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UX challenges you’re likely to encounter with gamification

As learning development trail blazers, we are always looking to what’s hot in learning. And gamification has been hot for a few years now. But, it’s not exclusive to the learning and development industry and we are firm believers that inspiration abounds when you turn your eyes outside your own four for walls.

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3 principles of instructional design

It can be tempting to add a lot of shiny, new technology to your elearning courses. More important, though, is to maintain a balance and avoid the trap of “clicky-clicky bling-bling.” This and other instructional design principles are discussed in our blog post.

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Learner power – look before you leap!

For a while now there has been ‘chat’ about social learning as an approach to workplace L&D. There’s also a suspicion that woven into this catchphrase was some expectation around social platforms, social media and the like - and perhaps an unspoken assumption that it offers a cheap solution to the training challenge. But what do we really …

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Power to the learner: social learning in action

One thing we spotted in the interviews for this year’s Learning Insights report was a shift in the way we’re all talking about social learning. No longer a buzzword, it’s now understood – and desired - that our learners will naturally learn from each other. And that we can help that happen. Last year we published Social Learning: How it works …

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Visual design trends for 2018: top 5 takeaways for learning

Visuals don’t just add intrigue and excitement to learning, they also serve a valuable role in terms of memory and retention of content, as well as aiding navigation. Designers use layouts, typography and font changes to emphasis key points and draw out important messages. By demonstrating the hierarchy of content, visuals can be used to create a …

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3 new year L&D resolutions: making 2018 your best year yet

Is there anything better than the new year? There’s something slightly exhilarating about the proverbial clean slate (and actual blank calendar) with which you get to kick the year off. If you’re determined to make 2018 a huge hit professionally, take a look at 3 resolutions we think are perfect for any L&D pro looking to up their game.

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How your legacy elearning content can survive the Flash apocalypse

Back in 2005, when the Scissor Sisters were riding high in the album charts, Shrek 2 was packing out cinemas and Hurricane Katrina was wreaking havoc on America’s Gulf Coast, Flash software was installed on 98% of computers. Fast forward to 2017 and the once-pioneering technology responsible for powering multimedia content is soon to be no more.

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3 critical must do’s for a modern L&D department

Tools like xAPI have completely changed the elearning industry on its head. Where course developers and designers were once limited to the confines of their existing LMS and sparse reporting, they can now utilize tools to access learning from almost anywhere and drill deep into performance results.

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3 ways to implement xAPI in your elearning courses

For many L&D professionals, keeping up with the technology curve is half the fun. Since 2011, we’ve been hearing about Tin Can, now know as the Experience API, or xAPI. No longer just a shiny new object that everyone just scratches their head about, we’re starting to see actual use cases and implementations that show this technology is on the rise.

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