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Instructional Design Best Practices

Is Your Design Really “Responsive?”

  One of the biggest points of confusion I’ve seen evolve in recent years is how people use the word “responsive” when speaking about device-independent eLearning. How can it be that people can interpret one word so differently? Over time, “responsive” has become the...

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How xAPI Benefits the Learner

xAPI has been a buzzword among eLearning professionals for a while, and rightly so. It’s very exciting to know that you can see exactly who looked at what page in your eLearning and for how long they looked at it. Seeing the results come in that say 200 people...

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HCD Meets ID: Part 2- Developing Learner Empathy

As I discussed in my last post, Human Centered Design (HCD) provides us with a valuable process to assist us in empathizing with our learners so we can better meet their needs. For this post, I’d like to focus on the core of how to achieve this—developing empathy for...

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Design Thinking: Your Questions Answered

We had a great first eLBX Online session, Design Thinking Meets Instructional Design, on Monday with Chris Willis, Senior Product Manager – Customizable Courseware. Attendees asked tons of great questions and we tried to answer as many as we could during the webinar....

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HCD Meets ID: Part 1 – What is HCD?

Have you ever experienced a really bad teacher? My worst teacher, let’s call him Dr. Smith, was a professor who failed our entire class based on a poorly written exam question. What could possibly compel an instructor to set up an entire class to fail? What happened...

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Blend Outside of the Box – Part 2

  In Blend Outside of the Box Part 1, I suggested blending recorded webinars or virtual classroom sessions along with printable worksheets into your learning mix.   Let’s take a look at some other outside of the box ideas you can mix and match to create blended...

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Writing EVEN Much More Better

  Some of you may have attended my webinar this summer about how to improve our writing as instructional designers. I’d like to follow up on a few of the items I covered in that training session in this blog. The main point I’d like to emphasize is that as IDs, we...

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508 Resources Guide

  At this year’s DevLearn, our very own Chris Willis presented an eLearning Rockstars Learning Stage session called Making 508 Accessible to Developers. Accessibility and 508-compliance are hot topics in the eLearning world and Chris is both knowledgeable and...

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