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Base of Support: Providing Participant Guides for Online Learning

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Nanette Miner

When moving from classroom-based training to the online environment, most instructional designers do away with the participant guide, thinking, "Who would use a participant guide while sitting alone at their desks?" This may be the primary reason why online learning com... More »

There Is a Lot More to Training Than Training

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Those dedicated to the training function work energetically to help people develop and improve skills for the purpose of optimizing performance. However, no matter how hard anyone works at training, very often, the expectation of viewing significant behavior change and ... More »

Learning Gets Social

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Tony Bingham

The learning profession has a history of dancing around the subject of informal learning. You might think, "We've been talking about it forever and have even dabbled in it. Our worlds aren't crumbling. I am really busy and don't have the time or the energy to get involv... More »

Entrepreneurial Learning: Secret Ingredients for Business Success

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In 1954, a milkshake machine salesman named Ray Kroc negotiated a deal with the McDonald brothers to take their restaurant concept national. In the first franchise, opened near Kroc's home in Chicago, he and partner Art Jacobs attempted to perfect important aspects of t... More »

From the Top: Using Connection Activities

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What are connections? Connections are short, learner-focused opening activities that include four important elements: connecting learners to other learners, to the topic, to their own learning goals, and to the learning outcomes. Learners also connect to the trainer and... More »