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Learning Retention: Beyond the Classroom

Posted by Brian Ziemba on January 4, 2018

In a recent blog, we pointed out strategies to increase learning retention by using what we know about human memory, but what about after the training event is over? How do we make sure it sticks?

In many organizations, learning is seen as a one-time event, often in a different location from the job site, and once it's over, the learning on that content is over. But in order to reinforce the application of the learning and identify the actual retention, we need to think of training as a continual process and extend it beyond the one event.

There are several practical ways to ensure knowledge transfer, and implementing these can improve the investment your organization has made in training employees.

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Success as a Solo Learning & Development Leader

Posted by Renie McClay on October 27, 2017

This is part of our ongoing series, Interviews with Learning Leaders.

Patti Guenther is the learning and development leader at MaxYield Cooperative, a farmers’ cooperative grain elevator in north-central Iowa. She works with fellow leaders and team members to assess and identify training needs and develop learning strategies and solutions. She is passionate about helping people improve and innovate with an eye focused on creating relevant solutions and effective results. Patti has a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in business and marketing, and a master’s degree specializing in pastoral care counseling from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. She is an active member of ATD–Central Iowa.

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University LMS Administrator: Be Willing to Take on New Roles

Posted by Renie McClay on August 22, 2017

This is part of our ongoing series, Interviews with Learning Leaders.

Linda Cronk is a communications specialist for Iowa State University’s Environmental Health and Safety division, which provides training for employees and students, plus an outreach program providing training to private companies. A Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP) and a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), Cronk supports the learning management system, which involves project management for feature custom development, technical and customer care support, designing and assigning permissions, and providing training on those permissions. She holds a master’s in industrial and agricultural technology from Iowa State University.

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Project Managers Are 'Glue' Holding Learning Projects Together

Posted by Renie McClay on August 15, 2017

To achieve business stakeholder satisfaction with a completed learning & development initiative, learning project managers must aim for success in three key areas. The first two are rather obvious: complete the project on time and on budget, and successfully fulfill the end business objectives. But the third item can be a little trickier—deftly manage the stakeholder relationship.

In the context of L&D project management, effective stakeholder management means adequately involving them in development of the project without distracting them from their “day jobs.” As Leonard Cochran, manager of learning programs for Hilton University, puts it: “My intent is to make them feel as if I'm an extension of their team who is solely focused on their project so they can be at ease.”

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Plan to Make Review Cycles Part of Learning Project Success

Posted by Joelyne Marshall on August 7, 2017

The process that learning & development professionals follow when designing and developing learning deliverables helps all players on the project team complete their specified tasks. The review cycle stage—when the deliverables are examined by the stakeholder—is perhaps most critical.

Before the learning project begins, it's crucial to determine when reviews will take place, what needs to be reviewed (and to what depth), how long reviews should take, etc. The learning project plan should take all of this into consideration early on, and it’s important to establish expectations and set the foundation for the “how” in relation to review cycles. Here are some basic guidelines for managing and executing review cycles for both the stakeholder and the L&D team.

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Mining for Gold Among Learning Trends of Today and Tomorrow

Posted by Jeff Carpenter on July 21, 2017

A number of trends in learning & development are exciting and promising… but not all that glitters is learning gold. What's important is not necessarily that learning leaders jump on trends, but that they pay attention to them to assess whether or not their organization would benefit from them.

Learning is getting more customized, more adaptive, and made available however and wherever—and budgets are not increasing at the same rate as expectations. Don't let technology overshadow your business aims; there’s a tendency for learning organizations to address technology first, and then figure out after the fact how they’ll use it and how it's going to impact the user base. Above all, make sure your L&D organization is not simply ahead of the curve, but is innovating to drive actual enterprise-wide benefits.

Here’s a look at some of the learning trends generating buzz throughout L&D, and our assessment of their potential value.

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CUNY Learning Leader on Business Skills, Keys to Successful L&D

Posted by Caveo Learning on July 13, 2017

This is part of our ongoing series, Interviews with Learning Leaders.

L. Patrick Dail is the director of workplace learning with the School of Professional Studies at the City University of New York. Dail manages teams charged with designing, developing, and facilitating learning and development programs for New York City agencies on topics ranging from emergency preparedness and business continuity to energy efficiency and child welfare. A Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP), he's spent 15 years in training and professional development roles within higher education, and is a former president of the New York City Chapter of the Association for Talent Development. He holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor's in European history from McDaniel College in Maryland, and is pursuing a doctorate at Columbia University. His career focus at the moment is based on neuroscience—how adults make meaning of new information and translate that into practical wisdom, in order to better understand how to structure adult learning interventions to effect behavior change in workflow.

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5 Best Practices of Effective LMS Administrators

Posted by Brian Ziemba on July 6, 2017

Administration and operation of a learning management system typically falls to one person or a small team, and it can quickly become a full-time responsibility. Effective LMS administration can be tricky, because the concerns and challenges facing the LMS administrator may not always align with the issues facing the end users.

To meet the needs of the learners interacting with the learning management system, LMS administrators should keep in mind the following five best practices...

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Don't Overlook the Value of Storytelling in Instructional Design

Posted by Elizabeth Mills on June 29, 2017

Storytelling captures and moves people, which is why it is such a powerful tool for instructional designers and other learning professionals. Great stories prompt action, change minds, and win business. Put simply, stories make people care about the issue at hand.

To achieve their purpose, stories don’t need to be long and involved. Short scenarios can pull in learners and facilitate comprehension, helping them grasp and retain information, and prompting them to act. Stories can be effective in all learning modalities, from digital learning experiences to classroom-based instructor-led training. Whether conveyed orally, visually, or in writing, stories engage learners’ hearts and minds, triggering them to think and respond in engaging ways.

Story elements, when incorporated into eLearning, can improve learner engagement. The before and after examples of the following eLearning excerpts illustrate how elements of a story can enhance learning...

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Caveo's McClay to Deliver 2 Sessions at August Iowa ATD Event

Posted by Caveo Learning on June 28, 2017

Caveo Learning Project Manager Renie McClay will present a pair of sessions for Iowa learning professionals on Friday, August 4. "Unlocking Innovation In Your Learning Organization" is hosted by the Central Iowa Chapter of the Association for Talent Development.

McClay will speak on strategies for boosting workplace creativity and how to create effective eLearning on a budget. The event in West Des Moines is open to the public, but registration is required.

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