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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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Best Practices for Using Video in Training Programs

Posted by Joelyne Marshall on January 26, 2017

Instructional designers are often tasked with using bells and whistles, including video, to make training programs "engaging,” but experienced IDs understand that engagement doesn’t come from simply placing a video into a deliverable. We know that connecting the dots for learners and providing relevant and purposeful content at the right time is truly what enhances engagement.

The use of video isn't a learning panacea, but video can nevertheless be an effective tool when deployed strategically.

Video works well in training programs when it’s part of a larger initiative—as a step along the learner’s journey. It can reinforce learning when it’s used as a designated touchpoint within the training.

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Plan Interactive Activities Carefully for Virtual Training Environment

Posted by Star Fisher on December 22, 2016

One of the most common mistakes instructional designers make when creating virtual instructor-led training is failing to account for VILT’s high engagement need.

Because of potential distractions and the feeling of disconnectedness that can come from learners and facilitators being geographically dispersed, designers are wise to treat virtual training similarly to post-lunch classroom training. That is, realize that participants may be sluggish and unenthusiastic, particularly at the outset, and make extra efforts to keep them energized and on task. In general, VILT should include more activity and screen actions than would be appropriate for a comparable training in a traditional classroom setting. Include a physical interaction—typing, speaking, clicking, etc.—at least every three to five minutes, and never go more than 90 seconds without some kind of visual engagement.  

Exactly what those interactions and engagements should look like depends in large part on the technology platform being employed, as well as the course content and objectives. Many off-the-shelf VILT platforms have webinar-like interfaces, with varying features like virtual whiteboards, drawing tools, chat boxes, and polling functionality, and it goes without saying that designers and facilitators should know the capabilities of a given platform before going too far down the rabbit hole.

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Developing Quality eLearning on a Budget

Posted by Renie McClay on August 11, 2016

The company wants you to keep costs down. You want to keep the eLearning interesting. You really can create eLearning on a budget—if you’re willing to be a little creative.

Fortunately, there are ways to save money and still deliver effective, high-quality eLearning. Don’t cut corners on getting the content right and having effective instructional design... but where can you save?

Start by considering your organizational culture and conducting a basic audience analysis. In an organization that promotes a casual and fun work environment, an eLearning course that looks homemade and features amateur photography can fit right in—in fact, it may even be preferred. On the other hand, if the work environment is more structured and formal, that sort of do-it-yourself aesthetic would appear out-of-place and might seem inappropriate.

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Pharma Instructional Designer on Cutting-Edge Learning Technology

Posted by Renie McClay on June 7, 2016

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

Marc Zoerb is a certified instructional designer, eLearning developer, and project manager with PAREXEL International Corp., a global biopharmaceutical services company that provides contract research, consulting, medical communications, and technology solutions to the worldwide pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries.  Marc is passionate about leveraging emerging learning technologies to improve individual, team, and organizational performance. He has over 10 years of experience in learning and performance, and has championed the adoption of Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, TechSmith Camtasia and SnagIt, Audacity, video, mobile, and performance support to better meet the performance needs of PAREXEL's 18,000 global workers. He is an active member of the Greater Boston Chapter of ATD, the eLearning Guild, and the Massachusetts Chapter of ISPI. He has an advanced certificate in instructional design from San Diego State University as well as professional experience in business analysis and accounting. 

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9 Ways to Use Social Media in Training

Posted by Renie McClay on May 12, 2016

Engagement is a key to successful learning, and the workforce is increasingly tech and media savvy, so of course more and more learning organizations are using social media in training. Social media has training uses before, during, and after training sessions, as an innovative and effective method for delivering content.

Nearly half of learning leaders—45%, according to a November 2015 survey by ATD Research—provide instruction on using social media for learning. If you haven’t yet begun employing social media tools in your learning initiatives, it may be time to start exploring the possibilities.

Here are nine ways L&D organizations can incorporate social media into the training process.

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Leveraging the LMS for Learning Content Lifecycle Management

Posted by Ashley Christian and Laura Riskus on April 28, 2016

Like doing the laundry, managing the learning content lifecycle is a tedious but important task to ensure you’re offering fresh, reliable, and relevant training.

If you’re already populating beginning and end dates on courses in your learning management system, then you’re ahead of the game. But unless your content lifecycle management practices are comprehensive, in concert with a learning sustainability plan, your LMS is not delivering its full value. Courses that have become obsolete or irrelevant can muddle the search results and make it harder for learners to find what they need, adversely impacting the overall effectiveness of your L&D organization.

Here are 4 steps to ensure your LMS content remains fresh and relevant.

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Virtual ILT Balances Knowledge Management, Performance, Budget

Posted by Joelyne Marshall on March 24, 2016

As training budgets continue to expand and then contract again, learning organizations are desperate for reliable avenues to deliver value to the organization beyond the initial delivery of training. Virtual instructor-led training, also known as virtual ILT or VILT, can provide this value within the confines of a tight budget.

Launching a virtual learning initiative, whether on its own or as part of a blended learning program, is easier than ever, and it provides numerous benefits to an organization and its infrastructure. Used strategically, VILT provides three core investment opportunities for organizational infrastructure: financial savings, support and reinforcement of the organization’s people, and enhancement of the organization’s knowledge management practices.

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mLearning Recasts Old Learning Media in New Roles

Posted by Robert Davis on March 17, 2016

New media seldom replace others; more often, the new refines the old, revealing an essence we hadn’t previously realized.

Consider vinyl records—the antiseptic sound of newfangled CDs was to send them to landfills, but they're back, with their soft, opaque sound coveted by aficionados. This very quality of sound was once hardly noticed, when vinyl was the only audio delivery system around. It took the CD to make the vinyl we know today, granting new value to an old medium.

In learning & development, the new media on the block—mobile learning on phones, tablets, and other handheld devices—presents a similar opportunity to refine its predecessors. While mobile learning is compelling on its own, it casts earlier learning technologies in a new light, gives us an opportunity to reconsider learning technologies at the strategic level and optimize their deployment across the organization.

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5 Guidelines for Mobile Learning Implementation

Posted by Robert Davis on January 21, 2016

We know that mobile learning presents an unprecedented opportunity for learning & development professionals, a potentially revolutionary platform that can enable L&D to reach that part of the learning experience that our previous structures and genres have largely left untouched.

Mobile learning is an interactive artifact within the flux of work, and life. The question is how to leverage it in a manner that is strategic and useful. This requires honing the beneficial qualities of mobility, as well as unlearning and rethinking longstanding instructional design practices. With the advent of mLearning, many of the old assumptions about online learning no longer apply.

Here are five guidelines for implementing a mobile learning strategy in your learning organization.

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