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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.

real-life learning experiences in online training

Tips for creating 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

Informal learning 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.

leadership development

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.

4 Reasons why you should include games in business training

4 Reasons why you should include games in business training

E-learning, Instructional Designers

Before you dismiss it as yet another made-up nonsense for the young generation, gamification does not mean turning serious academic material into games. Game mechanics, however, prove very useful when your goal is to create engaging content that facilitates information retention. There are at least four reasons why the use of games in online courses, as they help to satisfy four common learning needs.

immersive learning environments

Immersive learning environments may become the norm in training

E-learning, Instructional Designers, Managers

Immersive learning environments mix the worlds of leisure and work or informal and formal learning and have the potential to function as a professional learning treat, making learning fun. As the available immersive technology improves, and high speed Internet is everywhere at a very small cost, immersive learning environments should begin to play more of a role as a supplement to or major component of professional learning.

Individual Development Plans

Individual Development Plans, a really smart investment

E-learning, Instructional Designers, Managers

Organizations that manage to hire talented people and help them grow are the most likely to succeed in the long run. It takes skill to balance both new and existing human capital, but creating individual development plans for each employee will surely be worth the effort. As employees grow, so does the success of the organization because the most valuable assets are those who walk into the office or log on remotely each day.

Online communities in e-learning, or personalized learning in a collective environment

Online communities in e-learning, or personalized learning in a collective environment

E-learning, Instructional Designers

The benefits of having online communities that work and support learning within the company are far greater than the effort so here are some tips for getting things rolling: group leaders are very important and it is paramount that they are accepted by most members; their knowing of the audience is a must; sub-communities may be better for ensuring a personalized learning experience for each member.

Why trainers are paramount to e-learning success

Why trainers are paramount to e-learning success

E-learning, Instructional Designers, Managers

Corporate trainers should not worry about going extinct any time soon. E-learning has the capacity to make their lives and jobs significantly easier. A lot of subjects that used to be a bore can now be delivered in e-learning form. Since classroom trainers do a lot more than simply deliver content in front of an audience, e-learning is actually there to make their job easier and more interesting rather than obsolete.

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