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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

Micro Learning Made Easy

By Bill Neville on Sep 20, 2016 11:11:00 AM

Have you ever taken a complex skill and broken it down into bite-size pieces?  When you are challenging your team to learn new skills, a bite-size skill may be more manageable. Micro learning is easier and more constructive, particularly in smaller amounts of time, with minimal cost involved. So, how do you set up a positive micro learning environment that is conducive to your business schedule and the amount of learning you need your team to garner?

 

Read on to find out!

 

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Topics: Learning Theories, eLearning

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

Using Classical Conditioning in eLearning for Success

By Cristina Mendonca on Sep 1, 2016 8:30:00 AM

About a hundred years ago, psychologist John Watson did something he wouldn’t be able to get away with today: he purposefully created a fear of rats in a baby named Albert.

 

In a now-famous experiment, Watson introduced one-year-old Albert to a white rat, whom Albert loved. After a while, Watson began making a loud noise each time Albert reached for the rat. You can guess what happened next: baby Albert, who had just an hour ago been fond of touching his new pet, now wanted to be nowhere near it.

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Topics: Learning Theories, 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

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

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

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

Rubrics: The Scaffolding of Quality eLearning

By Brianne Bailey on Sep 16, 2015 9:43:20 AM

Rubrics are a necessary part of any effective training, but many instructors and designers struggle with creating them. Rubrics serve as a guide for determining whether or not the learning process was successful, and once written, they can guide design decisions, such as the appropriate types of assessments to use.

 

The bottom line: Good rubrics form a solid foundation for a successful, easily managed course; poor rubrics—or no rubrics at all—can lead to confused learners and wasted effort.

 

 

 

 

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices, Learning Theories

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