Broad and Deep Instructional Design Skills
JULY 29, 2016
Do instructional designers or learning experience designers need to know how to use development tools, or should they focus just on analysis and design? What about people who only do development but no design; are they instructional designers? How much project management falls under the role of instructional designer? What about LMSs—do instructional designers need to know about those too?
Vary Sentence Structure in Voice Over Scripts
JUNE 28, 2016
When you use voice over for elearning, do you want it to sound natural and flowing, or do you want it to sound stiff and didactic? great voice over person can make a good script more engaging, and a great script sound fantastic. However, if the script itself is completely stiff and unnatural, there’s only so much a voice over person can do. Rewriting Complicated Sentences. sound like a robot.
What’s Your Character’s Goal?
MAY 17, 2016
In Protagonists Should Be Like Your Learners , I mentioned some critical elements to creating a scenario for learning: Protagonist or main character. That character’s goal. The challenges that character faces. The main character’s goal is what drives the scenario. All of the action and decisions in the scenario move you closer or further from that goal. Begin with the End in Mind.
Motivating Learners to Look Up Compliance Policies Themselves
MARCH 22, 2016
In my last post, I explained how starting compliance training with a worst-case scenario can engage learners right from the start. Setting the course up with a scenario helps learners understand why the policies matter. In this post, I’ll explain a technique for keeping learners engaged throughout the course. Readers outside the US, substitute your own laws about disabilities.) Image credits.
Attract, Engage, and Develop Talent using Open Badges: An IBM case study
Companies have an incredible opportunity to use badges to help attract, engage, recognize and develop talent. There have been significant developments around digital credentials and particularly the fast rise of badges and micro-credentials. Learning Professionals need to be aware of what's happening and innovators should be taking a leading role. In this session, David will go through the well-known IBM Open Badge Program to help explain badge programs.
ID and E-Learning Links (6/26/2016)
JUNE 26, 2016
How to Conduct a Lightning Fast Needs Assessment Clients Will Love. About 7 questions for needs assessment, starting with “What is the problem?” ” and digging deeper to uncover the root cause. tags: needsanalysis training performanceconsulting. The first question is obvious: What is the problem? However, answers will almost always be symptoms and not causes. Posted from Diigo.
Learning Experience Design: A Better Title Than Instructional Design?
JUNE 30, 2015
How many times have you told people, “I’m an instructional designer,” only to be met with a blank stare? How many people are thoroughly confused about what we do for a living? Last month, Connie Malamed proposed a new name for the field of instructional design : Learning Experience Design or LX Design. This moves the focus away from “instruction” and more to learning.
Make Learners Care about Compliance Training
MARCH 10, 2016
Compliance training is a common use for elearning. All those policies and regulations that affect our businesses need to be trained. Unfortunately, compliance training is often just a content dump with a narrator basically reading the policy, followed by some multiple choice questions to see if learners remember what they heard 5 minutes earlier. Worst Case Scenario.
1 Million Views. Thank You!
AUGUST 19, 2015
Today, I reached a milestone in my blog: 1 million total views. Thank you to everyone who is reading this, from the long term readers who have been there since the beginning to the ones who just found me today. It’s taken me over 8 years to reach this milestone, and I’m hardly the most-viewed blog in our field. It’s still a bit mind-boggling to me though. This is post number 950.
New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends
Companies are increasingly dissatisfied with online learning tools, prompting many to reinvest in technology that supports a modern training approach. Download the report from Brandon Hall Group to see how new investments are bringing real business results.
When Is Audio Narration Helpful?
OCTOBER 13, 2015
In a discussion on eLearning Heroes , Judith Reymond asked about the research on when or whether audio narration is helpful to adult learners. In Clark and Mayer’s eLearning and the Science of Instruction , they say that the research generally supports using narration with on-screen visuals. Adult learners retain more from a narration plus visuals approach than from reading on-screen text.
Make Your Stories Relevant
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
Not all stories for learning are successful in engaging learners. Stories that are just there to be entertaining without being relevant can waste people’s time and annoy them. It might be entertaining to add a Mission: Impossible or wild west bank robbery theme to your corporate training, but is that the best way to engage your learners? Not all stories for training are created equal.
No, I Won’t “Tweak” Your PowerPoint Slides
FEBRUARY 19, 2015
I got a call from a prospective client. She and I spoke briefly once when she was looking for a pool of instructional designers to call on for specific projects, but we haven’t worked together yet. In fact, I’m pretty sure she’s never worked with any instructional designers before. “Hi, Christy, it’s Lynn. need some help finishing up an e-learning course. guess not.”
Name Generators for Learning Scenarios
SEPTEMBER 2, 2015
Because I create lots of scenarios and stories for learning, I create lots of characters. Some of these characters are only mentioned for a sentence or two, while others drive the progress in extended narratives. All of those characters have one thing in common: they need names. usually avoid using generic characters in my stories. ” But this is better: “Tom is a new manager.
Voice Over Script Review Checklist
DECEMBER 9, 2014
I’ve written several posts with tips on how to write voice over scripts. This review checklist summarizes all of the tips from the previous three posts into a single Word document you can download and use yourself. Voice Over Script Review Checklist. Feel free to edit this document to match the requirements of your specific organization as long as you retain attribution to me with a link.
Online Learning Plagiarism Horror Stories
APRIL 17, 2015
It’s a common complaint about online education that students plagiarize, but my horror stories aren’t about students. My horror stories are about developing online courses. Some details changed to protect the not entirely innocent.). The tone shifted drastically mid-paragraph—always a red flag. As it turned out, this course included extensive copying from other sources. Business ethics.
Diverse Characters In Learning Scenarios
SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
In response to my post on Name Generators for Learning Scenarios , someone asked, “Does it really matter if we choose John instead of Bob?” ” Christina, a graduate student who critiqued my blog post said she wished that post went deeper and listed some unanswered questions. “For example does the name have to be of a certain neutrality or a certain ethnicity? CC-By. Gender.
Voice Over Script Pitfalls
NOVEMBER 25, 2014
Instructional designers sometimes run into pitfalls when writing voice over scripts. Jill Goldman of Goldivox is a voice over professional who graciously agreed to share with me the issues she sometimes sees in scripts. I’ll share her perspective in block quotes below, along with my own tips. This is part 3 of my series on writing voice over scripts. Formatting Tips for Voice Over Scripts.
Storyboarding for eLearning
Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.
Voice Over Scripts: Writing Style Tips
NOVEMBER 11, 2014
Photo Credit: Cameraman Phil via Compfight cc. Instructional designers often need to write voice over scripts, but many of us have never received any formal training on how writing for voice over is different from other writing. recently completed a project with Jill Goldman of Goldivox. She did a terrific job and brought energy and life to my script (as a great voice over professional can).
How Freelance Clients Find Me
NOVEMBER 11, 2015
Last week I gave a short presentation for the new eLearning Freelancer group on finding clients. You can watch the recording of the presentation. In reality, I don’t do very much to actively seek out clients; most of my clients find me. Here are the recommendations I shared with the group on how to become visible to clients. Portfolio. My portfolio is on my business website. It just does.
Time Estimates for E-Learning Development
MARCH 18, 2014
One skill I’m constantly trying to improve is estimating how long it will take to complete a project. Because I work for myself, I have to create good estimates. If I don’t, I either bid low and lose money or bid high and lose a project. The two sources I use for benchmarks are Bryan Chapman’s research and Karl Kapp’s ASTD research. Front End Analysis: 9%. QA Testing: 6%.
Where I Get Blog Post Ideas
DECEMBER 22, 2015
When I talk to people about starting a blog, they often state they don’t have anything to write about. They ask how I come up with ideas, especially when I’ve been blogging so long. have a long list of blog topics to help me when I’m in a rut. My ideas for posts come from several sources. Reading: I write about things I’m reading and learning about. Image Credit: Idea!
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.
Instructional Design Hourly Rates and Salary
SEPTEMBER 9, 2013
What do you charge for an hourly rate as an instructional designer? What do you make if you’re a full-time salaried employee? People frequently ask me these questions, and I always refer people to the same resources. Hourly Rate. Harold Jarche’s “ So You Want To Be an ELearning Consultant? Click the table at the bottom to expand it and see the details. Salary. Other Resources.
I Need an LMS. Where Do I Start?
MAY 14, 2015
If you’re just starting the process of selecting and implementing a new LMS, the process can feel a little overwhelming. This is especially true for organizations who don’t currently have an LMS and are starting completely from scratch. In those circumstances, I often see organizations struggle to even identify what questions they should be asking. Process Overview and Needs Analysis.
Intrinsic and Instructional Feedback in Learning Scenarios
MARCH 19, 2015
A few years ago, I was a judge for a competition on scenario-based learning. While there were a few terrific submissions, I thought many of the courses missed the whole point of scenario-based learning. They started out fine: they provided some sort of realistic context and asked learners to make a decision. “Correct, that is the best decision.” ” Blah. Boring. And ineffective.
Protagonists Should Be Like Your Learners
APRIL 19, 2016
When you write a story for learning, you need a few essential elements such as a protagonist (the main character), the protagonist’s goal, and the challenges the protagonist faces. The protagonist should be someone your learners identify with. In workplace learning, that means the character has the same or a similar job as the learners. Example Protagonist Selection. Feedback on Your Choice.
The Performance Management Storm: Four Macro-Trends Driving the Change
Needed: A shift from traditional performance management systems (organized as an annual review process) to newer performance development systems (organized around real-time dynamics). Download part one in a series to gain insight into why this shift must happen and why it needs to happening now
Top Ten Tools for Learning 2014
AUGUST 26, 2014
Jane Hart is collecting her eighth annual list of top tools for learning. You can vote for your top tools until September 19, 2014. haven’t done my list in a few years, but you can see my past lists from 2011 , 2009 , 2008 , and 2007. My list is divided into personal learning and course design/development. Personal Learning. Diigo is my social bookmarking option. WordPress is my blog host.
ID and E-Learning Links (7/24/16)
JULY 24, 2016
How Relearning Old Concepts Alongside New Ones Makes It All Stick | MindShift | KQED News. Rather than studying and practicing a single skill in blocks, it’s more effective to use “interleaved” or variable practice of multiple skills. You remember better this way. It’s the opposite of cramming where you might do well on a test but forget it all soon after. tags: learning research spacedlearning memory. Voice Realm. Hire voice over with free auditions. tags: voiceover. Is it original? An editor’s guide to identifying plagiarism – Poynter. tags: writing plagiarism.
Do You Need a Mentor or a Network?
AUGUST 16, 2016
Maria often works from her local coffee shop. She always engages in a bit of people watching while she’s there. For the last two months, she’s been observing Jack, another frequent patron of the coffee shop. Jack meets clients for a coffee at least once a month. Although they’ve never spoken before, Maria decided to approach him after his latest client left. “Hi, Jack.
No Perfect Courses
JANUARY 27, 2016
One truth I have learned about instructional design is that I will never create a “perfect” course; there’s always something that could be better if I had more time or more resources or more skills. When I interviewed for my first ID job, I asked my soon-to-be-peers the hardest part of their job. One answer stuck with me all these years. How do you handle it in your own work?
Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy
This workbook is a response to your need to understand how to strategically incorporate gamification into your learning strategy, in order to drive real business results. It’s designed to be printed, written in and used as a guide.
Show, Don’t Tell For Scenario Feedback
JANUARY 14, 2016
One of the most common mistakes I see in scenario-based learning is using feedback to tell learners what was right or wrong instead of showing them. Take the following example of a branching scenario to practice counseling someone on dietary choices. One mistake learners can make in the scenario is setting a goal that is too difficult. If a goal is too difficult, it can reduce motivation.
Remembering Jay Cross and His Work
NOVEMBER 13, 2015
It’s been a week since Jay Cross passed. never had the pleasure of meeting him in person, but like many in the field, I read his writing and had great respect for his work. Someone asked me recently about what makes a thought leader, and Jay was one of the first people I mentioned as an example. What better way to remember him than with a small sampling of his own ideas? Conversation.
20+ More Books for Instructional Designers
APRIL 30, 2015
In response to my list of 12+ Books for Instructional Designers , I received a lot of great suggestions for further reading. My “to read” list is now quite long, but I’m slowly making my way through these suggestions. Here are 20+ more books suggested by others. Instructional Design and Learning Design. This book was positively reviewed in Educa tion Review. Research. Other Books.
ID and E-Learning Links (7/17/2016)
JULY 17, 2016
60 Free Outline Icon Sets Perfect for Contemporary Designs – Design School. Free icon sets. Some of these are very specific (Christmas and New Years), but several large sets are included that would work for elearning. tags: icon graphics free. Fix – Firefox compatibility & Smart Shape b… |Adobe Community. How to fix the bug with smart shape buttons in responsive Captivate projects (slides with smart shape buttons appear blank in Firefox). tags: firefox adobe captivate howto responsive. Nuts and Bolts: What’s the Reality? by Jane Bozarth : Learning Solutions Magazine.
How the right tech tools for your team can power your sales enablement strategy
A staggering 80% of sales professionals report they don’t remember or implement their lessons from annual sales kickoff meetings.Our new publication, available below, explores how companies can avoid costly mistakes in sales training.