Blog - training and development

  • October 08, 2015

    American Horror Story: Corporate Training

    By: Andrew Fayad

    With Halloween fast approaching we can’t help but reflect upon some of the stuff that really scares us– including bad training. Is there anything spookier than wasting time on material that learners will ultimately forget? Probably not. It’s in this sinister spirit that we offer up some of the truly horrifying mistakes that companies make […]

  • June 26, 2015

    The More the Merrier: How Asia Mobile Crowdsources eLearning Development

    By: Andrew Fayad

    What do you get when you combine a tech-hungry market with some of the brightest developers in the world? It’s called SEAMAC: The Asia Pacific Mobile App Challenge. Over the course of the next few months, app developers will compete to create creative solutions using smartphones as the platform. From eLearning to health, social engagement […]

  • March 19, 2015

    U.N. Unites the World One eLearning Course at a Time

    By: Aaron Hill

    When the U.N. offers a giant catalog of e-courses in many languages, it’s a certainty that eLearning is here to stay. The U.N.’s Institute for Training and Research is where diplomats, NGO employees, public policy bureaucrats, U.N. employees and others go to learn. The institute is also open to the public. Anyone willing to pay the price […]

  • January 06, 2015

    Likes for Learning: 7 Ways to Use Facebook Groups for Training and Development

    By: Jack Makhlouf

    As of July 2014, Facebook boasted over 1.3 billion users overall, with 680 million mobile users. The average user is also connected to 80 pages, groups and events at any given time. Of course, the same Facebook can be a thorn in a corporate paw: Time on Facebook usually means wasted hours and less efficiency.

  • 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 […]

  • July 17, 2014

    Using Role-Based Playbooks to Improve On-the-Job Performance

    By: Aaron Hill

    All the world’s a game, to borrow a phrase. Notice how the elements of life, games and eLearning intersect. Learners learn through games and receive badges for completion. Badges aside, the standard measure of effectiveness is how well the learner translates the material to on-the-job performance after the course. Performance is the ultimate measure of […]

  • May 19, 2014

    Why Companies Use Gamification for Employee Development

    By: Andrew Fayad

    Don’t make the mistake of thinking gamification is a grassroots movement for small businesses: Huge corporations are utilizing the motivating power of gaming to help improve the hiring process, check employee performance and even identify potential leaders within the organization. As corporate gamification becomes a more viable (and successful) method of training, new methods and companies are coming […]

  • April 10, 2014

    Custom eLearning Development: 5 Essential Processes

    By: Aaron Hill

    If this is your first time developing a custom eLearning system, don’t worry. You’ll recognize the stages and steps as similar to those in other documentation projects. The names of the individual processes may vary, but effective developers complete all seven stages below in order, and they get buy-in from decision makers early in each process […]

  • March 05, 2014

    eLearning: Internal Forums are the New Watercooler

    By: Aaron Hill

    How to Benefit From an Internal Company Forum If your internal corporate communication has landed on Twitter or Facebook, it’s time for your company to consider a private location for employee chitchat—an internal company forum. Social creatures will gravitate toward social outlets, and if you don’t have an internal one, they’ll gravitate elsewhere. The following examples […]

  • January 21, 2014

    Macro Motivation for Microlearning: Getting Users to Participate

    By: Andrew Fayad

    Let’s face it: Getting learners excited about long lectures and lost time is an uphill battle. It’s no secret that training and education can get the eye-roll treatment, especially if motivation is low. That’s where microlearning can come in handy: It taps into user motivation for higher participation and completion rates. After all, what good […]

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