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Designing Thoughtful Learning Requires BRRRRAAAAAAAAIIIIIIINS

By Mary-Scott Hunter, Studio Executive 

Edmond said, “Where will the food come from? We don’t have enough to feed the whole community.”In a weary voice, Brita said, “The grocery store. We have to go shopping.”

Edmond said, “But it’s full of zombies.”

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How Long Should it Take to Cook Up an E-Learning Course?

By Edmond ManningSenior Instructional Strategist

Quick! Answer this: how long will it take you to make dinner tonight? Without too much effort, you can probably form a quick answer. Thirty-five minutes. An hour. Or are you microwaving leftovers tonight, which means you set the microwave timer to 3:33 and wait until you see cheese explode through the glass door before you yank it out.

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Iterations: Creating Learning for Performance Change [Ep. 13]

Richard Sites and Angel Green discuss the pushback that designers often get when trying to move from content-focused design to performance-based design.

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3 Ways to Start Implementing the SAM Process in Your Organization

by , vice president - training and marketing | @rhillsites

Over past couple of years, I have taught a number of workshops on SAM (Successive Approximation Model) and have given even more talks on the subject. In these workshops and talks, I always get the same basic questions, which I guess makes sense since I am talking about the same thing. But, the one question I can guarantee I will be asked is,  “How do I implement SAM in my organization?”

While I am happy to be asked this question, as I firmly believe organizations benefit from the efficiencies and improvement in quality gained in an iterative process, this is a tough question to answer! Truthfully, it is nearly impossible to answer even in a 2-day workshop, let alone a 90-minute lecture.  Since I do encounter this question so frequently, I have learned to focus my answer on a few key factors that increase the likelihood of success.

Angel Green and I often use the phrase “moving the needle” to describe the efforts when implementing SAM in an organization. By “moving the needle”, someone is making incremental changes that produce noticeable results.

Let me share some of these incremental changes with you.

  1. Start at the start.

    There is no better way to build excitement for the power of an iterative design than to kick-off with an active brainstorming and sketching session, which is called the Savvy Start in SAM.

    Sure, we recognize that you might face resistance when asking for the full amount of time required of a Savvy Start (as described in the book), but perhaps you can facilitate a one-hour brainstorming session on a single performance event or objective.  The energy and excitement generated from a robust brainstorming/sketching/prototyping event goes a long way to build credibility within the organization for a new instructional design approach.
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Learner-Centered Design: 3 Quick Ideas for e-Learning

by , instructional writer/designer | @EllenBJohnson


I wish that all e-learning were about ME.

Okay, not me, Ellen—ME, the learner. A world where training is learner-centered is a world one step closer to being free from boring (and therefore ineffective) training. That’s something I think we all hope to see!

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E-Learning Design's Lost Focus on the Learner

by Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist | @ethanaedwards

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Putting the LEARNING in e-Learning

by , chief instructional strategist | @ethanaedwards

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