The Anatomy of an Online Course

If you are responsible for creating an online training course, you might be staring at a blank screen with a blinking cursor. Fortunately, you do not have to wait for inspiration to strike or to start from scratch. Trainers that have gone before you have created “instructional designs” you can use as models or frameworks to create your own online course. Continue reading

5 E-Learning Tools You Can’t Live Without

E-Learning is all the rage. Organization and having the right tools are two key elements to effective online training. Here are five e-Learning tools that are so useful and helpful that you won’t know how you lived without them before discovering them. Plus, they are all free. Continue reading

5 Ways Social Media Opens the Window for E-Learning Trends and Tips

Many people think of social media as a way for people to keep up on what is happening in the lives of people they know. In reality, however, social media can be an invaluable resource of information, especially when it comes to keeping up with the latest trends and the hottest tips about e-Learning and online training programs. Use these five tips to stay on the cutting edge in the world of online training. Continue reading

How to Encourage Employees to Engage in Online Training

Training can cause mumbling and grumbling amongst the employees in a company. Employees sometimes have a hard time seeing how training and development provides opportunities for them to advance their skills and knowledge, as well as excel in their careers. Use these three tips to help encourage employees to engage in online training to create a win-win situation for the employees and for the business. Continue reading

Hot, Hot, Hot: E-Learning Trends of 2013

E-Learning is growing by leaps and bounds. As technology advances, online training techniques and e-Learning methods are advancing too. Each year brings new e-learning trends and refines old trends to make them bigger and better than ever before. Uncover some of the hottest trends of 2013 for e-Learning. Learn about the top 5 e-learning trends for this year. Continue reading

The Top 10 Characteristics of the Top Learning Management Systems

A Learning Management System (LMS) can be an organization’s best friend. Not only is it a comprehensive system to assist in organizing and managing your training program, but it is one of the top tools your employees can turn to for training and development information. With numerous Learning Management Systems available, however, it can be challenging to determine what to look for in the system you buy. Continue reading

How to Choose Effective Training Methods

Training methods come in all shapes and sizes. Fortunately, training and development options are not one-size-fits-all so you can choose the training method that is the most effective option for your needs. The training method you choose can vary by the group of attendees or even the training topic. So, even if you choose one technique for one type of training, you can go through this exercise to choose the right method for each training initiative. Many benefit from our free consulting for choosing the right training method and platform. Continue reading

5 Ways Managers Can Learn to Make Contributions to the Bottom Line

One thing that the majority of CEOs seem to have in common is that they agree there is a shortage of new talent. CEOs that recognize this shortage also realize that this means that they have to invest in training, development and a Learning Management System (LMS) now so that they can develop existing employees to promote from within the company. The focus then becomes what managers have to learn in order to close the skills gap, so these managers can be effective in contributing to the success of the business. Continue reading

How Does Your Training and Development Program Measure Up?

A recent Training and Development Survey (April 2013) surveyed over 700 individuals about the training programs at their companies. The results allow you to understand the training taking place at other companies, so you can then compare to see how your training and development programs measure against other companies. Continue reading

How to Provide Ongoing Learning Opportunities to Your Employees

It happens more often than companies like to admit. They send their employees for training. They put a huge dent in their training budget to cover the cost of the trainer, the course materials and the travel expenses for employees to attend the training. Employees attend the training but one or two years later, it is as if the training never occurred.

Part of the problem is that training is an ongoing process, not just a one-hit wonder. Use these strategies to provide ongoing learning opportunities to your employees so that education is a continuous process. Continue reading