Learning that Lasts, Part I

This is the first of a three-part series on creating learning experiences that participants can recall easily when needed. These 10 practices can be used pre- and post-learning. Parts II and III will outline 40 more practices for the learning experience itself. “Stickiness” is that elusive aspect of learning that is difficult to define and... View Article

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The Detailed Design Document: Is It Different from a Training Plan?

Are a training plan and a detailed design document synonymous? Or are they two different documents that are both necessary for a successful training implementation for your department or organization? Let’s take a closer look. A training plan is defined as a detailed document that guides the planning and delivery of instruction. The detailed design... View Article

Building Your Instructional Design Brand

A picture can be worth 1000 words in your training program. Whether you are writing for face-to-face delivery or web-based training, having the right visuals can be the thread that holds a presentation together. Good visual design helps focus the learner’s attention and can be an exciting, innovative way to present content. Here are a... View Article

How to Make An “Ugly” Project “Pretty”

Let’s talk about the ugly for a few minutes shall we? While we’re all experts in the field of instructional design (ID) consulting with lots of tools in our respective toolboxes, I think we can agree that things don’t always go according to plan. The landscape of a project can be extremely hard to navigate... View Article

How to Host an Interactive Webinar

What is your idea of fun? Basking in the warm sun at the beach Hiking through radiantly beautiful mountains Playing outside with the kids Sitting in a quiet dark room For the most part, we all enjoy fun activities in which we interact with other people!  Shouldn’t our time spent working and learning be equally... View Article

Blog Linkup: Day in the Life of an Instructional Designer

It all started with one single tweet… Looking for next blog post ideas — any ideas or requests? @MelMilloway @amdchiasson @ttcInnovations @deacti_vate @sladetim @nicole_legault — Michael P. Jones (@MPJ_InstrDesign) April 16, 2015 And then our wheels started turning… What if we could get multiple point of view on this same topic? @MPJ_InstrDesign @MelMilloway @amdchiasson @deacti_vate... View Article

Adult LEARNing + Training Tips

Spending on corporate training grew by 15% last year to over $70 billion in the United States and over $130 billion worldwide, according to the 2014 Corporate Learning Factbook created by Forbes. As training developers, we must create training that captures the adult learner. The characteristics and theories surrounding adult learning have been widely discussed... View Article

Effective Training Evaluations with The “KISS” Approach

Training evaluations, we have all completed one — those end-of-the-session surveys that ask how the facilitator did at delivering the content, and whether or not the content would assist in helping on the job. But are those evaluations really an effective way to figure out if the training strategy is in alignment with the learner’s... View Article

Instructional Designers and Story Telling

Savvy instructional designers are usually savvy storytellers. They know that powerful stories and powerful training events are adventures, and that we all seek adventure. They also know that stories can be adapted to match any type of learning. Hemingway’s famous six-word tale, “For sale: Baby shoes.  Never worn,” proves that a great story can be... View Article

11 Resources for Instructional Designers

Remember those New Year’s resolutions? Oh yes, the resolutions. Now that the holidays are a thing of the past and we’re putting plans in place for summer vacation, hopefully you’ve spent a little time chipping away at that list of resolutions you created. Many of you set some time aside to establish and work towards... View Article

Are You Working on The “Right” Version?

Has this ever happened to you? You’ve just spent the last 12 days working diligently on a hefty facilitator guide! With pride and accomplishment, you load that bad boy up to the SharePoint site so it can be reviewed by a peer. A few days later, you’re informed it is ready for you to pull... View Article