All posts by Laura Vavrek

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Weaving Design Thinking Into Project Work

This summer, Spine Crackers, the Innovative Learning Group (ILG) book club, decided to read the TD at Work publication, “Design Thinking Meets ADDIE,” by Kathy Glynn and Debra Tolsma. Admittedly, our group wasn’t only intrigued by the topic but also the manageable length (only 16 pages plus a few job aids and resource lists!) for […]

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Adapting to Adapt: Learning a New Framework for Responsive Design

An Expert’s Advice on Using Adapt for E-Learning At Innovative Learning Group, we’ve designed and developed thousands of e-learning courses using many different authoring tools and programming languages. So when requests started coming in to create e-learning using the new-to-us Adapt authoring tool and framework, an application that allows you to quickly build responsive e-learning content, […]

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Putting On My Conference Lenses: How I Plan To Maximize This Professional Development Opportunity

The home page for the Association for Talent Development International Conference & Exposition (ATD ICE) explains how this conference may help you excel as a talent development professional. As the president of the ATD Detroit chapter, however, I read this page a little differently. When contemplating whether to attend the conference this year, I wondered: […]

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From Orientation to Onboarding — It’s More Than Giving Out a Company Mug

The year was 1990-something, and it was my first day at my first professional job as a pediatric medical office receptionist. I was greeted and then given a binder of standard HR policies and procedures (to read on my own, of course), a stack of forms to fill out, a company mug, and a quick tour of my work space (the front desk). I then spent time observing my friend, who had recommended me for the position, doing basic tasks while we chatted — mainly about our personal lives. By my third shift, I was on my own.

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