Tag Archives: Learning

Happy Holidays!

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As 2016 comes to a close Designed:2:Learn and the Learning and Professional Development team would like to wish you a Happy Holiday and thank you for being apart of our blog and being an avid reader. We enjoy writing for you and keeping you all up to date on Instructional Design material. We are taking a short break for the …

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Organization: Naming Conventions

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It’s a running joke on my team that I have a strange obsession with organization, documented processes, folder structure, and naming conventions. I maintain that a well-established system for any collaborative team helps prevent unnecessary mistakes and helps ensure a project run smoothly. I definitely play along with the jokes (because it IS a pretty strange obsession) but taking the …

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How to Manage Projects in a Team Environment Successfully

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As Instructional Designers, our workload looks a bit different than the average person. We tend to work project by project, and if you’re anything like this team, you work on multiple projects at once. Sometimes it can get confusing and overwhelming – not to mention a little chaotic with multiple people on one team! In order to successfully manage your …

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Using Color Theory in Instructional Design

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Have you ever been in class or in a training session and your professor or instructor starts a slideshow they made on powerpoint and you have difficulty focusing on the actual material because the overall composition is distracting? The color is especially throwing you off as the teacher has put white text over a bright red screen so the information …

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The Invisible World of Typography Pt.1

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Words are everywhere. We see them on doors, posters, sidewalks, signs, and other everyday occurrences. From the moment our alarms wake us up, to the lie of “I promise, this is the last episode before bed,” words are in constant use. Words can be verbal or visible, spoken or written. Though it’s hard to miss them, it can be quite …

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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

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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

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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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