Instructional Design

Making Critiques Valuable Part 2: The Critic

Welcome to the second part of a two-part mini-series about critiques. If you haven’t yet read Making Critiques Valuable Part 1, I hope that you’ll find it helpful as well. Presenting your work for review or critique can be difficult, but critiquing can be too! In this post, we’re going to talk about a few things that will make your …

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Networking Techniques for the Novice and the Amateur

Networking with unfamiliar people can be daunting and even terrifying at times. On the other hand, networking is a big part of making successful connections, and can typically lead to further career opportunities, or promoting your personal brand. Networking today does not always include purely exchanging contact information. Instead, there are a few more steps that need to be taken …

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Using Transitions Effectively

Transitions are a great way to move around blocks of content, but without careful attention, they can quickly become distracting. Many novice users will overuse transitions, which can make the training look sloppy, unprofessional, and most notably, a distraction to the learner. There are many transitions to choose from, so it is important to figure out which one works best …

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Inspritational Nugget: You are the Learner’s Advocate

Today’s inspirational nugget puts us in our learner’s shoes. The content we create doesn’t get sent out into the void, never to be seen again. Real people have to sit at a desk and consume whatever we create, right along all those 6-second Vines and 140-character tweets. To be an advocate for your learner, you need to consider all of …

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Creating a Dashboard the User Wants to Come Back To

Car Dashboard

A dashboard is user interface that somewhat resembles a car’s dashboard. It organizes and presents information in way that is clear and straightforward. One example of a dashboard is online banking. When you log into your bank account online, you usually see your account’s, messages or updates on your bank, and other information that pertains to banking. When creating a …

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Inspirational Nugget: Create Learning Experiences

One of the most common requests that Instructional Designers and eLearning Professionals receive is to convert stand-up training into online training. Coordinating stand-up training for any organization can be time-consuming and costly, so it makes sense to move the content online so that your audience can view it at their convenience. We love providing this service. When you need to …

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Statistics Based on User Experience

User Experience

User experience is the experience that the viewer has on your eLearning course. Things like: is the information easy to find? Is it easy to read? Does it look professional? User experience is crucial to successful eLearning and if that information is actually being understood. Which is the whole point of eLearning, right? To see just how important user experience …

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Inspirational Nugget: Think Visually

For my first blog post with NAU’s Learning & Professional Development team, I deconstructed a lengthy definition of Instructional Design that I’ve kept tucked away at each desk I’ve occupied during my career. Included with that definition are what I’m calling “inspirational nuggets” about Instructional Design. Lately I have been thinking about this simple idea: Think Visually I’m not an artist, …

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4 Common Quiz Question Mistakes

Assessing the learner’s progress is a crucial aspect of ensuring that your teaching style is effective for your learners, and that the learner is putting in the time and effort to grasp the material.  How else can we provide the best feedback or certify that the learner has met certain levels of understanding?  This is why it is important to …

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Success Starts with SME

Meetings with Subject Matter Experts (SME) typically go one of two ways. One, you leave either feeling confused/unsure of what lies ahead with a project. Or two, you leave with a sense that you think you understand what the client wants. Wouldn’t it be great to leave thinking “I’ve got this. I know what they want, what they expect, and …

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