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The Great e-Learning Bake Off: Lessons From the Holiday Cookie Exchange 

By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist/ @ethanaedwards 

As the year winds down, I find myself preparing for the annual rituals that embrace traditions and mark the progress of time. So naturally, my thoughts turn to the Annual Allen Interactions Holiday Webinar.

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3 Tips on Writing for Animation

By Joslyn Schmitt, Associate Media Artist 

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Six Achievable & Effective Techniques to Enhance Learner Motivation

By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist/ @ethanaedwards

We often talk about the importance of motivation in e-learning instructional design. In fact, we’ve even said that motivation is often more important than the specific content when seeking to maximize the impact of instruction—particularly in e-learning, where relatively few social or external environmental factors are likely to inspire learners.

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ID Essentials: Four Simple Steps to Unpack Objectives

By Ann Iverson, Senior Instructional Designer 

Congratulations on starting your career with World of Wings, Inc.! Your onboarding begins now. As an airline pilot in training, you need to know and do a lot of things to achieve our goal of flight safety! We don’t have any time to waste, so let’s get started.

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Don’t be That Guy: What Instructional Designers Can Learn from Internet Fails

By Kody Jackson, Instructional Writer

Have you been having a rough day? Are your stakeholders sending in last-minute changes? Your SMEs running wild, their content running over into thousands of Microsoft® Word documents? Is your supervisor breathing down your neck, asking how soon you can turn countless, static Microsoft® PowerPoint® files into dynamic, engaging e-learning?

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The Structure Of Intellect: Everything e-Learning Pros Need To Know

By Guest Blogger Christopher Pappas /  @cpappas 

All of your online learners have unique abilities, skills, and experiences that form the basis of their intellect. The challenge is creating e-learning courses that cater to all their needs, even though there are countless combinations of talents and traits. In this article, I'll share everything you need to know about all of the "dimensions" of the Structure of Intellect that play a significant role in human intelligence.

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5 Reasons to Embrace Your Perfectly Imperfect e-Learning Course 

By Hannah Hunter, Instructional Writer 

The Perfect e-Learning Course™ is a legendary creature that changes its shape with each new technological and aesthetic trend. It is all things to all people – classic, yet also fresh, modern, and applicable to all levels of learner experience and skill. I’ve even heard that, when you measure the readability of such a course, the scale doesn’t give you a grade level. It just says “Awesome.”

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Lessons on Instructional Design from…my Dog

By Carly Yuenger, Senior Instructional Designer 

For the last two-and-a-half years, I’ve been the primary trainer to my dog, but for some reason, my mind has kept this task separate from my daylighting work as an instructional designer. Most days, I’d venture to say that I’m a better instructional designer than dog trainer, so the reason may be simple ego-protection.

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Inside the Walls of Allen Interactions: Three Lessons about e-Learning from Working in a Dream Job

By Mindy Waltz-Bach, Instructional Designer

It has been one year since I landed in the Mendota Heights, Minnesota office as an Instructional Designer for Allen Interactions. It has been a fun ride so far. The atmosphere is highly creative and the learning opportunities abound, but the best part is the smell of popcorn around 3pm every afternoon. Even Dr. Allen makes the popcorn sometimes.

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Five Lessons We Can Learn from Millennials About e-Learning

By Sloane Bâby, Instructional Writer 

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