Professional Development

Happy Holidays!

As 2016 comes to a close Designed:2:Learn and the Learning and Professional Development team would like to wish you a Happy Holiday and thank you for being apart of our blog and being an avid reader. We enjoy writing for you and keeping you all up to date on Instructional Design material. We are taking a short break for the …

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Three tips to get the most out of a convention

Convention are something I look forward to all year. It is a time to see old faces and catch up with colleges and friends in my industry. I think they can be a wonderful tool to help teams grow and develop. I have been attending them in one form or another for over a decade and this time around I …

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How to Manage Projects in a Team Environment Successfully

As Instructional Designers, our workload looks a bit different than the average person. We tend to work project by project, and if you’re anything like this team, you work on multiple projects at once. Sometimes it can get confusing and overwhelming – not to mention a little chaotic with multiple people on one team! In order to successfully manage your …

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Inspirational Nugget: Analyze Yourself

self_reflection

Hey everyone, it’s time for another Inspirational Nugget. I’ve been participating in some great professional development classes and watching lots of TED Talks lately, so I have been doing more introspection than normal. I know how easy it is to get wrapped up in the daily grind, both at work and at home, and I know how easy it is …

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Self Improvement

Man jumping up bar graph

Every year about this time at work. I have the privilege to sit down with my team members and do performance appraisals and set new goals for the year. It’s a time when we look back on all the things we have accomplished and laugh at all the bloopers we made. It’s also a time to reflect on what things …

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5 things managers should know

Work in team

For several years now I have been privileged to sit on a panel as a manager for aspiring leaders here at Northern Arizona University. On this panel is a group of managers at the University who, on the last day of the class, meet with the students and answer questions about being a manager. During this meeting there are always …

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Building an Effective Team in the Workplace

Successful teams are cohesive because team members work cooperatively, sharing common goals as well as the resources to achieve them. They are productive, not because team members never disagree, but because they have worked out ways to resolve conflicts when they occur. They are efficient because tasks are assigned in a way that takes into account each member’s skills and …

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Staying Current: How

Last month I wrote about Staying Current: Why It’s important. This time around, I want to touch on HOW to stay current. Blogs: One of the best ways to stay current in your field is subscribing to blogs related to your field. This will give you a vast variety of different changes, viewpoints and ideas of what’s coming next. Maybe …

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