This week we hosted our ‘Ask the instructional designer’ webinar. We were inundated with fantastic questions from our customers, so we thought we’d take some time to answer some of them in detail.
The question which inspired this blog was submitted by Hannah, who asked “What are your three tips for freelance instructional designers just starting out?”Read More
The good people at the eLearning Guild have been hard at work on a 27-page report regarding the state of mobile eLearning and where it’s headed. This white paper proposal, titled “Harnessing the Mobile Storm: The Power and Potential of Mobile Learning“, has many valuable insights into the changing face of the learning and development landscape, coming from experienced minds who know their way around the industry.Read More
You’re sitting through an eLearning course and a slide comes up full of text. I bet you roll your eyes just as much as I do. But still, time after time, we see crowded slides.
Graeme Youngs | 05/03/2016
I’ve been designing and developing learning materials for the last twenty years and I have seen many changes. From classroom courses, to virtual classrooms; from the first versions of Computer Based Training (CBT) to eLearning as we know it today. After all these years, I still feel like I am being dishonest by calling myself an Instructional Designer, as I feel I am still learning my craft. But at the end of the day, it’s what I am. But what does the job title mean?Read More
I recently completed a Greek Mythology course on Coursera. I found it fascinating how the ancient Greek storytellers like Homer and Ovid were able to create elaborate stories that have become timeless and have been retold and redeveloped in TV and films centuries later. After reading The Iliad and The Odyssey, I wondered: How in the heck did Homer remember all of this? As Instructional designers, we are tasked to create memorable learning experiences that may improve the skills or, even more so, the behaviors of the user. However, sometimes it’s not that easy to get people to remember a few points about a 30-minute module…even when we give them the objectives up front to tell them what they need to remember!
“Storytelling” is the new trend in eLearning. We all have a favorite story that we like to hear, and maybe retell. But how do we pull off the masterstroke of storytelling in eLearning? Perhaps we can learn a few things from Homer and Ovid:
Tom DiMartini | 05/28/2015