Instructional Designers

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

video games in training

Video games in business training? Don’t reject the idea just yet

Instructional Designers

People no longer need to remember large quantities of information because the growing digitization of everything makes it a breeze to instantly find out just about anything. While being able to access information so easily and quickly has enormous benefits, it also means that our capacity to discern what is important to remember is negatively affected. The use of video games in training might be able to turn this tide.

7 e-learning mistakes to avoid in 2018

7 e-learning mistakes to avoid in 2018

Instructional Designers

A small designing mistake could result in the waste of all the efforts and negatively impact the efficiency of the training program. It is, therefore, important for e-learning designers to understand the needs of the target audience and stick to e-learning advanced principles. However, before you start creating the online courses, you need to know the mistakes that often designers make.

using captions for your training videos

The benefits of using captions for your training videos

Instructional Designers

Videos have gained a lot of terrain lately, whether they are meant for learning or entertainment. Yet as great as videos are for information retention and skill development, there is one small addition that can greatly improve these areas: using captions. So here are some advantages that the use of captions in training videos brings to the table: they increase inclusivity, focus and help those that have a different native language.

podcasts in training

The power of the spoken word: including podcasts in training

Instructional Designers

There was a window of time in which audio material did fall behind the video version but these days it has gained back all the lost terrain. The spoken word can be very powerful and engaging and that is why learning and development specialists should seriously consider including podcasts in their training materials. These audio files may not replace other means of delivering training but they ought to be part of any effective learning team’s arsenal.

Learning from others through Enterprise Social Networks (ESN)

Learning from others through Enterprise Social Networks (ESN)

Instructional Designers

The major problem with corporate education programs is that they often disregard a very important and simple aspect: the natural way in which the human brain works while learning. One of the most important aspects that have lately been researched with spectacular results is observational learning. This natural tendency of learning from others holds great potential for corporate training and development and there are several ways of capitalizing on it.

experiential learning

The secret sauce for efficient training: experiential learning

Instructional Designers

There has been a fundamental shift in the way people learn, all due to the advancements in mobile technology and the rise of the digital tribe – a generation that is used to finding information by way of a few clicks on a device and no longer has the patience to thoroughly go through extensive training materials on a certain subjects. These are the reasons why experiential learning presents itself like the viable solution for L&D in the workplace.


4 Great examples of design apps for e-learning

Instructional Designers

Designing good-quality, engaging e-learning content can be both an exciting and a daunting task. Pretty much all the design apps and tools available promise to be the most user-friendly, easy-to use in the world. Even though this is sometimes just a promise, some of these apps are exactly what their creators say they are and make the life of designers a lot easier. Here are our favorite four.

characteristics of great instructional designers

Top 3 characteristics of great instructional designers

Instructional Designers

Textbooks say that e-learning should have a personal approach, yet reach a lot of people. It sounds like a contradiction in terms but in reality this is one of the many up-sides of e-learning: the options are very varied and tech advances make more and more things possible all the time. Great instructional designers share a few common characteristics. Here are just 3:

tips for developing a learning culture

4 Great tips for developing a learning culture

Instructional Designers

In today’s dynamic and very challenging business world only the organizations that are able to adapt as they grow will thrive. Companies that fail to nurture good learning cultures experience high turnover rates among top talent and end up falling behind their competitors and disappointing their customers. Here are a few helpful tips on how to avoid that.