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Fried Training Talk- Adaptation

Published: Friday, July 17, 2020

Adaptation is a skill all trainers need to have and all training developers need to account for.”

What does that mean?

Last week I led some in person trainings on COVID related protections & requirements. Every session was different based on the personalities & questions in the groups. Sometimes this meant spending more time on a particular section & skimming over sections they already understood. Designers are already aware we have to know our audience, but the ability to adapt is more than that. Often it is the difference between “off the rack” and “Fine tailored”. Off the rack can be functional, but doesn’t feel as good & may be less effective.

Many of us are joyfully adapting to the call for designing more (& better) ELearning, & Distance Learning without considering how to make the learning adaptable.


Many trainings are aimed at the broadest audience possible. Which risks a loss effectiveness. Even Workflow Training so great at many things, allows us “pull” an answer to why something isn’t working (think about Microsoft help pages) & find the answer irrelevant.

So please tell me:

What is your favorite way you’ve seen (or created) an ELearning, Video, or even a web presentation adapt to its audience?

Bonus non-training related question: What is missing from the recreation of an early 70s console TV above?

About the Author

W. Keith Pomeroy


Working in the training field for over 20 years, Keith has trained and developed everything from ELearning on soft skills to instructor led classroom training on basic hygiene. He worked for 18 years for the corporate giant Xerox before spending 4 years working for a not for profit, Upstate Cerebral Palsy.


Currently, Mr. Pomeroy is part of a great team that allows him to develop training (and occasionally deliver training) for Oneida Nation Enterprises. He is a member of the CNY ATD Employee Learning Awareness comittee, and publishes weekly Learning Development discussions under the title, "FRIED TRAINING TALK".


Over the years, Keith has instigated many discussions in different forums on Instructional Design theory, Training Delivery practices, and Performance Support. These can often be found under the heading, Fried Training Talk (named this way because when they initially started they came out every Friday). He loves working through issues that designers, developers, & instructors encounter and finding the best possible solutions.


Mr. Pomeroy has utilized many ELearning and Performance Support tools in his training development, from Authorware and RoboHelp to Articulate Storyline, Captivate, and Brainshark. He has a particular focus on Diversity & Inclusion issues, as well as gamification of learning.

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