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

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Personalized Learning for the Millennial Generation (and Everyone Else)

According to the Pew Research Group, Millennials are the largest generational cohort in the workforce, but many of us are still trying to understand their needs and expectations. In this post, we look at one of the most significant requirements of this generation: personalization. There have been many attempts to define “personalized learning.” While previous... View Article

Five Benefits of eLearning Automation

If you were born after 1970, you might not even remember a day in your working life when the Learning Management System (LMS) did not exist. Early iterations of the LMS first started appearing in the 1970s to support a truly disruptive innovation that we now call “eLearning.” Since then, these two learning tools have... View Article

Using a Mood Board to Plan Your Training Curriculum    

What do web designers, architects, advertising agencies, fashion designers and movie set designers have in common? They all use mood boards to develop their initial design and share ideas with team members and clients. Here are some ways using a mood board can help you on your next instructional design project. Saves Time The primary... View Article

Formal Learning vs. Informal Learning

“Workers learn more in the coffee room than in the classroom.” – Jay Cross While studies vary on the exact percentage, most learning in today’s workplace is informal. In this post, we’ll distinguish between informal and formal learning and explore ways to identify and encourage informal learning within your organization. What is informal learning? Jay... View Article

Using Color Psychology to Build Effective Training Curriculum

Close your eyes and think about your favorite shirt or dress. What colors do you see? Close your eyes again and picture your training room or elearning template. What colors are you using? How are you using them? Did you know that your brain responds to each color in a different way and that you... View Article

Learning and Differences in Brain Function

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about the benefits of thinking like a dog. As a cat lover and owner of many wonderful felines, I felt it was time to focus on our other “best friend,” the cat. My opinion is that cats are probably far smarter than we generally imagine; they simply... View Article

This Is Your Learner’s Brain on Coffee

It’s been called “America’s number one drug problem” and “a miracle drug for the tired.” Yet onsite training programs often provide coffee as a refreshment for learners and instructors alike, and its presence in the workplace is so expected that coffee frequently appears on the list of top perks offered in desirable workplaces. But what... View Article

Fostering a Growth Mindset in Your Organization

In her book, Mindset, Dr. Carol Dweck shares her research on the different ways that people think about themselves and how these self-images affect our behavior and our ability to learn and adapt. She explains that there are two basic ways we can view the world and our place in it. A fixed mindset means... View Article

Make Your VILTS More Effective with Neuroscience Part II

Click here to read the first article in the Neuroscience series. Educators have long known that a motivated learner has a greater chance of success, but the reason for this observed fact was only recently discovered. When learners expect to gain important skills, they come to a learning event with a heightened level of attention... View Article

Make Your VILTS More Effective with Neuroscience

A survey conducted by the Society of Applied Learning Technology (SALT) reports that “the vast majority” of companies plan to expand their use of Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) in the near future. Yet only twenty percent of these same companies find this delivery medium to be very effective. So why do they keep doing... View Article