Technology Skills for Instructional Designers

Experiencing eLearning

If you’re hoping to move into a career in instructional design, chances are you need to learn some of the common technology. This is part 4 in a series about how to become an instructional designer. Photos and Images. What Does an Instructional Designer Do?

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Many are free, but an astronomy app I tried stopped part way and wanted me to buy the premium version to continue. 360° PHOTOS. Google calls them “photo spheres” and they remind me of Microsoft’s Photosynth. It appears they now want photo spheres uploaded to Google Street View.

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Media Options for Conversation-Driven eLearning

Experiencing eLearning

In the past, I’ve created conversation-driven eLearning with video, animation, and photos. After the initial video, we used cutout still photos of the same actors. This requires a custom photo shoot, but it’s much cheaper than using video for the entire course.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Essential Reading for Instructional Design?

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Friday, February 15, 2008 Essential Reading for Instructional Design? van Merriënboer [currently unavailable on Amazon] The First Principles of Instruction, by M.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Version – Product Review

eLearning 24-7

Trainer section – Photo optional, name/e-mail address required. Photo is optional. not an instructional designer). While this makes sense if the archive is an older version and you are updating it, it seems an extra step, if you pulled the course because of whatever reason and it wasn’t because there is a new version online. In the beta version of the product, included T/F, yet for the final version removed it.

Field guide to action-mapped materials

Making Change

Action mapping has grown in recent years to apply to all types of training design and performance support, not just elearning. To see how action mapping changes our approach to design and creates a different type of activity, you might read this PDF excerpt from my upcoming book.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: E-Learning Project Reality: Guerrilla Instructional Design

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Friday, March 21, 2008 E-Learning Project Reality: Guerrilla Instructional Design Ill define it in one word: grueling. I get to be one of those builder/designers too :).

What I Learned at LSCon18

Experiencing eLearning

Tracy Parish: Free eLearning Design Tools. The simplified version is Prepare – Learn – Practice – Reflect. Connie Malamed: Design Critique Party. The protocol for the designer requesting critique: State your objective. Panel: Evolution of Instructional Design. Photos. Last month, I attended the Learning Solutions 2018 Conference in Orlando. Once again, it was a great experience.

Jettison the genies and let learners think

Making Change

What does this have to do with instructional design? Let’s jettison the genie from our elearning version and see what happens. Face-to-face version. All photos in this post (c) iStock. Frustrated with stock photos?

3 Things to Consider for eLearning Translation

eLearning Brothers

Graphic User Interface Design (GUI) and Button Design. Instructional Design Process. During this stage of development, an Instructional Designer will make sure that you indeed teach to your audience what you want them to learn.

How to make mandatory training relevant

Making Change

For “mandatory training,” I’m picturing any material that says some version of “Follow these rules.”. Base your design on job tasks, not information. Design first for what they need to do. But why design slides to present information that’s already in a policy on the intranet?

What I Learned at LSCon

Experiencing eLearning

I’ve had some requests to give a virtual version of my session, so stay tuned for that. ” Gunn talked about this in terms of advocating for the intellectual property rights for designers, but I think this applies to working with clients and SMEs as well. Julie shared her “photo test” for identifying behaviors. What would that behavior look like if you took a photo or video of it? Photos.

The Colors of eLearning

eLearning Brothers

COLOURLovers will let you upload a photo and then it will create a color scheme based on the picture. Designing for Color-Blindness. Here is a great site that will let you input your URL and test it against various versions of color-blindness.

The stages of eLearning content development


It’s as simple as that and this is how it goes: Course Design. The material they will provide, the text, the photos, the videos, the questions for the assessment are all essential components of the learning process; hence they need to be up to date and, of course, fully copyrighted.

Do you work in a course factory? Do you care?

Making Change

The only thing I ever design is training. ————– I might design job aids, create help screens, identify ways to streamline processes, encourage managers to provide stretch assignments, push for better communication tools… My goal is to transfer knowledge.

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Elearning example: Branching scenario

Making Change

Turn on your speakers and give it a spin , and then come back here if you’re interested in the design decisions behind the activity. The activity is designed to be completed as homework before a culture class, and it includes a facilitator guide with debrief questions.

8 Small Changes That’ll Make a Big Difference To Your eLearning Videos


No matter what eLearning tools you’ve got, a training video for employees or just a video version of your eLearning ppt file, video production needs preparation. Whatever it is, when you’re instructing someone via an online video course, don’t bore them with tons of information.

eLearning Course Design: 10+1 Steps To Success


eLearning course design plays a significant role in every step of the learning process. Design starts by grabbing the attention of learners and then motivates them to stay engaged. As learners progress through the course, design assists with learning and retention.

How to steer your client away from an information dump

Making Change

How I designed and built the scenario. Click the image to see a larger version. The images of Allison used in the Flash come from one of several sets of fun stock photos designed for use in scenarios, available from ElearningArt.

Formatting Tips for Voice Over Scripts

Experiencing eLearning

If we as instructional designers write scripts that are easy for voice over talent to understand, the voice over professionals we work with can record and edit those scripts faster. Photo Credit: ErnestDuffoo via Compfight cc. Filed under: e-Learning , Instructional Design

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Friday Finds | April 13, 2018

Mike Taylor

Brian Washburn ( @FlipChartGuy ) explores the question of whether there are any instructional strategies that can lead to more engaging software training? Check out his post for more details about how your school can use a premium version of Adobe Spark for free.

Friday Finds | March 16, 2018

Mike Taylor

If that’s not your thing or if you need something to make you feel better after your team loses, here are a few of the best things I’ve found from the intersection of learning, design, and technology this week. It is amazing and I guarantee you’ll find design inspiration.

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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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Designing Member Engagement into your Website

Web Courseworks

Here are 3 tips to design member engagement into your website: 1. With a mobile-first approach, your content is designed to fit on mobile screens first, and then work up to how it will look on large screens. Just like designing for the mobile experience, take out the fluff.

The Top 10 Most Used Online Employee Training Tools: Part 1


What’s a little more difficult however is picking the right tools to help you with course design, content creation, learning assessment and all the other tasks you need to run a successful eLearning program. Instructional Design authoring tools

Using Pattern Libraries for Accessible Elearning: Insights from CSUN 2018

The Learning Dispatch

When designing accessible elearning, one of the first questions you need to answer is: “What does it mean for elearning to be accessible?”. Jay Nemchek of Elsevier discussed how his team worked with a version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire that focused on medical terminology.

Voice Over Script Pitfalls

Experiencing eLearning

Instructional designers sometimes run into pitfalls when writing voice over scripts. Photo Credit: julianrod via Compfight cc. I’ve received alternate versions as Jill describes for both errors and emphasis, and this process has worked well for me.

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Online communities in e-learning, or personalized learning in a collective environment


Photo source. E-learning Instructional Designers“Birds of a feather flock together” goes an old and wise saying.

Measuring training effectiveness — the Kirkpatrick model


Photo source. This type of evaluation is often conducted at the end of the session by giving out short forms to fill in or, in the case of online training , it consists of an internet based survey containing the same questions as the paper version.

The Top 10 Most Used Online Employee Training Tools: Part 2


In this post we’ll suggest tools that can help you with designing and managing your courses. But what about designing it in the first place? For Windows, there’s the excellent Xmind (which is also available for OS X and Linux versions) and SimpleMind.

Free PowerPoint Template: Circle Lift

Rapid eLearning

I designed the files for a workshop on building some interactive timelines, however it can be used for anything. The first example is the PowerPoint version of the template and the second example is the Storyline version of the template. Click here to view the Storyline version.

5 Great online tools for spicing up your training materials


Most trainers use PowerPoint presentations and PDF files on a daily basis, they are even experts at designing good presentations and they might feel that there is no need to change anything. now you can do it without having to master any complicated photo editing software.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Using Articulate Rise to Create Mobile-First eLearning

Origin Learning

In this blog, I will be narrating how Rise helped me create a course for training freshers who joined the organization as Graphic Designer Trainees. I chose Robert Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction to create my first responsive course.

Enabling Global eLearning Across Cultures and Languages

Bottom-Line Performance

These are just a few of the translation challenges Instructional Designers face. Do you need to replace English audio and video clips with new versions altogether–one for every language? Include photos if at all possible.

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How CarTalk can save your e-Learning

Usable Learning

You, as the instructional designer, are starting to panic — you know that you have limited time and resources to create this training, and the more content you put in, the less you are able to do with it. THE SOLUTION: We created our own version of Car Talk for the course.

Top 5 e-Learning books for beginners


e-Learning and the Science of Instruction : Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning by Ruth Colvin Clark and Richard E. Free Stock Photos Sites for e-Learning Free and Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learnin. to version 3.6.6

Organizing Course Content with Storyboards


A storyboard is a sequence of panels in which an instructional designer lays out the framework of their course: What will be discussed in each section? Storyboards in eLearning help put the learning experience first and visual design second.