How Training is Like Boot Camp (and How it Isn’t)

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When it comes to training, there’s nothing more intense than boot camp. Since the days of ancient Sparta, almost every society on earth has used brutal initiation to turn average citizens into warriors.One look at history, and it’s pretty hard Continue Reading

Training Lessons from the Developing World

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What can we learn from schools in the developing world? You’re probably used to seeing this question the other way around. That’s because we rarely look at people we perceive as less fortunate and ask, what are they doing right? Continue Reading

Getting Learners to Buy In to the eLearning Format

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You need learners to buy in to the eLearning format if you want it to be successful. If you don’t, you’ll deal with a lot of unhappy, disgruntled team members who feel put off by a new format no one Continue Reading

eLearning Dropout Rates and what to do About Them

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It seems like everyone’s taking an e-course these days. But according to recent studies, only a tiny fraction of them are actually finishing their courses. These eLearning dropout rates illustrate some hard truths about training. eLearning Dropout Rates The attrition Continue Reading

Preparing for Learner Objections to eLearning

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We all know that change can be a difficult thing—even when it’s for the best. And because of that, many times, with change comes opposition. If you’re considering switching your training to an eLearning format, familiarize yourself with some of Continue Reading

5 Tough Questions You Need to Be Able To Answer About Implementing eLearning

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Implementing eLearning is a great way to improve your training department. But the process itself involves some work. If you’re not prepared, you can invest time and money into a course that doesn’t do all of the things you need Continue Reading

L’Oreal Beautifies Marketing Training

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The world’s largest manufacturer of cosmetics is getting a training makeover. A new platform at L’Oréal has positioned the company as a training trendsetter by putting sophisticated learning tools in the hands of their marketing team. The GMAT for Marketers Continue Reading

Storytelling: The Secret to Software Training That Doesn’t Suck!

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Let’s get this out of the way up front; most software training sucks. No wait…it REALLY SUCKS! Having spent a significant part of my training career at various software companies, I certainly saw more than my share of software training Continue Reading

Training Lessons from TED Talks

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The brilliant people at TED are talking about Training. Here are five TED talks, on topics ranging from post-industrial economics to dancing tango, with valuable eLearning takeaways. Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity? “Math is very important, but so is Continue Reading

The Growing Need for Writing Training: A Billion Dollar Industry

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The training crisis in America is a real one—and it’s impacting many different industries within the business community. While yes, it’s true, in 2016, our world is one of endless information right at our fingertips; but it doesn’t mean that Continue Reading

STUDY: Employees Indicate Need for More Skills Training at Work

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When LinkedIn conducted a survey asking 1,000 workers how they felt about their skill sets at work, they found that a surprising number of employees were uncomfortable with their current abilities. In fact, 78% said they felt they needed new Continue Reading

Cringe-Worthy Training in TV and Movies

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Awkwardness and teaching don’t mix, except on screen. When we’re not the ones who have to sit through a cringe-worthy training seminar, when the dull professor is a work of fiction, bad teaching makes for great entertainment. Seeing bad training Continue Reading

Research Shows Manufacturing Engineers Want More On-the-Job Training

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Within the world of manufacturing, training has long been an important piece of the equation for success. But what’s surprising is that even workers on the office side of this environment feel a need for increased training and guidance. Researchers Continue Reading

Learning from Experience: A Lesson from Presidential Hopefuls Who Dropped Out

With news of more and more presidential candidates dropping out of the 2016 race, it’s worth noting that even though these hopefuls didn’t reach their ultimate goals, they did glean a unique and interesting experience. Not many can say they Continue Reading

Instructional Design for the Greater Good: The Three Forms of Evaluation


Welcome to the completion of week nine as we progress through our 12-week service course, Instructional Design Service Course: Gain Experience For Good. We are entering into the final stages of this course, and at this point, have entered into the Evaluate Continue Reading

Should the #MoreThanMean Video Influence How We Conduct Harassment Training?

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As a lifelong Training & Development professional, and the owner of a progressive training and eLearning company, I’d love to think that all training is meaningful. Unfortunately, this altruistic vision is unrealistic. Over the years I’ve learned a few things Continue Reading

Is Your Training Still Partying Like It’s 1999?

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With news of the recent passing of music icon Prince, many people are discussing how his music still feels relevant today. This is fascinating, as much of his more popular tunes are now 20+ years old. Music is one of Continue Reading

Instructional Design for the Greater Good: Developing a Prototype

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Welcome to the completion of week seven as we progress through our 12-week service course, Instructional Design Service Course: Gain Experience For Good. In this module, we are developing a prototype of our lesson materials based on our Design Proposal. After Continue Reading

Subsumption Theory and eLearning

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Ever heard of Subsumption Theory referenced in an eLearning context? Essentially, it’s a theory that refers to the way learners absorb new information. David Ausubel, an educational Psychologist, introduced this theory in the 1960s—which pivots on the thought that learners Continue Reading

Self-Determination Implications for eLearning


Professors Edward Deici and Richard Ryan are the founders of the Self-Determination Theory, which is a motivation theory based around the human’s natural behavior to act in effective ways. This theory is well-loved. It’s referenced in training, sports, education, health—you Continue Reading

Positive Reinforcement in Instructional Design

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When it comes to eLearning, you can either use positive or negative feedback to keep them on track. Both are useful, but in this post, we’ll focus on using positive reinforcement. Why? Because we like reinforcement that cheers the learner Continue Reading

Path-Goal Theory: How to Use it in eLearning Courses

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In 1971, Robert J. House shared his Path-Goal Theory. Basically, it means that in order for leaders to be effective, they need to encourage and support their students so that they feel comfortable in the learning environment. The very technical Continue Reading

Instructional Design for the Greater Good: Drafting Your Design Proposal

Welcome to the completion of week seven as we progress through our 12-week service course, Instructional Design Service Course: Gain Experience For Good. The focus this week was on drafting a design proposal, also referred to as a design plan. Continue Reading

How Flow Theory Impacts eLearning

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Flow theory impacts eLearning in a big way. The name hints at why. The theory, created by Mihaly Csikzentmihaly (say that five times fast), focuses on the mental state of learners during education and the state in which intrinsic motivation Continue Reading

eLearning Psychology Myths

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While psychology does play a major part in effective eLearning design, there are a few myths we’ve seen floating around that we think should be debunked. And since psychology is such a major part of learning any subject, it’s important Continue Reading