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Is Your Training Effective?

What makes a learning and development leader effective? It’s the ability to understand and deliver the needs of both instructors and learners—in other words, to manage the development process while expanding the capacity for learning.

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Experiential Learning Theory: Learning by Doing

Let's say you want to teach someone to drive a car. You, as the instructional designer of Driver's Ed, might choose to assign a hefty textbook—perhaps the manual to the car—as well as a pamphlet about traffic laws. You...

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MOOCs: Effective Instruction or Pedagogical Disaster?

The last few years have seen a tremendous surge of interest in Massive Open Online Courses(MOOCs). Just last month, Harvard and MIT jointly published a large research study examining the trends emerging from MOOCs their universities offered in the...

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Making Asynchronous Learning Work for You

More and more instructional designers are opting for online learning, partly because many Robot_2global organizations comprise virtual teams that conduct all training and business online, and partly because some studies say that online learning is actually more effective than...

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Soft Skills and Emotional Intelligence: Can They Be Learned?

These days, it's not your resume that's the focus of an interview—it's you. But not your suit, or your polished shoes, or your perfectly manicured hands. Employers want to know what kind of temperament you display at work, how...

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Cognitive Load Theory: What You Need to Know to Develop Instructional Tools that Work

A central piece in the puzzle of designing instructional tools is understanding how the human mind learns—how much information can a learner retain, and how should that information be presented? Investment costs in the design, production, and implementation of...

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Digital Badges: Do They Help or Hurt Your Online Reputation?

Digital badges are a fairly new phenomenon on the Internet. Educators (especially online universities), companies (particularly online companies) and people who work in Internet-based fields award and post digital badges as a form of accreditation in a particular specialty....

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5 Ways Adults Learn Better Online

Malcolm S. Knowles (1913-1997) was the most prominent expert on adult education in the United States during the second half of the 20th century. During the 1950s, he was Executive Director of the Adult Education Association of the United...

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Continuous Learning for L&D Professionals

We're all doing more with less nowadays, and sometimes we forget to take care of our own professional development. A smarter strategy is to weave our professional development into our daily routines as much as possible. Here are some...

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Designing Information

Edward Tufte fans and design lovers, listen up. You’re going to want to add Joel Katz’s new book, Designing Information: Human Factors and Common Sense in Information Design, to your wish list. Katz, an information designer who teaches at...