Instructional Design

Converting ILT to eLearning: Benefits and Tips

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When I first started as an instructional designer in eLearning, one of the services provided by the team I was on was converting instructor-led training (ILT) to eLearning-based content. ILT is facilitated by an instructor either online or in a classroom, allowing learners to interact with their instructor and discuss the training material. However, often companies have…

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4 Interactivity Levels for Game and Multimedia eLearning Design

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Studies show that interactivity adds a level of engagement and interest in a course. There are four engagement levels that you should know: passive, limited, moderate, and simulation. These levels are based on game and multimedia design and can help guide the overall development of a course. 1. Passive Passive interactivity refers to the general…

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Developing Quality eLearning at the Speed of Sound

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Quick eLearning development isn’t a new idea, but it is a topic of constant conversation. As instructional designers are pushed to create content faster and deadlines are moved up, the concept of creating courses at the speed of sound becomes more commonplace. But how can you prevent a “course factory?” This topic is discussed by…

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Adapting ADDIE into a Quicker and Sustainable Process

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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

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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

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  “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?

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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

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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

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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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