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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

Franchises Need Learning Management Systems

Companies that franchise locations of their business around the country and the world have unique learning and training needs for their franchisees. In the digital era of the 21st century, a growing number of these companies are realizing how franchises need learning management systems. Even so, a surprising number of franchises aren’t leveraging the power of eLearning through a learning management system (LMS) to reduce costs and streamline learning and training activities across geographically dispersed locations. Now is the time for more franchises to reap the benefits of adopting the right LMS. Continue reading

Interactive eLearning: Make it a Priority in 2019

Learning professionals want to create eLearning content that not only effectively meets specific learning objectives, but does so in a way that keeps learners highly engaged with the learning process. One of the best ways to accomplish that piece of the instructional design puzzle is to build in plenty of interactivity on a variety of levels and dimensions. Here’s the why and what of making interactive eLearning a priority in 2019. Continue reading

Harassment Training Still Needs to be a Priority, Even in the #MeToo Era

More than a year after the #MeToo movement got started, there are those who are thinking to themselves, “Well, it’s nice to know that the whole sexual harassment situation is now taken care of.” But that kind of thinking is a huge mistake. Social media movements can be surprisingly fickle, and all too often fade from the media spotlight and peter out entirely. The good news is that it’s not too late to keep the energy of the #MeToo movement going by consciously building on it and extending it with real action in workplaces across the nation and the world, including harassment training.

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Hiring Interviews: Avoid Asking These Unacceptable Questions

When it’s time to hire new talent for your company’s learning and training team, does the person or committee in charge know what they can and cannot ask during hiring interviews? All too often, companies just assume that the manager within the department knows everything they need to know about hiring. In reality, that is rarely the case. One area where this becomes glaringly obvious is the candidate interview. It’s surprising how often questions are asked during interviews that not only shouldn’t be asked, but are even illegal to ask. This means there can be very real consequences for your company if you’re not careful (as in an expensive discrimination lawsuit). This article serves as a “cheat-sheet” concerning what not to ask during hiring interviews.

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Obvious Ideas can be Awesome, so Give Them Their Due

Imagine you’re sitting in a meeting with your company’s learning and training team, trying to come up with the next idea for an eLearning program. A member of the team comes up with an idea that sounds so totally obvious that it is immediately dismissed. Everyone just assumes it’s either already been done or simply doesn’t have value. But dismissing obvious ideas just might be the biggest mistake you can make. Here’s why:

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Better Training at Your Company: Don’t Go Easy

How successful are the learning and training programs used at your company? It’s an important question to ask on a regular basis, but all too easy to lose sight of it when you’re caught up in the daily grind of company operations. If you take a serious, hard look at learning in your company and realize your programs are not as effective as the business needs them to be, here’s a radical idea: Give employees better training by making your programs harder– you might just be surprised (in a good way) at the results you get.

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Making Workplace Safety the Priority it Should Be

When it’s time for workplace safety trainings, you can expect many of your employees to roll their eyes. It’s a topic that is easy to dismiss, and if your workplace safety training content is less than engaging, the reaction is understandable. The problem, however, is that your company runs the risk of creating a workplace culture that fails to make safety a serious concern. That may not seem like a problem when everything is going along just fine, but all it takes is one serious accident or incident to put your company into a serious tailspin from which it can be very difficult to recover. Keep the following in mind when it comes to workplace safety: Continue reading

Jumping on the AI-in-eLearning Bandwagon: Don’t Wait Any Longer

What is your company’s approach to new technologies like AI (artificial intelligence)? There are those that want to be on the leading edge, which is easy for companies that have the resources to be early adopters. Other companies take a more cautious approach, waiting to see how a technology develops and matures or becomes more affordable, thereby hoping to be fast followers who jump on the bandwagon at a time that makes more sense to them. Continue reading