Shawn Burson

VP, Instructional Design

Shawn has 15+ years of experience planning and building interactive learning content and interactive templates. Shawn’s passion to create measurable interactive content that engages the learner has resulted in his award-winning approach to Instructional Design and his ability to see at-a-glance how to restructure your content to exceed expectations. Oh, and just give him a reason to add lights and speakers to anything!

Blog Posts

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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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