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If You Haven’t Read Telling Ain’t Training, You’re Missing Out

By Harold D. Stolovitch & Erica J. Keeps, with contributions from Marc J. Rosenberg Want to help someone learn? A most engaging and excellent way to find out how is to read this book. If you are new to instructional design, teaching, or training, this is a great book. If you’ve been in the field… Continue Reading

Instructional Design Made Easy with KanbanFlow

Let’s say you have a 16-week (or 16-hour) course to plan, and it has a lot of moving pieces: topics, objectives, resources, readings, activities, quizzes, individual and group assignments, etc. And let’s say that you want a flexible way to map it all out as you are figuring out what to do and when. About… Continue Reading

Class Introductions: Save Time & Have Fun with 
Pairs, Segments & Energy

It’s the first class meeting. Most people don’t know each other. Many will work together over the next few days, weeks, or months. Getting to know each other will help. Plus, people often feel uncomfortable without introductions. They want to know at least a little about who else is there. Starting a New Class Sometimes… Continue Reading

Context Can Be Everything: Will This Idea Work Here?

Let’s say that you (or someone you know or heard about) implemented a new program in an organization and it worked well. Or you found a helpful-sounding idea in a research article. So now you are considering trying that new idea in your current situation. With the drought, who needs library doors? Would this work… Continue Reading

You Want Me to Learn What? The Rhetoric of the Rationale

Adults especially, (but kids also) want a reason why they should attend to learning something new. The reason we’re learning this is over this way. We use a short rationale at the beginning of a course, a module, a lesson, a key activity, as needed, to help spark motivation for learning. Without motivation, our learners… Continue Reading

Help Your Audience to Follow Your Lead

Segways are not just for cool tours of the River Walk in San Antonio (say). Segues (obviously of a different kind) are also great for presentations, facilitating a class, or even for moving from one topic to another in print or online. Years ago I was facilitating a “friendly alpha” version of a course. My colleagues,… Continue Reading

About That Software Training

A rose is not about reviewing one petal at a time. A few principles to follow… Do not go over the features of the software one at a time. Feature 1, Feature 2, etc. Eyes glaze over. Nobody remembers much after this. Do not organize software training based on the menus. See #1. If the users… Continue Reading

Dear Instructor: It’s Up to You

So, if it’s up to the learner, the manager, and the designer, what’s left for the instructor in making sure that learning happens? Instruction by Essential Ingredients Here are some areas where instructors can make a huge difference: Motivation. Why are we learning this and why should we care? Instructors can make the rationale for… Continue Reading

Do We Love Instructional Video, or Not?

Using video to deliver (all or part of) instruction can be a) great, b) practical, c) expensive, d) time-consuming, or e) deadly. Here are some thoughts about when to use it (or not). Photo © Andreas Praefcke When does it make sense to provide instructional videos? Here are some reasons to provide instructional videos. They range from… Continue Reading

6 Tips for Designing Training When You Don’t Know the Content

One great thing about being an instructional designer is that you are constantly learning. Most new assignments involve new content. Ready to Design Anything So learning is great, but it can be terrifying to design for a learning program when you start out not knowing a thing about the content. Here are some suggestions: 1.… Continue Reading