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Raluca C

podcasts in training
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The power of the spoken word: including podcasts in training

Course design

There was a window of time in which audio material did fall behind the video version but these days it has gained back all the lost terrain. The spoken word can be very powerful and engaging and that is why learning and development specialists should seriously consider including podcasts in their training materials. These audio files may not replace other means of delivering training but they ought to be part of any effective learning team’s arsenal.

Learning from others through Enterprise Social Networks (ESN)
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Learning from others through Enterprise Social Networks (ESN)

Course design

The major problem with corporate education programs is that they often disregard a very important and simple aspect: the natural way in which the human brain works while learning. One of the most important aspects that have lately been researched with spectacular results is observational learning. This natural tendency of learning from others holds great potential for corporate training and development and there are several ways of capitalizing on it.

The top 4 skills of successful leaders
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The top 4 skills of successful leaders

L&D leaders

The top 4 skills of successful leaders are, acording to a recent McKinsey research: solving problems effectively, operating with a strong results orientation, seeking different perspectives and supporting others. Although this one study does not completely answer the question of what leadership style organizations ought to nurture, it gives four very good starting points: focusing on developing these basic skills in their future leaders.

IoT in the workplace
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A glimpse into the future: IoT in the workplace

Online training

IoT (or the Internet of Things) is the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enables these objects to connect and exchange data. The limits of where IoT might take us in our private and professional lives cannot yet be foreseen. What’s already clear though, is that it will have a tremendous impact in the reshaping of all objects, devices and everyday tasks.

screencasting in training
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Using screencasting in training: What? Why? How?

Online training

E-learning has taken over as the main method of knowledge delivery and it works wonderfully; but for those instances where a facilitator is necessary, screencasting is a good way to merge human and digital interaction. Screencasting is basically the most useful tool to use for digital storytelling. The technology is not entirely new but is developing rapidly and with mobile devices becoming the preferred medium for learning, it is bound to become more widely used. In corporate training.

open organization
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The 4 Characteristics of the open organization

L&D leaders

The open organization is no longer the organization of tomorrow but that of today. The four characteristics of this type of organization are transparency, adaptability, community and inclusivity. People need to be heard, valued and give their best when the feel they are part of something important. Companies have to adapt, share and ensure easy communication and collaboration between its members.

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How the use of mobile devices in training saves the trees

Online training

While there are many reasons why one should very much want to own a hard copy of Moby Dick, The Pickwick Papers or Dune, nobody would ever enjoy holding onto the “Complete guide of products and services, additional services and company procedures”. Regardless how loyal an employee and how important the information contained in those many pages would be, it’s best to be able to consult it online. Saving our forests one mobile device at a time is the green way to go.

best brain-training tactics
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Are games the best brain-training tactics?

Online training

Are games the best brain-training tactics? They might be. Games can improve problem-solving skills, boost the creation of new memories and stimulate mental cognition and produce positive brain changes. Games have been incorporated in learning materials for a long time but lately, with the newest technology it is easier than ever to use them in order to train the brain. For instructional designers, the possibilities are limitless.

360° learning environments
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Immersive training with 360° learning environments

L&D leaders

Immersive experiences are definitely trending. Corporate learning may seem like a long way from popular entertainment, but this field also needs to keep up with technological advances as the workforce is increasingly younger and more immersed into the digital world. Employing 360° training materials in training holds great promise for learning hands-on skills but the possibilities are also limitless where soft skills are concerned.

Old-school vs. New-school workplace learning
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Old-school vs. New-school workplace learning

Online training

Old-school vs. New-school workplace learning: which side are you? Old school corporate training has its great merits but it also has had its time. The newer generations do not have the patience to sit through long lectures. New school training with its flexible, mobile and learner-driven focus is the right answer for today’s business world.

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