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Going beyond compliance

In Compliance by JD Dillon

It’s almost time to begin another calendar year. For many organizations, this also means it’s COMPLIANCE TRAINING TIME! No one likes compliance training. Employees don’t see the point. Managers are forced to chase people down in the days preceding the deadline. L&D detests how restricted they often can be with …

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Kickstart curation in your workplace

In Knowledge Sharing by JD Dillon

Curation is more than a trendy topic. It’s an old-school idea with the renewed power to shift L&D mindset and enable learning and problem solving in more scalable, personalized ways. It can help you keep up with the needs of the business by shifting L&D’s focus from creation to connection. …

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My Modern Professional Learning Toolkit

In General L&D by JD Dillon

Jane Hart – the bastion of all things modern workplace learning – recently distilled the latest results of her annual Top Tools for Learning list into a categorized framework. She has also invited other pros to write up their own toolkit lists to get the conversation going and inspire new …

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Microlearning summarized

In General L&D, microlearning by JD Dillon

Last week, I delivered a session on microlearning as part of the eLearning Guild’s DevLearn Conference in Las Vegas. You can check out the full presentation at the bottom of this post. The overall thesis is that “microlearning” isn’t a real thing. Rather, L&D should always be looking for ways to better …

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How to build microlearning

In General L&D, microlearning by JD Dillon


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I simply define “microlearning” as learning that fits. I explored the WHYS behind microlearning in this post. Now I’d like to share my experience with the HOWs. In my session “More Than Micro – Designing Learning That Fits,” I break down the process I have been using for several years …

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How to beat a multiple choice test

In General L&D by JD Dillon

Hello! This tongue-in-cheek article from 2017 suddenly became the most-read post on LearnGeek for 2020, and I think I know why. If you found this article because your school or job went digital due to the pandemic and you’re trying to deal with more online classes and training, this probably …

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The 5 Magic Words of Modern Learning

In General L&D by JD Dillon

Microlearning. Mobile. Content. Social. SCORM. Blended. Training. Facilitator. eLearning. Adaptive. xAPI. Motivation. Assessment. Personalized. Augmented. Learning. We throw A LOT of words around as workplace learning professionals nowadays! There’s nothing wrong with having plenty of fun words to describe what we do. However, these are OUR words. They don’t translate …

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My 4 favorite tactics for delivering killer presentations

In Conferences by JD Dillon


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I’ve been speaking in public since my freshman year in college. I started with campus tours at UCF. Then I studied radio/television and became the default campus DJ. Eventually I was facilitating 3 classes a day / 5 days per week with Disney. Today, I speak at a growing number …

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5 problems with employee engagement surveys

In HR by JD Dillon

Every big company I’ve worked for has done the annual employee engagement survey thing. Minus a few tactical improvements here and there, I can’t think of a big positive outcome that resulted from these years and years of survey processes. We spent a lot of time chasing people to make …

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My Top 10 Tools for Learning (2017)

In Technology by JD Dillon

Are you looking for better tools to strengthen your workplace learning and performance ecosystem? Well, here’s a great place to start! It’s time for Jane Hart’s annual Learning Tools Survey. Thousands of L&D pros from around the world will be sharing the 10 tools they find most effective for supporting …

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How to overcome 3 popular objections to microlearning

In microlearning by JD Dillon

Microlearning is just learning that fits. That’s it! Check out this post for my full explanation of the term. Implementing a microlearning strategy isn’t just about new content or technology. It requires a fundamental mindset shift throughout your entire organization. We must help people change the way they view learning as …

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Microlearning is just learning that fits. That’s it!

In microlearning by JD Dillon

Microlearning seems to be THE popular topic of conversation right now. While L&D pros are debating about it and organizations are saying they want it, very few people seem to understand what “it” is. It’s also getting more and more difficult for curious L&D pros to get past the noise as vendors …

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Your RFP is missing the …

In Technology by JD Dillon

I didn’t release many RFPs during my time in enterprise L&D. I rarely had a need to play the field of learning technology. Rather, I evaluated my options, figured out what I wanted (and could afford), and went out and got it. Now that I work on the vendor/services side of the industry, I …

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4 dimensions of adaptive learning

In Personalization by JD Dillon

Personalization is firmly embedded within our daily technological lives. Facebook tells you who to be friends with based on who are you already friends with. Netflix tells you what you want to watch based on what you’ve already watched and what people who have also watched that also watched. Amazon …