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Archive for the ‘Training Tips’ Category


Monday, December 10th, 2012

Connie Malamed, an eLearning coach, posted an article on her blog called: 20 Things to Remember about Forgetting. Follow the link:

Note items 15-19 and their implications for training.

Boredom Busters

Friday, December 7th, 2012

The title of the article I’ve linked to here is 5 Great eLearning Boredom Busters, however, I think the suggestions work for in-person presentations as well. I’ve listed the 5 suggestions below. Follow the link to read more and about each item and solutions.

  • Avoid content-centered design
  • When talking about content…make it “sticky”
  • Show, don’t tell!
  • Spell out the famous WIFM (What’s in it for me)
  • Avoid “busy work” interactivity
  • Attention versus Engagement

    Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

    Olivia Mitchell is a presentation trainer based in New Zealand who writes a blog called Speaking about Presenting [].

    In a post titled 4 Ways to Move People from Attention to Engagement Olivia writes that you have people’s attention to begin with; the next step is to try to engage them so that they want to hear and learn more.

    Olivia says this about the difference between attention and engagement:

    If your audience is attentive, you can pour information into them.
    If your audience is engaged, they are sucking that information from you.

    Visit this link to read the full blog post:

    Is it Real or is it Memorex?

    Monday, November 26th, 2012

    A 2007 Stanford University study asked: “Do you learn more if you interact with a live person, or if you interact with a computer?” The conclusion was that people do better when they believe that they are interacting with a person. But what if that person is really an avatar? And what are the implications for eLearning?

    Read a short discussion at Learning Solutions Magazine:

    The Stanford Study:

    Know your audience and their brains

    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

    Auditory learners, visual learners, kinesthetic learners. Now that we know, what should we do? Once we know what to do, are we achieving the right balance? Read a blog post by Karla Gutierrez of the SH!FT: Disruptive Learning blog.

    Let’s Play!

    Monday, November 12th, 2012

    I attended a $25 Bob Pike webinar recently called Games and Contests. Games are not appropriate for all classroom settings, but when they are, games can aid retention and reinforce learning by engaging the learner.

    Follow this link to read an article on the subject from Educause:

    How to Make 160,000 People Happy

    Friday, November 9th, 2012

    Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google, gave a TED talk about redefining education when he and a colleague offered a freely available online class to the world. 160,000 people signed up and 20,000 completed the class (That’s actually a pretty good completion rate for this type of offering). However, his re-definition actually created “a classroom much more like a traditional class”. Watch the 6 minute video at:

    eLearing, Learning Activities and Intensity

    Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

    Elliott Masie leads conferences and writes about workforce learning, business collaboration and emerging technologies. While his emphasis is on the business world, there are pieces that we as trainers can take advantage of. Read his blog post about choosing the right level of intensity and engagement in learning activities to achieve a goal.

    Who is Elliott Masie?

    What We Learned in “School”: Stories from Three Training and Learning Conferences

    Monday, September 24th, 2012

    Join the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) trainers as they share “aha moments,” tips, techniques and research-based recommendations from three recent professional development conferences.  We will discuss:

    • Presentation skills, including better PowerPoint design
    • Tips for creating participant-centered training activities
    • Distance learning recommendations

    Date:  November 7, 2012

    Time:  3 – 4 pm ET

    Place:  Adobe Connect; web address will be sent to registrants

    Register here

    Teacher Disposition

    Thursday, September 13th, 2012

    In a recent presentation I attended there was a discussion was about about two groups of students, one undergraduate, the other graduate, who were asked to name the 10 most important qualities of behavior of the teacher during an online course. The top two qualities named they named?

    Number one: Communication (that we understand)
    Number two: Instructor disposition (we might need help with that)

    Teacher disposition can be defined as having empathy, positive view of self, positive view of others, honesty, genuineness, meaningful purpose and vision.

    Teacher disposition may lead to better student success with increased learning outcomes.

    How do we make sure we are demonstrating the desired disposition during an online course?

    Some key qualities:
    • Be very present from the start.
    • Personalize to each student.
    • When a question is asked respond as quickly as possible, if possible immediately.
    • Use the person’s name when communicating and if possible write a personal note.
    • Provide positive feedback.
    • Your tone can and will be detected. Present with positive, high-energy.