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7 Little Changes with Your Learner Data That’ll Make a Big Difference
This article addresses an audience of training managers that would like to know what data to collect for improving the learning experience; and/or if they have it, how to use that data to improve the training experience and results. LMS systems offer wide possibilities for collecting data, but not every metric that’s collected is relevant.

An Individual Leadership Development Plan: Where Training Can Help
by Sue Plaster, M.Ed.
Regardless of whether you are designing and conducting training sessions for managers, demonstrating how to work with employees on development planning, or working one-on-one to support the process, it is critical work to the organization and essential to its future leadership.

Creating a Successful Training and Development Team
by Cheryl Powell
Putting together a successful Training and Development Team for any type of training project is similar to cooking your favorite recipe. If you leave out or do not have enough of a specific ingredient, the dish is not a success. Here are the key ingredients for classroom/instructor-led training or eLearning projects.

Curriculum Design with Subject Matter Experts
by Lester L. Stephenson
SMEs are the content experts. Instructional Designers are the learning experts. Recognizing the difference greatly enhances these development collaborations. Success depends on teamwork strengthened with good communication and compromise.

Five Steps to Revitalize Your Learning and Development Efforts
by Sue Plaster, M.ED.
I asked several Human Resources executives with expertise in multiple industries, “How does a learning and development professional stay refreshed and relevant? How do we rejuvenate and renew ourselves? How can we be resilient enough to embed this very quality in the organizations we support and lead?” Here are some insights gleaned from those experts!

Fostering a Culture of Learning for Your L&D Department
by Sue Plaster, M.Ed.
As your department, under your leadership, becomes a more powerful voice for learning in your organization, realize the value of communicating about what you are engaged in.

Fostering “Learning Moments” Is Key To Diversity and Equity Education!
by Sue Plaster, M.Ed.
The most important trait we bring to the learning setting is our authentic interest in diversity and equity learning and our curiosity and interest in the subject as well as the participants. I wish you many “learning moments” in which participants reach a new awareness, are exposed to a difference or similarity in a memorable way, gain or polish a skill, or experience a call to action in a fresh way!

How is eLearning Helping with Onboarding
This article explains how eLearning helps new employees integrate into company culture, learn, and increase retention.

New Attention to Onboarding: Where Trainers Hold the Keys
by Sue Plaster, M.Ed.
Whether we have an onboarding plan for the entire organization, an individualized approach, or a combination of approaches depending on organizational level and responsibility, we in training and development have a unique and vital role in developing the plan and implementing it. Done well, onboarding contributes greatly to organizational productivity as well as to its ability to keep and grow great talent.

Onboarding Virtual Employees: Expectations vs. Reality

Unfortunately, all too often onboarding experiences are unorganized, ad hoc (done on the fly), overwhelming (too much information to retain), or simply non-existent. On the contrary, a successful onboarding experience sets a positive tone and leads to higher employee engagement, higher performance, and even higher retention. Wondering how to accomplish this magical feat?

The Global Classroom
by Lester L. Stephenson
Teaching in a multiple culture/multiple language classroom is the new reality. It offers some unique challenges but is not impossible.

Training Issues in Small Business
by Lester L. Stephenson
Wise small business owners who commit to a sound training program will discover that finding time for training is easy. When they see the success that results from formally trained employees, fitting training into the workplace schedule becomes a priority.

Training Technical Communicators for Management
by Jessica Erber-Stark
Identifying management candidates and training technical communicators before they get promoted to management positions can make for a very smooth and successful transition for both the candidate and the organization.

Use Your L&D Savvy to Give Great Presentations!
by Sue Plaster, M.Ed.
Your experience in learning and development gives you wonderful ability to make great presentations! You bring strong assets as a presenter. And, there are steps you can take to shine even more brightly when you get your time in the sun!

Using Recognition to Inspire Your Training Team 
by Sue Plaster, M.Ed.
All of us in a learning and development capacity play important roles in the successes our organizations achieve, and we see the results every day. Sometimes a boost of internal or external recognition adds momentum to our efforts, or gives us inspiration to keep achieving.

Using the CIA Method in Learning Projects 
by Cheryl Powell
The CIA method as used in learning projects includes the Content phase, the Imagery phase and the Appeal phase. Using just a few of the techniques in this article, and adding the time to your project plan for implementing them, can save you major re-work and costs in the end.

Virtual Classroom Best Practices: Making the Classroom Fun Without Technology Getting in the Way

With just a little more preparation, L&D professionals can deliver a much better classroom experience to their learners.  Spending time doing some groundwork can make training more engaging, without technology getting in the way. In this post, we’ll explore some ways that trainers can prepare for a course, regardless of the learning platform they use, or the course delivery technology framework.

What Happened to the “E” in ADDIE? 
by John Cecil
ADDIE doesn’t always have to have the “E”.  In fact, authentic evaluation is frequently left behind in the real-world development process. Training done this way may still meet the learning objectives. It may still teach something and it may change behaviors. But how will you know?

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