If you’ve been following our blog, you probably recognize some of the top blog articles below. If you haven’t, that’s ok, too. This post will help you catch up on what we’ve been talking about for the past year.

1. The 3 Levels of Adaptive Learning

By Steven Boller

*This article is a 2018 eLearning Learning MVP Award Winner in the Innovation in eLearning category.*

Early in 2018, BLP’s Director of Marketing & New Business Development, Steve Boller, wrote this article to help determine just how adaptive you really need your training to be. Steve outlines three different types of “adaptive learning” solutions commonly found in the market today: the pseudo-adaptive solution, the standalone adaptive solution, and the adaptive learning ecosystem.

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2. ROI and L&D: What Trainers Need to Know About Operational Results

By Sharon Boller

*This article is a 2018 eLearning Learning MVP Award Winner in the Other category.*

There is a chasm of foundational business understanding between L&D practitioners and the business leaders who run core organizational functions such as Sales and Marketing, Operations, and Finance. For a training professional or a “performance consultant” to design and develop solutions capable of producing business impact, they need a basic understanding of what it takes to run a profitable business and how a solution might support growth strategies.

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3. Development Time for Corporate Learning: A Reality Check

By Jennifer Bertram

*This article is a 2018 eLearning Learning MVP Award Winner in the Other category.*

A frequent part of Jennifer Bertram’s (BLP’s VP of Client Services) job is answering the question, “How long will that take?” And her answer is based on a combination of experience, data, and knowledge about the project type. In this top 10 article from 2018, Jennifer explains how to develop training quickly to meet the needs of the business and mitigate as much risk to the development schedule as possible.

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4. Why You Need a Learning Journey Map

By Sharon Boller

*This article is a 2018 eLearning Learning MVP Award Winner in the eLearning Tools category.*

BLP President, Sharon Boller, made it her personal priority this year to incorporate design thinking into the solutions we create for our clients. In this article, Sharon explains how design thinking helps us find the sweet spot between business goals, learner needs, and technical constraints so we can create an ideal outcome. She also explains how to create a learning journey map and why the inclusion of learners in the journey mapping process is critical.

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5. Podcasts for Corporate Training: How and When to Use Them

By Matt Kroeger

At BLP, we talk a lot about the power of storytelling as an effective element to help people learn, and what better example of this than the audio version of a captivating narrative? It’s not just entertainment to listen to while multitasking either; after comedy, the next two most popular podcast genres are education and news. Podcasts are a way people are actively trying to stay informed, both at home, on the road, and perhaps most interestingly, while working. Imagine if your workforce listened to your content during the day… 

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6. How to Design Great Learning Experiences Instead of Just Delivering Content

By Sharon Boller

We often plan training initiatives without consulting the people we’re planning it for and fail to consider the entire learning experience from start to desired end point. So we don’t know what might make an experience magical for someone or what could make it utterly miserable. We have no idea what the people we are planning for have going on in their daily workflow or what they are thinking, feeling, seeing, hearing, or doing on a daily basis. Instead, we focus on what we need to communicate or get people to do. This article outlines a list of six design thinking tools and tips to mitigate this and create better learning experiences.

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7. Chatbots and Virtual Assistants in L&D: 4 Use Cases to Pilot in 2018

By Steven Boller

AI has many exciting implications for training and L&D professionals. While some are still a bit farther in the future, we’re particularly excited by the potential of chatbots to enhance and improve learning in the near term. We know how to talk, and we know how to email or text message: chatbots allow us to get questions and answers in convenient, familiar ways. The technology is here, the devices are readily available, and there are plenty of use cases where chatbots make sense.

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8. The LMS Revolution is Coming. Are You Prepared?

By Nick Shelton

The LMS is not “delightful”. It’s not a good learner experience. LMSs are the suitcase with broken wheels that we cram clothes into because it’s there and still kind of works. But you don’t change because you’re afraid the wheels will just break on the next one too. As Manager of Learning Interaction Design, Nick has worked with LMSs of all shapes and sizes utilized by organizations all over the world and argues that there’s a lot of room for improvement.

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9. Are VR and AR Ready for Primetime in L&D?

By Holly Bradbury

Lots of L&D professionals are excited about Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), and for good reason. There’s reason to believe that these technologies will be useful for a wide range of training needs in the years to come. VR/AR was the most frequently mentioned trend by survey respondents in our 2018 Learning Trends Report. But is the technology there yet? Should you rush out and plan a pilot program? This article may help you decide.

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10. 4 Ways an Onboarding Program Can Reduce Frontline Staff Turnover

By Steven Boller

Is frontline staff turnover is a serious challenge for your organization? If it is, then this article is for you. Companies dealing with the issue often struggle to find a realistic solution because each onboarding program has a unique set of characteristics and goals. But they should always have a strong focus on addressing key factors that increase employee retention. This article outlines four ways that a successful onboarding program can reduce staff turnover.

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