Professional Development

5 Tips for Better Meetings

Lets face it, we all have been the victim of meetings that, for several reasons or another, just felt like they were a waste of time, took too long to get the point, or could have been done over an email. Meetings are an important part of what we do. And like everything else, need to be planned for to …

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Setting Goals

Another year has gone by and a new one has begun. This is the time of year that people reflect on the past and look forward to the future. Most people use this time to set new goals for themselves, so I thought that it might be fun to share how we set goals here at Designed 2 Learn. I …

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Happy Holidays!

Season’s greetings from all of us at Designed:2:Learn! May your homes and offices be filled with cheer this holiday season. Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog this year, and we look forward to continuing our exploration of Instructional Design in January! Check back in the new year as we tackle some hot topics and provide useful …

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Quick Tips for Creating a Successful eNewsletter

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We’ve all experienced terrible eNewsletters in our email inboxes. Despite the sender’s best intentions, some eNewsletters have you scrolling down to find the “Unsubscribe” button before the images have even loaded. When you’re trying to give your readers information, it is important that you deliver it to them in a way that appeals to them. If you think about the …

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Team Structure

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The Learning and Professional teams’ core mission is to provide learning services on NAU ITS supported services. Our team is made up of 7 members. As a team, we have structured ourselves in such a way as to play to the strengths of each member. This allows us to provide professional learning offerings to the NAU community.  So here is …

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DevLearn 2014 Wrap Up

At the end of October, the team of instructional designers from Designed:2:Learn traveled to Las Vegas to attend DevLearn 2014. The goal? To identify trends in the world of eLearning and collaborate with designers from around the country. Here are some quick take-aways from each of our Designed:2:Learn contributors. Steve Montague At DevLearn 2014 I focused on Immersive learning and …

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5 Lessons to Build a Team On!

When I started my first job as a manager I was very nervous.  I am sure most first-time managers are. I had a thousand questions going through my mind. This post is 5 lessons I would tell myself if I could give myself some advice. Cover your weaknesses – Lets face it. We all have strengths and weaknesses. The important …

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Do’s and Don’ts When Using PowerPoint

How many times have you gone to prepare for a presentation (and by presentation I mean any type of public speaking such as classroom lectures, in-person trainings, seminars, etc.), and you instantly think “first, I need to create a PowerPoint presentation”? Typically yes, it can be a great resource to use, on the other hand, if it is not used …

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Helpful Tips for Tackling Presentation Jitters

Imagine you’re standing in front of an audience about to give a presentation. You might start to wonder, “why am I shaking?” “Why is my voice a pitch higher?” “Why am I dizzy?” “Why is my mouth so dry?” “Why am I rocking back and forth?” We’ve all been there before and nerves affect us all differently, some might feel …

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