5 Techniques to Make Your Training Leaner [Video]

By: Alan Magnan

5 Techniques to Make Your Training Leaner

By: Alan Magnan

Photo by: David Schwarzenberg via Pixabay The more content a course has, the harder it is to do everything: work with subject-matter experts (SMEs), structure activities, get approvals, proofread materials, and meet deadlines. The trick is to limit the content and prevent the extra work from the start. This is the philosophy behind lean training […]

How and When to Design Performance-Based Testing in Training

By: Dawn Lang

Photo by: Gerd Altmann via Pixabay Setting your learners up for success drives many of the decisions you make as an instructional designer. But, designing your “performance tests” is probably one of the last things you design before you start developing your product.

5 Instructional Design Tips that will Transform Your Training

By: Marsha Weisleder

  I’m passionate about training and giving people the skills they need to excel in their jobs. One of my biggest passions revolves around instructional design. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “My purpose on this earth is to abolish death by PowerPoint.” It’s insulting to our learners. Yes, they know how […]

How to Prioritize Content

By: Dawn Lang

Photo by: Green Chameleon on Unsplash One of the most frequently asked questions during our instructional design workshops is, “How do I pare down the content when there’s a lack of available time?” This can be a challenge, especially if you feel everything is important. 

How to Maximize Instructional Design Time

By: Langevin Team

Photo by: Nicole via Pixabay Get a group of instructional designers together and ask them, “What’s the one thing you need to be able to perform better?” The answer likely isn’t technology, more budget, or even more personnel. The most common answer to this question is “more time.” However, time, more so than even budget, […]

4 Strategies to Manage Course Design Expectations

By: Langevin Team

  As instructional designers, we’ve all experienced having more content to design than time allotted to create it! Management’s guidance is often to “Just do it” (don’t you wish Nike never came up with that tag line?!). So, what to do?People learn by doing what is most relevant to their success in the workplace.

How to Manage Constant Changes in Instructional Design

By: Langevin Team

  One of the most common complaints I hear from instructional designers is about content requiring constant updates. Examples and “how to” instructions in the course materials may need to be revised at the last minute. This is more often a challenge for instructional designers who design technical content but all instructional designers deal with […]

6 Reasons to Add Buffer Time to Your Training

By: Lynne Koltookian

  Have you ever run through an airport to catch a connecting flight, heart pounding, chest heaving, only to end up missing it? If so, then you can relate to not having enough buffer time to get from one airport gate to the next. This experience recently happened to me—I made my flight, but it […]

3 Key Components of Solid Training

By: Langevin Team

  It continues to amaze me to hear about the number of companies and organizations who are still doing chalk and talks, data dumps, and death-by-power-point presentations, and calling them training. At Langevin, we teach that presentation alone is not training. A solid training program should contain a basic foundation of Presentation, Application, and Feedback, […]

6 Tips for Collaborating with the IT Department

By: Steve Flanagan

When working on an e-learning project, one of the key factors in the success of the project is the instructional designer’s relationship with the IT Department.

4 Instructional Design Tips for On-the-Job Training

By: Alan Magnan

Photo by: Jeff Sheldon via Unsplash There are many reasons to conduct on-the-job training: a very small number of people need training, the work cannot be simulated effectively, or the skills don’t lend themselves to other forms of instruction. Sadly, a lot of on-the-job training is ineffective. It’s often called “sit with Nellie.” An employee spends […]