by Bill Brandon
Two years ago, Cammy Bean’s article, “The Accidental Instructional Designer,” became one of the most- read pieces we have published in the last 13 years. Now she has expanded that article into a guide that will help many others to become a happy accident. This one belongs on your shelf!
In designing interactive learning activities, there are certain basic concepts the designer should keep in mind. In addition, designers must communicate with programmers who will convert their design specifications into useful code. Here are some ideas that will help you (or your designers) deal effectively with both sets of issues.
by Art Kohn
Researchers have reported that the average attention span of American adults has dropped, possibly to even as little as five minutes. Is this due, as other researchers suggest, to changes in the human brain, brought about by modern technologies such as television and the Internet? Maybe, maybe not. Art opens a discussion of what we know about helping people pay attention.
Organizations care about documenting training completions because it is important to know who completed training and when, but documenting completion does not guarantee performance. To do that, organizations should focus on the completeness of the training itself. Here are some tips on the importance of completions, the ways they may be inconclusive, and how to make them more meaningful.
Knowing the right type of questions to ask subject matter experts (SMEs) during instructional design—whether the goals of the questions are strategic, descriptive, performance, or data-driven—will help you create relevant, accurate content more quickly. The pointers in this article will keep you on target during SME interviews!
by Nic Laycock
In South America, the remote and rugged terrain of Colombia’s coffee-growing region presented serious challenges to education. The answer turned out to be eLearning. Read here about the success of Universidad en el Campo, which has become a model program throughout South and Central America.
For many companies, the first step towards mLearning may consist of adapting or repackaging existing instructor-led or online learning for delivery on mobile devices. This is not the best approach to mLearning. However, if you are committed to re-using or re-purposing existing content, here are 10 tips to guide you.
by Joe Ganci
Captivate 8, just released, brings with it new responsive design features that separate it from all other tools in a huge way. Surprisingly, it offers more power while making entry to the tool easier for novices. Here is Joe’s review. Caution: Fasten your seat belt and make sure you’ve securely tied your sneakers.
As the learning ecosystem expands, designers of technology-enabled learning must support delivery across a wide range of devices, operating systems, browsers, screen sizes, and resolutions. The key to this complex work is responsive design. Here is a collection of expert tips to help you make engaging experiences for your learners!