Learning and Development Blog

Who Steers the Ship? The Impact of Learner Control on eLearning.

By Cristina Mendonca on Jul 21, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Who should be in control of your eLearning course—the learners or the instructor? Which will result in more effective learning?

 

That’s a much more complicated question than it appears. Many say that allowing online learners to influence aspects of the learning process gives them a sense of autonomy that increases motivation and engagement. Learners love having control over the course experience—after all, they are used to the internet, where they are free to wander through sites at their own pace, click on content that interests them, and walk away from the computer when they feel like it. Why take that freedom away from them just because they’re doing an online training?

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Topics: eLearning

Teaching for All Learning Types

By Bill Neville on Jul 19, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Individual learning styles gained popularity in the 1970s, as we learned that different people learn best in different modes of learning. It is now widely accepted in the academic community that three main learning styles exist: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. While no individual absolutely subscribes to a single type, most people instinctively favor one to the point where they retain certain types of information better than others.

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Topics: Learning Theories

Beyond PowerPoint: A Guide to other Visual Teaching Tools

By D.J. Mendonca on Jul 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

It is no secret that visual teaching tools are important to both audience participation and memory retention. Having visuals makes it all the more likely that the audience will stay engaged and remember the material that you’re teaching them. However, it can be irritating for an audience member to be faced with another white Powerpoint with black text that calls itself a “visual.” Many instructors default to Powerpoint as an easy option for visual communication, but there are a multitude of other options that are more creative and just as simple to use.

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Topics: Tips for Effective Courses

The Case for Business-Centric Learning

By Herb Tieger on Jun 30, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Even though it’s been on nearly every “top trends” list for Learning and Development in the past two years, business-centric learning isn’t a trend, and we should stop thinking of it that way. Rather, it’s an entirely new framework for thinking about organizational learning – a somewhat radical shift in how we prioritize L&D initiatives in companies.

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Topics: Learning Theories

The Role of Emotion in eLearning

By Serafim Mendonca on Jun 28, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Many think learning is a dispassionate exercise for thinking only—anything that engages feelings will only hinder rational thought. But emotions are a central part of the learner experience because they are a central part of the human experience.

 

In fact, eLearning can be a roller-coaster of emotions for learners, from the excitement of opening the first lesson or the pride of completing an assessment well, to the anxiety of using new technology and the loneliness of trying to connect with others asynchronously. While emotion is rarely the actual objective of a course, its presence has an impact on the cognitive and social experience of the learner and shouldn’t be ignored.

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Topics: eLearning

Principles for Designing in Multimedia Environments

By Brianne Bailey on Jun 24, 2016 8:21:11 AM

The Handbook for Multimedia Learning is a must-have for instructional designers who work on courses that combine graphic, textual, and video elements – which is almost every course now, online and in-person.

 

The basic principle behind multimedia learning is that humans learn best from a combination of words and images, rather than words alone. So if your training consists solely of a text-based manual or online course, it’s not as effective as it could be.

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Topics: Tips for Effective Courses

Get Better Ideas by Tweaking Your Brainstorm Sessions

By Bill Neville on Jun 16, 2016 11:59:43 AM

Brainstorming sessions are the heart of pursuing new ideas. But a major mistake companies make is running idea-generating sessions right out of the box, without structuring them to fit their goals as well as their team’s needs and personalities. Brainstorming sessions are most fruitful when they are adapted to fit your needs.

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices

Mindfulness in the Workplace: Can It Help, or Is It Hype?

By Cristina Mendonca on Jun 15, 2016 10:17:07 AM

It’s hard to find an article or blog on leadership practices these days that doesn’t mention – and recommend – trying mindfulness. But what is this practice, and how can it help achieve your organizational goals?

 

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is, in a very basic way, a nonjudgmental awareness.

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices

Learning and Development News

By Brianne Bailey on Jun 14, 2016 11:27:07 AM
We’ve scoured the web for all of the cutting edge learning and development stories and curated them for you in one, easy to read newsletter. Take a look!
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Topics: Clarity News

Best Practices for Hiring Top eLearning Professionals

By Bill Neville on Jun 9, 2016 12:37:42 PM

The sudden interest in organizational learning and development in recent years has led to the creation of a flood of eLearning jobs in today’s market. In many ways, the market belongs to the L&D professionals, who can be selective about picking jobs that best suit their interests. On the other hand, this is also the perfect time to attract experienced and eager candidates to fulfill your company’s eLearning needs.

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices

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