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Let’s Talk About SMEs

Let’s talk about SMEs baby, let’s talk about you and me, let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that maybe.

We hope that you will pardon our parody of the iconic hip-hop trio Salt-N-Pepa, but in our time of social distancing, we have a ton of time to rediscover music we love and it made for as catchy of a title as it did a tune. But now on to the point of our post:

The Times Are Changing. Why Hasn’t Your Learning Team?

The changing nature of work continues to evolve at an ever rapid pace. If you are a learning leader or a senior business leader you know this as more than most people. So why are the roles in L&D not evolving just as fast? Looking around we still see an awful of instructional designers, facilitators, and LMS administrators, however, we begin to shift the focus to the future of work and to how learners want to learn, we see the opportunity for many new roles and skill needs.

Corporate Jargon

Do Learners Dream in Corporate Jargon?

We have spent a lot of time talking about changing the way in which we, as digital learning designers and digital learning developers, can change the way in which we build digital learning products. We declared eLearning dead, discussed creating unifying design principles (while speaking Dothraki and Klingon), took a page from the playbook of iconic brands, and talked about some patterns that are worth repeating—but now we want to turn our attention to one of our favorite topics: Content.

Some Patterns You Want to Repeat

In the world before Minecraft, we had Tinkertoys, Legos, or even Lincoln Logs. They were building blocks we could use to build a castle, spaceship, or house. The parts all fit into a specific pattern or function; once you knew how each part fit in relation to the others, the sky was the limit.

Iconic Brands Do It and So Learning Organizations

Design in the foundation of a truly great digital product. Whether it is an app on the Apple App Store, Netflix, or Amazon—every great digital experience starts with design. Yet when it comes to creating digital learning products, designers tend to focus on the didactic design and, to a lesser degree, the visual design of the learning experience.

eLearning is dead. Now that we agree, where are our standards for developing digital learning?

As learning designers, can we all agree that eLearning is dead? I’m not trying to be controversial, but eLearning conjures notions of bad PowerPoint-like courses (no offense PowerPoint, we still love you, but only when appropriate). You know the ones we’re talking about—the courses where your mouse hovers over the “next” button in anticipation of when you can advance to the next slide. It’s the courses with the excruciatingly slow voiceover, the click-until-you-get-it-right knowledge check, and the grand-finale quiz that serves as our shining beacon that this experience will eventually end. So, we feverishly click “next” through slide after slide, just to end the experience.

Swipe Left, Swipe Right: Making the Connection with Your Learners in a Digital World

Today, we are going to jump back into the topic of digital habits. In our first post on this topic we discussed how we can use our target audiences digital habits and meet them where they already are. AKA using their already learned and formed digital habits to educate, inspire and inform. If our learners are connected to their mobile devices 24/7 we have to use that to our advantage! However, today we are going to take it one step further and discuss the six-letter word that has taken the marketing world by storm, content, but more importantly we are going to discuss how to structure your content so your learner engages with it!

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