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

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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


5 Creative and Smart Ways to Spend Your Training Budget Surplus in Q4

Sometimes the stars align, and it just works out right: You have more money than time! The year is nearing its end, and you know you have to spend any leftover training budget. What’s a (suddenly) rich corporate training department to do? If you find yourself with a year-end budget surplus, spending wisely means you... 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


Forget the Crystal Ball: Use This 4-Phase Approach To Forecast Your 2020 Training Needs

Who wants to be a training Nostradamus? If you’re smart, you do. Great training professionals are always looking to the future. You have to keep an eye on everything: generational differences, new trends in training, technology, etc. — and that doesn’t even touch on all the things you have to watch within your own company.... View Article


How to Ensure a Turbulence Free Global Training Rollout

We all appreciate when something goes smoothly — no one likes a bumpy ride! A global rollout of any kind of initiative can be turbulent, but there are things you can do during the approach to make sure it’s a smooth flight with a successful landing. Whether it’s an updated process or a new system,... View Article


Centralized vs. Decentralized Training: Is One Model Better?

It’s time to stop arguing about decentralized vs. centralized training — and start training. “We can’t let the field offices develop training. They’re not trainers!” “Well, those trainers don’t know anything about what we do! How are they supposed to train us on our processes?” If you’ve ever worked in training for a large organization, chances are... 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


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