Content Strategy

Learning on the Curve - Part 3 of 3

Posted by Brandon Carson on Jun 3, 2015 9:05:09 AM

Learning on “the Curve”

Applying the five moments of need to enhance your learning strategyBrandon_5_moments

The who, what, where, when, and how


Who – Learners, learning suppliers, and stakeholders

Which constituents in your “ecosystem” are involved with and impacted by the Curve? We recommend dividing them into three categories: learners, learning suppliers, and learning stakeholders.


Learners include anyone in your ecosystem who needs to acquire, refresh, or apply knowledge or skills. Ultimately, the learner audience for the Curve will be all job roles you support (internal and external). However, you may want to approach your audience in phases. For example, one company we worked with divided its audiences as follows:

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Topics: Brandon's Blog Series, content development, adult learners

Learning on the Curve - part 2 of 3

Posted by Brandon Carson on May 27, 2015 8:42:26 AM

Learning on “the Curve”

Applying the five moments of need to enhance your learning strategy

Problems and opportunities

What problems is the Curve trying to solve? These problems can be stated as a series of comments from the perspective of both learners and management.

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Topics: learning content strategy, adult learners

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