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Change Management Series: Lead People Through Change, Don't Just Manage the Change

By D.J. Mendonca on Jan 31, 2017 3:01:00 PM

Change is a difficult time for both organizations and individuals. It takes strong leadership to navigate through disruption successfully. But luckily, good leadership is definitely achievable, as long as you approach the task with an open and receptive mindset.

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Topics: Change Management

Experimentation and Innovation Should Be Continuous in Your Training Program

By D.J. Mendonca on Dec 20, 2016 2:02:00 PM

Your learning and development process is critical to your long-term success as an organization. Every business experiences the ebbs and flows of changing talent and market demands, but it is the companies who are invested in growing and improving their offerings to keep pace with the desires of their customers who are able to succeed. A chief concern in the development of your training program should be encouraging experimentation and innovation.

 

Here are a few reasons why.

 

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Topics: Instructional Design

Keep Your L&D Flexible Especially Because of These Drivers for Change

By D.J. Mendonca on Nov 8, 2016 4:01:00 PM

Your ability to stay flexible, especially in your efforts for Learning and Development, are critical to allowing your business to have those quick-twitch reflexes to react and operate across different organizational landscapes. Businesses are a constantly evolving. That agility to meet the demands of the market head on are what make companies successful.

 

Here are three ways your company needs to maintain your flexibility in order to keep up with the market.

 

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Topics: Learning Theories

The Carrot and the Stick: Understanding What Motivates Employees

By D.J. Mendonca on Oct 6, 2016 10:30:00 AM

What gets people more motivated to work: the carrot (a reward) or the stick (a consequence)? Does one method stand head and shoulders above the other in terms of effectiveness?

The answers to these questions depend on how you view your employees. Douglas McGregor at the MIT Sloan School of Management coined his ‘Theory X’ and ‘Theory Y’ in the 1960s to describe the dichotomy of individual characteristics. Theory X holds the assumption that humans, by nature, prefer to avoid work, and employees only work to make money.

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Topics: Leadership Tips

Designing eLearning for Non-Digital Natives

By D.J. Mendonca on Sep 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Creating an eLearning course for an audience who doesn’t have much experience with technology can be intimidating. Whether you are designing an elearning course that is targeted toward non-digital natives (such as “Introduction to Social Media”) or you want to make sure your courses are inclusive of learners from all levels of technical experience, we have some tips for you.

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Topics: eLearning, Tips for Effective Courses

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

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

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

Practical Ways to Reduce Development Cycle Time for Corporate Learning

By D.J. Mendonca on Apr 11, 2016 12:08:35 PM

One of the most reported challenges in corporate learning is time management—specifically, how to reduce development cycle times for new training. Time is inextricably bound to money, so the longer a project drags on, the less cost effective its final product will be. In today’s on-demand world, there’s a heavy incentive to do things quickly without compromising quality and learning effectiveness. In fact, today’s learning professionals are expected to do things more quickly and better than ever. Is it possible? Absolutely—with an investment in upfront preparation and an ability to be flexible.

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Topics: Instructional Design, Tips for Effective Courses

Augmented Learning: What’s the Big Deal?

By D.J. Mendonca on Mar 2, 2016 1:53:29 PM

The more we understand about the process of learning, the more sophisticated our learning tools need to be. Most instructional designers will say that creating adaptive and dynamic courses, which put learners in charge of their own learning, is the ideal way to impart knowledge.

 

Educational researchers tend to agree. Those conversations are ones in which the phrase “augmented learning” starts to appear frequently.

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Topics: Instructional Design, Learning Theories

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