How to Work in the “Why” and Provide Meaning to Your Training

“Why” is key, but think about when to ask why — confused yet? I am starting a new project, developing training for a group of new hires. Of course, the project is moving at the speed of light. (That’s the new norm, right?) I’m reviewing the information that has been provided to get started: Assigned... View Article

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6 Scrumptious Ways to Savor Learning “Leftovers” Post-Training

There I was, head down, designing post-foundational training for a new hire program I recently worked on, when I looked up to see that it is almost Thanksgiving! What? How did that happen? My mind wandered (just for a moment), and I found myself googling “Thanksgiving leftover recipes.” Because of my VERY large monitor, the... View Article

Using Virtual Reality to Shift Your Learning Paradigm

When I started in corporate training, a long, long time ago, classroom training was the only game in town. Then came web-based training, and that was a paradigm shift. Then distant learning and eLearning—more shifts. With web conferencing and video conferencing, another paradigm shift for learning. But what about virtual reality (VR) training? Is it... View Article

Video Assets that Trigger a Learner’s Senses

So, you’ve decided that videos are a valuable tool to have in your learning arsenal; after all, they appeal to all generation; specifically, the Millennials – can you say YouTube? You’ve done your research and you have found that videos don’t have to be expensive to make and they appeal to many of the learning... View Article

Six Tools to Create Visual Language

I think all of us in the learning industry are familiar with the need to convey information in a fast, intriguing way that captures and holds our learners’ attention. We’ve all probably heard the expression “a picture is worth a thousand words,” too. If I were to put a thousand words in front of my... View Article

How to Create Engaging Multi-Device Learning

In the fall of 2016, I wrote a blog article titled Using Responsive eLearning to Engage Millennials, where I explained that responsive eLearning is a single course that plays well on any device — desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone — and in either horizontal or vertical orientation. Let’s look at some tips to consider when... View Article

How to Use Visual Storytelling to Relate to Your Learners

When you Google the term “visual storytelling” for a definition, you may get some slight deviations on a common theme, but basically you find that it is a story told primarily through the use of visual media. Try thinking of that from an instructional design methodology. Most likely, these days, you’ve been doing a lot... View Article

Learning Theories – Which is Best for Millennials?

As learning professionals, we are always interested in learning theories, especially if we’ve been in the industry for a while and have seen more than one learning theory applied to our development over the years. I’ve recently been giving thought as to how millennials learn, for example: Which methods work best for a millennial? What... View Article

Using Responsive eLearning to Engage Millennials

Imagine that you are in charge of learning for your organization and the head of the department that you support has come back from a trip and tells you that she just read an article on the plane about Responsive eLearning.  She wants you to look into it because it sounds very interesting. You assure... View Article

Finding the Path to Living a Creative Life

What is creativity? Do we all have it, or is it a gift just a few of us have? Does it only apply to artists, writers and musicians? If asked, “Are you creative?” would you respond, “Oh no, not me! I work in the corporate arena”? I have often wondered about what creativity feels like.... View Article

Designing Interactive and COLLABORATIVE Virtual Learning

Question: Can you design learning for the virtual classroom using the same techniques that you would apply to designing for the traditional classroom? Answer: For the most part — yes. Today, we all see examples of virtual instructor-led training (VILT) that basically equate to a talking head. We observe the facilitator sharing slide after slide... View Article