Image by Harish Sharma from Pixabay One of my biggest areas for practice and improvement as an instructional designer and corporate trainer is in eLearning. I haven’t had much exposure to it outside of the materials I created in the Umass Boston master’s program. It’s an area I feel will be beneficial to practice in and utilize on the job. My employer tends to avoid eLearning and push class room style training above all else. This posed a problem when the Covid-19 pandemic hit and we were forced to rethink our daily training routines.I decided that a learning pursuit for eLearning experience would be the way to go for this assignment and class. It would allow me to practice something interesting and simultaneously help me along in the professional development area. I started out not knowing what was out there, other than the usual suspects (Storyline & Captivate). My original…

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I recently completed a digital story on how people cope with change. I chose this topic because it’s something that I teach in my current workplace. The concept of change and how people interpret it is interesting to me and it always spurs some great in class conversation. As I started scripting and selecting images, a question occurred to me. When designing learning for a new concept that will impact a learners way of performing a task, should designers consider implementing change management activities? My answer is yes! A few years ago, my employer decided to install new computer hardware that would streamline a current process. The problem was, this new hardware is going to change a behavior that some employees have been performing for many years (20+ in some cases). The major change came in the form of adding machines being removed from workstations as the new hardware calculated…

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The time has finally arrived for my colleagues and I to resume in-person workshops. The Covid-19 guidelines are stressful but we are managing to keep everyone as safe and as comfortable as possible. We were given our first training assignment since the beginning of the pandemic and we were quickly able to string together a rather robust workshop. We brainstormed, edited & printed materials and re-familiarized ourselves with the subjects. We created a PSA and emailed all participants about the new guidelines for “office etiquette”. All that was left was the creation of introduction, we always use a silly ice breaker. It was decided that we would ask the following question: Name? Where will you be working? What new hobby or skill did you pick up during the quarantine? The participants all had great responses and we shared a few laughs, mostly at my expense! I attempted grilling some expensive…

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