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Designing an online blended training program

Designing an online blended training program

I’ve had a few people contact me recently about redesigning their in-person programs for online delivery. It’s different from two years ago when people scrambled to move to virtual. These folks are looking for a more sophisticated way of engaging with their...

Who owns learning and development?

Who owns learning and development?

A regional municipality had a change of leadership. The new Chief Administrative Office (CAO) wanted to focus on leadership development as one of the strategic pillars of the organization. The Manager, Learning and Development started assessing the leadership...

Debrief activities to anchor learning 

Debrief activities to anchor learning 

"We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience." -- John Dewey  There are two great training books – Telling ain’t Training by Harold D. Stolovich and Training ain’t Performance by Harold D. Stolovich and Erica Keeps. They get at one of...

How visual design informs instructional design

How visual design informs instructional design

When I was in my early 20’s I worked for a boutique training consulting firm in Toronto. I worked with Brett Lamb, a graphic designer, who makes concepts and processes come to life through illustration on the page. Among many things, Brett taught me the basics and the...

Neuroscience and Learning Design

Neuroscience and Learning Design

Neuroscience is the study of the human brain and nervous system. Findings and insights from neuroscience can help us design training so participants are more likely to:  Encode information into their long-term memory. Be able to retrieve it...

Memory and Instructional Design

Memory and Instructional Design

My husband has been saying for years that his memory is terrible. In his 20s he bought a book about how to improve your memory. Then he lost it! (True story) I want to talk about memory and the implications for learning design. There are three different types of...

Embed learning and development into work

Embed learning and development into work

An organization wants to change how they support new and existing employees. Currently, they have random approaches to training. Some training is provided centrally by learning and development; other training is created by the business, and still, other courses are...

Debunking Learning Styles

Debunking Learning Styles

A teacher verbally explains to a student the math concept of ‘borrowing’ in subtraction. He explains it several times and the student still doesn’t understand. Then the teacher draws a diagram that more explicitly represents that the ‘3’ in...

Taxonomies of Learning

Taxonomies of Learning

Creativity follows mastery, so mastery of skills is the first priority for young talent.    -- Benjamin Bloom  In this article, I want to clarify some misconceptions and add a layer of understanding to Bloom’s Taxonomy of...