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Making the Case for a Contract Instructional Designer

Posted by Rachael Jones on Jun 8, 2017 8:47:00 AM

TIPS FROM YOUR TRAINING COMPANY


The budget for the cybersecurity training program has finally been approved, and company leadership has flagged it as a priority. With your learning and development team stretched thin on other projects, you’ve decided the most efficient way to complete this training program is to hire a contract Instructional Designer (ID). If you need to make the business case to management for budget approval, here are seven good points to present.

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Topics: instructional designer, contract Instructional designer

Building Your Instructional Design Team

Posted by Nisha Amin on Aug 31, 2016 11:00:00 AM

TIPS FROM YOUR TRAINING COMPANY

Putting together the right team of Instructional Designers can be a challenge for any organization. Whether it be a contract Instructional Designer or an in house hire, figuring out expectations, deliverables and what traits you’re looking for are critical to getting the organization on the right track.

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Topics: instructional designer

Why Do You Need an Instructional Designer?

Posted by Nisha Amin on Jul 28, 2016 9:30:00 AM

TIPS FROM YOUR TRAINING COMPANY

Let’s face it.  Learning is more than passively requesting employees to read through your PowerPoint in hopes that they'll get up to speed on the latest training initiative.  Unfortunately, many learning leaders continue to use this form of training in hopes to see their targets met, and continue to fail.

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Topics: instructional designer

5 Out-of-the-Box Ideas from Instructional Design Consultants

Posted by Ashley White on Jul 1, 2015 10:27:00 AM

Have you been craving a unique way to engage your learners? Are your courses blending together? It's time to take off the rose-colored glasses and see your training program for what it really is. Our top instructional design consultants have discovered 5 out-of-the-box ideas that will wake you up from training déjà vu.

1. Get Gamified!

The truth is, the use of gamification is everywhere. And it's growing - the gamification market is predicted to reach $2.8 billion in direct spending by 2016. Why? Because gamification really works. It encourages users to engage in desired behaviors by showing a path of mastering, and by taking advantage of our human psyche predisposition to engage in gaming. 

What do our instructional design consultants use to make their gamification unique and successful? They include items such as leader boards, badges, levels, challenges and the possibility to level up.  Incorporate those items with game-like dynamics such as competition, urgency, rewards, pride and status- building. Successful gamification can turn work into fun and make learning a joy. The potential is enormous.

Interested in implementing gamification within your organization? Download our checklist for evaluating gamification platforms!

Gamification Platform Checklist

Read more about the benefits of gamification...

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Topics: instructional designer, Gamification, instructional design consultant, top instructional design consultants

Corporate Training: Top 7 Trends For Training Programs *Update*

Posted by Ashley White on Jun 19, 2015 12:09:00 PM

Due to the high popularity of our previous post, "Corporate Training: Top 5 Trends for Training Programs", we decided to update the content by adding two more corporate training trends that organizations can't afford to ignore in 2015.

As these trends are on the rise, the need to find the right Instructional Designer (ID) has become increasingly important. Finding an ID with the right qualifications to keep up with these trends is a tall order. Locate your "Super ID". Download our "Top 5 Interview Questions for an Instructional Designer" today!

Interview Questions

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Topics: training consultant, corporate training companies, corporate training, corporate training program, instructional designer, contract training consultants

Are Instructional Designers Still Relevant?

Posted by Lora Boiago on Aug 14, 2013 9:25:00 AM

The growth and quick adoption rates of eLearning authoring tools like Articulate, Captivate and Lectora have raised questions in many organizations as to the relevancy and value of instructional design services.  

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Topics: corporate training program, instructional designers, corporate training programs, Articulate, Lectora, instructional designer, eLearning authoring tools, instructional design service, instructional design services, eLearning authoring tool, Captivate

How to Maximize Effectiveness when Interviewing Training Consultants

Posted by Lora Boiago on Aug 12, 2013 9:24:00 AM


Interviewing a training consultant may be rather intimidating when trying to determine if the candidate has the right skill set you are looking for.  Knowing whether or not they are the right fit for your group is sometimes hard to assess in one conversation, especially if you are interviewing from a virtual location. 

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Topics: training consultant, training consultants, instructional designers, instructional designer, management training consultant

TrainingFolks Receives PROFIT 500 Award!

Posted by Lora Boiago on Jun 24, 2013 11:54:00 AM

TrainingFolks Ranks No. 3 on the 2013 PROFIT 500 in the Education & Certification Industry

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Topics: training consultant, training consultants, instructional designers, instructional designer, custom eLearning solution, custom eLearning solutions, facilitator, facilitators

Instructional Designer: eLearning Chunking Strategy Tips

Posted by Lora Boiago on Jun 17, 2013 5:14:00 PM

As instructional designers, we’re always looking for new concepts that will lead to successful
learning experiences.  A main psychological phenomenon heavily practiced in the world of instructional design is information chunking. Chunking content is critical because of the way the human brain works.

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Topics: Instructional design, Instructional design, instructional designers, instructional designer, eLearning, instructional designer service

TrainingFolks Reaches Out!

Posted by Lora Boiago on Jun 12, 2013 11:12:00 AM

 

Last weekend, the team here at TrainingFolks banded together to help extend the lives of Canadians by participating in Becels RIDE for Heart.  

The funds raised will be used to support life-giving research, social change programs and health information initiatives, moving the Heart & Stroke foundation closer towards its ultimate goal of eradicating heart disease and stroke.  

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Topics: training consultant, training consultants, instructional designers, instructional designer, custom learning solution, custom learning solutions, contingent workforce service, contingent workforce services