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Our Top 15 e-Learning Blog Posts of 2016

Reflecting back on 2016, we at Allen Interactions are proud to call it another successful year, and are so thankful for all of you who are a part of our learning community!  

From microlearning and mobile learning terms to instructional design lessons from Pokémon and cats (yes, thats right, cats!), these top blogs provide valuable insights into trending e-learning topics and best practices. So, to celebrate last year, here are the Top 15 e-Learning Leadership Blog Posts from 2016!

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ID Essentials: Three Steps When There’s Too Much Content for One Course

By Ann Iverson, Senior Instructional Designer 

In last month’s ID Essentials blog, we were instructional designers at World of Wings, Inc., a commercial airline dedicated to safety. We covered how to unpack those big, overstuffed objectives by first aligning them with business goals and then breaking them apart into smaller tasks. Now, let’s turn to a new issue at World of Wings.

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Michael Allen: Hitchiker’s Guide to the e-Learning Galaxy

Zsolt Olah, Director of Innovation and Learning Solutions at Performance Development Group 

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a story about a race of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings who built a computer named Deep Thought to calculate the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. And the answer is: 42.”

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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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