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Practical Ways to Improve Your e-Learning Interaction Design

by Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist

Take a moment to consider two possible interactions for an e-learning module intended to teach driving safety and rules of the road. These alternatives illustrate ways to teach new skills and assess comprehension. 

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5 Tricks to Demolish your Creative Blocks

by Hannah Hunterinstructional writer

When you work in a creative profession like e-learning, you’re bound to encounter the occasional pesky creative block. But honestly, who has time for that? When I find myself drowning in confusing content or staring slack-jawed at my computer screen, these tricks never fail to get me back on track:

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Iterations: Creating Learning for Performance Change [Ep. 13]

Richard Sites and Angel Green discuss the pushback that designers often get when trying to move from content-focused design to performance-based design.

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40+ Game Design Resources for IDs, Trainers, Educators & Practitioners

by Carrie Zens, director of marketing

Earlier this month, Angel Green presented a complimentary Training Magazine webinar on the topic of gamification for instructional design. Based on the high number of registrants, this subject seems to resonate with many of you. Therefore, we’ve pulled together 40+ resources to help you learn more about the topics of game design, game theory, and gamification. Some of the resources are industry agnostic, while others focus specifically on the world of instructional design and learning.

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Celebrating the Instructional Designer's Traditions of St. Patrick's Day

by Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist

Today finds people all around the world celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Like so many ancient customs, the precise history of St. Patrick and the significance of iconic bits of folklore have become muddled. What few people realize is that these legends were really much more about e-learning design than Ireland. Let me fill you in:

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Beyond Liking It: Ask These 3 Learner-Centric Design Questions

by Nicole Mellas, instructional writer/designer

“That training was great! I clicked through it in 5 minutes even though it was supposed to take 30.”

“I loved that training! I could keep working while the audio played, so it didn’t interrupt my day.”

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How An Iterative Process Facilitates Empathetic Learning Design

by Angel Green, senior instructional strategist | @LearnerAdvocate

This past spring, I delivered a premium training webinar entitled Design Thinking for the Instructional Designer. If you’ve done any reading on the subject of Design Thinking, you’ll know that there is a huge emphasis on the importance of empathetic design.

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4 Ways to Maximize Learning Memory by Avoiding Redundancy

by Hannah Hunterinstructional writer

Think of the last time you listened to a speaker who read their entire presentation off a Powerpoint word for word. Did you feel engaged? Did you learn a lot of valuable information? Or did you, like most people, have difficulty concentrating?

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What's So Funny About e-Learning?

by Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist

I was watching television the other night and noticed a new advertisement for an online university. It was an institution of which I had never heard before (and I still don’t exactly remember the name) and it shall remain nameless here. 

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A Leader’s Role in Building a Productive Team

Often an outside voice adds to the conversation in a way that usual characters can’t. The following blog post is a perfect example of the diversity a contributor can add to the discussion. Lou Russell offers a wonderful view on the way leaders can build and maintain a productive team. Enjoy.

—Richard Sites, VP Training and Marketing

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