How to Boost Volunteer Engagement Through Your LMS


Many nonprofit organizations struggle with recruiting, training, and retaining their volunteer base. We have found that automating the onboarding process using a learning management system (LMS) costs less and is more effective than trying to onboard volunteers on site. The case study outlined in this article illustrates a model Arizona Humane Society created in partnership […]

5 Microlearning Mistakes to Avoid


Today’s trend is to develop short microlearning assets, typically 5–7 minutes in length, that allow employees to jump in and out of a training program as their work schedules allow and their just-in-time performance needs demand. While some consider microlearning a fad, most instructional designers agree that it is supported by the tested theory that […]

3 Steps To Streamline And Automate Onboarding


If you’ve ever bought real estate and taken out a mortgage, you can understand how cumbersome certain transitions can be. In the case of purchasing a new home, you, as the buyer, are responsible for exchanging information and paperwork with real estate agents, mortgage lenders, title companies, inspectors, home builders, contractors, moving companies—and often several […]

7 Mistakes To Avoid When Creating A Mobile Learning Storyboard


With the emergence of mobile technology—and by extension mobile learning solutions—instructional designers (IDs) are finding themselves storyboarding in unfamiliar territory. The benefits of mobile learning are obvious; it makes training readily accessible for learners who are frequently on the move or are otherwise in need of just-in-time training. However, as we storyboard these assets, what […]

Off-The-Shelf Vs. Custom Flash-To-HTML5 Conversion


With Flash-based e-learning development a thing of the past, our production team spends much of the present coaching organizations through the Flash-to-HTML5 conversion process. If you’re new to this idea, there’s one basic fact you need to know: Most browsers today don’t support Flash—and Flash isn’t compatible with mobile technology—rendering existing Flash-based training assets inaccessible […]

3 Major Benefits Of Using Learning Data


Have you ever considered hiring a business analyst to mine your learning data and arm you with the information you need to make informed business decisions? We recently talked with Chris Longstreet, the Director of Learning Experiences at Choice Hotels International, about how his team of analysts uses learning data from an LMS, Google Analytics, […]

The Single Source Method for Designing with Unstable Content


As instructional designers, we consider a variety of factors before selecting delivery methods for training: business needs, learning audience characteristics and locations, available technology, learning objectives, development budget, and deadlines to name a few. Another factor to consider is how likely it is that the content is going to change during development or after launch. […]

7 Project Management Tips for L&D Professionals


Learning and development professionals, how often do your projects go according to plan? Do you find yourself wondering why your projects keep running into issues with budgets, timeliness, unrealistic expectations, or unforeseen project circumstances? It is natural for stakeholders to want to rush through project analysis and design and start developing deliverables because that is […]

3 Steps to Spice Up Your Storyboards


Click-to-reveal. Try-it activity. Knowledge check. If you can storyboard these common e-learning interactions in your sleep (and sometimes do), then you may be one of many instructional designers who have fallen into a predictable “lather, rinse and repeat” cycle of e-learning design. On your next assignment, consider spicing up the same old recipe with a […]

2 Reasons to Pick a Community-Developed LMS


If you’re in the market for a learning management system (LMS), you’re likely experiencing an all-too familiar predicament: finding an LMS with the features you need using the limited budget you have. You’ve probably researched open source LMSs only to realize that, while the system itself may cost little to nothing, the servers you need […]

Learning Factories: Leveraging Hidden Learning Heroes in Your Organization


Through their LMS, the State of Arizona has developed over 7,000 mini learning factories—led by supervisors—that build and track custom learning paths for over 63,000 staff, interns, and volunteers. In addition to offering courses produced by L&D, supervisors can publish custom content for their teams and request permission to share it with other groups. This […]