Instructional Design

Adapting ADDIE into a Quicker and Sustainable Process


In recent and ongoing arguments in the eLearning industry, the question “Are models like ADDIE still up to the challenges of modern day development?” keeps appearing. (ADDIE is an instructional design model that stands for Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation.) While parts of ADDIE are helpful, the model on its own lacks efficiency and…

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Creating Award Winning Learning with Lectora


The eLearning Brothers recently earned a 2015 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Learning Bronze Award for Best Use of Games and Simulations. Even better—they used Lectora® to create the award-winning course! It featured a time travel theme, cool cars, and solid instructional design supporting the client’s needs. (The color car you choose doesn’t matter for…

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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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