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Technical Communication: Applying Lean Principles to Documentation

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

As an Instructional Designer, I have been pleased with the overwhelming positive feedback I have received by adopting these Lean philosophies into the creation of materials for EMR classes. Documentation Electronic Medical Records EMR TechComm Technical Communications Technical Writing training UA User Assistance User Experience UX by Megan Pitkin.

Instructional Design and Rapid Prototyping: Rising from the Ashes of ADDIE

Social Learning

Tom Gram, one of my favorite bloggers, a few years ago responded to the hue and cry about ADDIE’s demise in the field of instructional design. In ADDIE is DEAD! Long Live ADDIE! , he talked about the love/hate relationship that many instructional designers and eLearning developers have had with ADDIE as they tried to keep up with business demands for speed and quality and as they observe process innovations such as rapid application development and iterative prototyping. ADDIE vs. Rapid Prototyping. instructional design strategy.


What Instructional Designers Really Do

Association eLearning

write about instructional design (ID) all the time but I’ve never stopped to explain what Instructional Designers really do. So, here’s my personal definition instead: Instructional design is the art/science of making things make sense. That’s true whether someone is designing a job aid, an online course, or an instructor-led training session.

Instructional Design for Mobile Learning #id4mlearning

Learning Visions

These are my live blogged notes from a webinar today with Float Learning: Instructional Design for Mobile #id4mlearning. Resources: Gary Woodill’s The Mobile Learning Edge Clark Quinn, Designing mLearning Barbara Ballard, Designing the Mobile User Experience (We can tell a field is about to take off because there’s a big rash of books!) What is instruction? But instruction tends to not be an equal relationship – there’s a power differential. What makes good instruction is often a willing student. first person documentation 14.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Conduct Behavioral Interviews” and “Design Great Training.” organization, which not only gets you learner buy-in, it also serves as documentation of the. their group, you may wish to try action mapping, a technique developed by instructional. designer Cathy Moore. like what you see in the vendor’s instructional approach and use of media, ask if they’ll. capital.

9 Essential Instructional Designer Skills


So you want to be an instructional designer but you’re not sure the exact qualifications ? Well, Today’s Instructional Designer does more than create elearning or live instructor courses, they must wear many hats. Facilitator: More often than not, the instructional designer is roped into live training in some capacity or another. instructional design

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Best Practices for Instructional Design in eLearning


This, in turn, has led to a surge in the number of Instructional Designers(IDs). eLearning eLearning tools Instructional Design interactive learning Design document storyboarding As technology progresses, assuring the quality of educational experience continues to increase in significance. IDs are seen as professionals who can facilitate explicit eLearning outcomes. The […].

Essentials of great instructional design


Great instructional design is focused on one goal – delivering a seamless user experience that helps learners to achieve their objectives. In this post, I’ll show you how to use the principles of User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) design to create course content learners will love. How to use color for instructional design. Line length.

4 Things an Instructional Designer Should Do!

CommLab India

What does an instructional designer do? This is where an instructional designer’s role comes into play. Instructional Designers (IDs) design instructional material using abstract and specific tools. The other part is the physical tool such as the LMS and authoring tools used to create instructions for the learning material.

SMEs Are Not Instructional Designers

Association eLearning

PowerPoints, documents, graphs, charts…do you really have to review all this? Pam Kelly Instructional Design Director at Digitec Interactive. In her 10 year tenure as Digitec''s Instructional Design Director, Pam has designed dozens of eLearning courses for organizations including The Walt Disney Company, Yum! So where’s the balance? Prepare for Interviews.

Instructional Design And The Six Thinking Hats

Upside Learning

I spent most of my free time over the last few weeks reading Edward de Bono’s book, Six Thinking Hats , and thinking about how this thinking process can be applied to Instructional Design. Instructional Design and the Six Thinking Hats. Express your gut feelings about the instructional approach that you believe should be taken. The Hats. Why something may work.

A Conversation with Michael Allen–ADDIE, SAM & the Future of ID

Kapp Notes

Allen is a leader in the field of design, developing and delivering online instruction. He has just released a new book, Leaving Addie for SAM: An Agile Model for Developing the Best Learning Experiences in which he describes what he calls the Successive approximation Model (SAM). Apparently the book has stirred a little controversy around the topic of ADDIE. Design


The Snowball Effect: Documentation and Training for Global ERP Systems

Social Learning

So, the company scribes (Instructional Designers and Documentation Specialists) and their SMEs created materials in their native tongue and sent them along to another company to translate into the 2 nd language. Finally the documents were ready for end users…and then there were changes to SAP… again, and again, and again. The scribes are despondent. How will they cope?

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Storyboard Workbook for Elearning: Documenting the Workflow


Looking at Instructional Design as it applies to elearning where there are many theories, models and methodologies, it that take years of practice to become proficient. Visual Design and the fundamentals of composition, color and fonts is just scratching the surface of the discipline. User Experience Design and Interaction Design both have a lot of work and practice to become proficient. The following are storyboard documents I use on a regular baasis: Recommended and Optional documents. Only you can define your level of knowledge and skills.

The Incredible Power of Design Thinking in Learning Design


Design thinking is the new rage these days. Or is it already being followed as part of the learning design process? What is the significance of design thinking in the context of learning design? What benefits does it offer to learning designers? What are some of the interesting ways in which design thinking could benefit learning designers? COURSES.

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6 Instructional Design Tips For Noobs


Instructional design is an exciting field and it is only growing in popularity given the strong presence of elearning in both the educational and for-profit industries. Today there are multiple universities that offer degrees in instructional design (both bachelors and masters), and a handful of professional organizations that have certification courses available.

Back To Basics: What is ADDIE?

Obsidian Learning

We’ve covered some of the basic concepts in Instructional Design and Terminology in our previous Back To Basics segments. This week we wanted to discuss one of the most common instructional design models, ADDIE. ADDIE is an acronym for a model of instructional design and development. Design the user interface and experience. esign.


Adapting ADDIE into a Quicker and Sustainable Process

Everything E-Learning

In recent and ongoing arguments in the eLearning industry, the question “Are models like ADDIE still up to the challenges of modern day development?” ADDIE is an instructional design model that stands for Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation.). While parts of ADDIE are helpful, the model on its own lacks efficiency and sustainability.


Become an Expert in Instructional Design


Becoming an instructional designer doesn’t happen overnight. What are the stakes to be an instructional designer? An instructional designer must and always have a goal for this is where it will start. Let us look at the basic 4Ds of Instructional design. ADDIE stands for Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement and Evaluate.


Getting to know ADDIE. Part 3 - Development


Having scoped out the target audience, settled on what knowledge the course aims to impart, and composed a plan during the Design stage, we are prepared to move on to Development - a key stage of the ADDIE process, though not the last one. The instructional designers will be using content authoring tools to bring the concepts and ideas laid out in the course plan to life.


Learning Game Design Series, Part 8: Dump ADDIE; Iterate Instead

Knowledge Guru

Learning game design is a VERY iterative process. It’s not an approved design document, two drafts plus final—or design, alpha, beta, and gold master. This post describes (and shows) the iterative design process required to create an effective learning game. Unlike other kinds of learning designs, a game has to include content from the beginning. Version 1.


What Is Agile Learning Design?

Bottom-Line Performance

If you’re in the learning design business or working with game based learning , then you’ve probably come across the term “Agile” a lot recently, so we’re going to try and make sense of it. Agile is a fresh approach to learning design that takes the ADDIE model to a new level. So let’s dive in and learn about Agile Learning Design.

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Michael Allen – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


Michael Allen, the CEO of Allen Interactions, is known for pioneering multimedia learning technologies, interactive instructional paradigms, and rapid-prototyping processes—bringing each forward into leading corporate enterprises. Boring instruction ranges in effectiveness, but resides in the area of a total waste of time to an unfortunate loss of opportunity. believe in research-based designs, but red flags rise quickly for me when I see people freely generalizing results where we can have no confidence they apply. Good design takes skill, patience, and effort.

What is a Scrum and How is it Related to ISD?

Kapp Notes

But elements can be used for the ISD project (or all of it if its a large enough project). However, rather than try to define all possible requirements in a design document up front as with ADDIE, the process accounts for the emergent requirements by allowing them to enter the project in one of the many iterative cycles called sprints. DesignA Scrum is agile development methodology for working with complex, unpredictable projects using an iterative approach. Below is a great video on Scrum if you don’t want to read all this stuff.

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Instructional Design Challenges for Smaller Screens


So, while that’s the good news, mobile learning comes with its own set of challenges,especially for instructional designers who lay the foundation of the learning content. This restricts the inclusion of exhaustive text or documents. So, while some of these challenges cannot be overcome in a day, designers can work around them. Instructional Design Research

From Instructional Design to Enterprise Community Facilitation

ID Reflections

have reached something of a cross-roads in my career, and I wanted to document the process of this arrival. An instructional designer by profession who started her career anlayzing learner needs, creating micro-design documents, writing story-boards and discussing the nitty-gritty of course navigation with visual designers, I have long been interested in the power of social, collaborative and informal learning. This is a long overdue post, the draft of which had been languishing in my dropbox for some time--half forgotten. Powered by enterprise2.0

eLearning Glossary Part 2: More Commonly Used Terms

Association eLearning

ADDIE- The ADDIE model is a process used by instructional designers and training developers offering guidelines for creating effective training. This model is broken up into 5 phases: Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. AGILE- AGILE is the counter method to sequential processes like ADDIE. But you weren’t full.

Deeper eLearning Design: Part 2 – Practice Makes Perfect


The goal of this series is to build upon good implementations of instructional design, and go deeper into the nuances of what makes learning really work. It is particularly focused on eLearning, but almost all of what is mentioned also applies to face-to-face or virtual instruction. While you can support transfer with concepts and examples, practice is essential for retention, and so the practices we design have to be optimized to achieve both those goals. This may seem like a lot, but with practice and support, designing better practice becomes automatic over time.

eLearning: More Reflection

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Adobe Captivate Adobe''s Technical Communication Suite Design Documentation e-learning eLearning HTML5 Instructional Design iOS mLearning TCS5 TechComm Technical Communications Technical Writing Technology UA User Assistance User Experience UX by Kevin Siegel      Last week I wrote about how you can use  Reflector to create software simulations and demonstrations  from your mobile device. Instead, you can simply see what's happening on the mobile device through your computer. Unless. Next, on the mobile device, perform the action.

6 LMS best practices for instructional designers


Here are exactly 6 best practices that instructional designers follow when it comes to getting used to a new LMS and figuring out how to use it at its full potential: 6 LMS best practices for instructional designers. 1. Remember to name all your courses, documents, and multimedia content in a clear manner. Keep all the key documents in one clear place.

Designing An iPhone App: Instructional Design Guru

The eLearning Coach

I’m happy to announce that Instructional Design Guru , my new reference and performance support app for instructional designers, is now available for the iPhone. It defines over 450 terms associated with learning experience design, drawn from the fields of instructional design, cognitive psychology, social media, multimedia, technology and law.

“Ninja” Trick For Better ELearning Plans


The most popular of which being the ADDIE model , but there are other ones as well. One danger in adhering to an ADDIE only road-map is that you lose site of the qualities that make your project unique. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to elearning design, but using models sometimes encourages this approach. ADDIE is still used because it works. “why?”

Mobile Learning 101: Everything an Instructional Designer Needs To Know

SHIFT eLearning

That''s why we''ve gleaned some links to resources specifically to help instructional designers get a holistic view about the subject. 1. This is a high-level guidebook suitable not only for instructional designers but also project managers and other stakeholders. There''s also a comprehensive list of design considerations and valuable tools included.

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Agile instructional design

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

I’ve been thinking about fresh approaches to instructional design. Instructional design was invented around the time of World War II. The training film was born, soon to be followed with the ADDIE model. ADDIE (analyze, design, develop, implement & evaluate) made it possible to manage the process of creating useful training programs systematically.

Understanding the Many Different Roles of an Instructional Designer

SHIFT eLearning

Instructional design is not a one-person assignment limited to a single task. There are multiple disciplines involved in it, with the instructional designer assuming a series of roles to complete the job. This idea was presented in the paper, The roles of design: a new method of instructional design. The Instructional Craftsperson.

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Top Six E-Learning Tools for 2015

eLearning 24-7

Here they are. #1  Inkling – Document management solution with analytics.  Garin is the person behind Demo Chimp.   I know Garin (transparency here) and I always felt not only did he know his stuff, but this guy is an ID (instructional design) guru.  A true e-learning developer who gets it.  Finally. I see a lot of courses that are missing the essence of instructional designADDIE? And not, some antiquated approach that wasn’t designed nor built for WBT. . Well it is that time of the year.  And what a post it is going to be.

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Instructional Design Questions? There’s an App for that! …You need to check it out.

Kapp Notes

My friend and colleague, Connie Malamed (aka The eLearning Coach ) has developed a handy iPhone application that will help you become a better instructional designer making tips, definitions and ideas available right at your finger tips. How is it of value to instructional designers and other learning professionals? Also, I think instructional designers are underserved.

Small is Big: Converting PDFs to E-Learning Modules

Origin Learning

Lengthy research documents? Well to some extent that’s true, considering the omnipresent nature of these documents that haunt you everywhere. The onus is on instructional designers to read through the entire document and divide it into portions. Designing the layout. What does a PDF bring to mind? Pages and pages of words? Boredom at its peak? Good luck!

Tech Tools That Help eLearning Designers Collaborate

eLearning Brothers

But when you’ve reached the point when you need feedback or some suggestions to spur more creativity, you can’t just ask a colleague to check out the design on your screen. Where is the current version of that document? For a virtual team to collaborate, everyone needs to have real-time access to current documents and also understand any progress that’s made against deliverables.