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4 Writing Principles Every eLearning Designer Should Know

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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.

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Microlearning: Overcoming 4 Assumptions

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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.

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Three Guidelines for Meaningful Microlearning

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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

10 Mobile Learning Terms that Every Instructional Designer Should Know

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By Guest Blogger Christopher Pappas / @cpappas. Are you looking for a quick reference guide that can help you brush up on your mobile learning vocabulary before your next Learning and Design meeting?

2018 Customer Training Goals

Are your customer training goals actually achievable? Or will they be cast aside as your team gets caught up in their daily tasks? If you’re not sure, this guide can help.

5 Reasons to Embrace Your Perfectly Imperfect e-Learning Course 

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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.

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The Power of “Test Then Tell” in e-Learning Design

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By Ethan Edwards , Chief Instructional Strategist / @ethanedwards. One of the most powerful design ideas for creating good e-learning also seems to be the one that designers find hardest to accept and adopt. It is the “test then tell” approach at the heart of learner-centered design.

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Three Tenets for Writing Exceptional e-Learning Dialogue

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By Erik Sabol, Senior Instructional Writer. You’re an expert on great dialogue. Seriously. Right now. No further training required. You’ve been practicing your entire life. You order coffee, make phone calls, and discuss Game of Thrones like a dialogue-writing prodigy.

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7 Tips to Make Your Compliance Online Training Courses Mobile

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By Guest Blogger Christopher Pappas / @cpappas. Your employees probably aren't thrilled about your upcoming compliance online training course. But what if you could offer them the ability to access it whenever and wherever it's most convenient for them?

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.

11 Instructional Design Truths According to Cat.gifs

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By Edm ond Manning , Senior Instructional Strategist. If the Internet has taught us anything over the last twenty-five years, it’s that every single event in the history of all humanity can somehow be represented by adorable cat videos. Why fight it? We present some common instructional design truths best illustrated by, you got it—those furry little monsters. Instructional Design Humor Edmond Manning

3 Tips on Writing for Animation

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By Joslyn Schmitt, Associate Media Artist. Joslyn Schmitt e-Learning Animation

7 Tips to Choose the Right Color Scheme for Your Online Training Course

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By Guest Blogger Christopher Pappas / @cpappas. Color has the ability to inspire, calm, and excite our corporate learners. On the other hand, it also has the capacity to evoke anger, confusion, and a plethora of other negative emotions that can hinder the online training process.

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Three Solid Instructional Design Principles in The Big Short

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By Ellen Burns-Johnson , Instructional Designer / @EllenBJohnson. The Big Short is a recently released dark comedy that explores the 2008 financial crisis.

State of the Front-Line Manager

It's no secret that front-line managers are essential to your organization's success. They form the base of your leadership development funnel and, most likely, account for over half of all your organization's leaders. Improving how front-line managers perform yields mouthwatering increases in how individual contributors perform.

5 Instructional Design Insights from The Marshmallow Test: Part I

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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

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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.

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Five Steps to Seeing the Big Picture of Microlearning

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

Pokémon Go: 3 Lessons for Instructional Designers

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By Edm ond Manning , Senior Instructional Strategist. Surely you’ve heard the news stories. Pokémon Go players lured to robberies or stepping blindly into traffic. On Facebook, I read a friend’s post describing how her car was rear-ended at a stoplight. Yes, the driver was playing Pokémon Go.

Content Planning Map: A Template for Training Teams

Are you delivering disjointed feature-based training? Rather than looking at small tasks, focus training content on goals that you want your students to achieve. Download the template to learn how!

Why is Good eLearning So Rare?

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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.

Designing with the Learning Ecosystem Canvas

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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.

The Ethics of Instructional Design

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By Edm ond Manning , Senior Instructional Strategist. With so many fascinating topics in our world of learning design (mobile learning! MOOCs! Gamification!)

Tips for Faster, Easier, Better eLearning Design

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

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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.

Five Lessons We Can Learn from Millennials About e-Learning

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By Sloane Bâby, Instructional Writer. e-Learning Blogs Sloane Bâby Millennials

The Magic of Starting from Scratch: Five Ways to Optimize Learning Design Sessions

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By Ann Iverson , Instructional Designer. Have you baked a cake lately? If so—and be honest—did you use the box, or did you make it from scratch? It’s okay, I’m not judging. Successive Approximation Model (SAM) Prototyping Savvy Start Savvy Process Stakeholder Involvement

Microlearning: The Resources You Need to Plan and Execute Future Learning Projects

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With the realization of a new-age learning style, microlearning has been a huge trend in the realm of learning development and e-learning. If you Google ‘microlearning resources’ you will see over 88,000 results populate.

E-Learning Measurement: Creating an eCycle of Continuous Improvement

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By Guest Blogger, Will Thalheimer , PhD/ @willworklearn. When we build e-learning, our goal is to help our learners learn and perform better. But what about us as e-learning professionals, shouldn’t we be learning too? Shouldn’t we learn how to perform better in our roles as creators of learning?

The Essential Template for Your Customer Training Strategy

Looking to build your customer training strategy? The process can be overwhelming, if you don’t have a set plan from the start. This template can help.

6 Must-Haves Of Effective Millennial Online Training Courses

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By Christopher Pappas / @cpappas. Millennials make up a large percentage of your workforce. Are you offering them the online training experiences they need to live up to their tech-savvy potential?

Lessons on Instructional Design from…my Dog

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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.

Piloting your e-Learning Course – A Beginner’s Guide

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By Hannah Hunter , Instructional Writer. Did you know that the pilot episode of Star Trek included only one member of the Enterprise crew: Mr. Spock? And in that version, Spock had dark red skin and absorbed food through a plate in his stomach?

Three Essential Design Elements for Effective eLearning Gamification

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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.

Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.

Moving to Mobile Learning: Three MLearning Design Mistakes that Everyone’s Making

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By Ann Iverson, Senior Instructional Designer. What was the last thing you learned on your phone? A new cooking technique? How to write better emails? How to change a flat tire? Maybe you’re on your phone right now, liking and retweeting this blog post!

What’s Your Training Worth? Demonstrate ROI by Tracking KPIs

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By Hannah Hunter , Instructional Writer. Let’s say you’ve created a training program to teach restaurant employees about proper handwashing techniques. How will you know if your program is successful?

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

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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?

3 Key e-Learning Design Steps From Pixar's Design Story

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By Ethan Edwards , Chief Instructional Strategist / @ethanedwards. I had the pleasure to spend some time earlier this month in the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. It is great to be reminded of the design aspect of instructional design.

Aligning Customer Training With Certifications

Want to deliver a cohesive customer training certification program? From strategy to systems to job functions, it's time for us to reassess how learning and certifications are delivered together. Download the guide to see how!