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?
Over the last seven years working with program managers, I have found that they are terrific at looking at the “big picture” of their programs, but they sometimes need help evaluating available resources for creating training related to those programs or the related projects. “Should I create the training in-house?” This is a question that program managers might think about. Developing training with available staff resources is certainly an option.[…]READ MORE about Questions to Ask Before Developing Training In-House
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?
Welcome to our new look! For almost thirty years, we’ve been dedicated to sharpening skills and teams through talent development, as well as to harnessing ever-evolving technology in purposeful ways. Now, we’re pleased to apply that mindset to our digital presence. We’ve taken advantage of responsive tools and creative design so we can better present ourselves—and our services—to both our community of customers and to new visitors. Microassist was born out[…]READ MORE about Welcome to Our Redesigned Website
Traditional Training Has a Lot of Peripheral Costs but Failure to Train = Catastrophic Liability As an agency head, I was constantly coping with the ebb and flow of funding. Sadly, the latter years saw more ebbing than flowing. Budget reductions and unanticipated shortfalls necessitated a relentless cycle of reprioritization, force reductions, equipment replacement, schedule modifications, reductions in services, deferred purchases, consolidations, and all the other things that executives do[…]READ MORE about Dilemma: Training in an Era of Budget Constraint
In this white paper Linda Warren and Mike Hruska discuss the significance of the Experience API also known as xAPI and “Tin Can”. The jump from SCORM to xAPI is a big one and learning managers and designers need to be aware of the limitations of SCORM and how xAPI is designed to address them. The paper helps you gain basic knowledge of terms and an understanding of the standards that provide[…]READ MORE about White Paper: eLearning Reporting Standards: SCORM and Tin Can
If you’ve ever needed to create accessible captions for your video, you don’t have to look much further than Camtasia Studio 8.1. It’s a highly user-friendly piece of software that you can try out for 30 days before making the decision to buy it. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to add captions underneath your video (the most accessible way possible) to your video using Camtasia Studio 8.1. […]READ MORE about Adding Accessible Captions to a Video in Camtasia Studio 8.1
Managers have a great responsibility to their companies, employees and clients. It’s an unending challenge to balance client, organizational and employee needs. One potentially overlooked, but powerful tool managers can leverage to encourage employees and boost company expertise is developing a strategy for ongoing training. When a manager responds to employee accomplishments by suggesting training, he/she demonstrates that employees are viewed as valuable assets to the company, worthy of investment.[…]READ MORE about Managers Leverage Their Most Valuable Asset by Finding the Value in Training