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How Can We Think Bigger as Instructional Designers?

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 14, 2018 2:25:21 PM

30729912_sHere's a radical idea: maybe we've been thinking too small when it comes to instructional design.

Relying on proven principles while purposefully expanding the scope of our vision can help us accomplish organizational goals and empower learners to better navigate their modern workplaces. We believe in a more thorough model so much that we practice and preach perpetual learning design.

Our new video explains the concept in under three minutes - click here to view

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Topics: Modern Workplace, Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Modern Learners

Defining the Modern Learner Experience

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 11, 2018 12:40:45 PM

102059427_sWhen designing and delivering content, we need to balance five elements of the learner experience: technology, design, people, place, and time.

In order to achieve this balance, we need to focus on the learner experience. We need to define and leverage how learning is structured, including when it is taking place, where it is taking place, and how it is being delivered.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Modern Learners

Serious Learning Games 101

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 5, 2018 12:57:44 PM

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Have you heard? Modern learners love games. In fact, with the right design, these games have the power to increase learner engagement and boost retention.

Our organizations and stakeholders, though, often struggle to understand the value of games. “Having fun doesn’t equal skill building,” is a common refrain. How do we prove them wrong if they won’t buy in?

Take the first step by walking them through “Serious Games 101.” Andrew Hughes, President of Designing Digitally, graciously shared his serious game secrets with our Virtually There learners. This blog details the basics of serious games and game-based learning, allowing you to apply his model to your own corporate L&D.

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Topics: Virtually There, Modern Learning, Game-Based Learning

How to Support Diverse Learners in Global Classrooms

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 1, 2018 12:45:00 PM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitterA Modern Learning on the Air Interview with Beth Yoder and Peter Byebierggaard.

Bersin research confirmed what many of us already know: global teams define the modern workforce. Our organizations include diverse teams, connected by innovative technologies. Organizationally learning functions now work in a new standard: multicultural classrooms.

Learners bring unique and varied viewpoints to our training events. And that’s fantastic! But how does Learning & Development support this reality?

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom

3 Tips for Successful Virtual Learning Events

Posted by Katelind Hays on May 29, 2018 1:14:22 PM

45890595_sWhat is there left to learn about designing, producing, and facilitating virtual learning? So much! This blog is the second in a series recapping the recent Virtual Classroom Panel hosted by eLearning Guild during their 2018 Learning Solutions Conference. Read the first post, What are the Biggest Virtual Classroom Tool Challenges? Experts Say…

With all the virtual tools in all the land, creating successful live online learning programs requires planning. How do we set people up for success in this training environment? What do we, as the people designing and facilitating the learning experience, need to do in order to create a really positive virtual experience?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Global Virtual Classroom

Preview: Blended Learning in Practice

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 24, 2018 1:36:27 PM

eLearning Guild Blended Learning in Practice report preview

Are your organization's programs ready for the future? Has the instructional design approach you use evolved to support and actively engage modern learners? What implementation process works best when introducing this innovative, flexible methodology? 

Ultimately, effective blends rely on addressing all moments of learning need and modeling the way work happens today. And while learning professionals and researchers alike have identified proven benefits, stakeholders correctly point out that risks logically follow widespread change.

I'm pleased to collaborate with eLearning Guild to answer these questions and address these realities in my new report, Blended Learning in Practice.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning

Listen & Learn: A Coaching Conversation with Ginny Palmieri

Posted by Katelind Hays on May 17, 2018 1:00:00 PM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitterHow do we become the best that we can be? Countless self-help books sit on Amazon’s digital shelves hoping to answer this question. And while, oftentimes, the pursuit of our "best-ness" feels like a personal endeavor, it naturally and logically impacts our professional performance.

The secret to success according to Ginny Palmieri, author of Unspoken: Finding Your Voice and Living Your Authentic Life, involves an authentic presence in and out of the office. Her interview with Phylise Banner for the Modern Learning on the Air podcast outlines the processes and approaches you can take to move your career in the right direction.

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Topics: Modern Learning on the Air, Professional Development

Talent, Culture, and Hierarchy in Agile Organizations

Posted by Katelind Hays on May 8, 2018 1:00:00 PM

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Agile’s all the rage with our organizations and teams right now. And for good reason!

Agile provides a function model to address many of the nuances involved in work today, including multitasking and unclear boundaries. Agile allows teams to purposefully come together to focus on a single project in an environment that learns from failure. That’s a big deal in today’s competitive landscape.

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Topics: Virtually There, Agile Learning, Modern Workplace

Knowledge Sharing in the Workplace: What’s the Big Deal?

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 26, 2018 1:46:32 PM

37109732_sVirtually There Session Recap

During his recent Virtually There session, JD Dillon shared a fascinating story,

"The week I joined a previous organization, our eLearning Developer quit. It wasn’t cause and effect, but I was suddenly the eLearning Developer. In my first project, I was picking up from behind and needed to find source info for this project. I was scouring through SharePoint Sites – I was having a hard time finding info I needed. If I can’t find it and I have admin capabilities what is happening to the frontline employee? What’s their life like if we can’t find info as the training person? It was a much bigger problem that we needed. I met with my boss and said, 'What if we built Wikipedia, but for here?' He thought it was great idea, so we wrote it on a post-it. It sat on my computer monitor for two years.”

Does this story sound familiar to you? You identify an information sharing-related challenge in your organization, you may even come up with a solution, but solving it feels out of reach.

JD believes there’s a fundamental reason for that: it’s not technically our job.

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Topics: Virtually There, Knowledge Management

No Budget for Learning Videos? No Problem!

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 24, 2018 1:00:00 PM

57972767_sWhen you need to learn how to do something, where do you go for information?

I thought about this question recently when I faced a pretty standard homeownership quandary: spring recently sprung, but my front yard needed some improvement in the lush greenery department. I turned to YouTube first to find a step-by-step process for increasing the curb appeal of my house. I knew by doing research there, I’d find a quick, easy, repeatable answer to my current problem.

I’m not alone, either! Most of us turn to quick, informative videos in our daily lives when stuck on a task or project, or when curiosity strikes.

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Topics: Podcasts and Videos