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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

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

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.

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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3 Reasons to Prioritize On-Demand Customer Training

How can you provide a great onboarding experience while keeping up with a growing customer base? By leveraging on-demand training. This guide describes three benefits of adding on-demand training to your onboarding process. Click here 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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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?

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.

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

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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

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.

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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5 Indicators Your Training Is Aimed At High Schoolers

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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

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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.

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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How to Price and Package Customer Training

To charge or not to charge? That is the question many customer training teams are facing today. The answer, however, is not always a straightforward yes or no. Download this guide to learn more.

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.

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

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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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?

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.

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.

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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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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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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Your Guide to Creating a Customer Onboarding Program

Even if you don’t have a formal program in place, customer onboarding is already happening at your organization. The question is, are you dictating it and guaranteeing a great experience? If not, this guide can help help.

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

Psychologically-Based Principles for Effective eLearning

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Editors Note: This is a guest blog post. We love to support our eLearning community through the sharing of relevant content. Thank you to Leona Henryson for this article. Check out more of her work here. We'd love to hear your feedback on this post. Please let us know what you think in the comments! eLearning

To Enhance the Human Mind and Spirit

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At Allen Interactions, we often talk about the three M’s of learning: Meaningful, Memorable, and Motivational. Previous blogs have discussed various aspects of these and their importance to learning. MMM (Meaningful - Memorable - Motivational) Instructional Design Ethics

eLearning Design: Assess? When? How?

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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).

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.

eLearning Lessons From the Road with Ethan Edwards

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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.

Engaging Minds with Mystery

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I magine – you are at a dimly-lit dinner party with four friends and an eccentric host. A flash of lighting briefly brightens the room, then all the lights go out. In the darkness, you hear a scuffle and a shout. When the lights return, the host is on the floor, not moving. All the guests remain seated in their chairs. Someone outside the room begins knocking frantically at the door…. CCAF Instructional Design Employee Training

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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How to Price and Package Customer Training

To charge or not to charge? That is the question many customer training teams are facing today. The answer, however, is not always a straightforward yes or no. Download this guide to learn more.

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.

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!

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!)

Integrating Gaming and e-Learning Design Part 3 of 3: Getting Started

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You may want to read Part 1 and Part 2 before delving into Part 3. You might also want to look at pictures of otters holding hads. Your call. Instructional Design Gamification

Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

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.