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Article Title: Grove Fitness Club & Spa (Overview)

Publication: Forbes Travel Guide

Summary: This article describes the state-of-the-art Grove Fitness Club & Spa, located on the fifth floor of the Grove Hotel, in the heart of downtown Boise, Idaho.

Primarily a fitness facility, Grove Fitness Club & Spa at The Grove Hotel has a very open, metropolitan feel. Upon entering, the views of downtown Boise and the nearby foothills from the fifth-floor location immediately command your attention. The sophistication of the gym’s technologically advanced, state-of-the-art equipment also seeks to impress.

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Article Title: Emilio’s (Overview)

Publication: Forbes Travel Guide

Summary: This article describes Emilio’s, the restaurant in the Grove Hotel, in the heart of downtown Boise, Idaho.

There’s no shortage of local bounty for a Boise chef to play with — Idaho trout, steak and potatoes are just a few standouts — and the open kitchen at Emilio’s prepares these locally sourced products with creative Western flair. Situated within The Grove Hotel in the center of downtown Boise — just steps from the CenturyLink Arena, Boise Centre convention facility, Basque Block and State Capitol — Emilio’s offers innovative American fine dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Article Title: Chandlers Prime Steaks and Fine Seafood (Overview)

Publication: Forbes Travel Guide

Summary: This article describes Chandlers, a popular steak and seafood restaurant in downtown Boise, Idaho.

Once seated, the live jazz complements the cozy ambiance without overpowering the conversation at your own table. The result is an intimate experience where the din of the crowd feels very much in the background, and your table’s chatter remains private yet easily heard by your dining companions. Elsewhere around the Boise restaurant, you’ll see groups celebrating a special occasion, young couples having a romantic filet mignon dinner and locals and business travelers unwinding with after-work rib-eyes.

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Article Title: The Grove Hotel (Overview)

Publication: Forbes Travel Guide

Summary: This article describes The Grove Hotel, an upscale, full-service hotel in downtown Boise, Idaho.

A standard room at The Grove Hotel feels modern and spacious. Many rooms include picturesque views overlooking the decorative Basque blocks or facing toward the state capitol building. Regardless of the vista, guests can plan to wrap themselves in luxurious bedding atop a plush pillow-top mattress when the time for sleep arrives. In addition to the typical hotel amenities, the rooms here include complimentary wireless high-speed Internet and robes for lounging.

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Hotel 43

Article Title: Hotel 43 (Overview)

Publication: Forbes Travel Guide

Summary: This article describes Hotel 43, a boutique hotel in downtown Boise, Idaho.

There’s no western kitsch here—instead you’ll find rooms with streamlined decor punched up with doses of red and charcoal, and upscale touches like high thread count luxury linens and flat-screen TVs. The onsite restaurant, Chandlers, is a local hotspot and includes a stylish martini bar where on most nights you can hear live jazz.

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Article Title: Boise, Idaho (Overview)

Publication: Forbes Travel Guide

Summary: This article introduces potential visitors to the city of Boise, describing its emerging microbrew scene, the nearby wine country, its thriving downtown, and the plethora of outdoor activities for adventurers of all ages.

Visitors unfamiliar with Boise may be surprised to learn about the city’s increasing notoriety in the microbrew scene. Receiving national recognition for its growing number of microbreweries, the city’s brewers offer an array of flavors, with a local specialty in the hoppier varieties.

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Article Title: Remember Recency?

Publication: Integrated Learnings: eLearning

Summary: Recency is the tendency to be more likely to remember information from the end of a sequence. This article describes how eLearning can harness this simple, yet powerfully effective tendency to help learners retain new skills and knowledge.

I’ve seen many eLearning lessons end with reiterating a lesson’s objectives. This seems to miss the opportunity to take advantage of the recency effect. Instead, we can end eLearning lessons in ways that prompt learners to recall important information or have a meaningful moment of insight.

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Article Title: How to Let Learners Make Mistakes in eLearning

Publication: Integrated Learnings: eLearning

Summary: Research about informal workplace learning frequently describes learning from mistakes as a typical and effective method of informal learning. This article suggests ways that eLearning can allow learners to make mistakes during training and help them learn from those experiences.

Nudge learners to assess their learning by prompting them to answer a scenario-based question. After submitting the answer, an initial round of feedback might suggest a couple of factors learners should have considered when responding, and then ask them to assess whether their responses were on the right track. Then, the training can provide an opportunity to modify their responses or continue, allowing learners to reflect on their learning and potentially recognize mistakes in their initial responses.

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Article TitleEngage Learners Emotionally in eLearning Experiences

Publication: Integrated Learnings: eLearning

Summary: What was the last book you couldn’t put down? The last movie you couldn’t stop talking about? The last song you found yourself playing repeatedly? While you may feel drawn to each of these for different reasons, chances are, you have emotional connections to them all. This article describes simple strategies for engaging learners emotionally with eLearning content.

Inspiring engagement doesn’t require an investment in high-end video production. Rather, a simple yet compelling story can help emotionally engage learners with the content, creating a motivational and memorable learning experience. These stories can also create a challenge that permeates an entire course or lesson.

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Article Title: Draft a Branching Scenario in 6 Steps

Publication: Integrated Learnings: eLearning

Summary:  Scenario-based training prompts learners to solve problems they encounter on the job, helping to ensure they are prepared to perform their jobs successfully. This article describes six simple steps for designing a branching scenario.

In a branching scenario, an eLearning slide might only provide the start of a situation. Perhaps the first segment of a conversation or an initial glimpse into a problem. Based on the information available, learners choose their next step from a few options provided. And instead of giving them feedback like “correct” or “incorrect,” their choice takes them to a slide that describes the next segment of the scenario…a segment that’s a direct consequence of the option they chose. The scenario continues like this, over a series of a few slides, until learners reach an outcome.

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