Training Takes Time: A Q&A Session on Leveraging SME’s

August 21, 2014 by
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Each year, more corporations are turning to an outsourced learning model for enterprise learning. While the desire is for this to be a turnkey approach, many companies overlook the subject matter expert’s (SME’s) role in outsourced learning. This can lead to frustration on behalf of both organizations. What are the responsibilities of and optimal roles each person can play in the change? How do we prepare these individuals for the change? I recently hosted a 20-minute webinar highlighting some of the most current thinking and explored tools and techniques to leverage the capabilities of your SMEs to maximize their engagement, including: Read the rest of this entry »


Long Live the MOOCs Conversation

August 20, 2014 by
Posted in Learning Content


During a recent 20-minute webinar, Steve Swink, Training Specialist for GP Strategies, highlighted some of the most current thinking around Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), a topic receiving much attention in both the academic and corporate worlds. When the question, “How does your organization leverage MOOCs?” was asked,  webinar attendees responded in a variety of ways. Read the rest of this entry »

Know Your Virtual Meeting Environment

August 14, 2014 by
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Do you know what your meeting software can do? Most large companies use a meeting software package already. If you are planning to offer virtual instructor-led training (VILT), first you will need to know some information about the virtual meeting software. Even if you frequently attend virtual meetings, you may not ever use the features that instructional designers exploit in order to make VILT more interactive. Read the rest of this entry »

To VILT or Not to VILT?

August 12, 2014 by
Posted in Learning Operations

Knowledge sharing

Virtual instructor-led training (VILT) has evolved into a mainstream option for delivering training to learners who are spread out across multiple locations. Companies see it as an inexpensive alternative to flying employees to a central training location. VILT can be an effective solution to many training problems, but it does differ from instructor-led training (ILT) in a number of important ways. This blog will focus on the issues that are unique to VILT, including the pros and cons of VILT, some methods for creating an interactive environment, and the importance of up-skilling facilitators for the virtual classroom. I hope that others will jump in with their discoveries and questions. Read the rest of this entry »

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