Why small and medium sized businesses need to train their employees online

If you follow any of the industry publications and pundits, you will find that online training dominates the conversation. For the last 15 years “eLearning” has been the buzz. Yet at the same time, there is a significant dissatisfaction with “eLearning” and still a huge amount of instructor-led training being …

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Are you ready for the shift to curation?

One basic assumption in Learning and Development organizations for the last 15 years has been that you need specialized instructional designers using specialized authoring tools to build specialized learning content. What if that assumption is not true? What if the majority of the time you don’t really need specialized content, …

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We Caught Up With Jennifer Rogers From Bluewater Learning

Synapse caught up with our friend Jennifer Rogers from Bluewater Learning to share her value insights on how learning & development professionals should approach “the speed of business” as it pertains to their learning projects. Jennifer is the Director of Content Solutions at Bluewater Learning and has over 15 years of …

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Is Instructional Design relevant in a world of Learning Experiences?

There is a huge transformation underway in the Learning & Development world. The old rules of how to measure the effectiveness of learning have changed. It’s no longer the L&D department defining the rules; it’s about the learner deciding what is effective. Business functions drive the experience. Mobile and social …

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Instructional Design at the Speed of Business

It’s quite common these days to hear people speaking about content curation (versus content creation), and therefore to assume instructional design is no longer needed. Clearly the old model of asking Learning & Development to custom build all of the content for every performance need for every business unit is …

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Paper or Pixels? Choose Your Instructional Design Tools Wisely

If you are of a certain vintage – like yours truly – you remember when supermarkets were making the switch from paper bags to plastic sacks. Cashiers were sensitive to preferences during the transition, and most supermarket checkout transactions started with the question, “Paper or plastic?” For project managers, instructional …

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