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ABR’s Director of Instructional Design Featured in Learning Insights Podcast

Elise Margol

ABR’s own Elise Margol, Director of Instructional Design, was featured recently on Learning Insights Radio! The discussion included insights and observations on how the field of learning and instructional design has changed and grown over the past 20 or so years. You can listen to the Learning Insights podcast on the Business Radio-X website. Elise is a senior […]

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Making Learning Programs Stick

Elise Margol

It’s common to develop (or buy) a training program with solid learning objectives, a highly creative design, and multiple interactive activities to practice new skills. People even attend and give it glowing reviews on the evaluation forms. But then the unthinkable happens: when people go back to their jobs, they don’t use the skills taught […]

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Behind the Scenes at ABR: Learning by Doing

What’s new with ABR? Take a peek at what’s going on in our world as we work to deliver relevant, world-class solutions for our clients. I recently gave my husband a band saw for his birthday. I didn’t know what a band saw was before I gave him one—I just knew he wanted one. I have […]

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Behind the Scenes at ABR: Creating Meaningful and Realistic Learning for our Clients

What’s new with ABR? Take a peek at what’s going on in our world as we work to deliver relevant, world-class solutions for our clients. Elise Margol, ABR’s Instructional Design Manager, is busy brainstorming and collaborating with our team to create a learning solution for one of our new clients. This organization selected ABR due […]

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Behind the Scenes at ABR: Building Client Relationships

What’s new with ABR? Take a peek at what’s going on in our world as we work to deliver relevant, world-class solutions for our clients. Amy Fox, President and CEO, and Amy Evans, Vice President of Client Services, are traveling this week to have face-to-face planning meetings with some of our valued clients. We always appreciate […]

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What My Ceiling Fan Has Taught Me About E-Learning

In my almost 50 years on this planet, I guess I’ve learned that it is best to thoroughly read instructions (or review those IKEA pictures) before completing a task or project that is new for me. But it goes against every fiber of my being to do so. When putting up a new ceiling fan, […]

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Training in 2012: What Is on Learners’ Wish Lists?

Amy Fox

As 2011 comes to a close, I’ve been evaluating a lot of new trends in learning and development and projections for 2012. Accelerated Business Results (ABR) has had the privilege of working with several world class organizations and we get many opportunities to test new theories as we help to develop their training solutions. In fact, this is the time of year when we often meet with our key clients to map out their training strategies for the coming year, and we’re fortunate to gain access to their invaluable customer insights. Engaging in these conversations gives us a chance to really understand what they’re experiencing in their workforce and to determine the practical training solutions that will address their needs.

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iPad E-Learning: Choosing the Right Platform

Joe Webster

At Accelerated Business Results (ABR), we talk to a lot of customers about their e-learning needs, and one of the trends that has emerged this year is a sharp increase in the number of customers who have questions about deploying training on tablet PCs, specifically Apple’s iPad. In this post, I will discuss the pros and cons of a few possible solutions for iPad learning.

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Making Every Training Moment Count

In today’s business environment, it is increasingly difficult and costly to pull people off the production floor or out of the field for training. So when we make the business decision that training is worth the cost of taking employees away from their primary task of generating revenue or serving customers, it is critical that we make the most of that time and focus training on what matters most.

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I Don’t Care If Training’s Relevant to the Job! So What?

I nearly fell off my chair at a recent meeting when a training officer at a large organization told me he didn’t care whether training was relevant to employees’ jobs! If that’s true, what’s the point? Well-developed training evaluation models include a focus on the business impact or outcome of training. If organizations are effectively spending their training dollars, they will have an impact on outcomes valued by the organization. Aligning training with organizational goals and writing objectives with clearly defined metrics helps illustrate how training is relevant to the job and thus the organization’s goals.

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Making Learning Programs Stick Like Glue

Elise Margol

It’s all too common—you develop (or buy) a killer training program with solid learning objectives, a highly creative design, and multiple interactive activities to practice new skills. You feel certain that it will be successful. People even attend and give it glowing reviews on the evaluation forms. But then the unthinkable happens… when people go back to their jobs, they don’t use the skills taught in the learning program.

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Not ANOTHER Training Session!

Karrin Frilling

When you let your employees know that they will be attending a training session, what do you think their reaction is? Do they look forward to an opportunity to refine their skills and increase their knowledge? Or do they dread the thought of “wasting” a morning or a day in a boring lecture? Here are some ways to encourage employees to view training as the quality investment of time (and resources) that you intend it to be.

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