Instructional Design

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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6 Tips for Analyzing e-Learning Focus Groups


Conducting e-Learning focus groups offers a wide range of advantages. However, it is a truly effective feedback tool only if you know how to analyze the information you receive from the participants. In this article, I’ll share tips that will help you get the most out of your e-Learning focus group data. How to Effectively…

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Pop Quiz: How to Create Unique Assessments


Please clear off your desks and get out a pencil—because it’s time for a pop quiz! Question 1: How do you create unique e-Learning assessments? Okay, you probably need more than a pencil to answer this question because assessments are such a crucial part of the e-Learning experience. They can be used for different purposes,…

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Spaced Repetition: Why It Works


Spaced repetition is a slippery learning technique to pin down. This wise guy goes by several aliases in the educational ‘hood. You might have heard about spaced rehearsal, interval reinforcement, distributed practice, the spacing effect, repetition scheduling or some other name. However, these are all the same fellow, and he’s a good guy to have around. What…

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Thursday’s Trending e-Learning Topic: Engaging Training


The trending e-Learning topic this Thursday is all about creating engaging training courses. If your e-Learning course isn’t engaging, then your learners probably aren’t going to complete it or ace your post-training quiz or give your course a good rating—and you know that’s bad news. Here are a few articles on how to make your…

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Creativity and Innovation in Training


Our recent Lectora® Unscripted session on Ideas and Innovation in Training was so popular that we decided to delve a little deeper into some of the resources that Simon Birt and Lee Kitchen shared. Lee Kitchen of The Walt Disney Company talked about how he trains Disney employees to think of creative ways to improve…

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Persuasive e-Learning: How to Win Over Your Learners


Convincing your learners they want to take your e-Learning course is an art, much like the art of persuasion. There’s a lot we can learn from studying persuasion skills and techniques. In the article “The 21 Principles of Persuasion,” Forbes lists 21 lessons on persuading people. Many of these lessons can be applied to persuading…

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Compliance Training Doesn’t Have to Be Boring


Did you know that mandatory compliance training doesn’t have to be boring? It’s true—you CAN create cool, engaging and even fun, compliance training. And I have proof! Creative Video In this Fast Company article, How to Make Corporate Training Rock, the writers share an example of a chief compliance officer’s inspired idea to create a…

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All About Andragogy: Adult Learning Theory


When you’re designing e-Learning for adults, you want to make the whole learning experience fit their needs. The Adult Learning Theory—also known as andragogy—is perfect for this. Malcolm Knowles popularized the concept of andragogy in his book The Modern Practice of Adult Education: From Pedagogy to Andragogy. According to Knowles, andragogy has 4 basic assumptions…

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