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Applying Flipped Learning & Video Tips

Although variations of the flipped ideology have been around for years, Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams are considered pioneers of the movement since their adoption of the flipped classroom in 2007.       The idea of the flipped classroom is simple: take what\'s typically done in the classroom (lecture, direct instruction) and provide that for students to view at home, or outside of class, in the form of a video.  

The 8 Core Digital Skills Essential for the 21st Century

More than 200M adults in the US are part of the digital workforce, yet only 1-in-10 rate themselves as very proficient with the digital tools they use every day at work.  Training has not kept pace with technology, and workers, businesses and the entire economy are paying the price. Digital products and topics are rapidly proliferating and evolving, and yet there is virtually no professional development focused on these 21st century skills. For instance, organizations are using Dropbox and Box for file storage and sharing, Twitter and Facebook to connect with customers, and Google Docs and Analytics to run their businesses. These tools serve essential functions but they can only improve productivity with the right training. This paper will help you develop an action plan to assess and remedy the digital skills gaps in your business.  

Creating and Leading a Wildly Successful Virtual Team

This paper is a case study based on a highly successful virtual team: ours! The team here at InSync Training grew organically and created its own best practices as we grew because it was the right thing to do for our customers. Our team is proud of the way we work – and that we have the most functional working relationships most of us have ever experienced. I am proud to share this story with you.  

The Revolution of Education

Educational evolution over the last ten years has resulted in a dramatic shift in the way we learn, a trend that will surely gain momentum in the next ten years. As technology continues to evolve, the traditional higher education model—one centered around brick-and-mortar schools—will find it challenging to keep up with, and address, today’s business needs.  

When Remembering Really Matters: Learning Strategies for Long Term Retention

It is not uncommon for learners\' jobs to depend on their ability to master the critical information delivered to them via training. Imagine you must design and deliver a learning solution that addresses a critical business need. What would your approach be? Every day, stakeholders and designers make choices that sabotage corporate learning efforts... and result in wasted dollars that produce no result. If learners take a course, will they remember what they learned? In this white paper, you will discover four learning strategies that maximize long-term retention. Then, you\'ll learn about four additional strategies that maximize the learning from a single training event.

Benefits of Mobile Learning

Research shows that mobile learning results in better retention than other training models. Discover why training organizations use mobile devices to embrace online learning content. Among the many benefits, mobile devices enable learning from anywhere a user can connect to the Internet—in turn, allowing a more flexible training schedule.  

Best Practices for Employee Development in 2014

Will your employees flourish in 2014? If you have a big budget there’s no problem launching a host of great HR programs. If not, here are some simple things you can do for employees in the coming year. Pick the ones that best suit your organization.

The Absolute Must-Do's to Build an Agile Organization

What do we mean by agility? It’s how powerfully your organization can react to changes in the marketplace, recognize and close employee skill gaps, and align the right people in the right places to handle any pivots in business strategy. How can you make your organization more agile? There are several critical things you must do.  

Metrics that Matter® Big Data Solution for Talent Development

There’s no question, big data is a hot topic, to stay competitive in today’s market, organizations have to leverage Big Data.  Harvard Business Review dedicated an entire issue (October 2012) to the topic. A new book, Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think (Mayer-Schonberger & Cukier, 2013), explains the issue in detail. This whitepaper illustrates how Metrics that Matter® (MTM) is a Big Data solution and how MTM aligns to these industry standards and widely accepted Big Data definitions.  

A SilkRoad TalentTalk Report: The State of Talent Management 2014

Looking ahead in 2014 and beyond, constant change will be the new normal for talent management professionals. Market forces and other external trends continue to reverberate in the industry, among them:   A rapidly evolving, complex regulatory environment Economic turbulence, uncertain growth, and financial markets that behave unpredictably, with implications for budgeting and talent acquisition Disruptive technologies applied to HR, such as predictive analytics and social technology, combined with techniques for ensuring the privacy and security of employee data A diverse workforce, which occasionally includes three or even four generations in the same workplace, as some Baby Boomers delay or work into retirement. At the same time, the temporary workforce swells—up to 2.7 million in 2013, more than three-quarters of a million higher since 2009 Geographically distributed workforces and “road warriors” make it difficult to administer policies, processes and procedures Problems attracting skilled workers, particularly in professional services, technology, engineering, medicine, and other specialized industries A talent management software market that has consolidated, giving professionals a more integrated set of solutions to choose from

How To Make Technical & Compliance Training and eLearning Engaging

To make technical and compliance elearning engaging, it needs to focus on the learners’ point of view. Thus, it must be short, immediately useful and employ episodic events and stories to help learners absorb and recall knowledge quickly.

Learning Solutions and Your Product Launch: The Secret to Success

Bringing a new product to market? One of the hidden success factors of a product launch is your sales force, and by extension your customers. Do they have the right skills and knowledge to make your launch successful? This white paper will show you how a curriculum of learning solutions can be used as part of a product launch to solve common business problems.

Training the Trainer: How to Create Microlearning

Microlearning is a new kind of training for the digital age. This playbook offers strategies for applying this methodology to your own curriculum – a positive step in gaining back lost productivity and finding affordable, effective training for a more digitally capable workforce.

Common Sense Leadership: The Key to High Performance

All of the assumptions in our "Common-Sense" article are based upon a well-tested psychological principle, such as Maslow\'s heirarchy of needs, the Yerkes-Dodson law, psychology\'s law of effect, the Hawthorne effect, Herzbergs\'s two-factor theory, and even a few well-tested hypotheses of our own. But don\'t let the names intimidate you. These are simple, verifiable, ideas—the kind of assumptions you make everyday about the people you supervise. Each of the concepts we discuss is an example of what we call tested common sense assumptions made about human nature that have been empirically verified through psychological research or through actual application in the "real world" of the workplace.

The Future of e-Learning: Understanding the ROI Benefits of Modern Corporate Training Tools

New technology promises to take e-Learning out of the traditional, classroom-based paradigm and into a true "digital native" context. These new e-Learning tools will allow employees to engage in more active and realistic training activities, and they will incorporate emerging social learning and informal learning methods. Download this white paper to discover the implications of these next-generation e-Learning trends and answer these Three Fundamental questions: What unique traits set today\'s cutting-edge e-Learning tools apart from their predecessors? What are some specific examples of next-generation e-Learning tools? How can these tools increase e-Learning ROI and enterprise productivity?  

Invasion of the Tire-Kickers: Revving Up Ailing Economy Revenue

Successful sales organizations weather tough times with thoughtful initiatives, skilled salespeople, and healthy client relationships. Are We There Yet? If not, it sure feels like it. Housing is so bad that your mortgage is upside down. Credit is so tight that you can\'t borrow a garden hoe. The dollar is so weak that a pint in London sets you back a day\'s pay. So, is it a "technical recession"? Who cares, really, because for reasons of their own, customers and prospects are sitting on their checkbooks. And what\'s the impact on you of this excruciating state of suspended compensation?   Sales cycles longer than the River Nile. Client conversations that move smoothly from price, to price, and finally on to price. Formerly friendly clients who won\'t give you an Altoid. And, of course, the invasion of the tirekickers.   You say you\'ve done everything obvious and nothing works? Maybe it\'s time to narrow your focus.

Using Virtual-Learning Environments to Meet Today's Critical Talent Needs

Where are you as you read this - home, office, taxicab? What kind of device are you using - mobile, laptop, printed version? The fact that there are so many possible answers to those questions is an indication of how our work lives - and indeed our private lives as well - have become increasingly mobile, global, networked and virtual. Download this white paper for the latest numbers, trends and insights into how they can be used to leverage virtual learning environments to meet today\'s critical talent needs.

Interactive 24/7 Content: Why Online Presentations Belong In Every Digital Content Strategy

It’s a debate that’s raging throughout the digital content world, from content marketers to eLearning professionals: “What is the ideal online medium for conveying my message?” The contenders? A flurry of tactics, ranging from ebooks to white papers to webinars to blogs to infographics to social media. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Each has gained favor in segments of the marketing and eLearning worlds. Conscious of the weaknesses of these alternatives, content creators continue to seek new and more effective media for their messages. Ask them to describe an ideal medium, and you’ll hear something like this: It would be up-to-date, like a live webinar It would be multisensory, like a video It would be navigable, like a white paper or e-book It would be actionable and trackable, like a landing page It would be interactive, like a website It would be sharable, like a social update It would be deeply engaging, like a video game It would be searchable and discoverable, like a blog It would be simple to follow, like a slideshow

Optimizing Sales Performance

Sales Enablement: How do we do it? The phrase sales enablement has become a standard term in the language of those who support sales performance. There are currently 37 LinkedIn groups with this phrase in their titles. There are software companies, products, consultancies, and all kinds of online resources that include sales enablement in their names, descriptions, or value propositions. It\'s a great descriptive phrase for marketing products and services, but, like many such catch phrases, means different things to different people. This free white paper from Dr. Carl Binder, originator of The Six Boxes®, will help your sales leadership team understand and implement these concepts and - yes - enable your sales team to perform at its highest potential.

Enhancing Employee Engagement: The Role of the Immediate Supervisor

Engagement, the employee’s commitment to their organization and their willingness to perform beyond expectations, has become a focus area for management. Engagement is more than mere job satisfaction; fully engaged employees are motivated and dedicated to making the organization a success. At the most simplistic level engaged employees lead to happy, loyal customers and repeat business. Importantly engagement also leads to improvement in retention levels. In short, it impacts the bottom line. Dale Carnegie Training asked MSW Research to undertake a benchmark nationwide, cross industry study of 1500 employees to explore engagement in the workplace. The study discovered that although there are multiple factors affecting engagement, the personal relationships between a manager and his or her direct reports is the most influential. 

The Language Gap: Using Effective Business Communication Skills

“If you\'re trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language they use every day, the language in which they think.” David Ogilvy David Ogilvy, the famous marketing and sales executive, said it this way, “If you\'re trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language they use every day, the language in which they think.” Nelson Mandela said it like this: “If you talk to [people] in a language [they] understand, that goes to [their] heads. If you talk to [them] in [their] language, that goes to [their] heart.” The ability to communicate—whether to persuade or just to understand—goes beyond using words well; it requires the ability to use words in a way that has meaning for those with whom you are speaking. The ability to talk with someone in his or her native language isn’t just about them understanding you; it’s about you understanding them—their experiences, their thinking, their beliefs, and their values. While definitions lie in words, meaning lies in the people who use them.

Understanding Generational Differences: The Key to Attracting, Motivating and Retaining Your Workforce

For the first time ever, Chief Learning Officers (CLOs) are faced with the challenge of meeting the needs of four generations in the workplace. As more professionals from Generation Y join the work force, it is now more important for trainers, human resources personnel and C-level management to continually understand generational differences and adapt strategies for retention. Understanding generational differences in the workplace and in training styles is the key to great leadership, higher retention rates, happier employees, and an efficient workforce.

Beyond Smiley Sheets: Measuring the ROI of Learning and Development

A recent report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development found that evaluation was a top priority among learning and development (L&D) professionals (Personnel Today staff, 2012). Despite this fact, calculating return on investment (ROI) on development programs is still rarely done; a McKinsey Quarterly report found that only 8 percent of organizations actually evaluate the value of L&D initiatives (Palmer, 2010). And too often, those who do track ROI rarely go beyond asking for feedback from participants immediately after the event.

Transitioning to a Performance Consulting Approach

The performance consulting mindset is not a luxury anymore but rather an integral part of every L&D strategy in order to survive and thrive in today’s marketplace. This article provides the terminology, background and process to get you started or help you continue on your performance consulting journey.
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