Tag Archives: Learning

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


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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Staying Current: Why It’s Important

As your day gets hectic, it can turn into a busy week, month, or even year. With our busy work and personal schedules, it’s easy to get behind in our ever changing field if you don’t make an effort to stay up to date. It’s no secret that you want to stay on top of what is happening in your …

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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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The Professional Workforce and You: Where Do You Fit In?

Millennials are defined as a group of people born from 1980 to 2000, and according to Time Magazine, they are often described as, “self centered, under-achievers, and have an overwhelming sense of entitlement”.  Millennials are known for, “expecting to be able to make their own hours, caring more about how well they get along with their manager, wanting to move …

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Constructivism: Piecing it Together

Constructivism has always been one learning theory that I personally feel makes a lot of sense, but gets overlooked in the rush to generate content. At its heart, Constructivism proposes that our experiences and reflections on them help us construct our world view. We are the sum of our experiences plus the knowledge we gain from them. In this way …

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Moving Beyond the Next Button

The Next button: It is such a little thing, but its impact on eLearning can be huge! Should the next button be there? Should we only allow them to click next once they’ve viewed the entire section? Where do we put the Next button, on the interface, on the playbar, or both? What do we do about the Next button? …

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5 Things I Learned as a Student Worker

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Let me start off by saying that I absolutely love my job. This article is for those who are interested in the ever-growing and rewarding field of instructional design. There is a common saying about Mondays that always makes me smile, “Mondays aren’t so bad, it’s your job that sucks.” Well, I can honestly say that I no longer hate …

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Learning Philosophy

When you ask the question “What does learning mean to you?” you get a myriad of answers. I thought it would be fun to ask this question to the members of the LPD team. Below are their answers. Now that you have seen what learning means to us. In the comments below tell us how you would answer this question.

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What is Graphic Design in eLearning and Why is it Important?

What is Graphic Design

According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of graphic design is “the art or profession of using design elements (such as typography and images) to convey information or create an effect”. In the case of eLearning, graphic design is used to better convey information to one’s audience. A good instructional designer knows the value in the aesthetic look and feel of a …

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