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11 Instructional Design Truths According to Cat .gifs

By Edmond ManningSenior Instructional Strategist

If the Internet has taught us anything over the last twenty-five years, it’s that every single event in the history of all humanity can somehow be represented by adorable cat videos. Why fight it? We present some common instructional design truths best illustrated by, you got it—those furry little monsters.

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5 Lessons for Designing Engaging e-Learning Interactions from Project Runway

By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist / @ethanedwards 

Earlier this month, I had the honor of speaking at the ATD TechKnowledge Conference in Las Vegas. At the conference, I talked about sketching and prototyping as a design methodology for designing effective e-learning. I’m always on the lookout for new ways to explain or illustrate a novel approach to a familiar task. While I am firmly convinced that sketching is far and away the best method for coming up with ideas for new engaging interactions, the tradition of detailed storyboarding as the design tool of choice for instruction is so deeply entrenched in our field. Thus, I think it may be helpful to refer to something unexpected to make sense of new ideas.

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Three Solid Instructional Design Principles in The Big Short

By Ellen Burns-Johnson, Instructional Designer / @EllenBJohnson 

 The Big Short is a recently released dark comedy that explores the 2008 financial crisis. It’s nominated for several awards in the upcoming Oscars, and has garnered significant attention for its success in communicating tricky financial concepts to a general audience. Steve Carell, who co-starred in the film, offered this assessment:

 

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10 Learning Design Blogs to Draw Inspiration From

When searching on Google for "Learning Design Blogs", a staggering amount of more than 117,000,000 search results appear. With this overwhelming amount of information, it can be very hard to determine which blogs are credible and a valuable use of time to read.

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3 Key e-Learning Design Steps From Pixar's Design Story

By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist / @ethanedwards 

I had the pleasure to spend some time earlier this month in the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. It is great to be reminded of the design aspect of instructional design. So often we get obsessed with the technical and management aspects of creating e-learning that the importance of powerful design thinking gets overlooked.

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Our Top 15 e-Learning Blog Posts of 2015

Reflecting back on 2015, we at Allen Interactions are proud to call it a successful year, and are thankful for all of you who are a part of our learning community!  

We truly love sharing our best practices, strategies, and insights on creating performance-based learning and we will continue to do so in 2016. 

So, to celebrate last year, here are the Top 15 e-Learning Leadership Blog Posts from 2015!

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A Tribute to e-Learning Thought Leader, Jay Cross

By Michael Allen, Chairman & CEO, Allen Interactions 

Jay Cross. A friend and thought leader we’ll all miss dearly. 

Jay Cross was one of those people who lifted your spirits the moment you saw him. Even before he said a word, you saw a welcoming expression on his face and you knew the next few moments would experience encouragement and challenge.

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Three Things You Don't Need in Your Microlearning Video

By Ellen Burns-Johnson, Instructional Designer / @EllenBJohnson 

It was Monday night. All I wanted was something to help me relax after a long day of instructional design and holiday shopping.

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Setting Expectations in a Collaborative Process like SAM

By Richard Sites | Vice President - Training & Marketing | @rhillsites

In my third SAM Minutes Video, I explained important aspects involved with implementing a Savvy Start. 

Now that you know what a Savvy Start is and have some foundational knowledge on implementing this brainstorming meeting, let's talk about one of the most challenging parts of this process—setting expectations with team members. 

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Hold the Phone (training)—5 Questions to Ask First

By Edmond ManningSenior Instructional Strategist

Regularly, I see clients get excited about the possibility of using phones for training without considering their organization’s true readiness to jump into this technology. They just want it. They mask their quiet enthusiasm behind very serious professionalism, believing themselves quite reasonable when they say, “We’ve got to get IT in on this right now. We need their buy-in.”

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