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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...

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...

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...

March 16, 2020

This blog post won’t take long to read. It’s just a simple message, and you’re finished. Keep this thought in mind when you develop your next classroom, online, blended or on-the-job training program: Learning is reminding. That’s it. We’re done.

(Read on to learn...

February 5, 2020

In many ways, today was just an average day:

  • In the morning, Monica, an HR manager for a local manufacturer, had an appointment with her real estate agent to tour new houses, lasting until noon. So she rescheduled all new hire orientation and safety classes for tomo...

December 18, 2019

In instructional design of any learning program, the needs of the learner should be your highest priority. Neither your instructional technological wizardry nor your dazzling writing style will do much good if you don’t know who your learners are, what they need to kno...

October 30, 2019

 

We often receive comments about our blog posts. Some ask us to address certain learning management, instructional design, online vs. classroom training and other topics. But others question the value of reading blogs. Here's an example of one email we received:...

September 11, 2019

 

Spoiler alert: There will be a test in this blog post!

Most instructional designers routinely prepare tests for their courses, such as pre-assessment, post-assessment and knowledge questions. As we’re developing these true-or-false, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank,...

July 31, 2019

 

The smartphone has been around for about a dozen years, and so many people have become overly dependent on one. In fact, it's likely your smartphone holds a lot of the information that your brain used to.

You rely on your smartphone for information you can't recall or...

June 19, 2019

 

We’re all on a search for the Holy Grail; that is, the “Holy Grail” of training, or the maximum outcome of our efforts: Learn it once, retain it forever. But we can't succeed on our own. We should motivate learners to become our partners in training, or at least willi...

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