How to create a training goal in 2 quick steps

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.

Three simple but powerful ways to get love from your leaders

Business leaders love their L&D departments! Well, maybe 20 percent of them do, according to surveys. Here are three ways to get real business results and win the love you deserve. Read more.

Learning & development people unite!

We, the downtrodden and ignored learning and development professionals of the world, hereby shake off the shackles of convention and obedience and proclaim the arrival of a new order! Read more.

Is training really the answer? Ask the flowchart.

Is training really the best solution to a problem? Often, no. Here’s a flowchart that will help you identify what will really work, whether it’s a job aid, a workflow improvement, training, or something else. Read more.

What to do if they just want “awareness”

“We just need everyone to be aware of the policy,” your client says. In response, you could obediently crank out a 97-slide information dump — or you could ask a few powerful questions. Read more.

Are instructional designers doormats?

It’s tempting to think we should never question clients’ processes. However, we have a valuable outsider’s perspective that can help our clients improve performance through every means, not just through a course. Read more

Checklist for strong learning design

Action-packed elearning or boring information dump? This provocative checklist will help you evaluate and discuss your elearning materials. Rate the 14 factors, then glance down the central column to see which items are closest to the dreaded “information dump” and need the most work. Read more

Learning styles: Worth our time?

We’re wasting our time talking about appealing to learning styles when research has identified far more powerful techniques. This post summarizes two meta-analyses about learning styles and readers sound off in more than 70 comments. Read more

Why you need to set limits

What happens if you don’t set any boundaries in your relationships? You wear yourself out doing everything for everybody and the next thing you know, you’ve cursed everyone out, grabbed a couple of beers, and slid down the escape chute. The same thing can happen to your course. If you don’t set any boundaries and […]

The big mistake in elearning

Why is so much elearning so boring? Because we’re obsessed with designing information when instead we should be designing experiences. We need to focus on what people need to do, not what they need to know. Read more

Scenario design online course

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