Case Study: Reviewing a Virtual Instructor Led Training

I recently wrapped up a project helping a client make his virtual instructor led training (vILT) the best it could be.  When I first reviewed this course, I was impressed.  Although I didn’t understand all of the content (it was quite technical and involved specific skills for software engineers), it was immediately obvious that everything… Continue reading Case Study: Reviewing a Virtual Instructor Led Training

Training Isn’t Always the Answer

Training isn’t always the answer to a performance problem.   Recently, I worked on a project where a large number of employees, in widely dispersed locations, were going to start using updated software for a complex medical device.  During the analysis phase of this project, it became clear that training was not the best solution.  We… Continue reading Training Isn’t Always the Answer

What do instructional designers do?

Many people are a little unsure of what instructional designers actually do, and that’s partly because instructional designers do so many different things.  One of my favorites is teaching people how to take their courses to the next level. Recently, a client came to me with a vILT course (virtual instructor led training) that he… Continue reading What do instructional designers do?

Interactivity to Slow the Learner Down

There are many reasons to include interactivity in elearning.  Here, I’m going to talk about one that I think is especially important: slowing the learner down. Have you ever read something quickly and not really absorbed the information?  Or perhaps you can think of a time when you watched an instructional video but didn’t quite… Continue reading Interactivity to Slow the Learner Down

The importance of good design

I’m an instructional designer, not a graphic designer, but the truth is, I have to be a little bit of a graphic designer.  That’s because design matters so much to the learning process.  I’m sure I’ll come back to this topic multiple times over the lifetime of this blog, but in this post, I’ll be… Continue reading The importance of good design

Getting the Most Bang for Your Instructional Design Buck

If you need some high quality instructional design, but you’re on a budget, how can you get the most bang for your buck? One strategy I suggest is to give extra attention to review and feedback cycles that occur early in the project.  Usually, it is much easier and faster for instructional designers to build… Continue reading Getting the Most Bang for Your Instructional Design Buck

Storyline vs. Rise

A quick comparison of Articulate Storyline and Articulate Rise.

When it’s time to create an elearning course, at some point you’ll need to decide what authoring tool to use.  There are many options, but it often comes down to a choice between two Articulate products: Storyline and Rise.  (For those new to the world of elearning, Articulate is a company that makes a variety… Continue reading Storyline vs. Rise