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Andrea May

As VP, Instructional Design Services for Dashe & Thomson, Inc. I see myself as a translator, taking complex ideas and systems and making them easy for a learner to understand.

How to Avoid Scrap Learning

We’ve all been there. Attending a training course, or working through an eLearning module, and thinking “This is great information. I wonder how I can apply this to my job.” And, after some thought, you realize “I can’t…at least not right now.” So what happens to the learning gains you made while going through the course? Unfortunately, unless you can apply those gains fairly immediately, they simply fall away resulting…

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The Forgotten Role of Reflection in Learning

John Dewey, a noted psychologist, philosopher and educational reformer, once said, “We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.” Reflection in the context of learning can be described as linking ideas and constructing meaning from our experiences. As learners, we need to reflect on our experiences in order to incorporate new information into our mental schemas. Recent research has shown that taking just 15 minutes to reflect at the…

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Minimum Viable Products Meet Learning and Development: A Match Made in Heaven or Hell?

I am part of an international crew of L&D professionals that organizes and facilitates a bi-weekly chat on Twitter under the hashtag #chat2lrn. Over the past couple of years I have gained many new ideas and perspectives from both the #chat2lrn crew and those who take part in the chats. In our chat last week, we focused on what L&D can learn from start-up culture and methodology. I will admit…

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Using Analogies and Metaphors to Enhance Learning

My mom was a junior high and high school home-economics teacher when I was a kid. She made sure that my sister and I knew our way around the kitchen and a sewing machine, whether we wanted to or not. I distinctly remember helping her bake a scratch cake for my sister’s birthday one year and she used a metaphor to explain the difference between cooking and baking. “Cooking is…

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Micro-Learning: Making Learning Part of Everyday Tasks

Though the idea has been around for 10 years or so, in recent months I have begun to hear more faint rumblings across my personal learning network (PLN) about the concepts of Micro-Learning and Integrated Micro-Learning. I am intrigued by the idea and decided to explore it further for possible applications in our business and for our clients. As I dug into the concept, I began to see some exciting…

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