Instructional Designers

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

benefits of video games for adult learners

Cognitive benefits of video games for adult learners

Instructional Designers

There is a lot of academic literature to show that video gaming brings about improvements in a wide variety of perceptual, attentional, and cognitive abilities. The potential video games have for positive improvements of the brain ranges from teaching young children to perform complex tasks to training workplace professionals to become more efficient in their jobs.

visuals in e-learning

4 Ways to effectively use visuals in e-learning

Instructional Designers

Keeping learners engaged simply requires some fine tuning of the way the slides are visually designed. Heavy text, obsolete fading effects and cluttered information all have to go and be replaced by attention-grabbing, point-making state of the art design. All instructional designers need to do is spruce up their visual design skills and keep their audience in mind when putting together learning materials.

instructional designers should know about Creative Commons

What instructional designers should know about Creative Commons

Instructional Designers

Creative Commons was created to help all those who create content, whether they are writers, video makers or designers, to use already existing content without having to pay for it. Everything from text to video or sound can be used while being appropriately attributed. So check out a few things all instructional designers should know about Creative Commons.

drawbacks of microlearning

10 Drawbacks of microlearning in training

Instructional Designers

Even though it can lead to positive learning outcomes thanks to its learner-centered vibe, just-in-time learning support or its enabling of reusable learning objects, microlearning is not the perfect solution for every training challenge. It simply can’t be. Not with all the diversity that comes with the organic process of learning in the myriad of organizations. In fact sometimes is better to avoid it altogether.

metaphors and learning

Metaphors and learning: Why instructional designers should use metaphors in L&D content

Instructional Designers

A better understanding of mechanisms that lead to memory formation and ultimately learning means that training programs can be a lot more effective but also that authoring tools and course design have to be permanently tested and improved. Some of the most recent research that produced interesting results has been dwelling into the intricate ways our mind encodes metaphors.

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.