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Design Learning Experiences with Synapse

Synapse is a learning experience design tool for documenting the Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation or ADDIE process of instructional design.  As an instructional designer, I always struggled with limited resources to document all stages of a learning project.  Often this meant having to manually deal with content versions, shared drives, spreadsheets and other […]

L & D Practices

10 L&D Worst Practices Everyone Must Know

Best practices have a common popularity among business people.  This is a great way to incite quality work but, it’s also easy to see how Learning and Development (L&D) may have trouble identifying what those best practices consist of. Therefore, in good StyleLearn fashion, here are some great worst practices with the hope enabling anyone […]

Virtual Learning

Make Online Training Less “Virtual”

Online training or Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) has gained tremendous popularity for its cost reducing advantages and the ability to accommodate large audiences across geographical boundaries.  However, here’s yet another learning technology that has been abused and poorly utilized to maximize learning opportunities.  In most instances, VILT is delivered as a passive learning experience […]

Nine Events

9 Events Every Trainer Should Know

Robert Gagné (1916-2002) gave us many concepts surrounding the learning process in adults.  However, his most significant contribution to all of us in the Learning and Development (L&D) world is known as “Gagné’s 9 Events of Instruction”.  Whether you are a Subject Matter Expert (SME) who is or wants to become a trainer, any training course […]

Getting Giffy With It: Creating GIFs for Elearning

GIFs or Graphic Interchange format images provide you with the ability to animate images or video for use on web sites and even elearning modules. This week’s Elearning Heroes Challenge #83 is about creating 10 GIFs that could be used for a learning course or even to describe the instructional design process. For my sample […]

Learning Objectives on Target

Solving the Mystery of Learning Objectives

Learning objectives are a critical piece of any course or learning activity involving adults. They are preliminary statements providing adult learners with clear guidance (when written effectively) about the expected outcome of their involvement in the learning activity. One can then assume that their primary purpose is to inform the learner. However, learning objectives have […]

Slide Master Controls

Another 3 Ways to Rock Out Your Presentation

A couple of days ago I wrote a post on LinkedIn titled “3 Ways to Develop Better Presentations”. Today I offer a follow up with three more “hidden treasure” techniques in PowerPoint for my fellow trainers and presenters who want to sharpen their design skills. TECHNIQUE 1- Create Your Own Master Template Do you find […]