Compliance Training: Off the Shelf or In-House Development? Take the Quiz to Find Out!

You Wouldn’t Look Good in Orange! That was an inside joke when I led compliance training teams for two large U.S. banks. Although we trained thousands each year, few liked what we did. Business leaders hated hearing from us – as it often meant they had people who were on the “bad list” for late... View Article

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How to Kickstart Your Career in Instructional Design (Where to Network and Hone Your Interests!)

So, you want to have a successful career as an Instructional Designer? Let me tell you, it is a large learning and development ocean out there, and spending some time thinking through which direction you would like to go can provide a useful map on how to navigate it. Whether you’re looking to transition from... View Article


Why Agreeable Learning Consultants Finish First — How to Become a Trusted LC

Who doesn’t fear the auditor, the skilled corporate detective who shows up unexpectedly, looking to find mistakes? I was an auditor before becoming a learning professional, and I heard this sentiment regularly from the people I’d been assigned to audit. You see, by some people’s expectations, I was just too agreeable to be an auditor.... View Article


Limited Training Resources? Here Are 6 Simple Ways to Manage Your Priorities

There’s an old saying from years ago that I’ve held onto to this very day. I call it one of my “Valisms,” and I’m pretty sure it came from an Erma Bombeck book from many decades ago: I’ve become used to accomplishing so much with so little on a tight deadline that I can make... View Article


10 Questions to Ask to Take the Overwhelm out of Considering an LMS

Introducing or upgrading a learning management system (LMS) is an excellent enhancement to your learning and development roadmap. With so many LMS vendors out there, launching this quest can quickly become overwhelming. But not to worry — your learning experts here at ttcInnovations have provided tips and some critical questions to ask when choosing the... View Article


3 Ways xAPI is Revolutionizing Corporate Training

Picture this: Everyone in your company has a fully personalized training experience. They get what they need, when they need it, and how they need it, catered to their own individual learning styles. Wouldn’t that be great? And wouldn’t it be even better if training professionals (that’s you!) could track ALL this information to create... View Article


Simple, Fast, and Relevant: 5 Tips for Integrating Training into the Workflow

So, you’ve worked hard to create a great corporate training department with a lot of resources for workers. You pat yourself on the back and say, “Now THAT’s a culture of learning!” And sure enough, when employees are working on a project and need immediate answers, they turn to… Google. Wait! What about all this... View Article


You – Yes, You! – Can Make a Professional Training Video

It’s hard to imagine employee training without videos. Chances are, every single person reading this article has watched at least one corporate training video at some point. It seems like trainers went directly from stone tablets to video cameras! Video is often part of an instructional design plan, and it can be a great way... View Article


User-Generated Training and a Culture of Learning

Okay, so you read the title of this article and started pulling your hair out, right? I hear you: “Is EVERYONE a trainer now?” “What do they know about learning theory?” “Will I still have a job if we start using user-generated content for training?” Worry not, fellow trainers! The answers to your questions are... View Article


The Miracle of Self-Directed Training

The first time someone called me an “autodidact,” I did a double take.  But then I decided to look it up.” I discovered that an autodidact is simply a self-taught person. And I realized — hey, I am an autodidact! Most of what I know I’ve learned on my own through research, reading, and a bit... View Article


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