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UDUTU Collaboration: Keeping the Learning Fire Ignited in Hard Times

UDUTU Collaboration: Keeping the Learning Fire Ignited in Hard Times By Reegan MacKenzie I went into teaching with dreams of changing the system to be an inclusive, safe place for all. I was struggling in my work until I met Jennifer Foster, an instructional designer at Udutu and former teacher. Jen and I began exchanging teaching war stories and Jen brainstormed the ways in which technology would have helped her in the classroom. How could technology help teachers on call in their daily, chaotic teaching experiences? Jen had an idea–a light bulb lit up so bright over Jen’s head that…

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How To Use Training Initiatives To Change Employee Behavior

I Think I Can’t, I Think I Can’t

I Think I Can’t, I Think I Can’t As a people manager, you’ve likely heard one of these lines or something very similar. Change is scary. Doing something new or adjusting how we do something from how we’re accustomed to doing it can be very challenging. You may have members of your team that are simply not getting things done the way it needs to be done. But here’s the thing. Do you as their manager understand why there’s an issue with the task or expectation? In other words, can you determine if they don’t know it, can’t do it,…

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Assessments: When Scoring Is Boring

Do you hate tests? Do you find yourself looking to see what you scored, perhaps relieved that you got most of the answers right? Here’s the thing. Scoring is boring! Especially when it comes to your learning objectives. How can it be okay to only know 80% of your learning objectives if ALL of them are, you know, the actual LEARNING OBJECTIVES! Why do we assess learners in the first place? Well, an assessment determines if students have gained sufficient knowledge or have become proficient in a skill. (Those pesky learning objectives!) It also provides instructors with the chance to…

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How to Write Measurable Learning Objectives that Get Results

Before creating your next eLearning course, ask yourself this question: What do you want your learners to do after completing your course? Ideally, your course will equip your learners with new knowledge and skills so that they will be able to perform new tasks, or perform old tasks with better accuracy or improved results. All too often we fixate on what learners need to understand, and we lose sight of what we actually need them to be able to do after completing the course. While understanding is a necessary part of the educational process, it’s not enough. We can’t stop…

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Online Learner Engagement

The Secrets of Learner Engagement and Online Course Development

This is the first of a two-part series about online learner engagement.  If every topic of every course was fascinating stuff that learners were hungry to learn, then engagement would be no problem. However, course content sometimes isn’t all that engaging, which means your employees are not getting the training they need to help your business thrive. However, there are some simple tips for designing online training that will increase employee engagement and help make a difference in your bottom line. Engage learners by providing choice The primary rule of engagement is to make the course into a series of…

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