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10 Super Powers of the World’s Greatest Instructional Designer

10 Super Powers of the World’s Greatest Instructional Designer
Any professional eLearning designer would agree that users are always at the heart of what they do. The bulk of our articles last year focused on users. But what about designers themselves? Who are they? What impressive feats do they perform? What skills do they possess? That’s why we’re going to start the year with this quick list of super powers every excellent instructional designer has: 1. Instructional designers share a passion for learning. They constantly seek new topics to learn and teach, no matter which area or industry. 2. Non-professionals might have an idea of how people learn. In sum, they design for how people learn. 3. The human brain, take note, is primarily visual. 4. The ability to write well, they say, reflects the ability to think well. That’s why people should seriously consider their writing abilities before they begin a career as an instructional designer. 5. Most of the time, super-powerful instructional designers are tasked to solve learning issues. 6. 7. 8.

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6 Types of Blended Learning Blended Learning is not so much an innovation as it is a natural by-product of the digital domain creeping into physical boundaries. As digital and social media become more and more prevalent in the life of learners, it was only a matter of time before learning became “blended” by necessity. That said, there’s a bit more to Blended and “Hybrid” Learning than throwing in a little digital learning. 6 Types of Blended Learning The DIY Guide to Converting Existing Content into an eLearning Course Although instructor-led or classroom training still remains as one of the most common ways to train employees, the opportunity to implement eLearning to is a more cost-effective and convenient option. Those new to creating eLearning courses will find this post useful in answering their questions and providing them with a checklist of things to consider during the process of converting existing content, which goes far beyond simply transferring content to an online format. Step One: Analyzing Content The first stage involves deciding what information would be most relevant to the course, which is best achieved through a content audit. By sorting content into a spreadsheet, developers can more easily determine what content to delete, what to update, and what to reorganize to make it more findable. Some content may even inspire useful ideas.

Sticking to the Instructional Design Basics - What, Why, How Quite often we hear about the role of Instructional Designers in eLearning – how the Instructional Designer is the parent and the creator of eLearning, and how the Instructional Designer is the sole owner of his offspring – the well-famed eLearning product he/she developed. Quite often there is an argument about who actually owns the production of eLearning, especially when it comes to flash-based courses or anything that is not solely created by the Instructional Designer. My question here is – does it really matter?

ADDIE Model Explained Anyone who is actively involved with instructional design has at some point used the ADDIE model (Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate) for their course development. This model is one of (if not the) most popular structures used by training designers today. As you can expect, it has received a lot of attention from the community – some criticizing it, others providing praise. Personally, I feel that ADDIE works just fine, and I have used a variation of it for years on my own projects. It’s actually quite interesting how passionate people are one way or another when it comes to this model. I think if you approach any training design and implementation with an understanding that it will have its own unique qualities, then you allow for a flexibility within the model road-map.

10 Drivers Of Blended Learning In Education Blended learning is the use of both face-to-face and eLearning approaches to deliver learning experiences (as opposed to direct instruction). Whether you’re mixing a formal learning management system with in-person lectures, or a flipped approach that combines YouTube videos with in-class group work and individual instruction, these are all examples of blended learning. The infographic below from the good folks at Digital Learning Now offers a basic framework for implementing blended learning (Create conditions for success, Plan, Implement, Improve), and then interestingly offers to “drivers” of blended learning, including online state testing, cost, and the critical ability to personalize learning. 10 Drivers Of Blended Learning In Education 1. Improve ability to personalize learning

eLearning Jargon Explained: 5 Terms Every Newbie Needs to Know eLearning Jargon Explained: 5 Terms Every Newbie Needs to Know Business owners, managers and executives new to the eLearning field sometimes find it hard to grasp industry concepts and terms. Though most of the times they’re not going to be developing the courses themselves, they need to fully understand industry terminology. But beyond just a definition, professionals should also not miss out on the business benefits new words bring. It's their deep knowledge of the industry that will get them the results they wanted.

7 Tips To Jumpstart Your Instructional Design Career Remember how you were once a kid, bright-eyed with wonderment - perhaps dreaming of becoming a teacher, a doctor, or even a professional WWE wrestler. What did you end up becoming? Well look at that. You're an elearning professional, aren't you? Not surprisingly, many of us come into the world of learning and development, and namely, instructional design purely by accident. But as the industry matures and evolves, more and more of you are making an intentional choice to be involved in elearning and instructional design.

Criteria for the Ideal Instructional Design Process Model Editor’s Note: The best model for any designer or developer is the one that works well for a particular organization—a model that consistently produces effective learning outcomes on time and on budget. Here,Michael Allen outlines four necessary criteria for the ideal process model, each of which are met byhis Successive Approximation Model (SAM) as an alternative to the ADDIE instructional design model. By Michael W.

The Age of Bite-sized Learning: What is It and Why It Works For many eLearning professionals, bite-sized has always been the right size. Imagine it, more useful content that fits smaller screens or just about any screen. Learners can work on any platform, switch back from their mobile device to the desktop, anytime. Snackable content also makes it easier for them to savor every lesson step after step—something that's not possible with lengthy materials.

3 Chunking Strategies That Every Instructional Designer Should Know One of the main concepts that leads to successful e-Learning course design is Information Chunking. But what is chunking? Why is it embedded in the world of instructional design? And what kind of chunking strategies can an instructional designer use to enhance learning?

ASTC - Resource Center - Education - Learning: Theory and Practice - Learning in Context Learning in Context by Laura Martin Why talk about context? My experiences as a grade school teacher in the 1970s made me curious about children’s thinking. I decided to attend a graduate program in developmental psychology so I could study why children thought the way they did.