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3 Unusual Skills for Your Project Management Toolkit

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Want to run your next project smoothly, with great teamwork and a low risk of failure? Everyone tells you to work on your leadership, organization, and communication skills to get the job done right. But there are three ingredients nobody talks about that you really need to be a successful project manager: guts, compassion, and
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4 New Year’s Resolutions that Will Make You a More Effective Leader

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In 2016, resolve to be a more effective leader by trying out these four practices: Pause more often. When it feels as though demands are being thrown at you non-stop, taking the time to pause feels counter-intuitive. The natural instinct is to increase your own pace to keep up with the external world—but this results
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The 4-1-1 on Section 508

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The most important part of developing an online course is also the part most often overlooked: making the content equally available to all learners, including those who have disabilities that impact the way they use technology. Section 508 standards, part of the federal government’s Rehabilitation Act, outlines rules to help make online information accessible to
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5 eLearning Habits to Break Now

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You know successful eLearning when you see it—but when a course flops, you might find yourself wondering what went wrong. Many course failures are not due to bad designers so much as designers who have developed a number of short-cut habits along the way. The five habits that eLearning designers need to break now are:
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Conflict Management for Leaders

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While we may wish for our organizations to run in perfect harmony, the truth is that a diversity of voices will inevitably give rise to conflict. And that’s not always a bad thing—in fact, conflict management isn’t simply about nipping disagreements in the bud. It’s about minimizing the negative impact of conflict (lower employee engagement
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4 Ways to Use Social Media in the Classroom

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Social media is not just for fun anymore—it has become a powerful instrument for teaching, enhancing instructor impact in both eLearning and classroom-based environments. In fact 41% of instructors report using social media as a teaching tool. Why? Social learning theory states that people are most likely to learn when they’re able to interact with
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Why Corporate Training Fails (and What You Can Do About It)

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We’ve got some astoundingly bad news: 90% of what employees learn in corporate training is going to vanish the second they walk out of the classroom (or log out of the LMS). But before you scrap your corporate training entirely, you should know there is good news, too: that harrowing statistic is simply a reflection
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Five Tips for Creating Successful Instructional Videos

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In 2015, having video in your online course is almost an imperative—video can demonstrate and illuminate concepts that are more difficult to express in text, and its mass appeal is apparent with both young and mobile learners. But if you use this tool, you have to do it right—learners associate the quality of instructional tools
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Designing Culturally Inclusive Learning Environments

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An inclusive learning environment is one in which every learner feels welcome, able to access and engage with course materials, and safe to express personal viewpoints. Because eLearning creates the possibility of a global classroom, with students representing many different cultures and backgrounds within a single course, inclusivity becomes both a necessity and an interesting
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6 Ways to Create Authentic eLearning

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Educational courses and training programs have often followed a very familiar route: instructor presents information, learners ingest information and prove they’ve understood it via a test, and then instructor releases learners into the world to utilize their newly gained skills. Do you sense that anything is missing from this traditional approach? Perhaps, say, an engagement
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