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How to Unstock Stock Photos for eLearning and Slides

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If you spend a lot of time researching photos and manipulating graphics, you may feel frustrated. Here are a few ways I've found to get out of the stock photo doldrums. Developing eLearning

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Learning Science Books to Inspire You This Year

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Learning experience designers and educators are the beneficiaries of cognitive science research. These three books explain how to apply it. Reviews


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10 Principles of Learning Experience Design

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As we explore our transformation to learning experience design (LXD), we can see that some principles have solidified and are now considered best practices. Learning Experience Design

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The Importance of Writing Effective Distractors

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Although writing effective distractors (wrong answer choices) is often difficult, they can play an important role in getting the measurement information you're seeking. Effective distractors discriminate between those who have achieved the performance objectives and those who have not. Tests

Deliver Effective Online Education and Events Your Members Will Love

This guide identifies the biggest challenges for associations moving their training online and provides practical solutions so that you can hit the ground running. Download now to keep your members engaged and growing even in times of COVID-19.

ELC 063: The Evolution To Learning Experience Design

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Do you hear a lot about learning experience design (LXD) but aren't sure what it is? In this episode, we discuss the evolution of instructional design to learning experience design.

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Story coach and author, Lisa Cron, reveals how to transform your learning scenarios and vignettes into must-read stories. If you use stories in your instructional design and learning design practice, you'll want to listen.

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Empathy Maps: A Tool for Learning Experience Design

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Learning experience design uses human-centered strategies and tools, like the empathy map to develop empathy for a target audience. Download and learn how to use one here. Learning Experience Design

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ELC 064: How to Create Meaning From A Torrent of Information

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Information is ubiquitous and complex. In this episode, we discuss ways to create understanding from raw information. Every day, we engage in sense-making from a torrent of information. And we attempt to help others construct meaning in the learning experiences we design and provide.

Alternatives to Bloom’s Taxonomy for Workplace Learning

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Are you ready to explore different perspectives about learning outcomes and performance objectives? Check out these alternatives to Bloom's Taxonomy. eLearning Design

Bridging the Gap Between HR and Safety

Members of HR are known for taking on different types of tasks. Safety training isn’t always one of them, but in reality, it makes sense that it should be. Learn how safety aligns with the goals of any HR team and how managing it can make your job easier.

Best Resources For Creating Live Virtual Training Right Now

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An increasing number of schools and businesses are moving in-person classes and events online. Are you stuck? Here are resources for coming up to speed quickly for the live virtual classroom. eLearning Design

The Visual Design of Checklists

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The visual design of a checklist has both a utilitarian and an aesthetic aspect. Here are several types of checklists you can adapt to meet your needs. Graphics

ELC 060: How to Practice Evidence-informed Learning Design

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This will be the decade of maturation for the learning industry, where we apply relevant research findings from the learning sciences. I am hoping that this will be the decade of maturation for the learning industry. Part of that maturation will involve disseminating and applying relevant research findings from the learning sciences.

Use Visual Cues To Enhance Learning

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Visual cues direct the eyes to the relevant information in a graphic. This helps ensure that people understand the intended message and adds efficiency to visual communication. Graphics

CFO’s Guide to Building an HR Team with Limited Time, Budget and Resources

Building the ideal HR team doesn’t happen overnight—especially when CFOs have limited time, budget and resources. But our new guide can give you advice on where to start and key focus areas you need to know. Download our guide today!

15 Sources for Free Stock Video Clips and Video Footage

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There are many creative uses for stock footage. If you are on a limited budget, stock video clips are awesome. Use them to gain attention, add interest and to make your product more appealing to users. Here are 15 sites with free stock videos. I've checked them all out and left a brief review below each one. Video

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ELC 055: What You Need to Know About Cognitive Load

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John Sweller, who formulated cognitive load theory, explains how instructional designers can design more effective learning experiences. Podcasts

ELC 057: How To Plan And Design Microlearning

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In this episode, the authors of Microlearning Short and Sweet clarify misunderstandings about microlearning and provide best practices for planning and designing it. Podcasts

How To Design A Quick Reference Card

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In this article, I share the thinking, process, strategies and workflow that went into the creation of a quick reference card. Graphics

3 Guiding Principles to Support the Human Dimension in Learning

Speaker: Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting

Join Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting, for her exclusive session where she will be discussing the 3 guiding principles for the future of learning, and how these can affect the design of work in organizations.

Two Books That Enrich Training & Development

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If you are craving innovation and increased creativity, try these two books to enrich your practice. As the needs of the modern adult learner change, we need new approaches to push the envelope and meet their needs. Book Reviews

Why Discovery Should Come Before Analysis

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The spirit of discovery is often lost in the mindset of conducting an analysis. This is why I think the research and discovery process needs greater emphasis in learning experience design. Instructional Design

ELC 056: How To Develop Your Creativity

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Do you ever find yourself wishing you could come up with more creative ideas? In this episode, you'll learn proven ways to develop your creativity. Podcasts

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How to Improve Your Visual Design Skills

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If you haven't focused on or studied visual design, it may seem like a mysterious process. How can you ever improve, when you don't understand what it entails? I teach visual design workshops and I think there is a formula for improvement. I've outlined it below. Graphics

Five Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

Five More L&D Books for Learning Professionals

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These latest books from the Learning and Development industry cover many of the latest topics including: Agile project management, compliance training, microlearning, a training and development overview, and evaluating emerging technologies. Book Reviews

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Consider Cognitive Load When Designing Collaborative Learning Experiences

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Seen through the lens of cognitive load, there are three aspects of collaborative learning to consider during design: the learning task, the individual learners and the group. Cognition cognitive load collaborative learning social learning

ELC 059: How Chatbots Can Support and Enhance Learning

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In this conversation, we discuss how to use chatbots to engage people in interactive activities that support learning and behavior change. Vince Han says that part of the learning journey is a conversation. One way to have that conversation and to meet the needs of the modern workplace is with a chatbot programmed to engage people in interactive activities that support learning and behavior change.

Retooling Instructional Design

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Learning professionals have been preparing for the changes in the modern workplace. Here are some ways we've been retooling instructional design. eLearning 2.0

The Ins and Outs of Connecting Technologies in a Modern Learning Ecosystem

Speaker: TJ Seabrooks, former CEO at Rustici Software

Have you ended up with a collection of content inputs and data outputs that might be hard to wrangle? If your organization uses multiple LMSs and has content coming from many different places, or you’re heading in this direction, this webinar is for you.

10 Ways to Support Learning after Training

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Think of a course as laying the foundation for continuous learning rather than an end in itself. Base your designs on the advantages of using smaller courses, spaced learning, human interaction and user-generated materials. eLearning Design

Do learners understand your instructional graphics?

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Did you ever wonder if learners understand the instructional graphics you design? Research shows there is quite a discrepancy between what designers intend and what learners interpret. In this episode, we discuss this issue with professor Elizabeth Boling. Podcasts

Case Study: Using a Magazine Format for eLearning

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This magazine format was a solution to upgrading an annual compliance course. Designed in a widescreen format, it included a magazine-type cover design, letter from the editor, table of contents for the menu and a two-page spread for text, graphics and interactions. eLearning Design

Top 10 Tools in My Personal Learning Environment 2019

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These are the top ten learning tools I use to discover, understand, produce media, share and collaborate in my personal learning environment (PLE). Reviews

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

ELC 058 Virtual Training is Much More Than a Presentation

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How can you translate the in-person learning experience to a virtual classroom? In this episode, Cindy Huggett, virtual training expert, answers that question. Podcasts