Tag Archives: Instructional Design

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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Adobe Captivate 9: Rollovers for Software Simulations

The most recent eLearning project I completed was for an online software application, so creating online software training has been on my brain. I typically create training for adults, so I have been paying close attention to incorporating adult learning theories into software training. In my recent posts, I talked a bit about how Adobe Captivate allows you to create …

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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

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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5 things managers should know

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For several years now I have been privileged to sit on a panel as a manager for aspiring leaders here at Northern Arizona University. On this panel is a group of managers at the University who, on the last day of the class, meet with the students and answer questions about being a manager. During this meeting there are always …

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Free Resources You Should Be Utilizing

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The internet is a great resource to utilize for your eLearning modules because there are free graphics, fonts, stock photos and much more! I want to help you be more productive and produce better training modules in half the time. Sound gimmicky? I promise you it’s not! Here’s a list of resources that took me years to find around the internet that …

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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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Design: Aesthetic vs. Function

As a graphic designer, the line between necessity for functionality and aesthetic is a blurry line. Designers make things ‘pretty’ but we have to make the design functional and easily understandable for the users. Designers are a median between the user and the backend creator. Website coders solely look at the functionality and users like to look at something that …

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Adobe Captivate 9: Advanced Actions Part 2

In my previous post, I covered a few simple techniques for adding Advanced Actions to Adobe Captivate 9 projects. We added hidden captions that appear when users click a button. Now we’re going to connect that interaction to the slide navigation, because our customer wants to make sure that users read every caption before they can move to the next …

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