Instructional Design Best Practices

History of the Semicolon

eLearning content writers beware! A rogue punctuation mark is on the loose, and your writing may be in danger. ; If you come across this fiend, do not attempt to apprehend! Please contact your local English teacher for assistance. As any past or present student can... read more

Choosing a Style Guide for Your eLearning

In our school years we all (hopefully) learned the basic elements of grammar. At its basest level, grammar constitutes the rules necessary for our speech and writing to make sense. For instance, if you simply uttered the phrase “to the” without any... read more

The Amazing Invisible Narrator

If you are a human being that has seen a movie before, chances are you’ve heard the smooth and authoritative sound of Morgan Freeman’s voice. Simultaneously world-weary and commanding, the man truly has a unique voice. I truly enjoy the man’s acting,... read more

Rise Against Robotic Voice-Overs

You’ve probably met someone before who over-enunciates. Many people do this in order to make themselves better understood, which makes sense when you consider how often we as people ask each other to repeat ourselves. Try talking with anybody for more than a few... read more

Good Graphics Make Excellent eLearning

There are many channels through which information can reach the brain. And once it gets there, there are many areas within the brain that can process that information. Grossly oversimplifying it, you might compare your brain to an office building. At any given moment,... read more

The Power of the Pre-training Principle

There’s nothing quite like driving on a freshly paved road. The car seems to glide across the new asphalt like a speedboat across a glassy lake. But the moment you turn off the paved road, you know you’re in for a bumpy ride. As you rumble over large... read more

Bite-Size eLearning with the Segmenting Principle

I have vague memories of elementary school, and while most of them are positive, I do remember that occasional powerless feeling of having my schedule dictated to me by an all-powerful adult. It sometimes seemed to my childish brain that my favorite subjects were... read more

Reduce the Weak Links in Your eLearning: Part 2

Didn’t see Part 1 yet? Click here to read it! Back in the’80s and ’90s there was a bizarre sort of B-movie craze. People would get together and purposefully watch bad movies so they could take turns making wisecracks about the ludicrous things... read more

Reduce the Weak Links in Your eLearning: Part 1

Our brains are wired to analyze patterns, make predictions, and form links between different phenomena. One of these cognitive tricks our brains play is called the spacial contiguity principle, which states that we learn more effectively when related elements are... read more

The Principle of Redundancy Principle

We’ve all had one of those teachers or instruction designers who just doesn’t fully grasp the concept of good presentation. Either they place neon orange text on a green background, or they grossly overuse the “Flip” animation, leaving you to... read more

How To Create eLearning That Sticks With You

In order for eLearning to have any sort of success, it needs to be a memorable experience. If the message goes in one ear and directly out the other, the experience has failed, and the learner leaves the room having gained nothing. Here are four ways to make sure your... read more

Effective Instructional Graphics in eLearning

We’ve all heard the phrase, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” However, just because you have some open space on a page, that doesn’t mean you can get lazy and plop some meaningless image down. We always recommend finding a way to create an image... read more

The Role of eLearning Images in Visual Learning

eLearning images are an oft overlooked component of a good course. A great deal of the information we process comes to us through our visual cortex. Its estimated that 93% of information we communicate is obtained through nonverbal queues. According to Mike Parkinson,... read more

Finding Inspiration for eLearning

Here are some great ways to find inspiration for your eLearning: Find a Role Model You can’t take a shot at something without something to aim for. Is there a creative or intellectual person you really look up to? Think how your hero might solve the problem and try... read more

5 Ways to Kill an eLearning Course

We at eLearning Brothers do our best to teach you the best way of doing things. But today we’re going to switch things up and tell you the worst ways to develop eLearning courses. Here are five ways you can kill an eLearning course. 1. Little to No Interaction This is... read more

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