What do they need to do?

What do they need to do? What do they need to do?

Make sure they can use the information

Make sure they can use the information Make sure they can use the information

Design experiences, not information

Design experiences, not information Design experiences, not information

Latest posts

Factory worker

How to kick off a project and avoid an info dump

Do you feel like you’re an assembly line worker in a course factory, expected to crank out training on demand? Break free of the assembly line with a strong kickoff meeting that puts you in charge. Learn more.

Webinar tips

Tips for webinars or virtual training

“What tips do you have for giving webinars?” People have asked this a lot lately, so here’s my opinionated answer. Learn more.

How to create a goal

How to create a training goal in 2 quick steps

A measurable business goal is a great way to focus your training and show how your work helps your organization. Here’s how to create one. Learn more.

4 ideas you should steal from interactive fiction

4 ideas you should steal from interactive fiction

Here are a few fun stories from the wild world of interactive fiction. Try them out to see cool techniques you can steal for your training scenarios. Read more.

Surprising uses for scenarios

12 cool ways to use scenarios

Decision-making scenarios aren’t just for elearning. Here are 12 ideas for other ways you can use branched scenarios to help people practice solving problems. Learn more.

Throw them in the deep end!

Throw them in the deep end! (but keep a life preserver handy)

What happens if you let learners try to figure it out themselves first, and only then teach them? They could learn much more deeply, according to several studies. Learn more.

You want me to listen to a talking frog?

“Learning should be fun!” But what’s “fun?”

Do haunted castles or wise wizards really make learning “fun?” Research suggests that developing mastery is what’s really fun. Learn more.

Instructional design

Action mapping

Be an elearning action hero!

This quick, visual approach to instructional design helps you change what people do, not just what they know. It keeps your team members focused on a measurable business goal, and it can keep stakeholders from adding extraneous information. Read more

Big mistake in elearning

The big mistake in elearning

Why is so much elearning so boring? Because we’re obsessed with designing information when instead we should be designing experiences. We need to focus on what people need to do, not what they need to know. Read more

nigel

The anti-course: An instructional job aid

Here’s a short video that shows how we can break our addiction to the course and move training closer to the job. It shows how we can use an instructional reference to help people learn by doing at work. Read more

Scenario design

Branching scenario

Elearning example: Branching scenario

You’re a US Army sergeant in Afghanistan. Can you help a young lieutenant make a good impression on a Pashtun leader? That’s the challenge behind “Connect with Haji Kamal,” a thought-provoking branching scenario. Try the activity and learn how it was designed. Read more

Screenshot of Twine flowchart view

Sample branching scenario + cool tool

Branching scenarios can be a pain to design. Happily, you can use a simple tool called Twine to easily draft the scenario and produce it. In this post we’ll look at a scenario that I wrote to demonstrate Twine’s basic features and to make a point about teaching through stories. Read more

Why use scenarios?

Why you want to use scenarios in your elearning

Imagine that you’re in a competition to overhaul an information-heavy course so it creates a real change in the world. What changes would you make? Check out this story-based presentation to see what one fictional company did. Read more

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