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Stakeholder Buy-In: the Secret to Project Success


By Andrea May

It's been said that change is the only constant in life. I believe, however, that life holds one more constant: human beings are wired to resist change. In fact, it's been proven that our cognitive biases drive us to maintain the status quo. What's more, our resistance increases when benefit of change to us as individuals (the "WIIFM") is unclear or absent.

Five Keys to an Effective Training Needs Assessment


A couple years ago we published 13 Critical Questions to Ask Your Client When Scoping a Learning Engagement. The post captured considerable attention, probably since the task of conducting a training needs assessment can be both a moving target and an ambiguous one.

Scenario-Based Learning: Choose Your Own Learning Adventure



“Experience is the best teacher,” they say.

13 eLearning Resources to Make Your Courses Beautiful


by: Andy Schiemo

Does your eLearning feel stale or still have that 1990s vibe? Are you bored with your existing stock photography? Are you still using photos that look like this? 

Who Is Derailing Your Learning Project? (And How Can You Stop Them?)



By Claire Narum

Great news! That learning project you’ve nurtured through countless meetings and rolls of red tape has finally come to fruition, and you’re starting to get down to business. But wait – something’s not quite right. Why does it feel like the team is spinning out of control? Why does it seem like your manager doesn’t support you? Why isn't anyone meeting their deadlines?

How To Train Your Millennial


There are 83.1 millennials in the U.S., and they get a bad rap. They are often characterized as a generation continually over-rewarded for under-performance. It’s assumed that since millennials took home trophies for fifth place as kids, they will expect similar rewards for mediocre performance throughout their careers.

What, Exactly, is a Millennial?

Before we get into how best to train millennials, it is instructive to first understand who they are. First, millennials are between 18 and 34, born from the early 80s to the mid-90s. According to the Pew Research Center, the millennial population has now surpassed that of the Baby Boomers, and composes more than 25% of the workforce in America. 

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?