Can we use training to motivate?

Can training motivate?

Is low motivation a problem on its own, or is it caused by something else? Can training help, or is it a waste of time? Here are some ideas to consider, along with an update to the flowchart from the previous post. Read more.

Is training really the answer? Ask the flowchart.

Is training really the answer?

Is training really the best solution to a problem? Often, no. Here’s a flowchart that will help you identify what will really work, whether it’s a job aid, a workflow improvement, training, or something else. Read more.

What to do if they just want “awareness”

What to do if they just want awareness

“We just need everyone to be aware of the policy,” your client says. In response, you could obediently crank out a 97-slide information dump — or you could ask a few powerful questions. Read more.

How action mapping can change your design process

action mapping for instructional design

Happy action mapping users say that the model helps them create lively elearning. But would it fit into your design workflow? Here’s a look at the process from start to finish. Read more

Highlights from the Learning Technologies conference


Last week, I presented on action mapping at the lively and thought-provoking Learning Technologies conference in London. It was great to meet and share ideas with passionate advocates and critics of elearning. Thank you, Don Taylor and the hard-working conference team, for bringing us all together! As some readers requested, here are the main points […]

How to design elearning that’s memorable and budget-friendly


Need to make an impact on a budget? You might find some ideas in this presentation. It shows five decisions you can make that will help you save money and create more memorable elearning. It’s split into five short videos for easy idea-snacking and to meet the restrictions of YouTube. Highlights include a matrix that […]

The big mistake in elearning

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

Why you want to use scenarios in your elearning

Why use scenarios?

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

How to steer your client away from an information dump


For a quick overview of the Action Mapping process described in this interaction, see Be an elearning action hero. For in-depth help with applying this process to your own materials, check out the Elearning Blueprint. How I designed and built the scenario Some people avoid creating branching scenarios because they seem too complex. In case […]

Be an elearning action hero!

Action mapping

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