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by Michael Boyette

Given the task of creating eLearning that teaches “soft skills”–sales, coaching, and leadership are examples–it’s tempting to try to pack as much information as possible into a module. There’s a better, research-supported way to approach this kind of design challenge and shrink workplace learning to a manageable size. Read about it here.

Tip   |   April 16, 2014
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by Christian Gainsbrugh

By now, you have probably heard of the Heartbleed exploit that may be one of the most extensive security vulnerabilities to have ever affected the Internet. We hope you have changed your passwords on affected sites by now! Here is an action guide for response to Heartbleed, written for eLearning professionals. Talk this over with your IT manager as soon as possible!

Spotlight   |   April 16, 2014
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by Patti Shank

The eLearning Guild has completed an important study of how people interact with mobile devices. If you design mobile apps for eLearning, this study will help you design better: minimum sizes of text for various mobile devices, preferences for touching different devices, designing for keyboards, design differences for phones, phablets, small tablets, and large tablets, and much more.

Research   |   April 15, 2014
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by Conrad Gottfredson

Big data legitimately receives a lot of attention today for the important insights it can provide to executives as they make decisions. But by itself big data is not enough to create improved performance. What is needed is learning agility, and the key part played by performance support. Here is a guide to developing an integrated learning and performance support strategy.

Feature   |   April 14, 2014
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by Art Kohn

It is a painful fact that employees quickly forget most of what they learn in training. The forgetting curve quickly erodes the benefit of the instruction—that is, unless you know the secret of the “booster”! Here is a simple way, proven through research, to improve memory and behavior change following instruction.

Column   |   April 10, 2014
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by News Editor

Powerful new Mindflash online business-training software analyzes learner facial expressions and body language, aggregates precise measurements of groups of trainees, and generates an average “Engagement Score,” without revealing the identity of any individual. Course designers can use this formative data to evaluate effectiveness and identify opportunities for course improvement. Details here.

News   |   April 10, 2014
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by News Editor

On April 8, Learning Technologies Group (LTG) announced that it will acquire the entire share capital of LINE Communications. LINE will join Epic, LTG’s principal operating company to form the UK’s leader in the eLearning custom content market.

News   |   April 10, 2014
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by Wendy Farrell

Global expansion presents an exciting new challenge for professionals with a role in developing training and eLearning materials for an increasingly multicultural workforce. But just how do you plan for globalization? Here’s a four-step process to help you make a great first impression with users around the world, roll out multiple programs quickly—and stay on track with your budget.

Tip   |   April 9, 2014
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by Marc Rosenberg

In organizations facing difficult times, training is often the third thing that’s cut, right after travel and free coffee. It’s obvious to most of us that investment in quality training is a good bet. So why can’t we sell it? Here are three key “failures” to avoid.

Column   |   April 8, 2014
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by Robert Gadd, Katherine Guest

BYOD (bring your own device) policies are beginning to transform the way many organizations distribute information and provide training and support. Here are some key guidelines and words of caution for training and development groups dealing with the challenges of mobile-device acceptance.

Feature   |   April 7, 2014
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