Effective Training Design Has Layers

A good lesson plan or eLearning storyboard may look linear – with one starting point and one ending point – but between the start and finish are a lot of layers. You may see an activity on your lesson plan or storyboard, but what’s beneath that activity? Is the activity built upon a solid foundation of adult learning? Is the activity directly connected to your learning outcomes?

In today’s podcast, I spend a few minutes talking about those layers and diving into the various categories of layers – or elements – that can go into a learning program to make it more engaging, effective and successful.

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Creating a train-the-trainer lesson plan in 7 minutes

Last week I wrote a bit about Soapbox, which is an online tool that can be used to create training and skill-building lesson plans in just a few minutes. Today, I’m going to show exactly what it looks like to create a lesson plan in just a few minutes (and later in this post, you can download a digital copy of the final lesson plan).

First, here is a video that will walk you through how I developed a complete lesson outline for this train-the-trainer session in under 7 minutes.

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How to create a training plan in under 10 minutes

Since I began writing this blog in 2012, one of the most visited and requested resources has been this lesson plan template. I find this template super helpful when I’m starting from scratch, especially when it comes to organizing my thoughts and mapping out how much time I should be spending on any given activity… and then how much time I’ll have left to cover other content after getting through any given activity.

While this lesson plan template helps keep my thoughts organized, it doesn’t save me a lot of time in the development of a lesson plan. If I (or someone on my team) wants to save some time, we’ll turn to Soapbox, which is an online tool that we created to basically map out a lesson plan for you in about 10 minutes.

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Benefits of Getting Involved With Your Local ATD Chapter

About 10 years or so ago, I decided to join my local ATD chapter so that I could connect with other training professionals in the Seattle area. Bit by bit, I grew more involved. I’d attend a monthly member meeting/workshop before work. I’d attend their conference. Eventually I had an opportunity to present at the local ATD conference, and later I began to volunteer. Through my local ATD connections, I’ve found new friends and I’ve also cultivated relationships that have led to training projects.

Recently, I had the chance to speak with Sarah Schillen (president of ATD Puget Sound in Seattle) and Gwen Navarrete Klapperich (president of ATD Hawaii) to hear their thoughts on the value of getting more involved in local ATD chapters. Give it a listen for their thoughts on the benefits of getting involved in a local ATD chapter… stay to the end to hear them go head-to-head in a tightly contested match of training trivia!

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Microlearning Basics

A few days ago I had an opportunity to speak with Robyn Defelice and Karl Kapp, authors of the book Microlearning Short and Sweet. They shared their insights on what microlearning is, what it isn’t, whether a specific time limit is appropriate in order to qualify as “microlearning”, whether microlearning saves time when it comes to training development and they named at least six distinct uses for microlearning. They wrapped the conversation up by squaring off against one another in a training trivia challenge.

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7 Sites for Elearning Templates, Tutorials and Inspiration

Elearning projects are so much more fun to develop when you aren’t sitting at your screen, just staring, trying to determine how to bring that amazing idea in your mind to life with your authoring tool. Following are seven places you’ll be able to visit for inspiration, short tutorials or actual templates you can download and accelerate the pace of your development.

Some of these sites may be authoring-tool specific, but all of these sites will offer you ideas that can be transferred to whatever authoring tool you may be using.

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L&D Beach Reads: 2022 Edition

We’re smack in the midst of summer (here in the US, anyway) – a time when many folks take off from work and find relaxing spots. For some it’s the beach, for others it’s the mountains, still others it’s a screened in porch, listening to the rain. Wherever this summer may take you, if you’re looking for a few books to pack away, you actually won’t find them in this week’s podcast.

That’s because I may offer some thoughts on five new L&D books, only one of them is actually in print at the time of today’s podcast (the others will be released each month, beginning in September, that’s how new this list of book recommendations is!).

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What new skills can be mastered in a 60-minute webinar?

The short answer: I can’t really think of any skill that can be mastered through a 60-minute webinar. I can, however, think of lots of skills that can be introduced and even developed over the course of a 60-minute session (in-person or virtual), but true mastery requires learning, being open to making mistakes as you try something new out, practicing, reflecting, practicing some more, getting feedback, acting on that feedback, continuing to practice… you see where I’m going.

Let’s put the idea of true mastery as the result of some sort of training intervention to the side. I want to share a recent experience I had with a client in which we introduced the idea of setting SMART goals into their mentoring program. It all began with a 60-minute webinar.

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What is “training” for?

Recently I had a chance to sit down with a couple of the most creative people in the world of learning and development: Kassy LaBorie and Betty Dannewitz, to talk about training and to answer the question: If learning is supposed to be a process, not an event, then what is “training” (the event) even good for?

Listen to this week’s podcast for some answers from two very smart people who come from very different backgrounds… stay for the first ever edition of Train Like You Listen Trivia to find out who was crowned the first ever champion!

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