Instructional Design

10 Tips For Creating Even Better Design Documents


Writing a detailed design or outline is both art and science. It is science because there is a process and steps to follow. It is art because each project does not easily fit into a cookie-cutter mold. An effective detailed design begins with a basic outline; then, the expertise of the designer, parameters of the […]

3 Tips For Adding Infographics To Training Programs


Do you believe the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words? If so, how much of a stretch is it to reason that a well-designed infographic is worth about 5.5 minutes of lecture or audio narration (if you calculate speech at a rate of 180 words per minute)? Afterall, we know visuals help learners: […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 Traits Instructional Designers Need Most


TraCorp is a custom learning solutions provider and, due to the nature of our business, we regularly build diverse teams of learning professionals that meet specific client needs. For a given project, we might need a team with specific industry experience (e.g. finance), a specialized skill set (e.g. video scripting and production), or content familiarity […]

3 Ways to Help Online Learners with Disabilities


As course creators, our highest priorities are to help learners master instructional objectives and transfer new knowledge and skills to real-life situations. At the beginning of a project, course development teams typically create a profile of their target learners. This information might include the number of people taking the class, their job roles, locations, and […]

4 Tips for Writing Video Training


While many of the same good writing principles apply to both instructional video and interactive eLearning (or any effective training materials, for that matter), writing for video has some unique aspects that require additional guidelines. Remembering a few basic tips can help you write effective training videos that take full advantage of the unique nature […]

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