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The Art and Science of Gratitude

We can probably all agree that in general, it's good to be grateful. And if probed, we can probably all pull out one or two things that warrant saying "thanks". But why does it matter? And why does it matter for a learning company?

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North American Rail Safety Week 2018

One of our favorite clients to work with is Operation Life Saver. This education nonprofit is devoted to stopping train/motor collisions, fatalities and injuries. We have been lucky enough to partner with them on a number of education projects. As such, we're strong supporters of their excellent work in preventing tragedies at rail road crossings.

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Learner Empathy Can Save Your Course Design...

Where do you start with instructional design? Sifting through folders of content? Meeting with SMEs to capture what they think is essential to the training? Maybe you turn to Google to get the latest information about the training topic? If this is your approach, you may want to refocus. Information-sharing is not training. Since all learning is designed in some way to change learner behavior, it makes sense to think about the expected change from the start of the design process. Proactively using a learner-centric approach, one that puts learners at the heart of the design, motivates and engages learners and ultimately delivers successful outcomes for your organization.  

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Tips to Tame Troublemaker Schedules

I am one of those people who packs for a trip the night before. And, while I may look to see what’s on offer at my destination, I don’t spend too much time planning things out.

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Dear Michael, My Content Is Boring

Editors Note: some years ago (10,000 in internet years) Allen Interactions produced an e-zine. It may or may not have looked a little like this: 

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To Enhance the Human Mind and Spirit

At Allen Interactions, we often talk about the three M’s of learning: Meaningful, Memorable, and Motivational. Previous blogs have discussed various aspects of these and their importance to learning.

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Psychologically-Based Principles for Effective eLearning

Editors Note: This is a guest blog post. We love to support our eLearning community through the sharing of relevant content. Thank you to Leona Henryson for this article. Check out more of her work here.  We'd love to hear your feedback on this post. Please let us know what you think in the comments!

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Ethan Edwards at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Join Ethan Edwards at the Missouri Botanical Garden as he ruminates on parallels between the sensory experience of creating a garden and the ways instructional designers can create meaningful, motivational experiences for learners. 

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ID on the Go with Ethan Edwards            Inspiration: LBD

Take a little time with today's video log from Ethan. It's the first ID on the Go, filmed a little while back. Ethan introduces you to the idea for this vlog and takes you into a completely new way of considering inspiration. He explores ideas around the iconic Little Black Dress (or LBD). It's 11 minutes of fun, ideation and creative thinking for elearning instructional design. Enjoy!

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ID on the Go with Ethan Edwards

Ethan Edwards presented a great talk at Training's 2018 Conference and Expo in Atlanta last week. Check out this special #trgconf edition of ID on the Go!

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