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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?

2017 Customer Training Benchmarks Study

What are the baseline metrics for a successful customer training program? Find out in Skilljar's inaugural customer training benchmarks study, which includes an analysis of completion rates, course duration, and more. Click to download.

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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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

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.

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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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.

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.

3 Ways to Create a Best in Class Customer Training Plan

Looking to improve your training plan for Q4 and beyond? Download this guide to learn how the right goals, education, and tools can help.

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.

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.

How to Select an LMS for Customer Training

Finding an LMS suitable for customer training can be tough. Check out our guide to learn about some key considerations for selecting a customer education platform.

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.

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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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.

Training for Lead Generation, Customer Onboarding & Support

Looking to create customers for life? Training can be used to successfully engage customers throughout their entire lifecycle - from initial awareness, to onboarding, to continuing support. Download this eBook to learn more.

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

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?

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.

Employee Training Playbook by Lessonly

Strengthen new employees and develop existing teams with Lessonly’s Employee Training Playbook.

Tools for Instructional Investigation: Finding the Root Cause of Waste and Failure

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By Christopher Allen , MA, PMI-ACP, Product Manager. There’s no better learning technique than preparing to teach others.”. Valid? Implications?

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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?

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?

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.

[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.