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. Instead, mythless design starts with focusing on performance. desig

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Content systems not content packages

Clark Quinn

In a conversation last week (ok, an engagement), the topic of content systems came up. For one, separate content from how it’s delivered. And, pull content together by rules, not hardwired. This is in opposition to the notion of pre-packaged content. The first point is about content models. That we should start designing our content into smaller chunks. For one, it was supporting different business products from the same content repository.

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Flow, Workflow, and Learning

Clark Quinn

On LinkedIn, a colleague asked “ Why do people think that integrating content in the flow of work equals learning in the flow of work ?” There are lots of reasons that we might want content in the workflow to help us succeed, but it may have nothing to do with learning.

Content Confusion

Clark Quinn

I read, again and again, about the importance of ‘content’ in learning. Just what do mean by ‘content’? For one, I get concerned that talking about content foregrounds ‘information’ And that’s a problem. Objectives should be ‘able to use to ’ Talking about content, as I’ve talked about before , leads us down a slippery slope to curriculum being defined as content. At least as designers.

Mobile Learning: Making Content Available Anytime, Anywhere

Xyleme

Mobile learning, also called M-learning or mLearning, is any type of content that is developed or consumed on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and including anything from podcasts to full eLearning courses. Regardless of the industry, organizations need to pay attention to these numbers and prioritize designing for mobile consumption. The world is mobile; therefore, content has to be flexible, responsive and small enough to consume on the go.

Content engineering

Clark Quinn

We’ve heard about learning engineering and while the focus is on experience design, the pragmatics include designing content to create the context, resources, and motivation for the activity. And it’s time we step beyond just hardwiring this content together, and start treating it as professionals. You can customize the content you’re searching for with filters. The content reacts to the device you’re on and displays appropriately.

Centralized v. Decentralized Content Management

Xyleme

Regardless of the type of content being created, the debate over the benefits of centralization versus decentralization is a pervasive one. The truth is, regardless of which way they set out, most modern organizations end up organically arriving at what can best be described as a “hybrid” content management strategy. . Decentralized Content Management: Pros, Cons & Getting the Best of Both Worlds. Decentralized Content Management appeared first on Xyleme

Should Companies Create eLearning Content In-House or Hire an Instructional Designer?

TOPYX LMS

eLearning content is critical to the success and ROI of a company’s training programs, and many companies are now designing their eLearning content internally. For some organizations, using internal resources for training design makes perfect sense. But other companies will benefit more from outsourcing this task to an instructional designer. eLearning LMS Employee Training Content Production

Content/Practice Ratio?

Clark Quinn

So, I’d roughly (and generously) estimate that the ratio is around 80:20 for content: practice. So, two questions: do we just need more practice, or do we also have too much content. Yes, designing practice is harder than just delivering content, but it’s not that much harder to develop more than just to develop some. However, I’ll argue we’re also delivering too much content. And then let the practice drive them to the content.

Intelligent Content

Clark Quinn

I’ve been on the content rant before , talking about the need to structure content into models , and the benefits of tagging. You have to understand that folks who do content as if their business depended on it, e.g. web marketers, have a level of sophistication that elearning (and all elearning: performance support, social, etc) would do well to adopt. One of the people I follow is Scott Abel, the Content Wrangler. design strategy technology

The Building Block Approach to Content Strategy

Xyleme

Content Management. Relying on traditional processes and “rapid” authoring tools is no longer an efficient or effective way to manage large volumes of content. Creating each deliverable from scratch, trapping content into restrictive formats, and allowing content to reside in multiple incompatible tools or platforms all make it more difficult to create and manage content effectively — let alone pivot and respond to new needs and challenges.

Looking forward on content

Clark Quinn

At DevLearn next week, I’ll be talking about content systems in session 109. The point is that instead of monolithic content, we want to start getting more granular for more flexible delivery. design technologyAnd while there I’ll be talking about some of the options on how, here I want to make the case about why, in a simplified way.

Under the ‘Content’ Cover

Clark Quinn

Too often I see instructional design training and tools, in addition to talking about ‘objectives’ and ‘assessment’ (which I tend to call ‘practice’, for hopefully obvious reasons), talking about ‘content’. And I think that simplification is a path to bad learning design. That’s why we create external tools like checklists and templates to support good design. And we see this all too often: eLearning that’s content- heavy and learning light. design

Redesigning Learning Design

Clark Quinn

Of late, a lot of my work has been designing learning design. Helping orgs transition their existing design processes to ones that will actually have an impact. That is, someone’s got a learning design process, but they want to improve it. One idea, of course, is to replace it with some validated design process. Another approach, much less disruptive, is to find opportunities to fine tune the design. design strategy

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Content as a Service

Xyleme

For better or worse, the development of learning content has been a one-way push process. As instructional designers, we create our learning products, package them up with all the content and media, wish them well, and ship them off to the LMS’s – never to be seen again. Once gone, we lose all connection and control of our content – and this has some obvious drawbacks: Content is replicated to each LMS. There is no way to monetize the content.

How to Create a Content Strategy that Resonates with the Modern Learner

Xyleme

Solutions Consultant, Mike Buoy , and Jennifer Rogers , Head of Learning at Anglo American, discussed how learning leaders need to rethink how to create, manage, and deliver content to meet the needs of the modern workforce. Learning organizations must find ways for their content to serve not only in courses, but the entire learning ecosystem. The post How to Create a Content Strategy that Resonates with the Modern Learner appeared first on Xyleme. In this webinar, Xyleme Sr.

Rethinking Design: Curriculum

Clark Quinn

The notion is that we need to redefine curriculum as a way to get away from a content base, and start moving to an activity base. The goal is to choose tasks, with the final task likely being chosen first and working backwards (as in Understanding By Design ) to determine what needs to be done. Note that the content is subsequently chosen to support successful execution of the tasks, and is not presented to the learner but is, instead, made available to them at the time of the task.

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Figuring Out Content Strategy

Adaptive Path

The biggest change in my understanding of design after joining Capital One, by far, is how I understand the importance and nature of content strategy in my design work. It just makes logical sense that when someone interacts with something you’ve designed, a lot of what they see and what colors their understanding of the experience as a whole is word-based! Design Research. First, I defined each chunk of content that we needed. Content Themes and Voice.

From Content to Experience

Clark Quinn

A number of years ago, I said that the problem for publishers was not going from text to content (as the saying goes), but from content to experience. I think elearning designers have the same problem: they are given a knowledge dump, and have to somehow transform that into an effective experience. What’s a designer to do? And is this content aligned to that skill? So, create experiences, not content. design strategy

Tools and Design

Clark Quinn

I’ve often complained about how the tools we have make it easy to do bad design. Authoring tools, in general, are oriented on a ‘page’ metaphor; they’re designed to provide a sequence of pages. The challenge isn’t inherent in the tool design. I reckon the tool vendors are still focused on content and a quiz, but the support is there to do learning designs that will really have an impact. design technology

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Content or experience

Clark Quinn

I continue to have a problem with the term content as a component of what our field does. What we do is create content. Even in F2F training, we have content and structure around actions we ask our learners to take. At the end of the day, much of what we’re working on is content that is communicated or triggered by learner actions. I believe we need to focus on the activity , not on the content. design strategy

Designing Learning Like Professionals

Clark Quinn

I’m increasingly realizing that the ways we design and develop content are part of the reason why we’re not getting the respect we deserve. We need to start combining experience design with learning engineering to really start delivering solutions. To truly design learning, we need to understand learning science. The point I’m trying to make is that we have to stop treating designing learning as something anyone can do.

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Instructional Design Orthodoxy

Xyleme

I will be dating myself here, but so much of the orthodoxy in the instructional design process was forged back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the only Computer-Based Training (CBT) tools were Toolbook for the PC, and Hypercard for the Mac. Back then, the metaphor was a deck of cards and each card was a 640×480 screen’s worth of content. The idea that you might allow scrolling was to many an Instruction Designer taboo. Instructional Design

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Design like a pro

Clark Quinn

And yet, if you’re going to be a learning designer or engineer , you should know the science and be using it. You could read Julie Dirksen’s Design for How People Learn as a very good interpretation of the science. Yet, somehow, we see elearning tools like ‘click to learn more’ (er, less ), tarted up quiz show templates to drill knowledge, easy ways to take content and add quizzes to them, and more. design

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Content as Icebergs

Doc Searls

In Snow on the Water I wrote about the ‘low threshold of death” for what media folks call “content” — which always seemed to me like another word for packing material. Twenty-five straight minutes of content!” So I think about content death a lot. Back around the turn of the millennium, John Perry Barlow said “I didn’t start hearing the word ‘content’ until the container business felt threatened.”

What do the 24 #C2Xmas resources tell us about how to design modern content and learning experiences?

Jane Hart

So what do these 24 resources tell us about how to design content and learning experiences for the modern workplace? Here they are in one list – with my thoughts about what each one tells us about content and learning experience design. Learn Free Magic Tricks – content has to be contextually relevant though. Daily Lit – keep the daily content short and digestible. Leonardo’s Notebook – keep the content as flexible as possible.

[siu] Accessing content

David Weinberger

Alex Hodgson of ReadCube is leading a panel called “Accessing Content: New Thinking and New Business Models or Accessing Research Literature” at the Shaking It Up conference. You import your pdfs, read them with their enhanced reader, and can annotate them and discover new content. “What does content want to be?” JSTOR has 150M content accesses per year, 9,000 institutions, 2,000 archival journals, 27,000 books.

Will Content Blocking push Apple into advertising’s wheat business?

Doc Searls

The company is also taking sides against both — especially adtech — by supporting Content Blocking in a new breed of mobile phone apps we can expect to see in iOS 9 , Apple’s next mobile operating system, due next month. In Apple’s Content Blocking is chemo for the cancer of adtech , which I posted a few days ago, I visited the likely effects of content blocking. Yet Content Blocking should stop iAd ads as dead as all the rest, one would assume.

Learning without Design

Jane Hart

Most workplace learning is based on the concept that learning has to be designed; in fact that people won’t be able to learn something unless it has been structured into a logical sequence, developed professionally and delivered to them in some authoritative way. The industry is chock full of instructional designers and content developers whose [.].

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Rethinking Design: Pedagogy

Clark Quinn

In thinking through how to design courses that lead to both engaging experiences and meaningful outcomes, I’ve been working on the component activities. As part of that, I’ve been looking at elements such as pedagogy in pre-, in-, and post-class sessions so that there are principled reasons behind the design. So for conceptual tasks, what we’re looking to do is drive learning to content. design

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Webinar: Is Your Content Keeping Up with the Learning Experience?

Xyleme

However, the majority of the focus has been on the delivery platform and not on the key ingredient — content. As companies work to develop sustainable, long-term content strategies, it’s important to note that most learning content is being created in-house. This means organizations need to have agile solutions that make it quick and easy for almost anyone to create, manage and distribute content (not just instructional designers).

Misadventures in Content Production: Why “Rapid” Tool Aren’t Really Rapid

Xyleme

What you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG,) or “rapid” tools, apply styles that are hard-coded into the content, which means that the writing and designing are coupled together. Authors can write the content while controlling the heading color, font size, paragraph spacing, table shading and more, right within the tool itself. The post Misadventures in Content Production: Why “Rapid” Tool Aren’t Really Rapid appeared first on Xyleme.

Designing Backward and Forward

Clark Quinn

After a mobile learning panel I realized that, just as mlearning makes it too easy to think about ‘courses on a phone’, I worry that ‘learning experience design’ (a term I’ve championed ) may keep us focused on courses rather than exploring the full range of options including performance support and eCommunity. So I began thinking about performance experience design as a way to keep us focused on designing solutions to performance needs in the organization.

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From instructor to designer & facilitator

Clark Quinn

While I posted an answer there, I thought I’d post it here too: I see two major roles in that of the ‘teacher’: the designer of learning experiences (pre), and the facilitator of same (during/post). I think the design changes by returning to natural learning approaches, an apprenticeship model (c.f. Tech can make it easier to follow such a design paradigm. Ideally we have content and check, as well as any preliminary experiences, done in a ‘flipped model’.

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Notes from Intelligent Content 2010

Xyleme

Home > Instructional Design , Learning Content Management > Notes from Intelligent Content 2010 Notes from Intelligent Content 2010 March 11th, 2010 Goto comments Leave a comment A couple of weeks ago, Xyleme presented at Intelligent Content conference hosted by the Rockley Group. I think the Rockley Group’s definition hits the nail on the head: Intelligent content is content which is not limited to one purpose, technology or output.

The Pros & Cons of Content Silos: Getting the Best of Both Worlds

Xyleme

It’s not uncommon for content creation and management functions to become “siloed” in different departments. Particularly in large, dispersed organizations, silos allow a level of control and focused expertise that’s hard to duplicate with a single, centralized content team. Faster turnaround times, built-in subject matter expertise, and a direct alignment with department goals can make content silos efficient (if limited) content management machines.

Content Curation Primer

Beth Kanter

What is Content Curation? Content curation is the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a specific theme. A content curator cherry picks the best content that is important and relevant to share with their community. Content curators have integrated this skill into their daily routine. Why is Content Curation Valuable? ContentPhoto by Stuck in Customs.

How to Design eLearning Content that Improves the User Experience

TOPYX LMS

As a training and development manager, designing eLearning content that improves the user experience is a crucial component of maximizing training effectiveness. As the features available on learning management systems become more diverse and new functionality becomes available, there are many tactics that you can use to improve learner experience by designing content creatively and with purpose.

Transcending Experience Design

Clark Quinn

Last week’s #lrnchat touched on an important topic, experience design. The one I want to pursue here is the notion of transformative experience design. The point here is not to tout the book, but instead to tout that a meld of experience design and learning design, learning experience design, is the path to this end. There are things about experience design that instructional design largely ignores: emotion, multiple senses, extended engagement.

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Are Instructional Designers Making Themselves Irrelevant?

Xyleme

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. Being static means being stale, and for instructional designers, stale content is the fastest road to irrelevancy. moments that changed forever their notion of what content can be to their learners.

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Reimagined Learning: Content & Portfolio elaborated

Clark Quinn

In a previous post I laid out the initial framework for rethinking learning design, and in a subsequent post I elaborated the activity component. Two additional components of the model around the activities were content and then products coupled with reflection. One of the driving points behind the model was to move away from content-driven learning, and start focusing on learning experience. design meta-learning social strategy

Five Steps to Making Your Content Mobile Ready

Xyleme

To date, however, according to Bersin by Deloitte, only 12% of learning content is mobile-enabled. Sales-type employees require mobile learning for different types of quick content consumption. But that is not to say that Information Builders isn''t getting their learning content mobile ready—they are, in a big way. Here are five steps that Xyleme customers are taking to get their learning content mobile ready: 1. Surrounding these content nuggets with metadata.

Webinar Recording Link: Is Your Content Keeping Up with the Learning Experience?

Xyleme

In this joint webinar with Brandon Hall Group , hosts David Wentworth, Principal Learning Analyst with BHG and Leslie Farinella, Chief Operating Officer at Xyleme, explore the modern learning experience, the current content landscape, designing for the modern learner, and real-world examples of organizations that are doing it right. Ready to learn more about Xyleme’s industry-leading Learning Content Management System (LCMS)?