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October 7, 2020

For all its benefits, online learning often fails for one reason: abandonment. Too many students start courses but don’t finish them. The research varies, and there’s more of it for higher education than for corporate training. But the percentage of students who don’t...

September 16, 2020

From my experience, instructional designers are more likely to work from home than the average employee. But still, I would estimate that about 50% of my ID peers worked remotely pre-coronavirus, while 50% were in the office.

So, for many, the switch to working remotely...

August 24, 2020

It happens to everybody from time to time: You’re given a boring, overly difficult or otherwise unappealing training or instructional design project to complete. You’re certain that you’ll absolutely dread it, maybe because the client is too hard to please, the topic i...

August 5, 2020

Several years ago we were approached by a large outsourced call center company. They had tens of thousands of agents in call centers on five continents, and they didn’t have a unified company culture. Leadership had determined that is was due in part to the fact that t...

July 15, 2020

You haven’t been an instructional designer or a trainer all your life, but you’ve never stopped learning—beginning at a very young age and up until today: learning how to talk, how to count, how to read,  how to use computers, how to drive, how to navigate interpersona...

June 24, 2020

How do you make your classroom training more memorable? If you’re like most instructors, you’ll incorporate audio and video and even some physical activities. Adding these elements is great, but they engage only three of the five senses of your learners: sight, hearing...

June 3, 2020

If you’ve studied education, you might be familiar with the concept of "spacing." It suggests that to spread teaching or reinforcement activities over time increases retention and performance better than teaching the material all at once and move on.

One example is...

May 13, 2020

The task of writing anything substantial usually results in the writer experiencing some degree of stress. Traditionally, the stress level increases with the perceived difficulty of producing the first draft or with the unappealing chore of repeatedly revising subseque...

April 22, 2020

 

"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place."

—George Bernard Shaw

Communicating clearly and effectively can be one of the biggest challenges for trainers. Often, the only difference between a good trainer and an excellent one co...

April 1, 2020

Training needs to be developed, delivered and maintained. If you have a plan to create it and deliver it, but no plan to keep it updated, it’s a two-legged stool and will topple over sooner or later.

When you are thinking about keeping training up-to-date, consider:

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