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5 Tricks to Demolish your Creative Blocks

by Hannah Hunterinstructional writer

When you work in a creative profession like e-learning, you’re bound to encounter the occasional pesky creative block. But honestly, who has time for that? When I find myself drowning in confusing content or staring slack-jawed at my computer screen, these tricks never fail to get me back on track:

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4 Tips to Maximize Your e-Learning Graphic Designers' Time

by Hannah von Bank, instructional writer

Everyone wants their course to be visually appealing, but there is rarely a consensus among the project team and stakeholders as to what that actually means. Going through the process of working, reworking, and scrapping designs is time-consuming for media artists and expensive for stakeholders—so what can we do about it?

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3 Reasons Why Failure is Life's Most Honest Teacher

As a kid, I was terrified to ride a bike without training wheels. I told my exasperated father all the reasons why I was sure this crazy bike-riding plan of his would not work: “The sidewalk is hard and bicycles – have you seen a bicycle lately? Those wheels are very skinny and the seats are high up. Those things are deathtraps and I’m just going to fall and probably die.” But my Dad was determined and he eventually got me on the bike and peddling. I immediately crashed into a tree. However, I learned three very important lessons that day: 1) steering, 2) braking, and, most importantly, 3) falling isn’t something to be afraid of. The worst thing I thought could happen wasn’t that bad. I didn’t die. I didn’t even get hurt. Failing gave me the courage to persevere and the tools to do it.

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5 Common Missteps In Onboarding Programs

by relationship management assistant

First impressions are often the most lastingwhat does your onboarding program say about your organization?

Research has shown that effective onboarding increases employee retention and productivity while ineffective programs waste money and can result in burnout and increased turnover. With 25% of the United States workforce transitioning between jobs every year, creating an engaging and informative new hire orientation should be a key business initiative for employers.

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3 Real-Life Lessons Learned from Difficult On-The-Job Challenges

by relationship management assistant

We’ve all made mistakes at work – some more grievous than others. For every mortified person who has accidentally closed a business call with “I love you” instead of “goodbye,” there is someone else whose slip up could have caused injury, lost someone their job or cost their company millions of dollars. We may think of these situations as an exception to the norm and/or the result of a “bad” employee, but in fact these close calls happen more often, easily, and unintentionally than you would expect, and can commonly be traced back to lack of training or misunderstanding of policy due to ineffective training. I’ve interviewed a few individuals as they reflect on their most difficult on-the-job situations.

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Free Online Courses to Exercise Your Brain this Summer

by relationship management assistant

Here at the e-Learning Leadership Blog, we often discuss creative ways to train the brains of our learners so they can excel at what they do—but do we ever forget about ourselves? Studies have shown that spending just 15-30 minutes a day learning a new skill (or practicing a challenging one) allows brain cells to make new connections and produces numerous benefits including: improved memory, increased focus, faster thinking, and even prevention of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Make some time in your busy schedule this summer to pamper your brain! Here are a few cool sites to help you get started.

Khan Academy

I used to dream about being adequate at math. Not “good”—as a self-diagnosed “creative, right-brained person” I had long ago decided that true mathematical aptitude was a physiological impossibility for me—but I did hope that someday maybe I would know what to do when I saw numbers and letters hanging out together. Well folks, today is that day.

Khan Academy is an innovative non-profit whose mission is “to provide free, world class education for anyone, anywhere.” They have lessons in a wide variety of subject areas for nearly every skill level, from pre-K through college, but where they really excel is math.

The “World of Math” program uses game elements that make practicing algebra both fun and a little addictive. Learners begin by taking a very short quiz to assess their skill level and earn (earn what? each time they master a new skill. The learning environment adapts as you progress and it’s exciting to see your score rise as you level up and unlock new skills.

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Tips for Developing Successful Leadership Training

by relationship management assistant

In the past, employers had their pick of often hundreds of qualified applicants for a limited number of positions – but that is set to change. Ten thousand American workers reached the age of 65 today and about 10,000 more will reach retirement age everyday for the next 17 years. Baby boomers are retiring in droves and are taking their knowledge and experience with them. To quote this month’s issue of Chief Learning Officer Magazine: “The forecast suggests the talent, skills and knowledge needed will no longer be available via thousands of applicants.”

Is your organization struggling with how to internally develop and retain the skilled leaders necessary for keeping your business successful for years to come? While developing a leadership development curriculum may be daunting task, here are some tips for starting out.

1. Identify crucial leadership skills

What would your ideal leadership team look like? How would they work together to support your organization? What talent and competencies should they possess? Compare your vision to the current state of your team―can you identify any skill gaps or efficiencies you want to preserve and pass on? Industry and position-specific skills are sure to vary between companies, but some leadership skills are universal, such as:

  • The ability to effectively delegate
  • Motivational skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Conflict Resolution

By identifying the skills you need to focus on, you are well on your way to building your curriculum.

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3 Tips for Harnessing the Power of Habit in Your e-Learning

by relationship management assistant

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On the Job: 4 Insights for Engaging the Millennial Generation

by , relationship management assistant

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4 Reasons To Convince Your Boss to Invest More in e-Learning

by relationship management assistant

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