Instructional Design

Inspirational Nugget: Look for Inspiration

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My team has been designing some new templates and branding elements lately, so today’s Inspirational Nugget is inspired by inspiration! I know it’s easy to get into a rhythm when creating training content, so it’s common to reuse design elements and eLearning features to create training efficiently. There’s nothing wrong with sticking with what works, but sometimes it’s important to …

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Illustrator Updates For 2017

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The Adobe Creative Cloud updates have officially arrived as of the end of December 2016. The Adobe Creative Cloud updates each application yearly, so each year a new version is created that is better than the last version. There’s always new developments happening within Illustrator and Photoshop, so it’s hard to keep up with this ever-changing application. But once you …

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Differing Learning Styles and the help of Instructional Design

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According to the American Psychological Association, there are five main learning styles and two substyles that describe how any one person best absorbs or learns information. While everyone is different, most fall into one of the five styles and one of the substyles. Paula Tallal (2014) of Rutgers University and the University of California, San Diego, ran a study to …

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Using Color Theory in Instructional Design

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Have you ever been in class or in a training session and your professor or instructor starts a slideshow they made on powerpoint and you have difficulty focusing on the actual material because the overall composition is distracting? The color is especially throwing you off as the teacher has put white text over a bright red screen so the information …

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Instructional Design – What is it and how is it used?

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Instructional Design is a concept we see every day whether we realize it or not. We often see instructional design in the simplest of places such as a website we are visiting for the first time, opening an updated application on your phone, and even driving down the street. What is Instructional Design? Instructional Design incorporates several different aspects of …

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Gamification: What It Is + Some Tips

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I’m sure you’ve all heard about the new gamification trend that’s been sweeping the Instructional Design world. If you’re like me, and behind the times on what gamification is – let me explain it further. Gamification is the application of typical elements of game playing (e.g., point scoring, competition with others, rules of play) to other areas of activity, typically …

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Beating Instructional Designers Block

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There comes a point in your career where you have to battle Instructional Designers Block, aka *cue horror movie scream* THE WALL. Have you ever gotten to the point in a project where no amount of caffeine or energy drinks will shake the feeling that it’s just not happening with a project? Either you’re frustrated or just can’t think of …

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Creating Online Software Training for Adults

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Creating Online Software Training for Adults Creating any type of training for adult learners is challenging because there are so many theories and principles to consider. Is the content too long? Is the content engaging? Is the goal of the content obvious to the user? Now consider those same questions for online software training for adults. You’re looking at multiple checklists …

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Creating Online Software Training

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As an Instructional Designer, I’ve created online training modules for sales, safety, and new employee orientation, but most of my projects have been for IT systems training. Providing online, self-paced training for new software provides end users with the opportunity to see the system and maybe even interact with the system before they use it. Before I share my experiences …

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Inspirational Nugget: Your Course Will Help Someone

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Since I’ve joined the Learning & Professional Development Team at Northern Arizona University, my blog posts have focused on two major themes: Instructional Design “Inspirational Nuggets” and Adobe Captivate 9 features. The Inspirational nuggets came from a couple Post-It Notes that I’ve kept with me throughout my ten years as an Instructional Designer. These Post-It Notes serve as a reminder for …

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