Evolution of an eLearning Designer

Early in my instructional design career, I developed loose structure I followed for most of my instructor-led training. Most training I developed had the same basic structure:

  1. Short lecture (two to five minutes)
  2. Activity
  3. Short assessment
  4. Repeat for all objectives
  5. Final Assessment

Evolution of In-Person Structure

As I grew in my field I learned that this structure missed a lot of opportunities for engagement Continue reading

Looking for new training tools for your next project?

Each year Jane Hart’s Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT) publishes a list of the Top 200 Tools for Learning.

And each year, things like Google Search, PowerPoint and YouTube appear at the top of the list. Those aren’t surprising, but I love scrolling down the list in order to see what new training tools other people are using. I’ll inevitably stumble upon a few new technologies that I’ll incorporate into my own toolbox.

From past lists I’ve discovered new training tools like Kahoot! and PowToon, both of which I’ll still use to this day.

This year, I came across two new training technologies that seem like they could be really useful (or at least really fun) to begin playing with.  One focuses on interactive video, the other on augmented reality. Continue reading

Qualifying Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)

A lot of training development happens when we get the right people in the right room at the right time. In my experience doing this can be difficult. As the workforce continues to migrate to virtual offices, finding qualified people to be in the right room, physically or virtually, may become increasingly problematic.

Dangers of the Wrong Subject Matter Expert

Not having the right people in the right room not only has the potential to stifle the analysis phase of training development, it can derail

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Reflections on Diversity Training

With Martin Luther King Jr. day approaching, my daughter recently asked me a why we take next Monday off school to remember him. As a trainer and a parent, I typically relish in opportunities like this; moments where the learner is engaged and asking good questions. As I began to tell her all about great speeches and peaceful protests, I realized I wasn’t getting through to her. At that moment I thought about all of the diversity training I have sat through in my life and I realized this wasn’t a moment for a lecture. Continue reading

Executing Growth

Before the holidays, the Endurance Learning team shared our one-word resolutions. A recent New York Times article claims that 25% of resolutions will be abandoned by January 8th, and by the year-end, less than 10% of resolutions are fully kept. With that in mind, it is important to talk about how we execute resolutions, especially professional development goals. As with any growth, it is fairly unlikely that any resolution can be executed without a plan. As we embark on this new year, we must follow a plan to achieve our goals. Continue reading

The One Word L&D Resolution (2018 Edition)

For the past five years, I’ve shared a one-word resolution that I’ve chosen to guide me personally and professionally into the new year.

In 2013 it was momentum as I pondered the single most important element to successful learning programs. In 2014 it was possibility as I pondered the idea of launching my own company. In 2015 it was execution. In 2016 it was risk. In 2017 it was ruthless as I knew there were some tough decisions I needed to make and my prioritization was going to need to be ruthless.

My one word resolution for 2018 is a little lighter, but no less serious. And I’ve been joined in one word resolutions by my Endurance Learning colleagues.

As I head into 2018, the one word resolution I’ve chosen this year is joy. I’d like to be more intentional in the ways I incorporate joy into all aspects of my craft – in my instructional design process, in my facilitation, in the way I work with others, in the way I show up every day.

What are my Endurance Learning colleagues thinking about with their one word resolutions?

Heather Snyder

My one-word resolution is growth.

This last year brought a lot of changes to my career and Endurance Learning has been at the core of that. After six months of being on this team, I want to focus on all sorts of growth in 2018.

I plan to aid in the growth of our mission to eradicate poor learning experiences, grow in my role as an instructional designer, take on more opportunities to grow client relationships, grow my presentation skills as I speak at two major conferences, and aid in the growth of our company as we add more members to our team.

Tim Waxenfelter:

My one-word resolution is focus.

There are so many things I can be doing to help Endurance Learning grow. I’m a proud generalist so I love being able to touch every part of the business. 2018 is going to be a year of accepting help from my colleagues so that I can focus on what’s most critical. Endurance Learning has some amazing stuff in the works, but without focus they will remain great ideas.

How about you? Want to join in with a one word resolution? We’d love to hear in the comment section about what’s on your mind as you set your sights on 2018.


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In the mean time, have a fantastic holiday season, stay safe, be creative, draw inspiration from everywhere, and we’ll see you back on Train Like A Champion in the new year!