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by Bill Brandon

Useful techniques for PowerPoint, Articulate Storyline, and Adobe Captivate, plus using scenario-based exams to better prepare tech-support and help-desk teams, and a fun little infographic on work life.

Spotlight   |   September 16, 2015
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by Bill Brandon

Connie Malamed has authored a new companion to her earlier book, Visual Language for Designers. This new book will give you all you need to create visuals for your eLearning with “production values” that will set it apart, head and shoulders above the rest. Learn (some would say “steal”) from the best. This book is that best.

Review   |   September 10, 2015
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by Max Yoder

Planning to include a video in your next eLearning production? Write the script first! Working from a script saves time and makes editing go much better, as you will learn from this article.

Tip   |   September 9, 2015
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by Marc Rosenberg

The new school year has started in many countries, and that means it is also time for parents to take an interest again in how the massive industry called public education is using learning technology. Here are a dozen questions to ask. Listen carefully to the answers you get, including the non-verbal responses, when you hold educators accountable.

Column   |   September 8, 2015
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by Megan Torrance

The mantra of all IDs is “design for the learner,” not “design for the demographic statistics.” Putting a name and face (well, almost) to the stats makes it much easier to understand what the learners will really need. And that’s the point of creating personas as part of instructional design. What’s a persona? This article explains the what, why, and how of personas.

Feature   |   September 7, 2015
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by Shannon Poser

Here are five tips for creating—and maintaining—an innovative training concept. By making your program unique to your company and intriguing to your staff, “distinctifying” it on a continual basis, and eliminating what doesn’t work, you not only engage your employees, you also ensure success.

Tip   |   September 1, 2015
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by Lisa Minogue-White

With all of the choices available today to support learning, collaboration, and sharing and building knowledge, confusion about the best path for the learning journey can ensue. Here is a guide to making the most effective investments in learning by blending free, user-generated, and paid-for content.

Feature   |   August 31, 2015
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by News Editor

With Knowledge Direct, associations can now engage and increase membership through rich, accessible, and social learning experiences.

News   |   August 26, 2015
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by Kyle Chambers

“Engagement” is a word that gets thrown around a lot in articles about learning. But what is it, really, and how does an instructional designer or a development team successfully engage users of eLearning content? Here are some tips from an experienced game designer!

Feature   |   August 24, 2015
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by Art Kohn

Today’s learners have little tolerance for two-day lecture courses (or two-hour lectures, for that matter). In reaction, many organizations are now wondering about micro-training: short bursts of training that fit into 10 minutes or less. Is this reaction justified by claims that goldfish now have longer attention spans than people?

Column   |   August 20, 2015
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