Learning and Development Blog

Big Data in eLearning: 4 Reasons it's a Big Deal

By D.J. Mendonca on Aug 25, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Nearly every list of eLearning trends for the coming year forecasts the rise of “big data.” But few describe what they mean by this, or how it relates to online learning.


Here’s our take on this new trend — and some compelling reasons to jump on board with big data in eLearning.


What is big data?
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Topics: Industry News, eLearning

Why Sprint Tactics Could Help Your Projects to the Finish Line

By Brianne Bailey on Aug 23, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Workplace inefficiencies, countless emails, meetings and everyday distractions can keep an office from reaching its productive potential. Fortunately, Sprint tactics provide a way to overcome these obstacles.


Sprint tactics are methods to refocus your team and to reach all of your planned goals. As detailed in Forbes and the Harvard Business Review, a sprint is defined as establishing a set amount of time for a team to finish a project.

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Topics: Learning Theories

70:20:10 Model: Credible or Controversial?

By Serafim Mendonca on Aug 18, 2016 8:30:00 AM

In recent years, L&D blogs have been humming with posts about the 70:20:10 model for learning and development — which, despite the massive amounts of attention it gets, garners mostly mixed reviews. Some L&D professionals swear by it, while others swear it’s nonsense.


What is the 70:20:10 model?

According to the 70:20:10 rule, effective workplace learning comprises:

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Topics: Learning Theories

3 Ways to Foster an Open Workplace Culture

By Herb Tieger on Aug 16, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Our world is more connected than ever. As a result of our latest technology, work is no longer confined to an office. We can email clients while in line for coffee and approve memos on the train. Promoting and continuing this culture of connectedness is now more important than ever in the workplace. Marc de Grandpre, Senior VP of marketing at KIND Healthy Snacks, asserts in a Forbes interview, “It is absolutely critical to have both an authentic and transparent work environment” in order to allow “brilliant ideas” to flow.

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices

Developing a First-Class QA Process for eLearning

By Cristina Mendonca on Aug 11, 2016 8:30:00 AM

What’s the most rewarding part of developing an online course? If you said the review process—who are we kidding, we know you didn’t.


The quality assurance (QA) phase of developing an online course is one of the most important parts of the process, even if it isn’t the most fun. But it doesn’t have to be painful, either.

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Tall vs. Flat Hierarchy: Organizing Your Business for Impact

By Bill Neville on Aug 9, 2016 9:40:06 AM

Every business, no matter the size or age, has short-term goals and long-term objectives that help guide it towards realizing its vision. In order to achieve success, an organization must leverage the resources at its disposal as efficiently and effectively as possible to minimize costs and maximize output. The most valuable resource a business has is its employees and, as with physical resources, a company should use its workforce to its full capacity.

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5 Ways to Deal with Stage Fright in the Classroom

By D.J. Mendonca on Aug 4, 2016 8:30:00 AM

If the thought of teaching in a live classroom makes you break out in a sweat, you’re not alone. Plenty of instructors feel anxious about their performance in the classroom and fear the potential symptoms—shaky voice, trembling hands—that might impact their ability to teach effectively.


We’re here to help. All of the techniques listed below work well for anyone who has to lead a group, including project facilitators, managers, or employees who need to give a presentation to potential clients.

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Topics: Career Development

7 Tips for Overcoming a Language Barrier in the Workplace

By Brianne Bailey on Aug 2, 2016 9:00:00 AM

In today’s increasingly diverse society, it is almost guaranteed that there will be some degree of cultural discrepancy in the workplace. These differences can pose problems, especially when it comes to clear, accurate communication with those who don’t speak the same language. Because communication is crucial to the success of an office or workplace, it is important to have some techniques on hand to use when things get a little hard to convey.

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices

August 2016 L&D News

By Brianne Bailey on Jul 31, 2016 11:00:00 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

Instructional Design Mini-Lesson: Distributed Practice

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

If you’re struggling to help learners who forget what they learned shortly after a training ends, don’t stress—there might be a way to re-organize your course without having to start over from scratch.


Originally developed by a German psychologist in the early 20th century, distributed practice is a highly effective learning strategy that spaces out shorter lessons over a longer period of time. In theory, the delay between lessons offers the learner a chance to consolidate the information and create stronger memories of the content.

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Topics: Instructional Design