Why hire a learning and development company? You don’t need to. That’s kind of important to point out. Companies perform training functions internally all the time. They develop and deliver employee training, they create and deploy training for their customers, they write and distribute training for their channel partners. They may have a training department or they may leverage internal resources. And it can be effective. And yet… even very[…]READ MORE about Learning and Development: Why Hire an Outside Company?
During our recent webinar, “Reaching New Audiences through Online Training,” one attendee asked, “Do people retain training better, same or not as much with video versus reading?” I wanted to poke around in the research before answering. It turns out that the research doesn’t offer a very clear answer. As can be the case, different studies show different things (ever wonder if butter is good or bad for you?). Individual studies[…]READ MORE about Is Video or Text Better for Learning Retention?
When you’re considering a new elearning project, how much thought do you give to the size of the instructional design shop that you’re engaging for elearning development? One Person or a Team? There are several questions when designing learning—do I do this in-house or should I outsource? Should our training be instructor-led or self-guided online? Something else? The question of team size—an individual or a group—often gets overlooked. It shouldn’t.[…]READ MORE about Your Perfect Elearning Development Shop: An Individual or a Team?
So you need to train someone to do something. What are your options? There are several different training methods and a number of variations on each. Essentially, I usually group them in three areas: instructor-led training, webinars, and elearning. Under instructor-led, we can place the standard classroom learning environment. There’s an instructor, with students in the room with the instructor. The instructor can be the classic sage-on-the-stage, or the more[…]READ MORE about Learning Fundamentals: Which Training Methods Work Best?
Resources from the Microassist Learning and Development Team We’re always on the lookout for current information and resources for improving our curriculum and elearning development skills and knowledge. But why keep what we find a secret? Below is a collection of learning and development resources from our learning design team. UPDATE: You may also be interested in the learning and development resources we mentioned during one of our 2017 webinars.[…]READ MORE about Learning and Development Resources
Welcome to the new year! For this week in learning: Cat Herding If you’re working in instructional design, there’s a good chance you’re working on a team. You may even be leading a team, if unofficially.If that’s the case, you might be interested in Zac Halbert’s guide on leading creative teams. Make It Stick At ATD’s Science of Learning Blog, Paul Signorelli gives us an overview of Peter Brown, Henry[…]READ MORE about This Week in Learning – January 5, 2015
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[…]READ MORE about This Week in Learning – December 9, 2015
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[…]READ MORE about This Week in Learning – December 2, 2015
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. Design-Centered Strategy Phil Gilbert[…]READ MORE about This Week in Learning – November 17, 2015
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.” The Point of a Teacher Betsy Barre asks us to consider[…]READ MORE about This Week in Learning – November 10, 2015