Alex Hatcher

Alex is a dual-hatted (or should I say hooded) academic with Master’s degrees in both Anthropology and Educational Technology. Alex specializes in understanding the interactions between learners and technology, the socio-cultural learning environment, Web 2.0 learning strategies, and creating interactive, technology-enhanced learning experiences.

6 Reasons You Need an Instructional Design Portfolio


A while back, I decided to start building an online portfolio for my instructional design work, and it is now something I strongly recommend to any instructional designer. I have found it to be one of my most valuable career tools regardless of whether I was seeking a new position, or happy in my current position. Why do you need …

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Designing & Developing for Accessibility in Captivate


You’ve been tasked with a new project that will be created in Captivate and one of the requirements is that it be accessible. Where do you start? While there are many great resources online for the technical requirements of accessibility development in Captivate, you really need to start thinking about accessibility before you open any software. It is just as important …

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Is Social Media Social Learning?


The easy answer is: No, social media is not social learning. So, what is the relationship between social media and social learning? I like to think of them as the tool and the blueprint. Social media is a tool. It can exist on its own, separate from social learning, but it can also be incorporated into learning to support social …

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Keep it Social: Using Social Learning Theory to Improve Instructional Strategies

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I’m going to come right out and say it: learning is social. All learning occurs in a social context. Whether it is the social pressures/motivators for pursuing an education, the interactions between students and teachers, the interactions between students and peers, even the interaction between students and the class content (books, movies, pictures, handouts, materials, etc. are all created or …

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Just-in-Time Learning: The Examples


Last month we told you why Just-in-Time Learning rocks. But, what does just-in-learning look like? How can you begin incorporating it into your own learning strategy? Let’s look at some examples from the Designed:2:Learn team. 1. Outside Resources One way we provide as many just-in-time learning opportunities as possible is we use outside resources, such as and the Microsoft IT …

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5 Reasons Just-in-Time Learning Rocks


Are you looking for ways to improve upon your current learning programs? One easy thing you could try is providing just-in-time learning opportunities to your students. Just-in-time learning allows learners the opportunity to access the information and learning materials they need, when and where they need it. Here are 5 Reasons why it is worth giving just-in-time learning a try: …

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The Accidental Instructional Designer: A Review


In The Accidental Instructional Designer: Learning Design for the Digital Age, Cammy Bean outlines what it means to be an instructional designer and how to create educational content that transcends the PowerPoint slide decks or “clicky-clicky bling-bling” to create meaningful, engaging, and effective technology-based learnings. Based on her own experiences as an “accidental instructional designer,” Bean offers advice on the …

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Captivate Ghost Lines


I cannot even begin to describe the frustration I felt as I pondered over the mysterious lines and screen glitches that were present in my Adobe Captivate videos. I had spent hours perfecting even the most minor details, yet there were these inexplicable lines. There was no reason for those lines to be there. They weren’t present in my screen …

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Moving Beyond the Next Button


The Next button: It is such a little thing, but its impact on eLearning can be huge! Should the next button be there? Should we only allow them to click next once they’ve viewed the entire section? Where do we put the Next button, on the interface, on the playbar, or both? What do we do about the Next button? …

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What is an Instructional Designer?


ou wouldn’t let your average construction worker design a building, would you? Of course not! You would leave the designs to the architect who specializes in design processes and theory. Then, the implementation of these designs would be left to construction workers who also specialize in their own areas, such as electricity, plumbing, and carpentry. Specialization is not unique to …

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