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The Future of Instructional Design

Posted by Katelind Hays on Sep 28, 2017 12:58:37 PM

Virtually There Session Recap

20775814_s.jpgThe future of learning has arrived!  With virtual reality, gamification, and microlearning, we now have access to a wide variety of strategies, techniques, and technologies when creating our blended learning programs. But how do we make sense of all the options and engage our learners, while also addressing their individual needs?

Jennifer Hofmann explored and defined the future of instructional design during her recent Virtually There learning event. In this blog post, we will explore three key elements: learning hubs, learning campaigns, and learning paths.

Watch the entire recording for additional in-depth information and helpful resources.

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Topics: Virtually There, Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Campaigns, Blended Learning Instructional Design

Finding Balance in Blended Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Sep 12, 2017 1:07:21 PM

43150614_s.jpgIn a recent blog post, we described modern blended learning as the realization of a harmonic balance of instructional, technical, organizational, and delivery components in support of learner engagement and achievement.

In order to find and establish that harmonic balance, we need to start with our learning objectives, consider where, when, and how our learners are learning, and then determine the best way to deliver that learning.

Yes, once again, it all starts with learning objectives.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Learning Objectives

Get Your Head in the Game

Posted by Katelind Hays on Sep 7, 2017 2:51:41 PM

72222791_s.jpgWe know that bells and whistles don’t always improve training experiences. Throwing more EdTech into our learning environments without consideration for its relevance or effectiveness often has a counter-productive effect – learners focus more on the technology than on the content.

The same holds true for leveraging trending instructional design models. If we jump on every “hot new trend” bandwagon, we can easily miss the mark of constructive modern blended learning. Each approach we choose to incorporate into our blends must have a purpose – authentically addressing an individual learning objective.

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Topics: Gamification, Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Game-Based Learning

The Secret to Adding Context to Training Content

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 29, 2017 2:35:45 PM

BYTE Session Recap

30911753_s.jpgAs we all know, blended learning is all the rage these days! We know that selecting authentic design treatments for each defined learning objective creates the most impactful training experience. While strong instructional design makes a difference for our modern learners, there’s one additional element we can integrate into our programs that further increases the likelihood of learner success: stories!

Speakers Karin Rex and Tom Campbell recently shared their storytelling expertise with BYTE learners. Watch the full program replay for examples of powerful instructional stories in action.

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Topics: BYTE, Storytelling, Blended Learning Instructional Design

What's Different About Blended Learning?

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 10, 2017 4:08:31 PM

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When it comes down to the nuts and bolts of instructional design, the methodology you use should not be very different when designing a stand-alone traditional classroom course, e-learning module, or a blended learning curriculum. 

The foundational models are the same. We need to analyze needs, design a learning strategy, and develop and implement content. So the framework, or the model, is not different.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design

1 Step to Better Blended Learning Instructional Design

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 14, 2017 11:00:00 AM

BYTE Session Recap

40284160_s.jpgBlended learning strives to align learning objectives with the most authentic treatment. Want to improve your sales team’s in-the-field sales skills? Teach them the company’s methods using the technology they’ll use in their day-to-day jobs.

It sounds simple, but creating that thoughtful learning experience can be tricky. How do you balance learner needs with organizational goals and limited budgets, time, and technologies? Instructional designers struggle with this conundrum on a daily basis.

Blended Learning Hub curator, and guest BYTE speaker Phylise Banner has a surprisingly simple solution to an improved instructional design process: listening.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Instructional Design, Blended Learning Instructional Design