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The Magic of Starting from Scratch: Five Ways to Optimize Learning Design Sessions

By Ann Iverson, Instructional Designer 


Have you baked a cake lately? If so—and be honest—did you use the box, or did you make it from scratch? It’s okay, I’m not judging.

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Using an Iterative Process to Bake Successful e-Learning Results

By Edmond ManningSenior Instructional Strategist

"I don't have a spring-form pan. Can I use a regular cake pan for this raspberry truffle cheesecake?" – TV show host to guest chef, HGTV

I saw this question asked on television one Saturday afternoon.

One might argue that this TV show host didn't ask me this question directly. One might even argue that the question is not related to e-learning. Yes, one might make this case.

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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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Iterative Design in Action—Implementing the Savvy Start

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

In my second SAM Minutes Video, I introduced the unique kick-off event for an e-learning project—the Savvy Start.

Now that you know what a Savvy Start is, and you want to try one out for size with a future e-learning project, how do you go about implementing this type of brainstorming meeting?

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Hello, Collaboration! Meet The Savvy Start In A SAM Minute

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

In my first SAM Minutes video, I introduced SAMan agile, iterative development processand I talked about how it differentiates from a traditional ADDIE-like process. If you have not watched this SAM Minutes video, I encourage you to do so before continuing, as it will provide you with foundational knowledge of this iterative development process. Watched it? Great, lets move forward!

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Your Questions Answered: Getting MORE out of Subject Matter Expert Interviews

By Nicole Mellas, Instructional Designer

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of conducting a 30-minute webinar exploring how to get more out of Subject Matter Expert (SME) Interviews. For an overview on the topic, you might want to start by reading my original blogpost. Of course, in a mere thirty minutes it’s almost impossible to cover everything you want to cover and still have time for all of the great questions that are sure to follow. So, I’d like to take some time now to answer a few of the questions prompted by the webinar.  

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How An Iterative Process Facilitates Empathetic Learning Design

by Angel Green, senior instructional strategist | @LearnerAdvocate

This past spring, I delivered a premium training webinar entitled Design Thinking for the Instructional Designer. If you’ve done any reading on the subject of Design Thinking, you’ll know that there is a huge emphasis on the importance of empathetic design.

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Michael Allen Interview–Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Crystal Balling with Learnnovators’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape.

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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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Four Questions that Shift You into Design Success

by Ann Iverson, instructional designer | @iverson_ann

“Question everything!”Albert Einstein

As an instructional designer, I think the most important part of my job occurs in the design phase of a project. Not only am I building relationships and setting the stage, I’m working to create the blueprint for the entire learning experience.

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