mylearning by TrainingFolks

Professional development courses - learn at your own pace!

If you are new to the workplace learning industry, or you are looking to build on the knowledge you already have, this series will provide the relevant knowledge and skill-building you need to compete in today’s environment.  Topics in the Corporate Training Professional series include:   Introduction to Adult Learning A Comparison of Learning Theories Models of Instruction How to Write Performance-based Objectives Designing High-Impact, On-Demand Performance Solutions Rapid Evaluation Planning, Making Informed Decisions How to Write Effective Knowledge and Performance Assessments Effectively Managing Your Virtual Team Read more

When it comes to helping adults learn, what do your think works best...traditional classroom techniques, or something more personal and relevant? Adults bring a wealth of life experiences to their learning solutions, as well as strong opinions  and attitudes towards learning. If the differences between adult and other learners are not addressed, the learning experience will be far from optimum. The course helps you learn about those key differences and how to design and deliver effective learning experiences. Content What is adult learning - we define adult learning and give you a little bit of history as to how it came about. We also give you the lowdown on the four different type of learning. Characteristics of Adult Learners - we discuss what makes an adult learner different from other types of learners and show you the condition that need to be in place for adults to learn effectively. Implications for Instructional Design - we give you tools and techniques to apply what you've learned to design great instruction for adult learners. Summary and Assessment - we wrap up and give you a chance to demonstrate your knowledge.  Read more

How do people learn? It's a natural process, right? Sometimes learning is as easy as breathing, other times as difficult as pulling teeth. The "why" of this is what we'll explore in this course. And we will examine how the insights gained through these learning theories can be applied in practice. Content Behaviorism —this theory says you can control and predict behavior, and that the mind doesn't really play a role. Cognitivism —backlash to Behaviorism, it’s all about the mind. Constructivism —this theory emphasizes that knowledge is ever changing and different for every person. Social Cognitive Theory —explains how and why we imitate people...says that anything that can be observed can be learned. Summary and Assessment —we wrap up and give you a chance to demonstrate your knowledge. Read more

In this course you'll get an overview of the field of instruction, and instructional design. It may surprise you that instructional design is a relatively new area of specialization, have been formalized as a discipline only during the latter part of the 20th century. Instructional design has become a diverse, multifaceted discipline the impact and use of which is becoming more and more widespread. We provide a strong foundation that you can use to design effective learning experiences. Although we cover several rather complex models in this course, we kept it simple and provided the “need-to-know” information that you can immediately apply.   CONTENT Instructional Design—we define the term, and then give you the interesting history of the field over the past eighty or so years. We think you’ll agree that instructional design…has come a long way, baby! Taxonomy of Educational Objectives—Benjamin Bloom is a patron saint of objectives. He helped to put them on the map in 1956 with his groundbreaking book on levels of learning. Bloom set out to achieve a modest goal--to provide a practical tool that was based on what was understood at the time about the thinking process. Little did he know that his work would still be a gold standard a half century later. Conditions of Learning—Robert Gagne followed on the heels of Bloom with his own ideas about learning processes, conditions, and events that will add some real gems to your toolkit as an instructional designer. Component Display Theory—in this model, David Merrill, using Gagne’s ideas as a foundation, came up with a system that is probably still the most detailed theory on how to teach a single idea or concept. Summary and Assessment —wrap up and give you a chance to show what you’ve learned. Read more

When it comes to designing and developing learning experiences and resources for business and industry, what counts are tangible business results. How can you make sure that your learning objectives impact performance and generate desired business results? That's what you can expect to take away from this course.   CONTENT Value Proposition — a brief overview of objectives, their history, and where you get the information to write them. Get SMART2 —a detailed look at the characteristics of objectives. Anatomy of an objective — A breakdown of the core elements and associated guidelines. Read more

The speed of learning is accelerating! It’s an exciting time for instructional designers! New technologies open up fresh possibilities for creating high-impact, on-demand solutions that can make a significant contribution to the success of the businesses we support. Therefore, we must continually strive to expand our capabilities. And that’s what this course is about… sharing ideas and stimulating your thinking about the types of solutions you can design.   Overall, we’re confident that you will be able to refine your instructional design toolkit!   CONTENT Clarify the value of designing high-impact, on-demand solutions, Explore how to leverage delivery alternatives and social media, Examine how to create audio assets, Clarify and apply visual screen design principles, Outline effective business conversation scenarios, Highlight application simulations, and then Offer you an opportunity to confirm your knowledge with an interactive review. Read more

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