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Article Title: Building eLearning Scenarios in Working Sessions with SMEs

Publication: Integrated Learnings: eLearning

Summary: Many instructional designers attempt to write training scenarios independently, based on their knowledge of the client’s needs. While sometimes this can work, scenarios written in this way often lack the details to realistically simulate workplace situations. This article explains how collaborating with subject matter experts (SMEs) helps instructional designers create robust scenarios for training. The article also includes a short case study that illustrates how this collaboration can occur.

From your analysis efforts at the start of the project, you likely have a sense of how a particular scenario should be structured and what skills it should prompt learners to exercise. You might even know which situations to base the scenarios on. You probably know enough to build a basic structure, but you need the help of a SME to fill in blanks with realistic details.

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Article Title: Develop Yourself in Addition to Training

Publication: Integrated Learnings: eLearning

Summary: Though instructional designers make a living by helping organizations develop their people, many struggle to find opportunities to develop themselves. This article describes five sources of professional development opportunities, including specific examples and resources for getting started.

Online networks offer an outlet for following industry trends and generating discussion around your areas of interest. Get links to recent articles from training professionals and organizations on Twitter. Participate in #lrnchat on Twitter on Thursdays for a lively exchange of ideas with others engaged in the field. Pose questions on relevant LinkedIn discussion groups to get advice for your training projects.

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An article I wrote about networking last month – I Attended a Networking Event…Now What? – first appeared on Under30CEO.com. Under30CEO offers business resources and advice to Gen Y entrepreneurs.

Earlier this month, it was reposted by the Do It In Person site. Reposted with permission from me and the nice folks at Under30CEO, of course. Do It In Person exists to remind people that despite technology’s superb ability to connect people, in-person interactions is still a valuable component in building strong relationships.

It’s gratifying to see the article passed around and shared with an additional audience!

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Article Title: I Attended a Networking Event…Now What?

Publication: Under30CEO

Summary: Networking is one of the most effective sources of business leads. In fact, I’ve met several successful small business owners who invest little in advertising beyond attending networking events. But simply attending an event and introducing yourself to a few people isn’t enough. To reap the benefits of networking, you must follow up with new contacts and maintain relationships. This article offers five simple suggestions for staying in touch with the people you meet.

Send an interesting article, based on what you know about a contact’s business needs, industry trends, or other interests. This can effectively position you as a valuable resource and give you something to discuss the next time you’re in touch. It works especially well if the article addresses something you two discussed when you initially met or if it indirectly promotes something your business offers.

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