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8 Awesome (And Free!) Tools & Resources for Creating Content That Resonates With Modern Learners

As learning blazes to the top of the modern organization’s priority list, creating online training content that feels fresh and relevant is critical to moving the L&D function forward.

But small teams and shoestring budgets often prevent learning professionals from having access to robust in-house production studios or creative teams to help them bring their content vision to life. What to do?

Fortunately, there are tons of free and super-useful tools and resources available on the web that make it possible for anybody to create online training materials that fit right in with the share-worthy memes, viral videos, upvoted photos and other digital content we all know and love. All it takes is a little creative elbow grease. [Click to continue…]

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The Three Advisors No Learning Designer Should Be Without

It’s one of the most common pitfalls of learning design: you build a full curriculum, devoting time, technology, and creative resources, only to find that the language, format, assessments, or some other detail doesn’t reflect your stakeholders’ expectations for the course.

The reasons behind this can be infinite. Maybe you focused too heavily on the motivational aspect of the training and were too light on details. Or maybe you didn’t enlist the right person’s input when describing a new product for a launch. Even worse, your positioning of the training might have made sense to you without fully landing with your learners—either leaving them confused or unmotivated to learn more.

This experience is frustrating, but it can be avoided. One of the founding principles of design thinking is the willingness to postpone solutions until you know that you’re solving the right problem. And that applies equally to the design of learning experiences. [Click to continue…]

Microlearning

7 Ways Microlearning Drives Business Value

A recent survey of learning professionals conducted by ATD found that 92% expect their organization’s use of microlearning to increase in the next year. The idea of enabling employees to quickly and flexibly learn new skills and behaviors in bite-size chunks makes a whole lot of sense in an always-on, ever-changing, 140-character world.

But as learning professionals, we need to go beyond common sense and present substantive cases to business leaders about the direction we want to take our learning programs. With that in mind, let’s dig into 7 ways microlearning drives business value. And true to form, let’s do it micro-style—chunk by chunk. [Click to continue…]