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The myth of learning styles

This one might be a wee bit controversial for people in the learning industry. After all, learning styles (how learners prefer to get their learning) has been conventional wisdom for decades. The Atlantic’s Olga Khazan has done a great job citing the research in The Myth of ‘Learning Styles’. And there’s a lot of published […]

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Build a better assessment

Mary Burns writes about computer-based assessments in eLearning Industry’s online blog. She says poor design is one of the main reasons any assessment will fail. We agree, but we also know that a proper assessment tool can be just as important. We say this with confidence because we built our own tool. Here’s Mary’s Guidelines […]

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Helvetica got a makeover

Being in the design business, we’re font fanatics. That’s why we were very happy when Monotype announced they had revamped the decades-old Helvetica. And what a revamp it was! The revised typeface, “Helvetica Now” works wonderfully in large or small print and on computer and mobile screens. You can read more about it in this […]

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Toxic positivity

The Urban Dictionary describes toxic positivity as “the belief that, if you stay positive, you will overcome any obstacle,” to such a degree that you invalidate natural emotional responses and the person having those feelings.” People think they’re being helpful when they offer such advice as “You’ll get over it” or “Just be positive” or […]

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Brené Brown knows things

Sarah Schuster writes about toxic positivity, including her take for how Brené Brown describes empathy. Sarah concludes: “If sympathy is shouting down at someone while they’re stuck in a hole, empathy is getting into the hole with them. If ‘toxic positivity’ is telling someone to just “look at the bright side,” support is putting yourself […]

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Dear Abby for the workplace

There’s very good advice found in Alison Green’s ASK A MANAGER website and in her books. Alison’s been answering people’s work-related questions since 2007. She gets questions on topics like how to make your boss adore you, how to take criticism gracefully, what to do when your manager won’t manage, how to not suck at firing people, […]

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Bad brainstorming kills ideas

Professor, author and innovation expert, Barry L. Cross has written a discussion paper for Queen’s University Smith School of Business on the topic of brainstorming and how storyboarding can help make brainstorming sessions successful: “Much of what passes for brainstorming are idea-killing sessions that leave organizations thinking they’re not innovative. The technique of storyboarding can remove […]

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Masterful storytelling

The Dodo’s “goal is to serve up emotionally and visually compelling, highly sharable animal-related stories and videos to as many people as possible to help make caring about animals a viral cause.”We’d go further and say they have one of the most effective storytelling approaches we’ve ever seen—one that engages both heart and mind and spurs […]

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Combining eLearning with a Chatbot

An AI-enabled Chatbot or Smartbot lets users interact and have realistic conversations with the program. Ravi Pratap Singh has written an article about the world’s first chatbot-powered eLearning course using Storyline—Project Disha. Project Disha addresses the topic of workplace sexual harassment in India via an interactive, scenario-based eLearning Course and a Chatbot called Disha the […]

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