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by Mark Lassoff

Typography is often best understood by examining the vocabulary used to discuss the craft. Here are some of the most common terms, along with tips to help you apply them using typical digital design software. The people who use your products will be forever grateful for your efforts, and other designers won’t laugh at your work!

Column   |   August 18, 2016
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by JD Dillon

The call to evolve the role of learning and development (L&D) has become downright deafening. If you haven’t heard it, you just aren’t listening. The workplace has changed, but we have not kept pace with the ways we support it. Many L&D thought leaders are sharing great ideas on how to shift the L&D mindset. Here are four key tips for you!

Column   |   August 16, 2016
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by Marc Rosenberg

We search for something on the web, or on our organization’s intranet, only to find tons of outdated, irrelevant content. It seems we find it too easy to publish content and too bothersome to update or “unpublish” it. How do you avoid creating a content curation mess? Marc offers four guidelines for content expiration.

Column   |   August 9, 2016
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by Jane Bozarth

What is “social learning”? This is a question that evidently stymies a lot of learning and development teams and their managers, but it need not. Some groups figure it out, and some groups fail at it. If you want to know what makes the difference, Jane shows you in her column this month. By the way, have you seen any Pokémon trainers out on the street today?

Column   |   August 2, 2016
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by Mark Lassoff

Screencasts—digital video recordings of computer screens, often with audio narration or added video of an instructor—have been a staple for teaching developers and software users. But many screencasts are ineffective or even counterproductive because of poor planning and execution. Here are eight common faults of screencasts, with ways to improve the quality of your productions.

Column   |   July 21, 2016
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by JD Dillon

Skepticism. Doubt. Snap judgment. One of these is not like the others. Skepticism can be a healthy means of suspending judgment, as long as impartial investigation follows. Doubt can be a natural response to risk, and it can be overcome. But snap judgment, if a habit, may do more harm than good. If you’re vulnerable to that habit, here are five practical ways to overcome it.

Column   |   July 19, 2016
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by Marc Rosenberg

Last month, Marc looked at the importance of content curation and the consequences of ignoring it. This month, he outlines seven approaches to actually getting curation done—from culling to crowdsourcing, to algorithms and analytics, to syndication (and more)—and the factors to consider in selecting or combining the methods.

Column   |   July 12, 2016
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by Jane Bozarth

In the classroom, a good trainer can adjust instruction on the fly if it isn’t working for the employees, but this is a luxury not available to the eLearning designer. Here are some common issues in converting classroom training to online, and ideas that will help you make the online version realistic and relevant to the needs of workers.

Column   |   July 5, 2016
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by JD Dillon

Who makes the biggest difference in the success of employee workplace learning? Join JD as he reviews all the usual suspects. Is it a neo-noir mystery, or is it an open-and-shut story? Review the roles that exist in any organization, learn who actually makes or breaks employee learning, and find out five better ways to partner with that person.

Column   |   June 21, 2016
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by Marc Rosenberg

Knowledge doubles every year, and the shelf life of that knowledge gets smaller all the time. The amount of “stuff” on the Internet is overwhelming, and we could wear ourselves out trying to keep up with the new, refresh ourselves on the old, and keep track of what’s no longer valuable. A good content-curation strategy is your best hope, and here is a checklist to help you develop one.

Column   |   June 14, 2016
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