How Office Thermostat Wars Relate to Learning Preferences

Disagreed with a co-worker over the room temperature lately? If yes, did you decide to put on (or remove) an extra layer of clothing and grin and bear it? Or did you engage in a contest of wills for ultimate thermostatic control? If you’ve dealt with ambient temperature disagreements—either passively or assertively (or aggressively), you’re

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5 Videos that Will Inspire Your Online Training Designs

I recently viewed the classic videos in 6 TED Talks That Anyone Designing Online Training Should Watch. The Talks inspired me to think of videos that are not directly related to training that nevertheless inspire me when I’m designing learning experiences. Perhaps you’ll find these videos to be inspirational for creating effective online training, too?

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Why Mobile Learning is Here to Stay

This article, which covers reasons why you should consider mLearning as part of your overall learning strategy, is the first of a two-part series on m-Learning. The second article covers how to create mLearning programs, and what mLearning “looks like”. Learning is going mobile. That’s not a new idea any more. But, if you haven’t

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Motivate and Reward Learners with (Credible) Certificates

Last year, I had the opportunity to evaluate an industry certificate program with the intent of making it available to employees as a skill development program. My evaluation included completing an entire series of courses, at the end of which I received a certificate of completion. The certificate was automatically generated, and I was able

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How to Make Training Fun: 4 Easy Steps

In conversations with my peers, I’ve noticed a number of people talking about needing to make employee training programs “fun.” In one case, I was even told, “We need to make sure the participants are having fun; that’s how you know they’re learning.” To keep employees engaged, let us give you some ideas about How to

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Save Training for Employees Who Truly Need It

Too often, organizations settle for one-size-fits-all training. They simply don’t have the time or money to create unique, customized programs for each learner. But the consequence is that they always seem to have a few people in each training session who really don’t need to be there. For instance, if, during your “needs analysis,” you find

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How to Win Over the Training Skeptics In Your Organization

As a chief performance officer, my job is to transform my company’s human capital into financial capital. I need to get employees to act on what they hear and learn during company educational programs. We do some great work supporting employees, helping them build emotional and personal connections to the workplace. But even still, one of

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The Art of the 30-Minute Meeting

I thought we all agreed that most of the meetings we attend are a waste of time. We discussed it in the halls, we sent IMs and emails to each other, and we snickered while the boss rambled on for 20 minutes about how hard he’d been working on that critical, can’t fail, top-priority, all-hands-on-deck,

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