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Modern Learners: Built to Observe

Posted by Phylise Banner on Nov 21, 2017 12:42:25 PM

42033420_s.jpgDid you know that more than 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute? Yes, YouTube has significantly changed the way we access and process learning.

For many of us, instead of reading through an instruction manual, we search YouTube for a video that will guide us through “how to.” We can watch these over and over again, pausing where we need to look closer or to better understand what the subject matter expert is trying to get across. Of course we could read, and re-read, that instructional manual – so why do we turn to video?

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Topics: Modern Learning

Establishing Our Own Learning Pathways

Posted by Phylise Banner on Nov 2, 2017 1:00:00 PM

7624800_s.jpgIn previous blog posts, we have established that we are all modern learners. As we explore and build our own modern learning pathways, let’s stop for a moment to consider where we are and what we are picking up along the way.

All of our learning choices are personal. The process we go through to select, evaluate, and use learning assets is, in fact, the process of designing our own personal learning blends.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Content Curation, Personal Learning Networks, Learning Pathways

Modern Learning Producers as Stage Hands

Posted by Brigit Michael on Oct 26, 2017 3:27:11 PM

39521458_s.jpgWe chatted with veteran producer Brigit Michael and got her take on why she considers the virtual classroom to be a stage, herself a stage hand. Her unique perspective can help you hone your modern learning skills as you facilitate, produce, implement, and manage virtual learning events within your blends.

The role of a virtual producer is a unique one; we’re responsible for making everything run smoothly behind the scenes to ensure that learners have the best experience possible. 

I consider my role as a producer is kind of like a stage hand for a play. Some directors want the stage hands to be recognized and take a bow at the end, and some want them to fade entirely into the background, with a variety of possibilities in between.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Production, Producer, Modern Learning

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