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Tips on Academic to Corporate Instructional Design Crossover

Lately, I’ve been getting several requests from academic professionals for tips on how to cross over to the Learning and Development (L&D) arena.  My first reaction to these requests was “Really? Why would you want to do that?”, I find it interesting because I’ve always been attracted to academic environments.  After thinking a bit through […]

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Instructional Design is not Information Technology or is it?

Instructional Designers or IDs are in need of several skills which are often not developed in academic programs and are only gained by work experience.  Even then, IDs have a propensity to be “techie” in their talk about project requirements and may often mimic the behaviors of an Information Technology or IT professional.  You know, […]

L & D Practices

10 L&D Worst Practices Everyone Must Know

Best practices have a common popularity among business people.  This is a great way to incite quality work but, it’s also easy to see how Learning and Development (L&D) may have trouble identifying what those best practices consist of. Therefore, in good StyleLearn fashion, here are some great worst practices with the hope enabling anyone […]

ILT Strategies

3 Solid Strategies For Smarter ILT Experiences

Instructor Led Training (ILT) is still vibrant and dominating the Learning and Development (L&D) landscape.  However, there are many reasons ILT is the worst, most inefficient and effective way to transfer knowledge and skills.  The only edge ILT has on any other learning medium is the human aspect and the ability to ask questions ad […]


We shouldn’t stop using the term “learner” unless…

Last week I read a post from JD Dillon on “Why we should stop using the term “learner” when we refer to those folks we serve through our Learning & Development (L&D) initiatives.  JD’s position on the topic clearly reflects why learning in the workplace is the best industry to be in from a vendor perspective. […]


L&D: The 3 Dimensions of Effective Learning

For most of my career in Learning & Development or L&D,  I’ve been a frustrated spectator at an individual contributor level. I would watch endless  attempts to provide effective training which merely stopped at content delivery. Not matter how I tried to influence my previous leaders, we would encounter unsurpassable barriers ranging from lack of […]