5 Easy Writing Tips for Instructional Designers

As an instructional designer, it’s important that you are able to identify the skills and training gaps of a targeted audience and effectively create learning processes that close any holes in your audience’s experience. One of the best ways to do this is through effectual writing that reaches your client. Good writing is one of... View Article

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3 Ways to Engage Millennial Learners + Train on Their Level

Millennial learners are those young professionals born in the years from the early 1980s through the early 2000s. The Millennials were raised in an era of instant access and gratification. They often communicate through multi-media, text and instant messaging and are said to have a relatively short attention span. When designing training for Millennials, it’s... View Article

Ingredients of an Extraordinary New Hire Program

Over the years, many companies have had challenges integrating new hires into their organization quickly to deliver better results faster. Some New Hire programs create a far bigger impact than others. It is all too often that participants leave the experience un-inspired, let alone thoroughly equipped with the right mindset and capabilities to execute the... View Article

The Detailed Design Document: Is It Different from a Training Plan?

Are a training plan and a detailed design document synonymous? Or are they two different documents that are both necessary for a successful training implementation for your department or organization? Let’s take a closer look. A training plan is defined as a detailed document that guides the planning and delivery of instruction. The detailed design... View Article

4 Ways a Learning Consultant Will Benefit Your Business in The New Year

To meet business goals in the new year, many businesses are looking for opportunities to improve their employees’ performance. One way to ensure that training aligns to organizational goals is to conduct a training needs assessment that identifies the knowledge, skills and abilities required to achieve optimal levels of performance. This assessment uncovers the gaps between actual and... View Article

Effective Training Evaluations with The “KISS” Approach

Training evaluations, we have all completed one — those end-of-the-session surveys that ask how the facilitator did at delivering the content, and whether or not the content would assist in helping on the job. But are those evaluations really an effective way to figure out if the training strategy is in alignment with the learner’s... View Article

5 eLearning Conferences of 2015

Conferences are the perfect opportunity to refresh your career and stay up to date with the latest strategies and best practices. With networking opportunities with other professionals and a chance to learn from the experts in your field, be sure to add “attend a conference” to your list of things to do in 2015. Read... View Article

Learning and Differences in Brain Function

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about the benefits of thinking like a dog. As a cat lover and owner of many wonderful felines, I felt it was time to focus on our other “best friend,” the cat. My opinion is that cats are probably far smarter than we generally imagine; they simply... View Article

This Is Your Learner’s Brain on Coffee

It’s been called “America’s number one drug problem” and “a miracle drug for the tired.” Yet onsite training programs often provide coffee as a refreshment for learners and instructors alike, and its presence in the workplace is so expected that coffee frequently appears on the list of top perks offered in desirable workplaces. But what... View Article

Our Top eLearning Blogs to Follow

Looking for some helpful hints, advice on facing common dilemmas in instructional design, or just a fun read while you take a break and grab another cup of joe? Check out some of our favorite eLearning bloggers! Jennifer Valley Head over to Jennifer’s blog for a variety of well-written posts on subjects that range from... View Article

Delivery Mechanisms and The Best Learning Solution

Many moons ago a training mentor shared the following quote with me: Whatever you do, do it for them. It landed on a sticky note that I still keep in my workspace (it now has Scotch tape holding it up as it lost its stickiness some years back). With the integration of technology-driven learning solutions,... View Article