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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

eLearning Instructional Design is Not Dead

Posted by Brigg Patten on Jun 29, 2017 1:15:00 PM

18912041_s.jpgThose who suggest that eLearning and instructional design are dead or dying must have a different view of eLearning than the millions of people who leverage it daily. Instructional design and eLearning are here to stay, evidenced by the sheer numbers of online learning opportunities available to the individual with a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

What is eLearning?

To have a true discussion about eLearning, it helps to define the term. Elearning is learning that takes place through electronic devices outside of a brick-and-mortar classroom. Due to the portability of devices like smart phones and tablets, eLearning can take place anywhere there is access to the internet.

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Topics: Instructional Design, eLearning

Learning Campaigns: An Introduction and Exploration

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 28, 2017 12:11:32 PM

29042117_s.jpgBlended learning provides a thoughtful solution to outdated, formal training. With blended learning, we can support learners when and where they need information – even when they’re between live learning events. In spite of its popularity though, blended learning isn’t descriptive enough to help us move towards more purposeful instructional design.

Jennifer Hofmann’s BYTE session, The Right Stuff: Are You Designing Courses or Learning Experiences? explored our new design direction: learning campaigns.

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Topics: BYTE, Instructional Design, Blended Learning Campaigns

Fundamentals of Modern Instructional Design

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 13, 2017 2:22:44 PM

Training Magazine Network Recap

56888291_s.jpgTraining has a great track record of successfully teaching learners during formal events, but our programs often don’t address informal learning. And we know learners build critical skills during unstructured, non-facilitated events, like Googling a term or asking Holly in HR for guidance.

How does Learning & Development get better at the thing we’ve traditionally been bad at? Jennifer Hofmann, graciously hosted by Training Magazing Network, shared an answer with fellow practitioners recently.

Modern blended learning, Jennifer believes, should be the new training norm. Nothing we design stands alone anymore, and no moment of learning need goes unaddressed. Every resource, live event, and social collaborative opportunity exists in support of each other and our learners.

This blog recaps key elements of Jennifer’s session, The Right Stuff: A Model for Modern Blended Learning That’s out of This World. To review all wisdom shared, watch the full replay here

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Topics: Instructional Design, Modern Blended Learning

8 Guidelines for Designing Microlearning Resources

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 13, 2017 12:29:35 PM

55243589_s.jpgWhat’s the deal with microlearning? Neuroscientists boast about the importance and value of this bite-sized approach. More and more instructional designers purposefully break larger programs into smaller, more concise events and resources.

Today, we’ll cover the basics of microlearning and an instructional design approach for creating these content pieces – both highlights from Carla Torgerson’s excellent recent InSync BYTE session, Embracing Microlearning in Your Learning Ecosystem.

Watch the entire BYTE replay here for Carla’s expert advice for creating microlearning programs and common use cases to clarify when and how to use these resources.

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Topics: BYTE, Microlearning, Instructional Design

A Lesson in Learning Design from A Vegas Snapchat Story

Posted by Mark Harter on Apr 11, 2017 2:06:04 PM

28421450_s.jpgI recently spent two days in Las Vegas.  It was a fun trip with my wife. We flew in on a Friday and were home by Monday morning.  The story in between is for another time, but I learned something very interesting in my two days there.

I used Snapchat to capture all the memories of our trip.  I grabbed shots of us at dinner. I took a video of us dancing.  And, of course the countless selfies proclaiming, “I’m in Vegas, and you are not!” Upon sharing with friends and family, I was intrigued by their reactions to my Vegas Snapchat “story.”  They were so engaged! With just a few taps of my finger I put together a short story that was interesting, inviting, alluring, creative, beautiful, educational (ok, maybe not in Vegas)…you name it. 

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Topics: Modern Learning, BYTE, Instructional Design

7 Keys to Modern Blended Learning Success

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 23, 2017 1:05:00 PM

BYTE Session Recap

Modern Blended Learning Blended TrainingOver the past 200 years, training has been moving in the wrong direction. Our approach to training and education no longer supports how learners work. Guest BYTE speaker Martyn Lewis explored a modern solution to an old-school problem.

Read more for Martyn’s definition of our learning struggles, how to get started with blended training, and the seven keys to a successful learning and development approach.

Watch Martyn’s BYTE recording for a discussion of learning through the ages, moving away from the physical classroom, the 7C approach to blended learning and a case study. Click here for the recording.

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Topics: Blended learning, Modern Learning, BYTE, Instructional Design, Blended Learning Hub

Modern Learning Instructional Design: Strategies, Techniques, and Tech

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 8, 2017 12:05:00 PM

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Instructional Strategies EdTech Instructional TechniquesLet’s face it: strategic perpetual learning doesn’t just happen. To have an impact on individuals' personal learning paths, during and outside of formal blended learning campaigns, we need to anticipate the correct moments of learning need and embed content in the flow of work.

If we don’t, learners will find content on their own, and the L&D department will have no influence over the accuracy, or applicability, of the information. We won’t know what people need to learn, or if consistent messages are being shared across our learner population.

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Topics: Instructional Design, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

Don't Bog Down Your Learners' Cognitive Load

Posted by Karin Rex on Mar 7, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Cognitive Load in Modern Learning When designing learning for virtual classrooms or a blended learning program, one of your primary missions is to capture and maintain the attention of your learners. 

This can be challenging in a space that is still new to many learners. Think about it: we are asking somebody to sit at a computer for one or more hours, and focus only on the content being taught.

It’s a little like putting a kid in an arcade with a bucket full of free quarters nearby and asking him to sit at a table and play Checkers with you. There are so many things calling to that person sitting at the computer: email, a newly downloaded phone app, streaming cat videos, etc.

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Topics: Instructional Design, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

7 Orienteering Tips for Instructional Designers

Posted by Phylise Banner on Feb 23, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Instructional Design OrienteeringAs a Learning Experience Designer, my job requires that I navigate a complex landscape. Each new project that I work on involves different parameters, sends me down unique pathways, and sets up obstacles along the way. 

Even with many years of experience under my belt, I still find myself lost in this landscape at times. You may find yourself just as lost in your own work, too. As learning experience designers, we often work under compressed timelines and have to rely solely on our instincts and defined learning objectives to guide us toward a successful project outcomes.

It may surprise you to learn that the sport of orienteering (not your traditional instructional design resource) can provide us with some valuable guidance.

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Topics: Instructional Design, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs