What is Content Analysis in Instructional Design?

It can be nerve wracking to publish a new eLearning course or launch a new series of instructor-led trainings. How can you be sure your learners will like it? More importantly, how can you be sure they will learn effectively as a result? While there are several tasks that fall under the analysis conducted as […]

How to Stick to Instructional Design Principles in Challenging Training Situations

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As any instructional designer or learning professional will tell you, instructional design principles are at the heart of all impactful learning experiences. But sticking resolutely to instructional design best practices can sometimes be at odds with organizational needs. In times of great change, the onus is on L&D to pick up speed and meet the […]

5 Reasons Why Instructional Design Principles Still Matter

Instructional design is the process by which learning experiences are developed and delivered. According to Instructional Design Central, these learning experiences include online courses, instructional manuals, mobile and video tutorials, simulations, and assessments. Indeed, instructional designers are considered the ‘architects’ of the learning experience.  However, there is no certainty that instructional design principles are applied […]

What is Design Thinking?

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Design thinking is a process that focuses on the user, challenges assumptions, and redefines problems in an attempt to identify alternative strategies and solutions that might not be instantly apparent with an initial level of understanding.  It is a way of thinking and working, and a collection of hands-on methods. The Five Phases of Design […]

What is the Magic Triangle: Aligning Learning Objectives, Training Activities and Assessment Methods

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The Magic Triangle represents the relationship between Learning Objectives, Learning Activities, and Learning Assessment. If these three components are built with the intention of interdependence, then instructional design and learning are greatly enhanced and superior outcomes are achieved. If one or more of these three components is not optimal, then learners become discouraged, confused, bored, […]

What is a Learning Design System?

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A Learning Design System (LDS) is a platform that automates and streamlines the instructional design process. Best practices in adult learning theory are baked into the system to empower training departments to create high-quality training in a scalable way. By focusing on the front-end of training program development, which includes items such as goal and […]

What is xAPI?

The Experience API (or xAPI), in general terms, is a specification for learning technology that makes it possible to collect data about the wide range of experiences a person has both online and offline.  According to xAPI.com, this API, or application programming interface, is a protocol that captures data in a consistent format about a […]

What is Instructional Design?

what is instructional design

Instructional design is the practice of systematically designing, developing and delivering learning experiences. The intended result is the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills. These learning experiences could include online courses, instructional manuals, video tutorials, learning simulations, quizzes, and games. Instructional designers are considered the “architects” of the learning experience and often serve as directors and […]

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 […]

How to leverage employees to effectively develop training content

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In the case you want to expand on what topics you offer to employees for training programs, you may want to set up an internal crowdsourcing campaign and leverage subject matter experts.  Here are a few suggestions on how to get started: Streamline your idea/intake process If you want to be innovative and capture new […]