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 […]

What is Instructional Design Software?

If we can build slideshows in PowerPoint and record videos on YouTube, why do we need separate software to create training? Clearly, such programs like Captivate and Articulate when used in conjunction with your LMS offer more than simply the opportunity to generate attractive, engaging lessons. You can also create quizzes and keep track of […]

Microlearning is the focus this week!

In case you didn’t hear, an educational technology company recently registered the generic term “Microlearning” for a trademark. Industry experts were quite surprised by this announcement, as Synapse was too. There hasn’t been this much controversy about a generic phrase since Pat Riley trademarked Three-peat while coaching the Lakers! When people see the Synapse platform, […]

Instructional Design or no Instructional Design… that is the question!

There have been many articles written about the Death of Instructional Design. Whether you believe Instructional Design is a dying breed or one that is evolving into something new, the question is really “Is instructional design a skill or a job role?” What is clear is that the current model where all training requests are […]

Is Instructional Design relevant in a world of Learning Experiences?

There is a huge transformation underway in the Learning & Development world. The old rules of how to measure the effectiveness of learning have changed. It’s no longer the L&D department defining the rules; it’s about the learner deciding what is effective. Business functions drive the experience. Mobile and social are what learners want. So […]

Instructional Design at the Speed of Business

It’s quite common these days to hear people speaking about content curation (versus content creation), and therefore to assume instructional design is no longer needed. Clearly the old model of asking Learning & Development to custom build all of the content for every performance need for every business unit is not viable (and even if […]

Paper or Pixels? Choose Your Instructional Design Tools Wisely

If you are of a certain vintage – like yours truly – you remember when supermarkets were making the switch from paper bags to plastic sacks. Cashiers were sensitive to preferences during the transition, and most supermarket checkout transactions started with the question, “Paper or plastic?” For project managers, instructional designers and just about anyone […]

Analyze Is the First Step in Great Learning Design

Whether you are a strict adherent to the ADDIE training model or you have a barely passing familiarity with the Grand Old Dame of instructional design, there is a reason that all great training starts with the “A” or “analysis”.  Without a needs analysis, you don’t know where you are going. A training needs analysis […]