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Instructional Designers

The posts in this category cover subjects of interest for instructional designers, trainers and anyone involved in delivering business training programs.

micro learning

Micro learning: From small dots to the big picture

E-learning, Instructional Designers, LMS

Micro learning has a lot in common with the Impressionist art movement. Each micro learning activity is like a dot, a line, or a messy paintbrush stroke of color in such a painting. Embrace all small learning activities and connect them all into a big picture. Your company’s learning strategy will have impressive results.

Too busy for learning

Too busy for learning? That’s just an excuse!

Instructional Designers, Learners

The paradigm surrounding workplace training is that while everyone agrees upon its importance, almost nobody puts it on their high priority list. Managers know that their company’s competitiveness is directly related to employees’ skills development, yet L&D departments are often the first to be hit by budget cuts. Employees are perfectly aware that developing their skills directly contributes to their professional development, yet they always have something urgent to do and simply don’t show up at training sessions.

How can instructional designers destroy this “too busy” attitude towards learning?

interactive videos

How interactive videos shape the future of workplace learning

E-learning, Instructional Designers, Managers

They say a picture is worth 1000 words. If that is true, how much is a video worth? One million words, maybe? Taking a step even further, what about an interactive video? Should we keep doing the math?It is probably invaluable, anyway. At least in today’s day of workplace learning and the strive for engaging learning materials.

Interactive videos in e-learning perform the best when it comes to emotional engagement, time spent on page, attention grabbing or later recall of the learned information.

Branching scenarios: Getting to e-learning’s El Dorado

Branching scenarios: Getting to e-learning’s El Dorado

E-learning, Instructional Designers, Learners, LMS

Branching scenarios make your learners experience real world challenges and deal with real life consequences of their choices, all without real life risks.

They transform the learner from a passive observer into an active and involved participant. The unfolding of the narrative creates a memorable experience, thus helping the learner better retain the information. The consequences of their choices, especially the ones that led to failure, will stick to their minds and will determine them to make the right decisions when real life situations demand them.

Gamification mistakes

5 Gamification mistakes to avoid

E-learning, Instructional Designers

Gamification has proved its usability countless times, by improving the attitude towards learning, increasing learner engagement and motivation and boosting productivity. When done right, gamification can have great results in terms of revenue growth.

However, things are not always as easy as pie when it comes to designing and managing a learning strategy using gamification. Here are a few gamification mistakes that are more common than most e-learning professionals would want to admit. Take note and try to avoid them the next time you set to design gamified learning courses.

power of emotions on learning

The power of emotions on learning

E-learning, Instructional Designers, Learners

Emotions can be compared with an on/off switch for learning. While positive emotions have the power to motivate learners, negative emotions can actually impede the learning process. Instructional designers should strive to create the best environment for learners to feel safe to interact, experiment and explore new topics.

augmented learning

Why all the hype surrounding augmented learning?

E-learning, Instructional Designers, Managers

Augmented reality allows us to create digital layers of information on top of the physical world, thus connecting our digital lives with the surrounding environment. Augmented learning extends the possibilities in the real world for education and training, redefining the learning space and increasing engagement and boosting productivity.

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