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7 Microlearning Myths Dispelled

Microlearning is buzzing around like it’s the new kid on the learning and development block. But is microlearning new? What qualifies as microlearning? Is it only for millennials? Does it replace all other styles of learning? In a 2017 survey by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), out of almost 600 talent development professionals surveyed, 38 percent used microlearning and an additional 41 percent planned to implement it within the next year.  Although microlearning is becoming more popular as a method of delivering education and training, confusion surrounds this method.

Read on to discover seven microlearning myths dispelled.

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Top 10 Bad Manager Mistakes that Make People Quit

Whether you’re an eLearning professional in a large learning department, a techie in the IT department or a number cruncher in the accounting department, just about everyone has had the experience of being the victim of bad management. For some, it becomes so unbearable that they end up quitting. It’s frustrating how often the managers don’t even realize the role they played in making someone walk out. They’ll blame high turnover on just about anything they think of that doesn’t involve looking in a mirror. It’s also worth noting, however, that in many cases employees are promoted into managerial positions without ever being trained on how to be managers! What’s at stake is the company’s bottom line because as much as 70% of employees’ motivation and performance is influenced by their managers. So, while there is plenty of blame to go around, it’s good to at least be aware of the top 10 bad manager mistakes that make people quit:

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Top 5 Questions About Instructional Videos

Everyone knows that video content is king in the digital era of the 21stcentury, and nowhere does this apply more than instructional videos in the world of learning and training throughout corporate America. Video content today is to eLearning what the flipcharts of yesteryear were to traditional face-to-face instruction and training. Continue reading

Increase Creativity with These Science-Based Methods

Whether you’ve been in your current job for a few years or more than a decade, just about everyone reaches a point where they feel like they’re stuck. Sure, you keep going through the motions and fulfill the basic duties of your job description, but something’s missing. Maybe you long to have a bigger impact on your company or wish there was a little more spark to your position. What you may be feeling is that you don’t have enough opportunity to be creative in what you do. Even worse, you may feel like you yourself are lacking in creativity, and that’s not a good feeling. But what if you discovered that creativity and innovation are skills you can learn? What if “thinking outside the box” were something you could practice and get better at? Now that would be a gamer-changer, right? Here’s the good news: You can increase creativity with science-based methods! Continue reading

Needs Assessment Options to Guide eLearning Development

It’s important to emphasize that all the learning programs of a company or organization, whether it’s eLearning or otherwise, are most effective when they are aligned to business goals. Let’s say your company has decided that it needs to focus on more effective customer service. It will then be your task as eLearning professionals to come up with the learning programs to achieve the desired results. But wait! Before you start developing content, you need to know a lot more about the specifics of what is needed. This isn’t necessarily up to you entirely – but you should definitely be a part of figuring out the details of what is needed. Which brings us to the more specific topic of this article: Needs assessment options that help guide you in developing the right content. Continue reading

Training Your Employees to Prevent PR Nightmares

Decades ago, the idea of a PR disaster was one that was rare. There, of course, were companies that suffered under the weight of bad press, but not in the way that companies do today. It seems like every day there is a new disaster affecting businesses around the world. So have businesses gotten less ethical and more sloppy or is there something else to the never-ending barrage of negative PR? Continue reading

eLearning Chatbots: The Future of Corporate Learning and Training?

Chatbots are computer software programs that can engage in conversations with human users, or at least simulate a conversation-like interaction, whether by text messaging or voice chat with a simulated voice. Why is this important? In short, a lot of people are interested in figuring out how to automate interactions between customers and a company, such as in customer service. Extending the concept to eLearning could mean using chatbots to help deliver various kinds of training or learning content. Do eLearning chatbots really have a role to play in corporate learning and training efforts? Continue reading

eLearning Days as Makeups for School Cancellations

Weather prognosticator extraordinaire Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day, which means another six weeks of winter weather if you believe in the legend. Either way, depending on where you’re at in the world, there’s still a whole lot of winter left, which has some school administrators and teachers pulling their hair out from all the snow days that have already been racked up this winter. For many school districts, this means extending the school year beyond the originally chosen last day of school to make up for excessive snow days beyond the handful already built into the academic schedule. After all, public schools have to meet their state’s requirements for hours of classroom instruction. But maintaining student engagement on makeup days that would otherwise be summer vacation is especially difficult. But there’s now a growing movement to ease this frustration, and it’s eLearning days that are proving to be a viable alternative. Continue reading

eLearning ROI Metrics

Whether your company’s eLearning efforts are small or large, many eLearning professionals still face an uphill battle in terms of getting the resources needed to produce quality eLearning programs and courses. A surprising number of corporate leaders are still hesitant or skeptical to fully embrace eLearning, and are quick to point out problems. The more you can make a solid business case for the value and benefits of eLearning, the better off you’ll be in the long haul. You have to be able to make the case beforehand for a new effort or project and then show the results afterwards in terms that company leadership understands: return on investment (ROI). This is where eLearning ROI metrics have an important role to play. Continue reading

Tips for Effective Rapid eLearning

Rapid eLearning is a term that gets used two different ways. Some people use it to refer to eLearning content that can be consumed quickly in bite-sized chunks. Others use it to refer to speeding up the eLearning content development process. It is this latter usage, the eLearning content development process, that is the focus of this article. Continue reading