TrainingPros’ second quarter is all about injecting the fun back in training while still keeping it highly effective. We kick off this newsletter with an interesting perspective on this subject from our Chicago Relationship Manager Susan Sheehan in her blog entry on a Millennial’s feedback in a new job. And what better way to engage learners and lighten the learning approach than gamification? But where does an organization start with this massive subject? Our recent Learning Views webinars tackled that very topic with several practical examples. The second article highlights those recorded links and summarizes the material.
Making big shifts in one’s learning programs frequently requires a change management strategy. Our Service Spotlight features TrainingPros’ change managers and how they enhance your company. Our Upcoming Events detail the best of L&D over the summer around the U.S., and our BRX Partnership sidebar offers some radio program case studies that focus on younger employees’ training requirements. Enjoy this issue, and contact us with any learning & development staffing needs.
Today was a horrible day at work. The entire day was consumed by e-Learning, and it was so boring. I couldn’t wait for the day to be over.” This was a comment made by a bright, young Millennial after a day in the office – a Millennial on his first job after recently graduating from college. Welcome to the world of Corporate America!
This is an example of the challenge we face when designing e-Learning exercises for the younger generation. These intellectuals prefer a fast pace and immediate feedback. They desire a stimulating, creative, yet competitive learning environment. I probed to determine what might have made the day better for this 22 year old. The response included: “Make the learning competitive, perhaps you could include a known celebrity, and shorten the modules. You could also include some humor!”
Alternative Reality Games
Many cutting-edge learning & development organizations have found that gamification is the perfect technique to increase engagement in their training efforts and to ensure all learners enjoy the material more – and retain the material! Alternate Reality Games (or ARGs) are a great way to deliver these experiences. Not sure what an ARG looks like or how to implement? TrainingPros' second quarter webinar series of Learning Views leveraged expert content providers with Harrisburg University to teach you the ropes.
We recommend that you start with reviewing the recording of “Negotiating with Aliens During Training” webinar. This highly interactive segment features the team of Andy Petroski and Charles Palmer as they provide the basics of Alternate Reality Games, a team-driven example, and many practical applications. Then the Harrisburg team returned for the “Narrative for Increased Engagement” webinar to provide more stories for learning within the context of ARGs. Eager to deploy these techniques in your future learning programs? TrainingPros invites you to contact us for instructional design talent that can lead this effort for your organization.
Temperatures are heating up across the country, and L&D conference offerings are heating up as well. Mark your calendars to check out some exciting professional development opportunities this spring and summer:
Millennials are presenting opportunities in the workforce the likes of which U.S. businesses have never seen. What role does L&D play in inspiring them, fostering loyalty and equipping them to meet our customers’ needs? Listen to these Learning Insights Radio interviews from Training 2015 to find out what these companies are doing:
With our current focus on injecting more fun and levity into learning & development, it makes sense to shine the spotlight on TrainingPros’ change management offering. Whether you’re trying to shift approaches for your learning department or embarking on even larger organizational movements in philosophy, an experienced change manager can make all the difference in happy adoption or miserable rejection.
Our change management professionals leverage their 10-15 years of consulting and industry experience working with senior level executives and associates of all levels to bring about positive change. TrainingPros’ change consultants map out strategies and define interventions that will lead organizations through culture change, program redesign, and/or technology implementations. Through the application of various skills and techniques, these change managers will assess organization impact, evaluate optimal communications, and develop the plans that are most effective to implement.
A short-term change manager is just the flexible and objective resource to assist your organization with all of the nuances that come with significant company changes. To get started with a change manager placement, contact your TrainingPros relationship manager today.
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