A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to participate in ATD’s Core 4 conference in Nashville, TN. I used the opportunity to pull together a handful of conference speakers to just have a fun conversation about what is on their holiday wishlist as well as what their 2022 New Year’s Resolution would be if they were only allowed to use one word to set their resolution.
When you think of “YouTubers”, what comes to mind? I know many of us have a kneejerk reaction to the title “YouTubers”, but YouTube is a vast platform with tons of content that is actually quite helpful if you’re looking for something specific. Need to know how to unclog a bathroom sink? There are a number of plumbers who have quite a following who can teach you how to fix things in a matter of minutes. Want to learn how to use all the different features that you’ve paid for on your iPhone, cook a quick and easy dinner to impress your partner or need a more visual explanation of how to put together your Ikea furniture than simply following the instructions that came in the box? There are YouTube videos for all of these things.
Recently I had an opportunity to sit down with Matt Pierce from TechSmith (makers of Snagit and Camtasia) to hear what YouTuber best practices he felt people in the L&D field should be incorporating into their training programs. If you have a few minutes before your next meeting, go ahead and give it a listen.
Since 2007, Jane Hart has been compiling a list of the top 200 tools that learning professionals find the most useful. It began by asking a few people to opine and now her annual top 200 list receives votes from thousands of learning and development practitioners from around the world.
What trends has she seen? What’s been the most surprising tool to top the list over the past 14 years? Take a few minutes to hear about why she originally began compiling this ranking and what she’s learned in doing it.
It’s one thing to put together a creative, well-designed and engaging learning experience. It’s another thing to have your learners return to their jobs and apply what they’ve learned in the real world.
One of the biggest barriers to having your learners apply what they’ve learned is the fact that the brain simply forgets a lot of the stuff they’ve learned over the course of the day. If they can’t retain what they’ve learned, they can’t apply it.
Enter the strategy of learning reinforcement – opportunities to remind your learners about what they’ve learned, after they’ve completed a learning experience. Shannon Tipton, owner of Learning Rebels LLC, has some thoughts about using existing technologies in a nontraditional way to help reinforce the learning.
Recently, Heather (Director of Project Success) and Tim (COO) talked about the tools they use to meet our customers’ needs. As a Learning and Development Manager at Endurance Learning, there are a wide range of digital tools I utilize in my day-to-day tasks and collaboration to complete eLearning projects.
I love reflecting on my top 10 tools every year. It gives me an opportunity to compare my list to previous years and see what has changed and how I am growing. This year’s list looks a little bit different than other years, but not a ton. I recently took on the responsibility of Director of Project Success at Endurance Learning. In my new role, I work a lot on keeping projects moving toward deadlines and keeping resources balanced. Within this new role, I continue to touch all aspects of the eLearning project, and many tools I have used in years past continue to be essential to do my job.
Since Brian first posted his top 10 list (2015) we have grown from a team of 2 to a team of 7! I was one of those original two as a co-founder of Endurance Learning with Brian. As our team has grown, so have the perspectives and tools we use. Several of us decided to share our lists and see how the different roles on our training team affect how we select our top 10 tools.
For the past 8 years, Donald Taylor has been taking the pulse of innovators and technology’s early adopters across the field of learning and development through an annual Global Sentiment Survey (download the 2021 edition here).
By asking the simple question: What will be hot in learning and development in the coming year, this survey sheds some light on some very interesting trends that any L&D practitioner should be keeping an eye on.
We’ve been hearing so much about artificial intelligence (in the news and in movies) for years and we’ve heard some theories on how it might impact the learning and development world. This week on Train Like You Listen, Brian talks with Margie Meacham of learningtogo.info, who digs into the myths and realities of AI and begins to paint a picture of what the intersection between AI and learning might be.