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Be a SAM Superstar with "The 12 Days of SAM"

This year we are excited to share our holiday spirit with you through the act of giving! So today, we introduce to you the 12 Days of SAM—to the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas!

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Four Tips to Create the Perfectly Imperfect e-Learning Prototype

We recently redesigned the ATD Advanced e-Learning Instructional Design Certificate Program, and I had the pleasure of facilitating the first delivery of the new program. The redesign was based on feedback from previous participants, as well as discussions with participants of the basic ATD e-Learning Instructional Design Certificate asking them, “What next?” More often than not, we heard that they wanted to jump in!

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The Newest Guild Master: Michael Allen

The eLearning Guild presented Dr. Michael Allen with its Guild Masters Award, on October 29, at a ceremony held during the eLearning Guild’s Devlearn Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas, NV. The Guild Masters Award recognizes an individual for consistently contributing to the elearning community in terms of both quantity and quality of content—and thus helps make the community a vibrant center for learning.

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4 Creative Process Tips for the e-Learning Graphic Designer

by , media artist

Remember pencil and paper? That archaic method of taking notes that existed before touch screens and smartphones? Well, apparently it’s still pretty useful to have around! Ever felt stuck in an initial design or needed inspiration for an animation? Sometimes dusting off that sketch pad and removing yourself from the digital world will do wonders—to open up your mind and help process those creative ideas jumbled in your head.

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Iterations: Setting Expectations for an Iterative Process [Ep. 12]

In this episode of Iterations, Richard Sites and Angel Green discuss how managing the expectations for your team will help bring clarity to the project that will result in better communication, better reviews and ultimately a better final product!

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Be a Superhero with SAM

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Molly Murnane, Learning Consultant, Humana | @MollyMurnaneID

Summer and superhero movies have always gone hand-in-hand with each other, and this season has been no different. There have been so many superhero movies released, that it has been hard to keep up with the prequels, sequels, trilogies and all the other films included in a series. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the stories, the drama and courageous protagonists. The films always have a crisis that no one saw coming and only the hero can save the day!

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Iterations: 3 Ways to Implement an Elusive Savvy Start

In this episode of Iterations, Richard Sites and Angel Green discuss three ways that you can work around busy schedules and still get the value of a Savvy Start to kickoff your e-learning projects!

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10 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Allen Interactions User Conference

By , senior instructional strategist | @LearnerAdvocate

The countdown has begun. The buzz is palpable in our offices. Our first ever user conference is right around the corner. So, here are the ten reasons why I believe you will want to attend:

1. Be Inspired

A bit of TED™, a dash of Ignite®, and a sprinkle of PechaKucha™. Throughout the day, you will hear from a select set of speakers (real Allen Interactions partners, respected business leaders, and of course Michael Allen) who are sure to inspire. During these brief presentations, they will share stories of challenges, successes, and most importantly real results. These speakers will encourage, engage, and motivate you.

The day will also provide inspiration through demonstrations of several award-winning, performance-driven courses (some never before demonstrated!). Seeing what is possible will help ignite your creativity. 

2. Become an Agent of Change

Allen Interactions thought leaders will offer strategies and techniques designed to move your courses beyond content-driven e-learning. Learn how you can use the instructional design model of Context, Challenge, Activity, Feedback (CCAF) to create learning that produces a real change in learner performance. Through discussions with our client partners, hear how they were able to initiate change in the type of learning offered in each of their organizations.

3. Collaborate and Network 

This is a day of collaboration and networking! You will participate in table team activities and discussions, making connections and gaining input from your peers in the field of adult learning. During the course of the day, you will have an opportunity to mingle with the crowd, meet Allen Interactions employees and create connections that will last long after the day has ended.

4. Set Yourself Free

Is your instructional design process or your development tool holding you back? Are you being asked to create courses faster, cheaper, and with greater appeal to learners? Learn how an iterative process shifts focus from analyzing and revising content for approval to designing and developing performance driven interactions. See how anyone can go from creating content to developing serious learning, without a degree in computer science.

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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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Your Questions Answered: 5 Savvy Tips for a Successful e-Learning Project Kickoff

by , vice president - training and marketing | @rhillsites

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