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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

Defining 5 Modern Instructional Strategies

Posted by Phylise Banner on Jan 18, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Instructional Strategies Blended LearningWe have explored some new language of learning definitions this week, so let’s continue our exploration by defining a few different instructional strategies that we use on a regular basis to design, develop, deliver, produce, and facilitate our modern learning campaigns. 

Instructional strategies are the approaches that we use in the design, development, and delivery of learning to engage our students in learning experiences. We choose these strategies based on what, how, where, and when we want our learners to learn. 

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Topics: Social Learning, Gamification, Instructional Design, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Adaptive Learning, Collaborative Learning, Problem Based Learning

Hacking the Forgetting Curve

Posted by Oded Ilan on Jan 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM

We're excited to have Oded Ilan, Chief Marketing Officer of Iridize, join our Guest BYTE speaker list on January 31. In support of his upcoming live learning event, "Overcoming the Forgetting Curve: New Content Creation Paradigms," Oded shares an important introduction to the forgetting curve and it's impact on training. The Forgetting Curve Neuroscience in Learning

It would be an understatement to say that the training industry is brimming with new training technologies and tools. It took a while, but the technical communication arena has become one of the most vibrant, technology-adept and innovation-thirsty places to be.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Instructional Design

Redefining Instructional Design for Modern Blended Learning

Posted by Phylise Banner on Jan 11, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Access Complete Modern Blended Learning Blog Series and Subscribe As the world evolves around us, the scope of modern blended learning shifts constantly. Within that shift, how do we define modern instructional design?

We know that our work is impacted by evolutions in learning theories, technologies, and the way humans have adapted to new technologies. In all of this change, one key thing remains coDesign Thinking  Blended Learningnstant -- we design to meet the needs of our learners in their moments of learning need.

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Topics: Blended learning, Instructional Design, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

How Is Designing Modern Blended Learning Different? HINT: Creativity

Posted by Phylise Banner on Jan 4, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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When I was a kid, I designed what I thought was the world’s coolest car. I designed it with retractable wings so we could fly out of heavy traffic. It had big fat rubber tires in case I was challenged to a race.  I also designed my car so that the backseat passenger could Blended Learning Instructional Designstand up and pop their head through a glass bubble on top of the roof of the car! Why not? 

As I got older, my vision of the coolest car changed. I found myself thinking more practically. I ditched the retractable wings and the backseat roof bubble for better safety ratings and better storage. Basically, what happened was that I stopped being creative, and I became practical.

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Topics: Blended learning, Instructional Design, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

The Link Between Critical Thinking and Effective Design

Posted by Brigg Patten on Oct 18, 2016 2:00:00 PM

63267464_s.jpgCurriculum design is a hot topic these days, especially with the debates over the Common Core teaching strategies in the United States. Often, many critics find that programs like the Common Core aren't helping students learn essential skills that they will need to learn. Despite the emphasis on testing and measurement, it seems that these programs might not be measuring the things that will actually help students succeed.

In order to make it in the proverbial real world, students need to develop critical thinking skills, and they need a curriculum that will foster these skills. This principle is easily applied to any learning situation, whether in school or business.

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Topics: Instructional Design

Designing Learning Environments for the Digital Age

Posted by Katelind Hays on Sep 27, 2016 2:31:05 PM

BYTE Session Recap 

42824126_s.jpgLearning technologies and methodologies have evolved rapidly and dramatically over the past three decades. Instructional designers have had to align these new tools and trends with time-tested and proven theories and models. Recently, guest BYTE speaker Catherine Lombardozzi provided expert insight about talent development in this digital age.

This blog post will highlight the evolution of corporate learning and learning environment design and strategies.

For modern learning environment examples, and solution recommendations, watch the entire recording of Catherine’s BYTE session here. 

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Topics: Modern Learning, Instructional Design

Merging Pedagogy & Instructional Game Design

Posted by InSync Training on Jul 26, 2016 2:34:38 PM


52891779_s.jpgGamification and game-based training are two topics trending in learning and performance. Many organizations have yet to embrace these approaches because there’s a perception that fun doesn’t equate to real learning. In reality, though, when incorporated with traditional instructional design theory, games have huge potential for learners.

Recently, Dr. Stephen Slota, owner of The Pericles Group, joined our BYTE roster for his presentation It’s In the Game: Merging Contemporary Pedagogy & Instructional Game Design. This blog will share his views about the power of learning through storytelling, and the differences between gamification and game-based learning.

To review all the wisdom imparted during Dr. Slota’s session, view his full presentation here

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Topics: Gamification, Instructional Design

Visual Design: A Crash Course

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 19, 2016 12:59:31 PM

BYTE Session Recap 

44883342_s.jpgScience has shown that we are visual creatures, and when it comes to learning, the most effective lessons take advantage of that preference. Recently, InSync Training’s friend, Connie Malamed, creator of eLearning, joined our BYTE session roster and shared a crash course in visual design. Connie drew the subject matter from her book, Visual Design Solutions: Principles and Creative Inspiration for Learning Professionals.   

This blog post will provide background into the concept of visual design, and seven key points about how to use it in your next instructional design. To review Connie’s full presentation, including insight into the necessity and importance of visual graphics in eLearning, manuals, job aids, and advertising, click here.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Instructional Design

Designing Learning for Behavior Change

Posted by InSync Training on Jun 21, 2016 1:00:00 PM

 BYTE session recap - Talk to the Elephant: Design for Behavior Change

While people know the right things to do, many aren’t doing them. Why? On June 14th, Julie Dirksen, creator of Usable Learning, shared her perspective and theories about this commonplace quandary.  Using the metaphor, “Your brain is like a rider with an elephant,” from the book, The Happiness Hypothesis, by Jonathan Haidt, Julie explained the reasons behind common behavior change challenges.

This post will discuss how behavior change works, with a focus on the importance of motivation, and how it can help your instructional design process. To review Julie’s full presentation, click here.

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Topics: Engagement, Change Management, Instructional Design