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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…]

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Dispatch From Grovo Labs: The Rise and Fall of the World’s Worst Manager

Every quarter, the Grovo content team sets aside time outside of our normal production cycle for experimentation, innovation, and creative inspiration, which we call Grovo Labs. Labs allows our team to stay agile and results in fresh, new ideas to infuse into our ever-evolving content style.

We all remember that memorable teacher—the one who found a way to be both informative and entertaining. It’s that one-two punch that really makes learning stick. So how can you do that for your learners? Using personality or humor to liven up training content isn’t easy, and it’s something that we’re always experimenting with here at Grovo Labs. Sometimes we succeed, and sometimes we don’t, but the good news is that every experiment is a learning opportunity.

In today’s blog post, we’re sharing one of those experiments in hopes that you can learn something useful about content creation, and maybe even laugh a little along the way. [Click to continue…]