3 Ways The LEAD Strategy Helps Impart Effective Induction Training

Imparting effective induction training goes a long way in reducing employee turnover and enhancing the performance of new staff. Read this article to discover to how the LEAD Instructional Design strategy can deliver effective online induction training.

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Here’s What Needs to be in Your E-Learning Portfolio

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I get questions all the time about work portfolios. One of the most frequent questions is “what types of courses need to be in the portfolio?”

Why Have a E-Learning Portfolio?

The portfolio is your proof of skills. It shows that you have more than a resume list of skills or just education. It documents some of your projects and also shows your specific skills.

The challenge for many is that the work we do is proprietary and we can’t show what we know. That’s OK. If that’s the case, you want to create a few sample modules that demonstrate your skills and get the attention of the person reviewing your portfolio. And let’s face it, some of the project that we get stuck on at work aren’t things we want to show anyway.

Here’s What Should be in Your E-Learning Portfolio

Here are the five things you need to showcase in your e-learning portfolio.

  • Assessments. Quizzes are the most common element in e-learning courses. Create a few different types of assessments. The default, blocky type quizzes are fine, but you want to show more than copy and paste skills. Make the quiz look different and modify the default settings. The more custom you can make them, the better.
  • Scenarios. Interactive scenarios are always popular. They’re more fun than click-and-read content and they show how to build situational training that closely mirrors real-world interactions.
  • Interactions. No one wants to look at 60 slides of the same content. Instead showcase mini interactions, or pull some of the interactions out of the 60 slide course. There are three main ways to interact with the screen: click, hover, and drag. Build some modules that demonstrate your skills creating different types of interactions. Lean more on dragging than clicking because it’s novel and people like to move things on the screen.
  • Software Training. Most organizations do some sort of software training. Show your skills building software training. Add a short screencast video as well as an interactive software simulation.
  • Make it interesting. Most e-learning isn’t very good and usually very boring. Convert one of those types of courses into something interesting. Make it look good and make it interactive. Show a before and after version of your course/module.

Here’s a bonus tip: people are drawn to the visual design more so than they are to the instructional design. You want your portfolio to look good.

If you’re trying to figure out how to build those demos or what types to do, check out the weekly e-learning challenges. There’s a lot of variety and plenty of ideas. Any one of them would make a good module to include in your portfolio.

Do you have an e-learning portfolio? If so, what type of content do you have in yours?

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Free E-Learning Resources

Want to learn more? Check out these articles and free resources in the community.

Here’s a great job board for elearning, instructional design, and training jobs

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Lots of cool elearning examples to check out and find inspiration.

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5 Instructional Design Books That Every Instructional Designer Should Read

Are you an Instructional Designer looking for inspiration? Here are 5 Instructional Design books you should add to your must-read list.

Top 5 Instructional Design Books For Instructional Design Professionals

The field of Instructional Design is filled with a plethora of theories and practices. Thus, educating yourself on the current thinking and foundational principles is vital to the success of your Instructional Design career. Reading up on the field is important whether you are just starting out or need to refresh your professional knowledge. Here is a list of 6 of the best Instructional Design books, as well as tips to continually expand your own knowledge base.

1. Understanding By Design, 2nd Edition (by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe)

The goal of this book is to help both teachers and students find inspiration in the learning process. Authors Wiggins and McTIghe were driven by feedback on their first edition to expand their original work. They delve deeper into the topic, uncovering more ways for education through design to impact us all.

2. Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® 2007 to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire (by Cliff Atkinson)

While this book is geared toward Power Point presentations, the principles still apply to broader use. Tips for creating effective presentations can map directly to creating effective eLearning courses. This book helps to meld time-tested storytelling techniques with modern technology to develop impactful presentations.

3. Design For How People Learn (Voices That Matter) (by Julie Dirksen)

We have all run across an eLearning course or presentation that is confusing. While the Instructional Designer may have presented the information clearly, it just doesn’t feel intuitive. This is a common issue, and it is entirely preventable. Author Julie Dirksen walks you through the steps you need to take to present information in a helpful way. She also explains how to ensure that online learners don’t walk away and forget what they learned. Instead, her method helps them remember your teaching and apply it in real-world situations.

4. Michael Allen’s Guide to E-Learning: Building Interactive, Fun, and Effective Learning Programs For Any Company (by Michael W. Allen)

Instructional Design is anything but dull. However, some people associate it with flipping through endless slides of irrelevant information. Creating eLearning courses that make an impact is an art, and one that every Instructional Designer should learn. This text also comes with concrete examples of good eLearning course design. This book will help you learn by example and make eLearning courses that learners will find valuable.

5. Measuring Instructional Results (by Robert F. Mager)

Creating eLearning courses that you think are effective is great, but how well do they really work? Just assuming your Instructional Design efforts are impactful is not enough. You need to test your content and designs and figure out ways to make them even better for online learners. This book helps to guide you through the process of checking your work. You will get specific steps and checklists to make sure you are on the right path. Learning how to improve your work will go a long way to furthering your Instructional Design career.

Additional Tips To Expand Your Instructional Design Knowledge

Aside from books, there are some other tech-centered ways to broaden your knowledge base and brush up on skills. Here are few top tips to become a lifelong Instructional Design learner.

a. Attend Tradeshows And Conferences

These live events are great opportunities to meet other Instructional Designers and try out new technologies. For example, eLearning authoring tools that can help you create even more immersive eLearning courses. Look online for conferences in your area or ask other eLearning professionals for recommendations on shows they’ve attended in the past.

b. Join Social Media Groups And Online Discussions

Social media groups, blogs, and online discussions are great for remote collaborations. You can interact with Instructional Designers from around the world. Everyone has unique insights and experiences to bring to the table. If you can’t find a relevant group, then consider starting your own. Just make sure you are up to the task, as running a group typically requires a commitment of both time and energy.

c. Find A Mentor

There may be an Instructional Designer who is more experienced and willing to offer one-on-one support. This mentor can help you find the right eLearning career niche, create an Instructional Design portfolio, or land your first eLearning project. Ideally, you should find someone who shares similar interests or goals. For example, an eLearning professional who also has a passion for corporate eLearning and task-based training. You must also create clear guidelines so that everyone knows what to expect.

Check out these 5 books for new ideologies and theories to make your Instructional Designs even better. The tips and advice you gain will help you to strengthen your skill sets. You will also gain a fresh perspective that offers a comprehensive overview of the field. As a result, you will have the ability to create better eLearning courses and provide your clients with expert advice. So, pick up a book or two and learn all you can about the fascinating field of Instructional Design.


Merrill’s Principles Of Instruction: The Definitive Guide

Are you looking for an effective problem-centered strategy for your next eLearning course? In this article, I'll share everything you need to know about how to apply Merrill's Principles of Instruction in eLearning.

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New action mapping job aids available

Action mapping job aidNew, prettier job aids for action mapping are now available for free download. They include:

  • Overviews of action mapping
  • The “Will Training Help?” flowchart, new and improved
  • A “Job Aid or Memorization?” mini-flowchart to help your SME see that people don’t need to memorize everything

The job aids are designed to accompany my new book, which is now available on Kindle. The print version will be available in mid-October through Amazon in many countries.

Finally, there are still some seats available in the scenario design course that starts October 4. In four weeks of sessions, you’ll apply action mapping and scenario design to a project from your job.

There are online sessions for time zones in the Americas as well as Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. Check them out!