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January 2, 2019

 

 

From time to time, we’ve all been amazed by professional magicians. We’ve often thought to ourselves, “How do they do that?” Maybe we’ve even studied a few card tricks ourselves to show our friends—with some measure of success—but we’ve realized that our talents were...

October 1, 2018

 

 

You’ve spent months developing an elearning course for customers of NewName Software’s latest application. As an instructional design consultant, you became part of the team from the concept stage of the course, developed the script and storyboard, designed the slide...

August 20, 2018

 

 

Hi! I’m your older self, writing to you from 30 years in the future. Here in 2018, we can send messages to the past, but only to our younger selves.

In this message I’ll give you lessons from the instructional design mistakes I made in the past, in hopes that you’ll a...

April 9, 2018

 

 

There’s nothing like a well-designed, interactive online course to keep your learners engaged. And you’d like all your courses to be just as well-designed in the future, even as technologies change.

But these technologies are changing rapidly now. Most elearning cours...

March 26, 2018

 

 

Every day, someone realizes they need a training program. It could be to provide onboarding to new employees, to launch a new product or customer, to minimize errors, to grow revenue, or to meet compliance requirements. They decide that an online program would be mor...

March 12, 2018

 

 

One of the easiest mistakes we make is to lose sight of our target goals and audience. When we do this, the final product often centers around our own personal interests and preferences, instead of reinforcing the learner’s outcome.

This can become a sort of "Goldiloc...

February 26, 2018

 

 

When someone asks, “What do you know about…?” they’re really asking, “What and how much knowledge can you recall about…?”

Whether your training program concerns preventing harassment in the workplace, driving a forklift or communicating with elderly patients, the qual...

February 12, 2018

 

 

So your company is ready to move into online learning?

Terrific! Just hire an instructional designer or an e-learning development company, show them what you need, and voilà! Your first online course.

That may work, but you won’t necessarily end up with the most effect...

October 4, 2017

 

 

It was a few minutes before 5. Dr. Sally Heddock, chief medical officer of Major City Hospital, just learned that noted staff surgeon Dr. Jim Cutler had almost left a scalpel inside yet another patient today. She knew the doctor wasn’t evil or mad. Rather, the proble...

September 28, 2017

 

 

Do you want to make your training more scalable and effective, but don’t want to lose the "personal touch"? In-person or classroom training can be a great way to get together employees who are spread across different departments, job sites or offices. It gives traine...

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