Last month, I discussed choosing a training method. In that commentary, I suggested that you choose a method that would be effective. This month, we take a quick look at what “effective” means, and one approach to creating training that gets the job done. To Develop Effective Training, Start at the Beginning What does it mean for training to be effective? I’ve recently finished Cathy Moore’s Map It: The Hands-On[…]READ MORE about 3 Keys to Creating Effective Training
Is your training working? How do you know? Here’s guidance on evaluating your workplace training and ensuring training effectiveness. Evaluating Your Workplace Training How often have you wanted to know whether your training program makes a difference? You might be a training program manager, or perhaps a trainer or instructional designer. If you’re attempting to change behavior, you need to know whether your efforts are working. And the way to[…]READ MORE about 3 Essential Elements for Evaluating Training Effectiveness
Of course elearning needs sound! Or does it? Here are some ways to build elearning without audio. Need creative help in developing your elearning course? Contact us to learn more about our elearning development services. Creating Engaging—but Silent—Learning Courses Who doesn’t love audio narration in elearning? Yet audio can be difficult, for both the learner and the training program. Learners need to have an environment where they can play the[…]READ MORE about Designing Elearning without Audio
Few fields fully embrace the need to address people with disabilities—learning included. But why is meeting the needs of diverse learners important, anyway? Need to make sure you’re meeting the needs of all your learners? Contact us to talk about how your next elearning project can be developed with accessibility in mind. A Call for Raising the Bar for Meeting Learners’ Needs I recently returned from the 33rd CSUN Assistive[…]READ MORE about Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners
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?
The Client Role in Learning Development: How Much Do You Really Need to Be Involved, Anyway? If you engage a learning company to help create training, there’s a temptation to hand off development and then not touch base with the learning company again until the training’s ready to be implemented. Just write the check. What more is needed? Such an approach is…problematic. A client has an essential role—ofttimes several essential[…]READ MORE about The Indispensable Role of Clients in Learning Projects
When writing multiple choice questions, do you ever wonder whether the stem should read “what option should you choose” or “which option should you choose”? And should options begin with a capitalized letter, even if they are incomplete sentences? Should options have closing punctuation? Should the stem end in a colon? Will anyone even care? And, of course, it’s not just about the quiz. Throughout your curriculum, there are decisions[…]READ MORE about A Note on Details: Which versus What?
Corporate Training Tips & Tricks—Save Your Money & Prove Your Worth, Book Excerpt #2 NOTE: The following article is taken, with minor changes, from Corporate Training Tips & Tricks: Save Your Money & Prove Your Worth by Katrina Baker. It is one of three articles by Microassist Senior Learning Architect Kevin Gumienny. To hear more training tidbits from Kevin and other learning and development professionals, we encourage you to get your copy of[…]READ MORE about Corporate Training Development Tip #2: Draw on Other Fields