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Q&A: 10 Practical Principles for Creating Impactful e-Learning

By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist / @ethanaedwards 

I recently conducted a webinar sponsored by eLearning Industry on 10 Practical Principles for Creating Impactful e-Learning. We had a lively discussion, but there were a number of questions submitted during the session that we didn’t have time to address. In reviewing these questions, it seemed that many of these topics are probably of concern to the participants.

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Microlearning: The Resources You Need to Plan and Execute Future Learning Projects

With the realization of a new-age learning style, microlearning has been a huge trend in the realm of learning development and e-learning. If you Google ‘microlearning resources’ you will see over 88,000 results populate. The sheer volume of information makes it challenging to decipher and find credible information and sources.

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Once, When I was at Band Camp…

By Edmond ManningSenior Instructional Strategist

We remember stories.

Stories provide an organizing structure that makes the subject matter more relevant to learners and can maintain learners' interest throughout a lengthy module or course; the stories lend personal importance that can be lost when dealing with abstract facts and rules.

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10 Mobile Learning Terms that Every Instructional Designer Should Know

By Guest Blogger Christopher Pappas /  @cpappas 

Are you looking for a quick reference guide that can help you brush up on your mobile learning vocabulary before your next Learning and Design meeting? In this article, I'll highlight 10 mobile learning terms that you may want to commit to memory by the time you walk into the conference room.

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Je n’en crois pas mes yeux! Unexpected E-Learning Insights in a French Cathedral

By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist / @ethanaedwards 

I had the great good fortune of traveling to Paris in March. I spent a couple of days engaged in consulting work, and then added a few extra days just to be a tourist. I’d never been to France before, and I was delighted to spend three or four days exploring a place filled with so much history, art, and culture.

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Three Tenets for Writing Exceptional e-Learning Dialogue

By Erik Sabol, Senior Instructional Writer

You’re an expert on great dialogue.

Seriously. Right now. No further training required.

You’ve been practicing your entire life. You order coffee, make phone calls, and discuss Game of Thrones like a dialogue-writing prodigy. And you do it all with words that are concise, authentic, and specific to your personality.

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The Lonely Instructional Designer

By Linda Rening, PhD, Instructional Designer

From time to time, all of us as Instructional Designers have experienced what we do as an “austere and lonely office,” to borrow the words of poet, Robert Hayden. Even if we are lucky enough to be part of an Instructional Design and Development team, when the brainstorming and collaboration are done, it is each of us alone facing the fear of the blank screen, and trying to do our best for our learners.

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7 Tips to Choose the Right Color Scheme for Your Online Training Course

By Guest Blogger Christopher Pappas /  @cpappas 


Color has the ability to inspire, calm, and excite our corporate learners. On the other hand, it also has the capacity to evoke anger, confusion, and a plethora of other negative emotions that can hinder the online training process. In this article, I'll share 7 tips to help you choose the ideal color scheme for your online training courses.

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Dear Savvy

Remember Dear Abby? Well, here is her counterpart in the Instructional Design field… 

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Five St. Patrick's Inspired Instructional Design Traditions

By CARRIE ZENS, Director of Marketing

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! In celebration of this religious and cultural holiday here's a blog Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist, wrote last year about five instructional design traditions inspired by its celebratory customs and green-filled festivities.

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