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  • Tools for Instructional Investigation: Finding the Root Cause of Waste and Failure
    By Christopher Allen, MA, PMI-ACP, Product Manager “There’s no better learning technique than preparing to teach others.” Valid? Yes. Implications? This adage does presuppose that during preparation the instructor is working with the right information, uncovers the implied and important steps to getting it right, and masters the concepts well enough to build learning frameworks for...
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  • Meijer Retail Employee Training
    Meijer’s in-store lobster tanks provide this delicacy to its customers. Unfortunately, some lobsters are lost due to the nature of how they must be handled, as well as all of the necessities to keep the lobsters in good health. As the only “living product” sold in the grocery department, Meijer needed a training course committed to treating these animals with the dignity they deserve. By understa...
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  • About Allen Interactions
    The heart and soul of our company is building Meaningful, Memorable, and Motivational custom learning solutions for your learners. Our focus is developing performance-driven training events backed by the best instructional design. We target what your learners need to do and not just what they need to know. For more than 20 years we have been devoted to delivering custom learning services and inst...
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  • Wishes or Woes: Santa Knows How to Help
    Are your SME elves running amuck? Did the Grinch swoop in last minute to kibosh your work? Has Blitzen curbed your creativity? Santa Edwards and his elves feature submitted learning wishes and woes and provide helpful holiday advice—from a new learning strategy to spicing up your boring e-learning.
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  • Iterations: We Need More Design in Instructional Design [Ep. 8]
    In this episode of Iterations, Richard Sites and Angel Green continue the conversation from last week's blog - We Need More Design in Instructional Design. Join them as they participate in a spirited discussion about what instructional design is and why it is different from instructional materials development.
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  • Iterations: What Makes Award-Winning e-Learning
    In this episode of Iterations, Richard Sites and Angel Green discuss AutoNation's award-winning e-learning course and the CCAF Design Model consisting of Context, Challenge, Activity, and Feedback and how this approach created an effective learning environment for AutoNation's Sales Associates.
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  • Iterations: Savvy Start — Start with Performance, End with Performance
    Join Richard Sites, vice president and co-author of Leaving ADDIE for SAM and Angel Green senior instructional strategist as they discuss the benefits of a SAVVY Start, the learning project kickoff event in the Preparation Phase of SAM, the people involved, and how to create performance-changing learning experiences.
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  • 7 Steps to Improved e-Learning Challenges
    In this webinar, Ethan Edwards introduces 7 steps which provide a practical, graduated series of improvements you can immediately apply to your own designs using low- to intermediate-level tools. Follow these practical and achievable 7 steps to insert incremental improvements to standard question types and focus on techniques you can apply to any project.
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  • Iterations: Content Doesn't Make Learning
    In this episode of Iterations, Richard Sites, vice president of client services and co-author of Leaving ADDIE for SAM, and Angel Green, senior instructional strategist, discuss why learning experiences based on content are not adequate for the modern workplace. Join the discussion about knowing versus doing, why it is so prevalent, and its impact on your organization's training efforts.
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  • Talented performers often do that extra special something, do you know what it is?
    Do others try to emulate them? Even try? By Christopher Allen, MA, PMI-ACP, Product Manager These obvious questions so often go unanswered. So much depends on knowing, but how do we find out? Beyond asking the questions, what strategies and frameworks are successful in getting credible answers? And what would we do with the answers once found?
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  • Microlearning: Overcoming 4 Assumptions
    By Ellen Burns-Johnson, Instructional Designer / @EllenBJohnson  If we’re not focused on the right problems, we can’t be sure that microlearning is the right solution. The training industry’s interest in microlearning shows no signs of slowing. We’ve seen an enormous response to the ebook and blog posts we’ve shared on the topic, and an increasing number of clients are asking us to h...
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  • How Toyota Leveraged Six Technology and Process Keys to Improve Call Center KPIs
    Guest Blogger, Chris Johnson, Senior Curriculum Developer & Designer, Toyota Financial Services It was decided Toyota Financial Services was migrating all their staff to a new customer relationship management platform. The goal? Dramatically improve the customer’s experience when interacting with Toyota Financial Services (TFS). The approach: create an innovative, effective blended l...
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  • Allen Interactions eLearning Demo Reel
    Experience the difference with a sneak peek at Allen Interactions' portfolio of work from elearning to mobile learning across a variety of industries and content needs.
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  • 5 Instructional Design Insights from The Marshmallow Test: Part I
    By Edmond Manning, Senior Instructional Strategist My favorite analysis question to ask clients is: “What if your target audience already understands how to perform the behavior you’ve outlined, but just doesn’t feel like doing it?” Very often, I receive a blank stare with a standard answer. “They have to do it. It’s their job.” I never get to say what I’m thinking, “Well then, why ...
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  • Three Essential Design Elements for Effective eLearning Gamification
    By Carrie Zens, Director of Marketing / @carriezens  I am continually mesmerized by the crazy, fast-paced evolution of technology. There are oodles of apps for educational, informational, productivity, and recreational use available on our mobile devices. And lots of games. Games, games, games.
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  • eLearning Design: Assess? When? How?
    By Michael Allen, Chairman & CEO, Allen Interactions  eLearning can’t do everything. It can’t detect frustration by observing facial expressions and body language (yet). It doesn’t know if a learner is just throwing out any answer to see what feedback happens or if a learner is sincerely thinking the answer is correct. Today, elearning is pretty much blind to many of the cues a person...
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  • Slides & Webcast: Six Simple eLearning Success Strategies
    As instructional designers, we know the difference between presenting information and providing learning experiences. But we must often get the support of others for doing more, and that’s not always easy. Sometimes eyes glaze over as we attempt to explain all the steps necessary in creating effective instruction and getting adequate funding. So we want to be sure we aren’t making thin...
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  • Why is Good eLearning So Rare?
    By Michael Allen, Chairman & CEO, Allen Interactions  One might ask a broader question, just for perspective: Why is good training so rare? Indeed, all of us have been in programs where we wished the clock on the wall would tick faster. We’ve tried to stay focused. Tried to stay awake. But annoyance and thoughts of how great it will be when the class is over become all we can think ab...
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  • The Ethics of Instructional Design
    By Edmond Manning, Senior Instructional Strategist With so many fascinating topics in our world of learning design (mobile learning! MOOCs! Gamification!) we forget to discuss the sticky, ambiguous issues at the core of our world, topics that don’t have easy answers or a body of research for us to invoke.
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  • Mall of America and LMS - Part II
    Ethan Edwards compares similarities between the Mall of America structure and an LMS and discusses the priorities of selecting an LMS over learner-focused content and an overall pleasing learner experience with accessing and taking elearning/training.

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