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The Modern Learner

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Oct 19, 2017 1:05:00 PM

36874840_s.jpgIf you are on any learning related email lists, you’ve been seeing the word “modern” quite often over the last 12 months. Modern learning, modern workplace, modern design, and so on.

What does it mean? And why do we need to make that distinction?

Some would argue that technology is driving the need to redefine learning, and it's time to throw out the old ways of doing things. I would argue that technologies come and go, and it is the learners who are driving the need for modernization of the learning function.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Modern Workplace, Modern Blended Learning

Why Sales Trainings Fail and How to Prevent It

Posted by Brigg Patten on Jul 27, 2017 1:19:56 PM

It’s a fact that as robotic and AI technology continues to improve, many human jobs will be replaced by machines. There are few areas in business that are safe from such a threat including the sales force. Why Sales Trainings Fail 07272017.jpg

Person-to-person contact between the sales department and their clients is still a vital business link. But with the coming age of robotic devices that speak and even use logical reasoning, it’s important that the types of employee training needed to face this competition be utilized.

Unfortunately, statistics show that companies in general do a fairly poor job of training. The ES Research Group claims that their studies show that only 10 to 15% of the information given out during sales training sessions has a lasting impression beyond 120 days.

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Topics: Modern Learning

Rah! Rah! Rah! Training is More Like Cheerleading Than Coaching

Posted by Viqui Dill on Jul 25, 2017 12:24:47 PM

Some folks talk about training as “coaching." I think they have the metaphor wrong. Coaching means developing skills within a team by repetitive drilling and motivating them using a combination of respect and fear. Real training is nothing like that. Real training is more like cheerleading than coaching. Modern Learning professionals

Engage the Players (Learners)

So I’m standing in a conference room with my trusty slide deck and handouts, looking out at the other folks in the room for my training. My position looks like it’s up front but really I’m on the sidelines. The real action will be with those learners.

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Topics: Modern Learning

Make Sense of Modern Learning with Course Maps

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 20, 2017 1:15:00 PM

Training Magazine Network Recap

2017 July Week3 The Modern Learner Course Map_NEWS.jpgBlended learning, a once sufficient term, no longer describes the responsibility of our training programs. No live formal learning event will stand alone ever again. And tacking on additional “homework” after the lesson ends doesn’t count as blended learning. Our modern learners and organizations expect more.

How do we bring together all of the lessons, activities, and resources included in our modern learning instructional designs? More importantly, though, how do we bring these elements together in a way that clearly defines the program for our learners?

Jennifer Hofmann shared her solution during Training Magazine Network’s live online Masters Series. In the spirit of perpetual learning, this blog will detail her proven approach.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Modern Blended Learning, Course Maps

Managing Mindsets: Why it Matters in Modern Blended Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 18, 2017 2:01:46 PM

55072694_s.jpgModern workplace learning professionals wear many hats. Gone are the days of specialization. Our organizations expect us to design, deliver, implement, and manage entire training programs. Learners see us as facilitators, producers, learning guides, subject matter experts (SMEs), and sometimes technical support.

I’ve advocated for a modern title that encompasses all of our responsibilities – the Learning Experience Architect. We’re the hub of modern learning. To make the transition, we have to do more than assign ourselves a new label.

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Topics: Blended learning, Modern Learning, Learning Experience Architect

3 Guiding Principles for Grabbing Learner Attention

Posted by Katelind Hays on May 9, 2017 1:30:00 PM

BYTE Session Recap

19109725_s.jpgHow do you capture your audience’s attention when so many factors provide distractions?

Recently, guest BYTE speaker Mark Harter answered this question and provided pro-tips accumulated from years of practical experience.

Read on for three guiding principles you can use when working on new instructional designs and promoting training events.

Watch the entire webinar replay of, Grabbing Learner Attention, for a step-by-step process for creating a professional video studio on a budget, and tricks for making learning fun.

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Topics: Engagement, Modern Learning, BYTE

Complex Content in the Search Engine Age

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 25, 2017 12:15:00 PM

Training Magazine Network Session Recap

23348103_s.jpgOur learners have the world at their fingertips. If they face a new challenge or want to know some obscure fact, they have the power to get the answer immediately and move on to the next thing.

This instant access partially defines a modern learning experience. But what does this mean for our content and how it relates to our learners?

Jennifer Hofmann and Phylise Banner explored this question, and how it changes the roles and responsibilities of learning and development practitioners during their recent Training Magazine Network event, “Modern Learning is Perpetual Learning: How Do We Become the Google of Learning?

This blog covers the quandary created by complex content in the era of simple search. Watch the full webinar replay here: http://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/events/1082 to learn about modern learners and how apply a proven approach to become their trusted advisor and go-to information source.

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Topics: Modern Learning, pull learning, push training

A Lesson in Learning Design from A Vegas Snapchat Story

Posted by Mark Harter on Apr 11, 2017 2:06:04 PM

28421450_s.jpgI recently spent two days in Las Vegas.  It was a fun trip with my wife. We flew in on a Friday and were home by Monday morning.  The story in between is for another time, but I learned something very interesting in my two days there.

I used Snapchat to capture all the memories of our trip.  I grabbed shots of us at dinner. I took a video of us dancing.  And, of course the countless selfies proclaiming, “I’m in Vegas, and you are not!” Upon sharing with friends and family, I was intrigued by their reactions to my Vegas Snapchat “story.”  They were so engaged! With just a few taps of my finger I put together a short story that was interesting, inviting, alluring, creative, beautiful, educational (ok, maybe not in Vegas)…you name it. 

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Topics: Modern Learning, BYTE, Instructional Design

Become the Google of Learning in 6 Steps

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 28, 2017 2:42:04 PM

BYTE Session Recap

Modern Learning Professional DevelopmentAs we start to build our relationship with our learners, we want to ensure they turn to us and our resources when they encounter a challenge or have a question on the job. How do we do that?

In her recent InSync BYTE series event, Modern Learning is Perpetual Learning - How Do We Become the "Google" of Learning?, Jennifer Hofmann answers this exact question. This blog details her proven six step approach.

Watch Jennifer’s entire session for insight into the reality of learning today, complex content in the age of internet search, and creating learning campaigns. To watch the recording, click here

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Topics: Modern Learning, Modern Learning Culture, Content Curation

7 Keys to Modern Blended Learning Success

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 23, 2017 1:05:00 PM

BYTE Session Recap

Modern Blended Learning Blended TrainingOver the past 200 years, training has been moving in the wrong direction. Our approach to training and education no longer supports how learners work. Guest BYTE speaker Martyn Lewis explored a modern solution to an old-school problem.

Read more for Martyn’s definition of our learning struggles, how to get started with blended training, and the seven keys to a successful learning and development approach.

Watch Martyn’s BYTE recording for a discussion of learning through the ages, moving away from the physical classroom, the 7C approach to blended learning and a case study. Click here for the recording.

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Topics: Blended learning, Modern Learning, BYTE, Instructional Design, Blended Learning Hub