6 Tips for Improving Work Performance Now

There are many factors that drive business success – a great product or service people need, establishing a strong brand, gaining a significant share of the market, profit margins, and the list goes on. But one of the most important pieces of the puzzle is the productivity of your company’s workforce. Why? There’s a surprisingly direct connection between productivity and profitability. When you focus on improving work performance in your company, the following six tips will put you on the path to success. Continue reading

LMS Life Support: Is the LMS Dead or Dying?

The short answer to the question posed in the title of this article is an emphatic NO, but it’s important to understand why there are those who keep signaling the demise of the LMS as we know it today. There is merit to their analysis, but only for what I argue is a very small group of corporations. And it’s also possible that your company is so dissatisfied with its current learning management system that you might feel as if you need some serious LMS life support. Continue reading

Make eLearning Scripts More Personable with Better Writing

Why make eLearning scripts more personable? As a writer, I can’t help but pay particular attention to the vital role writing plays in creating great eLearning content. It’s the single-most important aspect of instructional design that makes or breaks a program, course or module. Unfortunately, it is also often among the most-overlooked aspects of eLearning design. Continue reading

How Evaluations Impact Training in the Workplace

Your company’s success in meeting its business goals depends on a variety of factors, one of which is how well you train your employees through learning and development programs designed to solidify and enhance the skills and knowledge they need for peak performance. How do you know if your learning efforts are working? The answer is simple: evaluations. But there’s more to how evaluations impact training than just verifying learning. Continue reading

Scenario-Based eLearning Part III: Creating SBeL

The first two articles in this three-part series about scenario-based eLearning explained what it is and why it should be a top priority for any business as well as provided examples of how real companies are using SBeL to better meet their learning and training needs. In this final article, I want to walk you through a bunch of tips and strategies for creating SBeL. Continue reading

Scenario-Based eLearning Part II: SBeL Examples

In the first article of this three-part series on scenario-based eLearning, I explained The What and Why of SBeL in order to present a strong case for why it should become a top priority for every business. In this article, additional insights into the effectiveness of SBeL will be gained by taking a look at how it is being put into practice across a wide range of learning and training needs.  Continue reading

Scenario-Based eLearning Part 1: The What and Why of SBeL

To give some context for why I think scenario-based eLearning (SBeL) should become a top priority of every business, let me start with something Todd M. Warner recently wrote in Chief Learning Officer: Continue reading

eLearning Objectives: How To Rock Them Now

Identifying and articulating the eLearning objectives of any course or module is one of the most important early steps of the instructional design process. But it’s not the first step, and certainly not the last. The learning objectives are critical because they become the roadmap for developing the learning content. Developing an eLearning program without well-defined learning objectives would be like setting out on a journey without any navigation tools to get you to your intended destination. Here’s how to rock your eLearning objectives: Continue reading

A User-Friendly LMS: Do You Have One?

Whether you call it user-friendliness, usability or user experience (UX), one thing is clear: If your company’s learning management system (LMS) isn’t easy to use, it’s simply not going to get the results your company needs and deserves. Take a long, hard look at your company’s LMS and then ask this important question: Do you have a user-friendly LMS? After all, most eLearning thought leaders agree that the usability of a corporate LMS is by far the most important factor for long-term success in effectively managing a company’s learning and training programs. Continue reading

Learning vs Earning: The Number One Trend for 2019

The transition from one calendar year to another is when you see all the “trend” articles predicting what are going to be the hot developments to watch in 2019, whether the trends are about learning, training, development, HR or other related fields. Buried within many of these articles is one trend that I think is the most important of all: Learning opportunities are becoming as or more important than just salary as job seekers look for their next place of employment. That’s why I call it learning vs earning. It’s not that money isn’t important – it obviously is – but the desire to continue learning has become much stronger than anyone could have foreseen in previous times. Continue reading