Certain “desirably difficult” conditions of learning that more actively and effortfully engage learners lead to better long-term learning. In other words, training that makes learning difficult is more effective. Does that seem shocking to you? Read this article to find out why the common wisdom that says you should make eLearning easy is wrong, and to learn what “desirably difficult” entails.
by Jeff Batt
Here’s another takeaway from The eLearning Guild’s FocusOn Learning Conference & Expo: What if your digital learning could adapt, adjust, read, and assess the needs of each of your “digital students,” then serve up a personalized course specific to each of them based on their personal learning history? We already have the technology to do this. This article explains the concept and what’s needed.
by David James
One view of learning involves using a range of methods to support knowledge and skill recall at a later date, when they may help an employee deal with situations on the job. Technology now provides us with the ability to support everyday performance on demand and “on the go” by embedding learning into the workflow, using digital resources. Here are four principles that support that goal.
by Faith Brill
Does everyone define “learning” the same way? Do all the tools we use support optimal learning, given your definition? In this article, the author asserts that we don’t really have a clear, shared objective of what learning is and how it should occur, and she offers a concrete suggestion for an effective approach to resolve this dilemma.
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!
by JD Dillon
Video (and film before it) has been part of the resource set for learning and development for decades, and it’s now easier to use than ever. Here are four ideas for how you can use video to support workplace learning and performance—along with a few examples!
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.