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Measuring the Effectiveness and ROI of Learning Programs

When it comes to building a team with the skills and abilities to get your company out ahead of the competition, learning and development programs are critical. That said, it can be a challenge to quantify their value. For companies with limited L&D resources, showing the value of an investment in professional development and training programs can be a very real challenge.


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5 Reasons Why Using Consultants are Good for your L&D Budget

It might seem counterintuitive that hiring a consultant would help you save money, but when it comes to your L&D budget – hiring a consultant is a great option. Without a strong learning and development plan, your employees will fail to keep pace with the fast-moving market, or they may even jump ship to find a company who is willing to invest in their long-term success. As an employer in one of the most challenging hiring markets history has ever seen, this is not a risk you can take. Here are 5 ways that hiring a consultant might just be the answer you’ve been looking for.


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The Surprising Benefits of Gamification in eLearning

Games have long held a position of power in the world of online content. Even before mobile devices became a popular form of game consumption, computer games were an excellent way for a user to interact with the online world. Gamification is so powerful because it is fun and addictive. People want to keep playing, they want to compete, they want to win prizes, and are happy to learn some important lessons along the way. So, if you are at all interested in exploring how gamification can play into your eLearning strategy, read on for 5 surprising benefits of this learning strategy.


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What Instructional Design Theories Work Best With Online Training?

Online training offers a wealth of opportunity for learners and trainers alike. It provides deep resources and easy access to corporate training that companies have quickly found great value in. But not every type of lesson works well in a digital format. Here are 3 instructional design models that have proven to operate well in the modern age of online training courses.


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Summer Micro-Learning Series: Just-In-Time Personalized Learning

Micro learning is a powerful tool because it delivers the concepts and information that employees need in less time for greater impact. Just-in-time learning provides an even greater resource for employees to get the on-the-spot resources they need to tackle tough tasks. Here are 5 things you can do to bring this speedy training method into use at your company this summer.


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Do You Have a “Formal” Informal Training Design?

Your company thrives off of a solid learning and development program. It’s how your employees get the skills and knowledge they need to grow within their roles, and how your business is able to do bigger and better things year after year. Chances are that you have a formal training plan in place (and if you don’t, you should create one). But have you thought about bringing in a more official strategy for your informal training opportunities as well? Here’s why you might want to formalize your informal training design as well.


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How Are You Doing in the War for Talented Instructional Designers?

Have you heard there’s an industry battle going on right now? Perhaps you’ve experienced it firsthand. There’s an ongoing war for the best and brightest talent across multiple industries. Do you know how to out recruit your competition?


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It’s Not What You Do, It’s Who You Are

Leadership expert and author Pete Hamill likes to compare leaders to top athletes. Both undergo rigorous training in order to become the best in their fields. Both want to push the boundaries of their profession and become the best.


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Designing eLearning for Non-Digital Natives

Creating an eLearning course for an audience who doesn’t have much experience with technology can be intimidating. Whether you are designing an elearning course that is targeted toward non-digital natives (such as “Introduction to Social Media”) or you want to make sure your courses are inclusive of learners from all levels of technical experience, we have some tips for you.


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Benefits of Inquiry-Based Learning Mixed With Traditional Learning Methods

Various learning methods all have their uses and validity in certain training situations. Inevitably, different individuals learn successfully in different ways. But traditional learning methods, such as lecture and literature based learning, return time and again as some of the most commonly used instructional strategies across all disciplines.


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Mentoring Best Practices: Keep and Tweak The Transfer of Knowledge

iStock_86366583_MEDIUM.jpgApprenticeship and mentorship programs can be extremely effective training tools. Many people in all lines of work learn best and most efficiently through shared experiences and hands-on learning. If your business has not invested in a program where younger employees are able to benefit from the experience and real-world knowledge of veteran employees, chances are that you are missing out on a real opportunity.


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Using Classical Conditioning in eLearning for Success

About a hundred years ago, psychologist John Watson did something he wouldn’t be able to get away with today: he purposefully created a fear of rats in a baby named Albert.


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Big Data in eLearning: 4 Reasons it’s a Big Deal

Nearly every list of eLearning trends for the coming year forecasts the rise of “big data.” But few describe what they mean by this, or how it relates to online learning.


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Why Sprint Tactics Could Help Your Projects to the Finish Line

Workplace inefficiencies, countless emails, meetings and everyday distractions can keep an office from reaching its productive potential. Fortunately, Sprint tactics provide a way to overcome these obstacles.


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70:20:10 Model: Credible or Controversial?

In recent years, L&D blogs have been humming with posts about the 70:20:10 model for learning and development — which, despite the massive amounts of attention it gets, garners mostly mixed reviews. Some L&D professionals swear by it, while others swear it’s nonsense.


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Instructional Design Mini-Lesson: Distributed Practice

If you’re struggling to help learners who forget what they learned shortly after a training ends, don’t stress—there might be a way to re-organize your course without having to start over from scratch.


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Principles for Designing in Multimedia Environments

The Handbook for Multimedia Learning is a must-have for instructional designers who work on courses that combine graphic, textual, and video elements – which is almost every course now, online and in-person.

The basic principle behind multimedia learning is that humans learn best from a combination of words and images, rather than words alone. So if your training consists solely of a text-based manual or online course, it’s not as effective as it could be.


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7 Ways Videos Increase Learner Engagement

Which of the following reasons describes why you use videos in your online courses?

A) Because they’re fun
B) Because everyone else is doing it
C) Because you know how to use them to impact learner success

If you picked C, then you’re already ahead of the game. An empirical study published in 2014 outlined the ways that video production decisions in eLearning directly impact learner engagement—a factor that is tied closely to optimal learning outcomes.


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Can You Repeat That? Designing Courses for Peak Memory Retention

Studies show that up to 70% of the material covered in your corporate training will be long forgotten—just 24 hours after the end of the course. This statistic is enough to increase the blood pressure of any instructor, whose entire task is to ensure that new information is retained by learners.


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Asking The Right Questions at the Right Time

Soliciting helpful feedback after a course is over is a crucial step in the design process, because it lets you know what worked well for learners and what needs to be revisited. But there are plenty of factors that affect the success of course evaluations, including the questions asked, learner enthusiasm, and timing of the feedback process.


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The 3 Writing Skills You Need to Create Effective Lessons

No course can be successful without quality content, and good course developers know that learner engagement and instructional effectiveness depend on how coherent and appealing the lessons are. This means that you need to polish off your writing skills—you want your learners to be engaged with your text, not distracted by it.


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Augmented Learning: What’s the Big Deal?

The more we understand about the process of learning, the more sophisticated our learning tools need to be. Most instructional designers will say that creating adaptive and dynamic courses, which put learners in charge of their own learning, is the ideal way to impart knowledge.


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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.


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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.


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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 content.