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.

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21st Century Skills in eLearning

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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. Instructional Design 21st Century Skills associations collaboration communication creativity Critical Thinking elearning LMS

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

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. I can also review my own work with a more critical eye and see where I could have improved a step of the process to make a better, more educational experience for my learners.

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Tips for Taking a Tech-Fueled Approach to Nonprofit Training

DNL OmniMedia

Beyond engaging visuals and examples, however, you can also increase interactivity with hands-on activities such as audio review, sliders and dials, sorting and labeling, and more. Amy started with Artisan as a contract writer/instructional designer.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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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. One of the most important measurement tools for nonprofits is the spreadsheet. In this post, Mashable reviews five free awesome social media spreadsheets. Training Design

5 Essential CME LMS Features for Your Healthcare Association

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These reports need to include: Information about specific activities, including the date of accredited activities, hours of instruction, type of activity, learners that completed the activity, and much more. Responsive design.

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

Beth Kanter

These include a review of the year’s accomplishments and two techniques that help you focus on your goals: Peter Bregman’s theme for the year , and Chris Brogan’s “ My Three Words.” I also throughout the month of January review my work routines and systems and redesign or tweak to improve productivity. Year in Review. In addition, I presented a webinar on training design and facilitated a session on nonprofit technology training design at NTC.

Trainer’s Notebook: Integrating Thinking and Feedback Activities

Beth Kanter

As a trainer and subject matter expert, I fight a big battle when designing a workshop. Balancing the amount of content delivery with exercises and right sizing given the available time for the workshop. While I did a pretty thorough participant assessment survey before finalizing the content, the instructional design and creating materials, I always like to get a group understanding of the learning goals and get people ready to learn. Training Design

3 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofits That Can Boost Professional Success

Beth Kanter

But before jumping into the daily grind, during the first week of January I use the quiet time to engage in several New Year’s rituals that help me prepare for the year ahead and identify professional growth areas. My rituals include: 1) Review the Year: For as long as I can remember, I have kept an annual professional journal, using a variation of bullet journal technique. I also use it as a year in review tool. Year in Review.

Free Webinar: Sharing Trainer's Social Media Bag of Tricks and Secrets

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

And then immediately create instructional materials and trainings for the community. Later, as I developed workshops and content for strategic technology planning , I became obsessed with learning about technology professional development for nonprofits and designing effective trainings. For almost six years, she has been integrating social media tools and tricks into her instructional practice. How to think like a social instructional designer.

Happy, Healthy 2016: What’s Your Theme for the Year?

Beth Kanter

These include a review of the year’s accomplishments and focus setting: Peter Bregman’s theme for the year , and Chris Brogan’s “ My Three Words .” This year, I’m adding a technique from Gretchen Rubin, author of the Happiness Project to establish and track good habits on a monthly basis. During January, I review my work routines, systems, and rituals to redesign or tweak them to improve productivity. Rituals and routines have many benefits for your personal effectiveness.

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How to Build an Online Learning Program with a Limited Budget

WBT Systems

However, you don’t have the budget to hire instructional designers to develop courses. Market research will help you design online learning programs as well as other educational content (conference, publications and webinars) that will appeal to your target audiences—individuals and their employers. With the learning pathway approach, you don’t have to design a full-blown course. In addition to reviewing analytics, gather feedback from learners.

How To Make A Back Channel Light Up Like Clark Griswald's House

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

And, in looking over the evaluations and reviews , I think the participants did too. I've been experimenting with integrating social media into instruction for the past five years, so the webinar was a great opportunity to reflect on practice. I covered these three topics: Why: Social media integrated into instruction - Pass or Fail? What: The art of social instructional design. I think you can design around it. Social Instructional Design.

LMS, LCMS, Content Authoring: Exploring eLearning Tools

WBT Systems

There are a multitude of different tools available to instructional designers and eLearning developers, and it is important to consider which tools will help you to achieve the desired learning objectives and outcomes for your courses. Joe Ganci writes the Toolkit column for Learning Solutions Magazine , which reviews all the different tools available for creating eLearning content.

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9 Ways to Increase Online Student Engagement

WBT Systems

Instructors should review course requirements, provide estimates for the amount of time students should spend each week on coursework, and go over course materials. A good introductory video could also serve as a promotional trailer, like this one from another Coursera MOOC, Modern & Contemporary American Poetry —a course we’ve discussed before on this blog because of its creative and effective instructional design. #2 2 – Frequently review learning outcomes.

How to Develop Really Good LMS Requirements

WBT Systems

You need to pinpoint what you need on the instructional, administrative and technical side of the LMS and what learners need on their side. Review any business processes involving your LMS and learner data and plan to improve: Processes involving manual or redundant data entry, and workarounds. Workflow is a tough issue to talk about because it’s personal, but you need to review it.

How to Get Useful Student Feedback on Online Courses

WBT Systems

Good feedback gives you the data you need to improve courses yourself and to make a case for hiring professional instructional designers to develop courses. Let students know their feedback is reviewed and acted upon if appropriate. Besides learning how to improve course design and delivery, post-course evaluations also help you collect testimonials for online course marketing.

The Secret To Social Media Engagement: Kiss A Squirrel!

Beth Kanter

I’m preparing for a webinar and with any training I begin the instructional design with surveying participants to understand their level, learning goals, and attitudes about the subject matter. One thing you will also notice when you review the Upworthy deck is that they also use measurement to improve their content and engagement. “I kissed a squirrel & I liked it” #ReplaceGirlWithSquirrelInASong. Billboard (@billboard) April 4, 2014.

Trainer’s Notebook: Just A Few Participatory Facilitation Techniques

Beth Kanter

I answered yes to all, but more importantly I think these two methods helped me the most: Carve out time for reflection after each training and do an after-action review with yourself. Many of us do this and take content notes, but it is also great to take notes about instructional design and facilitation techniques. As the facilitator, you have give clear instructions to people and keep time. … Read More Capacity Tips Tools and Tactics Training Design

How to Prepare a Business Case for a New LMS

WBT Systems

Maybe it wasn’t designed for associations in the first place. Integration: instructional design, workflow, and data problems. Seek recommendations from association peers in online forums and LMS review sites. Do you feel like giving your learning platform a heave-ho out the door? But you can’t, not yet anyways. As dysfunctional and frustrating as that old learning management system (LMS) is, your association still relies upon it.

E-Mediat: Reflections from the Conference in Fez, Morocco

Beth Kanter

The conference in Morocco was a “tri-lingual event” and was translated into French, English, and Arabic, although the content and instructional design were identical to the event in Jordan. The project kicked off a year ago with a seven-day Train the Trainers intensive in Beirut, Lebanon for the in-country teams who would localize and implement the curriculum for five 3-day workshops that I designed. Design for Flexibility. Group Photo with Certificates.

Social Media Trainings: How do you use pre-workshop data about your participants effectively to shape effective instruction?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I have a chance to reflect now on the data I've collected and think about the instructional design. I'm doing the workshop twice and I toyed with the idea of actually doing two totally different sessions, but I do not have an equal split - and I think there is value to having mixed levels in the group - if, you as the instructor, can make sure there is differential instruction.

Peer Learning As A Prelude to Collective Action for Social Change: Reflection

Beth Kanter

As part of my work plan as Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, I have the pleasure of working with networks of grantees to design and facilitate peer learning exchanges on networked nonprofit practices and using social media effectively over the past five years. One of the networks I’ve been supporting for three years is Friending the Finish Line strategy. This week was the third face-to-face meeting I’ve helped design and facilitate.

10 Best Practices for Planning Successful Crowd Funding or Giving Day Campaigns

Beth Kanter

The next day, I facilitated a workshop on Best Practices for Crowd Funding that blended traditional instruction with innovation lab facilitation techniques. This post shares the content and I’ll share a post about the instructional design in a second post. Review it together in a meeting and summarize into a series of ”do, improve (say how), don’t do”.

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