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
We all know that objectives provide the foundation for training design and performance improvement. A challenge in the training industry is how to communicate this information to our target audience without creating a mind-numbingly dull introduction. Novices in the training world frequently think the only legitimate way to start a lesson is with the list of learning or performance objectives we used as the framework to design the training. My[…]READ MORE about Controversy over Objectives – How to Communicate Objectives to your Learners
Lectora is a rapid development tool that makes it possible for developers and non-developers alike to produce eLearning. The creators of Lectora market it as having the ability to generate 508 compliant courses. But what does “the ability to” really mean? It’s more than just checking a box—creating an accessible course requires familiarity with accessibility guidelines and a plan. I am going to help you get started on your plan[…]READ MORE about Creating Accessible Elearning with Lectora
Education in American public schools has undergone remarkable change in the past two decades. Advances in technology have played a major role in this evolution. For example, graphing calculators have modified how mathematics is taught. The focus is not on memorizing multi-step calculations but on using a calculator to solve complex problems. Computers have created instant access to information. Thus libraries and textbooks are no longer the absolute source of[…]READ MORE about The Evolution of Education
Bill Taylor’s post on the Harvard Business Review’s Blog Network really got me thinking this week. The question he poses is whether you are learning as fast as the world changes, and Taylor leaves readers with three takeaways, centered around the idea of diversity in learning: The best leaders (and learners) have the widest field of vision. Avoid stale sources of information, and take a cue from Steve Jobs: diverse[…]READ MORE about Diversity & Learning – What’s Missing from Your Internet?