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BREAKING
OUTMODED
HABITS CAN HELP
ACHIEVE SUCCESS
WITH FEWER
RESOURCES.
*	What efforts are being made to sharpen
the skills of the learning organization
(e.g., dedicated R&D, joining a learning
consortium, participating in leading
industry events such as TICE)?
*	Have new approaches (e.g., modified
ADDIE, virtual instructor-led training,
performance support tools) been
considered to support business needs?
4| Rightsize learning.
Investing time wisely has two connotations
for the learning organization: Is it investing
its own time wisely, and is it developing
products that maximize learning efficiency?
In the past, a "bigger is better" mindset
prevailed. Today, it is "less is more." Common
user complaints of training that isn't
optimized include:
*	Attending training where only a fraction
of content is relevant
*	Retraining on mastered subject matter
*	Taking courses that are too long
*	Unrealistic/unmanageable learning paths
Whether because of faulty maintenance,
past acceptance of bloated curriculums
or lack of sound modularization, a nonoptimized curriculum that is left untreated

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can create resounding negative impacts
on the learning experience, but also on
critical skill acquisition and behavior
change. Fortunately, there are a number of
approaches to improving non-optimized
learning, including:
Microlearning: Integrating five- to 10-minute
chunks of discrete learning on focused
topics allows learners to get exactly what
they need, when they need it, without
having to take a long course.
Slimmed Courses: Reassessing legacy
e-learning content with fresh perspectives
can often reduce course size by as much
as 33 to 50 percent. Focusing on need-toknow content, keeping it performancebased and pulling out content that can
be used in a support role (i.e., job aids)
are all ways to "rightsize" courses while
maintaining instructional effectiveness.
Of course, any new development should
apply the same stringent standards for
determining which content is included
and how to most effectively treat it.
Adaptive Learning: Incorporating a means
to assess a learner's prior knowledge
and skills, whether by creating custom
training paths or providing opportunities
to test out of training, can often result
in an improved learner experience and
significant learning efficiencies.
Reassess Learning Paths: Is the current
curriculum "overstuffed"? Is it meeting
business needs? Are learners satisfied with
it or do they complain? While a curriculum
analysis requires dedicated resources and
time, when properly conducted it can
set the stage for more targeted, succinct
learning paths while also paying dividends
for future courseware maintenance.
5| Drive Value of Partner Relationships.
Selecting the right partner begins with
a thorough and objective assessment
of need. For example, what specific
functionality do you require from your
learning management system (LMS) and
why? There are many LMS solutions on
the market offering a broad range of
functionality, industry specificity and price
points. Documenting your organization's
specific requirements is the starting point
for objective assessment of needs.

Here are some
consideration:

key

questions

for

*	How well does the provider understand
your organization's challenges and
your industry?
*	Are they consultative in their approach
and willing to deliver candid answers,
even if they aren't the ones you want
to hear?
*	Are they responsive, ready, willing
and able to assist when needed?
*	Do they manage time well and respect
your time and that of your stakeholders?
*	Are they willing to make small changes
in scope without fees, or do all requests
include an upcharge?
*	Do they conduct themselves with
professionalism and integrity in all
their interactions?
Doing more with less is both a challenge
and a trend for learning professionals in
today's business climate. With openness to
change and a plan to address areas where
critical productivity gains can be made,
the challenge can be met successfully.
Paul Meskanick, M.B.A., with over 20 years'
experience in the learning sector, is manager of
business development for General Dynamics
Information Technology (IT), a leading
provider of custom learning solutions skilled
across a broad range of industries, content,
audiences and modalities. Email Paul.

TIPS FOR ONBOARDING
LEARNING PARTNERS
*	Conduct online research to become educated
on solution features and benefits as well as
the experiences of other customers.
*	Plan to interview and check references for
three providers.
*	Work with procurement departments, but
ensure the learning organization drives
selection criteria, which should be balanced
and not heavily slanted to price.
*	Become fully educated on relevant terms and
conditions that affect your purchases.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition

Perspectives
Table of Contents
Infographic
Frontline Capability Building: An Elusive Dream?
Flipped Kirkpatrick: Designing Learning Journeys for Business Impact
When Good Content Becomes Great
Design Better, Design Backward
Boost Efficiency and Do More with Less: 5 Practical Ideas for Learning Leaders
Converting Mobile Learning to HTML5
Secrets of Successful Large-Scale Learning Programs
Critical Mistake Analysis: Creating Effective Hands-On Learning Experiences
Secure Mobile Learning
Delivering Content That Lives Up to Experience
Keeping a Lid on Content Until You Design
Designing Performer-Centric Learning Systems for Millennials, Gen Z and Beyond
Organizational Tensions in Employee Onboarding
A Winning Approach to Leadership Development
What's Online
Company News
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Intro
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Cover1
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Cover2
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Perspectives
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Table of Contents
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 5
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Infographic
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 7
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Frontline Capability Building: An Elusive Dream?
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 9
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Flipped Kirkpatrick: Designing Learning Journeys for Business Impact
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 11
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 12
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 13
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - When Good Content Becomes Great
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 15
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Design Better, Design Backward
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 17
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Boost Efficiency and Do More with Less: 5 Practical Ideas for Learning Leaders
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 19
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 20
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 21
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Converting Mobile Learning to HTML5
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 23
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Secrets of Successful Large-Scale Learning Programs
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 25
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Critical Mistake Analysis: Creating Effective Hands-On Learning Experiences
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 27
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 28
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 29
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Secure Mobile Learning
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 31
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Delivering Content That Lives Up to Experience
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 33
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 34
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 35
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Keeping a Lid on Content Until You Design
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 37
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Designing Performer-Centric Learning Systems for Millennials, Gen Z and Beyond
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Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 40
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 41
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Organizational Tensions in Employee Onboarding
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Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - A Winning Approach to Leadership Development
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Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - What's Online
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Company News
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