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Engaging Minds with Mystery

Imagine – you are at a dimly-lit dinner party with four friends and an eccentric host. A flash of lighting briefly brightens the room, then all the lights go out. In the darkness, you hear a scuffle and a shout. When the lights return, the host is on the floor, not moving. All the guests remain seated in their chairs. Someone outside the room begins knocking frantically at the door…

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Serious Learning Game Techniques Part 2

Missed the webinar or want to view the demos on your own? Here you will find the presentation material and demo links. Check them out and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Tools for Instructional Investigation: Finding the Root Cause of Waste and Failure

By Christopher AllenMA, PMI-ACP, Product Manager

“There’s no better learning technique than preparing to teach others.”

Valid? Yes.

Implications?

This adage does presuppose that during preparation the instructor is working with the right information, uncovers the implied and important steps to getting it right, and masters the concepts well enough to build learning frameworks for their students. Without each of those components the effort is likely a big waste of everyone’s time. 

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5 Scientifically-Proven Ways to Grab Attention in Your e-Learning

By Hannah Hunter, Instructional Writer

Does this sound familiar? You’ve spent weeks writing, editing, and re-writing e-learning content only to watch learners skip through your carefully constructed on-screen text as fast as their little fingers can click “Next.” As demoralizing as this experience can be for a designer, it is not new to any of us. In our office, we even have a saying: “You can lead a learner to content but you can’t make him read.”

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5 Powerful Ways to Improve Instructional Feedback in Your e-Learning Designs

By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist / @ethanedwards 

The feedback in your interactions might be the most critical element contributing to the effectiveness of your elearning designs. Context, challenge, and activity engage the learner by communicating relevance, activating prior knowledge, elevating motivation, and engaging learners through meaningful gestures, but it is in the feedback where teaching and learning meet.

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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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Do Learning Styles Work in e-Learning?

By Steve Lee,  Co- Founder/ Strategic Relationship Manager 

Should we be building our e-learning solutions specifically to deal with all types of learning styles? This includes visual, auditory, kinesthetic, tactile, participatory, logical and even musical learners. Would it even matter if we did? 

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Three MUST Ask Questions During Learner Analysis

By Steve Lee, Strategic Relationship Manager


There are lots of questions asked during learner analysis, but do you ask these three?

     1.  Will they believe you?
     2.  Will they try it? 
                                     3.  Will they stick with it?

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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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And the Winner is: Creating an Oscar-Worthy Learning Program

by Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist

This week marks the culmination of the Academy Awards season. It is amazing how these awards draw attention to the film industry, even seeming significant to people who are not particularly interested in the movie industry. 

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