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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? 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. Exceptional IDs have an eye for detail. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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. Course creators should then divide relevant content into essential and additional. Step Two: Determining Learning Objectives Read and click.

M-learning The term m-learning ("mobile learning"), has different meanings for different communities, covering a range of use scenarios including e-learning, educational technology and distance education, that focuses on learning with mobile devices. Mobile learning is defined as "learning across multiple contexts, through social and content interactions, using personal electronic devices” [1] (Crompton, 2013 p. 4) In other words, with the use of mobile devices, learners can learn anywhere and at any time.[2] M-learning technologies include handheld computers, MP3 players, notebooks, mobile phones and tablets. M-learning focuses on the mobility of the learner, interacting with portable technologies, and learning that reflects a focus on how society and its institutions can accommodate and support an increasingly mobile population. M-learning is convenient in that it is accessible from virtually anywhere. M-learning, like other forms of e-learning, is also collaborative. History[edit] 1990s[edit]

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. Here we explain some of the commonly used eLearning vocabulary every industry professional new to eLearning should know (from a business perspective). 1. When people hear the term ‘authoring tool’ for the first time they tend to think it refers to an elaborated form of word processing software... or sometimes they really have no clue what it is. An authoring tool creates online courses or the final, eLearning material ready for learner's use. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Common Core and the Underpants Gnomes It’s amazing how some very smart people can commit billions of dollars and untold human effort to something like Common Core without having thought the thing through. How exactly did they think this was going to work? Didn’t they have meetings? Didn’t someone have to write a paper articulating the theory of change? Didn’t any of them ever take political science classes or read a book on interest group behavior? As I have repeatedly said would eventually happen, the teacher unions are turning against Common Core in New York and threatening to do the same in other states if high stakes tests aligned to those standards are put in place. Here is what I expected would happen and I believe is coming true: As I have written and said on numerous occasions, Common Core is doomed regardless of what I or the folks at Fordham say or do. How did the political strategists at Gates and their DC advocates think this doom would be avoided? —Jay P.

Infographic: The A to Z Guide to eLearning Design Infographic: The A to Z Guide to eLearning Design Anyone looking to learn more about comprehensive design can read the book Universal Principles of Design, which features more than 200 descriptions in alphabetical order along with images to aid the explanations. For those interested just in those concepts that are most relevant to eLearning design, this post sums up some of the most important definitions. Accessibility In eLearning design, accessibility involves designing objects and environments in a way that provides access to as many people as possible. Course creators also need to take information retrieval into consideration by presenting facts in a format that does not require learners to rely on a single sense or ability. Learn more: Aesthetic-Usability Effect The aesthetic-usability effect refers to how users perceive more aesthetic designs as easier to use than those that are less aesthetic. Chunking Consistency Hierarchy Legibility Performance Load Mental effort, or cognitive load.

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. Brad Cohen, Director of Strategy at JESS3, said it best: “Bite sized nuggets of content that are easy to consume, sometimes they're images or image-based, whose meaning can be grasped quickly, and often create deeper meaning by referencing shared experience or shared stories. This statement explains the rationale behind the current trend that swept the eLearning industry. There are many good reasons learners seek out useful information in small chunks. 1. It's no secret that eLearning professionals are all fighting against boredom. This is where bite-sized learning comes in. 2. 3. 4. 5.

5 Killer eLearning Tips To Help You Dominate Content Chunking 5 Killer eLearning Tips To Help You Dominate Content Chunking Reading content on the Internet has changed the way people process information, and nowhere is this change more obvious than in fields where design must adapt to new technology such as in eLearning. eLearning course creators need to refine their content to suit learners’ behavior and accessibility to training. This is where chunking comes into play. Basics First: What is Chunking? One major mistake many eLearning designers make is providing learners with too much information at once. Instead, it is better to limit content, to avoid an overload in the working memory and enable connections with information already in the long term memory. Chunking works by presenting a large amount of content in small modules to make the information easier to read, process, and remember. Chunking is effective because the brain is only able to consciously process a small amount of information at a time. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

3 Types Of Interactions You Should Be Sustaining in eLearning 3 Types Of Interactions You Should Be Sustaining in eLearning Certainly, most of us have once attended a long and boring training session (virtual or face-to-face), where the students are merely passive observers and are given little or no opportunities to participate. The truth is, this type of instruction hardly makes an impact on the audience. For effective learning and retention you need interaction. Make sure you keep these three big types of interaction in mind. Between Learner-learnerBetween Learner-instructorBetween Learner-content Learning theories on interaction is one thing. 1) Between Learner-Learner This type of interaction happens between two learners or among a group of learners studying the same course. Social interaction definitely plays a main role in how people learn and it’s something that many eLearning professionals tend to forget (or ignore). Plan for learner-learner interaction in your course by considering student collaboration and information sharing.

Sticking to the Instructional Design Basics - What, Why, How - eLearning Industry 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? Any eLearning product is created/developed to serve a purpose, to serve a set of audience/learners. What is the role of the Instructional Designer vs Subject Matter Expert? Is it necessary for an Instructional Designer to be a Subject Matter Expert? Sticking to the Instructional Design Basics - What, Why, How To bring the Subject Matter Expert to the route of the Instructional Designer, the first method to adopt is asking plenty of questions.

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? Content chunking refers to the strategy of making a more efficient use of our short-term memory by organizing and grouping various pieces of information together. Content Chunking For e-Learning Even though content chunking is a strategic concept, instructors shouldn’t forget that it does have its limitations. Thus, before the creation of an e-Learning course, the Instructional Designer should ask himself a number of questions. 3 Content Chunking Strategies Classify and prioritize the e-Learning course’s content As an instructional designer you should be able to separate the wheat from the chaff.

What Everybody Ought to Know About Instructional Design In an earlier post, we looked at how to build better courses by trimming out some of the content. Many of the follow-up comments and questions speak to your role as an instructional designer. In fact, it’s a question I was asked in a recent email: What is the role of the instructional designer? As I was contemplating a response, I stumbled upon this video that does a great job illustrating the value of instructional design. Click here to watch video. As humans, we’re wired to learn and we’re always learning. Learning happens through our experiences and through the things we see and hear. A formal course intrudes on the learner’s natural learning path. The video above is an excellent illustration of some key points concerning instructional design. Some might try to understand the big picture and spend time figuring out where they’re at and why they’re in two teams. Fortunately, as you watch the video, the narrator does offer some guidance. Now let’s flip it around a little.