Content Strategy

Learning on the Curve - Part 1 of 3

Posted by Brandon Carson on May 19, 2015 8:59:48 AM

Learning on “the Curve”

Applying the five moments of need to enhance your learning strategy

Conrad Gottfredson and Bob Mosher identified the “five moments of need” for any learner who needs support while performing a task or activity:

  1. Inform

  2. Learn

  3. Apply

  4. Change

  5. Troubleshoot

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Topics: learning content strategy, needs analysis, adult education, Moment of Need

10 best practices for the virtual classroom

Posted by Gwen Watenpaugh on Feb 11, 2015 6:00:00 AM

I’ve spent the last 15 years focused on adult learning in the global corporate environment, and over the years, there has been increasing demand for more flexibility in the classroom. When I began managing training programs, a big part of the budget was spent on the traditional classroom environment, with an instructor and all participants in the same room. Then, over time, the audience for the training grew and was spread out geographically to the point that the biggest part of the budget was spent on simply getting people from A to B. This could get very expensive very quickly! I had to find new approaches to deliver training to vastly different locations simultaneously.

Here are some of the essential best practices I learned from these experiences:

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Topics: learning and development, adult education, learning professionals, training and development, training documents, adult learners, virtual training

Pay Attention!

Posted by Kim Dare on Jan 7, 2015 7:27:25 AM

My background is in education in the public schools. In fact, I spent 5 years teaching middle school – easily the most frightening educational territory I can imagine. Middle school students know everything: just ask one of them. They know EVERYTHING. This makes teaching a classroom filled with middle school students a special adventure. The key? Rapport. You have to build rapport with your students in order to get them to pay attention to you. If they’ve connected with you, they’ll listen to you.

Working with adult learners isn’t much different when it comes to rapport. The first 10 minutes of class are often the most important 10 minutes for me – I want to connect with my students quickly. In those first 10 minutes, it’s critical that I accomplish the following:

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Topics: learning and development, classroom training, learning, adult education, classroom learning, education, adult learners

What Motivates You To Learn?

Posted by Kathryn Shield on May 7, 2014 1:00:00 AM

What’s the difference between children and adults? Ask any kid, and you’ll get answers like:

  • Grown-ups are bigger than kids.
  • They know more stuff.
  • They have to go to work.
  • They don’t have to go to school.

Such answers really do apply to most adults. Even those of us who aren’t very tall are bigger than most kids (and sometimes bigger than we’d like to be). Through education and experience, we have indeed learned lots of “stuff.” Certainly, most of us do need to work for a living. And while many adults continue formal education through college and beyond, it’s true: we don’t have to go to school. Well, until we have to take required employee training, that is.

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Topics: learning, employee training, instructional design, Malcolm Knowles, adult education