How to design software training, part 2: Practice activities

Here’s an alternative to traditional software training: Create self-contained activities that help people learn by doing, and make the activities available on demand. Learn more.

Can we use scenarios to teach concepts?

“You can’t just throw people into an activity without first teaching them the concepts.” Yes, we can. Check out this simple example. Learn more.

Video: 3 ways to motivate

How can we motivate people to complete our activities and change what they do on the job? Here’s a video of the webinar I recently ran on that topic, plus a summary of what we talked about. Learn more.

What’s the real cost of eye candy?

“We need eye candy!” But at what cost? If we spend too much time on images, we don’t have time to create challenging activities. Will people really reject a text-only activity? Learn more.

Scenario example: Chainsaw training!

Your new client wants you to design training for chainsaw users. But what does he really need? And could I possibly be serious about this scenario? Learn more.

Makeover: How to write challenging scenario questions

We’ve all seen scenario questions that are too obvious. But how can we make them more challenging? Let’s fix a boring question right now. Learn more.

Branching scenarios: How many decision points?

You’ve decided a branching scenario will be part of your project. But how long should it be? See an example and some tips. Read more.

3 powerful 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

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.

When do you need a branching scenario?

One-scene mini-scenarios are great for covering a lot of topics. So when is it worthwhile to design a branching scenario? Example scenarios included! Read more.

Design scenarios that learners love

- New online sessions for June 2018
- Special session for Asia-Pacific
- Hands-on scenario writing
- Lively, interactive sessions

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