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by Jane Bozarth

Textbooks and graduate courses on training and development sometimes suggest practices that are too good to be true in the real world where instructional designers live. Here are seven tips that are better matched to the challenges of our work.

Column   |   October 7, 2014
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by Mark Simon

While training professionals have always done “quality checks” of training courses through content reviews, dry runs, pilots, and so on, the migration to eLearning and mLearning has increasingly changed this process to a software quality check. Doing this check right requires a test plan, and this article explains what that involves.

Feature   |   October 6, 2014
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by Ben Muzzell

When do you begin training a new employee? How do you go about new hire orientation? Mobile technology and eLearning open up the critical period between the moment you inform someone they are hired and the moment they arrive for their first day on the job— the days from “Yes to Desk.” Make it a key part of your onboarding process; this article offers tips on how to do it.

Tip   |   October 1, 2014
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by Nic Laycock

At UK financial services company LV=, new skills were needed to drive a culture change to develop frontline staff excellence. The answer? “A social learning environment and sharing culture that ensured learning was quickly made available from one staff member to another.” Here’s how they did it.

News   |   September 25, 2014
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by News Editor

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News   |   September 24, 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 Carol Leaman

Gamification is getting a lot of press these days, with promises of great improvements in learning. And while companies are citing successful employee engagement in gamified learning, the real question is whether gamification itself is a recipe for learning success, or is it just one ingredient?

Feature   |   September 15, 2014
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by Marc Rosenberg

Has technology in our schools come upon a significant barrier? Is it the schools themselves? Technology can improve learning, but we may never reach its full value if the context where it is used—the school—does not significantly change as well. There are efforts underway to change schools, but we still have to ask if they are enough. Read here about what it will take to change the game!

Column   |   September 9, 2014
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by Paul Clothier

For many companies, adapting eLearning content for use on smartphones is a first small step in providing learning content for mobile (mLearning). While redesign is always the best option, this article digs into deeper levels of adaptation and offers detailed guidance on ways to create effective mLearning from existing materials. And remember: Mistakes are your friends.

Feature   |   September 8, 2014
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by William West

The commitment to outsourcing means risking your reputation and success if not done right the first time. How do you spot a vendor’s weaknesses? How do you identify a mismatch before it’s too late? What about pricing? Here are the tips you need in this situation.

Tip   |   September 3, 2014
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