Learning Thursday #7: How Do You Encourage Innovation in Your L&D Team?

Learning Thursday is a blog series that features a new L&D article every other week along with discussion points.  Read and then share your own ideas by commenting below!  Check out the last Learning Thursday here.

How does your learning and development team approach new projects and courses?  Does your process encourage new ideas and teamwork?

This week’s video is an oldie but goodie.  ABC Nightline documented IDEO’s process of developing a new product.  The product team formulates new ideas, refines them, prototypes, and then continues to form their original ideas into a creative but practical final solution.  I’ve always enjoyed this video because it demonstrates the power of what the narrator refers to as constructive chaos.

  1. What specific practices in the video encourage new thinking and ideas?
  2. What specific practices ensure that creative ideas are eventually formed into practical solutions?
  3. How does your L&D team work together to develop innovative products?

 

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Attending the Adobe eLearning Conference on March 13?

It’s free! And there are lots of awesome speakers joining us in Washington DC!

There are two tracks on e-learning development and three more tracks on enterprise learning, multimedia training and virtual learning. You can check out the full session catalog here. My 2:30PM session is about increasing engagement through social learning, user generated content, and LMS gamification.

You can register for free. You can also register for the Adobe Captivate Specialist program on March 12 for a fee.

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[Free Webinar!] More Courses, Less Cost: How to Provide More Content on a Limited Budget

New year, new training budget!  And a new class to help you figure out what to do with it.    Managing a budget has always been weirdly enjoyable for me – sort of like playing a jigsaw puzzle with money.  You add and subtract until you have the right number of resources to accomplish each goal, and where you don’t have cash flow, you hold things together with duct tape and creativity.

Join us on Wednesday, February 13 at 9AM Pacific.  Register with Training Magazine Network for free. The description is below. See you soon!

More Courses, Less Cost: How to Provide More Content on a Limited Budget

How is your 2019 training budget treating you?  It’s early in the year, and many L&D managers and directors are figuring out how to best apply their budget to their annual goals.  Many of us have limited funds, so we start asking ourselves questions like the following:

  1. Should I develop this course or learning program in house, or purchase existing content from a vendor?
  2. What kinds of content are out there, and how do I select content that will best serve my learners?
  3. How can I use course content catalogs to augment our existing curriculum?
  4. How do I develop more custom content without investing more of my budget?
  5. Can I save money by presenting some instructor-led classes in a virtual format?

In this session, Katrina Marie Baker, Senior Learning Evangelist of Adobe, will facilitate a discussion of these questions.  You will have an opportunity to share your ideas and hear what fellow attendees are doing with their training programs.  Katrina will also share real-life examples and practical tips for prioritizing, planning, and budgeting against your organization’s L&D priorities.

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Adobe eLearning Conference & Captivate Specialist Training

I’m not just a speaker at the upcoming Adobe eLearning Conference in Washington DC on March 13th, 2019, but I’m also an attendee. For those who are unsure if this event is worth your time or the effort to convince your boss, consider the following.

During the previous years events, I met a bunch of people like myself who design eLearning for their living. It’s really great sharing similar experiences with one another, and knowing we are not alone in the challenges we face. More importantly, though, I got to hear other ideas and solutions as to how to solve elearning challenges. As a freelancer, I just don’t get that in my home office. My two office companions are great for other reasons but they don’t offer any suggestions for improving my eLearning designs.

Each Adobe live event offers a glimpse of what eLearning at Adobe will look like in the future. I first learned about virtual reality, fluid box responsive design, and interactive video at past Adobe live events and I’m looking forward to learning about new features this spring.

As I said up front, I’m also an attendee. When I’m not speaking or sitting in on the general sessions, I will be attending my fellow speaker’s sessions. Thanks to them, the effort I put into preparing material to speak about is returned to me tenfold. The creative solutions I’ve learned from my fellow speakers has allowed me to offer a wider range of eLearning solutions to my clients. I’m very thankful for the knowledge my fellow speakers have given me.

A new feature of the last few Adobe live events has been the Adobe Captivate Specialist training. The Adobe Captivate specialist training is a separate registration and requires a fee of $499. A short time before the conference you will get you access to pre-session training material. The pre-session training material is over seven hours of tutorials from Dr. Pooja Jaisingh. If you don’t know Pooja, she is the leading expert in Adobe Captivate and works as a Senior Evangelist for Adobe eLearning.

On the day of the Specialist training, you will register and be assigned to one of several classes. Breakfast is included and then you will begin your Captivate training until it’s time to break for lunch (also included). Later in the afternoon once all the training is concluded you will begin your assessment. You’ll know right away if you are successful and then you’re free to break until the conference the next day, where you will also get your certificate and a digital badge that you can add to your LinkedIn profile that is verifiable by potential employers.

Probably the most important aspect of this conference is the value. The conference itself is completely free, and if you elect to get your Adobe Captivate Specialist designation it’s only going to cost you or your organization the $499. Breakfast and lunch are included for the conference. Sure you have to pay for your transportation and accommodation but that would be true of any conference you decide to attend in 2019. Most eLearning conferences without any certifications are a thousand or more dollars just to register. If you use Adobe Captivate, are switching to Adobe Captivate, or are considering Adobe Captivate this is the conference for you.

I hope to see you in Washington DC on either March 12th, March 13th, or on both days.

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Free Webinar: Successfully Implement Your Learning Management System (LMS)

I’m doing a free virtual session on November 29 for anyone implementing a new learning management system! Content is based on my book LMS Success. Come join our awesome, always energetic audience.

Register here: https://elearningindustry.com/webinars/successfully-implement-your-learning-management-system-lms

Here is the session description:

Congratulations! You’ve selected the perfect Learning Management System. Now what? Join Katrina Marie Baker in this 60-minute webinar for a lively discussion and some amusing war stories from past implementations.

Our agenda will cover how to:

  • Complete your implementation so smoothly that executive leadership is in awe of your project management skills.
  • Avoid common pitfalls that cause your implementation to stretch out longer than originally expected.
  • Work effectively with your LMS vendor to determine a timeline, set expectations, and get everything done on time.
  • Assemble an administrator team that is excited, knowledgeable, and well organized.

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Free Webinar: Trends In Training And Learning Management

On November 21, I’m doing a virtual session covering the biggest trends in training and learning management! Just in time for the new year. The audience is always super involved, which keeps things entertaining.

Register here: https://elearningindustry.com/webinars/training-trends-and-learning-management?utm_source=presenter&utm_campaign=adobe_webinar_nov21

Here is the session description:

Join Adobe’s Senior Learning Evangelist Katrina Marie Baker for this lively conversation about the latest trends in training & development. Based on recent studies and research, the session will explore what people are doing in organizations around the world, and how organizations can achieve great results with modern learning programs.

Katrina Marie Baker will discuss the:

  • Impetus behind creating and developing virtual universities
  • Growing demand to encourage learner immersion and ongoing engagement
  • Rise of mobile learning
  • Role of skill-based learning in business training
  • Use of gamification for learner engagement and motivation
  • Ongoing expectations of learners for video
  • Proving the value of your learning program through more relevant reporting

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Free Webinar: Implementing a Gamification Strategy for Your Organization with Adobe Captivate Prime

Last week, I had an awesome time discussing how to implement a gamification strategy. If you missed that virtual class, I’m offering one more on November 15. You can check out the presentation or read the session description below.

Register here: https://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/events/1545?gref=calendar

One of the biggest challenges faced by organizations is generating consistent buy-in from trainees in the face of constant distractions and competing priorities. There are a variety of methods that can be used both to communicate the importance of training materials to the team, and to increase their likelihood to complete and retain the ideas and information from the training.

Join Katrina Marie Baker, Senior Learning Evangelist of Adobe Inc., for this one-hour demonstration focused on how to implement gamification within Adobe Captivate Prime.

You will learn:

  • How and why gamification can enhance completion rates for standard and compliance training
  • The fundamental principles of gamification for learning programs
  • How learning cohorts play a role in deployment of gamification
  • How to create and implement badges
  • How to establish points and parameters for achievements
  • How to add time-based motivation points to excite your audience
  • How to implement the new learning program aligned leaderboards

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Rerun of a Popular Virtual Session: 15 Ways to Market Your Training Program & Learning Tech

On November 6, I’m teaching one more virtual session of the popular class, “15 Ways to Market Your Training Program & Learning Technology.” It’s free! Come join our sassy audience, hear new ideas, and share your own.

Register here: https://elearningindustry.com/webinars/market-your-training-program-and-learning-tech-15-ways

Here is the session description:

Trying to get your learners’ attention? You may have the world’s best training program, but that doesn’t mean much if your learners don’t show up for class! Join Katrina Marie Baker for fun, simple ideas that ensure learners are as excited as we are about learning and development.

This 60 minute webinar provides fifteen tips that will help you:

• Reach learners who are geographically dispersed, incredibly busy, or in need of individualized coaching

• Introduce new learning technology, such as a learning management system, in a way that is engaging and beneficial to your overall training program

• Creatively promote learning and development within your organization

• Use cases, best practices, and humor included free of charge.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Upgrade Your Training With 5 Interactive Video Strategies

The usage of videos for learning is well established, but the trend you should watch out for and adopt is the interactive video. In this article, I show you 5 interactive video strategies that you can use to create high-impact online training.

Interactive Video Strategies To Enhance Your Training

The fact that videos continue to be a popular choice for learning is well known. Just take a look at the following stats that re-affirm why investment in video based learning makes sense.

  • There are 22 billion daily video views: Snapchat (10 billion), Facebook (8 billion), and YouTube (4 billion).
  • By the end of 2018, 75% of workers at large organizations will interact with various kinds of video more than three times daily (Gartner Research).
  • 59% of senior executives agree that if both text and video are available on the same topic on the same page, they prefer to watch the video (Digital Information World).
  • Viewers retain 95% of a message when they watch it in a video, compared to 10% when reading it in the text (WireBuzz).

What Is Driving The Wider Usage Of Video Based Learning Strategies?

Video based learning is seeing a wider adoption on account of the acceleration of a couple of other trends.

  • Increased adoption of mobile learning
    Till a few years ago, the usage of mobile learning – providing anytime, anywhere access and, particularly, learning on the go – was deemed as a “good-to-have” component of the overall training delivery. Today, most organizations see this as a “must-have” component. The change from traditional eLearning to mobile training is also undergoing another significant change. Mobile learning solutions are now being designed to be primarily consumed on smartphones (mobile-first training solutions). As an extension, many of the formats that are commonly used on smartphones are also part of the learning strategy. Videos for learning and apps for learning are on the top of this list.
  • Increased adoption of microlearning
    With the maturing of microlearning based techniques, they are being used to offer both formal structured training as well as informal training. They are a great fit to promote social or collaborative learning. The combination of microlearning and videos leading to microlearning videos that are bite-sized had seen an increase. Learners love consuming these short videos on the go. These videos can be used to complement or supplement formal training, and with equal ease, as job aids or Performance Support Tools.

What Are The Key Differences Between An Interactive Video Based Strategy Versus A Classic Video?

Videos, or the classic videos, are a great option for learning, as they offer a high-impact and engaging format. However, they do not provide any control to the learner beyond the play/pause/stop.

This is certainly not a challenge when you have short videos, but it can impede the learning impact when:

  1. The videos are longer (running into a few minutes of run length).
  2. Organizations want to track the learner’s progress on the LMS.
  3. Organizations want to check-point (through assessments) to ensure that the learner is on track.

The interactive video based strategies bring in precisely this control to provide interactivity in videos, and this is similar to the interactions available in eLearning courses. What’s more significant is that they can be tracked on the LMS.

The value-adds through interactive videos are many.

Notably:

  • Now, you can have longer run length videos so that you are able to meet the specific learning outcome. Yet, you can continue to engage the learner through interactions.
  • You can integrate quizzes and assessments to validate the learner’s progress.
  • You can provide branching options. Depending on the choices that the learner makes at specified decision-making points, he or she will see a different learning path.
  • You can track the learner progress as the output is SCORM compatible.

What Are The Key Gains You Will See As You Integrate Interactive Video Strategies In Your Training Delivery?

Research shows that the impact of an interactive video is 10 times that of a classic video. Furthermore, there are ways in which the adoption of interactive video based strategies will improve the learning experience and the training impact.

  1. It appeals to all learner profiles.
  2. It offers higher learner engagement quotient.
  3. It provides better recall and retention.
  4. It enables you to track the learner.
  5. It enables you to check-point and assess learning.
  6. It can be used in combination with other techniques to amplify the impact.

How Can Interactive Video Based Strategies Be Used For Various Corporate Training Needs?

Interactive video based strategies can be easily integrated into your training delivery to offer formal, informal, and on-the-job training. They can be used to support Intructor-Led Training or, in short, ILT.

I share my recommendations of 5 interactive video strategies:

  1. Use them as microlearning nuggets and offer them as a learning path.
  2. Design them to offer formal training, as well as for Performance Support (job aids).
  3. Integrate other interesting components like gamification.
  4. Offer personalization options (from a repository of assets).
  5. Curation (from YouTube).

5 Examples Featuring Interactive Video Based Strategies

Now, I pick 5 examples from our vast repository that feature varied interactive video based strategies.

1. Microlearning-Based Interactive Video For Conceptual Learning

This approach combines interactions (corresponding to the learning interactions of the eLearning courses) to create high-impact learning experiences.

Microlearning-Based Interactive Video For Conceptual Learning

Microlearning-Based Interactive Video For Conceptual Learning

2. Interactive Videos Featuring Experts

Interactive videos can be perfect for building explainer videos. Learners are enthusiastic about expert advice and guidance. By using infographics and typography based animations to support the expert’s dialogues, it creates an immersive virtual classroom experience. Additionally, interactions of various types at specific junctures make learning effective.

Interactive Videos Featuring Experts

Interactive Videos Featuring Experts

3. Virtual Classroom Delivered Using Interactive Video Format

The ease and flexibility of accessing them on the go make webcasts/podcasts ideal for Performance Support. They come with the added advantage of being brief and entertaining, much to the liking of present-day learners.

Virtual Classroom Delivered Using Interactive Video Format

Virtual Classroom Delivered Using Interactive Video Format

4. Skill Development Training Using Interactive Videos

While the impact of video based training is immense, they are tough to use when you have longer run-lengths. The challenge of passivity can become a showstopper. You can flip this by opting for interactive video based learning that provides a range of user interactions (including assessments and branching based on the learner’s response).

Skill Development Training Using Interactive Videos

Skill Development Training Using Interactive Videos

5. Scenario-Based, Decision-Making Training Using Interactive Videos (YouTube Videos)

It offers an interactive video framework with several features that make it an extremely useful tool for organizations to offer effective video based learning. The solution is built using our interactive video framework to integrate YouTube videos into a SCORM-based eLearning framework. We can add interactivities by pausing videos at specific cue points and bring in interactions like click to reveal content, questions in various formats, hotspots etc.

Scenario-Based, Decision-Making Training Using Interactive Videos (YouTube Videos)

Scenario-Based, Decision-Making Training Using Interactive Videos (YouTube Videos)

I hope this article provides compelling reasons why you should integrate interactive video based strategies into your training delivery.

I am sure the featured examples give you the required insight on how you can use interactive video based strategies in your organization (for formal training, informal training, and to support Instructor-Led Training).

Source: https://www.eidesign.net/upgrade-your-training-with-5-interactive-video-strategies/

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