Instructional Design

5 Tips for Promoting and Pitching Yourself as an eLearning Freelancer


  “Freelancer.” “Independent contractor.” Consultant.” Sound familiar? 50 percent of the American workforce will be freelancing by 2020, according to Freelancers Union projections. They call freelancing “the new normal.” According to a July 2015 survey of freelance workers by Upwork, contract history and feedback from previous clients was the number one most important factor in…

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Learning Styles in Training Development: Truth or Myth?


I’m a visual learner—that’s what some eLearning professionals would say—because I prefer memorizing from an outline rather than a lecture alone, or reading about a new topic instead of listening to a podcast about it. But how significant really is my “learning style” (visual vs. auditory vs. kinesthetic) in the learning and development community? Many…

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Thursday’s Trending Topic: eLearning for All Generations


I read an interesting article recently (linked below), which declared that Generation Y hates mLearning and doesn’t want to use it. Some of the reasons quoted included “Why should I use a mobile phone for learning when I can use my computer? Why should I learn from a small, hard to navigate screen when I can…

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Your eLearning is Boring—Add a Scenario


I’m your learner, and I’m bored. I didn’t read the last three pages of text about lab safety procedures. As soon as the “Next” button appeared, I clicked it. By the way, did you really think I only needed one second to read each paragraph? You probably should have programmed the “Next” button to take…

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6 Tips to Create Engaging eLearning Courses


Engaged learners are what we are actually looking for in eLearning. In this article, I’ll share 6 tips to create engaging eLearning courses that will allow you to increase your audience’s engagement levels by using a variety of eLearning resources, techniques, and strategies. How to Create Engaging eLearning Courses: 6 Tips for eLearning Professionals How your…

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Getting Social with Lectora Development


What were you doing five, ten, or sixty minutes ago?  There’s a good possibility that you got a notification on your phone, accessed it on your computer, or used an app on your tablet. The average American checks their Facebook account 14 times per day*, every second 6,000 tweets are sent**, and an average of…

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Tips for Emphasizing the Design in Instructional Design


Effective design in eLearning courses makes courses look professional, supports the learning process, and increases course production efficiency. At the 2015 Lectora® User Conference, Johnny Hamilton from Providence Health and Services spoke about this and shared tips—or design guidelines—for effective instructional design. Here are a few of the tips that Johnny shared for emphasizing the…

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6 Tips to Use Your Personal Interests and Experiences in e-Learning Course Design


To create truly remarkable e-Learning courses that emotionally connect with your learners and help to relate to the subject matter, it’s often beneficial to incorporate your personal interests and experiences in e-Learning course design. In this article, I’ll discuss the many ways that you can take full advantage of the information you have already gathered…

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Can an Instructional Design Degree Help You Get a Job?


To get an Instructional Design degree or not to get; that’s the question. In this article I’ll explore both sides of the argument to help you determine if an Instructional Design degree is right for you. How useful is an Instructional Design degree? It’s the age-old question that virtually every instructional designer has asked at one time…

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