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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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by Jane Bozarth

Among trainers, a common approach to deficient outcomes is to focus on finding and fixing the causes of the deficiencies. Yet in most communities, even where most members fail, there will be individuals or groups that succeed. An effective alternative approach is to find out what those who succeed are doing and to help others do the same. Here is an introduction to techniques that work!

Column   |   June 7, 2016
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by JD Dillon

Does everyone in your organization value learning as much as you do? If they don’t, what can you do to help others see the value of workplace learning? And just as important, how can you understand the day-to-day lives of the people you support and provide resources that fit? Here are five tips to balance learning strategy and business context.

Column   |   May 17, 2016
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by Marc Rosenberg

If learners have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in a course, doesn’t that mean they are ready to learn? No! They must actually be ready to learn. Here are the key things you should find out about and deal with before you answer that question.

Column   |   May 10, 2016
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by Jane Bozarth

Participant chat is a tool included in most virtual classroom products, yet it is underutilized. If you think of it as just a place for participants to chat, offer commentary, or ask questions, you are missing a golden opportunity to engage your audience! Here are seven incredibly productive ways to encourage the reluctant and avoid the “Anyone? Anyone?” moments.

Column   |   May 3, 2016
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