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The Modern Learner WK3 #InSyncHub @blendedlrnhub

The Modern Learner: Week 3 in the InSync Blended Learning Hub

Tips And Strategies To Motivate Learners Appropriately

@hubcurator: "Why?" "What's in it for me?" This resource from eLearning Industry explores these two questions related to modern learners. What motivates our learners? According to this article, "A learner who is convinced of the value of a topic is more likely to perceive a course on the topic to be highly worthy, and subsequently pay attention to the course."

How To Use Self-Directed Learning To Train Millennials

@hubcurator: Another gem from eLearning Industry, this article shares ways to support the modern learner by understanding their unique learning behaviors, as well as ideas for how to design and deliver modern blended learning to learners who prefer more flexible and mobile training solutions. Is it just millennial learners who prefer these options?

Brainstorming Doesn’t Work–Try These Three Alternatives Instead

@hubcurator: I've included this article here to get you thinking about different ways to approach the design, development, delivery, production, and facilitation of modern blended learning. If WE are modern learners, how can we better meet our own learning needs in the work we do? I guarantee that you will learn something new here that you can take back to motivate your own team of modern learners.

Making Managers Out of Millennials

@hubcurator: This article from Allen Communications explores four characteristics of millennials, and ways to encourage them to think about the bigger picture. Important to note here are ways to consider how to best use these characteristics—in addition to those outside these main four—to bring more to your organization. How can we leverage these characteristics to benefit the blended learning space?

Lifelong Learning: Generations Need to Work Together Better

@hubcurator: This fascinating article from HR Magazine explores the future of the workplace, and attitudes towards different generations of workers. What caught my attention was, "Worryingly, we found that three-fifths of older workers believe younger colleagues have a poor perception of them, while almost half of younger workers worry older colleagues view them negatively, and just over half (57%) feel that older people are offered better pay and opportunities." We need to understand these issues to better serve this modern multi-generational workforce of learners.

The Yin and the Yang of Formal & Informal Learning

@hubcurator: The folks at A New Spring shared this performance support tool in their curated resources last week. This questionnaire gives you advice to adjust your approach to a better yin/yang of formal/informal learning specific to your learners and situation. There is also a link to an associated article that appeared in T&D magazine. These questions can help you think differently about serving modern learners with both formal and informal solutions.

Personas in eLearning

@hubcurator: This month in our Mastery Workshop, we are exploring the value of creating learner personas to guide the design, development, delivery, production, and facilitation of modern blended learning. Personas help us better understand our learners, and help us shift the focus of our blended learning solutions from content to experience.

A Virtual Crash Course in Design Thinking

@hubcurator: I thought I might spice things up in the Hub this week and share some resources on Design Thinking. This is an online version of the most frequently sought after introductory learning experiences related to design thinking. You can use these resources (video, worksheets, and facilitation tips) to work step by step through the process of hosting or participating in your own 90 minute design challenge.

Design Thinking

@hubcurator: Another design thinking resource, the folks at IDEO say it best here, "Thinking like a designer can transform the way organizations develop products, services, processes, and strategy. This approach, which IDEO calls design thinking, brings together what is desirable from a human point of view with what is technologically feasible and economically viable. It also allows people who aren’t trained as designers to use creative tools to address a vast range of challenges."