Use Twine for Branching Learning Scenarios

The open source writing tool Twine bills itself as an “Interactive Fiction” authoring program – a way for people to make text-based choose-your-own-adventure games and post them online. In fact, there is a vibrant community of writers who create their own branching fiction stories for others to enjoy and play. …

Immersive Learning Experiences that Minimize Complexity and Cost

When we think about creating immersive learning experiences, most people’s minds jump immediately to clunky VR headsets, video game 3D worlds, and other cutting edge-technologies. I think it’s a mistake to use these modern trappings of mixed reality as a starting place, because producing these experiences requires huge upfront investments …

Best Markdown Editors for Writers and Coders 2017

Over the years I’ve been exploring Markdown as a content development tool, I’ve tried most of the Markdown editors available for Mac and Windows. In this article I’ll share my preferred editors aimed at different types of writers. Writers vs. Coders Markdown is very popular among two main audiences — …

Instructional Designers Need a Clipboard Manager (and So Do You!)

Sometimes a big part of the job of Instructional Design involves simply copy/pasting information from one format or platform to another. I’m working on a project now that has made me very thankful that I’m using a Clipboard Manager. What is a Clipboard Manager? It’s a desktop tool that lets …

Discussion Forum for Video Lectures Encourages Engagement

Most LMSes have a “Discussion Forum” tool that you can add into any course unit, and even make it a graded assignment in the course. Many online educators will post a discussion prompt and let students respond below. Here’s a little trick to help spice up your discussion postings with …