Instructional Design Best Practices

7 Time-Saving eLearning Habits

Everyone wishes they had more time in a day, but the simple truth is that we have the time we have and need to make due with it. Here are some helpful tips for making the most of what you got. Prioritize List out everything you need to accomplish. Everything. It... read more

Back to School with eLearning Templates

Liz Sheffield is a freelance writer with a background in training and development. She specializes in writing about everything related to the human side of business. You can contact her via LinkedIn or Twitter.   It’s back-to-school time across most of the United... read more

4 Generous eLearning Tips

Come Friday night, many of us like to treat ourselves and our loved ones to a pleasant night out. And what night out would be complete without the clatter of silverware, good company, and the savory smells of delicious food wafting from the kitchen? As a frequent... read more

Kern You Help Me Out Here?

Letter spacing can be a tricky subject for the uninitiated, but all it takes is for a couple letters to get a little too close and suddenly you understand the concept all too well. Back when design was mainly done via printing press, printers would have to set each... read more

eLearning Lessons from the 80s

Twenty feet away, my coworker, Brother Todd, is blasting a nonstop playlist of ’80s music from his computer. Currently we are being treated to Duran Duran’s timeless “Hungry Like the Wolf” and attempting to power through the urge to get up and... read more

Are You Not Entertained?!

The technological boom we’ve experienced over the last few decades has necessitated a lot of training for a lot of new inventions. The video revolution of the 80’s and 90’s, putting portable video cameras and cheap animations into the hands of the... read more

The Art of Aesthetic eLearning

For over a thousand years, the Japanese have cultivated a unique art form known as bonsai. The object of this art is to strategically prune the branches and roots of a tree or shrub so that it appears to be a normal, mature tree, shrunk to a miniscule size. What a lot... read more

eLearning Bookends: Happily Ever After

When last we met, we discussed the fine art of beginning an eLearning course. Now that you’ve begun your course, you must learn how to finish a course. After all, the most important part of flying a plane is actually landing the thing. If you don’t have a... read more

eLearning Bookends: Once Upon a Time…

  Once upon a time, in the early days of the magical kingdom of eLearningbrosia, our benevolent king tasked us with creating an eLearning course. We had the confidence, smarts, and strength to complete our quest, but we needed a little advice on where to start.... read more

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

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