Creativity is the key to good instructional design. When learners experience something creative and interesting, it makes them pay attention and absorb what we are trying to teach them. Because of this, learning experiences should avoid straightforward “telling” whenever possible and focus instead on “showing,” using whatever creative resources are available....
Winning Two Prestigous Awards - What a Great Way to Kick off 2017!
2016 was an amazing chapter in our journey, capped off with a multi-award-winning year.
However, to start off 2017 with two more awards is both humbling and extremely exciting.
As we come to the end of another year at SwissVBS, we like to reflect back on our journey and some of the highlights of the year.
For us, 2016 was clearly marked by three significant trends and strategic needs in the industry – Sales Enablement, Mobile Learning Reinforcement and quantifiable analytics.
As we celebrate this year’s Brandon Hall award for onboarding for our work with Continental, it’s been nice to reflect back on what made it so successful.
A compelling narrator? An iconic learning brand? Fast pace? Humor? Striking visuals?
Maybe a little bit of all those things.
Two summers ago, I participated in a course on Mindfulness Meditation. This style of meditation places the practitioner in a particular mental state by focusing one's awareness on the present moment. The present moment, is, of course, always changing depending on what is happening around you. It is defined by a constellation of smells, sounds, sights, feelings and emotions that surround us constantly.
Newly appointed and even seasoned managers with a technical, natural science or arts background frequently lack solid business fundamentals to succeed in their roles as managers. Even managers with a business degree may lack the required skills when working outside of their core function (i.e. financial management).
How many phone numbers do you know by memory? Five? Six? If you count the phone numbers of relatives you memorized as a child, maybe as many as 10?
When you're a full-service learning design & production agency, you get all kinds of requests:
"Do you do games?"
"Can you include some CGI?" (We are not a hollywood studio.)
"Can you fix our LMS?" (A personal favorite of mine.)
But one that's becoming increasingly popular is, "Can you do individualized learning paths?"
Individualized learning has always been the dream. The only things that have ever gotten in the way of achieving this have been budget, time and resources (so, basically everything). But with the growing maturity of technology fused into everything we do, this dream is alive and kicking. Yes, we "do" individualized learning paths. We call it Dynamic Learning and it is revolutionizing the way our customers are thinking about learning, in the most unexpected ways.
The challenge with the majority of learning that goes on in organizations is that it is quickly forgotten. Modern cognitive psychology tells us that in an increasingly complex digital world, with so much competing for our attention, the majority of what we learn in organizational training is forgotten within days. With the amount of time, money, and energy spent on developing these learning experiences, it is critical that organizations find ways to maximize their investment by ensuring learners retain the information they are given.