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Building Online Courses with Peer Learning

It’s been years since I completed my master’s degree in Instructional Technology from a reputable Philadelphia university. At that time, online courses were few and far between. In fact, if a course was offered online, it was delivered in the framework of blended learning because in-class sessions were still required for discussion and exams.

I’ve always been a perpetual learner.  However, I tend to focus my skill-sharpening around the development of just-in-time learning, video demonstrations, and webinars. As an e/mLearning Developer, I have to stay current with technology because tools and learning platforms are constantly updated.

As our clients continue to transition instructor-led training to online learning, or even look to revamp dated online learning, they present a growing desire to discuss topics, ideas, challenges, and perspectives with their Learning and Development peers.

While I… Read more →

Blended Virtual Learning that Works

A Little Background

Maher has worked with a mix of clients to move lengthy in-person classroom training (what we refer to as instructor-led training, or ILT) to a blended virtual instructor-led delivery format, or VILT. This allows clients to expand course offerings to a wider audience and eliminates the cost of meeting rooms and other logistics, such as travel, for both facilitators and participants. While controlling costs is an important consideration, this approach also presents significant learning benefits for participants:

A cohort model allows learners to study together over a set time period and connect in ways that extend beyond the initial learning experience. Blended formats are convenient and allow for an expanded cohort of participants. This broadens the depth of peer expertise shared during the course. Peer learning allows colleagues across the nation or around the globe to collaborate or problem-solve in new ways. … Read more →

How Do You Learn?

An Interview with Michael Colella, Information Technology Manager at Maher & Maher

As Chief Learning Officer at Maher, I like to connect with team members on how they view professional development and how they develop themselves.

Michael Colella joined Maher in March of this year as our Information Technology (IT) Manager. I wanted to get his perspective on development as a systems and technology expert.  He was ready and willing to let me pick his brain—thank you Mike!

Question: “Why do you think professional development is so important today?”

In our age of technology and connectivity the business landscape has become extremely competitive. Successful businesses aim to acquire the most talented individuals to drive innovation. Companies often expand their talent pool search by offering employees the ability to work remotely.  With an expanded talent pool for employers… Read more →

A Digital Transformation is Upon Us. What Does That Mean to the Workplace?

The digital transformation is a key business initiative at the forefront of most leading organizations. It is not a trend that is losing ground; rather, it is picking up exponential speed.  Those that plan to wait until the ground settles to find their place in the transformation will be left behind.  It is undeniable that our workplace will change significantly in the next five years, and this new way of work, more than any other in recent history, will have a profound impact on how we ready our future workforce. Job-seekers, as well as those who are currently employed, will need to upskill to adapt in the workplace.

I just spent two days at the Future Workplace Summit in Boston, Massachusetts.  The event focused on how the workplace is changing and presented best practices for leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual and Augmented Realities (VR… Read more →

Artificial Intelligence Changing the Way We Learn

When I first heard the term, Artificial Intelligence (AI), it reminded me of the 1968 iconic film, 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick. Yes, I realize many of my coworkers were likely not even born yet and might see that film as dated and old-school; but for me at eight, it was a glance into our future. As an adult, I can imagine how my father regretted his decision to take me to that movie after being bombarded with questions like, “Why is that computer talking?” Yet, here we stand, asking for guidance from voice-powered personal assistants like Alexa, Siri, Google, or Cortana. 

Many companies are exploring AI technology today.  Being in the learning and development field, I ask myself, “What effect will AI have on learning and performance improvement strategies and on the professionals that are accountable for Talent Development?”

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Microlearning as a Tool for Learning in the Digital Transformation Age

In consulting with clients on upskilling in today’s workplace, there is frequent interest in the use of short and focused videos (microlearning).  A while back one of our talented Instructional Designers, Erin Audia, shared great perspective on the value of Video as a Medium for Microlearning.  We are resharing it since it still hits the mark quite accurately.

Learning Trends and Beyond in 2018

Maher Chief Learning Officer, Catherine Baker recently had the honor to serve on a Mid New Jersey ATD Panel along with the Head of Field Force Development at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Head of Talent Development for the Linde Group. The topic of the panel was “Learning Trends.”

Participants at the event generated three key areas of interest within their table groups, and panelists responded and shared their experience relative to those needs. Topics of great interest were microlearning, adaptive or personalized learning, and the future of learning as a profession. Maher will share the summary from this event in our next newsletter. In the interim, we are sharing a different perspective on trends: one that focuses on Talent Strategy in the Data Age. As our colleagues at our parent company, IMPAQ, know too well, use of data in decision-making is essential. This article goes beyond… Read more →

Virtual Leadership Series Announced

Managing teams virtually is essential in our busy world. While the use of Facebook and other social platforms seems the norm in our private lives, people may not connect the value they get from the use of similar peer group platforms and models in the workplace. Maher will be launching an informative series on virtual leadership in the upcoming months. Jen Chingwe, Project Manager and Senior Instructional Designer put the series together. Jen has had a mix of projects with Maher where virtual leadership of peer groups is a central focus, and she has exciting and valuable experience to share on this topic. Jen is about to receive her doctorate in Education, Design of Learning Contexts from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Maher & Maher is a specialized change management and talent development consulting firm based in Neptune, NJ and in Washington, D.C. The… Read more →

Engaging Instruction for Adult Learners of All Ages

After a discussion with team members about current trends in our industry, I began to reflect on how learning has changed over the years for me. I grew up without learning on-demand -- no online courses or how-to videos. Learning something new typically required going to a class of some sort or visiting the library. Learning to paint was my first out-of-the-classroom experience. Bob Ross with his Joy of Painting show on PBS in the ‘80s intrigued me. I bought a small art set and practiced until I perfected his technique for creating “happy little trees.”

As a designer of eLearning and virtual instructor-led training at Maher & Maher, I am constantly challenged with developing instruction that keeps every learner engaged. Many times, our team works with subject matter experts (SMEs) who are experts in their craft, but not necessarily in teaching others about… Read more →

What’s Trending in Learning?

Moving to microlearning is just one shift that we have been helping our clients navigate as they refine their Talent Development strategies.  There are others that are essential to engage Modern Learners and allow them to excel by onboarding and upskilling in both an effective and efficient manner.   We focused on the value of storytelling and social / peer learning in our last newsletter, but there is even more we can do.  Time is money, regardless of industry.  It is critical that as our workloads expand and continue to shift to address the pulls and pushes of our economic times, we are driving a learning strategy that is framed for success.

We’d like to share an article that summarized key learning trends in the corporate world to give a flavor of what can be done to move our learning strategies in… Read more →

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