The Math Behind Agile Learning Design

Time is the most precious resource when building courses. The longer the time needed to build and deliver a course, the greater the risk to the organization. Aside from hours lost to productivity in the L&D department, learners are prevented from using their acquired knowledge and skills in their jobs for the benefit of the […]

Why Project Management Should Be a Natural Part of a Learning Design System

In today’s increasingly projectized world, aren’t we all project managers?  We are constantly finding ourselves in team environments needing to initiate, plan, execute, and monitor projects — all with a substantial amount of reporting and analytics built in. The Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, issued by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the global nonprofit association dedicated to […]

Is Continuous Improvement Possible in Learning Design?

One of the pain points of building courses is obsoletion: just as you hit the “Publish” button, the clock is counting down to the point at which the information delivered in the course becomes outdated or irrelevant. Thankfully for instructional designers and L&D managers, learning management systems and authoring tools include dynamic “editing” features that allow content […]

Reducing the Pain of Creating and Delivering ‘Customized’ Learning

According to the ATD 2017 State of the Industry report, sponsored by LinkedIn Learning and, organizations spent $1,273 per employee in 2016 on direct learning, compared with $1,252 in 2015. The average number of formal learning hours used per employee also grew: 34.1 hours in 2016, up from 33.5 hours in 2015. This is the […]

Why Writing Learning Objectives Are Critical to Instructional Design

We all need objectives for our projects. Learning objectives are basically the essence of your course’s goal, as they describe what you want your learners to achieve after completing it. Therefore, when the learning objectives for learning projects are unclear — or worse, generic — so is the purpose of your online course. Your learners will […]

Why You Need to Use Rapid Prototyping in Instructional Design

Though instructional designers follow tried-and-true models and processes to build courses, the complexities of today’s work environment often wreak havoc on the most disciplined approaches.  As such, to ensure that all stakeholders get a good idea of how the learning course will turn out right at the outset, instructional designers should consider rapid prototyping. Rapid […]

Synapse and IACET Co-Hosted Design Thinking and Learning Advancements Webinar

AUSTIN, TX -February 20, 2017— Synapse, the cloud-based Learning Experience Design System, and IACET, the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, partnered and co-hosted a Free Webinar: Design Thinking and Learning Advancements, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST. The webinar was a premier event showcasing a handful of the L&D industry’s most […]

Is Instructional Design Dead?

Hardly. Instead, instructional design now encompasses more than simply building courses. Organizations struggle to deliver learning. Due to the scale and speed that are needed to skill up their current employees, companies often take the easy way out, usually with informal learning or pre-packaged courses. These practices challenge the implementation of disciplined, academic-based, and proven processes […]

5 Ways to Leverage Stakeholders in the Instructional Design Process

When it comes to stakeholders in the instructional design process, many learning professionals consider the needs of only two groups: subject matter experts and themselves. There are many others involved in the learning project development process whose input is equally vital. Clearly it makes sense to focus intensely on the subject matter experts (SMEs) since these individuals […]