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Branch and Bottleneck Scenario Structure

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One of the challenges of branching scenarios is that you can generate so many options and paths that it quickly becomes unwieldy. A branch and bottleneck scenario structure is one strategy for keeping the complexity manageable. Branch and Bottleneck.

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Finding a Good Fit in Instructional Design

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When you’re looking for an instructional design role, it’s important to find a good “fit.” ” A good fit means doing work you find satisfying, in an organization or with clients that value your contributions. Generalist or specialist.

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How many options in branching scenario decisions?

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When you create branching scenarios, each decision point provides learners with multiple choices. How many options do you need to provide in a branching scenario?

Learner Engagement: Behavioral, Cognitive, & Affective

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We’re all looking to improve our “learner engagement,” right? But what exactly do we mean by “engagement”? In elearning, we often focus on clicks and interaction. That’s part of behavioral engagement.

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.

Protagonists Should Be Like Your Learners

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When you write a story for learning, you need a few essential elements: a protagonist (the main character), the protagonist’s goal , and the challenges the protagonist faces. The protagonist should be someone your learners identify with.

Selling Storytelling in Learning

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I got a call from a prospective client looking to hire an instructional designer. “Tell me about what you’re looking for,” I said. “Well, I have a classroom training program I’d like to convert to online. It’s a course on pregnancy discrimination.

Focus on What’s Important for Learning

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My daughter is in kindergarten this year. It’s been so much fun to watch her process of learning to read and write. During their unit about animals, my daughter wrote some facts about fish. A fish moves with its tail and fin. Its covering is called scales. Fish do not have eyebrows.

Convert Training: Design Online or Blended Learning

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In my previous post on converting training to online , I provided questions to ask and tips for analysis. In this post, I’ll dig deeper in how to design an online or blended learning program based on an existing classroom training program.

Connect Scenarios to Objectives Plus More Tips

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Recently, Bryan Jones from eLearningArt invited me and 59 other eLearning people to share their single best tip for creating effective eLearning scenarios. The post is now live, and you can check it out here: 13 eLearning Scenario Tips that 60 Experts Agree On.

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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.

Convert Training to Online

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One common request from clients and stakeholders is to convert an existing classroom training program to an online or blended format. Just taking your existing PowerPoint slides and putting them online won’t be very effective.

Instructional Design Portfolio Resources

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Everyone working in instructional design, learning experience design, or elearning should have a portfolio. This is especially true for people who are job seeking or working independently. Why do you need a portfolio?

Make Your Stories Relevant

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Not all stories for learning are successful in engaging learners. Stories that are primarily entertaining without being relevant can waste people’s time and annoy them.

Instructional Design Experience Before Your First Job

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“How do you get experience in the field so you can get your first ID job?” ” That’s a recurring questions I hear from those trying to start their instructional design careers.

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Employee Training Playbook by Lessonly

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

Should You Create Free eLearning Samples?

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Some employers ask prospective hires to create free elearning samples before being hired. Should you ever do free work? I think people deserve to be paid for their time and effort. However, in some limited circumstances, creating free elearning samples make sense. The problems with free samples.

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Instructional Design Certificate or Masters Degree

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A reader sent me this question: I’m very seriously considering a career change into ID. (I’ve I’ve spent 20 years in various business assignments with the last 8 in IT.) I’m involved in teaching extra-curricular activities to kids and adults in my community. I very fulfilled when I’m teaching and I’ve come to the conclusion that I want to follow this as a career path. Having said this, I’m exploring a master’s degree in ID.

Articulate Rise Scenario Block Example

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Articulate recently added a scenario block in Rise. This block is designed to create responsive branching scenarios quickly. The final products look great, although there are some limitations. I think the Rise scenario block works well for quick conversation simulations. Branching scenario example.

Gift Ideas for Instructional Designers and eLearning Developers: Books!

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Are you doing holiday shopping for any instructional designers or eLearning developers? Maybe you received some gift cards and are looking for something for yourself. Here are some of the books I recommend for the learning and development professionals on your gift list.

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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!

Make Learning Immediately Relevant with Scenarios

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One way to engage learners is to make content immediately relevant. People naturally pay more attention to information they can use right away than information they “might need someday.” ” Create a Sense of Immediacy.

Building One Path in a Storyline Branching Scenario

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When I write scenarios, I usually write the ideal path first. I find it’s easiest to have one complete path with the most correct answers, and then branch off from that later. When I build branching scenarios, I also prefer to build a single path first.

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Building a Simulated Phone Conversation in Storyline

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In my last post on creating layouts for a branching scenario , I identified a need to build some long phone conversations. These are basically like a “cut scene” that shares additional information between the decision points.

Creating Branching Scenario Layouts

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I created a branching scenario prototype in Twine a while back about an instructional design consultant screening and booking a new client. My previous posts have shown my process for planning and writing the scenario.

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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!

A Range of Options for Scenarios and Storytelling

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When someone mentions scenario-based learning, do you automatically think of complex branching scenarios? While that’s one way to implement scenarios (and a very effective one!), I don’t think it’s the only option. A range of options are available, from passive to active.

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Media Options for Conversation-Driven eLearning

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Rather than delivering eLearning content as a lecture, you can explain it through conversations. While more resource-intensive multimedia may be desired, you have a range of options with this technique. It’s possible to use conversations even with a low budget.

Instructional Design Isn’t Dying. It’s Evolving.

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You may have read dire predictions that instructional design is dead. The eLearning Guild just published a report titled “ Is instructional design a dying art? ” One of the guild’s recent surveys asked participants if ID is a dying field. Is it really?

When To Use Branching Scenarios

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When should you use a branching scenario rather than other learning strategies? There are no “silver bullets” in learning; we don’t have “one way to rule them all” that works in every single situation.

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!

Moving to a New URL

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I have migrated my blog to christytuckerlearning.com. I had been at christytucker.wordpress.com since 2006, but it’s time to move to my own site where I have more control. One change will be the permalink structure.

Learning Experience Design: A Better Title Than Instructional Design?

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How many times have you told people, “I’m an instructional designer,” only to be met with a blank stare? How many people are thoroughly confused about what we do for a living?

Should We Create Courses or Just Performance Support?

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In my last post, I shared some thoughts about why people need to actually learn and remember things, rather than assuming we can always look them up.

Immediate and Delayed Consequences in Branching Scenarios

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In branching scenarios, we can use a combination of immediate and delayed consequences and feedback. Consequences are what happens as a result of decisions; feedback is what we tell learners after decisions. Use Immediate Consequences Often.

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.