Allen Interactions

Three Guidelines for Meaningful Microlearning

Allen Interactions

By ELLEN BURNS-JOHNSON, Instructional Designer / @ELLENBJOHNSON L ast week, my Studio Executive and I visited a client in California. The meeting went well, so to celebrate, she and I went out for tapas. microlearning microlearning examples

Microlearning: Overcoming 4 Assumptions

Allen Interactions

By Ellen Burns-Johnson , Instructional Designer / @EllenBJohnson. If we’re not focused on the right problems, we can’t be sure that microlearning is the right solution. The training industry’s interest in microlearning shows no signs of slowing.

4 Writing Principles Every eLearning Designer Should Know

Allen Interactions

By Kody Jackson, Instructional Writer. In my time as a university teaching assistant (TA), I saw a lot of bad writing. Clauses hanging all over the place, dangling participles, comma splices…a veritable side-show horror of prose. Let’s go through my writing steps guaranteed to make you sound better.

Design 295

North American Rail Safety Week 2018

Allen Interactions

One of our favorite clients to work with is Operation Life Saver. This education nonprofit is devoted to stopping train/motor collisions, fatalities and injuries. We have been lucky enough to partner with them on a number of education projects.

Choosing the Right Technology for External Training

According to Talented Learning, more than 700 LMS vendors compete in today’s learning platforms marketplace. But of course, not all platforms are created equal. Before investing in an LMS, it’s important to understand which type of tool would be a good fit for your use case.

My eLearning Hopes for 2017

Allen Interactions

By Michael Allen , Chairman & CEO, Allen Interactions. Years seem so short as I’ve reached, um, maturity. And each year is shorter than the previous one. As the years fly by, I always wonder about the accomplishments of each previous year and how the coming year might contrast with it.

5 Reasons to Embrace Your Perfectly Imperfect e-Learning Course 

Allen Interactions

By Hannah Hunter, Instructional Writer. The Perfect e-Learning Course™ is a legendary creature that changes its shape with each new technological and aesthetic trend. It is all things to all people – classic, yet also fresh, modern, and applicable to all levels of learner experience and skill.

Course 279

Dear Michael, My Content Is Boring

Allen Interactions

Editors Note: some years ago (10,000 in internet years) Allen Interactions produced an e-zine. It may or may not have looked a little like this: Context eLearning

Don’t be That Guy: What Instructional Designers Can Learn from Internet Fails

Allen Interactions

By Kody Jackson, Instructional Writer. Have you been having a rough day? Are your stakeholders sending in last-minute changes? Your SMEs running wild, their content running over into thousands of Microsoft® Word documents?

Six Achievable & Effective Techniques to Enhance Learner Motivation

Allen Interactions

By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist/ @ethanaedwards. We often talk about the importance of motivation in e-learning instructional design.

LMS Comparison: What Learning Solution is the Best Fit for Your Business?

Explore this detailed guide to see how traditional Learning Management Systems compare to an advanced online learning platform, and find out which type of solution is best suited to meet your learning program needs.

Three Essential Design Elements for Effective eLearning Gamification

Allen Interactions

By Carrie Zens, Director of Marketing / @carriezens. I am continually mesmerized by the crazy, fast-paced evolution of technology. There are oodles of apps for educational, informational, productivity, and recreational use available on our mobile devices. And lots of games. Games, games, games.

Five Steps to Seeing the Big Picture of Microlearning

Allen Interactions

By Linda Rening, PhD, Senior Instructional Designer. It doesn’t matter what assessment I do, because a common theme always emerges.

The Art and Science of Gratitude

Allen Interactions

We can probably all agree that in general, it's good to be grateful. And if probed we can probably all pull out one or two things that warrant saying "thanks". But why does it matter? And why does it matter for a learning company? Behavior-Based Learning Gratitude

Learner Empathy Can Save Your Course Design.

Allen Interactions

Where do you start with instructional design? Sifting through folders of content? Meeting with SMEs to capture what they think is essential to the training? Maybe you turn to Google to get the latest information about the training topic? If this is your approach, you may want to refocus. Information-sharing is not training. Since all learning is designed in some way to change learner behavior, it makes sense to think about the expected change from the start of the design process.

Learning By Doing With Digital Guidance

With learning becoming a critical piece to success, it is imperative for enterprises to adopt an integrated learning approach that is aligned with employee expectations. Download the White Paper now to get started!

Designing with the Learning Ecosystem Canvas

Allen Interactions

Michael Hruska, President/CEO Problem Solutions. Learning Ecosystems Thinking is Important. Learning ecosystems are places where people, systems and resources are combined in a manner to support value creation around learning and performance. No longer is the LMS enough.

Design 187

Lessons on Instructional Design from…my Dog

Allen Interactions

By Carly Yuenger, Senior Instructional Designer. For the last two-and-a-half years, I’ve been the primary trainer to my dog, but for some reason, my mind has kept this task separate from my daylighting work as an instructional designer.

Lesson 232

The Structure Of Intellect: Everything e-Learning Pros Need To Know

Allen Interactions

By Guest Blogger Christopher Pappas / @cpappas. All of your online learners have unique abilities, skills, and experiences that form the basis of their intellect.

Roles 228

eLearning Lessons From the Road with Ethan Edwards

Allen Interactions

Ethan Edwards discusses eLearning Design from the Bronx High Bridge in New York. Instructional Design eLearning

Lesson 171

[Webinar] The New Formula for Customer Onboarding

When it comes to customer onboarding, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, but that shouldn’t stop you from forming an effective onboarding strategy. Register for this free webinar with Adam Avramescu of Checkr, and Linda Schwaber-Cohen of Skilljar to learn about the key business characteristics to evaluate before building great customer education offerings.

5 Instructional Design Insights from The Marshmallow Test: Part 2

Allen Interactions

By Edm ond Manning , Senior Instructional Strategist. Instructional Design Instructional Strategy Edmond Manning Instructional Design Training

Michael Allen: Hitchiker’s Guide to the e-Learning Galaxy

Allen Interactions

Zsolt Olah , Director of Innovation and Learning Solutions at Performance Development Group.

Guide 218

Tips for Faster, Easier, Better eLearning Design

Allen Interactions

By Michael Allen , Chairman & CEO, Allen Interactions. Instructional design determines the effectiveness of training.

Tips 208

All Work and No Play…

Allen Interactions

By Edm ond Manning , Senior Instructional Strategist. We promise no instructional value to the following 30 second video. This will not make you a better instructional designer. This will not improve your elearning. Allen Interactions

Developing a Results Driven Curriculum

A well-designed learning curriculum develops and nurtures skills needed to achieve organizational and business goals with the most effective and engaging set of experiences. This ebook outlines 5 critical steps to develop learning solutions that will help you achieve the most ambitious objectives.

5 Things to Do When the Solution Shouldn’t Have Been Training

Allen Interactions

Let’s be honest, shall we? If you’ve been in this industry more than eight weeks, you’ve probably been involved in a solution which possibly, maybe, (very, very probably) shouldn’t have been training. e-Learning Thought Leaders training

5 Instructional Design Insights from The Marshmallow Test: Part I

Allen Interactions

By Edm ond Manning , Senior Instructional Strategist. My favorite analysis question to ask clients is: “What if your target audience already understands how to perform the behavior you’ve outlined, but just doesn’t feel like doing it?”. Very often, I receive a blank stare with a standard answer.

ID Essentials: Three Steps When There’s Too Much Content for One Course

Allen Interactions

By Ann Iverson, Senior Instructional Designer. In last month’s ID Essentials blog , we were instructional designers at World of Wings, Inc., a commercial airline dedicated to safety.

eLearning Design: Assess? When? How?

Allen Interactions

By Michael Allen , Chairman & CEO, Allen Interactions. eLearning can’t do everything. It can’t detect frustration by observing facial expressions and body language (yet).

12 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Authoring Tool

Knowing what you need from an eLearning authoring tool can be hard, especially when there are so many options on the market. gomo’s new ebook aims to save you time and hassle by identifying 12 must-have authoring tool features.

Talented performers often do that extra special something, do you know what it is?

Allen Interactions

Do others try to emulate them? Even try? By Christopher Allen , MA, PMI-ACP, Product Manager. These obvious questions so often go unanswered. So much depends on knowing, but how do we find out? Beyond asking the questions, what strategies and frameworks are successful in getting credible answers?

5 Indicators Your Training Is Aimed At High Schoolers

Allen Interactions

Whenever you begin the discussion of meaningful training for adults, someone inevitably—and boldly—proclaims, “We must accommodate adult learning theory!” Of course, everyone else murmurs their complete agreement. We simply must

Theory 157

ID Essentials: Four Simple Steps to Unpack Objectives

Allen Interactions

By Ann Iverson, Senior Instructional Designer. Congratulations on starting your career with World of Wings, Inc.! Your onboarding begins now. As an airline pilot in training, you need to know and do a lot of things to achieve our goal of flight safety!

Train 212

Why is Good eLearning So Rare?

Allen Interactions

By Michael Allen , Chairman & CEO, Allen Interactions. One might ask a broader question, just for perspective: Why is good training so rare? Indeed, all of us have been in programs where we wished the clock on the wall would tick faster. We’ve tried to stay focused. Tried to stay awake.

How to Use Customer Training Data to Make Better Business Decisions

You may think customer training is crucial to the success of your organization, but do you have the data to prove it? Download the guide now, and learn how to prove the value of your customer training programs.