Our industry is constantly changing, and 2016 was no exception. Among the many different techniques and types of learning solutions for adults, what once were emerging trends have become integrated into our offerings, while new trends have been generated that offer enormous potential. At SweetRush, well, we love to share. It’s important to spread our knowledge as best we can to our peers, friends, and colleagues in the industry. It’s in our DNA and part of our culture, and we write learning articles and create conference and webinar presentations with the intention of inspiring you—and ourselves!—to new levels of engagement and effectiveness.
To begin the year motivated and inspired, we want to share with you our top 16 learning articles published on our website, on elearningindustry.com, in Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, and in Training Industry Magazine. Gamification, mobile learning, talent management, and eLearning were all important topics for which we shared best practices, tips, and some secrets to success!
Here’s a summary of our top 16 learning articles. Choose your favorites, click through, and enjoy!
For learning and development professionals creating custom content and blended learning solutions…
Our core business is the development of custom content and the creation of engaging, effective, award-winning solutions to our clients’ business challenges. Here are some of the learning articles and posts we published this year related to custom content.
How to get buy-in for your eLearning solution
If you need financial and human resources to develop the learning solutions that you need, follow these six recommendations from Erin Krebs, our Director of Client Solutions. Great insights!
Read more: Show Me The Money. Building a rock-solid business case for eLearning
Choosing the right tool for mobile learning solutions
The market has exploded with authoring tools designed for mobile learning solutions. Solution Architect Lauren Granahan breaks down the key considerations for choosing the right tool for your needs.
Mobile learning tips and tricks
A roundup of our best tips, tricks, and resources—a one-stop shop for mobile learning!
Read more: 9 Must-Read Articles About Mobile Learning
Gamification examples and techniques
From great articles written by our experts, we collected the best info on gamification examples and techniques.
The tricky path of writing soft skills learning objectives
Instructional designers, learn from Clare Dygert, our Manager of Instructional Design, to understand the key points before, during, and after writing your soft skills learning objectives.
Read more: How To Write Soft Skills Learning Objectives
Mitigating hidden bias in instructional design and delivery
Hidden or unconscious bias is a hot topic within recruiting and management, but we haven’t heard a lot about how it affects training. Yet for training to be effective, it needs to be inclusive and to avoid “turning off” some or all of your audience. If you are creating a learning solution, learn how to avoid the hidden bias and facilitate true change.
Read more: Hidden Forces, Unconscious Bias in Learning
And let’s not forget…a look back at our predictions for 2016 instructional design trends
At the beginning of 2016, we published our picks for instructional design trends of the year. Be sure to follow our social media, because soon we will publish our predictions for trends in 2017!
Read more: 2016 Instructional Design Trends Compass: Experiences, Ecosystems, Evaluations. Oh My!
For learning and development professionals who hire temporary talent to augment their teams…
SweetRush’s other important offering is staffing temporary talent to support learning and development. We help our clients build the right teams and get the right temporary help because we do this work for ourselves! In 2016, we offered some great advice for professionals seeking temporary team members.
eBook: Interviewing best practices for temporary talent!
Last year, we launched a new ebook for learning and development professionals. If you have not downloaded it yet, don’t wait another second! Learn from our experts how to make the right hiring decision for temporary talent.
Use samples to choose the right fit
Be sure to hire the perfect talent by using samples and tests during the interviewing process to assess skills.
Read more: How To Audition Temporary Learning And Development Talent
What questions should temporary learning and development talent be able to answer?
If you need to fill a position with temporary talent, be sure to ask the five interview questions this article highlights and think about what answers you are looking for to find the right fit.
Read more: 5 Top Interview Questions For Temporary Learning And Development Talent
To partner or not to partner?
If the new year brings you the challenge of hiring new talent for a temporary position, this blog post is the read you need to decide whether to go DIY or use a staffing vendor.
Read more: Recruiting Temporary Learning and Development Talent: DIY or Staffing Vendor—What Makes Sense?
End the war for talent!
Do your recruiting efforts feel like a fight for the best talent? If yes, think about changing your strategy. Become a company where employees want to stay, with a vibrant culture and opportunities for growth and advancement. Let’s wage peace in 2017!
Read more: The War for Talent Is Over (If You Want It)
If you’re interested in culture and values…
Respect, caring, fairness, and commitment are strong values in the SweetRush culture. We created these posts and articles in 2016 to share some of our lessons learned with professionals who are interested in shaping their business through culture and values.
Millennials—and how to speak to them
A challenge facing many industries is attracting and retaining Millennial talent. In this in-depth article, our CEO, Andrei Hedstrom, illuminates the importance of developing a values-based culture to retain and foster the best and the brightest of this generation.
Read more: Values-based Culture as a Critical Attractor for Millennials
Our secrets for successful relationships with our clients
Having the opportunity to work with the same clients year after year is a source of pride for all of us at SweetRush. This post, featuring contributions from our project managers, offers some reasons why we inspire confidence in our clients.
How we focus on fairness in our service-based business
Procedural justice is more than a legal concept. When it’s used in the workplace, it is exemplified by one word: fairness. Learn how we apply this concept at SweetRush to create a culture of respect and excellent client experiences.
Read more: Procedural Justice in a Service-Based Business
And finally, if productivity is a focus for you in 2017…
Productivity and effectiveness are popular topics at SweetRush. In 2016, we sponsored internal webinars on time management and email organization. We share tools and tips for productivity with our external community too! From time to time, we get inspired to share a tool review, like the one below from our Director of Engineering, Misha Milshtein.
Password managers rule!
If one of your goals for this year is to be more organized, consider implementing a password manager. After reading this blog, you will understand why password managers are important and how using one can improve your daily work and help you be more efficient!
Read more: Password Managers – Why I Am Using LastPass
Thanks for taking a look at our top learning and development blog posts, articles, and eBooks for 2016. Wishing you a very happy, productive, and outstanding 2017!
We’re gearing up to publish more great learning articles this year, on topics such as 2017 trends, gamification and mobile learning, hiring temporary talent, and culture and values.