Archive | July 2014

Managing and working with Introverts

I’m participating in a webinar about managing introverts and the speaker, Susan Cain just made a comment about working out loud. Susan said that extroverts like to “work out loud” and introverts prefer to review internally first. As an introvert I understand that statement very well. There is a definitely fear  about putting something out there that you haven’t fully reviewed.  I wonder how introverts are at elearning rapid development. There are times when rapid learning or any learning development needs to be completed quickly, how do introverts handle this? Do they work longer hours to meet the deadlines? Get over that need to review?


Positive Deviance vs. Best Practices

I am intrigued by the practice of looking at what is going right vs. what is going wrong – the premise of positive deviance. This works in training and development very well – especially when I am evaluating different programs and looking at different trainings. Beyond all of that I think in some small way, positive deviance awards those that are doing something right instead of giving all the attention to those that are failing.

I'm Not Actually a Geek

Over time, I’ve seen people write disparagingly about the use of best practices in innovation. A recent example of this comes from Paul Martin in Say ‘Best Practice’ again, I dare you. As Paul notes:

For me the term ‘Best Practice’ conjures up images of a race toward uniform mediocrity, led by those who follow the crowd.

I understand his position. It’s a version of fast-following in a way, where people do not take a fresh look at an activity. They just follow what others are doing. You may share his passion for banishing ‘best practices’. Although be careful there. Some things really don’t need innovation if they’re not critical to a company’s differentiation and growth. For instance, if there are best practices for closing the accounting books on a quarterly basis, what issue of mediocrity is there?

The issue with best practices appears to be:

  • It’s done by an organization with…

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eLearning Manager Problem-Solving and Morphological Analysis

Managing eLearning

Using Morphological Analysis to Solve Complex eLearning Problems

As an eLearning manager, you are required to confront and resolve complex problems on a daily basis. Each new project presents its own unique set of issues and considerations, but there are common issues that crop up:

  • Do you hire additional full-time employees or do you outsource any of your content development for the project?
  • Do you compensate SMEs?
  • How much time should you allocate to analysis of underlying issues?
  • What is the appropriate cost-per-minute that needs to be allocated in the budget for the project to fulfill its ultimate objectives?
  • Are there any LMS-related issues that need to be addressed?

As you attempt to answer these questions, every next piece of unique information adds complexity to the equation. The correct answer for one project may not be suitable at all for the needs of the next client. In other words, you…

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Avoid the Traps- Instructional Design Decisions

Tausend Talks EdTech

A great website I like to use for eLearning resources is  I recently read an article by Stephanie Ivec that summarized important instructional design decisions that should not be overlooked. The article is titled 5 Instructional Design Traps to Avoid.

Ivec warned against falling into these common traps:

  1. Forgetting Learning Objectives

The benefit of learning objectives is that they keep the course focused.

  1. Too Long to Be Engaging

According to Ivec, and I agree, elearning gives developers the opportunity to divide complex topics into smaller modules for easier comprehension.

  1. Features for the Sake of Features

Limiting animations and features for when they make important information stand out will help learners process key content.

  1. Irrelevant Content

Using scenarios and real-world examples will help learners apply the learning to their job tasks.

  1. No Evaluation

Evaluating the effectiveness of the eLearning course can help create better courses in the future.

My department…

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