Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - 24

Cutting through the Clutter
HOW TO CURATE
CONTENT TO DRIVE
HIGH-IMPACT
COURSES
BY RACHEL ELFENBEIN

Instead of focusing on
what content needs to be
cut, try brainstorming
ways to make the existing
content more efficient.
Imagine that you've been tasked with
creating a six-hour online learning
experience for employees. You head
to the first meeting excited. You take
a deep breath before entering the
room and think, "Mmm, the smell of a
new project!" Ten minutes later, you're
staring at a SharePoint folder with over
200 items in it, all of which your client
wants included in the training that isn't
supposed to exceed six hours. Before
you sputter out, "Wait ... what?" you
stop for a moment and ask yourself,
"What should I do?"

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For the project to succeed, you know
you'll have to help your client make
some tough choices to cull the content
to a more reasonable size. It's not easy,
especially when your client(s) may very
well be the author(s) of the very content
that needs to be cut. What should you
tell them ... that their content doesn't
spark joy? You think to yourself, "There's
no way this is going to end well."
Although situations such as these may
seem daunting to the learning leader,
knowing what questions to ask - before
you begin a project - will ensure the
training is palatable for stakeholders
and a valuable experience for learners.
Instead of focusing on what content
needs to be cut, try brainstorming ways
to make the existing content more
efficient. By efficient, I mean content
that will have the highest impact on your
learners and, ultimately, the business.
Ask yourself - and your stakeholders
- these five basic, but essential,
questions to determine what type of
content your learning initiatives need
to succeed:

1

Is the content directly
relevant to the goals of
the business, the learning
initiative and, most
importantly, the learner?

If the content is not relevant to all three
of these goals, toss it! Beware of content
masquerading as relevant. If a piece of
content is described as a "supporting
document," it isn't relevant. Toss it. If a
piece of content is one of those "meta"
learning items that talks about how
important the training is, or tries to
justify it in any way, toss it! In fact, toss
everything that isn't relevant to learners
in their current job role. In contrast, if
there is a two-minute video featuring the
division's vice president talking about
the learning experience and asking for
learner buy-in, keep it!

2

Which learning objectives
are better served by learner
collaboration, feedback and
real-world application?

Intrepid recently asked learners what
they wanted from L&D. When asked



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020

Building an Adaptable Workforce
Table of Contents
3 Key Technology Principles for Integrated Employee Learning Experiences
The Agile Brain: How You Can Learn to Do Less to Adapt at the Speed of Change
Learnership: Preparing Employees for the New Learning Landscape
Developing Range Versus Demonstrating Agility
Agile Learning Strategies for the Modern Learner
Clicking for Completion: How to Overcome the Hyperactive E-learner
Cutting through the Clutter: How to Curate Content to Drive High-Impact Courses
Skills Gaps Rise as Organizations Ignore Workforce Training Preferences
Creating a Learning Strategy for Change Using the Skills of Improvisation
5 Keys to Building Change Resilience for You and Your Team
Workflow-enabled Learning: Meeting the Needs of the Modern Learner
Meeting the Challenge: Training for Customer Experience Excellence the Airbnb Way
Adaptive Learning for the Global Enterprise
How to Leverage Technology in Building Learning Agility
Becoming an Agile Learning Organization
It's Time to Prioritize Learning
Guild Education Now Valued at $1 Billion, Helps Organizations Upskill Employees Through Education Benefits
Company News
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Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - Building an Adaptable Workforce
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - 4
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - Table of Contents
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - 6
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - 7
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - 8
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - 3 Key Technology Principles for Integrated Employee Learning Experiences
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - 10
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - The Agile Brain: How You Can Learn to Do Less to Adapt at the Speed of Change
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - 12
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - Learnership: Preparing Employees for the New Learning Landscape
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - 14
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - Developing Range Versus Demonstrating Agility
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - Agile Learning Strategies for the Modern Learner
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - 17
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - 18
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - 19
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - Clicking for Completion: How to Overcome the Hyperactive E-learner
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - 21
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - 22
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - 23
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - Cutting through the Clutter: How to Curate Content to Drive High-Impact Courses
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - 25
Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - Skills Gaps Rise as Organizations Ignore Workforce Training Preferences
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Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - Creating a Learning Strategy for Change Using the Skills of Improvisation
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Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - 5 Keys to Building Change Resilience for You and Your Team
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Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - Meeting the Challenge: Training for Customer Experience Excellence the Airbnb Way
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Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - Adaptive Learning for the Global Enterprise
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Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - How to Leverage Technology in Building Learning Agility
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Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - Becoming an Agile Learning Organization
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Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2020 - It's Time to Prioritize Learning
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