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    Cinemagraphs – The Latest Trend in eLearning

    In the development of eLearning, we’re always creatively incorporating great technology into our interactive courses, including videos, infographics, and animation. Cinemagraphs are the latest trend to join the multitude of resources at our eLearning fingertips, but what makes them so great? A photograph with a spot of subtle movement, a…

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    How to Make Your Online Training “Go Viral”

    I’m not a marketer. I’m an educator. But, maybe, I’m both? Or, at least, maybe I should be both. Consider content marketing and online training, for example. Both involve content delivered through digital media (infographics, blogs, videos, podcasts, slides, e-books, how-to guides, etc.). Both involve content delivery. Content marketing uses…

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    Self-Paced Learning – When to Choose it

    As you begin to learn about the different ways to bring e-learning into your organization, you will invariably come across the question, “Which is a better option: self-paced e-learning or live, on-line training?” It is not an easy question to answer because there are benefits and drawbacks to both methods.…

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    Instructional Designers: Create Workbooks, not Manuals

    How many binders do you have on your bookshelf? A lot, right? Just about everyone has taken a training class and been given a training binder, taken it back to their desk, and never opened it again. It’s crazy. So many people have have all these training binders on their…

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    Interactive Training – 9 Tips for Success

    Training and performance improvement professionals work hard every day trying to make training more engaging. Our goal is not to make the training more engaging by itself; we want to improve participation in class, increase learning and retention, and ensure application on the job that improves performance. Increasing engagement does…

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    Four Ways to Speed Up the Instructional Design Process

    Yes, I know. The business is putting more pressure on you to deliver more training and you just don’t have the resources. “If only they understood how long this stuff takes,” you think to yourself. “If we had two more instructional designers we could give them what they want.” The…

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    Gen Y to Pollsters: We Love Training But Not the Traditional Kind

    On the Mindflash blog before we’ve pointed out there’s plenty of evidence for a training crisis in American business, with various experts and surveys bemoaning a “sink or swim” approach to on-boarding new employees.  But is one group in particular especially underserved by current approaches to training? Due to their…

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    Using Evernote to Design and Deliver Training

    On Thursday, August 18, I attended the first ever Evernote Trunk Conference in San Francisco. I have been a light user since early 2010, but recently I have taken on so many projects that I have been searching for an organization system that works for me. I have heard of people…

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    The Secrets of Memory Savants, for Trainers

    A trainer’s job would be much simpler if her audience were all geniuses. Imagine, for example, the long lunch breaks you could take if every person you worked with had the recall capacity of savant Daniel Tammet, who holds a world record for reciting Pi from memory to 22,514 digits…

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    Practical Ways to Design Social Media Into Your Training Programs

    There is a lot of talk about using social media in training or about social learning in the workplace, but frankly there is not a lot of action. There are many reasons for this inaction, but anyone who has worked in an organization knows there is an incredible amount of inertia…

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  • How to Transform Old Training Content into New Performance Support Tools

    Our society has a ravenous appetite for just-in-time information. In the world of “there’s an app for that,” we don’t want to read a book or take a class to learn things when a simple keyword search will do. And this desire for self-directed, easy access to information doesn’t just vanish when we go to work. For most trainees (particularly the millenials) this is an expectation of the modern workplace – and it means that trainers must embrace opportunities to re-imagine old-school content into new-era performance support tools. But when you’re staring down a catalog of old school classroom training content, where do you start?

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  • A 3-Part Tech Cocktail For Trouble-Free Training

    Have you ever wished for a way to navigate a website, live inside your training presentation – without having to leave PowerPoint and open up a web browser? Have you ever struggled to give your trainees a clear, detailed rendering of a large diagram or a form in PowerPoint – only to resort to cropping the images and spreading them across multiple slides? How many times have you shown up to lead a training workshop only to discover that you left your thumbdrive at home and you don’t have the latest version of the files you need?

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  • How The Military Is Utilizing Online, Interactive Training

    If you’ve ever wondered whether or not the Army is just like World of Warcraft, the answer is: kinda. It turns out that all branches of the military are experimenting with some special form of virtual technology — most of it still in the developmental stage — with ever-increasing complexity…

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