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Let's save the world from boring instruction

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Comment on What’s the real cost of eye candy? by Colin Geissler

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 07:26:15 +0000

Hi Cathy, I have never used Twine to create branching scenarios but have done them the old-fashioned way in the past. To create a paper-based presentation, you can use cross-referencing in Microsoft Word to make it a little less painful (at least you don't need to keep track of page numbers). I have put together a 7-page example and shared it on dropbox at

Comment on How to respond to “Make one course for everyone” by Brock Westover

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 20:02:02 +0000

Cathy, I really enjoyed your post. You mentioned a few things that really struck me. I am currently in a Masters program for Instructional Design at Walden University. I am in my second class and am enjoying what I am learning. I have always enjoyed training and that is why I choose this career path. What you said that really struck me was when you mentioned that our learners are not in school, they are on the job. I really think this is something that we must always remember when presenting a training. We aren't just giving them information that can be forgotten. This information is to help them do better at the their jobs in one way or another. I think if we focus on that, when we prepare our presentation, we will find better ways to help our leanrers actually learn and be able to implement what we have taught. Thank you for sharing! Brock Westover

Comment on How to respond to “Make one course for everyone” by Violeta Farias

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 00:12:01 +0000

Hi Cathy, I enjoyed your post/presentation, thank you. I agree with the approach you recommend an instructional designer should have when meeting the SME’s. We shouldn’t just have a lot of content for the learner but give them an experience which is something they will remember. There is a misconception that having a lot of repetitive content is an effective way for someone to learn but the truth is a person learns if the instructional designer, in this particular case, encodes the problem with the SME by asking the right questions that will enable the learner to understand and apply the knowledge in a beneficial way. (Laureate Education, n.d.). Your presentation resonated with me as I am currently in a training on learner experience design, a fairly new theory which involves achieving the learning outcomes from a human and goal oriented position. Learning experience design is focused on the learner, right at the center of the whole design with quadrants that include the goal you need to reach, an experience which is something we all learn from, the design and putting the knowledge into practice. (Floor, n.d.). If you ask the right questions as instructional designers, you will have a clear understanding of what will work for the learner therefore achieving your goal through experience and not through a lot of information. Reference: Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.). Information processing and problem solving [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author. Niels Floor (n.d.) What is learning experience design. Retrieved from:

Comment on Action mapping book now available by Cathy Moore

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:36:19 +0000

Hi Cindy! It's really unfortunate that our jobs have been increasingly defined as "Do everything from analyzing a complex cultural problem to creating an animated, talking poodle." When I had actual jobs, I found that the bigger elearning developers (outsourcing firms) were more likely to separate design from production. I could focus on the analysis and design, and a team of much more talented people than I would create the graphics and make everything work.

Comment on Action mapping book now available by Cathy Moore

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:33:50 +0000

Hannah, thanks for your kind words! I'm glad the book has been helpful.

Comment on Action mapping book now available by Cynthia Riddle

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:46:13 +0000

Cathy, I can’t wait to get your book! I agree with you 100% about instructional designers analyzing and dsigning. How do I find that job?! Cindy

Comment on Action mapping book now available by Hannah Mackinlay

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:43:20 +0000

I actually have a real paper copy made from good old dead trees with ink on over here in the UK, and I can say the book is brilliant.. Full of excellent guidance and very thought provoking. Written in the unique Cathy Moore style, I am recommending it to everyone in the business of training as a must read. it is really a breath of fresh air in all the pseudo psycho nonsense that is out there.

Comment on How to respond to “Make one course for everyone” by Sabrina Marcello

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:43:39 +0000

This post has some good ideas on how to build a cours with universal learning design in mind. Not all people learn the same or have the same learning needs. Our main job when creating learning programs is to determine the need. Like you stated, from the beginning ask the client questions to hep determine the needs of the learners. Do you feel that any data pulled from prior learning or trends relative to the content the client wants addressed in the learning could help with the design and how so?

Comment on New action mapping job aids available by Magda Hribar

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 02:09:13 +0000

Thank you for your generosity in making all these job aids available - in a current environment of "e-learning is the way to go" (read "text and next"), your sound approach helps me persevere.

Comment on New action mapping job aids available by stacey

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 16:54:33 +0000

Thank you for sharing your wonderful resources!! I love the job aids-- they are very helpful!