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27 Free Media Resources for Learning Designers & Media Artists

by , Marketing Communications Specialist

Whether you are working on Design Thinking, composing a new training resource document or creating a full e-learning course—having great media resources is an essential part of the creative process. So here is a list of websites with free resources that you can use on your next project!

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6 Ways to Connect with the e-Learning Community on LinkedIn

by , Marketing Communications Specialist

LinkedIn is a powerful tool for creating connections within your industry. Without leaving your desk, you can have a conversation with a Director of Learning from Fortune 50 Company or an Instructional Designer with years of experience. Here are a few tips to help you connect with e-learning professionals on LinkedIn!

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Seven Halloween Costume IDeas for e-Learning Instructional Designers

Halloween is just a few days away and finding a costume for work can be a challenge! It's gotta be creative but also work appropriate!

Halloween is a pretty big deal at Allen Interactions, so here are seven creative costume ideas to channel your inner instructional design geek!

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What Instructional Designers Can Learn from Kid President

You've probably heard of Robby Novak, or as he is better known, Kid President. Robby Novak and his brother-in-law, Brad Montague, created the first Kid President video in July of 2012. They have an amazing story which you can check out here, but after watching several of these videos, I was struck by the power and simplicity these videos have—no fancy film crew, no elaborate production. However, each video I watch makes me laugh, cry, and feel inspired to go do something worthwhile.

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15 Tweetable Quotes from the Allen Interactions Conference

by , Marketing Communications Specialist

On Monday, we held our first ever Allen Interactions Conference. It was a wonderful day filled with insights from a few of our clients and members of our team. The day featured incredible keynotes from Michael Allen, our CEO here at Allen Interactions and Kimo Kippen, CLO of Hilton Hotels and Resorts. We were also lucky to have Tynea Valentine, Stephanie Crowe, and Ken Gregson join us and share their insights on how creating engaging e-learning has transformed training for their organizations.

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6 Quick Ways to Engage with the e-Learning Community Using Twitter

by , Marketing Communications Specialist

The use of social media has made it easier than ever for us to connect with industry experts, thought leaders, and companies we admire! But sometimes it can be hard to cross the threshold of inserting yourself into the social media scene. So, if you aren’t yet harnessing the power of Twitter, here are a few tips from Allen Interactions to help you get started!

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4 Ways to Renew and Become a Better Employee from Arianna Huffington

by , Marketing Communications Specialist

Arianna Huffington recently spoke at Hubspot's Inbound 2013 Conference I attended last week. During her keynote she shared how redefining the way we think about sleep can transform our lives—I think this is a message all professionals should hear.

Escaping Our Culture of Burnout

We all experience burnout in one way or another. Our culture encourages little time for rejuvenation. Instead, we work in a culture of tight timelines and critical deadlines.  We spend our nights writing emails instead of resting. All this work and no rest really only leads to one result—burnout. We need to learn to give ourselves permission to rest, to make space, and to "lean back so we can jump forward."

Right now, in our society, success is defined by two metrics: money & power.  In her keynote, Arianna Huffington redefined success as:

  • Well-being

  • Wisdom

  • Capacity to celebrate life

  • Our ability to give back

So what is the solution? How do we get to this place of redefined success? Here are four suggestions from the keynote:

1. Learn to be a gazelle.

If there is danger, gazelles run like crazy. The minute the danger disappears they immediately go back to grazing.  Us? We run all the time, even when there are no metaphorical leopards or lions.

We all need to learn to graze. 

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Integrating Game Design Webinar

Just wanted to make sure that you were all aware of the complimentary webinar I will be presenting on Wednesday, May 4th, this week!

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Who Cares About e-Learning for Compliance Training?

by Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist

Each time I teach the ASTD e-Learning Design Certificate courses, I’m reminded of how many organizations look to e-Learning as the vehicle for delivering compliance training — training that for legal or regulatory reasons the organization is required to conduct and document.  Compliance training often is related to certification or accreditation, and failure to comply may result in hefty monetary fines or restrictions to even operate.

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Creating Interactions with Good Social Skills

by Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist 

I presented a session last week at the eLearning Guild Learning Solutions Conference in Orlando.  My session, Creating Value in e-Learning Design through Effective Instructional Feedback,was focused on issues related to crafting useful feedback structures within instructional interactivity.  In preparing for the talk, I was looking through a bunch of learning examples and was struck by the huge variation in scope of feedback across a number of instructional applications, all of which I thought were good.  In one case, the feedback was little more than a confirmation that a response had been made; in another example, the feedback involved an extended sequence of screens and follow-up questions and multiple levels of judgment.  But both, in their own way, seemed exactly right.  It got me thinking about how this was possible? Why don't learners feel either gypped in the first instance, or burdened by the second?

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