Category Archives: Online Learning

Virtual Training and the ARCS Model of Motivation

Guest Author: Kimberly Isley-Pesto Picture this: It’s 9:00 am and you are preparing to deliver training via WebEx. The session is scheduled to last one hour and you’re expecting 70+ participants. You begin having nagging thoughts about the challenges you might face in facilitating a synchronous session, and panic sets in. You won’t be able to read body language as you would

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Content Curation: A mostly curated blog post

  Back in the day—and by that, I mean 2012—there were rumblings about “curation” or “content curation” within the T&D world. For example, David Kelly wrote a brilliant blog post about it for ATD (then, ASTD). Some T&D practitioners may have dismissed this topic as simply e-Knowledge Management (KM); that is, more stuff with better tools. After all, even backer

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Blogging 101: How to write engaging and informative content

If you’ve never written a blog post before, where do you begin? I will offer you three strategies to quickly get up to speed: Know your Blog: If you are a guest blogger, start by familiarizing yourself with the blog purpose, readers, style, and message. I will direct you to two popular guest posts that serve as an excellent example of how

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“We don’t need no stinkin’ badges.” Or, do we?

by Vince Cyboran, Ed.D. Associate Professor, Graduate Program in Training and Development Roosevelt University Much like the enigmatic emblems on Scout uniforms, “digital badges” are among the latest efforts for documenting skill competencies in individuals.  Mixed with an updateable–and up-to-date–portfolio, professional certification(s), and a wisely chosen graduate degree, badges supposedly signify not only the ability to “do,” but to “do

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In Defense of Energizers: Incorporate physical activity into your work, training

It’s no surprise that obesity and sedentary lifestyles are negative by-products of our plugged-in society, but did you know that working and learning at your computer for long periods of time can lead to an early demise? A large body of research links physical inactivity to higher rates of morbidity and mortality (McCrady & Levine, 2013). Compounding this finding are new

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