Jettison the genies and let learners think

Hipster genie wants to make you awesome

Elearning has genies, superheroes, and wizards. Live training has the all-knowing instructor. I say all of them should stop being so darned helpful. Learn more.

5 quick ways to pull learners into a course

5 attention-grabbing ways to start a course

How can you create a lively start to your course? Try these five techniques to get learners involved and kick up the pace. Learn more.

How to kick off a project and avoid an info dump

Factory worker

Do you feel like you’re an assembly line worker in a course factory, expected to crank out training on demand? Break free of the assembly line with a strong kickoff meeting that puts you in charge. Learn more.

Tips for webinars or virtual training

Webinar tips

“What tips do you have for giving webinars?” People have asked this a lot lately, so here’s my opinionated answer. Learn more.

How to create a training goal in 2 quick steps

How to create a goal

A measurable business goal is a great way to focus your training and show how your work helps your organization. Here’s how to create one. Learn more.

Throw them in the deep end! (but keep a life preserver handy)

Throw them in the deep end!

What happens if you let learners try to figure it out themselves first, and only then teach them? They could learn much more deeply, according to several studies. Learn more.

“Learning should be fun!” But what’s “fun?”

You want me to listen to a talking frog?

Do haunted castles or wise wizards really make learning “fun?” Research suggests that developing mastery is what’s really fun. Learn more.

Why you want to put the activity first

Content presentation followed by scenario

Turn traditional training on its head: Challenge learners from the start with decision-making scenarios and let them learn through experience. It’s not only more interesting and memorable, it makes our designs more efficient. Learn more.

3 powerful ideas you should steal from marketing

3 ideas you should steal from marketing

A popular commercial for shaving products gives us three ideas we can use to make training memorable and motivating. Learn more.

How humor helps + Powtoon review

How humor helps

Can a funny cartoon increase interest in training? Try this cartoon, and then stick around for a brief discussion of research about humor and a quick review of Powtoon. Read more.

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Scenario design workshops

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