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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.

What instructional designers need to know about behavioral change
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What instructional designers need to know about behavioral change

Instructional Designers

Genuine behavioral change requires a personal epiphany and even though instructional designers always try to create some powerful ‘a-ha!’ moments in learning materials, they are not the same for all participants. Here’s what organizations have to understand about the intricacies of bringing about behavioral change in their employees.

5As model to deliver results with busy learners
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The 5As model to deliver results with busy learners

Instructional Designers

Training adults should take into account the time factor and identify strategies that work with busy learners. The 5As model that Kimberly Devin explains in her book “Same Training, Half the Time: Delivering Results for Busy Learners” might be a useful tool for training designers.

Social Learning Theory to online training
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Applying the Social Learning Theory to online training

Instructional Designers

Many progressive businesses are leveraging social learning to foster corporate training and collaborative learning. While the requirement for training that supports specific learning outcomes is growing day-by-day, there is a need to create social learning platforms.

powerful tool for corporate online training
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Storytelling – a powerful tool for corporate online training

Instructional Designers

Storytelling can be used as one of the many strategies included in a training course. Case studies, branching scenarios, games, and videos will be more engaging if they are designed with a strong narrative approach in mind. It is a wonderful tool that can help you build a better, more powerful connection between you and your attendees. It will help you speak to them, not at them.

video games can teach us about employee training
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4 Things video games can teach us about employee training

Instructional Designers

A lot of employee training programs tend to woefully miss the point. They’re boring. They’re complicated and cumbersome. The problem is that they’re created with little regard for how people actually learn. To address that, you can actually draw inspiration from a rather unlikely source: video games.

Learning from marketing
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Learning from marketing: 3 Tips for L&D professionals

Instructional Designers

Even the best designed course can suffer if the learners go in feeling that it might not speak to them or that it won’t be applicable anytime in the foreseeable future. So, taking a few notes from the marketing people and treating courses like quality products and trainees as potential customers are the keys to a more successful corporate learning.

Cognitive biases
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10 Cognitive biases that hurt learning and 3 that help

Instructional Designers

Since the purpose of any teaching module is to change something in behavior and the point of biases is to help individuals act in a way that is similar and consistent with their previous experiences, the latter are obviously in the way of the first. Here are 10 learning-stopping biases, along with 3 that support it:

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