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Linda Rening

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Five Steps to Seeing the Big Picture of Microlearning

By Linda Rening, PhD, Senior Instructional Designer

It doesn’t matter what assessment I do, because a common theme always emerges. On the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory, I scored very highly in “N” (Intuition), which means that I see the big picture first and then the details. (That may seem like a good thing until I’m so busy walking through the forest that I don’t see the tree right in front of me.)

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The Lonely Instructional Designer

By Linda Rening, PhD, Instructional Designer

From time to time, all of us as Instructional Designers have experienced what we do as an “austere and lonely office,” to borrow the words of poet, Robert Hayden. Even if we are lucky enough to be part of an Instructional Design and Development team, when the brainstorming and collaboration are done, it is each of us alone facing the fear of the blank screen, and trying to do our best for our learners.

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5 Strategies for Leveraging the Best of ILT for Designing Engaging e-Learning

By Linda Rening, PhD, Instructional Designer

At a conference recently, someone said, “We’ve taken the worst part of instructor-led training, put it online, and called it e-learning.” He's absolutely right. From what I’ve seen, most e-learning consists of PowerPoint slides converted to Storyline, with full narration of everything that is on the slide.

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E-Learning Design: CCAF It!

By Linda Rening, PhD, Instructional Designer

Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a brat when it comes to grammar. Please do not use a split infinitive in my presence, always put your end punctuation inside your quotes, and don’t even think about using a plural pronoun (they) with a singular antecedent (everyone). (I know the construction “he or she” following “everyone…” is clunky, but it’s correct, so deal with it.) Given that, why would I, of all people, use a noun—and an abbreviation at that—as a verb? The best rationale of all: to make a point.

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e-Learning Design Challenge: Dump Next or Stump Linda

by Linda Rening, PhD, Instructional Designer

I have a challenge for you. And, it’s a tough challenge. I believe you are up to it, but I’m not sure you will believe that you are. Here’s the challenge: Design an e-learning course with no Next or Back button.

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Incredibly Obvious e-Learning Design

by LInda Rening, instructional designer

Have you noticed that everyone seems to be an expert in “training?” It seems curious that folks who have deep knowledge and experience with things like: sales, pharmaceuticals, electrical engineering, marketing, customer service, etc. also believe themselves to be experts in training. And yet that’s what I see: highly-educated and deeply-committed Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who want to step out of their field of expertise, and into ours.

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