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Are You Using Microblogging as an Effective Learning Technology Tool?

By Bill Neville on Dec 13, 2016 3:01:00 PM

Your employees are often the single greatest training resource available for new hires. But sometimes, it’s hard to get that one-on-one facetime that is so critical to helping people learn the ropes. Even team members who have been around for a while can benefit from the crowd-sourced information available from a larger group of compatriots. Here’s how internal microblogging can tap into that well of information and how it serves as an excelent learning technology tool.

 

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Topics: Tips for Effective Courses

How Can You Use L&D for Ongoing Employee Training?

By Serafim Mendonca on Dec 6, 2016 6:04:58 PM

Today’s hiring managers are fighting against an obstacle that has plagued the recruiting process for years, the skills gap. College graduates and even experienced professionals are lacking the latest skills and training that is required to meet the quickly changing demands of their employers. This is a very real problem that even big-name employers like Microsoft and Google are struggling with on a daily basis.

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Topics: Tips for Effective Courses

Input Social Media Into Your L&D

By Cristina Mendonca on Nov 15, 2016 3:18:00 PM

Social Media integration can be a real game-changer when it comes to staying ahead with your learning & development efforts.  The flexibility and unique learning opportunities offered through social channels can be surprisingly effective. You might not immediately think that social media is a valuable way for your trainees to spend their time, but in today’s modern and highly mobile workforce, a new perspective on L&D might be just the spark you need to fan the fire of innovation. Here are four ways you can incorporate social media into your programs for real results.

 

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Topics: Tips for Effective Courses

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

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

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

7 Ways Videos Increase Learner Engagement

By Serafim Mendonca on May 25, 2016 10:41:03 PM

Which of the following reasons describes why you use videos in your online courses?

 

A) Because they’re fun

B) Because everyone else is doing it

C) Because you know how to use them to impact learner success

 

If you picked C, then you’re already ahead of the game. An empirical study published in 2014 outlined the ways that video production decisions in eLearning directly impact learner engagement—a factor that is tied closely to optimal learning outcomes.

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Topics: Tips for Effective Courses

Can You Repeat That? Designing Courses for Peak Memory Retention

By Brianne Bailey on May 5, 2016 2:53:10 PM
Studies show that up to 70% of the material covered in your corporate training will be long forgotten—just 24 hours after the end of the course. This statistic is enough to increase the blood pressure of any instructor, whose entire task is to ensure that new information is retained by learners.

 

But it’s not entirely the instructor’s fault. Memory retention can be influenced heavily by course design, including the types of instructional strategies are employed. Pepperdine University offers a four-part process to improving memory and retention: GULP, which stands for Get it, Use it, Link it, Picture it. Let’s see how each of these steps might look in an online course.

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Topics: eLearning, 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

Three Must-Haves for Optimal eLearning Effectiveness

By Herb Tieger on Apr 8, 2016 12:23:22 PM

It’s becoming a widely accepted fact that eLearning platforms are as effective as—if not more effective than—traditional in-person learning environments. But that doesn’t mean that eLearning course design is easy. In fact, improving learning effectiveness is one of the top challenges facing training and development professionals today. But don’t stress—there are a number of design elements in your online course that are proven to increase learner retention and learning outcomes. Today we’ll talk about three.

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Topics: eLearning, Tips for Effective Courses

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