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Cinecraft’s COVID Video Shooting Protocol

By Dan Keckan published May 23, 2020

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Our safety procedures for all video shoots to keep crew, clients and talent safe from exposure to COVID-19.

“The show must go on,” as they say. We care deeply for the safety and security of all staff, clients and vendors that we do business with, as well as the community at-large. Therefore, at this time, Cinecraft will not fully open it’s doors for work inside of our building until there is a vaccine and/or therapy solution to COVID-19. However, all creative custom learning design and development is being done remotely except for video shooting. We are now conducting video shoots inside Cinecraft’s studio and on-location, as long as all participants agree to the following protocol. This protocol is reflective of the Center for Disease Control guidelines as of May 23, 2020. If any video shoot participant does not agree to these safety procedures, unfortunately, the show can’t go on.

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No Travel: Now is the Time to Create Effective Virtual Learning Experiences

By Dan Keckan published October 9, 2020

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Many organizations have been forced to rapidly provide Virtual Instructor-Led Training. Hit the ground running with these tips for turning your classroom courses into effective and engaging virtual learning experiences without sacrificing quality.

Tips For Creating Virtual Learning Experiences

These are unique and challenging times for all of us. With the added pressures due to COVID-19 restrictions, getting your people the information and training they need may seem daunting. The fortunate companies have robust Learning and Development (L&D) departments to help with the transition to virtual training. However, many companies do not have that luxury, and L&D departments may not have the bandwidth to respond to every piece of knowledge transfer required. We do not know how long these restrictions will last, but learning must continue. The following are simple steps—from development to facilitation—to help you create an effective and engaging virtual learning experience and to avoid a virtual brain dump.

For generalized content, before you create anything, check if there is an off-the-shelf option available to save you time and money. Some resources are LinkedIn Learning, Pryor Learning, Kantola Training Solutions, Percipio or BizLibrary.

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5 Questions Before Making Your Courses Mobile Friendly

By Dan Keckan published

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Making courses mobile-friendly can be quite easy if you know the right questions to ask. This article will walk you through a 5-question process to analyze your courses and determine if a mobile solution is right for you.

Before Converting To Mobile, Ask These 5 Questions

Sara is feeling overwhelmed. Her director asked her to convert four existing courses and make them mobile-friendly. Sara thinks it’s a great idea, but she’s not sure all of them can be easily converted. Sara asks her director for a few days to review the following courses to determine the time, costs, and potential issues of converting them. The courses she will need to review are:

  • Forklift Safety: forklift operation safety procedures course
  • Payroll Basics: payroll software simulation course
  • Sales Techniques: product line sales course
  • Management 101: blended learning leadership course

Have you encountered the request to convert your courses to be mobile-friendly yet? Converting courses to work on mobile devices is not as simple as pressing a button. You must consider the value of being mobile-friendly. Are the time, costs, and impact on the learners’ accessibility worth the effort? This article provides 5 questions to help you evaluate if redeveloping your courses for mobile is the right solution.

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Day One Readiness: Onboard Employees for a Productive First Day

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Onboarding is a critical first step in a new employee’s career with your company. Ensure their success by aligning your program objectives with business goals, focusing on employee needs, and prioritizing your content for Day One Readiness.

Ask These Questions To Ensure Day One Success

Your new hires have just wrapped up their onboarding. Are they ready for their first day on the job? Can they demonstrate essential skills, knowledge, and behaviors for their roles? If your answer is “no” or “maybe,” then it’s time to take a close look at your onboarding program.

What does your onboarding program look like? Do you welcome new employees by giving them a quick tour, filling out some paperwork, watching a long benefits video, and then sending them off to complete compliance training? When do they start learning the tasks and processes essential to their role? How do you make them feel welcome and reaffirm their decision to join your company?

Day One is the first day after onboarding when the employee is expected to do their job as close to the same level as other employees as possible.

We call this “Day One Readiness.”

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Before You Convert ILT to eLearning Do These 6 Things

By Dan Keckan published October 8, 2020

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Creating quick and effective online training from your classroom content has lots of pitfalls. Classroom and eLearning are not “one and the same.” So follow these 6 steps for a smooth conversion process.

Convert ILT to eLearning

We are all adapting to a strange new world. Our teams are scattered and remotely working. We’ve shifted to virtual everything, from meetings to happy hours. The new business-norm is anything but normal. Our existing Instructor-Led Training (ILT) is collecting dust on the shelf and the learning centers are dark. Yet now is the greatest time to upskill employees. People are finding themselves with more time to dedicate to improve and expand their skills. How can your company take advantage of this unique opportunity quickly, yet effectively? Pulling from my 20 years of experience, the following are 6 actions to take when repurposing your ILT materials to eLearning. This is not a step-by-step process. These are actions that need to work in tandem to create your online experience.

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Choose the Right Modalities for Your Blended Learning Strategy

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Are you trying to decide which modalities or delivery methods to use in your blended learning strategy? This article will help you choose the ones that work together seamlessly to meet your learning objectives and engage every learner.

Modality Ideas For Blended Learning

Many Instructional Designers have found that using only one modality or delivery method for a project isn’t effective. People have different learning preferences and it’s not as simple as “Cara prefers visual content, and Jose prefers hands-on practice.” The truth is: learners’ preferences change depending on the information or task they’re learning. How can you meet everyone’s needs, achieve objectives, and stay within budget? Savy Instructional Designers have turned to blended learning because it offers a more efficient learning experience and increased learner engagement, which leads to improved learner performance and measurable results.

If designed properly, blended learning is focused on giving learners more autonomy in how and when they are trained rather than following a strict schedule of activities. Blended learning is flexible, allowing the designer to revise and customize all or parts of the training as needed. Lastly, blended learning is more than just adding technology to classroom training. It builds a seamless learning experience using a variety of delivery methods to offer personalized training that helps them achieve learning objectives and business goals efficiently.

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