Learning Designers! Boring Bullets are NOT Your Worst Enemy!

Congratulations! You can now play games at work! This was the underlying theme of a compliance course that I recently had the opportunity to review. Designed as a highly engaging game, the course set you off on a hunt for clues to find an elusive parrot, traveling to various cities and learning about compliance along the way. As you unearthed a clue, a slice of … Continue reading Learning Designers! Boring Bullets are NOT Your Worst Enemy!

Beyond Effective E-Learning – Changing Habits, Not Just Behaviors

“We absolutely nailed it! Folks are loving this!” exclaims Terry. “Reporting rates have increased… incidents have gone down… people are really using strong passwords! Management couldn’t be happier.” chips in Janet. Terry and Janet, both learning designers in the corporate world, are discussing their freshly-launched security course, and how it has become an overnight sensation. They have every reason to be happy… learners and management … Continue reading Beyond Effective E-Learning – Changing Habits, Not Just Behaviors

My Purpose for Working Out Loud (#WOLWEEK)

Today is Day 1 of the International Work Out Loud Week, and here’s my first ever go at working out loud. For those of you who are uninitiated, International Work Out Loud Week, or #WOLWEEK, is a week dedicated to the practice of working out loud. It is designed to encourage pros and novices alike to share their work openly and publicly. This process of … Continue reading My Purpose for Working Out Loud (#WOLWEEK)

Why I Still Love Bloom But Not His Verbs

I have a confession to make. I’ve sat in scores of meetings with project stakeholders, painfully agonizing over the verbs to use for defining the objectives of a course. Should we use ‘Develop’ or ‘Construct’? Which one is better – ‘Describe’ or ‘Explain’? Would it be more appropriate to say ‘Classify’ or ‘Categorize’? You get the idea. After all, objectives define the boundaries of a … Continue reading Why I Still Love Bloom But Not His Verbs

Learning Design Best Principles – From The Learnnovators & Quinnovation Project

We, at Learnnovators, joined hands with Clark Quinn of Quinnovation to develop a course on ‘Workplace of the Future’, which we recently shared with the learning community free of charge. The links to the course, as well as a series of blog posts by Clark Quinn explaining the underlying process, are provided at the end of this post. The idea of the project was to … Continue reading Learning Design Best Principles – From The Learnnovators & Quinnovation Project

Is Your Learning Solution a Disney or a Walmart?

It’s the stuff of legends. Right from the train that takes you to the park, to the super-friendly guys at the ticket counter, to the rides, the characters, the shows and the food, personally I can’t have enough of the magical, fairy-tale like experience at a Disneyland park. You go there expecting to get surprised, delighted, and overwhelmed. On the other hand, think of your … Continue reading Is Your Learning Solution a Disney or a Walmart?

Forward Design

We design more information-based courses today than we would care to admit. Agreed, these courses can instead be called web pages, cheat sheets, information dumps, knowledge stores, etc. They don’t necessarily have to fall under the ambit of ‘courses’. But whatever we call them, the fact remains that these are designed by learning designers, and we would do well to keep a few good practices … Continue reading Forward Design