by Clark Quinn
There is growing evidence that today’s learning, focused on presenting information and testing knowledge, is ineffective when it comes to producing meaningful outcomes for business. Is there a better way to create learning experiences? Clark Quinn lays out a fundamental model that incorporates the ways people naturally learn, together with some extensions he has found effective.
Onboarding begins before a new employee comes to work the first day, and an ongoing onboarding process is essential to assimilating, retaining, and engaging the people you worked hard to find and recruit. It also brings new hires up to speed more quickly and boosts proficiency and contribution. Here’s how the best companies approach onboarding, including leveraging technology.
Working with subject matter experts (SMEs) can be a challenge, as you try to extract their tacit knowledge. Each SME is different, but there are some broad categories or archetypes, and having an understanding of these will help you bring out the best in each one. Here is a catalogue of these archetypes, and suggestions for working with each of them.
by David James
Business today is more complex, unpredictable, and fast-paced than ever. For people to thrive and perform at pace, they need the support of faster, more agile, and digitally equipped learning and development (L&D). L&D organizations not meeting these new requirements risk disintermediation and becoming redundant. Your next action must be to change your L&D business model—here’s how!
Instructional designers sometimes have a problem: we get hung up in the content and forget about what the content is supposed to do for the learners—prepare them for something on the job. That’s how we get solutions that are only surface- level knowledge transfer, also known as knowledge dump. Here are four things you can do to stay out of that dump.
How do you engage people to make learning stick? Is it only by using media to grab the senses and emotions: video, audio? Is it only by using games that promise an easy and entertaining diversion from the work of learning? Or can you engage people’s minds in a way that, in itself, is learning? What do a vicar, a preacher, and a duck have in common, apart from two feet and a mouth? Find out here.
by Chad Udell
Nine years ago, the iPhone entered the scene and became the disruptor to end all disrupters, even though most people still just used it as a phone. Are you engaged in any discussions about the utility and usefulness of the mobile learning you produce? And what is “mobile learning”? Never mind the minor details—is what you create indispensable?
by John Parsons
Online video has been available since the late 1990s, but we are still discovering new ways to use it in training. On top of that, there are myths and misconceptions about the best way to deliver instructional video content. Here are seven common myths, and suggestions that will help you see past them.
Affordances of mobile, social, and emerging specifications like the Experience API (and others) are positioning a revolutionary learning ecosystem that offers individuals help in navigating all those possibilities. We are now on the cusp of realizing the value and potential of this development. Here is a look at the path ahead to that outcome.