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by Art Kohn

During the last 30 years, the notion of learning styles has become popular in corporate training. This month’s column explores the concept of learning styles and examines the evidence about its pedagogical effectiveness.

Column   |   December 17, 2014
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by Stephen Meyer

Is interactive always better? Hands-on modules are great when teaching technical skills, but what about nuanced topics like effective communication or price negotiation? A recent study suggests that certain subjects benefit more from “vicarious” learning. Sometimes watching trumps doing. Read about it here!

Tip   |   December 16, 2014
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by Art Kohn

When the long-term training goal is retention and transfer of skills and knowledge, effective instructional design recognizes that certain key activities before and after a learning event (including eLearning and mLearning as well as instructor-led learning) are more important to success than what happens during the learning event. This article explains what pre-training is and its benefits.

Column   |   November 13, 2014
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by Art Kohn

What is your goal as a teacher, an instructional designer, a training manager? What is the single aim of all teaching? This month’s column moves from research to application in the service of making a better world.

Column   |   October 16, 2014
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by Art Kohn

For many instructional designers and teachers, one finding from research is so puzzling that they reject it immediately: that infusing training with strategic difficulties and challenges dramatically improves the learner’s long-term retention. Shouldn’t learning be easy? This month, Professor Kohn looks at the research and begins the discussion of how to apply it.

Column   |   September 17, 2014
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by Patti Shank

It’s easy to guess that informal learning is different when it takes place outside the influence of the training department or L&D, but how is it different when it happens outside that arena? The newest Guild research report shines a light on the differences in a way that will help you leverage informal learning in both sets of circumstances. Read the highlights here!

Research   |   September 16, 2014
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by Patti Shank

When experts use the term “informal learning,” they don’t mean exactly the same thing eLearning and learning practitioners do. The latest eLearning Guild research report “Informal Learning Takes Off,” written by Jane Hart, highlights the differences as well as some innovative approaches you may want to try.

Research   |   August 28, 2014
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by Art Kohn

Neuroscience has learned a lot about the way that the brain processes visual information. This article provides insights into the two distinct visual systems that operate concurrently and independently. Understanding these systems and how they work will provide instructional designers with important information bearing on ways to increase comprehension, retention, and transfer.

Column   |   August 14, 2014
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by Art Kohn

Much of what we communicate in eLearning and other kinds of teaching relies on the written word. Many instructional designers worry that learners may be poor readers and so try to “write down to their level.” Is this the right approach? Is reading ability even a problem? Or is the problem our approach to writing? Here are some guidelines that may surprise you.

Column   |   July 17, 2014
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by Patti Shank

The eLearning Guild’s newest research report says training ROI studies are flawed because they do not measure results. Executives told us one question interested them more than ROI: Do employees have the skills needed to do their jobs? A study on that issue by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has huge implications for education and training. Read about it here.

Research   |   July 15, 2014
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