Kathryn Stewart

CEO

Kathryn’s vision to democratize lifelong learning serves as the energy behind knowbly. Transforming an idea into reality over the past few years with her team, knowbly has opened the doors for more content creators to create engaging learning than ever before. Formerly with Cengage, Thomson-Reuters, and Harcourt, Kathryn can be found routinely expounding on the content revolution at tech meetups all over the Bay Area.

Blog Posts

Best Practices to Enable Remote Course Instruction

With major disruptions to schools and organizations across the globe here are 5 key strategies that should assist you in not only moving your learning materials online quickly but also instructing and engaging learners during your lectures.

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Pump Up Your Training Program in 2020

Is your New Year’s Resolution to revise your training program? Not yet started? Below is an overview of how you can refresh your training program in 5 simple steps.

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Learning vs Training: What is the Difference?

Read this article to distinguish between learning vs training, and create educational content that truly makes a difference in learning.

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Hidden Rewards of a Career in Instructional Design

Have you always wanted to find out the hidden rewards of a career in Instructional Design? Below is an overview of the top 5 hidden rewards.

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Greatest eLearning Challenges and How to Conquer Them

What are the top eLearning challenges that instructional designers face while creating courses? Here’s the list of those obstacles and tips to conquer them.

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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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Which Mistakes You Need to Avoid When Designing eLearning

Read about the seven most common eLearning design mistakes that instructional designers make and how to avoid them when creating eLearning courses.

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What Will Instructional Design Look Like in the Future?

Take a look at the innovations and trends that will shape the next decade in the ever-changing world of instructional design.

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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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What are the Most Common Authoring Tool and eLearning Myths?

Here's a quick overview of the most common eLearning and rapid authoring tool myths, and how to bust these myths by separating fact from fiction.

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What are the Fundamentals of Performance Consulting?

Learn about the fundamentals of performance consulting and how to determine if training is the right solution for the behavior you want to change.

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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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Training Through Experience-Driven Adult Learning Theories

Experience is something everyone in the workplace has in common. Here is a practical look at adult learning theories that utilize experience as a guide to create workplace training.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Online Teaching Conference 2019 (OTC) Recap

Thoughts and musings on a successful and productive conference in Anaheim, CA at the 2019 Online Teaching Conference (OTC).

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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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Micro-learning 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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InstructureCon 2019 Recap

A common thread at InstructureCon 2019 is the passion to provide the best learning experience. Here is our recap as both an exhibiting vendor and as a peer in the break-out sessions.

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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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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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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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How to Maintain Quality While Creating Rapid eLearning

Do you want to know how to build quality content with confidence and competence while using rapid authoring tools? Check out these 6 main guidelines.

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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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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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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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Here are the Top Facts that Will Help You Create Effective eLearning for Generation Z

The following four facts about Generation Z will empower you to create effective content to best meet their needs and the needs of your organization.

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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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Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Successful Instructional Designer?

Learn about the top eight personality traits of great instructional designers and how they distinguish leading instructional designers from their peers.

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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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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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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.

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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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Active Learning Strategies (Passive is out, Active is in)

The desire for competitive differentiation has led organizations to re-evaluate how their employees learn most effectively, which has now turned the way of active learning.

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5 Strategies for Creating More Memorable Learning Content

A summary of the top strategies you can use today to create learning content that will remain in your learners’ long-term memory.

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4 Reasons Why you Need to Use the ARCS Model Today

Know how to appeal to learners by motivating them to complete your educational content using the ARCS Model and increase learner engagement and productivity.

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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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