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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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Five St. Patrick's Inspired Instructional Design Traditions

By CARRIE ZENS, Director of Marketing

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! In celebration of this religious and cultural holiday here's a blog Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist, wrote last year about five instructional design traditions inspired by its celebratory customs and green-filled festivities.

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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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Avoiding Ugly e-Learning: Lessons From Holiday Sweaters

By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist / @ethanedwards 

'Tis the season of holiday sweaters—each lovingly created with good intent, sometimes gaudy, sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes utilitarian, but rarely as beautiful as imagined. The same can often be said about e-learning course designs. We start out with the intention to create something uniquely satisfying for our learners, but after accounting for strained resources, limited time, imperfect development tools, complex subject matter, and unpredictable learners, we end up with something not quite as beautiful as we’d hoped.

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Achieving a Bountiful e-Learning Harvest

By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist / @ethanedwards 

I don’t know what it means that my random activities so often trigger comparisons to the challenges we face in the field of e-learning, but the latest example occurred last week in regard to walnuts.  Black walnuts, specifically.

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The Legendary Bad e-Learning at Sleepy Hollow, Inc.

By Edmond ManningSenior Instructional Strategist

Not far from this village, perhaps two miles, there is a little valley among high hills, which is one of the quietest places in the whole world. A small brook glides through it, with just enough of a murmur to lull one to repose. The occasional whistle of a quail, or tapping of a woodpecker, is almost the only sound that ever breaks in upon the uniform tranquility. 

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Declare Your Independence From Boring E-Learning Designs

By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist

This weekend is Independence Day, when amid fireworks and barbeques we will celebrate those critical events in the formation of the United States. No doubt in civic celebration (and the unfortunate but unavoidable appearances by politicians) we’ll hear plenty of references to the patriots who worked so diligently in the cause of independence.

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Celebrating the Instructional Designer's Traditions of St. Patrick's Day

by Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist

Today finds people all around the world celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Like so many ancient customs, the precise history of St. Patrick and the significance of iconic bits of folklore have become muddled. What few people realize is that these legends were really much more about e-learning design than Ireland. Let me fill you in:

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Have a Happy New Year: Setting Resolutions to Ensure Success with SAM

Richard Sites | vice president – training & marketing | @rhillsites

Happy New Year! Welcome to the time of year where you are either starting your New Year resolutions, procrastinating starting your resolutions, or exclaiming your dislike for the nonsense which is making New Year’s resolutions. I’ll let you decide to which group you belong.

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Don't Create e-Learning No One Wants...Lessons From Holiday Sweaters

 

By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist

‘Tis the season of snow and cold…and holiday sweaters—each lovingly created with all good intent, sometimes gaudy, sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes utilitarian, but rarely as beautiful as imagined. The same can so often be said about e-learning modules.

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