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Strategies for Effective Video Content in Online Learning

Three Strategies for the most Effective Video Content in Online learning Intro As an instructional designer, I am often approached by clients who request video content in their training because they feel that it is the best way to engage their audience. I also work with many clients who prefer not to use video, as they find it time consuming and expensive. I would like to debunk some of the misconceptions around the use of video and go over some tips and best practices I have found. Video content incorporated into online learning is widespread. After being in the industry…

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All is Fair in Training and War

Guerrilla Training - A Powerful Approach in Employee Training The term “guerrilla” conjures images of soldiers slipping out from the cover of bushes or dropping out of trees to launch a surprise attack on a larger force. According to Wikipedia, “guerrilla warfare” is a form of irregular warfare in which small groups of combatants, such as paramilitary personnel, armed civilians, or irregulars, use military tactics including ambushes, sabotage, raids, petty warfare, hit-and-run tactics, and mobility, to fight a larger and less-mobile traditional military.” While we tend to think of guerrilla warfare as a late 20th century tactic, history shows that…

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How to Gauge When Building Online Courses is The Best Option

Building online courses has never been easier, thanks to rapid development authoring tools. With WYSIWYG editors and no knowledge of coding required, today’s authoring tools allow you to upload pre-existing content (such as PowerPoint decks), create new templates from scratch if you wish, or use provided templates which are easily customizable to your content needs. As schools and businesses adjusted their operations to account for the COVID-19 global pandemic, many people with no prior instructional design experience found themselves being asked to either purchase or create online courses. There are several factors to consider when faced with the decision of…

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How to Choose an LMS for Training in the Grocery Industry

Proper training is a critical component of the grocery industry. Grocers are held to a high standard of compliance with regulatory requirements, and high turnover in grocery stores makes training employees and maintaining compliance difficult to navigate. As an essential business, it is critical that grocers train and track the completion of compliance training for each employee. Historically, grocers deliver compliance training on topics like food handling, liquor sales, and lottery, through face-to-face meetings and verbal affirmations. Managers spend much of their time training employees. Training grocery teams in this way became the standard expectation across the grocery industry. Since…

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Online Sexual Harassment Training

It’s the Law: Employers Will Soon Need to Provide Workplace Harassment Training

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, it's likely that employers across North America will soon be required by law to provide workplace sexual harassment training to employees. While this training will make workplaces safer and more inclusive, employers are faced with the challenging and potentially expensive task of developing and delivering training programs. As of January 2020, the State of New York, a regulatory leader in the United States is poised make training around sexual harassment mandatory for employers by 2021. New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine and other states will also soon require employers to provide this training. If…

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