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What I Learned at LSCon 2019

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I had a great time at the eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions Conference in Orlando. I loved being able to meet people in person who I had previously only met online and reconnecting with folks from past conferences.

What does an instructional designer do?

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This post was originally published on May 26, 2007. It has become by far my most popular post. Even after all these years, people are trying to answer this question. In the coming months, I plan to update a number of “classic” posts like this one.

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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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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A New Segmentation Model for Customer Onboarding

A great customer onboarding program is a proactive and meaningful way to make a lasting impact on customer engagement, retention, and expansion. In this eBook, Skilljar will show you a new framework for building a customer onboarding program, including how to segment users and drive long-term value and retention through education.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

Combining Branching Scenarios with Other Approaches

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When you think of branching scenarios, do you think of self-paced elearning, maybe of an entire course with nothing but a complex branching scenario? While a lengthy branching scenario can be effective on its own, that isn’t the only way to use this approach.

Getting Into Instructional Design

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Broadly, there are two different ways to move from another field into an instructional design career: the direct path and the indirect path. This is post #2 in a series about the instructional design. Read the first post, What does an instructional designer do? , for the introduction.

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.

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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LMS Comparison: What Learning Solution is the Best Fit for Your Business?

Explore this detailed guide to see how traditional Learning Management Systems compare to an advanced online learning platform, and find out which type of solution is best suited to meet your learning program needs.

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.

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?

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.

Do People Need to Learn, or Can They Look It All Up?

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I have been part of several discussions recently that questioned the value of creating courses and delivering formal training.

Developing a Results Driven Curriculum

A well-designed learning curriculum develops and nurtures skills needed to achieve organizational and business goals with the most effective and engaging set of experiences. This ebook outlines 5 critical steps to develop learning solutions that will help you achieve the most ambitious objectives.

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.

ID and eLearning Links (11/18/18)

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These Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books – Atlas Obscura. Visual maps of the branching structure of Choose Your Own Adventure books. tags: branching visualization storytelling. ONE level of exaggeration – Learnlets.

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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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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?

12 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Authoring Tool

Knowing what you need from an eLearning authoring tool can be hard, especially when there are so many options on the market. gomo’s new ebook aims to save you time and hassle by identifying 12 must-have authoring tool features.

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.

Better Feedback for Scenario-Based eLearning Presentation

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If you weren’t able to attend my session at the Learning Solutions Conference in Orlando , you can still hear me speaking on this topic.

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When Is Audio Narration Helpful?

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In a discussion on eLearning Heroes , Judith Reymond asked about the research on when or whether audio narration is helpful to adult learners. In Clark and Mayer’s eLearning and the Science of Instruction , they say that the research generally supports using narration with on-screen visuals.

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8 Kinds of Training Where Scenario-Based Learning Works

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In her book Scenario-Based eLearning: Evidence-Based Guidelines for Online Workforce Learning , Ruth Clark identifies 8 learning domains where scenario-based learning can be used effectively.

Monetizing Customer Education: Free, Fee, and Everything In Between

Some of the best customer education programs monetize customer training to help offset program costs, fuel new initiatives, and enable additional investment in your programs. In this webinar, Skilljar will discuss the free-to-fee continuum and share best practices for developing a pricing and packaging strategy for your education offers.

Scaffolding in Microlearning

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How do you incorporate scaffolding in microlearning? How is scaffolding different in microlearning than in longer formats? First, let’s define scaffolding. Scaffolding is support for learners that gradually fades away until the learner can do the task without support.

Elearning Trends for 2018

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At the end of last year, Bryan Jones from eLearningArt reached out to me for my predictions on the top 3 eLearning trends for 2018. He then took the responses from me and 56 other experts and put together a summary video of the top trends here and an article of the top eLearning trends here.

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Basic Instructional Design Process for Non-Instructional Designers

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I’m active in the instructional design subreddit (/r/instructionaldesign). Someone without an instructional design background posted this question about how to design training for volunteers.

Feedback in Branching Scenarios: What Works for Novices, Experts, and Everyone

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When we provide feedback in branching scenarios, we have several questions to consider. Should we provide consequences (intrinsic feedback) or coaching (instructional feedback)? Should we provide immediate feedback or delayed feedback? What works for novices versus experts?

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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.