TrainingPros Learning Highlights

Welcome to the TrainingPros blog, Learning Highlights. Entries from our President, Relationship Managers, learning & development thought leaders, and other guest bloggers can be found across a broad variety of topics such as industry trends, talent management, training delivery methods, eLearning, learning decision making, management systems, reinforcement, metrics, and performance support. If you have a blog topic you’d like to see or would like to contribute as a guest blogger, please contact us and use “Learning Highlights” in the Subject field of our contact form.

Content in Moodle – More LMS Exploration

In the last few blog entries on Learning Management Systems (LMSs), we have installed a local copy of Moodle and added a course and some students. At this point, I am assuming that you have a working copy of Moodle on your PC. If this is not the case, take a look at the previous posts in this series by reviewing all entries under Richard Kordel. In this post, I would like to conclude this very brief tour of Moodle by adding some content.

Before we start, I would like to restate one point. The goal here is not to learn Moodle in order to adopt it for your business. It is to allow you to work with a real LMS and to make you conversant and comfortable with basic LMS activities. The overall goal of this series has been to provide the background you need to write an effective RFP for a new LMS and to evaluate the responses you receive.

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Upcoming Events: First Quarter 2017

The weather is getting chilly, but the L&D calendar is heating up with some great professional development opportunities in warm destinations. Start your 2017 off with some networking, professional growth, and maybe a tan!

ATD TechKnowledgeJan. 11-13, 2017, Las Vegas, NVTraining 2017 Conference & ExpoJan. 30-Feb. 1, 2017, San Diego, CAATD Core 4 Conference 2017March 23-24, 2017, Long Beach, CA
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The Many Benefits of ATD Involvement

In my job as a relationship manager with TrainingPros, I interview a lot of talent development consultants. Some of them are seasoned professionals, and some are just getting started, but one piece of advice I find I give to almost every candidate is to get involved with their local chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Depending on the individual, the reasons often vary. Through this process, and through my own involvement with the Atlanta ATD chapter, I've discovered the following benefits of volunteering with your local chapter:

Fill In Resume Gaps

Serving your ATD chapter is a great way to fill in transition time between jobs - especially if it's a leadership role such as serving on the board. This shows potential employers that you were using your time productively and honing your skills, both the skills needed for the chapter role, such as technology or marketing, and also valuable leadership skills.

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Top Qualities of a Stellar Consultant

At a recent Chicago eLearning & Technology Showcase (CETS) meeting, I was invited to speak and share the top qualities of being a stellar consultant. This subject is very important to me as I recruit and place expert learning & development talent for TrainingPros with our clients. There were plenty of high performers at that meeting along with learning leaders that demand these qualities. For those readers who are always up for continuous improvement, I have summarized my presentation below, or you can watch the brief recording on top qualities of a stellar consultant.

The first place I started is always my first place – what does the client want? I polled several of my top clients and received consistent answers: consultants who are responsive, have an eclectic mix experience (e.g. instructional design, project management, development, etc.), and have worked in a wide variety of industries (most mentioned were finance, healthcare, and advertising). My clients also noted that they wanted previous corporate consulting experience which demonstrates a contractor’s ability to assimilate and be flexible in various cultures. They look for excellent time management skills along with a current portfolio and candid references.

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A Career in Instructional Design

Are you an Instructional Designer or interested in learning more about this role? If so, this webinar is for you! TrainingPros is excited to bring you our October webinar in partnership with Harrisburg University – The Many Paths of a Career in Instructional Design. Join us on October 20th to explore the role of an Instructional Designer and so much more.

  • Topic: The Many Paths Of A Career In Instructional Design
  • Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016
  • Time: 2:00-3:00pm EST (60 minute session)
  • Cost: Free, but space is limited. Please register early
  • Speaker: Maria Jones, Owner at Aves Consulting, LLC
  • Register: The Many Paths Of A Career In Instructional Design
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