Guide: What Does an Instructional Designer Do?

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How To Become An Instructional Designer

If you landed on this page, you’re either considering a career in the eLearning industry, are going to school for a master’s degree in instructional design, or you’re already working as an Instructional Designer (ID) and want to grow in your career. Wherever you’re at on the spectrum, this blog will give you the information and resources you need to position yourself on the cutting edge of learning and design.

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Developing a RIDE or Die Leadership Mentality at ELM

By | Building A Learning Culture, Developing Leaders, eLearning Solutions, Engage and Retain, Learning and Development

Illustrations and Design: Angela Rogers

Leaders Are Made, but Servant Leaders Are Born

Some think you can’t make talent; you’re just born with it. Others think that after 10,000 hours of training you’ll become expert at anything. In terms of servant leadership, we think it’s both, in that order. (A multitude of different leadership styles exist, but we’ve chosen servant leadership as our goal.) While valuable leadership skills can be developed through training and practice, a servant leader is born with a high level of compassion, empathy and a desire to learn. By bringing into our company people with a humble, growth mindset and developing their leadership skills through RIDE (Relationship, Instill Meaning, Development, Executions) we’ve created a culture of servant leadership and it’s worked. We’d like to share our leadership development process with you: from hiring to training; and then to ongoing mentoring and coaching.  

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Mentor, Coach, Advocate: Why Leaders Spending Time with Their Employees Pays Off

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Spending time with employees pays off—not just for them, but for the leaders and the entire organization. The question of how much time can be explored in a Fast Company post, “Why Managers Should Spend Exactly 6 Hours A Week With Each Employee.” But here at ELM, we’ve found that it’s not necessarily quantified time that’s made the biggest difference—it’s qualified time.

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Fix Those Pesky Digital Learning Quality Assurance Pain Points

By | Developing Leaders, eLearning Solutions, Engage and Retain, Learning and Development

Any learning or product administrator can tell you a scary story about a time when glitches, grammar, design, and function served as a foil to their learners. When users are already consumed with other tasks, a digital learning module that functions anything less than flawlessly can seriously reduce motivation. But discovering the right way to do quality assurance can be a time-consuming and often frustrating task. Here at ELM, we’ve had our own share of frustration because the thing about quality assurance is: if your product is flawless, you’re done in a day. Otherwise, you have a time-consuming issue.  

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Discover Why More Companies are Choosing to Ditch Their LMS

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Once upon a time, the learning management system (LMS) was king. It was there that L&D professionals could produce, tweak, deliver, and manage employee learning. It seemed like a perfect solution until suddenly, it wasn’t. Huge, monolithic LMSs are going the way of the dinosaur in favor of more agile programming options. But why? As it turns out, the very features that were once the LMS’s greatest strength have become its folly. If you feel like your LMS isn’t serving your organization’s needs, consider these options to decide whether or not to make the switch.

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4 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Employee Engagement

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When you’re looking for ways to get employees more invested in their roles, it can seem like most suggestions revolve around the long game. Sure, we tout mentoring as an awesome way to increase engagement, but building relationships don’t happen overnight. Still, it is possible to start now—like, right this minute—to help build up employee engagement and create an all-in workforce without the wait. Here are four things you can do today to get started.

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Why L&D Leaders are Saying Leadership Buy-in Is the Most Important Factor for Success in 2017

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We recently surveyed 100 US-based L&D leaders to find out what’s on their minds for digital learning in 2017 and found some interesting trends based on their plans for the upcoming year. But while we learned a lot about trending topics, we stumbled across some interesting findings regarding the number one factor in L&D success. No, it’s not a huge a budget or better technology: its leadership buy-in.

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