Learning Effectiveness

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L&D Pro Challenges: The People

Continuing the conversation around common challenges L&D pros face, we’re exploring the topic of people and how they have a large impact on the success and ability of your learning and development programs. L&D pros are often challenged with limited budgets, small teams, and an overall gap in demonstrating return on investment (ROI). To tackle these challenges L&D must focus on and demonstrate business impact. When it comes to the people involved in L&D projects, that can be a real challenge.


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Our Training Didn’t Solve the Problem. What Now?

Sometimes we as learning and development experts learn more from our own programs than the students we aim to educate. It happens. Sometimes the training that was developed simply didn’t solve the problem. There are a number of reasons why that might be the case, but often the issue at the root of the problem is that the real problem was more complex than originally thought.

A failure is more than a failure in cases like these, because they provide two valuable assets that companies did not have on the outset: feedback and information. Sometimes, knowing what doesn’t work will help you better identify what will. Here are 3 steps to take when you realize your training didn’t solve the problem you set out to solve.


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Keep Your L&D Flexible Especially Because of These Drivers for Change

Your ability to stay flexible, especially in your efforts for Learning and Development, are critical to allowing your business to have those quick-twitch reflexes to react and operate across different organizational landscapes. Businesses are a constantly evolving. That agility to meet the demands of the market head on are what make companies successful.


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Top 5 Presentation Prep Tips For the On-The-Go Professional

As a busy professional, you know that sometimes you need to prep for important presentations on the fly. Whether you are literally reviewing your notes on and airplane, or you need a mental refresh before running in the door, here are 5 prep tips that will keep you sounding on point and on top of things even when on the go.


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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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The Agile Effect:  What are the Benefits and Costs Moving to an Agile Methodology?

The agile corporate-learning business model has been getting a lot of attention in recent times. Companies are seeing the benefits of a more agile production, design, and even leadership development programs. But an agile model isn’t for everyone. Here are some of the benefits and some of the costs to moving to an agile methodology.


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What Are The Benefits of Benchmarking Performance?

Performance is an ever-moving target. To evaluate your employee training based on their most recent performance (even the impression made over a period of multiple months), simply does not provide an accurate picture of their overall value. In order to avoid any unfair bias and to get a more accurate perspective of their performance, you must establish baselines, define best practices, and identify improvement opportunities throughout the year, in writing, to gain the most benefits possible from the process.


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Feedback is Essential in the L&D Process Playbook

Feedback is arguably the holy grail within the world of corporate training and development. It’s often high value, actionable, and comes at a low cost of acquisition. Feedback can give you the opportunity to self correct quickly and effectively is you are not on the right course (whether with customers or partners). The best part is that many people are happy to provide feedback because they know that it can directly impact their own experience, creating a mutually beneficial “win-win” scenario.


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Are You Using Microblogging as an Effective Learning Technology Tool?

Your employees are often the single greatest training resource available for new hires. But sometimes, it’s hard to get that one-on-one facetime that is so critical to helping people learn the ropes. Even team members who have been around for a while can benefit from the crowd-sourced information available from a larger group of compatriots. Here’s how internal microblogging can tap into that well of information and how it serves as an excelent learning technology tool.


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Are MOOCs for You?

You, like many businesses, may find yourself in the situation where budget is tight for investing in training and development programs. But you also know that failing to increase your knowledge base (and that of your team) can drag your company down in a competitive business landscape. Luckily, there is a wealth of information available online that is easy to access and reasonably inexpensive (often even free).