Instructional Design

Pop Quiz: How to Create Unique Assessments

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Please clear off your desks and get out a pencil—because it’s time for a pop quiz! Question 1: How do you create unique e-Learning assessments? Okay, you probably need more than a pencil to answer this question because assessments are such a crucial part of the e-Learning experience. They can be used for different purposes,…

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Spaced Repetition: Why It Works

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Spaced repetition is a slippery learning technique to pin down. This wise guy goes by several aliases in the educational ‘hood. You might have heard about spaced rehearsal, interval reinforcement, distributed practice, the spacing effect, repetition scheduling or some other name. However, these are all the same fellow, and he’s a good guy to have around. What…

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Thursday’s Trending e-Learning Topic: Engaging Training

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The trending e-Learning topic this Thursday is all about creating engaging training courses. If your e-Learning course isn’t engaging, then your learners probably aren’t going to complete it or ace your post-training quiz or give your course a good rating—and you know that’s bad news. Here are a few articles on how to make your…

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Creativity and Innovation in Training

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Our recent Lectora® Unscripted session on Ideas and Innovation in Training was so popular that we decided to delve a little deeper into some of the resources that Simon Birt and Lee Kitchen shared. Lee Kitchen of The Walt Disney Company talked about how he trains Disney employees to think of creative ways to improve…

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Persuasive e-Learning: How to Win Over Your Learners

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Convincing your learners they want to take your e-Learning course is an art, much like the art of persuasion. There’s a lot we can learn from studying persuasion skills and techniques. In the article “The 21 Principles of Persuasion,” Forbes lists 21 lessons on persuading people. Many of these lessons can be applied to persuading…

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Compliance Training Doesn’t Have to Be Boring

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Did you know that mandatory compliance training doesn’t have to be boring? It’s true—you CAN create cool, engaging and even fun, compliance training. And I have proof! Creative Video In this Fast Company article, How to Make Corporate Training Rock, the writers share an example of a chief compliance officer’s inspired idea to create a…

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All About Andragogy: Adult Learning Theory

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When you’re designing e-Learning for adults, you want to make the whole learning experience fit their needs. The Adult Learning Theory—also known as andragogy—is perfect for this. Malcolm Knowles popularized the concept of andragogy in his book The Modern Practice of Adult Education: From Pedagogy to Andragogy. According to Knowles, andragogy has 4 basic assumptions…

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5 Reasons Learners Hate Your Online Course

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Pet peeves. Everyone has them. And as it turns out, learners might have a lot more pet peeves about your course than you realize! Today at Your Everything for e-Learning Place, we’re shining the light on 5 pet peeves learners have about online training courses. 1. Patronizing Tone Does your course really need a slide…

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5 Ways to Win the e-Learning Race Against Time

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There’s an ongoing race against time for e-Learning developers. Wouldn’t you like to win that race? You’re about to learn 5 strategies that can help you create courses quickly—and declare victory!  Try these 5 strategies to win the e-Learning race against time:  1. Narrow your focus.  Sometimes people want to use training to solve a…

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Great Reads on Gamification

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Gamification is everywhere—from Cheez-It Scrabble Junior, which gamifies snack crackers, to the popular Fitbit fitness tracking bands. And just this morning, I heard a commercial announcing that Monopoly is back at McDonalds. Gamification is clearly working for McDonalds; they’ve been doing Monopoly for as long as I can remember (even all the way back to…

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