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  • "So what should I buy?"

    After presenting dozens of workshops, webinars, and L&D conferences on mobile video production in the last year, the one question turns up more than any other is: While it's our firm position at Snap Synapse that buying stuff can't solve your video problems (no amount of gear can fix a broken script, a faulty learning objective, or a bad idea!), it is still a fair question. Here are our answers for someone just starting out. You're looking at probably $120-200 total (USD) to completely transform the quality of your videos, and you don't have to spend that all at once if you go in this sequence: Start with a cheap ring light ($12). This clips to about any device, and goes right over/around

  • Here at Snap Synapse, we've always got an eye toward the future. It's one thing to meet the current learning needs and leverage the tried an true tools to do it. It's another thing altogether to anticipate both. That's why we're so pleased to be a part of this Radical Shifts in Learning event on Friday! As President of Snap Synapse, I'll be joining other luminaries such as Dr. David Metcalf, Dr. Michael Kolodziej, Julian Stodd, Megan Torrance, Dr. Ray Jimenez, Jennifer Hoffman, and Dr. Anders Gronstedt for this full-day masters series webinar. In "From Now to Next in Learning Tech" (9:30am Pacific), we'll be discussing how to differentiate what's coming vs the bright and shiny distractions that won't make

  • Ms. Important.

    The following uncomfortable conversation happens rarely, and I actually wish it happened a lot more… Ms. Important: “We just need employees to stop doing X and do Y instead. When they do X it costs time, money, and audit has a fit! Get everyone to do Y.” Me: “Okay, we’ll teach all your employees exactly how to do Y.” Ms. Important: “Yeah, that’s nice. But I need people to stop doing X. Everyone needs to do Y instead of X…every single time.” Me: “We can teach them to do Y better, and we can tell them all the reasons why it’s better than X.” Ms. Important: “Are you hearing me? I need you to train them to stop doing X! They’ve seen and done Y

  • Earlier this month, I went on the hunt to locate every English-speaking podcast about L&D that is currently being produced. Here's what I found: Image (click to iTunes) Title (click to website) Produced by (click to about) Frequency, Start Date, Alt Formats Description (from iTunes) The eLearning Coach Connie Malamed monthly 1/7/2013 also transcripted Connie Malamed, from The eLearning Coach site, shares fresh ideas and actionable tips for success with creating online and mobile learning experiences. Listen to interviews with expert designers, developers, authors and professors who provide strategies for both learning architects and educators. If you have a passion for instructional design, cognitive psychology, visual communication, social media learning, mLearning, and related topics, this podcast is for you. 5

  • Every so often, people ask us if we deliver Leadership Trainings here at Snap Synapse. My usual response never lands the gig: "As soon as someone can define what Leadership means within your organization and how you measure it, sure!" Strangely, no one ever wants to talk about that. To be honest, I don't really know why anyone would avoid the definition. I mean, if you're going to invest in something, don't you want to know what it is first? Don't you want to be able to say if it worked or not? While it might be slightly uncomfortable to lean in to the question of what Leadership actually is, the payoff should more than justify the temporary awkwardness

  • Adding Training can add knowledge, skills, and behaviors. As such, it's a great way to solve additive problems. "We need more of this!" "Do that faster!" "Do that thing better!" Training can help us do this. But the one thing that adding adding Training can never do is subtract knowledge, skills, or behaviors. Adding Training does not remove knowledge, skills, or behaviors. That's because any added information has to either fit within our existing mental model (easier) or overwrite it (harder). Anything that doesn't fit/change what we know what we already know just gets dropped. Such new information not be retained. As I've written about before, you can train all you want but learning ain't gonna happen. The point I'd

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