Power to the Learner®

Innovations and observations in eLearning

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5 Tips on Accelerating eLearning Content While Maintaining Quality

Advice on how to expedite your course creation processes, including the use of rapid authoring tools, while still delivering high quality eLearning content.

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Top 10 Free Tools Every Instructional Designer Should Know About

A collection of the top free online tools available to make your instructional design projects most efficient and more successful for the best learning experience.

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ATD International Conference 2019 - Rabid for Rapid Authoring

We’re back from another successful ATD conference, and as excited as ever about the direction that digital training and digital training authoring is heading!

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How to Build Effective Online Courses, Part 4

Learn about eight strategies that you must use to catch and keep your learners’ attention when building engaging content in your online courses.

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How to Build Effective Online Courses, Part 3

An exploration of the top 6 factors to consider when choosing the right authoring tool for the job and why choosing the right tool makes all the difference in creating online courses.

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How to Build Effective Online Courses, Part 2

An overview of the best practices for properly managing eLearning projects and delivering effective online courses that meet learning objectives and needs.

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Why Has Microlearning Become "a Thing" and Will it Last?

Learners expect to learn more, in less time. Before making the decision to include Microlearning in your L&D strategy, keep in mind these benefits, and some drawbacks.

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Express Yourself: UDL and Multiple Means of Expression (Part 2)

A further exploration into the concepts, theories, and importance of providing your leaners with multiple means by which to express their mastery of the subject matter.

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Why We're Looking Forward to ATD

A brief summary of the reasons we look forward to ATD and the highlights of the 2019 conference in Washington, DC - the world’s largest talent development conference.

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There's No Such Thing as Bad Content: Only Bad Delivery

Differentiating between content and delivery, as well as providing tips for turning "bad" content into good content delivery.

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How Generation Z is Influencing the Future of Instructional Design

An insight into how Generation Z is influencing the future of instructional design and how the generation is viewed by researchers and designers.

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Building Effective Online Courses, Part 1

An overview of the steps needed to build effective online courses, starting by taking a deeper look at the why and how to conduct a needs analysis.

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Ways Millennials Influence Instructional Design

A look at how the Millennial workforce is influencing instructional design and the top 5 learning strategies to incorporate into their eLearning modules.

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You Do You: UDL and Multiple Means of Expression

A brief look into Universal Design for Learning multiple means of expression and how to assess the knowledge of your learner based on your intended goals and outcomes.

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Is Curation Killing Creation

A look at how curation can assist in your learning strategy, the potential shortcomings of curated content, and tips for its successful integration.

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Is Your Training Ready for an Elastic Workforce?

A look at the realities of a modern workplace and how you can keep an elastic workforce engaged and growing while improving productivity and employee satisfaction.

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How to Improve Attention Span for Better Learning

Insights on how you can improve and prolong learner attention span and some discussions about the connection between psychology and learning.

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4 Ways to Make Formal Learning Stick

A look at rebuilding formal learning to make learning stick and make it more scalable. Here are four methods that can help with learner retention.

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The Truth About Free Authoring Tools

Most software today is subscription-based cloud software, including authoring tools. The benefits are innumerable, but what are the hidden costs of “free?”

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Key Concepts of Learning Path Design

Designing a digital learning path often relies upon curation, blended learning, and understanding the needs of the learner. This article covers some key concepts and ideas including the flow of a good learning path and the use of curation.

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Learning Technologies 2019 Recap

Learning Technologies is easily one of our favorite events of the year because of the impressive attendance, the efficiency with which the conference is coordinated, but most of all, the quality and depth of conversation that we have with the attendees and exhibitors.

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How to Leverage Leadership to Support Learning Success

Bringing in your leadership team is one of the most effective tools we have to support successful learning. Let’s take a look at how we can leverage them and where they can help.

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Universal Design for Learning: The Intersection of Flexibility and Specificity

At the core of Universal Design for Learning lie three principles: multiple means of Representation, Action/Expression, and Engagement; which we’ll explore in this article.

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If Instructional Designers Were Superheroes, Which Powers Would They Have?

It has long been suspected that Instructional Designer/Developers do actually possess super powers. While it has not been scientifically proven, we’ll take a look at what we suspect they might be.

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Digital Learning: Using the Power of Subject Matter Experts

Instructional Designers and SME's are both essential to creating effective digital learning. Yet it can be difficult to understand how to work with the other. Here's how Learning and Development can better utilize SME's to help create content.

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Machine Learning: Best Use Cases in Learning and Development

Learning and Development (L&D) is a great area to apply AI and Machine Learning (ML). ML gives users relevant data and saves them time. Relevant data feeds curiosity and drives engagement, thus helping build a culture of learning.

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How to Master the Art and Science of Content Curation

This blog post explores why content curation is so popular, how to curate, some guidelines and best practices, and why it requires a bit of art and a measure of science.

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Situated Learning and the Evolving Learner

Here’s a deeper look into Situated Learning, its place in human history, its relevance to the adult learner, and how important motivation, cooperation, and technology are to the successful outcome of a learning experience.

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2019 Predictions: A New Era in Learning and Development

The advent of technology in learning, a blending of content, and the ability to easily create and curate content has brought us to a new era. So, what’s next? See what’s in store for 2019.

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Pre-Planning Considerations for Building Self-Paced Interactives

By pre-planning your interactives through the perspectives of the final visual presentation as well as pedagogical intent, you can increase the likelihood that your interactives will suit the needs of the learner as well as your need for a streamlined build process.

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The World of Work is Changing: How to Design Your eLearning to Adapt

Training needs of employees have changed in the past few years. As a result, learning and development professionals need to adapt. Let’s look at how we can change to a new mindset and design for solutions that better meet the learners’ needs.

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What Is a Learning Ecosystem and Should I Get One?

We all have mobile devices that enable the easy discovery and use of content, and employees expect those simple tools to be a part of their work lives, as well as being curated and personalized. A good Learning Ecosystem can do that.

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Narrative Learning: The Value of Storytelling in Adult Education

An exploration of the value of storytelling in learning and its role in the human experience from childhood through adulthood.

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Microlearning for Macro Results

Microlearning is a new concept that allows us to design great experiences to learn what’s needed when it’s needed. Get a better understanding of when and how to use it to get the results you desire.

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Instructor-led to Instructor-less

How to transform lessons, lectures, and courses from an instructor-led environment into an opportunity for learners to interpret and learn for themselves without an instructor.

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eLearning Technology: How to Banish Bias So You Don’t Blow the Budget

To increase awareness and improve the likelihood of choosing the best eLearning software for your organization, we’ve compiled this list of common biases to understand and avoid.

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Tips on Re-gifting eLearning Content – It’s Not Taboo!

Many organizations are faced with the challenge of not having enough time to create new eLearning content. Repurposing existing content is a great way to overcome this challenge and breathe new life into old content.

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Do eLearning Templates Matter? Considerations For Designers And Learners

Templates for eLearning should meet the needs of the learner and the designer. This article will provide some points to consider when choosing to use eLearning templates, or choosing which templates to use.

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Should You Open Source Your Educational Technology?

Should we open source our software? Can we? What will it mean for our business? Our users? Should educational technology be open source as a rule?

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Creating Learner Trust Through Interactivity

Don't throw out your content, reinvigorate it. Interactivity for the sake of it is worthless, but you can easily adapt existing content and apply new modalities in a meaningful way.