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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.

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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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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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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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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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