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Can Gamification "Funify" Work?

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitterPicture it: someone at a networking event asks you to describe your job.

What words come to mind? If you answered “fun!” first, count yourself among the lucky few.

Most of us take our professional responsibilities seriously and seek out opportunities that challenge us. However, pursuing our serious dreams often results in roles that fundamentally lack fun.

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Topics: Gamification, Game-Based Learning, Modern Learning on the Air

EQ Over IQ: Lou Russell’s Perspective

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 15, 2018 10:00:00 AM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitter-885819-editedAs we deal with more demands on our time and new generations join the workforce, engaging learners and helping them become successful at their jobs becomes more and more challenging.

When trying to create training that sticks, expert Lou Russell overcomes modern workforce obstacles by focusing on three elements: fun, fast, and flexible. In fact, her approach to facilitation acknowledges that, “The brains that we have are not geared toward multitasking, and as we are trying to juggle a lot of things, we change – for me, I change topics every fifteen minutes or every hour.”

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Topics: Emotional Intelligence, Modern Learning on the Air

Maximizing Organizational Performance: Cues from Marjorie Derven

Posted by Katelind Hays on Oct 16, 2018 11:28:43 AM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitter-885819-editedAsk your senior leadership what they believe most impacts the business’ performance, and you’ll likely get a variety of answers. “Corporate culture!” one might say. Perhaps operational efficiency or improved training come to mind.

Expert Marjorie Derven believes that one oft-overlooked initiative can make all the difference: Diversity & Inclusion (D&I).

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Topics: Modern Learning on the Air, Diversity & Inclusion

Memory and Modern Learning: Perspective from Oded Ilan

Posted by Katelind Hays on Sep 25, 2018 11:48:53 AM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitter-885819-editedBehavior change is the holy grail of training. Learning and Development practitioners strive to impact business outcomes by improving the skills of our audience. Performance improvement grows out of learners truly understanding content and successfully applying it back on the job.

To achieve this goal, expert Oded Ilan believes, “we need a paradigm shift in the way that we perceive teaching and supporting people.” And that paradigm shift starts with our understanding of how our brains function in the modern workplace environment.

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Topics: Modern Learning on the Air, Modern Learning

Expert Guidance: Diversity & Inclusion in Training

Posted by Katelind Hays on Sep 13, 2018 2:26:24 PM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitter-885819-editedGlobal organizations are the norm now. The boundaries constraining corporate success and competition no longer fall along state, national, or continental borders. Growth, as demonstrated by companies like Amazon, Apple, and more, has no limit.

Education serves as the true competitive differentiator. Can your learning function adapt to more diverse and international workforces faster than the competition? For this reason, Diversity & Inclusion, also known as D&I, has quickly become a priority for just about every organization.

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Topics: Diversity & Inclusion, Modern Workplace, Modern Learning, Modern Learning on the Air

Fun and Games in Training: Lessons from Dr. Stephen Slota

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 23, 2018 12:57:06 PM

70108610_sWhen was the last time you had fun during a mandated training event?

This loaded question plagues instructional designers and facilitators alike. Stakeholders know that training impacts overall organizational performance, making upskilling employees a high-stakes game. Without the proper instruction, teams may not achieve business-critical goals and, perhaps more detrimentally, become frustrated when they feel unprepared to handle the responsibilities of their roles.

As training professionals, we understand the risk of poorly designed or delivered learning events. But taking learning seriously doesn’t necessarily mean all training elements must feel serious. In fact, fun and games present a unique option to boost learner engagement and retention.

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Topics: Modern Learning on the Air, Gamification, Game-Based Learning

Memes, Critical Thinking, and L&D: Insight from Allen Partridge

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 7, 2018 10:00:00 AM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitter-2As technology evolves, our ability to learn anytime and anywhere changes, too. Now, our possibilities seem literally endless. Constant communication, the pervasive availability of information, and the ever-changing opportunities for social collaboration exemplify this new reality.

At no point, though, has critical thinking been simultaneously more important and less commonplace. As learners and learning architects, we struggle to discern the accuracy and efficacy of information on the internet. Thanks to web-based anonymity, how do we figure out who on the internet has any expertise?

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Topics: Modern Learners, Modern Learning on the Air

Lead the Change with Social Learning: Tips from Jane Bozarth

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 24, 2018 3:08:49 PM

52901913_sThink about the last time you needed to learn something new. Were you sitting at your desk in your office? Standing in your kitchen trying to make dinner? Driving down the road when a new warning light popped up on your dashboard?

Like many people, when this happens to me, I ask a trusted source for their wisdom. Sometimes that’s my mom, other times it’s a colleague who seems to know the ins-and-outs of every nuanced process for my company.

This daily life process proves that humans learn socially. If we can incorporate that into our training, we not only appeal to Adult Learning Principles, but we also support learner success.

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Topics: Social Learning, Modern Learning on the Air

How Do People Learn? Answers from Julie Dirksen

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 29, 2018 1:15:22 PM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitterOften trainers become trainers because their organizations see them succeeding at their jobs. “Oh! You’re a great customer service rep. You can teach other people how to perform customer service.” “Wow! You created a beautiful new page for the internal website. Can you teach these three team members your process?”

Your competitive differentiators likely landed you the role of facilitator, designer, and sage.

But that puts you at a disadvantage. Modern learners require modern approaches, and when you start off as a Subject Matter Expert, you very rarely get support around the “brain science” piece of training. You don't have basic knowledge of learning theories, design theories, and strategies you can target and influence your instructional designs.

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Topics: Modern Learning on the Air, Instructional Design, Modern Learners

Want to Change Your Training Programs? Change Your Idea of Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 19, 2018 10:00:00 AM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitterLearning styles and 70-20-10, you’ve probably heard of them. Both have provided instructional designers with guidance for years. Well, according to expert Chris Osborn, we need to throw both right in the garbage.

This extreme response to seemingly-proven models stems from a key question: How do humans learn? Chris argues that “Human learning is about creating new memories and replacing outdated, incomplete, or incorrect ones, with accurate, relevant, useful new memories.”  Employees undergo true behavior change when they learn, retain, and apply new content.

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Topics: Modern Learning on the Air, Instructional Design