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What is the Johnson Amendment, and why is it controversial?

Note: This is from an article I wrote in 2018.

The Johnson Amendment has been in the news again this week and has been for the last few years. One of President Trump's campaign promises was to repeal it, specifically for churches. However, it is still in effect. What exactly is this law that so few have heard of, and why have people been deabing it for decades?

The Johnson Amendment is named after Lyndon Johnson, who introduced it to the Senate during his 1954 re-election campaign for senator.

Measuring Microlearning Mastery: Metrics that Matter

This is the seventh post in our series about microlearning.

Training methods in business are rapidly evolving, and microlearning has emerged as a powerful tool for keeping up with the changes. With attention spans dwindling and the need for on-the-go learning increasing, microlearning offers a solution that is both convenient and effective. Like any training method, its success hinges on the ability to accurately measure its impact. Let’s dive into the intricacies of measuring the effectiveness

Help! My Goals Already Seem Overwhelming!

This is a guest post from UDLAB Products, a designer of unique and innovative productivity products for the home and office.

It’s nearly the end of February. How are you feeling about your 2024 goals? It’s not uncommon for people to set ambitious goals at the beginning of the year and then feel overwhelmed as they try to achieve them. Here are some suggestions to help you manage them and get back on track.

Are your goals realistic and achievable in the time frame you’ve set? Do you have clea

Transforming Life Sciences Training: The Microlearning Advantage

This is the sixth post in our series about microlearning.

The life sciences industry has been growing rapidly over the past decade. For example, even before the Covid-19 pandemic started in late 2019, the pharmaceutical market grew 225 percent between 2001 and 2020. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) now approves therapeutics faster than ever, and the industry is facing a skills gap as employees need to be trained on updated regulations, supply chains, and specialty drugs. The traditional me

Embracing the Heartfelt Joys of Our Profession

As Valentine’s Day dawns upon us, it’s not just chocolates and flowers that fill the air with sweetness — it’s the genuine love and passion we have for the work we do each day.

In a world where career paths often feel like a tumultuous dating scene, filled with uncertainty and fleeting romances, our team has found its forever match in our profession. From the first flirtatious encounter with a challenging project to the deep, enduring bond formed over countless victories and setbacks, our love

Revolutionizing Tech Training: The Advantages of Microlearning

This is the fifth post in our series about microlearning.

In the fast-paced world of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), staying ahead of the curve is not just an aspiration but a necessity. In fact, a 2020 McKinsey Global Institute survey shows that the collective response to the Covid-19 pandemic sped up the adoption of digital technologies by six to seven years worldwide – 10 years in the Asia-Pacific region. As companies implement more digital technologies, their biggest chal

Navigating the Future: Knowledge Management Trends in 2024

Businesses are constantly seeking new and innovative solutions to acquire and manage knowledge effectively in our rapidly evolving world of technology and information. In early 2024, knowledge management is transforming: innovative trends promise to redefine the way organizations capture, organize, and use information. Today, we’ll delve into some of the most prominent knowledge management (KM) trends shaping the business landscape.

The number of organizations investing in KM continues to grow,

Write Now: Stay Ahead with the Latest Technical Writing Trends

In the ever-evolving world of technical writing, the quote by author William H. Gass rings true: “The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.” The perception of technical writers (TWs) as creators of confusing computer software manuals is outdated. Modern TWs are navigating new challenges, embracing emerging trends, and transforming the way information is conveyed to individuals. In this blog post, we delve into the latest trends in technical writing that

Tiny Lessons, Big Impact: The Rise of Microlearning in Construction

This is the fourth post in our series about microlearning.

Workers in the building trades often work in hazardous conditions where they need to know how to complete specific and often difficult tasks, maintain compliance with local regulations, and quickly assess and address potentially dangerous situations. However, training can be extremely difficult, given their constantly changing environments where there are few spaces available for traditional types of training. Don’t despair! Microlearni

Revolutionize Your eLearning: 2024 Trends

This year promises to feature notable trends in eLearning that will reshape how organizations approach employee training. As technology continues to advance, businesses are increasingly recognizing the pivotal role of eLearning in continuous skill development and adapting to evolving industry demands. From immersive learning experiences and personalized content delivery to the integration of generative artificial intelligence (AI), this year will witness a transformative shift in the world of le

From Novice to Ninja: Expert Insights for Aspiring Instructional Designers

You’re a new Instructional designer (ID) In the ever-changing world of learning and development. Welcome! Our L&D world has evolved beyond traditional boundaries, and technological advancements and diverse learning needs have created an intense need for our skills. We’re here to offer you some insights to help you become a successful ID who understands how to create trainings that make both organizations and learners happy. Today’s successful IDs understand how to create eLearns that tie outcome

Elevate Sales Excellence with Microlearning: 7 Best Practices

This is the third post in our series about microlearning.

Your sales team is working harder than ever. With so many methods of contacting potential clients (email, text, social media) and tight competition, making a sale can be extremely daunting, especially for new hires. You want them to know their stuff, but you don’t want them to be in training mode too long because you need them to start bringing in customers and revenue. It’s a conundrum, but there is an answer: microlearning!

First, let

Unleashing the Power of Templates for Microlearning Modules

This is the second post in our series about microlearning. According to Gloria Mark, a digital distraction expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine, the average office worker averages 11 minutes of work between interruptions. Trainings that last longer than 11 minutes have a smaller chance of effectiveness than shorter microlearning modules.

In our first post about microlearning, we discussed its advantages: accessibility, flexibility, engagement, cost, and efficiency. The e

Year-End Reflection and Setting Professional Goals for the New Year

This is a guest post from UDLAB Products, a designer of unique and cutting-edge productivity products for the home and office.

As the year draws to a close, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the professional journey you’ve undertaken and set the stage for the upcoming year. We tend to think of goal planning as writing down some goals, then tasks we need to do to reach the goal — a roadmap, timeline, etc. However, we don’t always do the work beforehand to truly determine what career goals are

What is Microlearning?

Microlearning is a teaching method that delivers information in small, frequent chunks (aka “micro units”), typically under 10 minutes long but can be as short as a minute. Instead of traditional long-form training sessions, microlearning breaks down information into short, individual units. These bite-sized learning units are designed to address specific learning objectives or provide targeted information on a particular topic. They can be designed using a mix of elements, such as video, audio,

Solving Problems Strategically: Using a SWOT Analysis

Most organizations create strategic plans, but after a few months they are slowly forgotten – until the next fiscal year when the cycle repeats itself, over and over. Not only is this a waste of valuable time and money, but ignoring your plan can have disastrous consequences. I don’t have a statistic, but I do wonder how many businesses had “crisis plan for a global pandemic or natural disaster” in their strategic plan for years but never got around to creating it. You can’t plan for everything,

Getting Stuff Done over the Holidays: Practical and Fun Strategies

The holiday season often brings joy and a sense of relaxation, but for many professionals, it can be challenging to stay focused when it seems like everyone else is on vacation. Distractions are plentiful, and maintaining productivity can feel like an uphill battle. It’s hard to get into work mode when it feels like everyone is sipping umbrella drinks on a beach or sipping cinnamon stick drinks at a ski lodge, while you trudge into work after getting slushed by that bus that almost ran you over.

Planning Ahead: Combining Work and Fun During the Holidays

The holiday season is a fun time of year, filled with celebrations and gatherings. However, many professionals find it can also be a time of stress and anxiety when managing work and deadlines that don’t go away just because we’re festive. Balancing work and holiday commitments is challenging, but with proper planning and organization you can enjoy the holidays while ensuring your work is not neglected. These strategies can help you manage your work life while still enjoying your celebrations.

5 Scary Mistakes Technical Writers Make and How to Vanquish Them

As the eerie winds of October blow and the veil between the realms of the living and the supernatural grows thin, it’s not just ghosts and ghouls that send shivers down our spines. For technical writers, a different kind of terror lurks in the shadows—the bone-chilling mistakes that can haunt both their work and their readers’ nightmares.

Join me on a journey through the dimly lit corridors of technical documentation, where I reveal the five scariest mistakes technical writers make. From ominou

AI Tools Save Time — But Have Shortcomings

In the last year or so, artificial intelligence (AI) content generation tools have been all over the news, from articles about the dangers of AI content farms to Hollywood screenwriters who worry AI will take their jobs. Who can forget the infamous AI-generated legal brief that included non-existent legal cases? However, that doesn’t change the fact that content creators are under pressure to create high-quality content at a fast rate, and ranking high on Google is a huge challenge that is even

Why Outsource Instructional Design?

It’s 2023, and most of your workforce now works remotely, though some employees work hybrid schedules. Before 2020, your training was 100 percent in-person. After COVID-19 restrictions hit everyone that year, you temporarily halted training. At that time, you were sure the lockdowns weren’t going to last long, and you could then continue in-person training. However, reality later sunk in, and you realized your workforce is in several different locations and you had to find a new way to train the

Is Your eLearning Accessible to Everyone?

Did you know?
• An estimated 1.3 billion people in the world experience significant disabilities. That’s 16 percent of the world’s population, or about one in six people. (This nearly equals the entire population of India.)
• One in four Americans has some sort of disability (or 25 percent, nearly 83 million people, or more than twice the population of California).
• Deafness or serious hearing difficulties are present in 5.7 percent of Americans (about 19 million, or 1 in 17 people – or close t
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