The Learning Dispatch

MicroAssist Senior Learning Architect Kevin Gumienny to Present at the 20th Annual Training Expo 2016 in Austin, Texas

Kevin Gumienny MicroAssist Senior Learning ArchitectMicroAssist Senior Learning Architect, Kevin Gumienny, is presenting at the 20th Annual Training Expo 2016 in Austin, Texas as part of the track sponsored by E-Learning Council.

The topics for the E-Learning Council Sponsored Track are:

The Training Expo provides a forum for government employees involved in training and development to share ideas, resources and learning. The Governor’s Center for Management Development hosts the Expo in collaboration with the SACC Training and Development Committee and the Texas Department of Information Resources. Over 350 people registered for last year’s event, representing over 50 agencies and universities. You'll also find networking opportunities where you can meet colleagues and other professionals to discuss training and development issues and challenges. 

This Week in Learning - December 2, 2015

This Week in Learning

No Nexters

Want to create successful virtual training? Richard Culatta tells us the first step is to stop converting instructor-led courses to a virtual format. Just don’t do it. Oh, and get rid of the next button.

Soft Skills Online

Speaking of virtual learning, how many of those courses focus on soft skills? Akansha Arora suggests strategies for creating successful soft skill training in an online environment.

Organize It!

With any content, when you present information, you have to give it structure. Jane Bozarth gives us some hints on how to organize information effectively.

This Week in Learning - December 2, 2015

This Week in Learning

Is Gamification Worth It?

Capterra and TalentLMS decided to survey their users and find out. Short answer: yes. Interesting finding: more than one-third (37%) use analog games (such as board and card games) in training.

Magic Accessibility Dust

State chief information officers are pushing for an increased focus on accessibility. It’s a change that takes a fair amount of forethought. Sarah Bourne, director of IT accessibility with the Massachusetts Office of Information Technology (MassIT), notes that “you can’t sprinkle magic accessibility dust and have it all be better at the end. You have to build it in.”

This Week in Learning - November 17, 2015

This Week in Learning

Play More Games

Sharron Boller at ATD offers some of the best advice to consider when designing learning games: Play more games!

Grab Attention

Hannah Hunter suggests using solid and proven tips to creating engaging learning.

Speak Elearning

Vocabulary is often an unintentional stumbling block when designing elearning. Karla Gutierrez gives us quick guide for learning professionals—but one that’s helpful when speaking with others, as well.

This Week in Learning - November 10, 2015

This Week in Learning

Meaningless Edits

When we develop learning, we often write. John McIntyre, editor at the Baltimore Sun (to whom I’ve linked before), gives us a short and moving piece on his shift from prescriptivism to a less strict application of traditional rules of grammar. In short, he realized how much of his professional life “has been wasted making meaningless edits.”–20151106-story.html

The Point of a Teacher

Betsy Barre asks us to consider “what is the point of a teacher?” Taking as her starting point a recent piece in the New York Times that defends lectures as an effective method of teaching, Barre suggests that, instead of covering old ground, we should shift the discussion to a “normative debate about what we think we should be providing our students and why.”

Interrobangs, Love Points, and Exclamation Commas

Remember the interrobang? Keith Houston points out how difficult it is to introduce new punctuation marks into the world.

This Week in Learning - November 4, 2015

This Week in Learning

Nothing Left to Take Out

Jane Bozarth urges us to give the learner a fighting chance by eliminating everything that doesn’t add to learning. “Design is done when there’s nothing left to take out.”

Field Guide to Action Mapping

Cathy Moore offers a field guide to action-mapped materials—with an except from her upcoming book!

The Death of Flat Design?

Jerry Cao, Kamil Zieba, and Matt Ellis ask whether flat design will ever die. (Or, is there such a thing as too much reduction?)

This Week in Learning - October 28, 2015

This Week in Learning

Customer Training

Do you train your customers? Steven Boller at Bottom-Line Performance has a nice discussion on the importance of an instructional design approach to customer training. Start with deciding “what needle you are trying to move.”

Naoto Fukasawa on Design

From Fast Company’s Co.Design section, a mind-opening interview with designer Naoto Fukasawa. What is objective design? What is the future of design? (hint on the last: technology will be more invisible). How would Fukasawa’s approach affect learning?

Ultimate Checklist

Nicole Legault’s article on the Ultimate Elearning Design and Development checklist is a great guide.

This Week in Learning - October 22, 2015

This Week in Learning

Transfer of Learning

From, a nice primer on improving the transfer of learning in the workplace.

Formatting Lists

Yes, yes, we all know that elearning should avoid bulleted lists like the plague. They are the death of online training. But when you use them anyway, how do you format them? The Chicago Manual of Style has some suggestions.–6–12426-in-the-spotlight/

Notes from the ACLU Privacy & Technology Conference


Heather Poggi-Mannis, MicroAssist’s information security training product manager, attended the ACLU Privacy and Technology conference at the AT&T Conference Center at the University of Texas Austin. The purpose of the conference was to start conversations about privacy, how technology can be used to violate it and what is being done to protect privacy rights.

This Week in Learning - October 14, 2015

This Week in Learning

Social Media and Learning—For Real, This Time

How many times have we heard that the future of learning is social media? Dena Rezaei at ATD has suggestions on how to make it happen.

Better Review Comments

Tired of getting useless review comments? Ethan Edwards at Allen Interactions has some ideas.

Really Good Kick-Off Meetings

Keven M. Hoffman at A List Apart offers his thoughts as to why and how to have… fantastic kick-off meetings. Just substitute “course/learning” for “website/application.”

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