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10 Classic Interview Questions and the Best Responses

In a tight job market, where a day’s delay can mean the difference between hiring a great candidate and missing out, it can be tempting to pursue applicants primarily because they look promising on paper.

In fact, harried recruiters admit that they often cut their part of the interview process short to move potential employees along faster to frustrated hiring managers. Trying to fill positions that may have remained open for many months, managers then whiz through interviews, allowing those with strong resumes who can talk a good game to step into the empty seats. Unfortunately, such haste often leads to costly hiring mistakes when it becomes clear that the new employees lack critical skills or are a poor fit.

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Tony Lee (2017, November 27). Article: 10 Classic Interview Questions and the Best Responses. Retrieved from shrm.org

10 Facts About American Women in the Workforce

Women’s labor force participation has increased substantially in the U.S. over the second half of the 20th century, yet this growth has stagnated and reversed since 2000. Today, large gaps remain between men and women in employment rates, the jobs they hold, the wages they earn, and their overall economic security.

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Alison Burke (2017, December 5). Article: 10 Facts About American Women in the Workforce. Retrieved from brookings.edu

8 Ways A Microlearning Online Training Library Benefits Your Organization

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Have you ever heard of Microlearning? This new and innovative way to deliver impactful, straight to the point development training could be your organization’s ticket to success! Check out this article to see the benefits of incorporating microlearning content into your corporate eLearning program.

Wondering about the use of a Microlearning Online Training Library? Check 8 reasons a Microlearning Online Training Library benefits your organization.  Click here for the full article.

Johnson, A. R. (2017, October 4). Article:  8 Ways A Microlearning Online Training Library Benefits Your Organization. Retrieved from elearningindustry.com
 

Learning Never Ends

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E-book or real books? Why not both!

Today’s tip is obvious to most of you: Learning never ends. And reading is one of my favorite ways to learn.

I’m a voracious reader, and while I own a lot of eBooks (perfect for travelling), I find I prefer my non-fiction books to be real, physical books. My collection of books on learning and training design is ever increasing—because, hey, you can never have too much knowledge—or books!

When I go to learning conferences, I love to scan all the books on instructional design, research on learning and brain science, and the latest on design tools. So of course, when I see other instructional designers post their list of books I have to check them out—how many do I already have (a little validation never hurts) and (oooh shiny!), that looks like a good one, maybe I need to order that one too.

So be warned, I will be posting a few book reviews in the coming weeks, but until then, check out this list 40+ Books from an instructional designer, Christy Tucker.

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Barrier-Free Design

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One of the most important questions instructional designers need to answer when developing online courses is: Do we design barriers that create disabilities?

As we design our online courses we take care not to create barriers to learning. What if I want to review an online course while I’m on a WIFI-enabled plane but forgot my headphones? Shouldn’t I be able to disable the sound and still access and learn all the material? What if I have limited vision and have a difficult time reading that script text that you thought made the otherwise boring list look more engaging? Do these thoughtless designs create barriers for learners?

Dynamic Works is looking at their course designs with an eye toward usability for all. We are ensuring users can navigate through lessons without a mouse. Audio narration can be turned off or on, and closed captioning or text of the narrated lessons is always available. Alternate text labels describe images and graphs for screen readers and we can provide accessible PDF documents of course scripts if needed.

Along with our goal to avoid barriers, we want our courses to be easy to navigate and understand. Buttons and hyperlinks should be easy to spot and just as easy to use. We make sure to define terms and acronyms and use headings and titles for our onscreen text. When appropriate, we combine shapes with color to distinguish differences, such as a green checkmark or a red X.

Do you, or your users, have a special need? Contact Dynamic Works Institute to discuss how we can remove barriers to your learning!

3 Reasons Why You Need To Use Scenario-Based Learning For Sales Training

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Scenario-Based training has proven time and time again to produce greater customer satisfaction and an increase in sales. Check out this article to see why you need to use scenario-based learning for your sales training.

Ayesha Habeeb Omer, Ph.D – (2017, October 5). Article: 3 Reasons Why You Need To Use Scenario-Based Learning For Sales Training. Retrieved from elearningindustry.com