Flip the Script: Allow Failure to Drive Your eLearning Content

Ever since our school days, the learning and testing pattern has been the same. Study content…take test on content. Even in today’s age of eLearning, that’s still what we see. Present content…knowledge check…more content…final quiz. Guess what, it doesn’t always have to be that way. Depending on the material (and your users) sometimes it makes…

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A Tale of Two Seminars: FUN Compliance Training and Virtually Real Conversations

For six years now, ThinkingKap has been speaking at the Chicago eLearning and Technology Showcase, and this year was no different. In addition to the TK booth we had set up, we presented two separate sessions: Fun Compliance Training – More Than Just Checking The Box and Maximize eLearning Engagement by Converting Narration Scripts into Interactive Dialog….

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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 to ignore the results. More recent times have shown the application of boot camp’s…

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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? But a closer look at a classroom without technology, or even furniture, demonstrates the essence…

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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 the common learner objections to eLearning so you can address these concerns before they become…

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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 Essentials of Digital Marketing–developed in collaboration with the learning specialists General Assembly–is an assessment based…

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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 approaches. Some were good, but most of them – not so much. So let’s talk…

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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 dance.” Ken Robinson is calling for a revolution in education. For the past hundred-and-fifty years,…

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The Growing Need for Writing Training: A Billion Dollar Industry

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While yes, our world is one of endless information right at our fingertips; it doesn’t mean that employees need less training because of it. On-the-job training—and remedial training, for that matter—is needed now more than ever. Research shows that writing is one area white-collar businesses are spending billions on every single year. In this post,…

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