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Three Tips to Avoid the “Dark Side” of Microlearning

By  Ellen Burns-Johnson, Instructional Designer /  @EllenBJohnson 

So you’re thinking about creating microlearning. Maybe your learners demand it. Maybe your superiors are giving you thinly-veiled suggestions. Maybe the Galactic Empire showed up at your planet and now you need to quickly train a squadron of rebels to fight back. Read More

Three Reasons to Love Text in e-Learning

By Ellen Burns-Johnson, Instructional Designer / @EllenBJohnson 

 So there you are. Your e-learning project is coming along nicely: The content  has been validated by SME reviewers, you've adjusted the interface based on  feedback from user testing with real learners, and the client team is in the  process of reviewing the alpha link.

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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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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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How to Use Context to Create Meaning in Learning Games

By Ellen Burns-Johnson, Instructional Designer / @ellenBjohnson 

I find the mobile game BADLAND really engaging. I've beaten more than 80 of the game's 100 single-player levels, and spent close to ten hours flapping my fuzzy little clone wings through obstacle courses across a dreamy alien landscape.

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Get Inspired: Five Examples of Good Microlearning Design

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

In my last blog post, I introduced a few characteristics of good microlearning design: 

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The Microlearning Millennial Myth

By Ellen Burns-JohnsonInstructional Writer/Designer / @EllenBJohnson 

June was Debunk Learning Styles Month. In the same spirit, though a bit off-topic and a little late, I bring you this post on a persistent microlearning myth.

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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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Oh What a Feeling: Emotion and Learner Engagement

by Ellen Burns, instructional writer/designer

One of my favorite chapters from Dorian Peters' Interface Design for Learning calls upon instructional designers to create learning experiences that foster intrinsic motivation, and provides suggestions for how to do it well.

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No Couch Potatoes: A Case for Making Training ACTIVE

by , instructional writer/designer | @EllenBJohnson

A passive learning experience can feel comfortable, but we don’t want our learners to “veg out” during training.

When stakeholders, SMEs, and instructional designers share a meaningful goal, it generates a lot of excitement in the room. I know we’re on the right track when I hear statements like these: 

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