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5 Tips for Choosing an Awesome eLearning Development Partner


If you've ever had to augment your internal team's resources by bringing in a vendor to develop eLearning, you know that selecting the wrong partner can cost a lot -- in money, time, and sometimes a bit of your sanity. 

Finding an eLearning development partner that is highly skilled, cost-effective, and easy to work with can make or break your project. But how do you properly vet a potential partner?  What should you look for in a partner to ensure your project succeeds, with your budget, timeline, and emotional well-being all intact?

Game of Phones: Five Critical Factors For Effective Mobile Learning



Project Kickoff: Your Most Important Tool for Project Success



A project kickoff meeting is more than just a feel good meet-and-greet. It is the first, and most important, opportunity to set expectations across the entire project team. It is the essential tool to get a project started with the whole team invested and contributing to the project’s success right from the start.

What's the ROI on Quality?


Here’s something you don’t hear every day: the quality of your company's learning and communication content plays a significant role in how people view your company.  Think about it:  how often have you been impressed with the vocabulary used, or maybe not used, when viewing a company’s web page?  Do misspellings, poor punctuation, spacing errors, misused words, passive voice and dangling modifiers make you worry about that company’s ability to be thorough, accurate, and meticulous with your company’s learning products?  Would you hire a vendor that made those kinds of mistakes?   If they can’t manage details with their own documents or products, how can you trust them with yours?

Watch your (eLearning) Tone: Top Techniques in Visual Design



What Are Yours? Top Ten Cognitive Biases in Learning


Cognitive biases – or the tendency to think in certain ways that lead to systematic deviations from a standard rationality or good judgment - color almost every aspect of our daily lives. We all have them, whether we want to admit it or not.

Three Reasons We Need 70:20:10 Now


Learning leaders at several large organizations have asked me recently about the 70:20:10 blended learning model, looking for ways to incorporate it into their programs. In each case, I was surprised that these experienced learning practitioners seem to have only recently begun looking for ways to implement 70:20:10.

Need Training, No Money? A Beginner's Guide to Executive Buy-In


It isn’t always easy asking for time, resources, or money. I know this first-hand. I asked my wife for permission to subscribe to NFL Sunday Ticket. I knew this particular request would stir the waters, so I came to the table with a well-prepared list of points and potential rebuttals (for the curious minds, it came down to how much I would spend on beer and nachos watching games at Buffalo Wild Wings vs the comfort of our own home).

Don’t Disturb The Beast: Three eLearning Pet Peeves


In recent days, perhaps because this seems to be the winter-that-will-never-end, I’ve been a grouchy, semi-hibernating bear who is scaring my colleagues. Observing the third person tiptoe quickly past my office door, I decided maybe I should attempt to put all my negative energy to good use. So, for your reading pleasure, here are three of my eLearning pet peeves, along with some thoughts on avoiding them. Don’t wake the beast.

Year One: 3 Lessons Learned For Creating Engaging eLearning


I’ve been doing instructional design work for a little over a year, immersed happily in the world of drag-and-drops and click-and-reveals. Teaching someone how to do something in person is one thing, but online learning is an entirely different animal. As a Creative Technologist, my role is, well, to use technology creatively, primarily within eLearning development.