Boost Your Value! Become a Mini-SME

So there you are, tapping a pencil on your desk. Checking your email. Nothing. You look to see what’s happening in the local online paper. Check your email again. Nothing. What are you doing over there, my trainer friend? What are you waiting for? You’ve just joined, probably not for the first time, the ranks... View Article

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5 Ways to Keep Your Trainers Happy — and Create Great Training

If you don’t work in training, it can sometimes seem like L&D professionals are never satisfied. Like Columbo in the 70s TV series, they’re always coming back for “just one more thing” as they open up all your systems and ask dozens of awkward questions. As a professional trainer, I say, “Mea culpa!” We do always... View Article


What Every Instructional Designer Needs to Know About Project Management

In today’s fast-paced environment, companies are expecting workers to do more with less. In learning and development, where budgets are already tight, it’s not unusual for instructional designers to not only develop but also manage their own projects. Developing a training program and managing the project at the same time can be a bit overwhelming... View Article


Five Ways to Engage Students with Scenario-Based Learning

In scenario-based learning, learners work through challenges or exercises presented along a specific story line. Good scenario-based training is aligned with the job performance expectations for the learner once they complete the course. Why Scenario-Based Learning is Effective Effective learning scenarios mimic the tasks associated with a given job. Thus, learners bring a set of... View Article


Mobile Learning: How Small Screens Can Lead to Big Results

So you’re feeling pretty proud of yourself because you’ve finally implemented responsive web design in your training! Your trainees are happily pecking away on their phones, and all is right with the world. Right? Wrong. You can put that celebratory glass of wine down. You’re behind again. Just when you thought you were all caught... View Article


How to Create Low-Cost, High-Impact Microlearning

Today’s audience expects their learning content on-demand, in bite-size chunks, and highly relevant to their immediate needs. As a result, many companies are choosing to replace instructor-led classroom training with online microlearning. In this blog, we’ll explore effective methods to create impactful microlearning while keeping the costs low. What is Microlearning? Microlearning has been defined... View Article


3 Ways to Bring Gamification to Your Training – On a Budget

When I was teaching high school, there was often nothing more important to my students than the upcoming BIG GAME. No, I’m not talking about football. The long-anticipated release of a new video game would often have gamers “coming down with the flu” on the big day to be sure they got a good place... View Article


7 Favorites Tools & Apps from our Expert Instructional Designers

You asked, and our instructional designers answered with their top tools and applications! We were surprised to find that most of our IDs chose to highlight organizational platforms over project tools. But if you’re in the project world, you know just how many moving parts there are to each project. One needs to keep things... View Article


Keeping the “A” in ADDIE — Why It’s a Must

We’ve all been there: You’re called into a meeting and asked to develop training for a new desk-level procedure. The new process is a security issue, so they want it right away. “Okay,” you say. “Let me get started on the analysis. Who can I call to find out more about the workforce and what... View Article


Scaling Instructor-Led Training: Yes, It’s Possible! Here’s How!

Remember your school days? Sitting in a cube all by yourself and watching video lessons interrupted by the occasional online quiz? Never interacting with anyone else? Those were the days, right? Of course, none of us remember our school experience that way. In school, students sit in a classroom with a real live person explaining... View Article


What Research Says About Powerful Storytelling in Training

“Tell me a story!” If you’re a parent or grandparent, or even an aunt, uncle, or family friend, you’ve probably heard those words shouted out around bedtime. Kids love stories! So you tell the story, put the kids to bed, and then what do you do? Watch TV? Read a book? That’s right — you... View Article