I Know What Learners Need

Last Saturday, I was talking with a past colleague and good friend Virginie, an instructional designer working in the field for 10 years now. We talked about some of the struggles we go through in this profession. We tried to pin point what was the one character quality that all instructional designers should have. We both agreed… Continue reading I Know What Learners Need

Enhancing Our Creativity by Tackling Others Challenges

In a recent research report published in the Personality and social psychology bulletin, Polman and Emich demonstrate how when we make decisions for others, we are going to make decisions that are more creative than the ones we make for ourselves. This is just the latest extension of research into construal level theory, an intriguing… Continue reading Enhancing Our Creativity by Tackling Others Challenges

Which Content Curation Tool is Right for You?

Managing all the content that comes at us can get overwhelming. We can set up systems to tag, categorize, filter, sort, organize and essentially manage content at various levels. And once we’ve sifted through all the content that is sent to us, and we’ve decided what it is that we want to share, how do… Continue reading Which Content Curation Tool is Right for You?

Tips to Stop Sucking at PowerPoint

The title is bold and direct, I know. I like it actually, because when a PowerPoint presentation sucks, it really, really sucks. So sometimes, we just have to call it what it is. YOU SUCK AT POWERPOINT! The bottom line is that we cannot escape PowerPoint in today’s business and/or academic world. And as Jessee… Continue reading Tips to Stop Sucking at PowerPoint

Innovation: The Top 50 Inventions of the Past 50 Years

Absolutely fascinating. Of course the jet airplane and in-vitro fertilization are there. But what surprised me was that GPS technology is around since 1978! And even more surprising, to find high-yield rice. You *do* learn something new every day! To select the 50 most pioneering inventions of the past 50 years, PM consulted 25 authorities… Continue reading Innovation: The Top 50 Inventions of the Past 50 Years

How Some HR & Training Professionals are Informing their Practice with Research

Last night I attended a CSTD event focussing on how Research Meets Practice and how some HR & Training Professionals are informing their practice with research. I personally attended 3 of the 5 sessions (which was the formula for the evening). Dali Hammouch, Senior Advisor-Capability Development, Rio Tinto, discussed on the impact of space on… Continue reading How Some HR & Training Professionals are Informing their Practice with Research

Brushing Up On Your User Experience Design Skills? Take A Look At These Books

Yesterday I wrote about the importance of user experience design testing as part of the overall eLearning course testing process. Paul Seys compiled a fantastic list of books on user experience design (or UX). Borrowing mainly from Web and multimedia design best practices, much of this can inform the design of your online learning environments… Continue reading Brushing Up On Your User Experience Design Skills? Take A Look At These Books

Taking Into Account User Experience In Your E-learning Design

Two months ago, Tom Kuhlmann wrote a piece on the importance of thoroughly reviewing your e-learning courses before launching them. One of his key tips was to watch learners go through the course in order to understand how they experience it. Web and multimedia designers call this user experience design testing. ZURB, a team of… Continue reading Taking Into Account User Experience In Your E-learning Design