“A foolish consistency,” Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” I have, it seems, a very little mind. I adore consistency. And documentation, especially documentation surrounding expectations, enables a consistent approach, not only in training design, but also in working with training teams. If team members know the expectations, they also know what they need to achieve. We use[…]READ MORE about The Positives of a ‘Foolish Consistency’
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Yes. Until next time, Kevin Okay, perhaps a bit more explanation. A style guide is just one form of documentation that I talked about last month. And I’ve mentioned style guides here and there in the past. I’m a big believer in style guides. This admiration isn’t universal. Several people I’ve met think they’re too restrictive. Shouldn’t the designer have the ability to use whichever font, whichever color, whichever layout,[…]READ MORE about Should My Training Team Use a Style Guide?
Every month, Microassist’s Learning Dispatch newsletter features commentary by our own Senior Learning Architect Kevin Gumienny. Each edition also features learning and development articles and blogs curated across the web. We have gathered his This Month in Learning (TMIL) June, July and August articles to add to your “must read” list. TMIL August Is it finally the time when augmented reality will enter the world of training? According to the[…]READ MORE about This Month in Learning – Summer Edition
Do you hate documentation? You have to create it, keep it up-to-date, use it, make sure that other people use it. And there’s always the risk that you spend more time maintaining it than you spend working on the actual project. And yet… I adore and (attempt to) follow the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition—we’re a bit behind the times). I know it’s 1026 pages on topics like when[…]READ MORE about The Case for Documentation
What are the unexpected points of risk in the training development process? When you’re managing a training team, it seems that any point in a process can present a risk. But the risks involved in these three areas are often under-appreciated. Transition Points Our instructional designers work with subject matter experts to develop storyboards; those storyboards are then handed off to course developers, who program the courses. We find that[…]READ MORE about Be Alert for Unexpected Risk Points on the Training Development Journey
Three Key Accessibility Lessons This was my third year at CSUN, the premier conference on assistive technology. If you’re interested in accessibility, it’s the place to be. I presented (or was part of presenting) three sessions. (You can see more at my conference resource page.) This year there wasn’t a single big theme that I took away (like I did when I was thinking about making elearning accessible in 2017 and using pattern libraries[…]READ MORE about Kevin Gumienny Commentary from CSUN
We recently did a retrospective of our 2018 projects, which got me thinking about the lessons that I’d like to carry into 2019 (and beyond). Three big takeaways from last year’s learning development projects are: Processes exist for a reason. We had one project where we implemented a new storyboard. (Not using a storyboard? You should. Using a storyboard leads to quicker development.) In the short term, it made a lot[…]READ MORE about 3 Big Takeaways from Last Year’s Learning Development Projects
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 learning and development articles from 2018. They’re each culled from the 80+ mentioned throughout the year. If you missed them, don’t experience the same regret in 2020! Subscribe to the Learning Dispatch newsletter today for learning updates[…]READ MORE about The Year in Learning—Top Learning and Development Articles from 2018
Quick Tips to Improve Training Quality Creating elearning can be both time-consuming and intense. To help make it a little easier, here are three tips that can have an outsized effect. Link objectives to content. If you use an objective-driven process (and you should), include a text reference to each objective when you write the content related to the objective’s topic. How does this help? It ensures that the screen[…]READ MORE about 3 Tips for Raising the Quality of Your Training
When Informal Communication Succeeds: A Tale from the Trenches An interaction catalog: one way to efficiently build great elearning How do you design successful elearning while operating within constraints like budget, time, and resources? As recently discussed on our Learning Dispatch blog, one way is to have a formal template interaction catalog, and consciously ensure that designers and developers operate only within those limits (it can be more creative than it sounds!).[…]READ MORE about Does Your Elearning Team *Always* Need an Interaction Catalog?