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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 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

Instructional Design Services: Visualize Through Storyboarding

Posted by Lora Boiago on May 15, 2013 4:07:00 PM

Previously, in our Course Development Tips – How to Build a Good Design Plan post, we wrote about the importance of having a good design plan in place before jumping into development to ensure the success of a corporate training program.  For an eLearning course, instructional design services should also include creating a visual storyboard as part of that plan.  A great storyboard will save time, money and avoid clients being surprised or disappointed by the end results.  A visual storyboard is, in essence, a bridge between what is envisioned and what will be.

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Topics: Instructional design, corporate training, corporate training program, instructional designers, instructional designer, eLearning, instructional designer service, instructional designer services

Instructional Design Company: Working in Partnership with Your SMEs

Posted by Lora Boiago on Apr 7, 2013 5:03:00 PM


How do instructional design companies build and leverage valuable relationships with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) when designing a new learning program?

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Topics: Instructional design, instructional designers, instructional designer, instructional design companies, instructional design company

Course Development Tips – How to Build a Good Design Plan

Posted by Lora Boiago on Mar 22, 2013 5:19:00 PM

 

"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." - Steve Jobs


It seems like a logical progression - design your corporate training program, then develop it.  But often, a good upfront corporate design plan – if it exists at all - is pushed aside as we rush to develop the course first.  This results in the content being written and forced to fit into the course development schedule as opposed to the course development emerging from a good design plan.

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Topics: Instructional design, corporate training, corporate training program, instructional designers, instructional designer, corporate training consultants, corporate training programs, course development, course design, how to hire instructional designer

Top 5 Custom eLearning Development Programs / Authoring Tools

Posted by Lora Boiago on Mar 22, 2013 12:33:00 PM

Custom eLearning developments, along with their counterpart software, have undergone rapid growth in recent years.  With so many software options today, shouldn’t your custom eLearning development life be easier too?  As eLearning continues to gain popularity, it seems impossible to remain updated on the many different authoring tools available today. As eLearning developers are in search of the latest authoring tool to help engage their learners, they become inundated with product details.  With so much information available, how do you begin sorting through it all?  Can you come to a decision and be sure of it without losing a full-day of work?

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Topics: eLearning program, instructional designers, instructional designer, custom eLearning development, custom eLearning, Articulate Studio, Articulate, Adobe Captivate, Adobe, Trivantis Lectora, Trivantis, Lectora, Adobe Flash, eLearning authoring tools, elearning provider, e learning provider, how to hire e learning provider

Contract Instructional Design: 4 Stages Of A Change Intiative

Posted by Jody Raines on Aug 27, 2012 10:31:00 AM

Organizational change initiatives carry the burden for assuring the entire team understands and respects the new rules.  When mergers or acquisitions are on the horizon, change can create organizational confusion and this disharmony may result in organizational fallout.

Hiring contracts trainers to create training materials can facilitate changes during the life cycle of change initiatives.  Especially because contract instructional designer have a deep understanding of training methodology and can create training programs that will reinforce the new behaviors of the change initiative.

Understanding how change affects individuals psychologically and having the process in place to support and negate negative process can assure a smooth transition to new behaviors and activities.

The four stages of change include:

  1. Rebirth  - This is where the change must occur - and the organization has to move in a new direction.  In many organizations, there is resistance to the changes as well as inertia.  Performance has a tendency to deteriorate if the new initiatives are not met head on.  Mistrust of the new way of doing things may be due to misunderstanding of the new expectations.  Having a program in place to communicate what the changes are and what the expectations are for the new system can overcome issues before they happen. Dealing with a contract trainer can prepare the organization before the change happens and will facilitate adoption.
  2. Growth  - As the new processes are implemented, the positive results will fuel growth of adoption.  It’s important that the reinforcement of the changed behaviors is in place to assure that the organization continues to move forward and not backwards.
  3. Maturity - As the changes become the new norm, the organization then enters a phase of maturity of the change adoptions.  Individuals start to take the new processes in stride and the benefit of the change initiative become apparent.  This is when the tasks have been appropriately defined and the new structure is effectively implemented.  Maturity happens more rapidly when the organization is lead through the process of change implementation.
  4. Evaluation - Its important any time there is change to review and evaluate how the change is affecting the organization.  There are three possible outcomes of any change - they are renewal, stagnation or decline.  The best possible outcome is renewal - where the new processes take hold and the organization moves forward with growth.  The other two possible outcomes - stagnation or decline - are both unfortunate results when a change has been started and the follow through suffers. 

No matter how large or small the organization, it's important to think through and plan the types of changes that will be experienced for the company to survive.  Any change, regardless of type, from implementing new procedures and protocols to downsizing are potential pitfalls for a company to experience.  Having a process leader and implementing a change with metrics for adoption can improve the possible outcome and results from the change intiative.

Research Study on Managing Change Initiatives
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Topics: training consultant, training consultants, Instructional design, contract trainers, corporate training, corporate training program, custom training, instructional designers, curriculum design, corporate training trends, change management, corporate training tips, hiring a training consultant, hire training consultant, hiring contracts trainers, how to hire contract trainers, training developer, training developers

Inc. Magazine Unveils America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Posted by Jody Raines on Aug 23, 2012 11:48:00 AM

TrainingFolks Named to the 2012 Inc. 500|5000 List, with Strong
Three-Year Sales Growth

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Topics: training consultant, training consultants, Instructional design, experiential learning, contract trainers, corporate training, eLearning program, corporate training program, custom training, corporate consulting, instructional designers, curriculum design, change management, organizational change, managing change, hiring a training consultant, hire training consultant, compliance training, hiring contracts trainers, performance consulting, eLearning change management, fastest-growing private companies, sales training

Resources List For HIPAA 5010 Training And Finding Contract Trainers

Posted by Jody Raines on Aug 1, 2012 10:47:00 PM

TrainingFolks Healthcare Performance ImprovementInsight : With changes to HIPAA encompassing HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10 there is a requirement that healthcare providers are in compliance.  The regulation change includes:

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Topics: training consultant, training consultants, Instructional design, contract trainers, corporate training, corporate training program, custom training, instructional designers, re-skilling employees, organizational change, managing change, hiring a training consultant, hire training consultant, compliance training, HIPAA compliance training, HIPAA 5010, ICD-10 training, hiring contracts trainers, healthcare