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Three Essential Design Elements for Effective eLearning Gamification

By Carrie Zens, Director of Marketing / @carriezens 

I am continually mesmerized by the crazy, fast-paced evolution of technology. There are oodles of apps for educational, informational, productivity, and recreational use available on our mobile devices. And lots of games. Games, games, games.

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eLearning Design: Assess? When? How?

By Michael Allen, Chairman & CEO, Allen Interactions 

eLearning can’t do everything. It can’t detect frustration by observing facial expressions and body language (yet). It doesn’t know if a learner is just throwing out any answer to see what feedback happens or if a learner is sincerely thinking the answer is correct. Today, elearning is pretty much blind to many of the cues a personal mentor or instructor would note and use to guide a learner.
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Slides & Webcast: Six Simple eLearning Success Strategies

As instructional designers, we know the difference between presenting information and providing learning experiences. But we must often get the support of others for doing more, and that’s not always easy. Sometimes eyes glaze over as we attempt to explain all the steps necessary in creating effective instruction and getting adequate funding. So we want to be sure we aren’t making things more complicated than need be.

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Why is Good eLearning So Rare?

By Michael Allen, Chairman & CEO, Allen Interactions 

One might ask a broader question, just for perspective: Why is good training so rare? Indeed, all of us have been in programs where we wished the clock on the wall would tick faster. We’ve tried to stay focused. Tried to stay awake. But annoyance and thoughts of how great it will be when the class is over become all we can think about.

So, perhaps elearning doesn’t have a greater share of the boring training market than any other form of instruction. But I can’t take comfort in that.

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The Ethics of Instructional Design

By Edmond ManningSenior Instructional Strategist

With so many fascinating topics in our world of learning design (mobile learning! MOOCs! Gamification!) we forget to discuss the sticky, ambiguous issues at the core of our world, topics that don’t have easy answers or a body of research for us to invoke.

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Eight EGGcellent ELearning Blogs for Your Easter Basket

 By  Carrie ZensDirector of Marketing @carriezens

 It's that time of year again. And, like many holidays, it's super fun to see Easter through the eyes of children. Having three little boys, I love to see their creativity and joyful messiness explode while decorating Easter eggs. It brings me back to my childhood days of hunting for Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Eggs hidden in every nook and cranny of our house...and the thrill of discovering where that Easter Bunny stashed my long awaited basket which normally included a plush, stuffed bunny and candy. And it's just plain fun watching my oldest navigate a scavenger hunt to uncover the next clue to the end goal of Easter candy and other goodies (Auntie likes to spoil!).

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Three Guidelines for Meaningful Microlearning

By Ellen Burns-Johnson, Instructional Designer / @ellenbjohnson

Last week, my Studio Executive and I visited a client in California. The meeting went well, so to celebrate, she and I went out for tapas .

I loved the food. Each dish was its own experience, thoughtfully prepared, the flavors balanced so that each bite made an impact.

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What’s Your Training Worth? Demonstrate ROI by Tracking KPIs

By Hannah Hunter, Instructional Writer 

Let’s say you’ve created a training program to teach restaurant employees about proper handwashing techniques. How will you know if your program is successful?
You could ask learners if they are washing their hands more now that they’ve taken the training, but they might not be completely honest. You could test learners on their knowledge of handwashing techniques, but a perfect score simply means that a learner understands a concept, not that they are practicing it.

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Moving to Mobile Learning: Three MLearning Design Mistakes that Everyone’s Making

By Ann Iverson, Senior Instructional Designer 

What was the last thing you learned on your phone? A new cooking technique? How to write better emails? How to change a flat tire? Maybe you’re on your phone right now, liking and retweeting this blog post! In any event, our phones have become indispensable tools to get needed information quickly and precisely when we want it. In fact, according to Pew Research, 86% of smartphone owners use their phones to acquire this “just-in-time” information. Not surprisingly, corporations are leveraging this mobile technology and our habits for using it.

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ELearning Design: The Eye of the Beholder

By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist/ @ethanaedwards 

I recently had the pleasure to pay a visit to Gunston Hall in Fairfax County, Virginia. We had a little time to fill before heading for the airport, so we took a quick tour through this beautiful 19th Century Plantation that was the home of George Mason. Mason’s ideas formed the basis of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and later the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution. 

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