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by Art Kohn

Is it possible that your training is having no effect on learners, or worse, that it is actually detrimental to the good of the company? The answer is, “Yes, it is possible,” and until you conduct systematic assessment you will have no idea whether you are really helping your organization reach its goals. Here is some help from research.

Column   |   April 29, 2015
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by Art Kohn

Some scandalous questions: What are the odds that your eLearning, by itself, will succeed at changing behavior? Put another way, “Does education matter?” Will teaching people new information really get them to behave in new ways? Art reveals some research that lay hidden for years, although it opens insights into what does and does not cause groups of people to change their behavior.

Column   |   March 19, 2015
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by News Editor

The eLearning Guild has released the 2015 Global eLearning Salary & Compensation Report. Based on data from more than 5,000 Guild members, the average base salary of an eLearning employee is $78,310. Make the most of new resources in the report to start your own research, access the Guild’s salary calculator, and develop an action plan to prepare for—and succeed in—future negotiations.

Review   |   February 25, 2015
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by Art Kohn

It can happen that, in a class or in a discussion, people get into arguments and disagreements that keep everyone from making progress. Even worse, instead of learning, people only get frustrated, unhappy, and unproductive. Frequently, it turns out that the problem was that each person was using a particular word in a different way. Here’s a simple exercise to help get past this.

Column   |   January 15, 2015
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by Stephen Meyer

Should learning be easy and effortless? Many designers approach their task under the assumption that it should be. However, research says otherwise: Struggle has long-term benefits for learning. Read about it here, and about how you can put the research findings into practice.

Tip   |   January 8, 2015
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by Ben Muzzell

Large formal training programs feel tangible and impressive. Unfortunately, they may also be cumbersome, inefficient, and quickly outdated. Research also indicates that optimal learner focus only lasts about 10 to 18 minutes. “Microlearning” can make content more visible, extendable, reusable, and up to date while offering minimal disturbance to the daily work schedule. Read about it here!

Feature   |   December 29, 2014
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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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