Trends! Tools! Technologies! There are adult learning and instructional design blogs galore that sing the praises of the “next big thing” in the training and development space… whatever it happens to be on a given day.

We strive to do more with our Bottom-Line Performance and Knowledge Guru blogs. Of course, we do discuss current trends and techniques and share what’s possible. But our goal is always to go beyond the trends and get to the root of things. What’s going to move the needle? Is there truth behind this trend, or is it just hype?

Here are ten of the most popular articles we published in 2015. Seven of them appeared here on our Bottom-Line Performance blog… while three appeared on our Knowledge Guru website.

From the Bottom-Line Performance Blog

1. The Myth of Micro-Learning

There’s a new buzz phrase going around town these days in the L&D and talent development communities. That phrase is “micro-learning.” But too many people in our industry have a misunderstanding of this otherwise great concept. In this article, Sharon Boller looks for the truth behind the micro-learning hype: Read Article.

2. L&D in 2015: Too Much Content, Too Little Time

It seems the central challenges and pain points of learning leaders do not change much year after year. In many ways, organizations are still faced with the same central issues they dealt with five years ago… or more. In fact, four of these challenge areas come up again and again. Learn what they are and why they happen: Read Article.

3. Ten Steps to a Successful Product Launch Training Implementation

For product launch training to drive desired knowledge and skills acquisition, it must be carefully designed and implemented. Every product launch curriculum project is different, but certain characteristics remain consistent across most projects. Product launch curriculums that have these characteristics are much more likely to contribute to a successful product launch: Read Article.

4. Three Truths About Millennials and Workplace Learning

It may be tempting for an organization to focus its L&D efforts on catering to the perceived “new characteristics” of Millennials, but doing so might ignore the bigger picture. This article shows how to reframe the conversation about Millennials in the workplace: Read Article.

5. Is Your Process Training Nice to Know or Need to Know?

Processes and procedures are critical to employee success on the job, yet many organizations struggle to effectively train their employees on how to follow them. Here are five possible reasons—and questions L&D professionals can ask to overcome these challenges: Read Article.

6. Should Instructional Designers “Teach to the Test”?

In the corporate world, people really do need to recall facts to do their jobs well. There are plenty of times where being able to “Google it” is not enough. In this article, Sharon Boller breaks down why “Teaching to the Test” isn’t always such a bad thing: Read Article.

7. How to Create Award-Winning Training Solutions

Many of our clients care about awards and would like to have the prestige that comes from having them attached to their training efforts. But if you’ve never submitted for an award before, how do you know your learning solution is award-worthy? And what do you need to include in the submission to draft a winner? Read Article

From the Knowledge Guru Blog

8. 7 Steps to an Effective Serious Game or Gamification Implementation

Are you a do-it-yourselfer? When it comes to serious games, ATD says you probably are. In an ATD survey 71% of organizations reported that they prefer to develop serious games in-house. Here are 7 steps to making sure that your game based learning efforts are effective, and not just money down the drain: Read Article.

9. 5 Ways Serious Games Can “Level Up” Your Sales Reps

So many of the custom serious games we create at Bottom-Line Performance are designed for sales reps. Customers who use our Knowledge Guru platform often create their games for sales professionals, too. Our experience has shown that games are often the perfect addition to a sales training program or set of reinforcement and reference tools.  This article has five tips for using serious games with sales reps: Read Article

10. How Cisco Uses Knowledge Guru to Teach Product and Technical Knowledge (Interview)

In this article, Paula Rossini shares how Cisco uses serious games to teach its sales associates. Cisco’s sales associate training program (CSAP) has won multiple Brandon Hall awards for its innovative approaches, including a 2014 “Gold” award won in partnership with BLP. Read Article

Want More of our 2015 Top Content?

We took five of the webinars we gave in 2015 and turned them into a single article with links to each recording. Each webinar has a white paper, lookbook or work sample to supplement the learning.

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