A Tale of 36 Instructional Designers

Here’s a tale of 36 instructional designers, one instructional design position and what separated the winner from the also-rans. One training design company had a competition for a single instructional design position. It had 36 applicants, all of whom said they had a background in designing corporate training. They had …

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The Role of the Subject Matter Expert in the Learning Design Process

When you need to include a subject matter expert to help you with your training course, you have raised the stakes for the project. Why? Because the inclusion of a SME means that your course is carrying precious cargo, which is often the highly valued or irreplaceable knowledge of a …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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