How Combining Design Thinking And ADDIE Creates The Ultimate Learning Experience

Design Thinking is a new concept that should be appealing to anyone in the L&D field. Implementation requires a specific approach and has huge rewards to satisfy the innovative and creative needs of L&D professionals.

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5 Main Reasons Why Instructional Design Matters In eLearning

Instructional Design is one of the most vital aspects of eLearning, and without it, eLearning would be just text on a screen. It is the systematic practice of designing and developing instructional experiences similar to those of instructors. ID is meant to aid in delivering a better learning experience for learners.

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Importance of Instructional Design in Adult Learning Theory

Importance of Instructional Design in Adult Learning theory Final

There is no specific area that defines the instructional design. It’s an outstanding technique that makes a big difference in audience lives by creating courses that motivate, inspire, and streamline the learning process.

With the paradigm shift to learning level, Instructional design has synthesized neurological facts and realities of adult-learning which hit the mark every time in its effectiveness. However, eLearning courses prove best with the user-comfort zone, but here is the challenge due to the different nature of the audience.

As an instructional designer, one must invoke in understanding the curriculum of learner, because, here learners are adults with previous knowledge and fixed goals. Due to hectic environment and stressed-out folks, eLearning has revolutionized the adult learning by facilitating with trouble-free and facile courses.

In this article, you will understand:

  • What is adult learning theory and the principle involved in it.
  • The role of Instructional designer in creating an adult-learning course.

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4 Best Practices for Successful Custom eLearning Development

Best Practices for Successful Custom eLearning Development

Do you want to implement custom eLearning solutions in your organization? This blog will provide you the best practices for custom e-learning development that fits your organization’s culture and context!

Elearning is really impactful when it sticks! It lets the learners apply the knowledge in the real-world environment. But, when does it actually stick? It sticks when it is learner-centered and customized to meet the client’s specific business requirements. Be it performance improvement or changing attitude/behaviors, a successful Custom eLearning content development has all the trappings to make the learning memorable, meaningful and motivational. Elearning developers need to pay enough attention to create relevant eLearning design keeping learner in mind. Each e-learning project is unique, however, there are some common components that make them successful. Here are the top 4 best practices to create consistent and successful custom eLearning courses.

1. Conducting proper training needs analysis

Before developing ‘learner-centered’ eLearning, we need to understand who the learners are and what they need.

Due to budget and time constraints, it’s always easy to jump straight away into eLearning development and skip the process of “training needs analysis”. However, crafting a successful elearning project begins with proper training needs analysis. Because it helps you focus on the learners’ needs while addressing the factors of engagement and motivation. This in turn helps you accomplish the client’s business goals and avoids mismatched expectations. Also remember that, as an eLearning designer, before you offer any custom e-learning services, try to understand whether the training is really required.

Holding an eLearning project kickoff meeting with project stakeholders and subject matter experts (SMEs) is a better way to start off with. Asking the right questions will help you:

  • Identify and define the specific business goals,
  • Figure out the nature and scope of your eLearning project
  • Understand the learner profile/demographics, learner styles and preferences
  • Determine the actual knowledge or performance gaps (current level of performance levels/skills they
  • already have v/s desired performance, levels/skills)
  • Align the learning objectives to business goals
  • Define eLearning project deliverables and specifications
  • Fully tailor the eLearning content to desired learning outcomes
  • Finally, achieve the desired learning outcomes

Therefore, a proper training needs analysis provides more clarity and avoids teaching wrong competencies.

Remember, there is no place for assumptions when it comes to developing an effective custom elearning.

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Free eBook: How Design Thinking Is Transforming The Learning Experience

Learn how you can implement the five phases of design thinking into your training design to create truly impactful learning. This eBook which I discuss in this article dives right into the subject matter.

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Theories And Models Behind Instructional And Visual Design Strategies

Have you ever wondered why you were advised to use active voice or to follow minimalism? Did you ever think about why you have to follow such guidelines? We intuitively know that these are the right things to do, but it helps to understand the theoretical framework that supports the right things.

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Do You Storyboard Your E-Learning Courses?

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A couple of weeks ago, David posted a challenge where community members were asked to share their storyboard templates. As you can see, there were quite a few different storyboard templates shared for downloads. There are also additional free storyboards in the community downloads section.

What I found interesting was some of the conversation about storyboards. There are quite a few who don’t use formal storyboards. Instead they just build everything from inside their authoring tool.

Why There’s No Need for a Storyboard

Years ago when I first started working with e-learning, storyboards were really important. That’s mostly because it wasn’t just me working on the course.

The storyboard was how we determined how to construct the screen layouts and user interface. We determined where things were placed, how they animated, and what supporting media was required. Because more than one person worked on the course, the storyboard was really critical to communicate on the project design.

On top of that, working with customers and getting them to “see” what we were building was a challenge because it wasn’t as easy and quick to prototype the courses back then. Thus, we used the storyboard to walk through the course design with out clients.

This helped them understand what we were going to produce and get their agreement. It was also an easy way to show what other assets were required and the extra production required to deliver the course.

Rapid E-Learning Changed Things

A lot of this changed when we shifted from custom development in Flash and Authorware to Articulate Studio and PowerPoint. PowerPoint let me add all of the assets (or placeholders) and build animations quickly. Because I could prototype quickly in PowerPoint, I found I spent a lot less time working with formal storyboards. I suspect that’s common for many of you as well.

And it’s only easier with Storyline because there’s so much more interactive capability and one could build a quick prototype faster than it probably takes to complete a formal storyboard.

If you’re a team of one doing most of the production yourself, then a formal storyboard is less likely. Essentially, the prototype course really is a storyboard. It’s just in the authoring tool and not a separate document.

When a Storyboard Makes Sense

Throwing a bunch of slides and quiz together and calling it a course is one thing. In that world, what does a storyboard solve? However, when you start to build more complex learning experiences, you need to be more intentional about what you design. That requires a lot more planning. And most likely there’s a lot more media production.

In those cases, working with a storyboard helps you properly plan the course structure as well as the required content and media.

Also, when working with a clients (especially paying clients) it’s important to show them you’re organized. And a storyboard helps you walk through the project requirements before spending a lot of time prototyping and working on more time-consuming interactions.

There’s obviously a lot more that can be said about storyboarding. I find that people who’ve been in the industry a while, use storyboards more often than not. But people who’ve joined the industry over the past three years or so, don’t rely on them as much. Which makes sense, because the tools are so much easier to use.

I’m curious. Do you storyboard your courses? If so, how are you doing it? If not, why not?

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9 Simulation Training Best Practices L&D Professionals Need to Know

Are you thinking about developing a training simulation for your organization's employees? In this article, I share some simulation training best practices from the L&D community to help you efficiently utilize this learning tool and ensure effective delivery.

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