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19 Productivity-Boosting Apps for L&D Project Managers


By David Berget

The project management profession is growing into its own. Just last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics issued project management its own occupational category, a confirmation that project managers are more important players than ever. Yet in today’s climate, project managers are increasingly being asked to run more projects with fewer people.

Project Managers in the Learning and Development (L&D) field are not immune to the burgeoning workload. In fact, L&D Project Managers are responsible for an ever-growing stream of projects and processes -- from scoping and launching projects to coordinating SME reviews and feedback. As a Project Manager, organization and productivity is essential to your job. And, let’s be honest, letting things accumulate in your inbox is a recipe for disaster.

To help you step up and do more with less, check out these project management tools recommended by highly productive project managers. Nearly any complete project management app or service will provide most or all of the features discussed below, but if you don’t need all of the bells and whistles (and want to save some money), consider the following.

The Science of Learning: 5 Things to Literally Keep in Mind


While our technology changes at an incredible rate, the brain evolves slowly, allowing for the vast amount of existing cognitive-science research on how the brain takes in information. To create powerful learning experiences, it’s helpful to understand how the brain works. Translating research into meaningful, evidence-based practices, programs, and policies is crucial for learning and development professionals seeking to gain the most impact out of their endeavors.

The five methods by which the brain processes information below will put you on track to improve your own learning and development initiatives.

Mine or Ours? The Case For Knowledge Sharing


One of the hardest lessons to learn growing up is how to share – how to share your toys, your candy, and maybe your room with a sibling.  As a child, it’s difficult to get past the thought “but, it’s MINE!”

We hang on tightly to what is “ours, ” and if goaded into sharing, we attempt to dictate how we share.

The Surge in Corporate Training Video: 6 Styles to Engage Your Learners


During our annual development team retrospective, we realized that video has begun to comprise an increasingly larger share of our project portfolio. The growing demand for video is exhilarating for us as a learning development team; it’s an indicator that clients are grasping the value of blended learning.

More than ever, clients enter the conversation knowing it’s not enough to focus on task-level proficiency; learning is optimized when learners are engaged at all levels: Head, Heart, and Hands. And, when it comes to engaging the Head and Heart, video is one of the best learning tools at our disposal.

Video is a powerful teaching tool, even outside the L&D world. It's exploded as an effective method for gaining learner engagement, which is critical to long-term retention. For example, the new level of video quality from news sources like The New York Times is drastically different than a 6 o’clock news format. Producers combine graphics and animation to deliver a new form of storytelling.

Indeed, the appetite for video is widespread. Findings from a recent Forbes Insights study illustrate that demand for video extends to the business world. According to the survey, senior business executives at U.S. companies with annual sales exceeding $500 million characterize video as both a “critical information source" and as a medium that drives employees to take action.

The power of the moving visual communicates and captivates in a way that simple text and images (clickable or not) fall short.

The following six corporate training video samples come from recent projects, each a bit unique in format or style. If you’ve heard suggestions in the conference room about needing video in 2017, you’ll find inspiration below.

Here's How Quality Really Works In Learning Development (And Why You Should Care)


by Heather Sather

The terms “Quality Control” (QC) and “Quality Assurance” (QA) frequently create confusion among learning professionals. Because it's common for the same team or person to handle both functions, the terms are often used interchangeably. However, QC and QA are distinctly different terms, each with it's own definition.

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?