3 ways to save gobs of time when designing training

Do they want it yesterday? Here are three ways to save a lot of time when you’re designing training. Learn more.

How to kick off a project and avoid an info dump

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.

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