About: Sherman Morrison

G. Sherman H. Morrison is a writer and editor based in Keene, New Hampshire. He holds a Master of Science in Management from Antioch University New England where his studies focused on effective leadership and management of any organization’s single most important resource – it’s employees. The talent management and human resources landscape is evolving rapidly in the brave new digital world of the 21st century, and Sherman keeps track of it all for people and companies who want to stay up-to-date on the latest developments. Sherman writes for a variety of sites, including Talent Management 360, eLeaP (learning and training in the corporate context), and Healevate (alternative health topics) to name a few. When not clacking away on his laptop, Sherman can typically be found performing and directing with a variety of theatre groups in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire.

Instructional Design Tips: Don’t Overthink It, but Keep the Basics in Mind

Creating awesome, engaging courses for your company’s learners, whether for eLearning or more traditional classroom instruction, remains as challenging as ever in spite of all the amazing software and other technologies available today. In some ways, all the bells and whistles at your disposal might actually do more harm than good because it’s easy to lose sight of the fundamentals of instructional design that always need to be relied upon when you begin the process of creating a new course. Because it’s always good to have an occasional reminder of these, here are some tried and true instructional design tips that will make your life as a learning professional easier:

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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

Learning Management System Integrations for Maximum Impact

Your company relies on a variety of different software applications to keep the business running smoothly and facilitate its work. As a learning professional, the addition of your LMS to suite of applications being used by your business was probably among the more recent additions. An unfortunate number of learning professionals experience a rather rude awakening when it comes time to get that LMS to talk to the other systems in place. Making that happen easily or smoothly seems to be the exception to the rule, which can make your work life much more stressful than you’d like it to be. Learning management system integrations are essential for maximum impact of your learning programs on the business. Here are some things to keep in mind:
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Learning Management System Analytics for ROI

When you became a learning and/or eLearning professional, your educational path may or may not have included much in the way of statistics or data analytics, but the reality of your career in nearly any 21st-century company more than likely is demanding that you incorporate these tasks and skills into your work. What’s driving these demands is the company’s need to justify learning program expenditures with a return on investment (ROI) calculation. They want to see that the precious resources that have been put into your learning programs are contributing to the company’s bottom line in a positive and impactful way. This has resulted in many a sleepless night for learning professionals scrambling to crunch the numbers and make the grade. One piece of this puzzle is making sure you know the role of learning management system analytics for calculating ROI.
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Learning Management System Usability: The Holy Grail

Everyone has experienced the pain and frustration of trying to use software applications that fail the usability test. This is why the new term for usability or what used to be called “user-friendly” is user experienceor UX. Software that doesn’t deliver a superior user experience simply won’t be successful in the long run. When you’re talking about learning management system usability, many vendors providing LMS solutions have missed the mark on what is probably the single most important requirement customers need. Unfortunately, many companies don’t realize that their LMS misses the mark until after it has been implemented and employees start using it, and then just as quickly stop using it. Continue reading

3 Things Learning Management Systems Cannot Do

Almost every learning management system (LMS) software vendor website you visit will have a blog, and the articles you find there are often very useful and informative for anyone working as an eLearning professional. Many of those articles are also serving a marketing purpose for the LMS product the company offers, which is fine, but it also understandably paints a very positive picture of what an LMS can do for a company. As you take in more and more of these articles, you begin to get the picture that any given LMS is the magic bullet that will not only greatly improve your company’s learning, training and development programs, but will single-handedly save your company from what would otherwise be its sure demise if you dare to proceed in business without this or another LMS. It’s worth remembering that while an LMS can do lots great things for you, and they are getting better and better all the time, they are not the be-all-end-all determining your company’s fate. Here are three things learning management systems cannot do for you now and will probably never be able to do for you: Continue reading

5 Major Causes of Learning Management System Dissatisfaction

It feels like people have practically made a sport out of complaining about their company’s learning management system (LMS). It’s important, however, to weed out employees who are more dissatisfied with the content of learning programs than with the LMS itself, but even with that caveat the picture is bleak. And it’s not just the employees who are expressing their dissatisfaction. Continue reading