Five Ways to Engage Students with Scenario-Based Learning

In scenario-based learning, learners work through challenges or exercises presented along a specific story line. Good scenario-based training is aligned with the job performance expectations for the learner once they complete the course. Why Scenario-Based Learning is Effective Effective learning scenarios mimic the tasks associated with a given job. Thus, learners bring a set of... View Article

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How to Create Low-Cost, High-Impact Microlearning

Today’s audience expects their learning content on-demand, in bite-size chunks, and highly relevant to their immediate needs. As a result, many companies are choosing to replace instructor-led classroom training with online microlearning. In this blog, we’ll explore effective methods to create impactful microlearning while keeping the costs low. What is Microlearning? Microlearning has been defined... View Article

4CID: Using the Four Component Instructional Design Model for Your Training

What is 4CID? Four Component Instructional Design (4CID) is a holistic instructional design model first proposed by Jeroen J. G. van Merrienboer* in 1997. His central thesis was that complex learning is an integration of skills, knowledge, and attitudes. These components, he claimed, could not be taught effectively in the traditional approach that separates skills... View Article

Three Ideas for Adding Gaming into Any Deliverable or Curriculum

Games are undeniably fun for learners, and playfulness supports a more open learning atmosphere. Here are a few very simple things you can add to any deliverable or curriculum to benefit learners in a powerful way. Match the game’s cognitive task to job requirements. Games should be relevant to the job task. For example, you... View Article

6 Powerful TED Talks to Inspire Instructional Designers

If we want to be truly great educators, then every once in awhile we should step off the cliff, abandon our favored assumptions, suspend our ideas about what we already know, put ourselves in the shoes of our students, and go learn about what’s new in our craft. TED (Technology, Education, Design) talks are an... View Article