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Instructional Design Best Practices

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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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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To Quiz or Not to Quiz…That Is the Question

  How do you incorporate quizzes into your eLearning? Do you believe in the “quiz early, quiz often” strategy, or do you wait until the end of the course? Or do you live on the edge and say “who needs those darn quizzes anyway?”   Some people argue that delivering...

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Word on the Street: AR/VR in Education

It seems that everywhere you go you're hearing about AR/VR in education. This includes using a cell phone or tablet to present a cool augmented reality as seen in Pokemon Go, or putting on a sort of headset like the Oculus Rift to give a full virtual experience. We...

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5 Updated Storyline Games You Have to See

You asked for it, you got it! Many users have been passionately requesting updated Storyline games and we just can't say no to our rockstar family! Five of our most popular Storyline games now feature beautiful new graphics and are available in Storyline 3 and...

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Webinar: Writing Much More Better

Earlier this week we had a spectacular webinar with one of our instructional designers, Dr. David Christiansen discussing writing for eLearning! Dr. Christiansen covered so many great topics that we couldn't answer all the attendees' questions during the webinar....

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Color Theory for eLearning

We had a great webinar last week on designing visual hierarchy. Our senior designer, Stacey Wilhelmsen, touched on some elements of color while discussing visual hierarchy principles. It sparked a great discussion and many more questions about color from the audience,...

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3 Reasons Performance Support Is Vital

It’s time to take a moment and give performance support its due. But first, what is performance support? Performance support can take many forms, but in essence, it is task-specific guidance, support, or resources delivered at the moment of need. A printed resource...

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Webinar: The Hard Value of Soft Skills Training

Time and again, employer surveys reveal what most training professionals already know: soft skills are crucial for developing new hires and emerging leaders in your organization. Soft skills such as effective communication, creative problem solving, and conflict...

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Webinar: The Neuroscience of Memorable Messages

We were pleased to host cognitive scientist Carmen Simon in a webinar last week. She discussed how one of the biggest problems with business content is that audiences forget 90% of what you share after 2 days. And the typical goal of creating a message or training...

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Go For It! Goal Setting Tips – Part 1

We already know how important setting goals is. But sometimes you make goals at the beginning of the year and then forget to continuously act on them. Over the next few blog articles, I'm going to share some tips on goal setting—quick reminders you can act on now to...

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