Gaming Vs Gamification – Is There A Difference?

What do games have to do with learning? As it turns out — a lot. A University of Colorado Denver Business School study* found that those who learn by gamified eLearning do their jobs better, have higher skills, and retain information longer than workers who learn in less interactive, more passive environments. Gaming is a... View Article

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How To Craft Engaging Experiences Using Social Media and Collaborative Platforms

One of the biggest challenges of any training organization today is fighting for the attention of learners—and promoting collaboration is even more difficult with the prevalence of virtual learning. So why not capitalize on our tech-savvy users and go where our learners go, social media! Consider these mobile-friendly options the next time you want to... View Article

7 Cool PowerPoint Features To Boost Learner Engagement

To apply these cool PowerPoint features, you’ll first need to have an idea of what you want to accomplish for the audience. Here are a few ideas, based on my experience: Analyze some TV commercials and magazine ads you like. What’s appealing? What captured your attention? What ideas can you use in PowerPoint lessons? More... View Article

Five Ways to Refocus a Team

While we may only be in Q2, that doesn’t mean your team is immune to a little mid-year slump already. Even the best organizations need to refocus every now and again. If you’re noticing a lack of morale or maybe just a simple lack of focus within your organization, it’s best to nip it in... View Article

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

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 instructional 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... 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 Motivational 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