What If Your Association Can’t Afford an Instructional Designer?

WBT Systems

Now, the bad news: you didn’t get the budget to hire a professional to design and develop the course. What are your options if your association can’t afford an instructional designer? You won’t necessarily save money in the long-run by handling instructional design yourself. It’s not always cheaper when you factor in how much time it takes staff to do what professional instructional designers can do much faster.

10 Benefits of Outsourcing Instructional Design for eLearning Programs

WBT Systems

Yet, many associations continue to have staff and volunteer subject matter experts (SMEs) design and develop online learning programs because that’s been the default mode of operation. To provide a more engaging and effective learning experience for your online students, consider outsourcing instructional design. What Instructional Designers Do. 10 Reasons for Outsourcing Instructional Design. Curriculum design. Instructional practices.

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Working with an Instructional Designer: How to Prepare for Success

WBT Systems

Developing a new online course with the help of an instructional designer is an exciting prospect for an association. You’re investing time and money into a relationship with an educational partner who’s skilled at designing engaging and effective learning experiences. You’ll get the best results from this partnership if you know how to best prepare for working with an instructional designer. Clarify the instructional designer’s scope of work.

How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

Beth Kanter

I’ll be sharing my best tips and secrets for designing and delivering training for nonprofit professionals that get results. And, if you are attending NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology in March, join me, John Kenyon, Andrea Barry, and Cindy Leonard for a session on designing effective technology training. All of my work these days is focused on designing and delivering effective training for nonprofits -primarily on the topics of social media, strategy, networks, and measurement.

Transitioning from SCORM to xAPI

Web Courseworks

Although I don’t expect instructional designers to leap from their desk chairs and start dancing in glee, the Department of Defense’s statement is an important symbol of change in the industry. Instructional Design associations elearning instructional design SCORM xAPI

FocusOn Learning 2017: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Make Presentations Educational

Web Courseworks

In conferences, there’s definitely a sense of comradery: you’re an instructional designer? Instructional Design Managing eLearning Assocations collaboration conferences development process elearning game based learning instructional design SME Technology Web CourseworksIt’s a rainy, cool day in Madison, and I find myself wishing I were back in sunny San Diego. I was there last week for the eLearning Guild’s FocusOn Learning 2017 conference.

You Decide! Interactivity in New Media

Web Courseworks

Learners are engaged with the media that surrounds them, and it wouldn’t hurt instructional designers to take a few tips on how to create engaging content. Luckily for instructional designers, the field seems to be in step with the implementation of branching scenarios in other sorts of media. I recently wrote about my experiences presenting at FocusOn Learning 2017 (you can read about them here ).

21st Century Skills and eLearning

Web Courseworks

The answer may seem obvious, but that’s not readily apparent in the eLearning we design. For example, instructional designers need to work with programmers, graphic artists, subject matter experts, and data scientists to develop effective eLearning curricula. Our design choices reflect our values. Managing eLearning Blog 21st Century Skills associations critical thinking elearning instructional design LMS

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 204: Change Burnout vs. Change Management

sgEngage

Over the past year and several months, change has been one of the few constants you can count on. Of course, change always happens eventually, but recently, everyone has been in a period of greater amounts of change than usual – and people are beginning to get fatigued.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 195: Fundraising vs. Raising Money

sgEngage

Listen in to today’s episode to hear Melissa Rancour, principal instructional designer for Blackbaud University, talk about what social good organizations can do to get others invested and talking about their cause, the effect this has on donor retention, and how it can reduce donor remorse.

Salesforce Last Mile Training Director in the USA or Canada

Cloud 4 Good

The LMT Director will design, develop, and implement Salesforce training curricula for Cloud For Good’s ambitious Salesforce apprenticeship program (name TBD) and lead training delivery for new and recent graduates seeking to launch Salesforce careers. Instructional design, curriculum development, and teaching experience is a plus . Knowledge of instructional design best practices such as evidence based online delivery models (e.g.,

Symphony Technology Group Acquires CommPartners, a Leading SaaS Provider  of Learning Management System Software and Virtual Events  

Cadmium CD

This fourth acquisition brings STG one step closer to simplifying the production of events while maximizing the value of online learning with a single, flexible platform designed to capture the chemistry of people, ideas, and knowledge. “We

Symphony Technology Group Acquires CommPartners, a Leading SaaS Provider  of Learning Management System Software and Virtual Events  

Cadmium CD

This fourth acquisition brings STG one step closer to simplifying the production of events while maximizing the value of online learning with a single, flexible platform designed to capture the chemistry of people, ideas, and knowledge.

BYOD: Building Branching Scenarios

Web Courseworks

Introducing people to new instructional design concepts is very important, but providing people with the tools and skills necessary to bring those ideas to life is just as important. Don’t you hate when you get out of a conference session feeling all pumped about an idea, but by the time you get back to your workplace you realize that you have no idea how to do the thing you were so excited about? Me too!

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 163: Prepping for a Virtual Audit

Connection Cafe

It’s hard to believe that we’re already well into September and it’s time to start thinking about year-end audits. This year, many social good organizations will be having virtual audits, and now is the time to learn about how best to prep for them.

Tips for Taking a Tech-Fueled Approach to Nonprofit Training

DNL OmniMedia

An e-learning content development expert will bring knowledge of both instructional design and e-learning best practices to the table, creating courses that help your learners do their jobs better. Amy started with Artisan as a contract writer/instructional designer.

Nonprofit Technology Training: Book List

Beth Kanter

” I’ll co-teaching the session with colleagues Andrea Berry, John Kenyon, and Cindy Leonard. The session will cover what to do before, during, and after leading an effective technology training and provide lots of practical tips that will help you design fun, interactive, and highly effective technology training workshops. I love all aspects instructional design and facilitation , but being a good trainer also means being a good content curator and resource librarian.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 132: Creating an Email Welcome Series

Connection Cafe

In today’s interview with sgENGAGE Podcast veteran and Blackbaud University instructional designer Jocelyn Wright, you’ll learn more about why a welcome series is important, why they are valuable even in an email overload world, and what the best practices are for developing an email welcome series.

How To Be A Wizard at Tech Training: NTC 2016 Session

Beth Kanter

Our session will change the way you design and deliver technology trainings. Whether you are facilitating a session with your board, staff, or hundreds of folks in a room, you’ll find ways to design instructional content that interests, engages, and inspires action. It has been a pleasure to co-design this session with knowledgeable and smart colleagues who are as obsessed with instructional design and interactive exercises as I am. Design Labs.

3 Strategies for Effective Nonprofit E-Learning

The Nerdy NonProfit

You design courses that specifically target what the learner needs. Design a course that targets that change. For the work-from-home example, this could be a simulation that walks through how to design the perfect home workspace.

Learning Retention Rates

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Reminds of something I read today about learning design and games. It came from Richard Van Eck's presentation "An Instructional Designer Looks at Digital Game-Based Learning." Learning Retention Rates Originally uploaded by Eric Rice. On pages 20-22 of the mega huge powerpoint bullet points [link] Was Gagne's Nine Events and how games embody them.

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How Nonprofit Staff Training Is Evolving Due to COVID-19

Top Nonprofits

Adjustments to Course Design and Development. Custom-designed, relatable courses. Creative, engaging design decisions. In this scenario, you’ll want to make creative and engaging design decisions to keep her attention.

Trainer’s Notebook: The Feng Shui of Good Teaching and Learning

Beth Kanter

All of my work these days is focused on designing and delivering effective training for nonprofits -primarily on the topics of social media, strategy, networks, and measurement. So, expect to see regular reflections on good instructional design and delivery for any topic, but especially technology related. I designed and facilitated a peer learning workshop at SXSW last week. How does the room set up support or fight your instructional design?

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Flexible Space: The Secret To Designing Powerful Training

Beth Kanter

I’ll be sharing my best tips and secrets for designing and delivering training for nonprofit professionals that get results. And, if you are attending NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology in March, join me, John Kenyon, Andrea Barry, and Cindy Leonard for a session on designing effective technology training. So, expect to see regular reflections on good instructional design and delivery for any topic, but especially technology related.

What Does an eLearning Consultant Do? The Complete Guide

Web Courseworks Associations

From investing in upgraded LMS technology to creating a learning business plan to instructional design, each task involves a specific skill set that the average association professional may not have.

The importance of professional development in the nonprofit sector

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Leslie Beecher , Instructional Designer. Over the past four years, I have worked as an instructional designer in the for-profit education world and am excited to have transitioned into the nonprofit sector. I was able to develop dynamic, innovative, and knowledgeable courses using e-learning tools such as Articulate, Camtasia, Microsoft Office, and worked with graphic artist to develop custom interactive multimedia instruction (IMI).

10 Types of eLearning Assessments for Your Courses

Web Courseworks Associations

Measuring this change has benefits for both your members and your learning business alike: For your learning business, understanding this change gives you insight into both the knowledge of your members and the efficacy of your courses to instruct them.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 98: The State of Social Media in 2019

Connection Cafe

Today Jocelyn Wright, Instructional Designer and Jenny Toledo, Instructor at Blackbaud University, join your host Roz Lemieux, Director of Blackbaud Labs, to talk about some of the highlights from the M+R Benchmarks Report and what they mean for your organization. Everyone knows that social media has a massive impact on today’s culture, so how can social good organizations effectively leverage it to engage supporters?

Reflections on a Decade of Designing and Facilitating Interactive Webinars

Beth Kanter

It has been over 10 years since I designed and delivered my first workshop/webinar on, “ Designing Effective Technology Training Workshops for Nonprofits ” with NTEN. Because webinars were a new medium to trainers back then, I used Richard Mayer’s research on multi-media learning based on understanding how the brain works and the ability to pay attention to guide the instructional design. Learning Training Design

Six Tips for Evaluating Your Nonprofit Training Session

Beth Kanter

I’m co-facilitating a session on Nonprofit Training Design and Delivery with colleagues John Kenyon, Andrea Berry, and Cindy Leonard at the NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference on Friday March 14th at 10:30 am! Our session will share lots of great advice about what to do before , during , and after leading an effective technology training. Using the ADDIE for designing your workshop, you arrive at the “E” or evaluation. Training Design

Debunking Learning Myths: 12 Facts About Adult Learning

WBT Systems

You don’t have to worry about identifying each person’s learning style and tailoring your instruction to that style. Now, you can concentrate on all the other factors that go into effective instructional design. If you allow this myth to influence educational design, you hinder rather than help learning. #4 If you make your living in the lifelong learning business, you don’t want to rely on obsolete information to do your job.

The State of Association E-Learning: Cloudy with a Chance of Sunshine

WBT Systems

Design and measure the association e-learning experience. Tagoras asks: Do you have a good understanding of adult learning principles and instructional design? If you’re not sure, consider hiring professional instructional designers—only 59% of survey participants do. They’re the high performers—the associations that describe their e-learning programs as successful are more likely to use instructional designers, 77% versus 59%.

Buying a LMS? Acronyms You Must Know (Part 2)

Gyrus

LCMS- Learning Content Management System: A Software providing multi-user environment where authors, trainers, instructional designers, etc. In our last blog “Buying a LMS? Acronyms You Must Know (Part 1), we explained 15 acronyms related to Learning and Development Industry and we continue to explain the next set of acronyms through this blog.

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Social Media Measurement and Learning Analytics: How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Count the Ways

Beth Kanter

I tested out the five phases of falling in love with measurement. Given the topic was measurement, I couldn’t help but go a little meta and play with incorporating learning analytics into the instruction. This blog post shares some insights about those two somewhat disconnected ideas. Training DesignI Love Social Media Measurement. View more presentations from Beth Kanter.

Webinars: Designing Effective Learning Experiences

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The content is important, but it is only half of the instructional design task. It has been over six years since I designed and delivered my first webinar/conference call, “ Designing Effective Technology Training Workshops for Nonprofits &# with NTEN. Because webinars were a new medium to trainers, I used Richard Mayer’s research on multi-media learning based on understanding how the brain works and the ability to pay attention to guide the instructional design.

2018 eLearning Predictions: Updated Hype Curve

Web Courseworks

It’s still in the realm of custom content development – not something you can assign to your staff instructional designers – but it’s cheaper to do. Finally, you might discover that your learning technology isn’t designed to support the subscription model – it kind of forces you into the on-demand model. This is our most popular Managing eLearning post every year, and by now we know you want to see the hype curve first.

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Designing Transformative Communications Capacity Building Programs for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

We asked participants to do a “think and write” and jot down one idea that resonated before facilitating a grand synthesis of what we learned about designing more impactful capacity building programs for grantees. You can read my guest post over the Communications Network Blog that summarizes these insights. Training Design

Coaching in your Learning and Development Program

Gyrus

Instructional designers have been trying for years to come up with the perfect teachings for organizational entities, with learnings ranging from electronic, social, micro, mobile, instructor-led, and blended. Be sure not to stop there, coaching involves so much more than instruction towards a positive outcome. The Role of Coaching in your Learning and Development Program.

Successful E-Learning – A Roadmap

Gyrus

Understanding the foundation of what makes the instructional design so effective, can go a long way in transitioning some of your organizational learnings over to a digital medium. The benefit of starting from a long time instruction-led situation is that these same instructors know your target demographic, what works for them, and what seems to get swept under the rug. Successful E-Learning – A Roadmap.

The Concept of Microlearning

Gyrus

Microlearning is not designed to be the end all be all form of learning that people may wish for it to be. Are you yourself as an instructional designer capable of ripping out the fluff and unnecessary components in order to optimize the microlearning? The Concept of Microlearning. At Gyrus, we believe it is our duty to identify, discuss, and communicate our thoughts on upcoming industry trends.

Mobile Learning – Is it Finally Viable?

Gyrus

Instead, effective content is and must be designed specifically for use on our handheld devices and tablets. More and more instructional designers and content providers are specializing in this medium and as the technology around them gets better Mobile Learning itself will continue to improve. Mobile Learning – Is it Finally Viable? Mobile Learning has been a cool shining beacon in the learning industry for quite a while now.

The Disruptive Approach to the Learning Industry

Gyrus

It seems that Training personnel are always focused on new and innovative teachings, and designers are obsessed with developing an open platform that can accommodate all these visionary changes that we as learning professionals would wish to implement. Gamification, while incredible and entirely visionary for the field of learning is not built out as much as designers and training administrators would like. The Disruptive Approach to the Learning Industry.

Happy New Year: What’s Your Theme for the Year?

Beth Kanter

Facilitator for Learning Network: Most of my work is designing and delivering capacity building projects for nonprofits literally all over the world and here in the US. In addition, I presented a webinar on training design and facilitated a session on nonprofit technology training design at NTC. I wrote many posts on instructional design for nonprofit training , including this wrap up post from our NTEN NTC session on teaching and learning for nonprofits.