Templates for good

Clark Quinn

In terms of the various ways in which we can support the gaps in our cognition, one of the terms is ‘templates’ And it’s worth discussing what a template is, and considering them at a variety of levels. I want to suggest we should have templates for good. What is a template? Why use templates? With them, it’s easier to do design. How does that change for learning? But we can have templates at higher levels, too.

Mythless Learning Design

Clark Quinn

If I’m going to rail against myths in learning, it makes sense to be clear about what learning design without myths looks like. Let me lay out a little of what mythless learning design is, or should be. Quiz show templates for knowledge test questions because they’re more engaging. Instead, mythless design starts with focusing on performance. Then, it’s about designing meaningful practice in making those decisions. design

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eLearning Templates – 20 Resources

Tony Karrer

Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts come through eLearning Learning that provide eLearning templates or toolkits or other kinds of interesting resources.

Real learning – let’s not confuse it with completing templated exercises

Charles Jennings

Learning professionals spend a significant amount of their time (maybe even the majority) designing and delivering content and then evaluating completions and short-term memory outputs from structured mandatory and compliance training modules and courses.

Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 5

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I created a page called 'Course Newsletter' and it publishes to course_newsletter.htm For templates I'm using page_header and page_footer. Again, normally I would use a specialized email template to fix this. Nothing changed. What would change that?

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 3

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In doing this I realized that I needed to change how I had defined to Module table in gRSShopper. I tried making 'description' a plain text box, which worked, but did nothing to change the way 'synopsis' is displayed. It has the out-of-the-box gRSShopper template and contents.

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Are Instructional Designers Making Themselves Irrelevant?


So what does that mean for the poor instructional designer when over 70% of the learning they create delivers poor customer experiences? The easy thing for an instructional designer to do is to rely on simple instinct and maintain the status quo. The problem is that expectations, both from learners and business stakeholders, have changed dramatically. Being static means being stale, and for instructional designers, stale content is the fastest road to irrelevancy.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 1

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

For example, instead of creating a course simply by filling in boxes in predefined forms, I can think about the structure and format ahead of time and design it exactly how I want. This XML schema is a good starting point (remember, I can always add or change elements later if I want).

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 8

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Of course we've done that with the Your Feeds page, but that page is designed for humans. I could use boxes or templates, but I decided to just bake them right into the page, since I'll only ever have one OPML page. I've changed that from ISO-8859-1 to UTF-8.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 7

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A simple HTML page that will load the actual 'submit feed' form into an iFrame - this makes it a lot easier to keep this page up to date with template changes 2. which are created once and might never change).

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3 reasons to change your learning content management strategy now


High Impact Learning Organizations like Capgemini Academy are investing in state-of-the-art learning content management systems, like Xyleme, to keep pace with the drivers of change. It improves the speed of design and the amount of reuse," May indicated. Going further, designers and trainers weren''t able to isolate the translated versions. Have legacy systems handcuffed your enterprise?

All Social is Learning | Organizational Knowledge Design

Martijn Linssen

So the world is changing. The feedback we receive from the tire that needs changing at night in the rain is powerful, but nothing compared to the feedback we receive around a dinner table or during a seminar Q&A. Learning Management Suite RFP Template | Catadoc.com - [.]

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New (Free) E-Book: Leading Systems Change Will Supercharge Your Facilitation Skills

Beth Kanter

My colleagues, Heather McLeod Grant and Adene Sacks, have just published a new workbook called “ Leading Systems Change.” ” The book describes a new approach to leadership and community engagement in the Central Valley , that has empowered local leaders to tackle a host of issues facing the community in an entirely new way–from designing education programs and services for immigrant communities to law enforcement reform, and boosting entrepreneurship in the region.

The Future IMS Learning Design

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The Future IMS Learning Design What is the future of learning design? Joel Greenberg My own personal view: maybe the world is moving on, and maybe the idea of 'design' is a bit old fashioned. We found that over 80 percent of OU material could be done with one schema; they were changing it (the schema) to change it, not adding value. The idea is to lead academics to a lightweight narrative, and having them design around it.

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NTEN Leading Change Summit #14lcs: Reflection

Beth Kanter

Last week I facilitated the “ Impact Leadership Track ” at the NTEN Leading Change Summit with John Kenyon, Elissa Perry, and Londell Jackson. Kudos to NTEN for breaking the template on the typical type of events it has hosted. The Leading Change Summit was more intimate (several hundred people), participatory and interactive, intense, and stimulating. The Session Design and Implementation. Leadership Training Design Photo by Trav Williams.

How To Create A Terrific Facebook Cover Image If You Don’t Have Resources To Hire A Designer

Beth Kanter

Note From Beth: Nonprofits are beginning to unveil their new timeline designs (I’ve been post examples on my Facebook Page and curating them in pinterest ) In the Friending the Finish Line peer learning group I’ve been working with, participants are sharing their creativity, including this cover design from Utah Children created by staff person Barbara Munoz. Other nonprofits are busy creating mock ups of the new timeline cover image for senior management.

How Not to Adopt an LCMS


People don’t like change. They particularly don’t like change that is not well thought out. Unwillingness to standardize your output templates. While template is a four-letter word in some training organizations, organizations can gain huge efficiency by standardizing a rich library of screen layouts, interaction types, and content structures that learning and development teams can choose from when designing content.

Stop creating, selling, and buying garbage!

Clark Quinn

One of the causes is unenlightened designers. There are lots of them, for lots of reasons: trainers converted, lack of degree, old-style instruction, myths, templates, the list goes on. You know, it’s not like one dreams of being an instructional designer as a kid. Good learning design is not something you pick up in a one week course, sadly. And the pressures they face are overwhelming if they did try to change things. design strategy

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stevenberlinjohnson.com: Meet The New Blog

Steven Berlin Johnson

stevenberlinjohnson.com « | Main | » Meet The New Blog Today marks the most significant change in this little blog since I first set up shop here a little over three years ago. More important changes are on their way, though.


Clark Quinn

The topic is interesting to me, because like with Design Thinking , it seems like well-known practices with a new branding. As context, during grad school I was in a research group focused on user-centered system design , which included design, processes, and more. What was current at the time were iterative, situated, collaborative, and participatory design processes, so I was pretty familiar with the principles and a fan. And we certainly need change.

Levels of eLearning Quality

Clark Quinn

Of late, I’ve been both reviewing eLearning, and designing processes & templates. As I’ve said before , the nuances between well-designed and well produced eLearning are subtle, but important. For the sake of argument, let’s assume that the work is well-produced, and explore some levels of differentiation in quality of the learning design. Rote knowledge dump and test reliably lead to no meaningful behavior change. design

Manifesting in principle

Clark Quinn

My thoughts are related: Tool vendors should ensure that their tools can support designers interested in these elements. The real issue is in the design. I’ve argued in the past that better design doesn’t take longer. RFPs) and internal (templates, checklists and reviews) to start meeting these criteria. It will take some education around the workplace, but to ensure that the efforts are really leading to meaningful change mean it’s critical.

PKM in practice

Harold Jarche

Extraneous cognitive load is in the designed instruction and can be redesigned to reduce cognitive load.” While PKM is designed to lessen the cognitive load, learning how to develop this disciplined approach to sensemaking can actually increase the cognitive load. With the changes that had been made to workplace learning — Do-It-Yourself Learning, Just-in-Time Support, Performance Consulting — there was a question about what technologies were needed to support the new model.

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Smart.fm: Why Goals are the new Lists

Adaptive Path

And changing the way we think about something can have powerful implications on what we design and how we evaluate it. Using our Elevator Pitch “mad-lib&# template, we brainstormed ways to fill in the blanks: “For people who… the new smart.fm Part of the Smart.fm

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Xyleme Named a Top 20 Authoring Tool for 2018 by Training Industry


Xyleme is the Learning Content Management System (LCMS) of choice for the visionaries who are looking for innovative ways to change the way learning is created and delivered. Studio, Xyleme’s Authoring platform, allows teams to author collaboratively, create consistent branding with templates, and author once in XML and publish to any web, print, or mobile format. This seventh annual list is designed to help buy-side organizations in their searches for the right training partners.

The role of the university?

Clark Quinn

Similarly, pursuing one fixed course of study won’t make sense anymore, as the fields are beginning to change, and the arbitrary categorizations won’t make sense. Sure, there’d likely be some templates around for learning, but it’d be more self-directed, customizable, and put the appropriate responsibility on the learner. It would necessitate a change in pedagogy as well. Tags: design social strategy

eLearning Process Survey results!

Clark Quinn

eLearning process is something I’m suggesting is ripe for change, and I thought it appropriate to see what people thoughts. I assumed people would know to choose the lowest option in the list if they could, and I don’t know that (flaw in the survey design). I think an appealing visual design, but just ‘giving them what they need’ isn’t sufficient for novices: they need the emotional component too. design strategy

How much do we love reuse? Let's count the ways!


An author makes a conscious decision to reuse content when he or she finds a course or lesson that would augment a particular course he or she is designing. Reused content can only be changed by a certain number of people who have the authority to modify the content. In the simplest terms, these types of content generally shouldn''t be altered by designers. Reused content can be changed. How does this help designers?


Harold Jarche

The Cynefin framework helps to highlight the weakness of instructional systems design. Instead of ISD, we need a design model that helps to template ‘desirable patterns’, recognize ‘undesirable patterns’, and provide a variety of ‘seeds’ for the learning environment. Learning as we probe the problem, we gain insight and our practices are emergent (emerging from our interaction with the changing environment and the problem).

It’s Time to Cross That Bridge: Building Learning in a Highly Regulated or Compliance-Driven Industry


Often regulation and compliance content changes faster than what can be authored and published, so if content is built in various systems or tools, it becomes very challenging to make edits quickly. But because there is an excess of content and it usually changes rapidly, there is a tendency to deliver it the same way to all audiences. To be mobile-friendly having responsive design is mandatory! With Xyleme it is in one place and we can now make changes quickly.”

Creating Stellar Learning

Clark Quinn

Getting the details right about instructional design is quite hard, or at least it appears that way, judging from how many bad examples there are. Whether you’re creating products for commercial sale, or solutions for internal or external partners, you want to take your learning experience design to the next level. So, how does an organization improve their learning design process to create stellar learning? Teams can learn good design.

Tools and tradeoffs

Clark Quinn

RapidWeaver uses templates: there are quite a few included, and you can pay for more. I haven’t dived into the actual design behind the themes, as that takes me somewhere I don’t want to go. Tags: technology design Old Site. I’ve been busy updating my website.

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Scaling in complex systems

Dave Snowden

Think of a Portuguese Man of War which is a symbiosis of different creatures which assemble in a specific context, or of Slime Moulds which again change their nature. Alicia Juarrrero famously coined the phrase Like Bramble Bushes in a thicket to describe a complex adaptive system and it is a title Kurtz and I used in this paper on organisational design and networks.

Are you able to personalize your content? LCMS 3.7 can help you!


The content must change from monolithic, one size fits all courses, to “nuggets” of content in a granular format which can be configured on the fly. include: Microsoft Word Output – Publish your content in Word format whose design is defined through your own Word templates. More and more, users are demanding that their learning be personalized.

Learning and Development Webinars


Now add constant change and a distributed L&D function. Eric Span, lead content developer at Benefitfocus shows the before and after of their learning ecosystem and how Xyleme helped them optimize their learning content design and delivery. They offer three ways to shorten your development time: collaboration, job roles and templates. Effective Responsive Design.

The year’s top posts on Working Smarter

Jay Cross

Working smarter draws upon ideas from design thinking, network optimization, brain science, user experience design, learning theory, organizational development, social business, technology, collaboration, web 2.0 ‘MOOCs are a phenomenon, a wake-up call for Higher Education and wake-up calls, create a sense of urgency, the first step in the process of change. Five Ways People Adopt And Love Change ADAPTIVE PATH | FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013.

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Manipulating narrative?

Dave Snowden

The latest of these attempts to the commoditisation of design thinking but narrative, or rather story telling was one of the first. So if you want to achieve change in a modern organisation, the last thing you should do is announce a change initiative. Better the start making changes than announce that change will happen. We got most of the way through this exercise, using the water engineer story as template today.

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

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Moron Facebook

Martijn Linssen

Change the work approach, and the tool is no longer such a barrier. are all designed to be sticky. They dazzle and tease, but are designed principally to engage you. Templates, project workspaces, forms, integration with productivity suites, etc.

how not to adopt an lcms


You have to be open to looking at what about your existing process could and should change. Rolling out a system before you’ve completely mapped your “as-is” business process to the “to-be” People don’t like change. They particularly don’t like change that is not well thought out. Iterate, iterate, iterate It’s very difficult to sit down and design the perfect solution in a vacuum. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc.

meaning and failure

Harold Jarche

Deep change – Good change – Bad change by @petervan. “These people leaders, who had gained their knowledge and skills quite independently from each other, convinced me that one of the key elements in great employee experience design is that it has to make sense; going to work has to be meaningful … The price of efficiency is the loss of meaning. Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media.

Global Pulse HunchWorks Project: Week 3 Challenge

Adaptive Path

As a hunch changes over time, how is that reflected in the interface? ” and 17”x11” - some sketching templates we often use. Hunch scenario (PDF) - A pdf with the scenarios and some basic sketching templates included. All the thinking and output generated in this project will be publicly available and Creative Commons licensed, and you can provide your submitted designs under a Attribution, Share Alike (CC-BY SA) license.

Global Pulse HunchWorks Project: Week 3 Challenge

Adaptive Path

As a hunch changes over time, how is that reflected in the interface? ” and 17”x11” - some sketching templates we often use. Hunch scenario (PDF) - A pdf with the scenarios and some basic sketching templates included. All the thinking and output generated in this project will be publicly available and Creative Commons licensed, and you can provide your submitted designs under a Attribution, Share Alike (CC-BY SA) license.