Read These Instructional Design Articles


While I spend a lot of time writing about elearning, instructional design, and various technologies in our industry, I also enjoy reading what other people write. 5 Instructional Design Articles You Should Read.

How To Write For eLearning

Your Training Edge

Instead, your students will give up soon and they will not rate your lessons favorably.”says Titles are what will drive your students through the lessons. If the titles are boring and unimaginative, the student will presume that lessons are the same. Format for readability. “If

Blogging to Build Your Business

Experiencing eLearning

I recently gave a presentation to the Online Network of Independent Learning Professionals about blogging to build your business. This is specifically about what I have learned about blogging to build your reputation as a learning consultant over my 9+ years of blogging. Writing.

Writing & Curriculum Development: The Introductory Narrative, Signaling the Audience

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to [do a bunch of procedures the utility of which is not immediately evident]." Signaling the correct audience  is indicating in your first sentence who the intended audience is for the course or lesson. Learners who answer yes, immediately understand that the lesson is for them. Or in the first paragraph of any article or blog entry. Do you need to learn how to  write eLearning scripts ?

BLOG: Top 10 Question Writing Crimes #TBT

Unicorn Training

A couple of years ago we posted a blog - based on 'The Great Duck Race' we created as game sponsors of the eLearning Awards - detailing the things people get so wrong when setting quiz and assessment questions. Don’t write one B.

How To Create a Course Using a Blog


If you have a blog, then you know how much work is required to continually write useful articles. It takes a great degree of dedication to run a blog properly, which is why many people avoid it altogether. But there is another reason why your articles are valuable.

Best Customer Education Blogs: 25 Must-Reads for Learning Professionals

Talented Learning

Which blogs offer the best advice about customer education practices, strategies and technologies? And that’s where our quest to find the best blog content begins. 25 Must-Read Customer Education Blogs. Published on the Amity blog).

Training Lessons from Seinfeld: Lesson #3 – Do the Opposite


Training Lesson: Do the Opposite! Need help writing quiz questions? Tap your community for design assistance from an experienced quiz-writing expert. >> More from Trina Rimmer on the Mindflash blog. >>

How To Write Effective Learning Objectives To Support Your Blended Learning Strategy

Obsidian Learning

Here, we will give you a 4-step guide to writing effective and powerful learning objectives to support your blended learning program. Set Measurable, Specific Task- Or Lesson-Level Objectives. Writing strong learning objectives are key to the success of your blended learning program.

The Year in Learning—89 Hand-Picked L&D-Related Articles from 2017

The Learning Dispatch

Below are our recommended learning and development articles from the past 12 months, including thought-provoking or simply fun articles related to the field. Recommended Learning and Development Articles from Our Senior Learning Architect.

Comic Books and eLearning: Lessons from Scott McCloud’s “Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art”

Convergence Training

In an earlier blog post, we took a quick introductory look at some connections between comic books and eLearning. And in that article, we promised to follow up with a second article that focuses on the classic book Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud.

There’s a Lesson Learned in a Fire Chief’s Incendiary Posts

CLO Magazine

It is our job as employers to educate our employees about living in this new online world, because it is clear that not all employees have yet learned this lesson. And I will keep speaking and writing about it. Follow Hyman’s blog at

eCombat: Lessons from the Interactive Battlefields of Afghanistan

Vignettes Learning

Spencer Ackerman features Vanguard of Valor, an interactive teaching tool built to instruct the mid-career officers who pass through the Army’s Combined Arms Center, about the lessons accumulated from years of hard-fought war in Afghanistan. Our Belief.

Top 70 eLearning Articles - Hot Topics: iPad Adobe Captivate - July 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Instructional Design and E-Learning Blogs - Experiencing eLearning , July 6, 2010 Back when I wrote my instructional design careers series in 2007, I was only aware of a few blogs by instructional designers. How do you blog then? Is Blogging Dying?

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2018: This Year in Learning– 109 Curated L&D Articles from 2018

The Learning Dispatch

Below are our recommended learning and development articles from the past 12 months, including thought-provoking or simply fun articles related to the field.Did you have a favorite L&D post from 2017? Recommended Learning and Development Articles from Our Senior Learning Architect.

Who even takes notes anymore … #OpenBlog19

Technology Enhanced Learning Blog

Over time, and reliance on email and digital communications, my writing has got worse and deteriorated to the point I wanted to try something different, something that might make/help me make meaningful notes. In one instance the narrative we we’re supposed to write down (and be checked on later) came so thick and fast there was barely any time to even hear the words and meanings, just enough time to keep up and get the words down. I never learned anything in those lessons.

Swimming against the tide

E-Learning Provocateur

That’s a lesson I’m sure Aneel Karnani learned earlier this month when he argued The Case Against Corporate Social Responsibility in The Wall Street Journal and the MIT Sloan Management Review. Swimming against the tide is a dangerous pastime, whether it be real or metaphorical.

Ad-hoc Social Learning Environment - How a Blog Drives Learning

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

We decided to outline our curriculum in a skeletal form using a blog, and then set social interactions in the curriculum context. Blog is the watering hole A learning blog is so much a happening place! The blog has a personal touch, it is easy to follow, its updates are delivered to participant's RSS reader instantaneously. We used Blogger, the Google blogging tool. The instructor's blog posts were very short - often less than one hundred words.

Blogging to Peak in 2007?

Tony Karrer

I received a great set of questions via email over the weekend roughly coming out of a two articles: Gartner: Blogging to peak in 2007 , By Some Measures, Blogging May Be Peaking. By end of 2007, will those educators who would ever dabble in blogging have dabbled? And if so, where will that leave blogging as a tool for education? Will it only be used by educators that have kept up blogging. The form of it may or may not be a blog.

Common Questions and Some Thoughts Around Blogs and Blogging

Tony Karrer

I've had a brief blog conversation with Quintus Joubert - eLearning Blog: Blogs: Engaging the reader. It started when he questioned the blogs cited on Gabe's list of top 19 eLearning blogs as ( eLearning Blog: Top 19 eLearning blogs ). His post are good to look at as an example of some of the common questions that people new to the world of blogs have. Most people who write blogs do not feel they are "publishing" or "presenting".

Lessons from Leonsis - Not the Tech but the Culture

Mark Oehlert

Ted also writes his own blog -really he does - and recently he posted this piece. He talks a lot about what he thinks you should be doing if you're in a position to need to control your image in the media and while that's helpful - I really like the article for what its not explicitly talking about. Ted Leonsis, for those who don't know, is a guy who made big bucks at AOL and is now owner of the Washington Capitals hockey team (CAPS Let's Go CAPS!)

Too many meetings. Too little time?

Clear Lessons

Bolchover, Writing for the Financial Times IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance , advocates that such a survey should find out whether meetings are useful. This blog has been inspired by the Institute of Leadership and Management’s five dimensions of leadership.

eLearning: Become a Pedagogical Agent

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

There is research that shows that using a screen character as a  pedagogical  agent or learning coach, who speaks informally and appears to be giving the lesson, increases learning. (My   Put Your Picture into the Lesson.  The  IconLogic Blog  has a whole series of articles on how to do this:   Green Screen Part I. Here is one article to get you started:  Using Bitstrips Characters.

A Short Experiment: Six Word Lesson Plans

The Learning Circuits

I don't know how many of you have seen it, but over at WIRED , they did an article in which they asked a series of writers to follow in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway and write an entire story in just six words. Let's see who can write the best lesson plan of learning objective in only six words. I have also posted this challenge on my humble blog and would love to see the results go either place (I promise to share all results in both places).

Communicate like a boss

Clear Lessons

Writing for Headspring Executive Development , Juan is quick to stress that corporate leaders don’t need to reach the oratorical heights of Martin Luther King to influence their teams. This blog has been inspired by the Institute of Leadership and Management’s five dimensions of leadership.

Top Tips to Guarantee a Successful eLearning Program Launch (Part 2)


As I discussed in Part 1 of this blog series , I presented a webinar with Litmos recently that outlined my top ten tips to guarantee a successful eLearning program launch. Most learning designers will create a module and the lesson structure within the eLearning course itself.

My first stab at a custom Articulate Community Player | LearnNuggets


Just about that time, I came across Dave Mozealous ’ blog titled “ How I created a custom Articulate Presenter skin in less than an hour. I’m not new to Flash or HTML, but Dave’s article along with supporting Screenr screencasts inspired me to give it a try.

The eLearning Coach » Blog Archive » User Interface Design For eLearning

The eLearning Coach

Writing concise and clear screen instructions is a difficult task. After writing and revising several times, run your instructions by grouchy people to see if they complain about them. Tags: DESIGN RECENT ARTICLES

Are You Taking Advantage of Learner-Generated Content?


Where before learners simply had to read your course lessons and watch videos, content generation puts them in a creative position. Depending on the number of learners, lessons, and topics with in a lesson, you could divide the responsibility any number of ways. For instance, you can ask them to post a few paragraphs about the lesson, and then respond at least once to each learner who comments. Encourage your learners to write their own blogs.

Helping Learners Pay More Attention: Can Classroom Strategies Work for e-learning?


In a classroom scenario, students are physically present in their classes, but not paying attention to all the lessons being taught. An article ‘Why can’t students just pay attention’ , throws light on the importance of increasing the attention span of the learners.

Looking Back on 2010 with ADDIE

Integrated Learnings

So with this in mind, it seems appropriate to take a look at the articles posted to this blog over the past year and organize them according to how they jive with ADDIE. Two of this year’s articles primarily address analysis. Anatomy of an eLearning Lesson: Nine Events of Instruction and Anatomy of an eLearning Lesson: Merrill’s First Principles each describe models that guide eLearning lesson design from start to finish. By Shelley A. Gable.


How Do You Communicate with Your E-Learners? - The Rapid eLearning Blog

Rapid eLearning

The Rapid Elearning Blog. Because of this you can assess the learner’s understanding and your ability to communicate the lesson and then make any adjustments on the fly. Oddly, although I analyze my audience extensively and watch my language and sentence structure in order to avoid being misunderstood, I never looked at it quite as Tom presented in this article. Thanks for providing another dimension to be considered for virtually any type of one-way writing!

Escape from Compliance Training Jail - The Rapid eLearning Blog

Rapid eLearning

The Rapid Elearning Blog. Tom, Great points - I would like to add a couple more - in hopes that you may address these with your upcoming blog. Great article. I hope your follow-up articles will include recommendations of easy-to-use tools for valid and efficient testing, and tracking of tests/training in the absence of a full-blown LMS. Thank you for the excellent article. That was good article and insights, thank you so much. Search the Blog.

Seven Technology-Enabled Tools that Empower the Modern Corporate Trainer


Blogs and Wikis. There are many social Blogging sites that can be utilized by Trainers to encourage learners collaborate together to create learning resources that they can utilize. Trainers can employ many ways to utilize a blog.

The Best of e-Learning in December


Use these articles to get inspiration and ideas for your next e-Learning course. Get great tips on gamification from the eLearning Brothers in this blog post! Check out this blog post for tips on how to write distractors that make your learners think.

These 3 Tips Can Change Your Compliance E-Learning Forever - The Rapid eLearning Blog

Rapid eLearning

The Rapid Elearning Blog. Late night blogging? Thanks for the the well-written article. Annette: I try not to get into specifics about software on this blog. We’re doing a series for Articulate Users in the Word of Mouth blog. If the assessment and lessons are separate SCOs, then (depending upon the LMS) the student may need to complete all SCOs before the course can be marked as complete. Search the Blog.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): "Correcting the violent video game rhetoric" (

Mark Oehlert

» May 19, 2008 "Correcting the violent video game rhetoric" ( I think this is a great piece of writing that unfortunately will probably have to be trotted out and updated every time a new game like GTA IV comes out. This article correctly takes to task people who will vehemently oppose a game having never played it. typekey e-Clippings (a division of blogoehlert) Me in Second Life Blog powered by TypePad Member since 08/2003