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by Mark Lassoff

Create slides that engage—no matter whether your students are sitting with you in a classroom or watching you in a virtual environment. Two skills are involved here: creativity and production. With a little of both, you can greatly improve the quality of your presentation. Here are five techniques to get you started.

Column   |   September 22, 2016
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by JD Dillon

In an ideal world, workplace information and experience would flow together into a powerful collection of shared knowledge. Employees and teams would know what to share and how best to share it. L&D would focus on tools and enablement rather than content and control. Sorry to disappoint, but we don’t live (or work) in that world. Yet we could. Here’s how to get on the road to that world.

Column   |   September 20, 2016
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by Marc Rosenberg

Thanks to their use of technology outside their educational environment to learn and to collaborate, communicate, and document their own lives, today’s students are different from students of a generation ago. Now the emphasis must be to open up education to personal technology and enable students to use it wisely and productively. Here are five key considerations for doing this successfully!

Column   |   September 13, 2016
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by Jane Bozarth

There’s a lot of conversation lately about working out loud and the benefits it brings to individual workers. At the same time, however, it’s a tough sell to make to leaders in some organizations. Here are the five chief benefits to the organization, explained in a way that’s hard to argue with!

Column   |   September 6, 2016
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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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