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Unknown Professional Futures and Opportunities for Associations

In their recent white paper, “The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm,” Shelly Alcorn and Elizabeth Weaver Engel outline how associations can play a […]

Finding the Right Blend of Analog and Digital

The trends pointed out by the Pew Research Center in its recent report on Book Reading 2016 are a great reminder of the yin and yang represented […]

Moving Beyond Traditional Self-Paced Learning Models in Professional Education

Ambient Insight has just released a report that predicts a sharp decline worldwide in the self-paced education market. The report offers the following rationale...

Employing Learning Design to Avoid the The Awkward Translator Syndrome

The Awkward Translator A key to designing and creating effective learning solutions is to remove the client from the role of “the awkward translator.” This […]

Good Learning Design Begins with the "What"

Often, learning technology companies focus their product messaging on the How – they tell people how their product will make a difference. They say: This is how our platform works. This […]

Building Organizational Capacity through Great Learning Design

It’s not uncommon we encounter an organization with a strong desire to deliver an innovative learning solution but lacking the internal resources or expertise to […]

Effective Networked Learning Environments for Professional Development

Question 1: How can we design online professional development environments that help participants integrate their prior experiences into networked learning pathways? As a design entry point […]

Designing Innovative Learning Experiences

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of sitting with both NextThought and ILED colleagues at the Oklahoma Journal Record’s 2016 Innovator of the Year Award ceremony. Both NextThought and […]

Improving Learning by Adding Inquiry

One of the most common learning design questions I’m asked is, “How can I get learners more engaged with my content?” From a lesson or course […]

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes (In Revenue)

The era of associations relying on member dues to support revenue is all but gone. The challenge for associations today is to attract younger generations […]

Using Synchronous Communication Tools to Enhance Learning Environment Design

Synchronous communication does not – and should not – dictate the shape or design of our learning spaces. Rather, it should be viewed as a […]

Millennials, Listicles, and Learning

Listicles have quickly become one of the more popular online writing styles. What is the correlation between their growing popularity and Millennials preference – or […]

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