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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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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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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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Building an Effective Team in the Workplace

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Successful teams are cohesive because team members work cooperatively, sharing common goals as well as the resources to achieve them. They are productive, not because team members never disagree, but because they have worked out ways to resolve conflicts when they occur. They are efficient because tasks are assigned in a way that takes into account each member’s skills and …

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