Don’t be a Scarecrow – Be a S-Y-S-T-E-M-A-T-I-C Instructional Designer

This post is provided by guest blogger, George Skerritt, graduate student of the University of St. Francis, MS Training and Development program.

To illustrate the importance of systematic instructional design, Joann Major (2017) quotes the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz: “If you don’t know where you’re going, it doesn’t matter what road you take.”  Though the quote happened before Scarecrow had

Continue reading

Proactive Teaching Strategies for Today’s Trainers

This post is provided by guest blogger, Victoria Kral, graduate student University of St. Francis, MS Training and Development program.

Trainers are faced with the task of keeping instructional design engaging and relevant in today’s marketplace. With any good idea must come a strategic plan, learning objectives, goals and measurable outcomes. Instructional designers must first get to the root of the

Continue reading

Learner-centric instructional design with Design Thinking

This post is provided by guest blogger, Katie Sachs, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL, MS in Training and Development program.

Design Thinking is a creative method for problem-solving and creating solutions with empathy. This method is attributed to Stanford University’s d. School, and includes five looping or iterating stages: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test. In a recent

Continue reading

Why Graphic Design Skills Are Essential For eLearning Designers

This post is provided by guest blogger, Andraya Goodwin, a graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Il., MS in Training and Development program.

eLearning designers are positioned in a crossroad of instructional design and technology. It is imperative that they understand how to communicate efficiently and effectively while utilizing an online platform. By utilizing graphic design skills, eLearning designers

Continue reading

YouTube for Training? Good Idea or Not So Much?

This post is provided by guest blogger, Tonya Stafford, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, MS in Training and Development program.

Training is how we help workers successfully perform their jobs.  Formats of training are changing from classroom-based to technology-based, with many emergent technologies innovating the way that information is passed.  In a recent article, Mike Peterson and

Continue reading

Are You Using These Tech Trends?

This post is provide by guest blogger, Penny Jones, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Il., MS in Training and Development program.

Technology is continually advancing. How advanced is the technology you are currently using in designing e-Learning courses?  This article explored four technology trends that can evolve e-learning courses.  While the initial cost of technology might be high, the

Continue reading

The Massive Impact That MOOCs Have On The Lifetime Learner

This post is provided by guest blogger, Andraya Goodwin, a graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Il., MS in Training and Development program.

Do you consider yourself a Lifetime Learner? Do you find yourself constantly subscribing to newsletters, downloading language apps and following industry trends on social media? Well my friend, have I got a treat for you!

Continue reading

Microlearning is Macro Beneficial

This blog post is provided by guest blogger, Carol Sheetz, graduate student in the online Master of Science degree program in Training and Development at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.

According to two articles posted on the Association for Talent Development (ATD) website, microlearning is a hot topic in the learning industry, and it will shape the future in the workplace.  Microlearning is a way of delivering learning content in short, very

Continue reading

Is Social Media Beneficial for Training Sessions?

This post is provided by guest blogger Jessica Munkvold, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, MS in Training and Development program.

With the rise of social media use in adults, why not use it to your advantage in the work place? According to the article written by Bill Leonard (2018), social media can be used to improve learning while encouraging employees to engage in the program and become

Continue reading

Here and Now Learning!

This post is provided by guest blogger, Kim Wilson, graduate student University of St. Francis, MS Training and Development program

Should all schools incorporate classroom technology into their teaching curriculum?   In the article “Technology in the Classroom, It’s Not a Matter of ‘If’ but ‘When’ and ‘How.’, the author, Alice Armstrong (2013) provides the reader with some practical reasons on Continue reading