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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 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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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.

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

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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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.

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?

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.

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.

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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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.

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

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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

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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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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[Webinar] How Zenefits Uses a Customer Enablement Tech Stack to Drive Adoption

The Education Services team at Zenefits was looking to provide easily accessible and immediately usable education offerings to drive customer adoption and engagement. The company addressed this challenge by connecting the technologies powering its training, support and customer advocacy programs into an ecosystem for customer enablement. This ecosystem has made it simpler for customers to onboard, and for the Zenefits team to maximize and measure the net impact of their initiatives. In this session, Melanie Gallo, Senior Director of Education Services at Zenefits, will team up with Skilljar to share learnings and best practices from their experience in creating this customer enablement ecosystem.

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 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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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.

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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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.

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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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

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?

Tips to Tame Troublemaker Schedules

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I am one of those people who packs for a trip the night before. And, while I may look to see what’s on offer at my destination, I don’t spend too much time planning things out. Project Success e-Learning Project Management

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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.

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).

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.

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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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.

[Webinar] Driving Customer Health Through Education

How actionable is your customer education data? And are you combining it with other business metrics to uncover the impact of your training program? Innovative Education Services teams are integrating their Customer Training Platform (CTP) and CRM systems to uncover valuable insights, and answer mission-critical business questions. Join Skilljar and Pat Durante, President of the Computer Education Management Association and Senior Director, Technical Enablement at Talend for a Q&A webinar exploring the intersection of customer health and education.

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

eLearning Lessons From the Road with Ethan Edwards

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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!)

4 Ways to Close the Learning-Doing Gap for Front-Line Managers [GUIDE]

Wanted: A better way to develop front-line managers! It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to gain key insights into why so many programs fall short and learn 4 key principles for designing an effective solution.