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Designing job-aids

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London Tube map. Harry Beck, an engineering draftsman is credited with the design of the London Tube map as we see it today. Unlike regular maps that focus on distance, details, and geographical accuracy, this one resembles a circuit diagram.

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Visualizing Instructional Content

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What is a good learning visual. Assume that you are teaching the concept of feedback, and the different ways that you can design it. You visualize this piece of information as shown in the image below (Visual A and Visual B).


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Learning Experience Design

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Introduction. The twin concepts of Design Thinking and User Experience drive product design as well as software and web design. And, since a significant amount of learning is happening via technology these days, it is inevitable that these concepts will influence learning design.

Estimating Cost for Elearning Projects

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Overview. Somewhere, sometime along the way, we decided that we should identify “levels” for calculating the cost for developing an E-Learning course: Simple interactions – low cost; richer interactions – higher cost; elaborate and complex interactions, highest cost.

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A Training Company’s Guide to Selecting an eLearning Platform

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Financial Inclusion Certification Program – A Case Study

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© Crisil Foundation. The Challenge: A Leap of Faith. This wasn’t the regular vanilla project. The target audience wasn’t your white-collar worker with formal higher education and a few years of professional experience. It was a certification program that was to be designed for a rural Indian woman in North India, a majority of who would have at most studied up to Standard 12. They were busy homemakers, used to doing physical tasks more than mental processing.

Question Design for Formative Assessment

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What’s in a name? I belong to the school of thought where formative assessments are not called “Knowledge Check”, “Quick Quiz” or “CYU”. Some may say, “What’s in a name”, but I do think that referring to formative assessments as CYU, Quick Quiz and Knowledge Check is one reason why our questions have been reduced to checklist items. However that is a debate for another day.

Scenario-based Questions

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We often create scenario-based questions because we consider them to be more “challenging” than the regular ones. However, just adding a scenario doesn’t make a question challenging. The scenario that you design has to be authentic and real. In fact, I will stick my neck out and say that it’s better to test for recall than design a scenario that is unreal, and makes the question a complete give-away. Here is a sample scenario-based question for a topic on communication.

Demystifying Cognitive Load Theory

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Cognitive load theory is credited to the work and research of John Sweller in the 1980s. In this article, I try and decode it to help Instructional Designers understand the concept and apply it when they design learning material. Since this is a tough concept with a number of inter-related elements, I have presented it as a series of FAQs. Hopefully, this will reduce Cognitive Load! What does Cognitive Load mean? Your working memory is used when you learn something new.

Question Writing & Assessment Design

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Question-writing is an integral part of the instructional design process. Writing effective questions is both art and science. You may develop this art over a period of time through practice. However, a lack of understanding of the science can render your most sincere “artwork” ineffective. As instructional designers, we are familiar with the guidelines, such as “test what you teach”, “parallel options” and “give-aways” vis-à-vis question design.

[On-Demand Webinar] The State of Customer Education: Trends and Benchmarks Report

Speaker: Sandi Lin & Linda Schwaber-Cohen

In this webinar, Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin shared learnings from Skilljar's recent study and her insights on the state of Customer Education. She dug into key findings so you can benchmark against industry trends and understand how your strategy and metrics compare.

Protected: Creating Model Curriculum – Reference Material

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Gagne’s Events of Instruction

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According to Gagne, a learning unit (lesson/topic/module) should include nine learning events. The nine events are based on the manner in which our brain processes information. It is especially useful when you start off as an instructional designer. It is also valuable in training organizations that operate in the factory mode and produce learning material in high volumes. This framework is flexible – you may reorder the events or even drop one or two.

Content Curation

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Interfacing with Subject Matter Experts

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Introduction. The effectiveness of Technology-Based Training is dependent on two roles- the Subject Matter Expert (SME) and the Instructional Designer. If you are involved in producing Technology-Based Training, you are probably familiar with these roles.

Does Your Company Need Help Solving These 4 Common eLearning Challenges?

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Script writing for video tutorials

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Is the approach to scripting a video tutorial similar to how you script for traditional E-Learning courses? If not, how is it different? Let us see. Given below are two forms of writing for an online lesson on ID Reviews. How are the two different? Imagine yourself as the author scripting away furiously. You spend a huge amount of time learning, understanding, researching and thinking. You go through many cycles of writing, editing and rewriting until you finalize the script.

Octalysis Framework: A Trainer’s Take

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Background. While researching on Games for teaching and learning, I stumbled upon an awesome framework, called the Octalysis Gamification Framework. I used it to understand Gamification in general, and specifically in the training context. Since the very basis of this framework is motivation, or as the author, Yu Kai Chou , prefers to call it, the Core Drives, it is universally applicable to human behavior.


Case Study, Scenario, Story: What’s the Difference?

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The term Case Study is often used loosely and interchangeably with the terms scenario and story-based learning. This often causes a lot of confusion. Some may argue “what’s in a name”, but others, especially those who diligently practice the craft of instructional design, will empathize with me. Many unnecessary debates, discussions and re-scripting happen due to the lack of a common understanding of these terms. What if we could devise a method to elicit exactly what the client desires?

Leaders are what they do; not what they say

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Overview. Just peruse a few Leadership Training programs and chances are that you will notice the following topics: Leadership Definition, Leadership Styles, Goal Setting, Performance Planning, and skills such as, Delegation, Negotiation, Time Management, Budgeting, Coaching and Communication. You will also find a sprinkling of cherries in the form of a few examples and/or stories about BIG world leaders, such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mandela, etc.

The Better Way to Onboard Customers

Speaker: Skilljar Experts

The best onboarding programs have a super power: they’re constantly improving. Here at Skilljar, we’ve learned a thing or two about onboarding, both by crafting our own experience, and by collaborating with the best Customer Education professionals in the world. In our upcoming webinar, we’re going to share these learnings with you.

7 Frequently Asked Questions About Gamification

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Asymptote is an interesting concept in Algebra. It is a straight line that continually approaches a given curve but does not meet it at any finite distance. The learning field is something like that. We keep coming up with new concepts, principles, and frameworks in the hope of meeting that “effective learning curve”, but it keeps eluding us, and the game (pun unintended) goes on. And that’s how today we have a new concept that is taking the learning world by storm – Gamification.

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UX: Insights from Disneyland

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‘Rat’tled! Before we knew it, we were seated and strapped. Within a split second, we started moving at breakneck speed through a dark alley, over a wall, on to a rooftop, and then came hurtling down and dashing into a tall building until we stopped abruptly under a table. As we paused we found ourselves inside a restaurant looking up at chefs who were busy chopping and cooking. Before we could catch a breath, we swiftly moved once again under tables and chairs.

Collaborating With Subject Matter Experts

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Subject matter experts (SME) can either be Workplace SMEs or Academic SMEs. If the domain experts are Workplace SMEs, they will not understand pedagogy. If the domain experts are Academic SMEs, they will understand pedagogy, but may not be in touch with workplace requirements and problems. SMEs are well-versed with the content to be disseminated – the what of learning, but may not be as knowledgeable with the methodology – the how of learning.

Instructional Design for Subject Matter Experts

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The gradual transition towards a creative economy has led to a paradigm shift in the learning process. Learning systems need to be transformed everywhere; and not just in formal institutions, such as schools and colleges. From deciding what to learn, where to learn, and how to learn and be evaluated, everything is being decided by the learner. Trainers and Subject Matter Experts who are engaged to design learning material are not formally trained as “Instructional Designers”.

Deliver Effective Online Education and Events Your Members Will Love

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Boxer, Sprinter, Grandmaster…? What Avatar are you in the workplace?

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Gamification is the latest buzzword!! Or is it? Personally, I think it has always been around. I present my case with a sampling of evidence. You may be the referee, the umpire or whatever……. The Boxer: Starts the week with a Monday-morning huddle where he/she throws punches left, right and centre. I am told that a few punches at the start of the week helps to set the tone for the rest of the week, so no one dares to miss a deadline. The Sprinter: This one is only interested in work.

Gamification – What’s in a Name?

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It’s sacrilege, it seems. My son, who is pursuing his post graduation in Mathematics, gets angry when he hears the word gamification!! It seems people use this term to imply “game theory”, which is a highly abstract mathematical concept.

The Three Essentials of Microlearning

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Microlearning. Learning Bytes. Learning Capsules……These terms have now become synonymous with ELearning. But are we getting it right? Do we really understand what it entails, and how to go about designing these? Are the instructional design rules the same for Microlearning as they are for big E-Learning courses? If they aren’t; how are they different, then? Let me try and explain using an analogy – Fast Food. CATCHY.

Instructional Design for K-12 Textbooks

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Before designing any textbook, it is important to understand the principles for textbook design, and the National Curriculum Framework which serves as the foundation for textbooks used in schools. The audience for any textbook is the student and the teacher. A good textbook should, therefore help students learn as well as provide support to teachers. It should serve both as a guide to basic principles and also provide extra information for those who want to learn more.

The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

Learning Trends 2017

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Many organizations today are experiencing training fatigue. While their training calendars are full, they continue to adopt a linear, compartmentalized and push-driven approach to learning and performance planning. But, what we need in current times is an approach that is current, dynamic and constantly evolving – in other words, an organic approach.

Are You School Ready? Blended Learning in K-12 (BLINK©)

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ID Mentors recently concluded a two-part training program for the Senior Management of Bluebells International School, Kailash Colony, New Delhi. The focus of the program was to facilitate school faculty to move beyond being mere consumers of technology to becoming producers of technology-enabled learning. And keeping with our maxim, Practicing what we Teach , the program was delivered in a blended format.

Putting Design in Instructional Design

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What is design in Instructional Design? Is it in the in the outline of a learning program? Is it in the approach you adopt to render the program? Is it in the questions that you create to optimally challenge the learner? Yes, to all three!! All these parameters will have a bearing on the learner’s overall experience. Why then do some Instructional Designers focus mostly on language when they create or review a Content or Program Outline, a Storyboard or the Assessments? Because it is easy!

Ruth Clark’s Content Types for Designing Instruction

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One of the frameworks that I really find useful for designing instruction is Ruth Clark’s Content Types. In this article, I will explain why and how I find this useful. Typically, once the need analysis is complete, what Instructional Designers receive is the source material, or the raw content. To use an analogy, this is like clay in the potter’s hands. Whether we make something beautiful and functional out of it is completely up to us.

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Learning Content Curation

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Understanding Curation. With the speed at which new buzzwords are added to the L & D lexicon, I am reminded of the nursery rhyme, Mary had a little lamb…. with Mary being technology and marketing, and the little lamb being the L & D community – that’s us – you and me. So here we are the “little lambs” once again, following Mary around. And this time we follow her to the “Content Curation” land. To start with let’s look at a few generic definitions of curation –.