Your subject matter expert can be a great training resource. Here’s how to set your SME up for success when delivering training. Do SMEs Make Good Trainers? How many trainers have started out as subject matter experts? Often, recruiting a subject matter expert (SME) to become a trainer is the easiest move a training manager can make. Who would make a better trainer than someone who’s already an expert? Being[…]READ MORE about Do SMEs Make Good Trainers?
You’ve likely taken training with a video component. But is it worth the effort or dollars to incorporate it into your own training program? Here’s what the research says about using video in training, and a few tips on how to get started. So, I’m Thinking about Using Video in My Training Perfect. It’s a great time to start. Tools for developing video are sophisticated and mature. They are also[…]READ MORE about Using Video in Training: Should You or Shouldn’t You?
Organizations are finding that microlearning creates effective training more quickly and less expensively than traditional courses. Is microlearning right for you? Here are a few points to consider. Microlearning: Is it a Good Fit for Your Training Program? You might have heard about microlearning. It’s the idea that training is best delivered through targeted, short (no more than ten-minute) instructional segments, usually online. What’s more, several organizations have found that a[…]READ MORE about Microlearning—Is it a Good Fit for Your Training Program?
If 2017 went by too quickly for you, here’s your chance to catch up on some reading. Below are our recommended learning and development articles from the past 12 months, including thought-provoking or simply fun articles related to the field. Did you have a favorite L&D post from 2017? Let us know! Recommended Learning and Development Articles from Our Senior Learning Architect Are you a Learning Dispatch newsletter subscriber? A favorite newsletter feature[…]READ MORE about The Year in Learning—89 Hand-Picked L&D-Related Articles from 2017
2017: The Year in Learning Are you a Learning Dispatch newsletter subscriber? A favorite newsletter feature is “This Month in Learning.” In it, Senior Learning Architect Kevin Gumienny links to 5-10 articles from various disciplines related to learning and development. Here are Kevin’s top 2017 learning and development articles culled from the 80+ mentioned throughout the year (stay tuned for a categorized digest of these resources). If you missed them, subscribe[…]READ MORE about The Year in Learning—6 Favorite Learning and Development Articles from 2017
Communal Learning, Online and In Person Earlier this year, I attended the 2017 CSUN Assistive Technology Conference. While there, I tweeted fairly consistently (@keving789), and our company Twitter account (@microassist) was pretty active. I wrote a blog post (see above) on what CSUN tells us about how accessibility and elearning work together, and in March, wrote a commentary for Mealey’s Litigation Report on what the conference had to say about[…]READ MORE about Communal Learning, Online and In Person
The Importance of Having a Graphic Designer on your Learning Development Team Do I need a graphic designer on my learning development team? Yes. Generally, I prefer to weigh the sides of an issue and make a carefully nuanced decision; but when it comes down to it, you need a graphic designer on your team. Of the information transmitted to the brain, 90% is visual. Articles with images get 94%[…]READ MORE about Graphic Designers: Do You Need One on Your Learning Development Team?
What Does a Subject Matter Expert Do, Anyway? SMEs May or May Not Be Instructors Subject matter expertise can be part and parcel of instructing. A K-12 teacher is both an instructor and an expert in their subject (like fifth-grade math); a college professor is often a subject matter expert (SME) first (researcher in genetics) and a teacher second; corporate trainers often spend years in the field and then transition[…]READ MORE about The SME Role in Course Development
“Upvote” Our SXSW EDU 2018 Workshop: “Online Learning for Everyone! Designing for Access” Friends and partners, we have a chance to present an accessible elearning workshop at the SXSW EDU 2018 Conference and Festival next spring. It’s the SXSW-connected event in Austin for education, training, and professional development. We would very much like to present on how to make online training usable and navigable by those who have disabilities— and[…]READ MORE about Send Us—and Accessible Elearning Development—to SXSW EDU 2018!
Why Use Both an Instructional Designer and a Course Developer: Won’t One Person Suffice? Continuing our discussion about roles in a training team, this month we’re looking at the advantages of separating the roles of instructional designer and course developer. It’s pretty common for an elearning development team to have a single person who is responsible for building elearning. They analyze the need for a course, design the course, build the course[…]READ MORE about Instructional Designer and Course Developer: One Person or Two?