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Is Instructional Design relevant in a world of Learning Experiences?

There is a huge transformation underway in the Learning & Development world. The old rules of how to measure the effectiveness of learning have changed. It’s no longer the L&D department defining the rules; it’s about the learner deciding what is effective. Business functions drive the...

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Instructional Design at the Speed of Business

 It’s quite common these days to hear people speaking about content curation (versus content creation), and therefore to assume instructional design is no longer needed. Clearly the old model of asking Learning & Development to custom build all of the content for every performance need for every...

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Paper or Pixels? Choose Your Instructional Design Tools Wisely

If you are of a certain vintage – like yours truly – you remember when supermarkets were making the switch from paper bags to plastic sacks. Cashiers were sensitive to preferences during the transition, and most supermarket checkout transactions started with the question, “Paper or plastic?”

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Analyze Is the First Step in Great Learning Design

Whether you are a strict adherent to the ADDIE training model or you have a barely passing familiarity with the Grand Old Dame of instructional design, there is a reason that all great training starts with the “A” or “analysis”.  Without a needs analysis, you don’t know where you are going.

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Not So Fast Learning Designers! The Rumors of ADDIE’s Death Are Premature

Instructional designers have been hearing for years that “ADDIE is dead.” Do “this” or “that” instead. I would be the first to admit that maybe a shortcut here or there is called for under certain circumstances. I have taken many of those shortcuts myself. But if you are serious about creating...

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Great Learning Design Leads to Great Performance on the Job

Last week, I attended an intriguing conference at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania sponsored by the Instructional Technology department. Before the event, I surveyed the attendees to find out their most pressing problems in training. Vying for the top spot was that training does not result...

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