Checking the Readability Level of your Training Documents

Last week I had an opportunity to present at the Online Learning Conference in Chicago. After my session was over, I snuck in to several other sessions, including Julie Dirksen’s session entitled The Science of Attention, Willpower and Decision-making for Better eLearning. The facts and figures she presented were compelling (especially the way in which she dispelled the “human attention span is only 8 seconds” statistic), but it was a Microsoft Word trick she mentioned in passing that I found most interesting and couldn’t wait to try.    Continue reading

When it comes to the people in your PowerPoint or eLearning programs, do looks matter?

Over the weekend, I found myself chatting about visual imagery with a co-worker as we zoomed in and out of traffic on our way to the Pune (India) airport. She recently joined my organization after working in marketing and communications with GE for several years.

We began to talk about marketing materials, then we began to talk about the sorts of visual images that I’ve inserted into PowerPoint slides and even elearning presentations. We debated whether the content of the presentation or the visual representation of the material was more important.

Almost as if on cue, I noticed this card sitting on the reception desk when I walked into my hotel in Delhi:

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My immediate reaction was Continue reading

What tools are you using for learning?

 

C4LPT 2015

For nine years, Jane Hart’s Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT) has published a top 100 list for tools used in learning.

I’m always fascinated by this list for two reasons:

  1. I love to compare the tools I use to the tools used by others, and it’s fun to see where my tools rank on this list, and
  2. I’ve found a variety of interesting new tools I otherwise wouldn’t have known about (such as PowToon and Kahoot) by scanning through the top 100 list and clicking on links of interesting-sounding technologies.

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Fun with Storyline: A Man’s Guide to Holiday Party Attire

For the longest time, when I opened Articulate Storyline, I felt I needed to create an entire course. I’m not talking a read-all-this-content-then-click-next-through-50-slides-of-text type of course. I’m talking choose-your-own-adventure, multiple branching scenarios course.

While that type of course development is fun and exciting and allows for a lot of creativity, it also takes a lot of time to put together.

Storyline is also a great tool to create simple job aids. While there’s certainly a time and place for building entire courses, there’s also a time and place for simple, just-in-time, on-demand job aids to help people look up information when they need it.

In the spirit of the holiday season, when holiday parties abound, I put together the following job aid to help men with their choice of attire Continue reading

Infographic: Why Corporate Training is a Colossal Waste (and What to Do About It)

Would you get upset if you spent $1,000 on a watch that didn’t work? How about spending $40,000 on a car that didn’t go?

Would you be upset if you spent $97.5 billion on something that was never really used?

I’m not sure why corporations around the world are willing to spend that much without getting anything in return for that investment… or why they don’t seem to get too upset about it.

As you can see from the following infographic, there are some… er… issues with the way learning and development is being conducted.

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On the bright side, there are some clear steps that can be taken – indeed, that organizations should insist on – in order to increase the effectiveness of corporate training.

These five solutions are based upon research and self-reported surveys. Have you tried anything on here? How has it gone for you?

What’s missing? What other solutions are available to transform learning programs into a results-drive, effective investment for organizations?


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In honor of the Women’s World Cup goal-fest, here are 5 goals for L&D professionals…

USWNT

Yesterday as I watched the US women make it look so easy to score five goals in the World Cup finals, I wondered if other people in other professions could ever make it look so easy to achieve five goals.

Here are five goals that learning and development professionals might want to consider. They’re certainly not easy to accomplish, but the key here is to make achieving them look easy. Continue reading

4 Free, Underused Resources that Training Department Managers and ID Professors Should Be Using

Last week I was perusing my Twitter feed and came across this little tidbit from Melissa Milloway:

It made me smile. When I recently interviewed for an instructor position for a new professional certificate program in Workplace Learning and Professional Development at the University of Washington, I actually used the idea of having students participate in Tweet Chats in response to a question. I had been asked how I could keep learning going outside of the classroom.

Here are four specific, free, underused resources that I’d recommend to every training department manager and instructional design professor: Continue reading