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.

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.

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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

We launched the course this week and I did a bunch of things to get ready. First, a media summary view: Figure 63 - media_summary view in the Vide Editor Next, the Course Videos page newly created in the Page Editor. Again, normally I would use a specialized email template to fix this.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 3

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

[ Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - ] I have the basic structure of the course in place and now I want to fill it out with some content. The course starts in a couple of days and it's important to ensure people have something to see and work with.

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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. For example, at the top of the table are fields for 'course' and 'instance'.Any

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 2

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In the previous segment I decided to create a course with modules and sections, and set up the modules. But it's also true that nobody wants to use the course calendar. People have their own calendars, and the course calendar has to work with those.

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A jot of design

Clark Quinn

First, it was an iPad app supporting design. Given that I’m very much about improving design, *and* quite into mobile, this was of interest. Second, I mistakenly thought it came from Michael Allen’s company Allen Interactions, and he’s not only been an early advocate of engaging design, but also he’s a supremely nice guy to complement his smarts. design mobileOrdinarily, I don’t even look at vendor products when offered free trials.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 9

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The RSS Feed The course isn't truly distributed until it has an RSS feed. We'll use the course newsletter as our RSS feed, except we'll publish the output in rss2 format instead of HTML. It's worth noting that I could put anything into an RSS feed like this - courses, modules, whatever.

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eLearning Design and Development Training Course

Tony Karrer

Someone on LinkedIn asked: Can anyone recommend a really good e-learning design/development training course? This is for a colleague who is new to instructional design & development so something that covers the basics at an introductory level would be best. link] RPI An introduction to instructional design and course development and guidance on selecting the right design and development tools.

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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.

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Learning Experience Design Strategy

Clark Quinn

On our weekly twitter learning fest, #lrnchat , I regularly identify myself as a learning experience design strategist. When you think about creating learning experiences, you are talking about design. You need a design process, tools, and good concepts around learning and engagement. Really, both my book on designing engaging learning experiences, and my forthcoming one on mobile learning, are at core about design. Tags: design strategy

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. Nothing in the course has been published anywhere, so this keylist command does nothing.

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Quinn-Thalheimer: Tools, ADDIE, and Limitations on Design

Clark Quinn

We decided to continue, and here’s the second in the series, this time trying to look at what might be hindering the opportunity for design to get better. Wouldn’t the Successive Approximation Method be a better formulation to guide design? I will stipulate that ADDIE does tend to send the message that instructional design should take a linear, non-iterative approach. They seem to push us to think wrongly about instructional design. design

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Levels of learning experience design

Clark Quinn

This is the realm of learning experience design. Learning experience design can, and should, operate at several levels. You want a minimalist approach that combines effective cognitive design with engaging emotional design. You want the formal resources to be designed to mesh with the task and provide effective information design. Here we are talking deeper instructional design, information mapping, and aligned social media.

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All Social is Learning | Organizational Knowledge Design

Martijn Linssen

We know this is not automatically so, learned that in the intro to Logic, Sets and Numbers (an actual college course I took in the 70’s). Learning Management Suite RFP Template | Catadoc.com - [.] All Social is Learning | Organizational Knowledge Design [.]

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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. The idea is to lead academics to a lightweight narrative, and having them design around it. The same academics that use templates produced by publishers. My experience is that your standard academic simply won't touch this stuff (learning design).

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The UX of Co-Design: Experience Principles for Successful Client Workshops

Adaptive Path

In the past six months, I've been leading design teams of twenty, sometimes thirty people. Some of these people are designers, but the majority are managers, business strategists, front-line workers, and P&L owners. Together we have been solving big wonky strategy and design problems that matter deeply to how our client will continue to support and grow relationships with their customers in the future. Without carefully designed activities, unhappy groups abound.

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Tools for LXD?

Clark Quinn

And I’ve created some aids for the Udemy course on deeper elearning I developed. How do you use external resources to keep your design on track? The simple rationale, of course, is that there are things our brains are good at, and things they’re not.

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Some new elearning companies ;)

Clark Quinn

Their signature offering is a suite of templates for your elearning featuring cooperative play. Yalms: these folks are offering the ‘post-LMS’ It’s not an LMS, and instead offers course management, hosting, and tracking. MicroBrain: this company has developed a system that makes it easy to take your existing courses and chunk them up into little bits. design mobile social technology

Aligning with us

Clark Quinn

And, of course, there still persists this model that information dump and knowledge test will lead to new capabilities. Instead, we see rapid elearning tools and templates that tart-up quiz questions. We’re really running organizations that aren’t designed for humans.

How Not to Adopt an LCMS


Create topics to be distributed as microlearning or assembled into a course. Unwillingness to standardize your output templates. Hand-crafted content takes time, but the reality is that most learning content can be templated.

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. This is not to touch on their commitment, but even if they did have courses, they’d likely still not be exposed to much about the emotional side, for instance. Courses cure all ills, right?

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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. I recommend this in general, of course. Which brings up another way learning designs go wrong.

A Competent Competency Process

Clark Quinn

In the process of looking at ways to improve the design of courses, the starting point is good objectives. As Van Merriënboer’s 4 Component Instructional Design talks about, we need to separate out the knowledge from the complex problems we apply it to. One thing is that if you’re trying to cover a whole college level course, you’ve got to break it up. This is heuristic, of course, but with a focus on ‘do’, you have a good likelihood to get here.

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. Of course, we’d like them to do so regardless! 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. Of course, we realize that there are real world challenges. design strategy


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. design strategy



A Learning Management System (LMS) is a software application that allows a company, school, or organization to administer, document, track, and report on the delivery of educational courses and training programs. Content output templates. Usage reports on courses and learning objects.

Working wiser?

Clark Quinn

Working smarter, of course, means recognizing how we really think, work, and learn, and aligning our processes and tools accordingly. And, of course, it means using Serious learning design. So we can have job aids that provide guidance, or bake it into our templates. design meta-learning strategy technologyNoodling: I’ve been thinking about Working Smarter, a topic I took up over four years ago.

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The latest in 3D printing trends: guns, ears, body parts, and now in your local store

Ross Dawson

The gun is designed to fire standard handgun rounds, using interchangeable barrels for different calibers of ammunition. Of course, Defcad’s users may not adhere to so many rules. These printers use computer-assisted design to conceive of objects as arrays of thin slices.

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Types of meaningful processing

Clark Quinn

games ) that are the first, best, learning practice you can engage in, of course. I wonder if any of the authoring tools on the market right now include such a template! design In an previous post , I argued for different types and ratios for worthwhile learning activities. I’ve been thinking about this (and working on it) quite a bit lately.

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eLearning Process Survey results!

Clark Quinn

Order taking doesn’t allow for seeing if a course is needed and SMEs can’t tell you what they actually do. 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). design strategy

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Mobile Learning: Making Content Available Anytime, Anywhere


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.

Model responses

Clark Quinn

We did this in a course on speaking, where learners ultimately dialed into an answering machine, listened to a question, and then spoke their responses. Or we can give them a document template and criteria, take their response, and ask them to evaluate theirs and another, again with a rubric. design meta-learningI was thinking about how to make meaningful practice, and I had a thought that was tied to some previous work that I may not have shared here.

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Cross Conference Cogitations

Clark Quinn

In the course of the past month, I’ve attended (and spoken at) 4 conferences: DevLearn, WCET, VSS, and Online Educa. There is also a lot of ordinary (or worse) design tarted up by high production values, a lot of hype without substance. Overall, I’m afraid we’re not seeing the level of design awareness we should and need to be. Also the shelfware was surprisingly ordinary, that is well-produced but under-designed. design



Instructional Designers (IDs) are now under more pressure than ever to deliver the best content, and a tool that many IDs are familiar with is a Learning Management System (LMS). In the simplest terms, this is a software package that manages course delivery and administration.

The role of the university?

Clark Quinn

Naturally, of course, we also include literacy of many sorts (not just reading and writing), and ideally, thinking like a mathematician and scientist (not science and math). 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. Tags: design social 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. In the simplest terms, these types of content generally shouldn''t be altered by designers.

Mobile Learning: Anytime, Anywhere


This can be anything from podcasts to taking a full eLearning course. She has a meeting at noon, a performance review to start, and a remaining portion of a compliance course to take. After a finishing dinner, Jan decides to complete her compliance course.

Tips To Make Online Meetings Less Exhausting

Beth Kanter

According to Beth, a good meeting is based on good design. Canva have even introduced a template to create your own Zoom backgrounds now! Planning and Design. A Crash Course in Translating Your Meeting Process to a Virtual Setting.

Nonprofit Technology Training: Book List

Beth Kanter

I love all aspects instructional design and facilitation , but being a good trainer also means being a good content curator and resource librarian. Brilliance by Design: Creating Learning Experiences that Connect, Inspire, and Engage. Training Design

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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! Training Design

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


By having all content in one place creating a single source of truth and a single place to make updates, course development time would go from weeks, to hours which would help tremendously when new regulations are released, and content needs to be updated.