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The eLearning Coach Podcast

Connie Malamed from The eLearning Coach site shares fresh ideas and actionable tips for success with creating online and mobile learning experiences. Listen to interviews with expert designers, developers, authors and professors who provide strategies for both learning architects and educators. If you have a passion for instructional design, cognitive psychology, visual communication, social media learning, mLearning, and related topics, this podcast is for you.

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ELC 055: What You Need to Know About Cognitive Load

John Sweller, who formulated cognitive load theory, explains how instructional designers can design more effective learning experiences.


23 Apr 2019

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ELC 057: How To Plan And Design Microlearning

In this episode, the authors of Microlearning Short and Sweet clarify misunderstandings about microlearning and provide best practices for planning and designing it.


2 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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ELC 048: The Strategic Use of Learning Management Systems

If you want to get the most out of your learning management system or if you want to purchase or research one, this interview will help you make a more informed decision.


9 Apr 2018

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ELC 058 Virtual Training is Much More Than a Presentation

How can you translate the in-person learning experience to an effective virtual classroom experience? In this episode, Cindy Huggett, virtual training expert, answers that question.


10 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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ELC 025: Insights For Designing Blended Learning

Today's learning environment is wide open. We can choose from a multitude of technologies, modalities and techniques. But what's the best way to design in this new environment? In this episode, I chat with Jennifer Hofmann, who offers lots of tips and insights for designing blended learning.Jennifer is the president of InSync Training, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in the design and delivery of virtual and blended learning.  She was featured in Forbes Most Powerful Women issue and has led InSync Training to the Inc. 5000 as the 10th Fastest Growing Education Company in the U.S. in 2013.She is also the author of several books, her latest being Blended Learning (What Works in Talent Development). Follow Jennifer on Twitter @InSyncJennifer.WE DISCUSS:Where we went wrong with blended learning Evolution of blended learning Why the blended learning concept is growing Challenges of designing with blended learning What makes a learning experience authentic Four-step process for creating blended learning Common mistakes to avoid when designing blended learning Tips for people who are designing a program for the first timeTIME: 30 minutesRATE: Rate this podcast in iTunesTRANSCRIPT: Download the [Download not found].RESOURCES AND LINKS:InSync Training (Jennifer's company) Body Language In The Bandwidth (Jennifer's Blog) Blended Learning (What Works in Talent Development) White Paper: Blended Learning Instructional DesignGet smart about online learning with The eLearning Coach Newsletter delivered to your Inbox every month. Ideas-articles-freebies-resources.

7 Jul 2015

Rank #5

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ELC 034: Psychology, Behavior and Design

If we want to facilitate behavior, performance and attitude changes, than we need to spend more time and effort thinking about the psychology of the audience members we are designing for. In this session, I speak with Victor Yocco, PhD, about some of the psychological principles that impact design.Victor is the Research Director at Intuitive Company. He works with clients in diverse fields applying principles of psychology and communication to improving products. He is also the author of, Design for the Mind: Seven psychological principles of persuasive design. You can get a 39% discount when purchasing this book from the publisher. Use the discount code yoccomupad and this link: https://www.manning.com/books/design-for-the-mind. Enjoy the conversation!WE DISCUSS: Relationship between psychology and design Value of interviews, observations and co-designing Psychology of changing attitudes Psychology of decision making Primacy effect Extrinsic and intrinsic motivation Influence and persuasion Influence through visual design Social influence and learning (Social Identity Theory)TIME: 39 minutesRATE: Rate this podcast in iTunesTRANSCRIPT: Download the [Download not found].RESOURCES: Victor's website: http://www.victoryocco.com/ Victor's book: https://www.manning.com/books/design-for-the-mind  (use code yoccomupad for 39% discount) Academic journals and papers by Victor Yocco: http://www.victoryocco.com/academic///

14 Jul 2016

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ELC 030: Strategies for Organizing Instructional Content

Learning experience designers handle all types of content for a wide variety of uses, from formal courses to performance support aids. Organizing this information for learning and/or quick access is crucial.If you determine the purpose of the content, how it will be used, and the nature of the content itself, you can choose the most effective strategy to meet the needs of the audience. This podcast explains different strategies so that your choices can be intentional.If you have other strategies for organizing content, please share them in the Comments section below.I DISCUSS: Purpose of intentionally choosing an organizational strategy 12 different strategies for organizing contentTIME: 11 minutesRATE: Rate this podcast in iTunesTRANSCRIPT: Download the [Download not found].RESOURCES: 10 Ways to Organize Instructional Content Ways to Organize Information Chunking Information for Instructional Design The Information Design Handbook by O'Grady & O'Grady Design for Information (relevant to visual information) by Meirelles Information Architecture: For the Web and Beyond by Rosenfeld, Morville & ArangoGet smarter about online learning with articles, tips and resources delivered to your Inbox once a month.(function(d, s, id) {var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if (d.getElementById(id)) return;js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;js.src = "//forms.aweber.com/form/66/775275066.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, "script", "aweber-wjs-v9wwc4idc"));


5 Feb 2016

Rank #7

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ELC 011: eLearning Design Challenges And Solutions

Common issues eLearning designers and developers face and how to overcome them.


17 Sep 2013

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ELC 007: Leverage How The Brain Works

Align your instructional design with the latest research findings.


22 May 2013

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ELC 061: Getting Started With Inclusive Design

Accessible design and inclusive design are one of those things that once you learn about it, you can’t turn back. That's because changing your design habits is not only easy, it has a big impact on the lives of others and it benefits everyone.


14 May 2020

Rank #10

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ELC 006: Creating Virtual Classrooms And Webinars

How to adapt in-person classroom training to a virtual learning experience.


18 Apr 2013

Rank #11

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ELC 045: The Art And Science Of Practice And Feedback

Designing the appropriate type of practice and providing effective feedback requires a lot of know-how. Patti Shank, PhD., has been studying the research on this topic and wrote a book about it.


27 Nov 2017

Rank #12

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ELC 038: Learning Games, What Works And What Doesn’t

Do you want to design learning games or improve your skills, but you're not sure where to go? I suggest listening to the learning game guru, Karl Kapp.

1 Feb 2017

Rank #13

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ELC 039: How To Plan, Design and Write Tests

Testing expert, Michael Rodriguez, PhD, gives advice, guidance and guidelines for effective test design and writing better test items.


16 Mar 2017

Rank #14

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ELC 037: Applying Agile Principles To eLearning Projects

Agile principles call for iterative and incremental development that improves as a project advances. It's an effective way to make project corrections as requirements change. In this session, I speak with Megan Torrance about Agile project management for eLearning design and development.Megan is the chief energy officer of TorranceLearning, an eLearning design and development firm. She has spent over two decades knee-deep in projects involving change management, instructional design, consulting, and systems deployment. She and the TorranceLearning team have developed the LLAMA project management approach, blending Agile with instructional design.WE DISCUSS: Where Agile started and what it's about How Agile is different than Addie or the waterfall method Six key Agile practices that apply to eLearning project management How to improve through iteration and making incremental advancements Determining what to include in the early iterations The meaning of LLAMA and the model Reputation of the eLearning industry How to run an Agile project adapted for LX design Convincing clients that an iterative approach results in the best solution Tool recommendations for Agile project managementTIME: 30 minutesRATE: Rate this podcast in iTunesTRANSCRIPT: Download the [Download not found].RESOURCES: TorranceLearning Agile for eLearning 6 Things Agile Teams Do Well Reconciling ADDIE and Agile Adopting an Agile approach in your organization 12 Principles Behind the Agile Manifesto Cathy Moore's Action Mapping Leaving ADDIE for SAM (book) by Michael Allen: An iterative approach to design and development User Stories for AgileTOOLS MENTIONED: DominKnow Flow Trello: Project management app Slack: Team communication app One Note: Note-taking app Card Colors for Trello: Chrome extension Scrum for Trello or Agile Scrum for Trello: Chrome extensionsGet smarter about online learning with articles, tips and resources delivered to your Inbox once a month.(function(d, s, id) {var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if (d.getElementById(id)) return;js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;js.src = "//forms.aweber.com/form/66/775275066.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, "script", "aweber-wjs-v9wwc4idc"));

28 Nov 2016

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ELC 010: How To Design Real (Not Fake) Information Graphics

You can design and create information graphics to improve learning experiences. Listen in.


27 Aug 2013

Rank #16

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ELC 047: The Action Mapping Alternative

If you are frustrated with the limited models available for instructional design, then you’ll be interested in this conversation with Cathy Moore. She is the creator of Action Mapping, a model of training design that focuses on improving workplace performance.


23 Feb 2018

Rank #17

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ELC 009: How To Make Better Explanations

You can learn how to make better explanations from Lee LeFever of Common Craft Videos.


24 Jul 2013

Rank #18

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ELC 053: Creating Long-term Engagement with Game Thinking

In this conversation with author, game designer and start-up coach, Amy Jo Kim, we discuss how to apply game thinking to learning experience design.


7 Jan 2019

Rank #19

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ELC 028: Make Accessibility Part Of Your Design Process

You may think that accessible designs are only for people with disabilities. Actually, accessible designs are for diverse groups, such as people who are limited to using low bandwidth, people who may not be fluent in the language, as well as people who are using a mobile phone to access the Internet.In this conversation with accessibility and usability specialists Sarah Horton and Whitney Quesenbery, they explain how all users win when we design for accessibility first. And how Universal Design is the path that provides the best access to digital products for the widest audience.Sarah is a consultant for strategic planning for websites and web applications. She also does accessibility and usability reviews. Sarah has written several books on topics from web design to accessibility for the web.Whitney brings user research insights to designing products where people matter. She has written two other books on user experience and is co-director of the non-profit Center for Civic Design, working with election officials on usability and design of ballots and other election materials.WE DISCUSS: The story behind A Web for Everyone Why accessibility should be part of design and not just a legal mandate Difference between accessibility and universal design Spectrum of accessibility strategies Common problems people have with web accessibility Designing with an "accessibility first" strategy How usability testing makes designs more effective Web standards and standards for authoring tools and authoring tool vendors Guidelines for visual presentation of contentTIME: 35 minutesTRANSCRIPT: Download the [Download not found].RATE: Rate this podcast in iTunesRESOURCES AND LINKS: A Web for Everyone by Sarah Horton and Whitney Quesenbery (Use Code AWFE for 20% off when you buy from Rosenfeld Media) Sarah Horton Design (Sarah's website) WQUsability (Whitney's website) Web Accessibility Initiatives (WAI) Easy Checks Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG)Get the latest articles, resources and freebies once a month plus my free eBook, Writing for Instructional Design. SEND EBOOK NOW


5 Nov 2015

Rank #20