Articles by Cammy Bean

Cammy Bean's Favourite Books & Resources for Instructional Designers

The best piece of advice that I can give to any instructional designer, is to be constantly open and curious about not just the subject matter you're working with, but also the learning and development industry as a whole. This innate curiosity can help you stay current and keep the passion alive for what you're doing.  While I was preparing for   The Accidental Instructional Designer …

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7 Tips To Jumpstart Your Instructional Design Career

Remember how you were once a kid, bright-eyed with wonderment - perhaps dreaming of becoming a teacher, a doctor, or even a professional WWE wrestler. What did you end up becoming? Well look at that. You're an elearning professional, aren't you? Not surprisingly, many of us come into the world of learning and development, and namely, instructional design purely by accident. But as the industry …

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How To Stop Drowning in Boring Compliance Courses? Go Gray!

Compliance eLearning programs can be so, well, boring. Policies are boring. Procedures are boring. Ticking off boxes is—oh, here’s that word again—boring! Courses locked in your company’s LMS may have a reputation for being real snore-fests. Have you asked around to find out what people really think about your company’s eLearning? You may not have to go very far to find your answers. Have …

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Making More Interactive E-Learning

What does interactive e-learning mean to you?  Take a moment to close your eyes and imagine… We’re guessing you didn’t see a NEXT button when you closed your eyes (if so, you may not have opened them again). It’s not about clicking the NEXT button. And then the NEXT button again.  It’s about what happens in between. And it’s not a fancy animation with lots of whizz and bang. So that’s …

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Make it Tactile and Touchable

Imagine, if you will, something that has been well-designed. What qualities do you notice about this thing? Does it have the right weight in your hand? The right texture? Does it feel comfortable when you sit down into it? How does it make you feel?     We’re assuming here that you imagined a three-dimensional object. Extend those qualities now onto your two-dimensional computer …

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Find your Narrative Flow

Writing exceptional e-learning scripts isn’t as easy as it looks. Often, when e-learning designers are handed a pile of content, they lovingly create a detailed outline and then string their slides together. The end result? A series of content slides stuck together, jumping from idea to idea: this slide makes this point; this slide makes that point. In other words: an information dump. And nobody …

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Getting your head around Design Thinking

Design Thinking is a bit of a trendy term these days.  It’s what they do at Toyota when designing a new high-end car (and hopefully not recalling it three years later). It’s what they do at IDEO when designing a fancy new product.  What is it and how can we apply it to learning design? Because really, design is design no matter what you’re doing.     What is Design …

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Finding the Drama: Adding Value to Source Content

We all know by now– hopefully! – that what makes for an engaging and interesting e-learning program is not screen after boring screen of text bullets.  But sometimes, this is just what you’re handed. Let’s say your Subject Matter Expert hands you a PowerPoint deck or Word document – there’s always a risk that you’ll simply regurgitate that source content. After all, you’re busy, you’ve got …

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Going Social - Let's Get This Party Started

Social learning is one of the current darlings of the L&D world, with everyone trying to jump on the social bandwagon; it’s like there’s a party going on and everyone wants to be in the kitchen. We’re on board with the bandwagon, as it’s really about finding ways for us to connect more naturally with others to share and gain knowledge and improve performance.  In a recent anonymous survey …

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Sharpen Your Axe

Have you ever worked closely with a subject matter expert (SME) who politely handed you a 112-slide PowerPoint deck and said that that was the content to include in your 20-minute course? Have you ever gasped in utter despair and not known what to do with all that content except create text bullet after endless text bullet? Well, we’re here to tell you that there’s hope for you. And it’s as …

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