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Category: Instructional design

The tragic flaw in instructional design

In today’s evolving business world, you may only have a few weeks to design and build an app or elearning module to train an audience on a new company offering or service. The experience needs to entice users to play with it, and the content should compel learners to consume it. In a traditional content-first […]

Learning content preparation: Mise en place for efficient course development

Imagine that you just came across a delicious recipe that you’re itching to try. You’ve got time to make it right now, you’re hungry, and you’re pretty sure you have all of the ingredients on hand. You’re chopping, sautéing, and mixing when suddenly the progress comes to a screeching halt because you’re missing a key […]

Content mapping: a blueprint for learning experiences

Picture yourself surrounded by half a dozen large, unmarked boxes from IKEA. The contents are probably some sort of storage furniture, but there are no instructions and no indication of what the final product is supposed to look like. The boxes were already open, so you’re not completely sure that all of the pieces are […]

Know your learner

On a recent Sunday evening, as I packed lunches and prepped for the week, my husband completed an elearning course for work. He opted to bring his laptop home and take the course in his own kitchen rather than doing it in the office where it’s harder to focus – his phone rings constantly and […]

Tiny living, tiny learning

One of my favorite television shows at the moment is “Tiny House Hunters”. The show features buyers shopping for homes between 100 and 400 square feet in size. They are choosing to downsize their living space in exchange for an increase in free time, freedom from worries, and a chance at more life experiences. Just […]

Microlearning is like a well-packed suitcase

More info. Less time. Microlearning is everything we love about asynchronous learning with none of the baggage of longer, more cumbersome courses. We recently described how organizations are beginning to “divide learning content into shorter sections and reassemble those sections, in part or in whole, based upon context and need.” But how small do these […]

Designing virtual reality training

Recently, I enjoyed a truly immersive VR experience. At PT, we’re constantly testing new devices in our datacenter, our client device test beds, and even in our common areas. Last week, staffers donned a VR headset, put on headphones, and stepped inside any number of virtual worlds during a two-day, company-wide VR demonstration[i]. I was […]

Learning from Hollywood

Moviemakers have successfully revived many popular entertainment franchises of the 1980s and 1990s. Updated versions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, GI Joe, Power Rangers, and other 80s childhood staples have hit the big screen. Kids that grew up in the 80s now lead studios, which thrive by connecting with their audiences. These now-40-something TV […]

Tutus and training

Ballet has been a revered art form since the 15th century but I recently read an article about the widespread decline of ballet ticket sales. “Ballet Internationale, Oakland Ballet and Ohio Ballet all closed their doors over the last several years” while other companies have remained on hiatus. (Tossing away the tutus? Ballet companies seek to […]

What would Sesame Street do?

What Online Pre-School Games Teach us about Adult E-Learning Design I have two daughters: ages six and eight. When they each turned two, I introduced them to Sesame Street’s online games. Sesame Street provides free online games designed for children on topics such as potty training, learning the alphabet, counting, identifying patterns, and more. They became […]