Instructional Design

Data-Driven Instructional Design

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Data, once a word reserved for researchers and computer scientists, has become a buzzword in the field of instructional design. Some instructional designers might have some vague notion that it’s important to collect learner data, but they might not know which data is important or why. The importance of data in any educational intervention cannot […]

eLearning in the Age of Automation

In 2011, I took a human-computer interaction course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. One day, the class collectively decided to discuss automatizing the workforce. I greatly enjoyed musing over the restructuring of society and what it means to be a member of a “work force” who no longer has to work. How could capitalism survive […]

You Decide! Interactivity in New Media

interactivity in new media

I recently wrote about my experiences presenting at FocusOn Learning 2017 (you can read about them here). Part of my presentation pertained to branching scenarios, online simulations in which learners decide how to proceed in problem solving. Typically, learners get different narrative endings depending on the choices they made throughout the scenario. If they’re unhappy […]

Failure is the New Success

Failure in game-based learning

As some of our readers may know, I spent a significant portion of my life studying and working in games for education. That’s why I’m excited to tell you about my upcoming webinar on July 25 from 11:30am – 12:30pm CT. The focus of the webinar will be how to create engaging, interactive learning activities using […]

FocusOn Learning 2017: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Make Presentations Educational

FocusOn Learning

It’s a rainy, cool day in Madison, and I find myself wishing I were back in sunny San Diego. I was there last week for the eLearning Guild’s FocusOn Learning 2017 conference. This was my first time attending the conference, but I still got that familiar feeling of excitement from being around colleagues in my field. […]