Instructional Design

Transitioning from SCORM to xAPI

xAPI

On October 5th, 2017, the Department of Defense announced that its eLearning curricula would adhere to xAPI standards rather than the more traditional SCORM standards of the eLearning industry. By “traditional”, I mean developed-in-the-year-2000-why-is-our-industry-still-using-17-year-old-technology traditional. Although I don’t expect instructional designers to leap from their desk chairs and start dancing in glee, the Department of […]

Data-Driven Instructional Design

instructional design

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 […]