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3 eLearning Tips You’ve Forgotten Since Kindergarten

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in eLearning, Instructional Design, Resources | 6 comments

3 eLearning Tips You’ve Forgotten Since Kindergarten

With eLearning tips, I’m often impressed by how much each of us knows something without actually knowing that we know it. One of the books that opened my eyes to this tidbit of knowledge was a simple yet profound book, All I Ever Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulgham. Ever since reading it, I am never surprised by how true it is that so much of what we know we learned at some point in time in our younger years. I do believe that holds true as we graduate through various stages in our life. Sure we learn new concepts...

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5 Ways to KISS Your eLearning

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in eLearning, Instructional Design, Our Favorites, Resources | 0 comments

5 Ways to KISS Your eLearning

So you might be wondering, how do you give your eLearning a big smooch? That’s not the type of “kiss” I’m talking about. I’m referring to an old acronym coined by Kelly Johnson and has been around since the 1960′s. Keep It Simple Stupid Another variation of the acronym is: Keep It Simple and Straightforward. That’s a good one too. To hit home the power of keeping things simple I suggest watching this video: (Click here to view on YouTube.)     So here are the five ways on how to KISS your...

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The Basics of eLearning Themes

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in eLearning, Instructional Design, Resources | 0 comments

The Basics of eLearning Themes

When making eLearning themes, you have to own it. For example, if you work with dogs. Live in the world of dogs. Everything should be about dogs. Think doggie bones, balls, fire hydrants, frisbees, dog catchers, and paw prints. Everything in your eLearning would resemble dogs as your theme. Lets go over a few of the basics when making a theme:  #1 Choose a Topic The first step when making a theme is to choose a topic. For this blog, let’s choose Dog Heaven. Once I have got my idea I start an exercise of free association, write everything...

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5 Applications for Analogies in eLearning

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in eLearning, Instructional Design, Resources | 9 comments

5 Applications for Analogies in eLearning

Early in my training career, I became frustrated. I was designing and teaching technical support training. The typical process involved taking 25 people “off the street” and training them to be technical support representatives in two weeks. As the classes rolled on, I noticed a consistent pattern—there were always 1-3 people in every class who couldn’t catch on and would ultimately be let go (if not in training, then shortly after they reached production). As a trainer, I was completely frustrated by this. My job was to help people become...

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8 Steps for an Awesome eLearning Storyboard

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in eLearning, Instructional Design, Our Favorites, Resources, Slider | 8 comments

8 Steps for an Awesome eLearning Storyboard

Here is an eLearning infographic for Instructional Designers that uses eight steps for an Awesome eLearning Storyboard. With these eight steps and along with the Free Instructional Design Storyboard template, you will have a the tools you need for awesome eLearning Storyboards.   How to Make an Awesome eLearning Storyboard   1. Know the Course Goal Ask yourself and the client… Why are we creating this course and what is the outcome we want? 2. Gather Content Work with your client, your SMEs, and do your homework: •Analyze...

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3 Tips You Must Know When Working with SMEs

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in eLearning, Instructional Design, Resources | 0 comments

3 Tips You Must Know When Working with SMEs

SMEs, pronounced “smees” or the singular form “smee” stands for Subject Matter Expert. SMEs are valuable members for any learning design team. Their experience and extensive knowledge on the subject can be invaluable. However, working with SMEs can be a challenge, either it’s a positive or negative experience. If you want to avoid issues while working with SMEs—keep reading. Here is what you must know when working with SMEs:   1. Know the Type of SME You’re Working With One thing is for certain, know the type of SME before...

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Learning Design Straight from the Ski Slopes

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Instructional Design, Resources | 0 comments

Learning Design Straight from the Ski Slopes

Awesome eLearning design is so prevalent in our work culture, the process is even bleeding into our extracurricular activities. With the great snowy weather ahead this season, Zach and Dan are trying to make their feeble bodies worthy of skiing/riding the greatest snow on earth—produced right here in Utah’s rocky mountain range. So we designed a program that provides the best preparation in the shortest amount of time, and is fun enough to encourage consistent training in our own office environment.  While we didn’t actively pursue...

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What is eLearning Gamification?

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in eLearning, Instructional Design, Resources, Slider | 6 comments

What is eLearning Gamification?

You know you have become an eLearning nerd when watching a movie all you think about is gamification and instructional design. Elearning Gamification in Ender’s Game I recently went and saw Ender’s Game, and love it. It’s about a kid named Ender who is a possible candidate to save the world from an impending alien invasion. They train him for a special mission at a school in space. During the movie Ender plays and interacts with a variety of game simulations and interactive graphics. It was cool eLearning game stuff! Here are some of...

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How Falling 15,000 ft. Changed My Instructional Design Perspective

Posted by on Nov 23, 2013 in eLearning, Instructional Design, Resources | 2 comments

How Falling 15,000 ft. Changed My Instructional Design Perspective

  This summer I had the opportunity to go skydiving for the first time ever. As I jumped out of the airplane at 15,000 feet, I got an awesome view of the earth below me. It was an incredible experience being above clouds and feeling the wind in my face at 120 mph. Once my tandem instructor popped the chute I was amazed at the depth of detail I could see below me and how it all fit together. I had a great overall perspective of the landscape and where I was heading. Have you ever begun your instructional design and had a brain freeze?...

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5 Ways to Handle Boring eLearning Content Like a Pro

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in eLearning, Instructional Design, Resources | 8 comments

5 Ways to Handle Boring eLearning Content Like a Pro

Have you ever been tasked with building eLearning games or courses, only to find that your sole source of material is a collection of lifeless, boring eLearning content? We’ve all been there: spending hours trying to put lipstick on a pig that is, well, still going to be a pig at the end of the day.  No amount of sound effects or graphics can mask that pig.  In moments like those, it’s easy to feel defeated, knowing that your learners are going to be miserable and that there isn’t a thing you can do about it… or, is there? During the...

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3 Things to Consider for eLearning Translation

Posted by on Nov 15, 2013 in eLearning, Graphic Design Resources, Instructional Design, Resources | 8 comments

3 Things to Consider for eLearning Translation

Have you ever faced the challenge of managing eLearning translation, or localization of training into other languages? It can be a little tricky. Especially, for those who have never made courses for a global audience. If you find that your training will need to localized, don’t fall into the thinking that you don’t have to consider the localization until the original course is complete and approved. There are decisions that you can make during the early stages of course development that can make localization easier and save you time and...

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6 Elements Every Mobile Learning Game Should Have

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Edge Animate Resources, eLearning, Instructional Design, Mobile eLearning Resources, Our Favorites, Resources | 0 comments

6 Elements Every Mobile Learning Game Should Have

There are essential elements that every mobile learning game should have. Specifically, I found six that are a must when developing any learning game. No, I am not talking about developing the next Halo or World of Warcraft games but something any non-developer can use when they develop their own game. Here are the six elements every mobile learning game should have: 1. Intro Page & Logo I know this one may sound funny and at times may not seem necessary but having a good logo will set the whole theme for the game and really establishes...

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The Two E’s to Better Gamification

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in eLearning, Instructional Design, Project Management Resources, Resources | 0 comments

The Two E’s to Better Gamification

I’m old enough to remember when PacMan was played on a stand-up console in grocery stores, gas stations, and arcades.  I was smitten immediately with the challenge of maneuvering that little yellow chompy head around mazes to consume dots of power while avoiding wide-eyed ghosts.  I can also remember the after-school days at a buddy’s house playing Super Mario Brothers and feeling astounded that such an experience could happen right in a living room! Even further back in my memory is the Atari console that had me strategically placing shots...

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8 Effective Scenario Ideas for Instructional Designers

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in eLearning, Instructional Design, Our Favorites, Resources, Slider | 7 comments

8 Effective Scenario Ideas for Instructional Designers

Scenarios are a great way to make online training more engaging. They help participants learn at a deeper level. Instead of just reading, learners must read with the intent to understand and at times place themselves into the particular situation, giving participants information to make decisions.  Basically, scenarios turn information into practical application. Why Use Scenarios? Scenarios provide learners the opportunity to: apply knowledge and practice skills relevant to the situation they face analyze, identify issues, solve problems and...

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Free Instructional Design Storyboard Template

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Freebies, Instructional Design, Our Favorites, PowerPoint, Products/Reviews, Project Management Resources, Resources, Slider | 10 comments

Free Instructional Design Storyboard Template

We introduce several new templates each week but this template is especially awesome. First, it’s free! Second, is it’s made for instructional designers to streamline all of your instructional design processes. Here are the things that this Free Instructional Design Storyboard Template will do to make your eLeaning design process awesome: Create clean storyboard content for your client Intake client/SME observations and suggestions Keep track of your instructional design and development project needs Organize course based on...

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4 Steps for Less Heartache in Your Design Development

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in eLearning, Instructional Design, Resources | 9 comments

4 Steps for Less Heartache in Your Design Development

Before I came to eLearning Brothers I learned something that I have tried implement since. I worked as a Professional Services Manager & Design Manager for an eLearning Software company. My role was to help customers customize different features about the software. I would meet with the client to talk about what they were wanting, I would then talk with my team of developers about what it would take to do the customization and then I would see the customization through the development process. What I Learned… One thing I learned...

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10 eLearning Game Ideas for Instructional Designers

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in eLearning, Instructional Design, Our Favorites, Resources, Slider | 10 comments

10 eLearning Game Ideas for Instructional Designers

Instructional Designers have the ability to make awesome eLearning games, they just don’t know it yet. Here are 10 simple eLearning game ideas that even non-programmer eLearning Designers can implement into their course design: 1. Put Some Skin in the Game: Before the learner does anything, tell them what they’re about to do and ask them to “lock in” a guess as to how many they think they can identify, answer, pass, spot, etc. Then, display that locked-in guess using variables as they complete your game or activity. Right next to their...

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Serving Up eLearning on the Racquetball Court

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Company, Instructional Design, Resources | 3 comments

Serving Up eLearning on the Racquetball Court

There are only two sports that I’m half decent at and one of them is racquetball. I’ve never been formally trained, I’ve just played a lot and picked up tricks along the way. Here at eLearning Brothers headquarters, there’s a group of us that whack the ball around a few days a week and competition can get pretty stiff. One day, Brother Dan brought his extreme sports camera on to the court, and got some great footage of us playing. When I watched the clips, I was amazed! My game looked nothing like I thought it did. It was like one...

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Drawing Upon Your Own Life Passions for eLearning Engagement

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in eLearning, Instructional Design, Resources | 3 comments

Drawing Upon Your Own Life Passions for eLearning Engagement

Part of our role in designing and developing outstanding eLearning is to keep our audience interested and engaged throughout the learning process. It’s important to always remember your designed experience competes for learners’ attention with a host of distractions—emails, phone calls, real people, stress and deadlines, etc. This is why I like to draw upon life passions to better understand and deliver eLearning engagement. As a professional designer, it would benefit you to be able to comprehend, sense, and fully describe “engagement...

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Storytelling: 3 Keys to Scenario Based eLearning

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in eLearning, Instructional Design, Our Favorites, Resources | 3 comments

Storytelling: 3 Keys to Scenario Based eLearning

There is excitement and energy that is conveyed during any interaction that comes only through telling stories and scenario based eLearning. That enthusiasm for a story is only increased when you become part of the story. While role-plays often receive a poor reputation, they are a powerful tool in any type of training for engaging and then applying key learning that has occurred. Role-plays in a very real sense are storytelling, at a higher level. At eLearning Brothers, we have a story to tell, and as we make our eLearning engaging and...

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What Exactly is a Multiple Answer Question?

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in eLearning, Featured, Instructional Design, Our Favorites, Resources | 1 comment

What Exactly is a Multiple Answer Question?

Quick! Tell me the difference between a multiple choice and a multiple answer question. If you find yourself stumbling, don’t worry. Most people don’t know the answer. I get asked the difference between the two all the time. As far as eLearning Brothers is concerned, for a multiple choice question, the learner has to choose the one correct answer. For a multiple answer question, the learner must choose all of the correct answers. Here’s a 2 minute video explaining the difference and how to set them up:...

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4 Ways to Get a Brown Rice Bowl with eLearning Awesome Sauce

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in eLearning, Featured, Instructional Design, Our Favorites | 1 comment

4 Ways to Get a Brown Rice Bowl with eLearning Awesome Sauce

If you are anything like me, once in a while you have to have a good rice bowl. After waiting for your turn to order I ask myself the question, “Do I want white rice or brown rice?” As I thought about that question and ate my rice bowl the thought came to me, “This is just like developing eLearning.” How, you might ask? Let me explain, eLearning can be appealing, healthy for you, and come with a variety of flavors just like a rice bowl. To get more specific, brown rice has more fiber than white rice. Brown rice contains...

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