Information Overload

“All at once vs. Piecemeal: How shall we deliver training?” 

Help me answer a question, Dear Reader…

What is your formula for choosing a timeline to roll out a new training initiative?
  • Should all modules be delivered/presented in one fell swoop?
  • Should we roll out training components on a basic-intermediate-advanced continuum?
Too often we gauge our training delivery timelines on business needs, meaning, “We need this training now, and I mean business!”  But how often do we carefully plan the rollout of a new course or set of learning materials based on instructional design principles of graduated introduction?
Many learning experts would agree that rolling out training over time usually is optimal, and allows learners to integrate, apply, and assimilate new information more readily than by “cramming.” However, I wonder if a training series can be rolled out effectively in a short period of time if proper measures are taken.


Share your thoughts!

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Susan Hendrich

Tips & Tricks

Coming soon…

PowerPoint Tricks

Five tips for effective storyboarding

1. Set up your palettes

·          Dock ‘em!
Align tool
Distribute tool
Order tool

·          Use the “Relative to Slide.”  

2. Stick with a shape

·          Choose a “threaded shape” – a shape that will repeat throughout your course.

·          Convert straggler shapes (e.g. go from a square to a circle) using “Change autoshape.”

·          Float your text.

o         Right click > Format Autoshape > Text Box > Text anchor point.

o         Right click > Format Autoshape > Text Box > Internal margin.·          Change shape sizes

o         Hold “Shift” button to retain proportions when sizing.

o         Hold “Control” button to retain center point when sizing.

o         Right click > Format Autoshape > Text Box > Resize autoshape to fix text.  

3. Provide a visual road map

·          Carry your colors throughout.

·          Repeat your formula (e.g. “Consider this,” “Quick summary,” “Up next”).   

4. Keep it clean

·          Break up busyness with shape and color.

·          Use your “Set transparent color” tool.

·          Use the “Format painter.”   

5. Hang on to “good stuff”

·          Add your “Color Chart” to all files, then delete at end.

·          Repurpose, borrow, and expand!