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Subject Matter Experts: From Smackdown to Nirvana

Working effectively with subject matter experts (SMEs) is absolutely critical for instructional designers and trainers who want to be successful. SMEs bring the content to life and provide both relevance and context. However, it can often seem like you and your SME are speaking two different languages, causing the instructional design process and, more importantly, communication to break down. How can you work better with and coach SMEs through your…

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Hole in the Wall Learning

Looking through a “Hole-in-the-Wall”

Author: Heather Sather Recently, I had the chance to attend the ATD ICE conference in Orlando, FL.  Our keynote speaker on Tuesday was Sugata Mitra.  He spoke of Hole-In-The-Wall Learning and its implication in how people learn.  How so many of us have been taught is by remembering things:  facts, formulas, dates, spelling, people, events—we all had to take a test with fill in the blanks, or multiple choice, or…

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ILT Instructor Guides: Are You a Helicopter or a Free-Range Instructional Designer?

Author: Andrea May It is hard to escape all of the news and opinion stories I have seen in recent years arguing for and against Helicopter Parenting and, conversely, Free-Range Parenting. In the unlikely event you have not been privy to this debate, Helicopter Parenting can be defined as a style of child rearing in which an overprotective parent discourages a child’s independence by being too involved in the child’s…

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The Ten Commandments of Elegant and Effective Powerpoint Design

The Ten Commandments of Elegant and Effective PowerPoint Design

Author: Eric Berget 1. Thou shalt know thy audience and context Good design is good communication. PowerPoint is used in a variety of contexts and despite the rigid and inherently presumptuous title of this blog post, the specifics of how to follow these rules might change based on the purpose of the presentation. A keynote (TEDtalk-style) presentation should look different than a data report-type presentation. “To what degree does this presentation need to stand on…

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Top 5 Favorite Blog Posts of 2014

It’s that time of year again. Time to reminisce about the year that was and reflect on the high points, or at least the things that stick out in memory. For our final post in 2014, I wanted to take a look back and compile a list of our top 5 favorite blog posts from around the industry in 2014.  If you missed these the first time around, they are…

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