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Melissa Dougherty

Instructional Designer at Advance America
Instructional Designer for a financial services provider that has over 6000+ employees.
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Training Videos: Lights, Camera, Action... Let’s Review!

Training Videos: Lights, Camera, Action... Let’s Review!

Recently I was given the task of revising one of our older training programs. It was your generic, synchronous eLearning program talking about professionalism in the workplace; not a lot of interactivity or graphics in it, but it got the job done. In addition to adding colorful backgrounds and activities to the program, I decided to add a video to the end of the program that would allow the employees to review everything they had just learned in a fun, visual format. What follows is an example of how training videos help with reviewing training material and enhance the corporate learning experience.
Is It Training Or Is It Punishment? 5 Tips For Effective Training (And Not A Punishment Program)

Is It Training Or Is It Punishment?

As I sat patiently waiting for my prescriptions the other day at my local pharmacy I learned a powerful lesson about how some learners feel about training. While I was sitting there I kept hearing this monotone voice talking about how to recognize common scams used to get prescription drugs. It occurred to me after hearing it drone on for several minutes: That it must be either a monthly announcement that the pharmacist had to listen to or it was a training program. Becoming curious, I asked him, “Is that a training program that you are doing in between customers?”. I was completely unprepared for the response that I received.
2 Top Tips To Make Compliance Training Fun Through Gamification

2 Top Tips To Make Compliance Training Fun Through Gamification

Each year you can hear the cries of thousands of employees saying: “Oh, no, please tell me it isn’t time to do that boring compliance training again!” What’s an Instructional Designer to do when it comes to building more compliance training? We all know that no one likes to take it; but it has to be done. So how do we design compliance training that employees actually want to take? We think outside the box and gamify it.
3 Tips To Spice Up Your eLearning Programs

3 Tips To Spice Up Your eLearning Programs

We all have them; training programs that are nice, clean, get the job done but are just a little plain. Think of your basic macaroni and cheese recipe. Now think of that same macaroni and cheese, but maybe with some bacon, three different ooey gooey cheeses, crunchy bread crumbs on top and maybe some cayenne pepper thrown in to kick it up to the next level. Which macaroni and cheese would you rather eat? Both versions will satisfy your hunger, but which one looks better and makes you want to take action and try it?