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3 Unusual Skills for Your Project Management Toolkit

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 cat wrangling (being able to

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4 New Year’s Resolutions that Will Make You a More Effective Leader

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 in hasty decisions and ill-conceived

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Conflict Management for Leaders

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 and morale, decreased productivity) while

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5 eLearning Habits to Break Now

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: Relying too heavily on multiple

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4 Ways to Use Social Media in the Classroom

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 other learners. Proponents of this

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The 4-1-1 on Section 508

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 people with special needs. It’s

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Why Corporate Training Fails (and What You Can Do About It)

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 of three mistakes that organizations

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Five Tips for Creating Successful Instructional Videos

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 with the quality of the

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