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Metaphors and learning: Why instructional designers should use metaphors in L&D content

The human brain is an amazing contraption that we have yet to figure out completely. Its complexity is astounding and neuroscientists are sure not to be out of a job for a very long time. For instruct...

Video games in business training? Don't reject the idea just yet

The ancient motto said “repetitio mater studiorum est” – repetition is the mother of learning. Back then, information was a very scarce commodity. Universities were few and far between and libraries d...

7 e-learning mistakes to avoid in 2018

E-learning courses are indispensable tools for L&D professionals who need to support employees to gain extensive knowledge in the professional world. Designing a great e-learning course that ultimatel...

The benefits of using captions for your training videos

Videos have gained a lot of terrain lately, whether they are meant for learning or entertainment. High-speed Internet, accessible-priced smart-phones and all the amazing free apps that can turn anyone...

The power of the spoken word: including podcasts in training

Back in 1938, radio was the main means of finding out what was going on in the world, listen to music or even to the back-then really popular radiophonic theatre. When on October 30th of that year (wh...

Learning from others through Enterprise Social Networks (ESN)

Learning & Development specialists put a lot of time and effort into developing the best training programs, yet they often fail to have the desired results. There are multiple reasons that lead to thi...

The secret sauce for efficient training: experiential learning

Over a century ago, Hermann Ebbinghaus wrote about the learning curve, a concept that quantifies the relationship between memory and time. In a nutshell, it states that, during a lecture, if your abso...

4 Great examples of design apps for e-learning

Designing good-quality, engaging e-learning content can be both an exciting and a daunting task. It’s exciting because there are so many resources available nowadays, such easy access to plenty of res...

Top 3 characteristics of great instructional designers

The work of instructional designers presents many challenges. Sometimes they need to draw up training material for people who are not fully aware of what they need to learn. This means having to dwell...

4 Great tips for developing a learning culture

One of the most frequent pieces of advice given to learning & development professionals who seek to make their mark on the organization is that they should lay the ground for building a learning cultu...

3 Tips to improve learning transfer that instructional designers can use anytime

If we were to define learning transfer, it is the learner’s ability to successfully apply the knowledge, skills and competencies acquired in one or several learning modules in their work. This should ...

Why games matter in workplace training

Games have found their way to the training room quite a while ago. Initially, their purpose was to animate the room and bring some fun to learning. With the transformation of generations, however, muc...

Understanding the basics of competency-based training

Hiring talent is the first task of any HR department. Once this is accomplished however, the trickier part begins. Competency based training is the key in making sure that every talented individual re...

3 useful social learning tips for instructional designers

The theory or social learning is anything but recent. Back in 1977 Albert Bandura developed it from the behaviorist theories that supported the ideas of operant and classical conditioning. He shows, h...

First and foremost — get to know your learners

Television networks constantly monitor their audience ratings. They will often brag about the “golden minute”, those magical sixty seconds when unprecedented numbers of people are watching a certain c...

How to use stories for workplace learning

Humans have been storytellers since the beginning of time. Old Native people who preferred the oral tradition as a means to pass on knowledge to the next generations knew what they were doing. The Dru...

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