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5 Steps to Using Learning Environment Modeling Language

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 13, 2018 1:00:00 PM

41545406_s.jpgAll instructional designers have a toolkit: a set of processes, applications, and approaches they use to create modern learning programs. High-tech, low-tech, paid, or free, they rely on a myriad of sources to design training that sticks.

While toolkits may vary, many instructional designers face a common obstacle: communication. How do we make sure that our stakeholders and teams understand the design vision, execution plan, and associated benefits? More often than not, designers spend a majority of their time in meetings, talking about the nitty gritty details and the high-level overview of programs. Every element discussed and revisited. Designers, by default, can’t extract themselves from their work.

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Topics: Virtually There, Modern Learning, Instructional Design

What Hurts? Addressing Two Common L&D Pain Points

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 1, 2018 1:15:00 PM

Virtually There Session Recap

33025237_s.jpgThe last ten years brought us a digital revolution. New technologies and applications changed the way we live our lives. More interestingly, perhaps, is the impact this decade has had on how we behave. As consumers, we are radically different than previous generations. We want effective solutions to our problems immediately, and thanks to platforms like Amazon, that’s not an unreasonable request.

Did you know that this consumerism has spilled into how we learn? In fact, as guest Virtually There speaker Treion Muller recently pointed out, seven consumer realities specifically impact learning and development, creating challenges for L&D professionals in this space.

What pain points are we experiencing? Treion posed this exact question to his learners and shared his expertise for overcoming them. Two questions in particular caught my attention, and Treion’s answers may help you improve the functionality of learning within your organization.

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Topics: Virtually There, Modern Learning

Creating a Customer Hero Story

Posted by Katelind Hays on Feb 15, 2018 1:15:00 PM

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Every day we tell stories, to ourselves, our learners, and our customers. Psychologists have determined that storytelling makes a difference in how people act. In fact, human behavior follows a predictable pattern: an event happens, that event sparks feelings, and from those feelings, we take action. Stories provide us with the opportunity to influence that cycle and drive behavior.

But how do we tell better stories that help us achieve better business results? Christine Miles, Chief Architect of Ci Squared, identified a customer hero story as our best option.

During her recent Virtually There session, Christine defined the "Art of the Nudge," key storytelling elements, and guided learners in writing their own customer hero story. Watch the entire replay for all her expert insight.

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Topics: Virtually There

The Four Components of Learning Environment Modeling Language

Posted by Katelind Hays on Feb 13, 2018 1:15:00 PM

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Do you feel like you’re missing something from your instructional design toolkit? That one resource, approach, or process that would create a more direct route from defined learning goals to proposed design solution?

Aftr 30 years in the industry, Phylise Banner stumbled across a solution that has revolutionized her work: Learning Environment Modeling Language.

She shared her discovery with her audience at the recent Virtually There session, Removing Communication Barriers in the Learning Design Process.

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Topics: Virtually There, Instructional Design

3 Questions + 1 Formula = Better Instructional Design

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 23, 2018 1:08:27 PM

Virtually There Session Recap

38725119_s.jpgPixar animator Andrew Stanton said, “The greatest story commandment is: make me care.” Some of the most creative storytelling minds use this mantra when illustrating to increase audience engagement with their films.

Unsurprisingly, this approach can apply in modern learning, as well. How do we get our learners to care about our training programs?

Learning Strategist, Enzo Silva, and his colleague Kate Tronvig provided Virtually There learners with an easy-to-follow process during their popular session, “You May Not Be Walt Disney, But You Can Draw and Animate.”

Watch their session for tips and tricks around using popular eLearning design tools.

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Topics: Virtually There, Modern Learning, Storyboarding, Instructional Design, eLearning

Choosing the Right eLearning Storyboarding Tool

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 11, 2018 1:46:39 PM

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“Build an eLearning course,” they say. “It’s what you’re great at! You can have it done by Friday.” Sound familiar? eLearning’s popularity as both stand alone instruction and part of a larger blend makes it a standard in many instructional design portfolios. Unfortunately, the “go do that thing you do” mentality reflects a general misunderstanding of the complicated nature of eLearning production.

When faced with such a disconnect, how do we design impactful modules with a limited budget and an overwhelming number of tools available for purchase?

Kevin Thorn, Chief Nuggethead and corporate training expert, provided a helpful framework for building an eLearning design, development, and production toolkit consisting of free and paid tools.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtually There, Storyboarding, eLearning

Big Data 101: Predictive Analytics in Talent Management

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 16, 2017 4:35:21 PM

Virtually There session recap

Big data has become a big deal for the modern workforce. Publications like The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, and The New York Times have covered the topic, and institutions like Gartner have researched its application for organizations. So what does it mean for those of us in Human Resources and Training?

Guest speaker Claire F. Kuhl helped Virtually There learners gain a basic understanding of big data, and envision how they can use it as a tool within their talent management processes during her recent session, What's the Big Deal About Big Data?

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Topics: Virtually There, Talent Management

The Key to Effective Change Management

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 9, 2017 1:15:00 PM

Virtually There Session Recap

11083836_s.jpgEvery organization experiences change. Whether it’s implementing a new onboard training program or overhauling production processes, the only constant in business is change. What’s the most effective way to plan for, implement, and manage critical new developments within your company?

Recently, guest Virtually There presenter Laura Goodrich of GWTnext shared her experience-proven, expert opinion during her session, Driving it Home: Real Change is a Process, Not an Event.

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Topics: Virtually There, Change Management, Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Campaigns

The Future of Instructional Design

Posted by Katelind Hays on Sep 28, 2017 12:58:37 PM

Virtually There Session Recap

20775814_s.jpgThe future of learning has arrived!  With virtual reality, gamification, and microlearning, we now have access to a wide variety of strategies, techniques, and technologies when creating our blended learning programs. But how do we make sense of all the options and engage our learners, while also addressing their individual needs?

Jennifer Hofmann explored and defined the future of instructional design during her recent Virtually There learning event. In this blog post, we will explore three key elements: learning hubs, learning campaigns, and learning paths.

Watch the entire recording for additional in-depth information and helpful resources.

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Topics: Virtually There, Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Campaigns, Blended Learning Instructional Design

Virtually There: Learner Engagement - Why is it Important?

Posted by Charles (Chip) Dye on May 12, 2016 12:34:33 PM

And how can we measure the effect of engagement of instructional outcomes?

Learner_Engagement_in_the_Modern_Classroom_blog_post-1.jpgIn my previous article, learner engagement was defined as turning on three factors:

  • An emotional response to the training—How does the learner “feel” about the content and its presentation/treatment?
  • An intellectual response to the training—Does the instructional experience require and involve the learner’s intellect?
  • An environmental response to the learning—Do the learners interact with the learning environment and is the environment changed because of the training?

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Topics: Engagement, Virtually There