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by Jane Bozarth

We know, as designers, that a bulleted, text-heavy display of information is neither interesting nor compelling to most learners. What would make for an interesting or surprising look? What would break beyond the usual linear, bullets-in-a column structure? Consider the alternatives from designer Tracy Parish suggested in this month’s column.

Column   |   October 1, 2013
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by Marc Rosenberg

Sometimes a trip down Memory Lane is worth making. The differences you remember between the best and the worst educational experiences you’ve had can be excellent guides to making better experiences for the learners in your organization. You can even turn the memories into a course- improvement checklist. Here’s a guided tour through those experiences.

Column   |   September 10, 2013
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by Jane Bozarth

A good treatment moves a program from being a presentation to being an effective way to influence workplace performance. Here are two outstanding examples of better-than-good treatment that don’t depend on technology, money, or skill with any tool. This column could seriously change the direction of careers.

Column   |   September 2, 2013
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by Marc Rosenberg

Some instructional designers write the assessment (the criterion test) first, and some write the test after they have finished designing the course and creating the content. Which way is right? Here are six key points you should consider as you plan your next eLearning project.

Column   |   August 13, 2013
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by Jane Bozarth

Steve Jobs once made the observation that diverse experience is important. Without that diversity, he said, “A lot of people … don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.” Here’s how to gain some perspective.

Column   |   August 6, 2013
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by Marc Rosenberg

Performance support—simple tools that guide and support people as they carry out tasks—is an effective, low-cost complement to instruction. Here are five quick points that you can use as the basis for your “elevator speech” that explains the concept to your colleagues and stakeholders, and three valuable resources that will help you implement the concept.

Column   |   July 9, 2013
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by Jane Bozarth

Good practice is made up of work, and thought, and mistakes, and time. Things that look easy in the hands of a skilled professional are often the end result of years of practice and experience. Jane offers some sobering thoughts about what it takes to make things look easy.

Column   |   July 2, 2013
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by Marc Rosenberg

Google Glass is getting a lot of attention, but will we use it, and if so, how? It has features that might make it a viable performance-support technology in many settings, and it also creates some significant concerns. Read about the pros and cons here!

Column   |   June 6, 2013
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by Jane Bozarth

Change management is always a large part of introducing new tools and approaches. In fact, logic and talking points are seldom effective in dealing with resistance. It is important to understand the barriers to change and their predictable progression. Here are the barriers you can expect and the keys to getting past them.

Column   |   June 4, 2013
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by Marc Rosenberg

Social media played an incredible role in reporting the events at the 2013 Boston Marathon and assisting in its outcome. There are some lessons about the power of social media in learning we can take away from those events. What are the benefits and what are the pitfalls?

Column   |   May 14, 2013
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