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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

Benefits of Inquiry-Based Learning Mixed With Traditional Learning Methods

By Herb Tieger on Sep 13, 2016 11:11:00 AM

Various learning methods all have their uses and validity in certain training situations. Inevitably, different individuals learn successfully in different ways. But traditional learning methods, such as lecture and literature based learning, return time and again as some of the most commonly used instructional strategies across all disciplines.


When you are working toward educating a trusted and hard-working team, it is important to consider how your teaching approach may or may not succeed depending on their individual learning preferences.

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Topics: Instructional Design, Learning Theories

Mentoring Best Practices: Keep and Tweak The Transfer of Knowledge

By Brianne Bailey on Sep 7, 2016 3:00:00 PM


 Apprenticeship and mentorship programs can be extremely effective training tools. Many people in all lines of work learn best and most efficiently through shared experiences and hands-on learning. If your business has not invested in a program where younger employees are able to benefit from the experience and real-world knowledge of veteran employees, chances are that you are missing out on a real opportunity.


Here are some key ways to develop an apprenticeship program that ensures the right values, process, and even business ethics are transferred on to the next generation.


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Topics: Instructional Design, Workplace Best Practices

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

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

Asking The Right Questions at the Right Time

By Cristina Mendonca on Apr 6, 2016 10:03:26 AM

How to Get Useful Feedback from Your Learners

Soliciting helpful feedback after a course is over is a crucial step in the design process, because it lets you know what worked well for learners and what needs to be revisited. But there are plenty of factors that affect the success of course evaluations, including the questions asked, learner enthusiasm, and timing of the feedback process.


Here are three pieces of advice to help get the best feedback from your learners.

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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

5 eLearning Habits to Break Now

By Bill Neville on Jan 25, 2016 12:05:44 PM

You know successful eLearning when you see it—but when a course flops, you might find yourself wondering what went wrong. Many course failures are not due to bad designers so much as designers who have developed a number of short-cut habits along the way.

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Topics: Instructional Design, Career Development

Why Corporate Training Fails (and What You Can Do About It)

By Herb Tieger on Jan 25, 2016 10:33:32 AM

We’ve got some astoundingly bad news: 90% of what employees learn in corporate training is going to vanish the second they walk out of the classroom (or log out of the LMS).

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Topics: Instructional Design, Leadership Tips

Five Tips for Creating Successful Instructional Videos

By Serafim Mendonca on Jan 18, 2016 7:13:12 PM

In 2015, having video in your online course is almost an imperative—video can demonstrate and illuminate concepts that are more difficult to express in text, and its mass appeal is apparent with both young and mobile learners. But if you use this tool, you have to do it right—learners associate the quality of instructional tools with the quality of the content.


Here are five tips for creating course videos that will make even a low-budget project look professional.


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Topics: Instructional Design, Tips for Effective Courses

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