Powered by Learning

d'Vinci Interactive

Listen to Powered by Learning, an award-winning podcast produced by d’Vinci Interactive, to learn best practices for designing, developing, delivering, tracking and evaluating your learning and performance improvement programs. Hear learning and development leaders discuss the latest approaches to creating learning experiences that engage learners and achieve improved performance for individuals and organizations. Powered by Learning received an Award of Distinction in the Podcast/Audio category from The Communicator Awards and a Silver Davey Award for Educational Podcast. The podcast is also named to Feedspot's Top 40 L&D podcasts and Training Industry's Ultimate L&D Podcast Guide.

Using Podcasting in a Blended Learning Solution
Sep 15 2022
Using Podcasting in a Blended Learning Solution
Podcasts continue to grow in popularity with more than two million currently available. But can podcasts also work as a training tool? In this episode, PGT Innovations Digital Learning Administrator Sherri Connor shares how this leading window and door manufacturer’s podcast has become an important part of their learning and development program. Show Notes:PGT’s Sherri Connor shares how her company’s podcast trains employees, builds brand awareness, and even reaches customers. Here are some of her key points on starting a learning podcast. A training podcast can play an important part of a training program and it can complement other training modalities.Keep your learner in mind when creating podcast topics and keep the content short and easily consumable.Consider adding some learning podcasts to your LMS to better track listening and help shape future training opportunities.Every podcast producer has his or her own process, but Sherri prefers to record podcasts in bulk and then focus on editing to keep on a regular schedule of posting. Read "PGTI University releases 50th podcast episode to support dealers and businesses"Listen to PGT Innovations Clear Impact Podcast About PGT Innovations:Founded in 1980, PGT® Innovations is the nation’s leading manufacturer and supplier of residential impact-resistant windows and doors. After the devastation of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the company partnered with building officials in Miami-Dade and helped develop construction code requirements which are still among the most stringent in the nation.PGT® Innovations employs nearly 2,500 team members at its manufacturing, glass plant, and delivery fleet facilities in Venice and Ft. Myers, Florida, and sells through a network of independent distributors. The company’s total line of custom windows and doors are now sold throughout the eastern U.S. and a growing international market, including the Caribbean, South America, and Australia. Powered by Learning earned an Award of Distinction in the Podcast/Audio category from The Communicator Awards and a Silver Davey Award for Educational Podcast. The podcast is also named to Feedspot's Top 40 L&D podcasts and Training Industry’s Ultimate L&D Podcast Guide. Learn more about d'Vinci at www.dvinci.com.
Using Gamification to Engage and Inspire Employees
Aug 30 2022
Using Gamification to Engage and Inspire Employees
You may think of accounting and tax firms as working “by the books,” but when it comes to training, global accounting firm KPMG is leveraging innovative technology to engage and educate their global workforce. Vaughan O’Leary, Interactive Learning Apps Program Manager at KPMG, shares how his company’s Globerunner Cup is training team members and connecting associates around the world through gamification.  Shownotes: KPMG’s Globerunner Cup is an example of how a company can use gamification to inspire employees to invest time in training. In this podcast, Vaughan O’Leary and Jenny Kerwin offer these best practices to consider before using gamification:Make sure gamification is right for all your learners. Consider alternative approaches for learners who don’t want to participate in the game elements.Set training and business goals so you can measure the effectiveness of the gamified learning experience.Evaluate if your gamified learning will live within eLearning modules or be a part of your organization’s LMS to increase use of your training offerings.Listen to learner feedback to evolve and improve how your organization uses gamification to make the experience even more relevant and impactful.Powered by Learning earned an Award of Distinction in the Podcast/Audio category from The Communicator Awards and a Silver Davey Award for Educational Podcast. The podcast is also named to Feedspot's Top 40 L&D podcasts and Training Industry’s Ultimate L&D Podcast Guide. Learn more about d'Vinci at www.dvinci.com.
L&D Leaders Discuss Training a Hybrid Workforce
Aug 5 2022
L&D Leaders Discuss Training a Hybrid Workforce
The pandemic has forced training leaders to pivot and re-examine how best to educate their organizations. While there are challenges to training in a hybrid work environment, it also presents some real opportunities. We interviewed L&D leaders at the Training Industry Conference & Expo to learn how they are navigating training in today’s work environment.Show Notes:The learning leaders interviewed in our podcast shared the challenges and successes of training in a hybrid world. Some of the key points include the following:Engage your learners online by keeping content fresh with polls, videos, and games.Overcome “Zoom” fatigue by varying the modes and format of online training and online meetings. Breakout rooms can add variety to a large group dynamic. Use bite-size pieces of learning online to keep learners engaged and look for opportunities to maximize learning of different types when groups are together in person.Special thanks to the following guests for sharing their thoughts in our podcast.Karissa Williams, Senior Sales Trainer, Direct Auto Kathryn Kelly, Director of Engagement, SCORE Matthew Mortensen, Instructional Designer, First Energy, First EnergyMichelle Thill, Manager of Training and Development, DaVita Kidney CareAaron Roseum, Learning Architect, Cleveland-CliffsJennifer Recla, Director of Organizational Learning and Development, Colorado AccessDavida O’Brien, Tourism Standards and Training Manager, Bermuda Tourism AuthorityRelated podcasts:  L&D Trends from TICE and L&D Leaders Share Views on Today's Training Industry Powered by Learning earned an Award of Distinction in the Podcast/Audio category from The Communicator Awards and a Silver Davey Award for Educational Podcast. The podcast is also named to Feedspot's Top 40 L&D podcasts and Training Industry’s Ultimate L&D Podcast Guide. Learn more about d'Vinci at www.dvinci.com.
L&D Leaders Share Views on Today's Training Industry
Jul 22 2022
L&D Leaders Share Views on Today's Training Industry
While learning leaders have different training goals and educate various audiences, they share common challenges to engage learners and get results. We spoke to attendees at the Training Industry Conference & Expo (TICE) to hear about their greatest challenges and successes.  Show Notes: The L&D leaders featured in this episode shared issues and solutions related to understanding the ROI of training, finding enough time for training, and aligning training with business goals. Some of their key takeaways include the following:Measurement should not be an afterthought in training. Think about how you’re going to measure results as you develop a course.Set expectations with leadership. If you say the training will take a week, it should take a week and you should be able to identify results. The C-Suite wants to see return on investment and you want to be able to provide that.Consider creating a learning toolkit to support managers so they can help team members continue the learning after the training is over.Using training tools, such as a podcast, can help break through the clutter and engage learners to get results. Special thanks to the following learning leaders who appeared on our podcast:Loren Sanders, Sr. Manager Enterprise Learning and Development, CVS HealthMatthew Mortensen, Instructional Designer, First EnergyJennifer Recla, Director of Organizational Learning and Development, Colorado AccessSherry Connor, Digital Learning Administrator, PGT InnovationsPamela King, CPTM, Technical Training Specialist, Broward CountyYvette Francis, Director of Learning Design, Boys and Girls Clubs of AmericaMichelle Thill, Manager of Training and Development, DaVita Kidney CareComing up: We’ll hear from TICE attendees about training in a hybrid environment on our next episode!Related podcast:  L&D Trends from TICEPowered by Learning earned an Award of Distinction in the Podcast/Audio category from The Communicator Awards and a Silver Davey Award for Educational Podcast. The podcast is also named to Feedspot's Top 40 L&D podcasts and Training Industry’s Ultimate L&D Podcast Guide. Learn more about d'Vinci at www.dvinci.com.
Upskilling Your Workforce to Reach Business Goals
Jul 8 2022
Upskilling Your Workforce to Reach Business Goals
Retaining talented team members is a critical part of any company’s long-term success. At The Hershey Company, they’re taking strategic steps and leveraging technology to skill their workforce for the future. Leanna Meiser, Director, Enterprise Learning & Organizational Change Management discusses how L&D leaders can shift their thinking from “learning” to “skilling” their workforce. Show Notes:Leanna Meiser discusses how companies can grow their talent pipeline by not only seeking fresh talent, but by developing the skills of existing team members. She offered these and other key takeaways.There’s a difference between learning and skilling. Skilling sees behavior-changing outcomes, setting the employee up for professional growth. The talent supply shortage is real for most companies, so the need to engage and retain a workforce is critical. Deep, functional skill building of existing employees is part of the solution to talent supply. Great onboarding and ongoing learning across the enterprise play a vital role in setting team members up for success. Consider new technologies, when appropriate, to help upskill team members with meaningful experiences to grow their careers.Learn more about d'Vinci's ecoLearn® mentioned in this episode.  Powered by Learning earned an Award of Distinction in the Podcast/Audio category from The Communicator Awards and a Silver Davey Award for Educational Podcast. The podcast is also named to Feedspot's Top 40 L&D podcasts and Training Industry’s Ultimate L&D Podcast Guide. Learn more about d'Vinci at www.dvinci.com.
L & D Trends from TICE
Jun 28 2022
L & D Trends from TICE
At the recent Training Industry Conference & Expo (TICE) in Raleigh, N.C., more than 400 learning leaders reunited to talk about the state of the training industry and discuss best practices for L&D.  d'Vinci President Mason Scuderi was at the conference and shares his quick takeaways. Show Notes:Mason Scuderi provides insights from the conference keynotes and sessions including these key points.Out of 350 companies surveyed by Training Industry, a majority reported a plan to increase training budgets. Most companies shared that the biggest training priorities are around compliance, learning experience, DE&I, leadership effectiveness, and hybrid learning.While the need for C-Suite buy-in still remains, companies surveyed reported a shift in thinking as training has more of a seat at the table. Training and development can play a huge role in employee engagement, wellness, and retention, which in turn, helps offset the great need for talent recruitment. Coming up! We interviewed TICE attendees at the conference about the latest trends and challenges they're facing. Listen for their insights on a future episode of Powered by Learning!Read Mason's article on TrainingIndustry.com - "Purchase With Confidence: The Ultimate Guide to Learning Experience Technologies"Powered by Learning earned an Award of Distinction in the Podcast/Audio category from The Communicator Awards and a Silver Davey Award for Educational Podcast. The podcast is also named to Feedspot's Top 40 L&D podcasts and Training Industry’s Ultimate L&D Podcast Guide. Learn more about d'Vinci at www.dvinci.com.
Integrating Gamification into the Learning Experience
Jun 14 2022
Integrating Gamification into the Learning Experience
Gamification can create engaging learning experiences that increase learning and retention. Intel’s Learning & Development Consultant Usha Chazhiyat shares best practices for any organization looking to integrate gamification into the learning experience. Show Notes:Intel’s Usha Chazhiyat has develop a recipe for successfully using gamification to engage and educate learners. She offers advice on how to get started and build on learning solutions that leverage technology to teach.Start using gamification in a small pilot project to see what works with your learners before incorporating into more eLearning.Use a variety of gaming techniques such as trivia games, to more complex scenario-based experiences.Try to create new learning experiences using previous templates when developing new courses with gamification. Consider a variety of gamification approaches to meet the different educational needs of your learners.About Usha Chazhiyat:Usha Chazhiyat is the learning innovation strategist for Intel Corporation and is passionate about utilizing technology and immersive methodologies to build engaging and effective learning experiences for adult learners. Usha is a former software engineer turned learning leader and has many achievements in leading organizational efforts in learning at Intel to adopt engaging learning trends including gamified learning. She has 16 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies like Intel Corporation and Hewlett Packard in building expertise through people management, project management and software engineering.Learn more about Karl Kapp’s book mentioned in this episode. The Gamification of Learning and Instruction Fieldbook: Ideas into Practice Learn more about using Articulate Storyline 360 mentioned by Usha as a gamification development tool. See how we partner with Sandy Hook Promise.Explore adult and K12 educational outreach on SandyHookPromise.org Powered by Learning earned an Award of Distinction in the Podcast/Audio category from The Communicator Awards and a Silver Davey Award for Educational Podcast. The podcast is also named to Feedspot's Top 40 L&D podcasts and Training Industry’s Ultimate L&D Podcast Guide. Learn more about d'Vinci at www.dvinci.com.
Increasing Adult Learner Engagement Using K-12 Educational Strategies
Apr 18 2022
Increasing Adult Learner Engagement Using K-12 Educational Strategies
Engaging adult learners can start with lessons learned years ago in the classroom. In this Powered by Learning episode, teacher-turned L&D professional Maggie Layfield shares how to use K-12 teaching strategies to engage adult learners, create meaningful assessments, and increase retention.  SHOW NOTES: Maggie Layfield of NetSupport shared her passion for using K12 learning approaches with adult learners. Her key takeaways include:All students will be in the workforce someday soon. It makes sense we should adopt successful K-12 classroom strategies in the corporate environment.Think back to the best teachers you ever had and some words for them such as caring, patience, passion. These traits connect back to engagement in the classroom and can translate into educating adults. You can increase employee engagement and performance through modern instructional best practices built on foundations of K-12 learning. Set the right expectations with learners so they understand what they are learning and why they are learning it. Read more:  Using K-12 Teaching Strategies to Boost Employee EngagementPowered by Learning earned an Award of Distinction in the Podcast/Audio category from The Communicator Awards and a Silver Davey Award for Educational Podcast. The podcast is also named to Feedspot's Top 40 L&D podcasts and Training Industry’s Ultimate L&D Podcast Guide. Learn more about d'Vinci at www.dvinci.com.
Instructional Design that Taps into Learner Motivation
Mar 28 2022
Instructional Design that Taps into Learner Motivation
It’s not often that we talk to someone who invented a fresh approach to instructional design. In this Powered by Learning episode, Catherine Mattiske, managing director at Inner Genius, shares how her ID9 intelligent design approach delivers results. Show Notes:In her interview, author, speaker and L&D professional Catherine Mattiske shares practical takeaways and inspirational ideas to shape your next learning solution. If people don't apply their learning if they don't take action, if their learning transfer doesn't happen, then learning has not taken place.When you get the instructional design right and focus on the learner, you will see learning outcomes that improve performance. Start with observable learning objectives based on Bloom's taxonomy and when you get those objectives right, make a plan to measure them.Remember that it’s not your course, it’s the learners’ course. Don’t rely on your personal preferences and always keep the learner top of mind. Learn about ID9® Intelligent Design Follow Catherine Mattiske:LinkedIn Facebook Instagram Twitter Learn more about Inner GeniusRead: Unlock Inner Genius: Power Your Path to Extraordinary SuccessRead: ecoLearn® LMS Chosen for PA Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs Powered by Learning earned an Award of Distinction in the Podcast/Audio category from The Communicator Awards and a Silver Davey Award for Educational Podcast. The podcast is also named to Feedspot's Top 40 L&D podcasts and Training Industry’s Ultimate L&D Podcast Guide. Learn more about d'Vinci at www.dvinci.com.
Designing a Learning Journey in a Hybrid Work Environment
Mar 17 2022
Designing a Learning Journey in a Hybrid Work Environment
After two years of almost exclusively online learning, L&D leaders are navigating the new normal in training and figuring out how to maximize the blend of online and in-person learning. According to Learning Consultant Ian Townley, the learning journey exists now in multiple locations. In this episode, we discuss where learning goes from here and how best to transfer learning to improved performance.Show Notes:Practical Training Transfer is a global company that helps translate learning into behavior and results. Co-founder Ian Townley shares his thoughts from years of research on learning transfer and retention. Some of his key takeaways include the following:Viewing learning as a journey and integrate learning experiences based on learning location and over time.To get the most value out of in-person experiences, include the types of activities that can be done best in-person, like role playing, and offer virtual learning experiences that can best be done remotely and asynchronously.Focus instructional design investments on the learning that drives business rather than “nice-to-know” training.Additional Information:Learn more about Practical Training TransferRead Learning Design Consideration for the Hybrid Working Environment, by Ian TownleyConnect with Ian TownleyResources mentioned in this podcast:Promoteint.comRehearsal.comLearn more about PHRP Online Training, mentioned in this podcast. Powered by Learning earned an Award of Distinction in the Podcast/Audio category from The Communicator Awards and a Silver Davey Award for Educational Podcast. The podcast is also named to Feedspot's Top 40 L&D podcasts and Training Industry’s Ultimate L&D Podcast Guide. Learn more about d'Vinci at www.dvinci.com.
Building Competence and Confidence through Learning
Mar 7 2022
Building Competence and Confidence through Learning
Even before the pandemic forced learning leaders to rethink their training programs, Constellation Brands, maker of many leading wine, beer, and spirits, was pivoting to ensure learners were set up for success. In this Powered by Learning episode,  d'Vinci client Maggie Romanovich of Constellation Brands, talks with our Client Solutions Consultant Angeline Evans about the changes they’ve made to impact learner engagement, retention, and the bottom line. Show Notes:Director of Learning & Development, Wine & Spirits at Constellation Brands Maggie Romanovich shares how L&D continues to evolve and grow to make training relevant and impactful for every individual. Some of her key takeaways include: Remember that confidence and competency should work together in lockstep. Give people an opportunity to imagine how they’re going to use what they’re learning now in their actual job tomorrow. Don’t put people through unnecessary learning. Seek out opportunities to use learning to set team members up for success. Your learners are your most important stakeholders. Find champions to help gain buy in for learning.  Learn more about ecoLearn® LMS Read Level Set and Level Up: A Learner-Centric Approach to Training in a Virtual Environment by Angeline Evans with Maggie Romanovich, Constellation BrandsPowered by Learning earned an Award of Distinction in the Podcast/Audio category from The Communicator Awards and a Silver Davey Award for Educational Podcast. The podcast is also named to Feedspot's Top 40 L&D podcasts and Training Industry’s Ultimate L&D Podcast Guide. Learn more about d'Vinci at www.dvinci.com.
Growing Your Business Acumen (and Your Impact)
Jan 11 2022
Growing Your Business Acumen (and Your Impact)
In order for learning leaders to be true strategic business leaders, they must know how training works with marketing, sales, IT and other areas of an organization. Ajay Pangarkar, a partner at CentralKnowledge, a leading workforce performance consultancy, provides thought-provoking insights about how L&D leaders can improve organizational performance and achieve targeted business and operational objectives.Show Notes:Ajay Pangarkar delivers good advice to re-center learning leaders and focus them on getting results. He offers many suggestions including:L&D, like other functions must focus on delivering solutions that improve the organization’s performance.Be active in uncovering performance issues that learning solutions can positively impact rather than just taking orders to develop training programs.Use defined performance objectives to evaluate training investments instead of trying to prove a true return on investment.Try to use technology to deliver learning and support at the point of performance which is where and when people need it the most.Gain more insights from Ajay Panjarkar.Ajay Pangarkar LinkedIn Learning CoursesAjay Pangarkar elearning Industry Library of Articles About CentralKnoledge:CentralKnowledge is a leading workforce performance consultancy that develop and deliver learning solutions contributing to improving organizational performance and achieving targeted business and operational objectives. Under Ajay’s guidance, the team leverages leading technologies by developing real-time learning opportunities to ensure improved employee performance. Their unique consultative approach guides learning leaders through the selection and implementation of innovative learning approaches, on-demand e-learning solutions, and award-winning assessment strategies.Read about our work for Quest Diagnostics, mentioned in this podcast. Powered by Learning earned an Award of Distinction in the Podcast/Audio category from The Communicator Awards and a Silver Davey Award for Educational Podcast. The podcast is also named to Feedspot's Top 40 L&D podcasts.Learn more about d'Vinci at www.dvinci.com.
Say I Do to the Art of Learning
Nov 30 2021
Say I Do to the Art of Learning
Learning leaders are often focused on content in training solutions but sometimes do not put the same emphasis on how the course is designed. In this episode of Powered by Learning, d’Vinci Learning Solutions Director Jenny Fedullo and Visual Design Director Melissa Wimbish explain how to marry art and science to create impactful learning experiences.Show Notes:In order to motivate a learner, you have to get their attention. Grab their attention, and keep their attention. One way we do that is through visual design. The first step is often to brainstorm about the learning solutions project. When you're brainstorming, the idea should be generated freely by all individuals within the group. Keep in mind that every idea matters.Use a learning solutions creative brief to align on the project’s goals before discussing your design. The information captured in the brief will guide design principles at the same time that you create the learning content. Typography and color are really a key step when you're establishing that visual hierarchy of content. They're used to complement the brand. They're extremely important for not only word emphasis but also visual design direction for the user.Integrating impactful design doesn’t have to break the budget. Depending on your learners and the objectives of your course, you can scale design to meet their needs and stay on budget. Download our Learning Solutions Creative Brief template to drive better results with your next project.Watch this short video to see how d'Vinci can help you revolutionize learning experiences.Learn more about d'Vinci at www.dvinci.com.