Tag Archives: Instructional Design

5 Myths about Graphic Design

There are a lot of myths about graphic design. Some are semi-accurate, but others are way off base. I wanted to tackle some of those myths head-on. Bear with me as I mention some things that are a little controversial. I explain myself and if you don’t agree, that’s OK! We’d love to hear your perspective on things in the …

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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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6 Design Rules to Live By

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If you’ve gone to college for a design degree, these tips might be second nature to you now. But when you’ve been handed a project or assignment that involves creating an eLearning module from scratch and have no previous knowledge of design, these tips will keep you on the straight and narrow. Just follow these six steps and you’re well …

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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

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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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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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