Feedback and Blogging

Taking a side track here to explain an 8-month break in posting new content on this LearningSim blog. I have continued to be busy with client work, fortunately: E-learning design and development for global mobility specialists Custom simulation and case study writing for several clients Developing training to support an HR re-classification of exempt workers […]

Courting Millennials vs. Just Plain Good Design

Yes, this is yet another article about Millennials written by someone who isn’t a Millennial. The fascination—obsession, really—with the Millennial generation often makes me shake my head. For fair disclosure, I’m an early Xer. As a kid I had an Atari gaming console, the Apple II in various flavors, and learned BASIC programming in junior […]

Breaking Into Instructional Design

A contact of mine named Connie Malamed speaks and teaches about 21st Century Instructional Design. She is active in helping move instructional design into newer, fresher modes of practice. A resource she offers may be of interest to people curious about instructional design as a potential career field. Connie has an email introduction to “Breaking […]

Lessons Learned – Comedy Script Writing

There’s an apocryphal saying in show business, “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” While I can’t vouch for the dying bit, I can shed a little light on the comedy part. I recently completed a project for a client who hired me and my business partner at Badiyan to write and produce a series of […]

Budget-Friendly L&D Tools

The eLearning Guild has come out with a new, free ebook on some of the best high performance, low-cost tools for L&D professionals. While I am a devoted story, script, and scenario writer, there are many things I need to do as an architect, designer, and developer where a good tool can save me time. […]

Simpler, Faster Simulation Design

I did a presentation for MNISPI (Minnesota chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement) recently on how to build simulations more simply and quickly with the 5-Step Simulation™ method. I had a great time, the participants learned a lot and enjoyed themselves, and we learned a lot about the value of paper airplanes as […]

CLO Magazine – Avoiding the Curse of the Consultant

I believe strongly in professional consulting standards. In fact, each of the certifications I have taken and the professional associations to which I belong have ethics or practice guidelines that emphasize building real capability in the client organization. I do not want the client to become dependent on my services. Instead, I want them to […]

Converting to Simulation-Enhanced Training

Converting traditional lecture-and-discussion training courses to a more effective simulation-enhanced learning approach does not have to be difficult. In most situations, simulations will give you an increase in learner engagement, retention, and motivation over traditional training methods. You can achieve a time savings over traditional lecture-plus-discussion workshops by using simulations, as well. Here is an […]

Are We Expecting Too Much?

I’ve had clients lately who have been great. I have also had clients who have wanted far more than their agreed-upon budget and timeline would allow. I’m wondering if the current wave of low cost, easy to use tools might be creating unrealistic expectations in the minds of learners, learning managers, and sponsors of learning. […]

Types of Learning

What Type of Learning do we Need? You’ve identified something that people need to do better or differently. You already analyzed the performance gap and its causes. You’ve determined that it really is a knowledge or skill deficiency. (You have done that, right? You’re not just throwing training at a non-training issue… right? Training can […]

Training Manager, this is your Job

I was working with the site training managers for a mining company not long ago, and I realized that none of them knew what their jobs were really about. As in many companies, they were focused on compliance, scheduling classes, tracking completions and hours, and just generally doing what the boss wanted them to do. […]