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 […]

Halloween Edition: Instructional Design…Horror Stories!

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It’s that time of year again! They’re ghastly, ghoulish, and certainly frightening! Naturally, we’re talking about instructional design horror stories. The team here at Synapse gathered around the campfire to share our scariest instructional design horror stories. Read them…if you dare! Lack of clear instructions The group of bleary-eyed learners was nearing the end of […]

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 […]

National Lazy Day: 5 “Lazy” Instructional Design Tips

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Ever heard the phrase “don’t work hard, work smart”? It’s not about shirking duties or cutting corners, it’s about finding the most logical and efficient way to get done what needs to be done.  Well, to celebrate today’s National Lazy Day, we’ve put together some “lazy” instructional design tips to help you work smarter, not […]

What Is Gamification?

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Gamification is the use of game thinking and game mechanics, often in non-game contexts, to engage users in solving problems. It’s essentially the concept of applying game-design thinking to non-game applications. Game elements can include rounds, stages or levels, simulations, the collection of items of value, the gaining of points, winning or losing, or a […]

What Is eLearning?

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Elearning is the delivery of training or education through digital methods. Both the content and delivery are digital, generally accessed via devices or platforms of the learner’s choosing.  With today’s global and remote workforces, elearning is often the only training option available, as instructor-led training can be costly and inconvenient. The flexibility and accessibility of […]

What Is a Subject Matter Expert?

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A subject matter expert (SME) is a person who has special skills or knowledge on a particular topic. In the L&D space, an SME usually refers to an employee who possesses expertise that is crucial for the development of learning experiences from which other employees can benefit. SMEs abound within an organization. They may be […]

What Is ADDIE?

ADDIE is an instructional systems design framework that many instructional designers and training developers use to develop courses. The five phases of ADDIE—Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation—together represent a dynamic, flexible guideline for building effective training experiences and performance support tools. The tools to build, host, and deliver learning experiences may change, but ADDIE […]

7 Easy Ways to Improve Your Business with a Learning Design System

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Among the key factors that are core to the success of any business endeavour is the growth and development of their employees. There is no debate that learning is a major building block for the growth and development of employees. A Learning Design System can help to accelerate that growth. Whether they are new hires […]