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3 Reasons To Love Microlearning

By Ellen Burns-Johnson, Instructional Writer/Designer / @EllenBJohnson 

 Microlearning is a trending term that refers to bite-sized pieces of learning content, usually in video format, that learners can quickly access. My favorite examples of microlearning are meant to be used as performance support or to serve up quick inspirational bites of insight.

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Declare Your Independence From Boring E-Learning Designs

By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist

This weekend is Independence Day, when amid fireworks and barbeques we will celebrate those critical events in the formation of the United States. No doubt in civic celebration (and the unfortunate but unavoidable appearances by politicians) we’ll hear plenty of references to the patriots who worked so diligently in the cause of independence.

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Generational Learning Design: 3 Ways to Overcome the Need to be "Cool"

 By Hannah Hunter, Instructional Writer

I love designing elearning courses for teens and young adults. I get to be creative and young learners are the perfect audience for e-learning because...

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5 Ways to Tap into Metaphors for Better E-learning Courses

 By Ann Iverson, Instructional Designer

 You’ve been asked to design an e-learning course on the topic of risk management. You want to include an introduction that sets the stage for the e-learning course and helps learners know quickly what they’re about to dive into. You begin typing…

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mLearning Guidelines to Custom Interfacing and Touch-Based Interactions

 By Christopher Allen, Product Manager

Last week I had the pleasure of presenting a few thoughts about custom touch interface design at the eLearning Guild’s mLearnCon in Austin, TX. This post is a short summary highlighting when and where custom interfaces may be acceptable and what design elements should be included in touch-based interactions for mlearning.

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Three MUST Ask Questions During Learner Analysis

By Steve Lee, Strategic Relationship Manager


There are lots of questions asked during learner analysis, but do you ask these three?

     1.  Will they believe you?
     2.  Will they try it? 
                                     3.  Will they stick with it?

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Does Your E-Learning Create Learner Indifference? Try These Five Ideas

By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist

One of my greatest frustrations as an e-learning designer is how impervious the field seems to be to improvement. I began my interest in computer-based instruction back in 1982 as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I undertook an independent study involving the PLATO instructional system, which had been invented there at the Computer-based Education Research Laboratory.

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What If We Reviewed e-Learning Courses Like We Reviewed Movies?

by Edmond Manning, Senior Instructional Strategist

What if there were e-learning critics just like movie critics? What if learners decided whether to attend our e-learning courses based on the quality of what we produced and critical reviews instead of being 'forced' by company mandate?

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Six Conversation Examples & Questions For Selling Performance-changing Learning

By Gerald Matykowski, Inside Sales Manager

This is a very pragmatic discussion about a very difficult challenge. In a previous Allen Leadership Blog, You say Quantitative – I Say Qualitative: Whose ROI is this Anyway?, and webinar, Seal the Deal! Getting Executive Buy-In for Your E-Learning Needs, we provide perspectives to help instructional designers, developers, and learning practitioners influence their managers, directors, and CLOs about making forward strides in implementing effective e-learning design practices and performance-changing learning.

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A Commencement Address for e-Learning

By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist

It’s that time of year when our children and grandchildren and nieces and nephews are wrapping up the traditional school year, and many of them are graduating from some defined course of study—high school, college, etc.—marked by graduation ceremonies. Along with commencement exercises come commencement speeches that provide the opportunity to comment on the just-completed shared experience and set the learner on his or her way to future success. Sometimes inspiring, sometimes sentimental, sometimes clichéd, sometimes predictable, these speeches do offer a final review, of sorts, of the experience of education. 

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