Don’t Become “Story-bored”

As most instructional designers would agree, the Web-based Training (WBT) genre is a mainstay in our arsenal of training tools. While some might just jump in and immediately start developing the elearning solution using the authoring tool of choice — Articulate®, Captivate and so on — I feel it’s imperative to develop a storyboard first.... View Article

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8 Questions with a Corporate Training Client Relationship Executive

Today we’re talking with Teresa Chiapputo, the face of ttcInnovations to many of our clients. Teresa, can you describe your role with ttcInnovations? I’m all about relationships. I ensure that our clients — at all levels — enjoy all the benefits of having ttcInnovations as a partner. On any given day I may be bidding... View Article

4 Benefits of Networking

As the holiday season opens with an explosion of tinsel, greenery, and lights, we face down a month of holiday gatherings big and small. Whether you know every guest at the party, maybe just one or two, or are the host yourself, take advantage of the mix and mingle to network. Networking is not only... View Article

Fundraising Campaign for Pencils of Promise

I can hardly believe the holiday’s are already upon on us.  So far, I’ve managed to avoid Black Friday (didn’t do one bit of shopping), but I did participate in Small Business Saturday by visiting a super cute coffee shop in the Hamptons while on a short family vacation. I sadly didn’t get to participate... View Article

Lessons Learned from Becoming a Learner

Recently, I’ve had the experience of becoming a learner all over again. I can only liken it to what it must have been like to ride a bike for the first time — only worse. Where a young child may be open and receptive to new learning because everything is new to them, an adult... View Article

Using Anti-Stock Photos for Content Creation

A couple of weeks ago, we were scrolling through our Twitter feed and stumbled across this tweet… Things I’m loving right now: Anti-Stock Photo Sites — Ashley Bennett (@aabennet) October 9, 2013 Hmm…anti-stock, what’s that? Our interests were piqued — time to do some investigation! We continued on to Ashley’s post and discovered what... View Article

Working from Home — Yea or Nay?

My father belonged to the suit-and-tie brigade. Every day for 39 years, he either drove to work or took a combination of buses and trains to reach the office. He looks at me in my gym shorts and sneakers walking four seconds from the kitchen to my home office and shakes his head. “Don’t you... View Article

Tools for Your Tracking Time

In the time of punch clocks, tracking the hours and minutes you spent working was easy-peasy. Simply show up to work, grab your card, line it up, and punch it — then rinse and repeat at the end of the day. Some companies still use this system, or each employee is assigned a code to... View Article

eLearning Lessons from an eLearning Learner

Years ago, as the troubleshooter for an experimental self-study learning project, my job was to resolve student confusion before any modules went to print. The students’ feedback provided invaluable insight into learner needs and implementation issues, and the lessons learned back then seem just as relevant to today’s elearning and mobile learning design challenges. Online... View Article

The Do’s and Don’ts of Email Etiquette

Now that we’ve covered web meeting etiquette and conference call etiquette, we thought it would be a good idea to cover the do’s and don’ts of the most basic form of business communication — email. For virtual companies especially, emails are essential to exchanging information, keeping team members and clients up-to-date, and asking project-specific questions.... View Article

5 Ways to Avoid Distraction & Increase Productivity

So much to do, so little time! How often do we reach the end of our day and wonder, where did time go? While we can’t conjure up an extra five hours in the day, minimizing distractions during working hours is one surefire way to tackle you to-do list in a timely manner. Maximize your... View Article