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Professional Organizations for Instructional Designers

Experiencing eLearning

What professional organizations are useful for instructional designers? This post is part of a series about instructional design careers. The Learning Guild, ATD, TLDC, Training Magazine Network, and LDA all provide both free and paid resources for instructional designers and other learning and development professionals.

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A Collaborative Approach to eLearning Instructional Design and Product Design


Most of the time, and especially when instructional design is done in-house, the teams for instructional design and product design and development work together. When instructional design and development collaborate in one seamless process, the ultimate beneficiary is the learner.


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What does an instructional designer do?

Paradiso Solutions

Instructional Designer on the eLearning Hemisphere. This is where the instructional designer’s role comes into play. So, who is an instructional designer? what does an instructional designer do? Let’s dive deep into this topic and discuss more on instructional design essentials in this blog. contact-form-7].

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9 Key Reasons to Outsource eLearning Content Development to Instructional Designers

Wahoo Learning

This is where outsourcing eLearning content development to instructional designers can be beneficial. From sculpting a curriculum that provides a concise learning path to combining current learning technology with cognitive learning practices, highly skilled instructional designers are vital assets to a successful eLearning program.

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How to Create Engaging eLearning Through Visual Design

Speaker: Tim Slade, Speaker, Author, Award-Winning Freelance eLearning Designer

The effectiveness of any eLearning course is only as good as its instructional design. But can instructional design alone make an eLearning course engaging and effective? The truth is, good eLearning design is more than just instructional design.

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Instructional Design Careers and Trends Webinar

Experiencing eLearning

I recently had the pleasure of speaking in a webinar on instructional design careers and trends. We answered questions about both instructional design career pathways and where instructional design may be heading in the future. I’m on the advisory committee for the UCI Elearning Instructional Design certificate program.

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Intrinsic and Instructional Feedback in Learning Scenarios

Experiencing eLearning

Instead of just saying correct or incorrect, use a combination of intrinsic and instructional feedback for more effective scenario-based learning. In her book Scenario-based e-Learning: Evidence-Based Guidelines for Online Workforce Learning , Ruth Clark labels the two types of feedback “intrinsic” and “instructional.”

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The Future of eLearning in 2022: A Sensitive Eye for Authentic Translation and Localization

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

To avoid awkward and sometimes disastrous learning content, instructional designers must use authentic translation in the right context to get optimal results. For example, even a simple phrase like “got milk” translates to “are you lactating” in Mexico. Can you imagine what a straight translation might do to your course?

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Immersing the Curious Mind in VR: Why You’re Missing Out on Proven ROI!

Speaker: John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO, CenarioVR® Creator

He’ll also review VR basics and give you the step by step instructions needed to come up with a VR strategy and get your project off the ground quickly. Find out where traditional eLearning falls short and why organizations are turning to immersive learning.

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Revitalizing Dry Content: A Lesson in Engagement

Speaker: Tim Buteyn, President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions

Many instructional designers will say, “Boring in means boring out." You’re determined to create something more engaging than the same old course that learners quickly click through, but how do you take this “boring” content and create something relevant and engaging? This doesn’t have to be true.

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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

Join Miriam Taylor, Chief Learning Strategist at Inno-Versity, and Lonna Jobson, Instructional Design Team Lead of Inno-Versity, as they continue in this series by addressing the third tier of the Triple Bottom Line of eLearning – the learners!

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How Healthy is Your Learning Program? Protect the Physical and Mental Health of Your Learners With These Insights From Neuroscience

Speaker: Margie Meacham, Chief Freedom Officer of Learningtogo, LLC

In the past year and a half, many organizations have had to pivot their instruction infrastructure, seeking to keep learning alive by embracing online and virtual approaches. For simply economic reasons, it appears that widespread online learning is here to stay.

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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

Join Miriam Taylor, Chief Learning Strategist at Inno-Versity, and Andrea Mikulenas, Instructional Design Team Lead of Inno-Versity, as they assess a return on learning by looking at the unique returns and investments involved in the second layer of the Triple Bottom Line of eLearning – the Learning Leaders!

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Stop Thinking Like an Instructional Designer, Start Thinking Like a Game Designer

Speaker: Karl Kapp, Professor of Instructional Technology, Bloomsburg University

Instructional designers tend to think content first and action second. As a result, most games are engaging, intriguing, and immersive, while instructional content tends to be boring and perfunctory. Simply changing your mindset from instructional designer to game designer will help you to create engaging and effective instruction.

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Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers better understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and, in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the eBook today!