as a “thing of the past” or an “old way of... View Article


4CID: Using the Four Component Instructional Design Model for Your Training

What is 4CID? Four Component Instructional Design (4CID) is a holistic design model first proposed by Jeroen J. G. van Merrienboer* in 1997. His central thesis was that complex learning is an integration of skills, knowledge, and attitudes. These components, he claimed, could not be taught effectively in the traditional approach that separates skills and... View Article


10 Questions to Help You Find Your Passion

“If you organize your life around your passion, you can turn your passion into your story and then turn your story into something bigger — something that matters.” – Blake Mycoskie This is a great quote, and it is very true! But what if you aren’t sure what your passion is supposed to be? Is... View Article


4 Books That Can Supercharge Your Life and Get You Moving Toward Your Goals

The world is a busy place. The weight of our responsibilities and situations can turn us into anxiety-ridden individuals who lose track of our dreams, desires and need to make a difference. I was recently reading an eBook written by Brendon Burchard and he asked three simple questions that will help me continue to stay... View Article


Three Ways Technology is Changing the Learning Space

Most of us in the learning profession pride ourselves on being comfortable with technology. Whenever a new tool is available, we’re ready to give it a try, eager to adopt the latest way to help people learn. We spend huge amounts of money and time attending professional conferences and we read magazines dedicated to keeping... View Article


How to Build a Successful Webinar

What makes a webinar particularly challenging for instructional designers? The very nature of a webinar is designed to include those who are not nearby. Chances are your audience is not only geographically distant, but culturally and philosophically distant as well. Engaging others, particularly diverse populations, is tricky when there is no body language to enhance... View Article


Five Things to Consider if You’re Thinking About Making the Move to Contracting

Companies are moving toward an agile workforce more than ever before, and the need for on-demand resources is on the rise. I find myself in Q&A sessions regularly with people interested in making the leap into contracting, eager to fill this growing need. During these conversations, I find the biggest two a-ha moments are that... View Article


Five Things to Look for in a Mentor

Let me be straightforward. I am a flaming fan of mentorship. As I’ve served as mentor and grown as a mentee (protégé), I’ve become a believer, although there were bumps along the way that I learned to overcome. I’m grateful for my life-changing mentors. Hoping to help you reach your goals through mentorship, here are... View Article


How to Use Learning Analytics to Measure Training

The term “analytics” seems to be everywhere these days. What are analytics? Or, more specifically, what does learning analytics mean, and why is it important? Analytics refers to information, so it’s quite simply the study of data. Learning (or training) analytics is the study of learning data.  It is important because it allows you to... View Article


10 Tips for Training Future Millennial Leaders

There is an international phenomenon taking place. It’s called global aging, and the impact will be evident in the next few years. By 2030, 20% of the U.S. population will be age 65 or older, resulting in a dramatic decline in the supply of labor. Large numbers of the most experienced workers will exit the... View Article


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