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Why instructional designers need to consider neurodiverse learners

With all the recent focus on diversity and inclusion, it’s high time instructional designers learn what neurodiversity really is and how they can adapt the L&D programs to neurodiverse learners. Initi...

10 Tips for conducting a training needs analysis when faced with managerial demand

Whenever there is a team performance issue, the go-to people for most managers are the training specialists. In my many years of corporate L&D experience, I’ve heard more such requests than I can reca...

Micro and macro learning: a match made in L&D Heaven

Talking about learning in today’s corporate environment, even before 2020, has mostly been about microlearning. I’ve personally advocated for microlearning because the modern learner is digital-savvy ...

How to handle information overload in instructional design

Whenever I remember how I started my instructional designer journey, the image that comes to mind is an iceberg with only a small portion sticking out of the water. The bulk of it remains hidden under...

Adult learning theories for instructional designers: Experiential learning

Reading is good for the brain. Having decent knowledge about several fields comes in handy, especially if you strive to be an excellent conversationalist. However, knowledge is not the same as being a...

Adult learning theories for instructional designers: Transformative learning

We often hear about "A-ha!" moments in corporate learning, but not everyone knows how to create them intentionally. Instructional designers strive to make these happen because they are extremely power...

Adult learning theories for instructional designers: Andragogy

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of the focus moving towards technology rather than learning itself. While trainers have to preferably keep up with the latest developments and trends, there is a lot to be saiz...

Building an employee training program in 6 steps

An employee training program is necessary for all organizations since it provides proper guidance to employees about their day-to-day duties. Initially, training programs depended on standalone course...

Getting ready to include adaptive learning in instructional design

There’s a joke going around about COVID-19 being the single most important factor driving digital transformation in organizations. You know what they say, “it’s funny because it’s true.” For years, co...

What to consider when designing virtual training sessions

It’s hard to believe that by now, whoever is reading this has not attended at least one virtual training, workshop, or even team-building attempt. It’s been a year since almost everything has become r...

Building efficient questions for learning program evaluations

Evaluating learning programs is a continuous challenge for instructional designers and L&D specialists. There seems to be a consensus that the higher you go on the Kirkpatrick model, the better. Yet, ...

Designing online training that focuses on experiences, not events

In my last piece, I have talked about the need for corporate training and learning to become more user-centric and less business-oriented. People learn better when there is a powerful emotion (ideally...

Upping the online training game in 2021

The business world has been subjected to constant shifts for a while now. The global health crisis was yet another gamechanger. For L&D departments, it meant taking center stage and doing their best t...

4 Questions to answer when creating an impact map for your training program

The butterfly effect concept is a powerful one. I’m not convinced that a butterfly flapping its wings can cause a typhoon halfway across the world, and yet the imagery has stayed with me to this day. ...

What L&D professionals need to know about impact mapping

The issue of quantifying L&D results in organizational outcomes is an old and sticky one. There are numerous factors why this is so difficult, yet executives and learning specialists everywhere are st...

How to market your digital training programs within the organization

Usually, when you invite people over for a meal, you expect them to eat what's on the table and compliment your cooking. That is expected due to the established social convention. Most hosts strive to...

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