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How Effective is Your Training? Focus on Measurements that Matter

I've got a real problem with my six-year old son's nightly reading log. While I understand the importance of establishing good reading habits early, reading books for the sake of filling out the log has turned what was once a nightly event worthy of joy and anticipation, into a chore. And for what? A paper trail? Even my son's first grade teacher concedes that filling out a reading log doesn't assess his reading abilities and only fulfills tracking criteria mandated by our state.

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Robert Scoble demos Mindflash with CEO Donna Wells, from Scobleizer (2/14/11)

Robert Scoble demos Mindflash with CEO Donna Wells, from Scobleizer (2/14/11)

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Launching a Web Collaboration Platform? Here's How to Get Past the Naysayers

Most startups these days recognize the critical importance of collaboration tools and other Web apps that can deliver huge value to an organization at minimal cost.  But they're the exception, still, not the rule, in the wider business universe, where breakthrough apps and tools are still uncharted -- and often confusing -- territory for decision makers. What Pepperdine University launched recently for its business school holds some insights for managers and execs looking to break through tough barriers. Here's a brief look:

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TechKnowledge 2011: Why Learning Professionals Still Have a Lot to Learn

You know the expression -- "We only hear what we want to hear." I usually attribute this phrase to others, but I admit that last week at the ASTD TechKnowledge 2011 Conference, I only heard what I wanted to hear -- all about e-learning practices in organizations. Perhaps the other explanation is that so many speakers were talking about e-learning, I couldn't help but hear a constant echo.

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Small Businesses: How to Get Started with E-Learning (Without Blowing Your Budget)

ASTD's Learning Circuits just published their annual survey of E-Learning Trends and, being the training geek that I am, I've taken some time to compare last year's survey with the current survey to spot trends that may impact my work and inform my interactions with clients. One of the more noteworthy changes was in the responses to question #7: What concerns does your organization have about using E-Learning? Check out 2010's chart on the left compared to 2011's chart on the right.

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Infographic: How Does the Brain Retain Information?

Despite centuries of scientific research, the inner workings of the brain remain somewhat of an unsolved mystery -- especially the study of memory retention and the process of learning. But theories certainly exist as to how these complex processes work. Here, we've distilled some of these ideas into an infographic that your brain can comprehend.

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Cartoon: 'Tom, we're letting you go, but we'd like you to stay on and train your replacement...'

My mom recently retired and for her last two weeks she was asked to train her replacement. I've always thought this was an odd idea. Sure, it works in theory; the employer is more or less confident that you won't be slacking off, and they get a worker who's ready to go when you leave.

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How to Retain Your Top Talent (Who Might Be Looking for the Exit)? Training Initiatives Can Be Key

As the economy regains some momentum, and hiring appears to be making a comeback, managers should keep a close eye on their most talented people  -- who might be looking to leave. According to a recent Corporate Leadership Council survey,  25 percent of "high potential" employees in 2010 reported they planned to leave their jobs within a year -- compared to just 10 percent of the same group in 2006. It also revealed that 21 percent of these highly-valued individuals consider themselves “highly disengaged” in their work.

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How to Choose the Ideal Training-Design Tool

I'm a big proponent of "paying it forward" so a while back I gave away 3 free PowerPoint templates for use in your training projects. Recently, I got a phone call from a friend and former colleague who was excited about putting these freebies to good use...

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Creating Engaging Online Training Courses in PowerPoint

PowerPoint is one of the most common tools trainers use to design their online courses, but if you don’t have much experience using it, it can be tricky to produce a professional-looking presentation. The tips below should help you make sure your course is polished and ready for your audience.

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