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30+ Ideas for eLearning Portfolio Samples

Experiencing eLearning

What if you can’t use any samples of your existing work due to confidentiality or security requirements? For example, the Instructional Designer or eLearning Developer demo in my portfolio is based on an activity I originally created for a health care client. For portfolio samples, you don’t generally need to create a full-blown, 60 minute course.

20+ More Books for Instructional Designers

Experiencing eLearning

In response to my list of 12+ Books for Instructional Designers , I received a lot of great suggestions for further reading. Instructional Design and Learning Design. ISD From the Ground Up: A No-Nonsense Approach to Instructional Design by Chuck Hodell was suggested by Phrodeo , who is using it as a textbook in a course she’s taking.

eLearning Book Review: The Accidental Instructional Designer

Web Courseworks

Instructional designers and eLearning managers can learn something from Cammy Bean’s book. Here’s a question for the eLearning managers out there: How many members of your instructional design team got involved in the field by accident? Cammy doesn’t mince words when discussing ADDIE on pg. ADDIE is a big black box when it comes to the actual design part.”.

Gaps in the ADDIE Instructional Design Model

LearnDash

I have often written in the past about the strengths of using an elearning model, such as ADDIE , for course design, development, and delivery. still happen to believe that ADDIE (or derivatives of this framework) tend to capture the most under the instructional design umbrella, but that’s not to say there aren’t any flaws. Some Weaknesses.

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Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

For example, your goal might be to hire and train three new service teams this year. For example, to support objective 1— standardize and ramp up hiring activity to 50 new hires – you might use courses such as. Conduct Behavioral Interviews” and “Design Great Training.” their group, you may wish to try action mapping, a technique developed by instructional. capital.

Back To Basics: Instructional Design Terminology

Obsidian Learning

In our first Back to Basics blog “What is Instructional Design?” we talked about the concept and definition of instructional design. This week, we wanted to cover some common terms that you are bound to hear in almost instructional design setting. For the experienced Instructional Designers out there, what terminology did you wish you had known first?

We Need a Degree in Instructional Design

Kapp Notes

Image from Kathy Sierra's old "creating passionate users" blog via Jane Bozarth Lately there has been a lot of discussion over at Cammy Bean's blog Learning Visions about whether or not someone has the "right" to be called an instructional designer or whether or not you even need to know instructional theories to be called an instructional designer.

Instructional Designer

Association eLearning

Job Title: Instructional Designer. Job Category:   eLearning, software, instructional design, training, education. Digitec Interactive is looking for an Instructional Designer to work with our production team in Orlando, Florida. The candidate will report to a project manager and perform instructional design tasks, following the ISD process to design and write e-learning modules, courses, and game-based learning experiences. Write design strategy documents and script/storyboards. Status: Fulltime. Job Description.

Sample branching scenario + cool tool

Making Change

Branching scenarios can be a pain to design. The scenario was inspired by a language-learning activity designed by Kinection. Then come back here for more about Twine and my design decisions. Use simple codes to keep track of variables or limit learners’ choices (not shown in the sample scenario). Visual design. Twine. Link scenes using simple text.

New research explores the common myths and realities around the 70:20:10 learning model

For example, organisations. 44% involve managers in the design of the most appropriate solution (19%). They design formal learning to extend. design of learning (44% vs 14%) • 7x more likely to use spaced learning. Data from a sample of 1,681 learners taking part in a Towards Maturity Learning Landscape Audit during 2015. In-Focus. Report. Supported by. Foreword.

Sample branching scenario + cool tool

Making Change

Branching scenarios can be a pain to design. The scenario was inspired by a language-learning activity designed by Kinection. Then come back here for more about Twine and my design decisions. Use simple codes to keep track of variables or limit learners’ choices (not shown in the sample scenario). Visual design. Twine. Link scenes using simple text.

ADDIE is dead! Long live ADDIE!

Gram Consulting

I’m at risk of flogging a very dead horse here, but some recent posts from Ellen Wagner (What is it about ADDIE that makes people so cranky?) and Donald Clark ( The evolving dynamics of ISD and Extending ISD through Plug and Play ) got me thinking about instructional design process and ADDIE in particular (please  don’t run away!). ADDIE Rapid development

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Top 10 Resources on Instructional Design: Basics and More

Designed for Learning

Without knowing and understanding these basics, we can't claim to be successfully practicing our subject - the subject of instructional design. For my friend and many others out there who have often called and written to me asking about good websites and books for learning the basics of Instructional Design AND for others who don't know me but are no less interested in a good list of resources… well, here's my top 10! This list is a combination of books and sites that offer theory, models, examples, and mentors! These 'basics' are different for everyone.

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5 Content Troubleshooting Tips for Instructional Designers

eLearning Brothers

Do you ever feel stuck as Instructional Designers with content you can’t work with? Once you understand these things, it becomes much easier to know what to focus on, how to present it, and what activity you may be able to design that supports the learner applying this knowledge via an activity to a realistic task or scenario. After that, the design comes easy. 2.

3 Signs Your Training Department is Instructional Design Deficient

eLearning Brothers

Well, what happened? I’ll tell you what happened: your training department was ID-deficient or instructional design-deficient. Here are three signs your training department lacks an instructional design foundation: Objectives Omission Syndrome (OOS). Instructional designers and eLearning developers know the importance of learning objectives.

Falling in Love all Over Again with ISD – with Allison Rossett at #ASTD2011

Learning Visions

These are my notes from a session with Allison Rossett “Falling in Love All Over Again—With ISD” at ASTD ICE in Orlando, May 24, 2011. Forgive typos and incoherence… ** ISD got its start in WWII – when the country was preparing soldiers for war. From the war, these trainer types went into industry – telecom (ATT) Walter Dick – “ISD is applied educational psychology” Instructional design is all abut theory. Evidence-Based Instructional Design just serving up a tasty buffet isn’t enough. www.articulate.com showcase example). Motivation.

Top Instructional Design Tips

Rapid eLearning

At a recent workshop I was asked to put together a post with some of my top instructional design tips. Of course, over the past 8 years most of the posts are littered with various tips related to instructional design. Instructional Design Tips. Here’s a list of blog posts related to instructional design. Instructional Techniques. Tell,

Essentials of great instructional design

LearnUpon

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.

ID is not ISD

Big Dog, Little Dog

One of the trends in the learning industry is proclaiming that a new Instructional Design (ID) model, such as rapid development prototyping, needs to replace Instructional System Design (ISD) because the new model provides more benefits, such as it's newer, dynamic, and faster. Design (sometimes combined with Development). Development. Evaluation. 1997).

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Cognitive Load Theory: The Key to Smarter Instructional Design

Origin Learning

For example, suppose we tell you five words- complexity, television, snow, equation and circumstances. Instructional designers generally do not have control on this type of mental load. Extraneous load is of particular concern to instructional designers, because it arises out of the way information is presented to learners.  What is cognitive load theory (CLT)?

Let’s get rid of the instructional designers!

E-Learning Provocateur

That’s the view of some user-oriented design proponents. Whereas that post explored the role of the learner in the content development process, how about their role in the broader instructional design process? Whether or not the more “progressive” design philosophies resonate with you, at the very least I hope they provoke your thinking… Introduction.

Why Instructional Design matters

Spark Your Interest

In the first post of this series , I wrote about my observations of blurring the lines between web design and elearning, as well as the obsession with beauty over useful. In this post, I’ll explore what the differences between the web design and instructional/e-learning design. They are different, but closely associated, design approaches. So, the closing question at the end of the previous post was “does instructional design matter”? I’m going to declare my bias right up front. I am an instructional designer.

Device-Agnostic Content – The Instructional Design Challenge

Origin Learning

As a result, web designers and programmers have found a smarter way out: forget the device. Yes, device agnosticism is all about focusing on the content and designing it in a way that instead of being tied to any particular device, it serves to perform well on the web in general. Instructional designers may be working on a desktop browser while authoring what goes onto each page.

8 Effective Scenario Ideas for Instructional Designers

eLearning Brothers

Here are some elements that designers should consider when creating effective scenarios: involves mentally processing and connecting the content presented to the question/task. Scenario Ideas for Instructional Designers. Example in Action: Show a customer that wants to do a bank transaction at the teller window. Example in Action: This could work great for sales teams.

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Instructional Design Pointers shared by Nadine Jeffers

Raptivity

Recently, Raptivity had organized a Games Show Webinar where Nadine Jeffers shared some vital pointers on designing instructionally sound interactivity using raptivity. Education Software Free webinar Gaming interactive learning raptivity be creative edutainment Heroskills interactivity samples humour and cartoons instructional designBe Creative 2.

4 Instructional Design Best Practices You Can’t Live Without

eLearning Brothers

Instructional design is truly an art form. While there is no one-size-fits-all formula that will guarantee a perfect course in all circumstances, there are handy guidelines to follow that will usually lead to good design choices. Here are a few reminders to keep in mind the next time you design an eLearning course. If for instance you were designing a course about the amazing world of…um…fruit? This will dictate every other choice you make in the instructional design. What are your instructional design best practices?

Getting to know ADDIE. Part 3 - Development

Geenio

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.

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10 “Super” Instructional Design Skills

LearnDash

If you ever wondered what it takes to be a successful instructional designer, then the inforgraphic below (originally detailed by SHIFT elearning ) is a good place to start. Generally speaking, a good instructional designer is someone who can take information and present in a way that effectively changes (or reinforces) a particular behavior or way of thinking.

10 eLearning Game Ideas for Instructional Designers

eLearning Brothers

Instructional Designers have the ability to make awesome eLearning games, they just don’t know it yet. Simulate this instructionally. No game made this more clear to me than Angry Birds, where it almost seemed like the game’s level was designed to be challenging enough that learners were required to fail in order to learn enough to pass the level. People loved it.

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Requirements Sample - The LMS and scenarios

In the Middle of the Curve

TOGAF - Requirement Types Requirements Management in the Ecosystem Requirements Sample - Survey Tool Requirements Step One Requirements Step Two Requirements Step Three Requirements Step Four Translating Requirements to Capabilities Translating Capabilties to Strategy Those examples are "ideal scenario". It's called "needs assessment." -- In this particular example, Syd (remember her?)

SMEs Are Not Instructional Designers

Association eLearning

In many cases, it may be easier for the SME to respond to something you’ve written rather than to start from scratch, so draft up potential scenarios and activities as examples for the SME and let them revise and refine. Pam Kelly Instructional Design Director at Digitec Interactive. SMEs Are Not Instructional Designers - March 18, 2013. So where’s the balance?

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

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10 psychology terms every Instructional Designer should know

LearnUpon

Instructional Design relies heavily on educational psychology. In this article,  Christopher Pappas from  eLearning Industry  highlights 10 educational psychology terms that every Instructional Designer should know. It will also help you to design more powerful and practical eLearning courses for online learners. Course Content instructional design

Book review: Leaving ADDIE for SAM: will agile eLearning development become mainstream?

Challenge to Learn

I have read the book from Michael Allen ( and Richard Sites) with a lot of interest and it is a book that I can recommend to read, it does explain the why and the how of the approach and it contains a lot of practical stuff like examples and check list that will help you get started. Michael and Richard present us an agile alternative for ADDIE: SAM (Successive Approximation Model).

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Become an Expert in Instructional Design

TalentLMS

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.

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Instructional Designer’s Mindset

Spark Your Interest

I was going to call this post the “curse” of the mindset of the instructional designer, as many of us go through life seeing places where people could really use our help and sometimes we can’t stop. An instructional designer mindset means: You seek to clarify what the intended audience supposed to DO and HOW are they supposed to do it. This doesn’t mean that we are looking to turn everything into a course, it just means that we are looking for ways to improve instruction. Where would an instructional designer mindset be helpful? It’s a gift!

Instructional Design for Beginners – What Motivates People To Learn?

Upside Learning

Most rookie Instructional Designers have a misconception that Instructional Design is quite academic in nature. I was a part of the vast majority up until a few months ago. Over time, I realized that most Instructional Design theories are rooted in common sense. What is Motivational Design? You can read more about Motivational Design here.

9 instructional design principles for building an eLearning course

LearnUpon

Gagne argued that nine important instructional design principles can provide a framework for developing a powerful learning process. This set of practical examples illustrates how Gagne’s nine instructional design principles can help you to design an outstanding eLearning course today. Course Content Success instructional designGrab attention.

30 Top Online Resources For Instructional Designers To Keep Up With

Upside Learning

As an instructional designer, you start by learning a whole lot of theories and models. After a few years you realize that instructional design is more an art rather than just pure science – it is a skill honed with experience, and can’t really be narrowed down into a set of guidelines that will fit every situation. Instructional Design by Example by Janet Clarey.