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Iterations: Creating Learning for Performance Change [Ep. 13]

Richard Sites and Angel Green discuss the pushback that designers often get when trying to move from content-focused design to performance-based design.

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Celebrate February as Learner Appreciation Month!

by Angel Green, senior instructional strategist | @LearnerAdvocate

A few years back, I wrote a Valentine’s themed blog about how we should take the time to Listen, Observe, Value, and Evaluate (LOVE) our learners. The blog struck a chord with readers and remains one of the most popular articles. Since that original blog published, we’ve had other “learner appreciation” blogs, however, we want to make it official. Therefore, we, Allen Interactions, declare February to be Learner Appreciation Month!

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Iterations: Setting Expectations for an Iterative Process [Ep. 12]

In this episode of Iterations, Richard Sites and Angel Green discuss how managing the expectations for your team will help bring clarity to the project that will result in better communication, better reviews and ultimately a better final product!

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10 Invaluable Books for Instructional Design

By , senior instructional strategist | @LearnerAdvocate

Sure, we all know the classics that line the shelves of many an instructional designer. There are The Principles of Instructional Design by Gagne, The Systematic Design of Instruction by Dick & Carey and of course, Evaluating Training Programs: The Four Levels by Kirkpatrick. Most of these are likely required reading in a Master’s Degree program on instructional systems design.

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Iterations: 3 Ways to Implement an Elusive Savvy Start

In this episode of Iterations, Richard Sites and Angel Green discuss three ways that you can work around busy schedules and still get the value of a Savvy Start to kickoff your e-learning projects!

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10 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Allen Interactions User Conference

By , senior instructional strategist | @LearnerAdvocate

The countdown has begun. The buzz is palpable in our offices. Our first ever user conference is right around the corner. So, here are the ten reasons why I believe you will want to attend:

1. Be Inspired

A bit of TED™, a dash of Ignite®, and a sprinkle of PechaKucha™. Throughout the day, you will hear from a select set of speakers (real Allen Interactions partners, respected business leaders, and of course Michael Allen) who are sure to inspire. During these brief presentations, they will share stories of challenges, successes, and most importantly real results. These speakers will encourage, engage, and motivate you.

The day will also provide inspiration through demonstrations of several award-winning, performance-driven courses (some never before demonstrated!). Seeing what is possible will help ignite your creativity. 

2. Become an Agent of Change

Allen Interactions thought leaders will offer strategies and techniques designed to move your courses beyond content-driven e-learning. Learn how you can use the instructional design model of Context, Challenge, Activity, Feedback (CCAF) to create learning that produces a real change in learner performance. Through discussions with our client partners, hear how they were able to initiate change in the type of learning offered in each of their organizations.

3. Collaborate and Network 

This is a day of collaboration and networking! You will participate in table team activities and discussions, making connections and gaining input from your peers in the field of adult learning. During the course of the day, you will have an opportunity to mingle with the crowd, meet Allen Interactions employees and create connections that will last long after the day has ended.

4. Set Yourself Free

Is your instructional design process or your development tool holding you back? Are you being asked to create courses faster, cheaper, and with greater appeal to learners? Learn how an iterative process shifts focus from analyzing and revising content for approval to designing and developing performance driven interactions. See how anyone can go from creating content to developing serious learning, without a degree in computer science.

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Iterations: Evaluating for Improved e-Learning Performance

In this episode of Iterations, Richard Sites and Angel green discuss why evaluation is so essential to e-learning design.

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Gamification, Motivation & Design Thinking: Upcoming e-Learning Webinars

The end of June and beginning of July is a busy time here at Allen Interactions. We’ve been working on a lot of new content and are excited to share it with you. First up, we’ve got a webinar in collaboration with SABA this afternoon. If you missed Angel Green’s Premium Training Webinar back in February regarding Allen Interactions’ Taxonomy Alignment for Gaming (TAG) then be sure to check out today’s webinar—The Gamification of e-Learning.

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Can Design Thinking Advance Our Jobs as Instructional Designers?

By , senior instructional strategist | @LearnerAdvocate

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Your Questions Answered: 5 Savvy Tips for a Successful e-Learning Project Kickoff

by , vice president - training and marketing | @rhillsites

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