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Eight EGGcellent ELearning Blogs for Your Easter Basket

 By  Carrie ZensDirector of Marketing @carriezens

 It's that time of year again. And, like many holidays, it's super fun to see Easter through the eyes of children. Having three little boys, I love to see their creativity and joyful messiness explode while decorating Easter eggs. It brings me back to my childhood days of hunting for Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Eggs hidden in every nook and cranny of our house...and the thrill of discovering where that Easter Bunny stashed my long awaited basket which normally included a plush, stuffed bunny and candy. And it's just plain fun watching my oldest navigate a scavenger hunt to uncover the next clue to the end goal of Easter candy and other goodies (Auntie likes to spoil!).

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Three Guidelines for Meaningful Microlearning

By

 ELLEN BURNS-JOHNSON, Instructional Designer / 

@ELLENBJOHNSON 

 


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ast week, my Studio Executive and I visited a client in California. The meeting went well, so to celebrate, she and I went out for tapas . Read More

What’s Your Training Worth? Demonstrate ROI by Tracking KPIs

By Hannah Hunter, Instructional Writer 

Let’s say you’ve created a training program to teach restaurant employees about proper handwashing techniques. How will you know if your program is successful?
You could ask learners if they are washing their hands more now that they’ve taken the training, but they might not be completely honest. You could test learners on their knowledge of handwashing techniques, but a perfect score simply means that a learner understands a concept, not that they are practicing it.

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Moving to Mobile Learning: Three MLearning Design Mistakes that Everyone’s Making

By Ann Iverson, Senior Instructional Designer 

What was the last thing you learned on your phone? A new cooking technique? How to write better emails? How to change a flat tire? Maybe you’re on your phone right now, liking and retweeting this blog post! In any event, our phones have become indispensable tools to get needed information quickly and precisely when we want it. In fact, according to Pew Research, 86% of smartphone owners use their phones to acquire this “just-in-time” information. Not surprisingly, corporations are leveraging this mobile technology and our habits for using it.

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ELearning Design: The Eye of the Beholder

By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist/ @ethanaedwards 

I recently had the pleasure to pay a visit to Gunston Hall in Fairfax County, Virginia. We had a little time to fill before heading for the airport, so we took a quick tour through this beautiful 19th Century Plantation that was the home of George Mason. Mason’s ideas formed the basis of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and later the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution. 

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Tips for Faster, Easier, Better eLearning Design

By Michael Allen, Chairman & CEO, Allen Interactions 

Instructional design determines the effectiveness of training. In all of my presentations, demonstrations, books, and webinars, I contrast what can be achieved through great design with what is so often not achieved because basic design principles were not applied. 

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All Work and No Play…

By Edmond Manning, Senior Instructional Strategist

We promise no instructional value to the following 30 second video. This will not make you a better instructional designer. This will not improve your elearning.

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Five Steps to Seeing the Big Picture of Microlearning

By Linda Rening, PhD, Senior Instructional Designer

It doesn’t matter what assessment I do, because a common theme always emerges. On the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory, I scored very highly in “N” (Intuition), which means that I see the big picture first and then the details. (That may seem like a good thing until I’m so busy walking through the forest that I don’t see the tree right in front of me.)

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Take the Scare Out of Scope

Annette Kirchner, Senior Producer, Studio M

As an Allen Interactions Producer (Allen’s title for Project Manager), I manage projects and maintain the overall project vision. My daily efforts keep the project moving ahead. I engage team members when it’s their time to shine or when we need their input to solve problems. I remind both our internal team and the client of our limitations, be they schedule, scope, or other client-determined boundaries.

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4 Writing Principles Every eLearning Designer Should Know

By Kody Jackson, Instructional Writer

In my time as a university teaching assistant (TA), I saw a lot of bad writing. Clauses hanging all over the place, dangling participles, comma splices…a veritable side-show horror of prose.

Let’s go through my writing steps guaranteed to make you sound better. We’ll start with the following passage. While it’s a little ridiculous, this example is not that far off from what I see from day to day:

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