The Importance of Being an Instructional Designer

Origin Learning

In this blog post, we examine how the role of Instructional Designers has evolved and the qualities that are needed to succeed as an instructional designer in a highly competitive industry. is the most powerful tool for the Instructional Designer to craft magic.

Awesome Instructional Design Tips for Effective E-learning

CommLab India

After a lot of effort, we developed a highly interactive course with an awesome UI design, colorful and creative Infographics and images. The stakeholder reverted with his feedback: the course is not effective as learners are unable to grasp knowledge from it. Hi there!

9 instructional design principles for building an eLearning course


Gagne argued that nine important instructional design principles can provide a framework for developing a powerful learning process. This set of practical examples illustrates how Gagne’s nine instructional design principles can help you to design an outstanding eLearning course today.

Instructional Design, Training, Statistics, Web, 2.0, & New CEOs

Big Dog, Little Dog

What Is Instructional Design? tags: instruction design ). Instructional Design in a Connected World - Brainstorm in Progress. Much of what has been said characterizes instructional design as mechanistic, linear, and formulaic. Connecting the instructional design dots - Virtual Learning Worlds. From an instructional design standpoint, we talk a lot about "Just in time" learning, or JIT.

Do You Know Whether Your eLearning is Effective?


Two questions any eLearning designer should ask when designing a course are, “How will I know if this eLearning course is effective and how will I define effective?” A surgeon wants to know whether a procedure is effective.

Effective Learning – Musings from the UnConference

Learning Cafe

This blog post is a summary of the “ Effective Learning ” stream of the Learning Cafe UnConference which was led by Bob Spence. Bob argued that the accountability for learning effectiveness does not rest with the learning and development function solely. Effective Learnin

Effective Training Visuals—Abstract to Concrete


We’re back with the fourth in a series of blog posts written to help you evaluate elearning courses by considering how well their visuals add to the effectiveness of the training. Jeff Dalto is an Instructional Designer and Trainer at Convergence Training.

3 Common Mistakes that Make E-Learning Less Effective

Training Industry

But along with the surge in use, I often see a few common mistakes that can be detrimental to any platform’s effectiveness. They can have a negative effect not only on the training’s effectiveness but on an organization’s success as a whole. However, statistics show us that reading slides on a computer screen is not only painful but disengaging as well. To be effective, e-learning must be designed with modern instructional design principles in mind.

14 Must-Know e-Learning Stats

KZO Innovations

In fact, an increasing number of individuals, corporations, and institutions are turning to e-Learning as they recognize its effectiveness and its convenience. Here are 14 top eLearning statistics for 2015 that every e-Learning professional should know! Only 49% of organizations have the Instructional Design skills they need. Only 28% of organizations have an L&D staff that’s confident in using new media in learning design.

3 Reasons Performance Support Is Vital

eLearning Brothers

There’s a commonly cited statistic floating around the training world that says learners forget anywhere from 30-70% of what they learned within four days of attending a training session. Join us for this upcoming webinar : Performance Support Tools: The Superheroes of Effective Learning.

In the Flesh! New Medical Stock Images

eLearning Brothers

Great care was given to ensure that users of these images could get the most out of them, and to that effect, each configuration of organs is viewed from a rotation of around 20 discrete points of view at incremental angles.

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The Evolving Role of E-Learning in Corporate Training


THE JOURNEY: After publishing our post ‘ E-Learning Forecasts & Trends for 2014 ’ a couple of months ago, we received a thought-provoking question from one of our readers, “How is e-learning faring in corporate trainings around the world with respect to ‘effectiveness’?”

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Collateral damage

E-Learning Provocateur

The antagonism stems from the popularity of learning styles in the educational discourse – not to mention vocational curricula – despite a lack of empirical evidence supporting their effectiveness when incorporated into instructional design.

Are you playing the role of the Subject Matter Expert instead of the Instructional Designer?

Janet Clarey

My response went something like this: We wouldn’t expect a layman to design a bridge given an IKEA set of instructions. Those who know how to design instruction soundly are the ‘engineers.’ They are, by design, built around limiting theories.

Moving from Classroom Training to Virtual Training: Here’s How

Association eLearning

The statistics are shocking: 35% of attendees go to the bathroom during a webinar. So, what do you do to fix the situation, and make virtual training sessions effective?

3 Key Benefits of Visualization in E-learning [Infographic]

CommLab India

Looking at these statistics, we understand the significance of visualization in e-learning. Related Posts Infographics in E-learning: What, Why and When to Use Blooms Taxonomy: The Science of Learning Objectives – Part 3 3 Good Strategies to Chunk E-learning Content Effectively.

The case for defensible eLearning: A Psychometrician’s perspective


” Our eLearning team has long applied instructional design best practices to our work. Our psychometricians use the concept of “defensibility” to mean that an assessment has been designed and delivered in such a way that a passing grade is legally defensible in court. Recently, I had a discussion with a colleague who is an instructional designer and she made a similar claim about safety training and eLearning in an industrial setting.

Interactions: to tell or to test?

Good To Great

But an ineffective interaction isn’t just ineffective, it’s also a drain on resources: designing, building and completing interactions takes time (and therefore money), so it’s important to do it right in order to maximise the return on investment.

Top 10 Competencies of a Gamified Learning Designer


Thanks to the inherent quality of learning designers, we find it easy to adapt with most of these changes. The primary reason cited for this (failure) is ‘poor gamification design’. Gamified Learning Design Competencies.

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5 Tools Everyone Should Be Using for Online Training


I’ve been in the training field for about 20 years as an instructor/trainer/instructional designer/LMS implementer/LMS/Administrator/speaker/facilitator/sales rep/service technician/support analyst. Every one of these suggestions is a free way to help design engaging learning modules.

5 keys for Section 508 Compliance and Web Accessibility

Web Courseworks

For some instructional designers the accessibility standards of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act can become a source of confusion, frustration, and anxiety during eLearning course design. But this doesn’t mean designing for 508 compliance is an impossible mission.

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Podcasting: Is It Right For Your Content Mix?

Talented Learning

Well, podcast adoption statistics are impressive by any measure. The network effect is especially valuable when your podcast guests promote an episode to their audience.

Web 2.0, Models, ISD, Trends, Hiring, LinkedIn, & Media

Big Dog, Little Dog

This allows faculty to get to know each other socially in order to be more effective sharing and working together later. Designing for the ISD Life-Cycle - as Measured by Return on Investment and Economic Value Add - The Pursuing Performance Blog. Web 2.0

Informal first

E-Learning Provocateur

Yet despite knowing these statistics – and sprouting them at opportune moments – many L&D professionals spend their time, energy and dollars in inverse proportion: • 80% on formal training. Whatever is required to make the learning experience authentic and effective.

10 Golden Rules for ELearning Design


Any instructional designer will tell you that in order to create effective training, there are certain design principles and models that should be leveraged. 10 Golden Rules for ELearning Design. elearning instructional design

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Top 3 tips for creating professional looking videos for training


Granted that many films are based on literature but it it’s still the glamour of the big screen (and quite often of the 3D, 4D and iMax effects) that makes stories memorable. Instructional designers are no strangers to the power images have. Instructional Designers

18 Top Learning, Technology & Media Links: Weekly Digest –12

Upside Learning

Learn how you can stay on top of current events, eLearning market stats, the future of education, the evolving role of an Instructional Designer and more. Incorporating what we understand about the role of surprise can help us overcome several common challenges in e-Learning design.

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Why Your Employees Get Frustrated With eLearning (and How to Fix It!)

eLearning Brothers

If you want your introduction to capture their imagination, you should: Surprise them with a fascinating fact or statistic. Loading students with too much information will have a less than desirable effect. eLearning Featured Instructional Design Resources Resources

2,000 Year Old E-Learning Technique


Instructional designers are constantly being challenged to create something that is not only engaging and entertaining, but ultimately something that is effective. Whatever your method, remember to rely on your abilities and skills as an Instructional Designer more than the tool.

Two great ideas for your next sustainability course

Good To Great

Wouldn’t that have a much bigger impact than just telling them the statistics? Share this: This entry was posted in Instructional design , Quick links and inspiration and tagged inspiration , sustainability.

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6 Ways to Incorporate Examples into Your eLearning Courses

SHIFT eLearning

While you don’t need to set yourself on fire to learn that fire is hot, being told that it’s important to put out a lit cigarette isn’t as effective as telling a story of how a single cigarette burned down an entire house to get someone to remember to take the precaution. instructional desig

Built-in assessments that put your learners in the driver’s seat


1 In order to maximize effectiveness, you need to avoid using notes or other cues while trying to retrieve the information. Statistics and other data from Roediger, H. Instructional design

Anatomy of an eLearning Lesson: Merrill’s First Principles

Integrated Learnings

A post from a couple weeks ago explained that there are instructional design models that offer formulas for assembling training in a way that captures learners’ attention, conveys content, and provides learners with an opportunity to practice and receive feedback on new skills.

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Facts are a bitch

E-Learning Provocateur

• What is the most effective mode of delivery? Tags: instructional design analysis Parramatta assumptions bias prejudice I was going to blog next about my favourite talk at TEDxCanberra , but before I do that I just want to share my musing for today.

The role of SMEs in e-learning – cooking up the perfect course


For instructional designers this can prove a nightmare as they have to make sure everything they put into a course can be backed up by either science, statistics or the educated opinion of an expert. E-learning Instructional Designers

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