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The State of Instructional Design

Tom Spiglanin

This is where the discipline of instructional design comes in. At that point in the conversation, I flashed back to a single anonymous comment made in response to a presentation I delivered at a conference a few years ago about a formal/social learning experiment I’d run: “I thought you were going to present a whole system of social learning.” ” 2.

When the Learner is the Teacher, Do We Need Instructional Designers?

Dawn of Learning

It’s a new world out there for the Instructional Designer. When designing for mLearning, we need to put ourselves in the shoes of the user who is walking around with a very powerful tablet and/or smart phone. In light of this, a waterfall ADDIE process that cranks out a monolithic elearning courses doesn’t work anymore. The role of an instructional designer needs to evolve to  learning experience designer; someone that facilitates learning and collaboration rather than dictating it. Skeptics need look no further than Flash!

Why Instructional Designers Should Be Familiar with Flash

Integrated Learnings

by Donna Bryant Why should we instructional designers become familiar with development programs such as Flash? After all, most development is not done by writers or designers--it is usually done by technical developers. Helps you to know what is possible to do with the program so that you are inspired as you write and design content. If you're not able to actually take a Flash class, you can still learn enough from online resources to educate yourself. Collected Flash Tutorials - Flash tutorials, covering various topics.

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5 Essential Qualifications to Look for in an Instructional Designer


When trying to find the perfect instructional designer for your project, be it contract work or a full-time employee, there are certain qualifications that you should ensure are on their resume (or at least implied given their previous work). In the past, employers often had a difficult time defining the roles for instructional designers. elearning instructional design

Getting To Know ADDIE: Part 1 – Analysis


In a nutshell, ADDIE is an acronym where every letter corresponds to. one of the model’s main phases: Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. The ADDIE methodology was developed in. This popularity is owed to the fact that ADDIE is simple to use, flexible, and versatile. benefit of ADDIE is that it is cyclical; that is, it enables you to.


Online multimedia content in e-learning: Flash vs. HTML5


The best instructional designers know that they have to create their training courses in ways that attract and engage learners, making them pull the information and ultimately beg for more. The last few years had witnessed a strong debate over the two technologies that make possible the embedding of multimedia content files in a web page: Flash and HTML5. Apples, aka Flash. Flash is a mature technology that runs well on all browsers, including older versions of Internet Explorer, which some businesses still use. Now let's go back a little to the embed part.

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Questions about Instructional Design Careers

Experiencing eLearning

Last month, a reader named Jackie asked me a number of thoughtful questions about transitioning from teaching K-12 public school to instructional design. Accountability. Q: To what degree of accountability are designers held regarding whether students learn and perform better?  Most Flash e-learning now is done with rapid tools anyway. CC-By. Your Questions.

Should I Convert or Update My Flash Course?


The verdict is in, and it looks like HTML5 has officially dethroned Flash as development language of choice. Unfortunately, if you developed your eLearning in Flash, that can leave much of your current courseware and eLearning modules out of date and incompatible with many of your learners’ devices. The post Should I Convert or Update My Flash Course?

Integrating Game Design Principles into Instructional Design for e-Learning

Experiencing eLearning

Integrating Game Design Principles into Instructional Design for e-Learning. Integrate game structures into instructional designs for standard e-learning content. What design element is most important? What other designs match cognitive needs? A: Create an environment where they make the same choices in the game that they need to make in the real world.

Getting To Know ADDIE: Part 4 – Implementation


Downloading and installing the necessary software and/or plugins (Java Virtual Machine, Flash, etc). Keep in mind that implementation is a key stage of the ADDIE process, because it is during this stage the information contained in the course you created is transferred to the target audience. ADDIE instructional design elearning methodologyPreparing the learners.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Value of Instructional Designers

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Monday, January 07, 2008 The Value of Instructional Designers Ive been having on ongoing conversation with other instructional designers as to whether or not we need to have the technical skill sets to actually build the courses we design. Lots of steps?

2016 eLearning Hype Curve Predictions

Web Courseworks

Crowd Sourcing Instructional Design:   People are doing it for user-testing and SEO, so why not ISD? Mobile learning was once a huge challenge in online learning because our industry was strongly committed to Flash, especially for SCORM packages. This year, we are placing our annual (and very popular) learning technology predictions on the  the hype cycle. eventually.

PowerPoint or Prezi: Which is Best for eLearning?

Association eLearning

Here are a few points to consider before making a choice for your association: “Is the eLearning well-designed?”. Regardless of whether you use PPT or Prezi, content and design are key. Both programs are designed as presentation tools, so either one should be able to fill that role. I’ve already written about how to create eLearning using PPT, so I won’t re-visit that here.

Are instructional designers doormats?

Making Change

For example, I was once asked to write a super-whiz-bang Flash course on how to use a client’s internal software. Get a random instructional design idea. Instructional design needs analysis performance support strategyIf your client said, “Please create a course about our impossibly complex process,” what would you say? A. “Hmmm. Nothing.

Instructional Design Orthodoxy

Dawn of Learning

I will be dating myself here, but so much of the orthodoxy in the instructional design process was forged back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the only Computer-Based Training (CBT) tools were Toolbook for the PC, and Hypercard for the Mac. The idea that you might allow scrolling was to many an Instruction Designer taboo. This constraint created some “interesting” design choices and some very boring page-turner content and some clever ways of cramming a lot of content into the single non-scrolling frame. Instructional Design

Templates – To Use or Not to Use?


eLearning eLearning Software Flash Instructional Design mLearning raptivity Templates can be very helpful in providing the structure of online learning activities; however some templates can limit creativity and make presentations become very cookie-cutter and boring. Templates can also allow for the rapid creation of learning activities which enable [.].

Accidental Instructional Designers #dl09

Learning Visions

If you know me, you’ll know my topic was right up my alley: “Instructional Design: You Do What for a Living?” asked people to introduce themselves and tell their stories – how they each got into instructional design. We all agreed that no one set out in their early days with the grand vision of becoming an instructional designer. Make it relevant.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Describing What You Do: Instructional Design

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Wednesday, May 06, 2009 Describing What You Do: Instructional Design Youre at a playground and you start talking to the mom sitting on the bench next to you. Me: Im an instructional designer. Posted by Cammy Bean at 5:40 AM Labels: instructional design 28comments: Robert Kennedy said. find the role of IT trainer works best for me, as my actual role title Systems Learning and Development Designer is a bit of a problem, particularly on forms!

Winning Features of an LMS: Diary of an Instructional Designer


It’s the first page from a diary of an instructional designer! If it isn’t the sky in literal sense, it’s the overwhelming choices with differentiated specifications, all for one task: instruction design. Each time we try to satisfy the client, they come up with one “small” request in the middle of the instruction design process. The sky falls.

FOOL-PROOF Formula For Successful Instructional Design


flash animation), and then finally let them try it for themselves. Training designed to be more “free flowing” can still benefit, but certain components may need to be adapted. elearning instructional designDespite the various forms of eLearning development, there is a proven strategy that will go a long way in increasing the effectiveness of your eLearning. Tweet.

What is the state of Instructional Design/ers in India?

The Writers Gateway

This month is better and I have been catching up with some of my friends and fellow Instructional Designers. A  short discussion with my fellow Instructional Designers on the state of Instructional Design/Instructional Designers in India prompted me to write this post. What is the actual state of Instructional Design and Instructional Designers in India today – This is something I guess all of us in India want to know!! Flash based e-learning exists but is getting stagnant. Must know HTML, CSS.

7 Technical Tips for Creating Video Lectures

eLearning Brothers

Be careful with Flash – you may get in real trouble on Apple gadgets. Camtasia Resources Developer Resources eLearning Featured Instructional Design Resources ResourcesCreate engaging educational videos with no hassle or specific training? Never been easier – if you use the right approach and technology. Creating video lectures these days is a piece of cake. Audio tips.

Enspire Wins Silver!

Enspire Learning

MasterCard EDGE is designed for all MasterCard employees – people with a wide variety of experience in different sectors of the organization. At the same time, jettisoning a Flash or shrinkwrapped software approach facilitated a completely custom approach, with contemporary media and technical implementation. EDGE also won the Award of Excellence from Diversity Journal in August.

Top 25 Rapid eLearning Blog Posts

Upside Learning

Are you playing the role of the Subject Matter Expert instead of the Instructional Designer? Hey You Rapid e-Learning Peeps, Slooow Down & Take a Little Drive on ISD Side of Town. How to Create a Visual Design for Your E-Learning Scenario. What Everyone Ought to Know About Designing an E-learning Course. Naturally I do a lot of sifting around Rapid eLearning.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Memoirs of an "Instructional Designer"

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Thursday, April 26, 2007 Memoirs of an "Instructional Designer" I dont have a masters degree in instructional design or education. My current business card says Im a "Manager of Instructional Design". have learned everything I "know" about instructional design and teaching by doing. talked to the users, translated their needs into requirements, translated that to the techies, worked up flow charts, designed screens, etc.

Learning Flash

Tony Karrer

My posts around the Beginning of Long Slow Death of Flash and my post from a CTO perspective that I Cannot Bet on Flash for new development stirred up quite a bit of response. A lot of it said quite correctly that HTML5 is not there yet. And that Flash provides things that you can’t do in HTML/JavaScript. However, there are some pretty amazing things you can do without Flash. Should I hold off on learning Flash. know a very little about Flash and made it a goal to learn more, but now I wonder. And Jeff suggests both Flash and HTML 5.

Multimedia Wars: Flash or HTML5


The current debate between Flash and HTML5 rests largely on multi-media features. If a media and interactivity rich training course is the need of the day then Flash is a comfortable choice today. With over 97% of market share (Source: [link] ), plug-in required for viewing Flash-developed content is already present on almost all PCs and laptops. will too.

What Should You Look for in an eLearning Designer?

eLearning Brothers

There are eLearning designers who can create some amazing courses and learning content. But if you’re in the market to hire an eLearning designer, don’t be focused on just the “bells and whistles.” Statement of the obvious: all eLearning designers should be proficient in at least one authoring tool. Designers are often asked to revise content to fit client needs.

Innovation In Induction Training: A Case Study


variety of design strategies are utilized to make the videos interesting, relevant and effective. The videos were created using Flash as a development tool. Instructional DesignInduction programs are an integral part of the corporate world. Background: A Client of G-Cube – a leading Finance company with 7 lines of businesses and 5.5 Benefits.

Migration From Flash To HTML5 – Warning: You May Be Losing Money

EI Design

If you are reading this, you have decided to adopt mLearning or mobile learning and are evaluating an efficient way to migrate your legacy Flash content to HTML5. However, there are several issues that you must be aware of as you move forward with migration from Flash to HTML5. How To Make A Successful Migration From Flash To HTML5. In this article, I will outline what aspects you should watch out for and how the measures recommended here will help you in making a successful migration from Flash to HTML5. The need. The solution. Let me elaborate this further.

Getting Started with Instructional Design

Learn and Lead

Lately I’ve been asked by a few people on how to get started with a career in instructional design and elearning. Here are some of the questions I received: Could someone suggest that how to start my career in Instructional Systems Design field? I'm interested in joining the field of Instructional Design. Getting Started So what does it really take to be an instructional designer? What is instructional design anyway? Start with her first post in the series – What does an Instructional Designer do?

DECLARE - Instructional Design for Everyone

Developer on Duty

I had been teaching 2D Animation (Flash) for about seven years, and the final semester projects always required each student building a small multimedia lesson to teach something. Their final projects were basic online courses built all in Flash. As the semesters went by, the projects got better technically, but were missing instructional elements. Instructional Design

The Four Stages of Learning

Association eLearning

They feel prepared but sometimes still rely on flash cards. 4)      Unconscious Competence. I recently had an interesting conversation about life and how life lessons occur in stages. We compared it to learning to ride a bike. It was so difficult to learn, yet now you find it so easy you’ve forgotten how you learned it in the first place. You don’t know what you don’t know. Tweet This!

Fears of the Course Authoring Tool Market

eLearning 24-7

Granted the others accept Flash, but when the folks who make Flash say they are moving over to HTML5, you don’t need a witch doctor to tell you to watch out for that Zombie next to you. Over the past month, the number of people who have told me they are seeking an authoring tool that outputs to HTML5 has been enormous.  No one says to me, “oh can it output to flash?”

eLearning Development Is An Iterative Process

Upside Learning

He opines ISD or ADDIE are flawed waterfall process models that assume each stage output to be complete and perfect –impossible with eLearning. Related posts: eLearning Development: Useful Firefox add-ons Why Use ActionScript 3.0 in Flash Based eLearning Development? Earlier this month, Tom Kuhlmann talked about 10 things to do before your eLearning course goes live.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Designers with Degrees: Survey Update

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Thursday, January 03, 2008 Instructional Designers with Degrees: Survey Update Over 50 instructional designers have now responded to the survey: Do You Have a Degree in ID? About 27% of instructional designers have an advanced degree in ID.

Learn How to Build Effective E-Learning with this Free E-Book

Rapid eLearning

In 2007, most of the options for creating interactive elearning required Flash. If you wanted to build courses, you were required to either learn Flash or hire a Flash programmer. But along came the PowerPoint-to-Flash products. They enabled people to create their content in PowerPoint and convert it to the Flash. How Has E-Learning Changed? Updated!

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Designers Tools

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Friday, June 08, 2007 Instructional Designers Tools Theres been a good conversation going on over at Christy Tuckers Experiencing E-Learning blog about instructional design. Christy has been writing about how to get started in instructional design and what technology tools you might need. dont do any graphic design. I use Word, PowerPoint, Visio. I can now also say that I use blogger and wikis. dont do any programming. Easy breezy.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Design Inspiration

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Monday, November 05, 2007 Instructional Design Inspiration As I mentioned last week , Im in the midst of designing my first custom eLearning course in quite awhile. What movers and shakers have inspired me to design differently? Here are some of specific ideas Ive taken from a few sources that (Im hoping) will help me design a kick-ass course: Chapter 2 of Gadgets, Games & Gizmos for Learning by Karl Kapp. So, whats been working for me? eLearnin.

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How to Catapult Your eLearning Course from Boring to Awesome

eLearning Brothers

Flashing a word-heavy slide of your course at the audience and expecting them to soak in the intricacies of everything you touched on therein is insane. Developer Resources eLearning Instructional Design Resources Our Favorites Resources eLearning Content eLearning Course eLearning Ideas elearning tips Guest post by Sean Stoker. Avoid Word Walls. Incorporate Multimedia.

4 Tips for Building Successful Courses with Articulate Storyline

Voice of Clarity

Seasoned instructional designers know learners are more focused when the course structure is easily navigable and self-contained. Storyline projects can be published as web projects (either HTML5 or Flash-based, depending on the output settings you choose) or SCORM packages that can be embedded in your LMS of choice, such as Moodle. Instructional Design

Web-Based Authoring Tools for Scalable eLearning Development: The Time Has Come

Web Courseworks

It is no small task to unite a diverse group of instructional designers, subject matter experts (SMEs), graphic artists, reviewers, project managers, legal staff, and other key stakeholders in an intuitive and streamlined online environment. LCMS authoring tools nail the collaborative elements but strike out on rapid development features and design flexibility. Claro. Browser/.

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How to Create eLearning Using PowerPoint

Association eLearning

If you’re not an experienced Flash or HTML programmer or are short on resources, PowerPoint may be the only eLearning development tool you have available. It helps to have a graphic designer on hand, but that’s not always an option. Finally, explore “Shapes” within PowerPoint; they’re the workhorse for creating your eLearning design template and backgrounds. Don’t. Example.

4 Interactivity Levels for Game and Multimedia eLearning Design

Everything E-Learning

These levels are based on game and multimedia design and can help guide the overall development of a course. 1. Moderate interactivity can include animated videos, customized audio, intermediate level simulations, scenario-based examples, and Flash-style animation. 4. The post 4 Interactivity Levels for Game and Multimedia eLearning Design appeared first on. Passive. Limited.

What is eLearning Gamification?

eLearning Brothers

You know you have become an eLearning nerd when watching a movie all you think about is gamification and instructional design. My version was in Adobe Flash and not in a hypoxia chamber. I had to simulate the activity. While in a simulated high altitude, they were instructed to trace shapes and do math problems again. Elearning Gamification in Ender’s Game.