Your Greatest Work Blog

Successful Courses Have These Three Things In Common Oct 04, 2021

Manja continues Season 2 of Your Greatest Work with a discussion of course successes and ways you can implement these features of success in your own course.

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What makes a course or program successful?

Think about a course you've participated in that worked for you. You sat down and started...

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What makes a course disengaging? Sep 28, 2021

Manja opens Season 2 of Your Greatest Work with a discussion of course fails or ways that courses become disengaging — and what you can do to fix this in y our own course.

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We've all been there: bored out of our minds by a course, program, or class. It's awful. No one enjoyed disengaging...

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Neuroscience Says Emotion Helps Learning Retention Jul 27, 2021

Manja interviews Bogden Manta about using neuroscience to more effectively build awareness in learners. This is a highly intelligent and applicable episode if you want to hear the full discussion

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Course creators. It's important for you to recognize that the process of change starts with...

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Hard Skills Demand Deliberate Practice Jul 22, 2021

Course creators, listen up. There are really cool ways to get participants to practice super hard skills. Getting people to practice in an asynchronous course requires ingenuity. Manja and Doug recently talked about how to create these deliberate practice opportunities. Listen to the whole...

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Stop Making Theoretical Learning Jul 02, 2021

Create experiential learning. Stop lecturing at people with theoretical concepts.

Unless you've got skin in the game, got boots-on-the-ground, got your hands dirty, or whatever you want to call it, it’s not possible for you to truly understand how to do something. This is essential in...

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You're Responsible for Learning Results, Not Just Your Audience Jun 28, 2021

Have you ever let the fear of failure or perfectionism hold you back from something? Most people feel this way at some point in their life. But entrepreneurs know that you can't always wait until the thing is perfect. You have to move fast and make adjustments as you go.

But, fear of getting it...

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7 Ways To Deliver Content Online Feb 16, 2021

You've decided to create online learning; the next step to creating a learn-able virtual program focuses on structuring your content.

These strategies all involve following the Principles of Adult Learning, a topic I've written about more extensively in this blog post.

The key to applying...

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6 Ways People Can Learn Online Dec 08, 2020

Let's address the elephant, the question so many of us are asking ourselves quietly:

Can people actually learn when they're being taught online? Does this work? Is it realistic? Or are we all just wasting our efforts?

Yes, I just asked the un-askable question. The question that students,...

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5 Ways To Get People to Finish Courses Nov 06, 2020

Worst case scenario: You review course analytics and only 2% of people have completed your course all the way through. How annoying is that? The goal is to get people to buy your course and finish it so they can get results, right?

Want to improve that metric on your current course and especially...

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Top 6 Adult Learning Principles to Boost Your Training Sep 21, 2020

Before I was a corporate instructional designer and entrepreneur, I was a violin teacher. Since I was in high school, I taught little kids, teenagers, middle-aged women, and a few old men how to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Irish fiddle tunes. It was a lot of fun, and a lot of work!

After...

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