Blog - 2014

  • December 31, 2014

    3D Printing at Work: New Developments in Training Tech

    By: Andrew Fayad

    To be honest, 3D printing isn’t anything new: The technology has existed for more than 30 years. What makes the idea of being able to “print” 3D objects, however, has become more exciting as it becomes more accessible. In recent years, plummeting costs and better availability has made 3D printing more of a reality for […]

  • December 30, 2014

    Could Amazon Echo be the Next Big Thing in eLearning?

    By: Andrew Fayad

    As eLearning professionals, we’re always eager to see how new technology can be assimilated for training purposes. And when Amazon announced their newest gadget, Echo, we wondered how it would impact eLearning at large. For the smooth price of $199, Amazon Echo promises to bring you Alexa, a voice-activated robot who can answer all (most) […]

  • December 29, 2014

    Is Your eLearning 508-Compliant?

    By: Aaron Hill

    It’s a dilemma many instructional designers face: sacrifice interactivity or 508 compliance. It doesn’t have to be an either/or situation, even if budgets and timelines dictate rapid development. Instructional designers must find a way to substitute eyes and ears for those with vision, hearing and mobility disabilities. You can design and develop one set of […]

  • December 26, 2014

    Developing an eLearning Strategy for Corporate Compliance Training

    By: Aaron Hill

    Call it corporate culture or adhering to the corporate brand. Call it whatever you like; it boils down to compliance with corporate standards, and training plays a significant role in communicating the standards. Without corporate standards, you can expect corporate anarchy, fraud, waste and/or abuse. It takes little to destroy a brand value that businesses […]

  • December 24, 2014

    Hail to the Chief: Why the CCO Needs eLearning (and Vice Versa)

    By: Andrew Fayad

    If a company is evolved enough to even have a chief culture officer in the first place, that organization already sets itself apart as one that is sensitive to work environment, tone and morale within the company. Basically, it’s a step in a highly sensitive direction.

  • December 23, 2014

    The Single Best Way to Use eLearning for Sales Training

    By: Andrew Fayad

    It was the cosmetic sales queen Mary Kay Ash who said “Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, “Make me feel important.” Not only will you succeed in sales; you will succeed in life.” At first glance, sales training may not always seem like a […]

  • December 22, 2014

    Sticky Situations: Increasing Simulation Retention in Learners

    By: Andrew Fayad

    What do you get when you combine an international luxury goods manufacturer and a workforce made up of employees who have various levels of compliancy training? In typical scenarios, the same training is applied to all employees; after all, no one is exempt from workplace ethics. But, when using simulation-based training, forcing all employees to […]

  • December 18, 2014

    Ms. CEO, Don’t Take My eLearning Away

    By: Aaron Hill

    Whenever there’s a change in the organizational chart, training budgets come under fire. A change at the very top finds people rushing to save their individual jobs rather than attempting to save their jobs by making a business case for their department and its function. So, let’s make the business case for eLearning because no […]

  • December 17, 2014

    The Art of Chunking: How Content Organization Affects Learner Comprehension

    By: Andrew Fayad

    In our society, chunky can have both positive and negative connotations. Chunky babies and peanut butter: Great. Feeling chunky after the holiday season: Not so great. But when it comes to eLearning content, chunking won’t leave you feeling guilty and scrabbling for a diet. Instead, it’s an excellent way to group together information for the best […]

  • December 16, 2014

    The Fine Line Between Fun & Flippancy in eLearning Efforts

    By: Andrew Fayad

    You’ve heard it again and again: eLearning needs to be fun to be engaging. But before you build a quiz show around harassment training, you might need to take a breath and think about injecting too much lightheartedness into your program. Hey, it’s all fun and games until someone stops taking your subject matter seriously.

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