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Six Strategies You May Not Be Using To Reduce Cognitive Load

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In a complex world, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by a deluge of complex information. This shouldn’t be surprising, as working memory (our mental work space), has a limited capacity for processing information.

Four New Books That Contribute To Learning And Development

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Four important new books have been published in 2017 that contribute to the ever-expanding knowledge base of learning experience design. Reviews

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Using Thumbnail Sketches In eLearning Design

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Thumbnail sketches are quick, rough sketches that let you play with multiple ideas. They have many uses in elearning and learning experience design. eLearning Design

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12 Instructional Design Books You Should Know About

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Look no further. If you are seeking to learn more about instructional design and eLearning, here is a selection of books for you to browse. If you are already competent, there are a few books here that will expand your skills and mindset.

[eBook] Make Better Business Decisions with Customer Training Data

Want to take your training data one step further? Download this eBook & learn how to demonstrate the full value of your program by combining traditional training metrics with the data in your CRM.

Creativity and Instructional Design

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One of the reasons I fell in love with the field of instructional design is that it requires an analytical mindset, yet provides ample opportunities for creative expression. One morning you may be deep into an instructional analysis and in the afternoon, you might be ideating a creative treatment.

10 Things You Should Know About Attention

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Attention refers to being on task or having focus. It is crucial to learning and getting work done. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as: “the act or state of applying the mind to something; … a selective narrowing or focusing of consciousness and receptivity.”

Self-Directed Learning In The Workplace

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Self-directed learning is one way to reduce the effort and cost of building training. It also has long-term benefits to employees and organizations. Cognition

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Books For Learning Professionals To Read In 2015

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If there is any career in which practitioners particularly love to learn, I’d put learning designers high on the list. It’s nearly a requirement for working as a learning designer, considering that we often work with content that others find dry.

Take Charge of your eLearning environment

Learn how to maximize the impact of your learning by aligning to the goals of your organization, how to establish a learning culture with gamification including leaderboards and badges. Discover a learning content management system that is both powerful and easy to configure and manage.

Best Practices In Blended Learning

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Originally, blended learning referred to adding an online component to instructor-led training or classroom education. But now that technology offers so many varied options, a blended approach has evolved to mean the use of more than one delivery method to provide and enhance training and support.

8 Learning Design Trends To Watch In 2015

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These are exciting times in the world of learning. Ubiquitous Internet access, shifts in workplace power structures and wider dissemination of cognitive research are some of the many factors contributing to the following trends to watch in the coming year.

Instructional Design Needs A New Name!

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Do you ever feel envious of the trendy two-letter acronyms used by practitioners in User Experience (UX), Information Architecture (IA) and User Interface (UI) design? Well, I’m not embarrassed to say that I do. I long for a contemporary acronym I can say with a confident toss of the head.

ELC 037: Applying Agile Principles To eLearning Projects

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Agile principles call for iterative and incremental development that improves as a project advances. It’s an effective way to make project corrections as requirements change. In this session, I speak with Megan Torrance about Agile project management for eLearning design and development.

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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.

10 Books to Check Out in 2017

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Here’s a wide range of books that may be of interest to learning professionals covering approaches to learning, writing, technology and careers. Reviews

Building Courses From Curated Content

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Similar to the curator of a gallery who selects relevant artwork for visitors to see, a content curator selects meaningful resources to engage and educate a specific audience.

Persuading Clients To Accept Your Course Design

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Have you ever had difficulty persuading a client to accept your course design? Here are ten strategies that may help you be more convincing. Business

Models For Designing Your Personal Learning Environment

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A personal learning environment (PLE) is a solution for keeping up with the rapid pace of knowledge change. Some say it is a concept, while others say it is a technology.

The Secret to Getting Learning Results May Not Be What You Think

Do you struggle to achieve measurable results with your learning solutions? If so, you’re not alone. According to CEB, traditional training only creates 37% learning transfer. This guide explores the causes of poor transfer and concrete steps to achieving better outcomes.

Tranformative Learning: Another Perspective On Adult Learning

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In the 1980’s, Malcolm Knowles popularized certain assumptions about adult learning that have been the basis of a model you know as andragogy.

How To Combine Text And Image In eLearning Design

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The way that you combine text and image (including shapes) in a slide affects the message you convey and the visual appeal of the material. Developing eLearning

Is Microlearning The Solution You Need?

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Microlearning (a.k.a. micro learning or micro-learning) is an emergent learning strategy known for quickly closing skill and knowledge gaps.

Create Animations That Are Good For Learning

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You enjoy watching a good animation, right? Moving pictures are hard to resist. But how well do people learn from this format? Possibly less than you might think. When compared to static graphics, animations get mixed reviews as an effective learning medium. But don’t be discouraged.

[eBook] Training for a Millennial Audience

Want to keep your training relevant for modern learners? Download this guide and learn key strategies to engage with Millennials in your customer training program.

The World Needs More Checklists

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One of the most brilliant cognitive aids devised by some very smart humans is the checklist. Hidden in this deceptively simple format is a type of performance support that has saved lives in the air and on the operating room table.

10 Definitions of Learning

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We all know that the human brain is immensely complex and still somewhat of a mystery. It follows then, that learning—a primary function of the brain—is understood in many different ways. Here are ten ways that learning can be described.

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How To Quality Check Your Own eLearning

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Before you send your eLearning on for a quality review, how well do you test it yourself? A self-check may seem like an obvious task, but some people pass on their eLearning courses for a quality check when the work is less than stellar.

5 User Experience Research Techniques To Borrow For Learning Design

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The practice of user experience (UX) design overlaps nicely with learning experience (LX) design. Both fields are interested in the perceptions, mental models, motivations, needs and behaviors of people.

The complete eLearning journey

As an eLearning designer wouldn’t it be great if you could take charge of your eLearning environment right from storyboarding your ideas to generating responsive eLearning courses to being able to effectively deploy and track your learners’ performance?

How To Create An Animated Video

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After you’ve designed and developed 60 million eLearning courses, you’re bound to start looking around for something new. I think I’ve found that newness in the easy-to-use animation tools that are now available.

eLearning For Soft Skills: What works?

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How important is it to distinguish between hard and soft skills in the design of learning experiences? Many researchers think that it’s critical.

12 eLearning Related Tools You May Not Know

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We often labor away using the same tools and techniques we''ve always used. This is one way to get in a rut. It''s helpful to take a break and stop to see if there are better tools that will make our jobs easier, more fun, or provide inspiration.

25 Story Ideas For eLearning

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In the past decade, there has been much written about how well people learn from stories. Here is an inspiration list of stories you can use for eLearning, culled from film and fiction writing books and websites. eLearning Design

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5 Key Aspects of Accurate Learning Management Systems Pricing

Simplify your software evaluation process with this free Learning Management Systems software pricing guide! Don't let price confusion keep you from selecting the best LMS software for your organization's needs. Download your free guide today!

How To Be Effective At Persuasion For Learning

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Do you ever need to persuade an audience during a learning experience? Although the persuasion may be subtle, I’m guessing the answer is yes.

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