From Word Docs in a File to a Non-Linear Visual Knowledge Base using Markdown

Our team maintains a library of basic research about eLearning vendors we’ve worked with, or may explore in future. Until now, these files were stored in Microsoft Office docs. When I was asked to review and revise them, I decided to convert them into a non-linear, visual knowledge base using …

Teachers: Don’t Get an Instructional Designer Job, Transform the Teaching Role with ID

I am subscribed to the r/instructionaldesign forum on Reddit, and this year it is positively overrun with teachers trying to figure out how to get out of the classroom and into the field of instructional design. This NPR article “More than half of teachers are looking for the exits” shows …

All Together Now? Shared Tech Platforms Across a Diverse Team of Instructional Designers

When you’re working on a team, it’s usually assumed that you’ll all use the same software platforms so you can more easily share projects, files, and have a shared set of capabilities across the team. For example – it’s helpful if everybody uses the same app suite for designing eLearning …

Sponsored posts? No. 

http://pca.st/OYg6 After listening to this episode of the stellar Daily Tech News Show a while back, there was a discussion about “sponsored content”. They raised questions like “where is the line between independent journalism and advertising?” “Is it different for different types of news outlets?” “Is it ok to accept …

Recording Screencasts and Lecture Videos via Zoom

The Coronavirus quarantine has given all kinds of non-technical computer users a crash course in Zoom online meetings. This creates an opportunity for those users to develop skills in recording their own high-quality explainer videos, screencasts, and lecture sessions. Zoom’s record meeting feature can produce a high-quality MP4 video file …

Backchannel? Slack Channel!

Harnessing Turned-On Brains A live learning conference or training event can be a busy, chaotic, and stimulating setting for learning new things. Not only are you following a packed schedule of interesting speakers exposing you to new ideas, but you’re also surrounded by other professionals like yourself, with interesting insights …

Choosing Images is an Art Form

Whether you’re designing a presentation, an online course, or just updating your blog, your choice of images can add meaning to your message, or completely distract from it. At worst, poorly-chosen images can diminish your credibility, distract your audience, and even get you into legal trouble (!!!), so it’s important to choose images with care.