Don’t Just Engage Subject Matter Experts — Win Them Over

Instructional designers and subject matter experts (SMEs) are increasingly finding themselves working together for learning projects. Each side has its own agenda, and for the under-resourced instructional designer trying to manage multiple projects at once, a deeper understanding of the SME’s perspectives can ensure that any project will be completed with success. Create a sense of ownership.  […]

Synapse® wins Elliott Masie’s Learning Barracuda Bowl in Orlando, Florida

New York – October 29, 2016 –Synapse®, the creators of the Learning Design System (LDS), announced today that it was selected as the first place winner at this year’s Barracuda Bowl, a concept of the “Shark Tank” TV show, but applied to the world of learning.  The event took place at Learning 2016, a conference […]

CLO Series: Dr. Marie Cini of University of Maryland University College

Synapse® CLO Series features interviews with current and former Chief Learning Officers and senior learning professionals. We are pleased to share the results here in our blog. We recently were fortunate enough to catch up with Dr. Marie Cini, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at University of Maryland University College.  This blogpost incorporates her […]

5 Tips for Instructional Designers When Working with Subject Matter Experts

A learning project’s success often depends on the valuable content provided by subject matter experts (SMEs). Here are a few tips to help the process run more smoothly when working with subject matter experts. Involve SMEs heavily from the beginning, and create a sense of ownership. Too often, a SME is asked to step in once […]

CLO Series: Bror Saxberg of Kaplan

Synapse® has recently kicked off a series of interviews with current and former Chief Learning Officers and senior learning professionals. We are pleased to share the results here in our blog. We recently were fortunate enough to catch up with Bror Saxberg, CLO of Kaplan and Board Advisor at Synapse®.  This blogpost incorporates his responses to questions related to […]

Can a Learning Experience Design System Address the Skills Gap?

Chicken or the egg: are organizations not able to hire because they cannot find qualified workers, or can job seekers not obtain quality jobs because they lack the right skills?  Who is to blame, and what should be fixed first? Th skills gap has been a hot topic of discussion for several years now, as economists, labor experts, recruiters, […]

CLO Series: Nick Howe of Area9 Learning

Synapse® has recently kicked off a series of interviews with current and former Chief Learning Officers and senior learning professionals. We are pleased to share the results here in our blog. We recently were fortunate enough to catch up with Nick Howe, CLO of Area9, former Vice President of Learning and Development at Hitachi Data Systems, and […]

Overcoming the Challenges of Working with Subject Matter Experts

Subject matter experts (SMEs) drive the content for the courses your organization needs. Since their job requirements usually don’t include teaching others, how can you encourage them to commit to your projects so everyone can be successful? SMEs are busy people. They may be heads of engineering, technology, sales, marketing, finance, accounting, human resources, operations, […]

The Importance of Testing in Instructional Design

While many people truly enjoy learning something new, most people dread having to take a test that measures how much they just learned. So why do we keep forcing people to take exams? This blog has covered testing in the past. The testing industry abounds, from state-mandated aptitude exams, to the college-entrance SAT and ACT, to […]

What Pokémon GO Can Teach Learning and Development Professionals

You certainly wouldn’t want employees spending time during the work day trying to find Pikachu in the break room, but the game’s popularity can provide insights into the future of workplace learning and development. Last week, comScore, a research firm that measures Internet usage and statistics, released some interesting though not surprising findings: smartphone and […]