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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Top 10 Learning Conferences You Need to Attend in 2018

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Why Attend a Learning and Development Conference in 2018

The best way to learn is by doing and sharing. Learning industry conferences, most with hands-on workshops and panel sessions, are the best place to soak up a lot of information in a short amount of time. The value of networking alone is enough to include one or more conferences in your budget for 2018. Our industry is always innovating and changing, so getting a broad overview of the latest technology and techniques can help you choose what to incorporate into your own program.

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What is Blended Learning? The Guide to Everything You Need to Know

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What is Blended Learning?

Blended Learning is a method of personalized learning that combines traditional face-to-face instruction with digital learning that allows the student to benefit from control over pace and learning path. Blended learning offsets the limitations of the traditional classroom environment by digital means, whilst preserving the benefit of teacher oversight.

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Netflix and Training: How to Create Binge-Worthy Digital Learning

By | Building A Learning Culture, eLearning Solutions, Engage and Retain, Learning and Development, Learning Lab Experts Series, Learning Trends, The Latest In Design and Development

By now, Netflix has successfully made it from Blockbuster disruptor to a cultural phenomenon. From original series to all of your old favorites, the sheer availability of entertainment is part of the appeal. You find yourself on the couch with a playlist of TV, movies, and documentaries that seem tailor-made to your interests. It’s what makes Netflix so totally bingeworthy: It always has new suggestions queued up and ready to go.

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10 Reasons to Use Illustrations Instead of Stock Photography in Learning

By | eLearning Solutions, Engage and Retain, Learning and Development, Learning Lab Experts Series, Learning Trends, The Latest In Design and Development

The grinning woman eating a salad; the perfectly multicultural meeting; the man with a headset: these are the standards for stock photography. And while it definitely has its place, stock photography isn’t the gold standard when it comes to learning. What may work for an anonymous website doesn’t have the same impact when you’re trying to get learners to sit up and pay attention. But illustrations might.

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The Corporate University Shift: Why Great Companies Invest in Custom Learning

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Corporate Universities in a Nutshell

A corporate university is an educational institution that facilitates organizations to cultivate organizational and individual learning and knowledge. The primary goal of a corporate university is to provide the infrastructure for employee and management training and leadership development and to maintain corporate competitiveness in a changing economy. Read More

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The Difference Between Creativity Vs. Creative Learning (and How To Harness Both)

By | eLearning Solutions, Learning and Development, Learning Trends, The Latest In Design and Development

Don’t accuse us of splitting hairs: They sound like synonyms, but the terms “creative learning” and “creativity” actually have very different meanings when applied to education and learning and development. Not only would using them interchangeably be a mistake, but it might demonstrate a lack of understanding your learner altogether. Find out how creative learning and creativity are related and what it means for you–and mostly your learners.

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How Microsoft Can Be A Digital Learning Powerhouse With It’s Lynda.com Acquisition

By | Disrupting Learning, Engage and Retain, Learning Trends, The Latest In Design and Development

With Microsoft’s $26 billion-dollar acquisition of LinkedIn, the software giant also gets a bevy of other online businesses. One of the sites included in the package deal is Lynda.com, which LinkedIn acquired for $1.5 billion in 2015. It’s definitely not Microsoft’s first foray into online learning, but it might be one of its most useful; especially when you consider that Microsoft is already the most significant source of certifications on LinkedIn today.

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How the Move to Annotate TED Talks Could Change Everything About Video-Based Learning

By | eLearning Solutions, Engage and Retain, The Latest In Design and Development

From a small startup conference in 1984 to a learning powerhouse in 2016, TED leads the way when it comes to shaping opinions and sharing ideas. Basically, it’s L&D pro’s dream, making thousands of bite-sized, hyper-digestible videos available for free to help round out courses and make eLearning possible.

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Why We Integrate Our Instructional Design and Product Design Teams

By | eLearning Solutions, Learning and Development, The Latest In Design and Development

In most cases (and especially for in-house instructional design situations) the instructional design and product design and development teams operate side-by-side. Each is stored neatly in its box, and any collaboration happens in an “over the wall” type of interaction.

At eLearning Mind, we’ve rethought the way that our ID and multimedia design departments work together, and we realized that these teams are interdependent and collaborating over a wall isn’t the most effective way to get the most out of each. Here’s the methodology our entire team follows.  Read More