Pinterest Board for Learning and Development

A few weeks ago, we looked at Pinterest boards that are worth following for learning and development. After that post, we received several requests for a curated board by our team. Since that post, we have been collecting some of our favorite pins and curating a board we think is helpful for people in the L&D world. Continue reading

Elements of Amazing Learning Experiences

If professional development experiences are a sort of lab, in which learners can test new knowledge and skills and instructional designers and trainers can concoct new and engaging ways to create amazing learning experiences, I wonder what the basic elements for this lab would be.

Being inspired as the son of a science teacher, I put together the Elements of Amazing Learning Experiences organized by solids, liquids, gases, radioactive elements and interactive elements.  Continue reading

Training Handouts: Essential to Training Design

Recently I was asked to facilitate a webinar on how to create better training handouts. I hesitated initially because I’m not a graphic designer. Then a thought struck me: graphic design may lead to prettier handouts and training manuals, but instructional design leads to more effective and engaging handouts and training manuals.

If you have 45 minutes and would like to see a recording of the webinar in its entirety, here is the link. During the session, I discussed the following five mistakes that many people make when distributing traininghandouts to participants: 

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Making Your LMS More Valuable For Your Employees

If you’re anything like I am, you’ve tried to bring people to your LMS on several occasions, adding courses that your data suggests are needs for your organization. For all the promise that online learning holds – with its 24/7 access, no-need-to-travel-for-training – many organizations continue to struggle to bring their employees to their online learning platform.

Having worked with several organizations that have invested significantly in online learning, there seem to be three letters often missing from resources uploaded to an LMS.

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Tool Review: Screencast-O-Matic

When I have down time, I like to play around with some different tools to see if there’s anything I should be adding to my own catalog of technologies I can incorporate into my work flow.

Jane Hart’s list of Top 200 Tools for Learning is my go-to place for inspiration.

This past week I spent a lot of time talking with colleagues and potential clients about software training, specifically the importance of short, on-demand tutorials to help casual system users remember how to perform certain functions. With this in mind, I started to browse the Top 200 Tools list and came across Screencast-O-Matic. I took it for a spin and this is what I learned:   Continue reading

Greetings from Learning Solutions

Hello from the eLearning Guild Learning Solutions in Orlando Florida!

I have been here for a few days, and it has been time extremely well spent. Below, I posted a few videos of my time here. It is difficult to capture the entirety of the conference with a phone, but you will see the highlights.

Learning Solutions Day One

I hit my goal of not skipping sessions on day one. The sessions I found most applicable are:

  1. Seven design principles of Van Gogh.  We learned to apply Van Gogh’s artistic principles to our training design. I will be applying these principles to my instructional design in the future which mostly consisted of using what you have and implementing social-alone learning – which is social learning combined with independent learning.
  2. The “bring your own device” session for low-cost augmented reality. The facilitators demonstrated three low-cost AR software and walked us through one called Zapper. I am excited to play more with Zapper back at the office and apply it to projects.

I recommend always attending the social events. I had a 12-hour day on Tuesday and very little motivation to go socialize. With a little encouragement, I went to the evening reception and met a lot of great people. After the reception, the Guild held a game night they called Game Crawl where you could sample games and socialize with peers. One of the Guild employees, Dave, even brought a game he developed with his son for us to test.

Learning Solutions Day Two

Day two was great! The sessions that resonated with me the most involved:

  1. A panel discussion on running virtual-instructor led training (VILT) that really put into perspective the realities of a distracted world and how to manage a virtual classroom. I found this useful for VILT facilitation I will do as well as writing courses for VILT.
  2. A graphic design course for non-graphic designers that where we looked at layout, fonts, colors, and basics for IDs who find themselves struggling to make something pretty. It was simple and I see a lot of application for slide design in the future.

If there is a good reason to skip a keynote, I can’t think of it. Both Learning Solutions keynote speakers were phenomenal. I hadn’t heard of either speaker before this week, and now, I will never forget Kai Kight or Platon. I was moved to tears in the morning’s presentation as were nearly everyone in the crowd.

I am off to finish the conference. Do you have questions or advice about speaking at or attending Learning Solutions or any other conference? Let’s talk about it in the chat!

Get the Most Out of a Training Conference

The menus on conference web pages often have a tab that leads you to information on how to convince your boss to send you to their conference. I have never had to sell the value of a training conference to my superiors, but I do understand that it is important to get as much out of these very expensive experiences.

Goal Setting for Training Conferences

Learning Solutions is coming in a few short weeks, and as I finish preparations for my session on Harnessing the Power of the Narrative, I am working to focus my goals in attending this training conference. As a first-timer at Learning Solutions, I want to dive in with a clear set of objectives. Continue reading

How can you meet your professional goals?

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 you execute on resolutions, and more specifically how you can meet your professional 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