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Mobile Learning 101: Everything an Instructional Designer Needs To Know

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The web is abuzz with talks of mobile learning. With its rise come many benefits, from higher productivity to better engagement. But with all the noise or constant stream of data online, it's difficult to find really useful information. That's why we've gleaned some links to resources specifically to help instructional designers get a holistic view about the subject.

The Age of Bite-sized Learning: What is It and Why It Works

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For many eLearning professionals, bite-sized has always been the right size.  Imagine it, more useful content that fits smaller screens or just about any screen. Learners can work on any platform, switch back from their mobile device to the desktop, anytime. Snackable content also makes it easier for them to savor every lesson step after step—something that's not possible with lengthy materials. Offer your audience light, short yet substantial content. They'll surely come back for more.

Effective Goal-Setting in eLearning: Which Type of Goals to Use

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The secret to eLearning success is not only setting goals, but setting the right goals. In order to achieve the required end results, understanding the difference between the different types of goals and when each is appropriate to use is very important. Clarifying goals since the beginning will impact your course content, the way it's structured and developed. Besides, if you don’t design with the right type of goals in mind, the eLearning module will be a waste of time and money, since the problem needs to be addressed from other perspectives.

The Psychology of How Learners Explore and Find Information Online

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Psychologists, eLearning professionals and other experts have always been interested in how we consume information online. Receiving and transmitting information are not new to us. But our entirely novel information environments are clearly shaping the way we search for and consume information. Today, "providing people with access to more information is not the problem. Rather, the problem is one of maximizing the allocation of human attention to information that will be useful.” 

5 Indispensable Tips to Be a More Productive eLearning Project Manager

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Proficient project managers in eLearning or any other industry naturally want to be productive. In a sense, they want to accomplish more in terms of the work they do for others. They want better learning materials, more efficient ways of handling client projects—all without wasting unnecessary energy and resources.

Power-writing for eLearning Professionals: 6 Secrets to Great Web Content

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Although often neglected when hiring an eLearning developer, the ability to write well is an important skill. Writing is a key part of the design procedure and equal in importance to interface design, visual design, and prototyping; however, unlike the other design aspects, which fall neatly into a timeline, writing is a continuous process.

Easy-to-Implement Ideas On How to Introduce Your Next eLearning Course

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It's easy to predict the success rate of a course just be looking at its introduction. If it's boring, learners would either skip it refuse to read it. Nonetheless, they're already convinced that the course is less than impressive.

Designing for Motivation: Three Theories eLearning Designers Can Use

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eLearning programs require adult learners to interact with an online platform and understand new information that is essential to their jobs. At times, it can be challenging to motivate these employees during an online learning experience. You may feel as if the learners are only participating because they have to, not because they want to. And learners may approach the learning as rote and compulsory. Because human behavior is complex and people are naturally curious it is important to design instruction assisted by motivation. 

4 Questions That Will Lead You to the Perfect eLearning Course


As an instructional designer, your primary goal is to develop effective eLearning courses. You should address the objectives for each lesson, use the correct instructional method to meet the needs of the learners, and ensure the content and all its related activities are meaningful and relevant. After all, adult learners are not interested in completing "busy work" with no real-world application toward achieving their academic goals. 

SHIFT's New Feature: Scenarios and Avatars for Any Mobile Device

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2014 started off right, full of motivation and effort clearly focused on meeting our commitment to quality and innovation in every action we take.

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