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Experiential Learning Theory: Learning by Doing

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Let’s say you want to teach someone to drive a car. You, as the instructional designer of Driver’s Ed, might choose to assign a hefty textbook—perhaps the manual to the car—as well as a pamphlet about traffic laws. You may quiz your student on the contents of the reading material and find that he can
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MOOCs: Effective Instruction or Pedagogical Disaster?

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The last few years have seen a tremendous surge of interest in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Just last month, Harvard and MIT jointly published a large research study examining the trends emerging from MOOCs their universities offered in the last two years. Here is a breakdown of their key findings: Growth is steady. For
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What Can We Learn from 50 Years of Project Management?

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What can history teach us about being better project managers in today’s workplace? An article published in the International Journal of Project Management earlier this year took on the task of combing through fifty years of project management (PM) research to answer this very question. Because PM research is often organized in silos—with practitioners sticking
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5 Ways to Boost Employee Engagement

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Roberta arrives at her workplace on time each morning, with an air of fresh energy. She says hello warmly to her colleagues before sitting down at her desk and beginning work. Before long, she is absorbed in her tasks, yet her energy never dissipates. After lunch, she attends a meeting, where she asks questions and
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The Four People You Need on Your Team

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When forming a team for an organizational project, there are two ways to go about finding the right people for you: A. Gathering like-minded people who are likely to agree and collaborate smoothly B. Composing a group made up of different types of personalities, work processes, and strengths Which would you choose? While A is
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Why Will My Project Fail?

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If you’re a project manager, or about to begin a project with a team, we have some data that might scare you. While statistics vary across industries, the general consensus is that the number of projects that fail is too high. One study found that 17% of large-scale IT projects failed so spectacularly that they
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Letting Learners Choose Their Own Path: Designing for Different Learning Styles

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The ultimate goal of any effective instructional endeavor is to impart knowledge or skills onto a learner, right? Some teachers and course developers think of this within an instructor-led framework, in which students are simply receptacles for pre-packaged content delivered by a teacher. But there are problems with this perspective. When learners receive homogenous content,
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Building Organizational Well-being from the Ground Up

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“Organizational well-being” is a term that’s tossed around in discussions about company success and longevity quite a bit these days, but it’s still a concept taken lightly by many companies—at a cost. What is organizational well-being? Spearheaded by Gallup surveys and bolstered by longitudinal data from leading researchers, the link between the health and well-being
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Making Asynchronous Learning Work for You

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More and more instructional designers are opting for online learning, partly because many global organizations comprise virtual teams that conduct all training and business online, and partly because some studies say that online learning is actually more effective than face-to-face instruction. Still, many are skeptical of replacing the traditional in-person training approach with a student-centered
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Soft Skills and Emotional Intelligence: Can They Be Learned?

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These days, it’s not your resume that’s the focus of an interview—it’s you. But not your suit, or your polished shoes, or your perfectly manicured hands. Employers want to know what kind of temperament you display at work, how you handle stress, whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic, and if you can empathize and get along
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