Tag Archives: Design

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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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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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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Tips on How to Tailor to Specific Learning Styles

Instructional design is not for the faint of heart. You are designing modules for people to look at and learn from, and most of the time it’s not easy. There are three general types of learning styles in the world – auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Although people tend to learn from all styles, they generally lean towards a specific style. …

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Necessary Elements of a Great Web Site

Have you ever browsed the Internet and landed on a website that just looked awful? By awful, I mean the font was hard to read, ads were blocking the information, the color scheme was distracting, and you couldn’t even focus on the information because you were blinded by everything that was going on? Let me show you an example. http://www.theworldsworstwebsiteever.com …

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How to Design for a Particular Audience

In the design world there are many different alleyways that designers can go down. Think about all of the different companies that design with an audience in mind. For example: Nike, McDonalds, Apple, etc. Companies tailor their designs to a specific audience for several reasons. This article will help you figure out how to design for a particular audience and …

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Why Graphic Design Should Never Be an Afterthought

When you’re designing for e-learning, content is probably your first and foremost thought. While it should be, your e-learning’s aesthetic design should be a very close second. Think of it this way: you can have the most compelling information and deliver it using the best methods and theories, but if it looks bad aesthetically, nobody is going to want to …

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What’s the Big Deal About a Logo?

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What exactly is a logo? Why are they important? What are they used for? For something as seemingly simple as a logo, there is a large amount of work and preparation that goes into the creation of a company’s “face”. According to graphic designers and entrepreneurs, a logo is defined as a “recognizable graphic design element, often including a name, …

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7 Reasons to Utilize Instructional Designers

ou are an instructor. You are walking down the hall towards your office when a new nameplate appears on the door of a previously unoccupied space: “Why do I need the help of an instructional designer?” You might ask yourself. “I’ve been designing and teaching my own instruction for years!” Although you have certainly perfected your craft over the years, …

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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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