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How Not to Crush the Souls of Your Contractors

I know what you’re thinking: Who cares about my contractor? The whole point of hiring a contractor is to avoid dealing with all of the hassles of having a regular employee, right? They come in, they do a job, they leave. Well, that’s true. A good contractor is able to fit into your organization and quickly assimilate the necessary information and deliver a product, whatever that product might be. But…

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Implementing C.R.A.P. into your eLearning Design

Flashback to one of my very first Graphic Design courses in college. Professor Bill introduced an important methodology for assessing effective visual design. “What are the key ingredients to a great design?” he asked. Projected on the wall were four giant letters: C.R.A.P. Contrast. Repetition. Alignment. Proximity.1 You might look at a design and know, or at least feel, that it is either “good” or “bad.” But the principles of…

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Teach Them to Fish

Most corporate training programs just aren’t cutting it these days. They are often boring, ineffective, and treat training as an event instead of a process. I would gamble that if you took a poll, asking employees of large corporations whether or not they found value in their company’s training programs, the vast majority of them would say, “No siree!” I think we can agree that almost everyone wants to learn…

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The Forgotten Role of Reflection in Learning

John Dewey, a noted psychologist, philosopher and educational reformer, once said, “We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.” Reflection in the context of learning can be described as linking ideas and constructing meaning from our experiences. As learners, we need to reflect on our experiences in order to incorporate new information into our mental schemas. Recent research has shown that taking just 15 minutes to reflect at the…

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Why Instructional Designers Should Draw

According to graphic designer Von Glitschka, his industry (graphic design) has: “become creatively lazy over the last 20 years when it comes to the creative process… Instead of spending the necessary time working out concepts by drawing out the ideas and thoroughly exploring the visual possibilities in a drawn form, they instead immediately jump on the box.” Hearing Von Glitschka’s assertion made me wonder about the instructional design industry. Certainly,…

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