Instructional Design

Getting Social with Lectora Development

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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