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Gamification: 3 Steps to Get the Recipe Right

Ellen Burns-Johnson - September 17, 2019

There are many recipes for successful employee engagement. Gamification is just one ingredient.

Gamification isn’t just a niche term anymore. Points, badges, achievements, leaderboards and more are being used in more creative and refined ways across multiple industries, with interesting results. 

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What is e-Learning?

Dr. Michael Allen - September 2019

Simply put, it’s instruction delivered or augmented electronically. Learners use their computers, tablets, or phones to access the instruction wherever they are, whenever they have time.

e-Learning comes in many forms, appearing in such variations as to look entirely different from other applications. It will often use integrated media, such as video, animation, photos and narratives. Because of the computer capabilities at hand, e-learning can be interactive, providing game-like learning experiences, simulations, and the advantages of a personal mentor.

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What is blended learning?

Carly Baker-Rice - September 2019

In the context of education, blended learning usually means moving some of the teaching/learning work from the human teacher to some kind of technology, used in or out of the classroom. In the training context, the discussion usually occurs when looking for ways to offload some curriculum from Instructor-led (ILT) or virtual-instructor-led training (VILT) into eLearning. As such, these conversations are often laden to the point of feeling loaded with a lot of baggage around a dichotomy between human teachers and machine teachers.

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The Modern L&D Team: What Skills Do We Need?

“We need to bring our training program into the 21st Century.”

“We need to move our training online to stay competitive and attract millennials.”

“With this new LMS installation our training will be revolutionized.”

“We’ve purchased a Storyline license, so now you can put the New Employee Orientation training online.”

“Here are the details of our next product launch. We will need the online training course ready to deliver in two weeks.”

 

Have you heard statements like these? More importantly, have you MADE statements like these?

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Announcing the Allen Academy

By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist - July 3, 2019

Inspired by many collective years of education, real-world experience, and outreach to countless e-learning professionals around the world, we’re building a unique professional certification experience to fit the needs of individuals and organizations hoping to impact the quality of their online training.

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On the Road with Ethan Edwards... In Birmingham, Alabama!

Spend some time with Ethan Edwards as he ponders the correlation between his visit to the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama and designing learning from the learner's perspective. 

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The Art and Science of Gratitude

We can probably all agree that in general, it's good to be grateful. And if probed, we can probably all pull out one or two things that warrant saying "thanks". But why does it matter? And why does it matter for a learning company?

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North American Rail Safety Week 2018

One of our favorite clients to work with is Operation Life Saver. This education nonprofit is devoted to stopping train/motor collisions, fatalities and injuries. We have been lucky enough to partner with them on a number of education projects. As such, we're strong supporters of their excellent work in preventing tragedies at rail road crossings.

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Learner Empathy Can Save Your Course Design...

Where do you start with instructional design? Sifting through folders of content? Meeting with SMEs to capture what they think is essential to the training? Maybe you turn to Google to get the latest information about the training topic? If this is your approach, you may want to refocus. Information-sharing is not training. Since all learning is designed in some way to change learner behavior, it makes sense to think about the expected change from the start of the design process. Proactively using a learner-centric approach, one that puts learners at the heart of the design, motivates and engages learners and ultimately delivers successful outcomes for your organization.  

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Tips to Tame Troublemaker Schedules

I am one of those people who packs for a trip the night before. And, while I may look to see what’s on offer at my destination, I don’t spend too much time planning things out.

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