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by Bill Brandon

"Social learning" is about more than using social media to support collaboration and learning. It goes beyond how people use Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and other media. Here are some research-based tips to guide you to leveraging the technology infrastructure and social learning to bring about behavioral change and desired results.

Tip   |   March 10, 2016
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by Bill Brandon

The industrial-age model of instruction is working less and less well as traditional ways of working evolve and as technology facilitates self-determined learning. There are, however, more effective ways to learn that make use of that technology. Here are two powerful concepts that look to the present day and to the future!

Feature   |   March 7, 2016
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by Jane Bozarth

In Cargo Cult Training, the designer or the leader replicates what he saw teachers do, capturing the artifacts of instruction without understanding what’s underneath. This happens in classrooms and in online instruction. Why does it happen, and what can you do about it (or avoid falling into it yourself)? Here are some answers.

Column   |   March 1, 2016
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by Sharon Vipond

Members of the learning and development profession who are not assessment specialists need assessment writing tools and resources to support them with guidance in this increasingly important skill area. Providing practical tools, templates, professional perspectives, and resources for creating today’s learning assessments is the goal of The eLearning Guild’s latest eBook.

Spotlight   |   February 17, 2016
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by David James

How about this as a new mission statement for learning and development organizations? “Help people to do what they want to do, better.” Read that sentence carefully—there’s more there than meets the eye. People are already developing themselves professionally, without the involvement of L&D, because they want to do their jobs better. Here are five ways L&D can assist them—and should be doing so.

Feature   |   February 15, 2016
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by Bucky Dodd

The majority of our work in eLearning design is performed in the invisible: discovering what is in the minds of subject matter experts and translating it into solutions. This requires finding a way to make our practices visible. The solution? An idea canvas: a shared language for modeling learning environments. This article explains how to create one and how to use it.

Feature   |   February 8, 2016
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by Jane Bozarth

Does an instructional designer or other training practitioner need a specialized degree in order to work effectively? There’s a lot of debate about this. You should read this article and Jane’s suggestions, and decide what works for you. There’s not just one answer.

Column   |   February 2, 2016
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by Seung Youn (Yonnie) Chyung, Valerie Gardin, Aly Summers, Kate Aument

Scenario-based learning and integrated branching strategies may support transfer of higher cognitive learning outcomes associated with problem solving, decision-making skills, or work-based practice. In this article, you will find an example of scenario-based learning applied to training restaurant personnel to deal with a situation with a high emotional component.

Feature   |   February 1, 2016
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by Seung Youn (Yonnie) Chyung, Valerie Gardin, Aly Summers, Kate Aument

eLearning developers, especially novices, should be able to use scenario-based content design, a strategy that gets eLearning outside the “page-turner” box and engages learners more effectively. This article shows you how developers at Boise State University used a rapid eLearning development (RED) tool to create a scenario-based product for computer lab staff.

Feature   |   January 25, 2016
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by Bill Brandon

In the face of ongoing, even disruptive, change, where should you focus in 2016? How can you engage and challenge learners more effectively? Here are solid best practices and fresh advice to guide you!

Spotlight   |   January 21, 2016
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