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by Art Kohn

Much of what we communicate in eLearning and other kinds of teaching relies on the written word. Many instructional designers worry that learners may be poor readers and so try to “write down to their level.” Is this the right approach? Is reading ability even a problem? Or is the problem our approach to writing? Here are some guidelines that may surprise you.

Column   |   July 17, 2014
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by Marc Rosenberg

Selling performance support comes with unique challenges. Whether you are just getting started or have some performance-support experience under your belt, here are ten approaches to employ when planning to sell a performance-support project.

Column   |   July 8, 2014
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by Jane Bozarth

Professional development—our own, personal, professional development—is one of the most important things we can invest in. This isn’t a matter of paying money, necessarily, but of paying time and attention on a regular, even daily, basis to consciously becoming better at what you do. How? Reflective practice. Reading this column could be the best thing you do for yourself today.

Column   |   July 1, 2014
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by Mark Lassoff

Mobile devices often have much less on-board storage than laptop and notebook computers, and mobile apps often need to interact with real-time data from online sources. These facts often apply to eLearning as well as business apps. Here’s how to take advantage of real-time data to improve your eLearning designs!

Column   |   June 19, 2014
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by Art Kohn

Researchers have reported that the average attention span of American adults has dropped, possibly to even as little as five minutes. Is this due, as other researchers suggest, to changes in the human brain, brought about by modern technologies such as television and the Internet? Maybe, maybe not. Art opens a discussion of what we know about helping people pay attention.

Column   |   June 12, 2014
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by Marc Rosenberg

Focus groups can provide invaluable insight when used strategically for many analysis activities in the eLearning field, from needs assessment to usability to evaluating course effectiveness. Here is a complete, yet concise, guide to the what-when-how-who details that shape a focus group that will be a key resource for better decision-making.

Column   |   June 10, 2014
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by Jane Bozarth

One of the never-ending quests in eLearning is the zero-cost, 10-minute-to-build solution. As our tools and technologies evolve, this may not be the impossible dream that it once seemed to be. Jane explores lean eLearning and the tools to create it that are available to you today.

Column   |   June 3, 2014
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by Art Kohn

In his recent columns, Art has explained the nature of memory and ways to change the shape of the “forgetting curve.” In this column, he adds another important technique for overcoming forgetting: boostering.

Column   |   May 15, 2014
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by Marc Rosenberg

If the training department were a person, it might be having an existential crisis these days. So Marc set up a counseling appointment for the department with a professional therapist. Here’s a transcript of the session.

Column   |   May 13, 2014
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by Jane Bozarth

For several years, Jane has been intrigued by the possibilities that doing better at showing our work could have for organizations, for each other, and for our own professional development. In this column on the practice of showing others what you are doing, she gives you concrete examples and compelling reasons for working out loud.

Column   |   May 6, 2014
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