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Instructional Designers

The posts in this category cover subjects of interest for instructional designers, trainers and anyone involved in delivering business training programs.

why games matter in workplace training

Why games matter in workplace training

Instructional Designers

Games have found their way to the training room quite a while ago. Initially, their purpose was to animate the room and bring some fun to learning. With the transformation of generations, however, much has changed in what is perceived as the norm in corporate training and games became the go-to for effective learning. Read on to find out why games matter in workplace training.

competency-based training

Understanding the basics of competency-based training

Instructional Designers

Hiring talent is the first task of any HR department. Once this is accomplished however, the trickier part begins. Competency based training is the key in making sure that every talented individual receives the training they need, since their levels of knowledge and skill vary, as do their learning preferences and speeds. Unlike content-based training, competency-based L&D programs place the trainee in the middle of everything.

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3 useful social learning tips for instructional designers

Instructional Designers

The mechanism of learning stays the same for children as well as adults and it begins with attention, continues with discussions and always involves motivation. Social learning is the most natural version of the process. With today’s technology at hand and with e-learning becoming the norm of corporate training it is easier than ever to incorporate all the social tools and platforms.

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First and foremost — get to know your learners

Instructional Designers

Engagement is key when learning is concerned and in order for your learners to get on board with the course and stick to it. To make matters even more complicated with online training courses, the main goal is to educate, not entertain. So in order to keep people not only clicking but also reading and retaining the information it is important to find out who they are, what they need to learn and how they would rather do it.

learning through stories at the workplace

How to use stories for workplace learning

Instructional Designers

Training should definitely capitalize on how using story telling can enrich the learning experience. Turning training objectives into story-like units means being able to organize the information into a narrative that has the ability to drive the listener forward. What better way to get somebody to perform a certain task than showing how it starts, what the desired outcome is and how it all fits with all the other processes in the organization?

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Useful tips on how to create real-life learning experiences in online training

E-learning, Instructional Designers

Learning is greatly aided by emotion so personal experience is the best teacher of all. While in life one can’t find any way around these ‘teaching’ moments, there is an alternative in corporate training – incorporating real-life experiences in e-learning can prove very useful and efficient. Here are a few tips on how to create real-life learning experiences in online training.

Informal Learning

The truth about informal learning: it happens all the time, anywhere

E-learning, Instructional Designers, Managers

When learning and development programs are set up, the attention is focused solely on formal learning. That’s probably because the informal version doesn’t sit well with schedules, set objectives and quantifications. While good old fashioned learning paths are necessary and very useful, since informal learning is almost always self-initiated, it proves to be a lot more effective and with visible effects on organizational performance.

The role of SMEs in e-learning

The role of SMEs in e-learning – cooking up the perfect course

E-learning, Instructional Designers

The role of SMEs in e-learning is a very important one, as subject matter experts can bring a whole new world of knowledge into a training course. If instructional designers work together with SMEs by being specific about what they need to achieve, agreeing to a structure, establishing the complexity of the online training courses and sieving the information the get from SMEs, they can achieve impressive results.

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Why leadership development matters

E-learning, Instructional Designers, Managers

With so many resources given to corporate training, one may wonder why at this time so little attention is given to leadership development. Well-tailored e-learning is an effective way to deliver management level training as it allows the autonomy managers so badly need and the flexibility of easily fitting in training sessions into busy work schedules.

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