Let me tell you about a new program I’m offering. It’s called the Researcher in Residence Program.

It’s a 3-4 day program designed for companies or departments who have a bunch of instructional designers, developers, and/or trainers.

I come to visit. It’s part learning opportunity, part consulting engagement. Although the schedule can be customized, it might typically moves forward as follows:

Day 1: Workshop on the world’s preeminent learning research, led by me. Interactive. Challenging. Thought-provoking.

Day 2: Review of client programs and projects, with feedback from me. With sharing. With learning for me and for client.

Day 3: Special topics. Overall analysis of client strengths and blind spots. Client-led analysis and review. Review of key concepts. Action planning. Setting challenge agenda for client.

Day 4: Client leadership discussion. After-engagement planning.

Companies can choose to have me conduct learning audits to augment the experience. Such learning audits enable me to do in-depth reviews of the client’s learning programs before I arrive. This obviously costs more, but it’s helpful because it enables the discussions to go deeper.

I recently finished two Researcher in Residence Programs at two wonderful custom e-learning companies, Allen Interactions and Type A Learning Agency. If all e-learning was developed by folks like these, effectiveness would double or triple.

Although these were the first run-throughs for the Researcher in Residence Programs, they seemed to go very well. The Type A folks were so thrilled they posted a press release about the program and Michael Allen (Allen’s CEO and industry-leading e-learning guru) called the program "a very beneficial exercise" in his monthly ezine column.

If you’d like to explore the possibility of bringing the Researcher-in-Residence Program to your organization, email me or call me directly at 617-718-0067.

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