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Gamification: 3 Steps to Get the Recipe Right

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Ellen Burns-Johnson - September 17, 2019. There are many recipes for successful employe e engagement. Gamification is just one ingredient. Gamification isn’t just a niche term anymore.

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

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What is blended learning?

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Carly Baker-Rice - September 2019. In the context of education, blended learning usually means moving some of the teaching/learning work from the human teacher to some kind of technology, used in or out of the classroom.

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.

Digital Learning Tips and Tricks from Neuroscience

Speaker: Margie Meacham, Chief Freedom Officer, Learningtogo

Join "Brain Lady" Margie Meacham for a quick-paced review of the latest tips and tricks as revealed by neuroscience. Learn how the brain works - and, in doing so, discover how to make your training stand out amidst the daily clutter of the online experience.

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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My eLearning Hopes for 2017

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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.

3 Tips on Writing for Animation

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

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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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Allen Interactions Named A Top 20 Gamification Company List by Training Industry - Again

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Raleigh, NC – July 2019 – Training Industry today announced that Allen Interactions has been named to the 2019 Top Training Companies™ List for the gamification sector of the learning and development market.

Top E-Learning Software - Recommendations and Pricing

Zero in on the best E-Learning software for your company. Get expert recommendations and pricing comparisons based on your specific needs.

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

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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

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

Announcing the Allen Academy

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Professional Development E-Learning Design Education Instructional Design Training eLearning Academy L&D Team techLearn

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Dear Michael, My Content Is Boring

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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

Employee Training Playbook by Lessonly

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

North American Rail Safety Week 2018

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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View from the Learner's Perspective: ROI and the Triple Bottom Line of Learning

Speaker: Lonna Jobson, Instructional Design Team Lead, Inno-Versity, and Miriam Taylor, Chief Learning Strategist, Inno-Versity

Learners make an investment when they participate in learning initiatives - an investment that is often overlooked. Their schedules, priorities, and even their colleagues’ schedules are impacted. The Triple Bottom Line of Learning acknowledges the learner as a crucial stakeholder in the learning process. Join Miriam Taylor and Lonna Jobson of Inno-Versity as they continue in this series by looking at eLearning from the learner's perspective!

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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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View from the Learning Team: ROI and the Triple Bottom Line of Learning

Speaker: Andrea Mikulenas, Instructional Design Team Lead, Inno-Versity, and Miriam Taylor, Chief Learning Strategist, Inno-Versity

As a learning leader, you are regularly faced with a dilemma: prioritize the needs of the learners, or succumb to the budgetary demands and deadlines of the C-suite? This proverbial tug-of-war is a constant in learning development - but it doesn't have to be. Join Miriam Taylor and Andrea Mikulenas of Inno-Versity as they dive into the second layer of the Triple Bottom Line of eLearning – the Learning Leaders!

All Work and No Play…

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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

5 Instructional Design Insights from The Marshmallow Test: Part 2

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

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!)

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.

View from the C-Suite: ROI and the Triple Bottom Line of Learning

Speaker: Jerry Zandstra, Co-Founder, Inno-Versity, and Miriam Taylor, Chief Learning Strategist, Inno-Versity

One of the secrets of the C-suite is that they are always dealing with scarcity. Money spent in one place cannot be spent in another. One hundred thousand dollars spent on learning will not be available to spend on marketing or hiring, or any one of several dozen other budget items. Join Miriam Taylor and Dr. Jerry Zandstra as they take a look at learning, training, and development from the C-suite perspective!

Learner Empathy Can Save Your Course Design.

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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.

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: Four Simple Steps to Unpack Objectives

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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!

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eLearning Lessons From the Road with Ethan Edwards

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

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The Triple Bottom Line of Learning

Speaker: Jerry Zandstra, Co-Founder, Inno-Versity, and Miriam Taylor, Chief Learning Strategist, Inno-Versity

Traditional return on investment (ROI), while a long standing and important concept in the business world, often falls flat when it comes to showing the full picture of a learning initiative. Join experts from Inno-Versity as they propose a new model for finding the ROI of learning, and learn how to make your learning valuable for everyone involved.