Articles – Instructional Design

PowerPoint Coma – Causes, Effects, Prevention, and Dilbert.

April 9, 2016
PowerPoint Coma – Causes, Effects, Prevention, and Dilbert.

John Herrell has been there, perhaps you’ve been there too. PowerPoint Coma is a real phenomenon. It drives those afflicted into a daze that numbs their brains; it has a soporific effect so strong that you’d ditch valium; it is the reason why many awesome programs fail to make a real impact. The crowd-sourced urban dictionary, has been among...

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Next Session of IDCD in April + Other Matters.

January 26, 2016

ID Course Update and Other Thoughts: The Instructional Design and Content Development (IDCD) Course: The Jan session of IDCD is currently in progress. I intend to start the next session in April. If you are interested in taking the program with me, I recommend that you go through the details of the IDCD Course and send me an email....

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IDEAL: Cognitive Dissonance & Other ID Principles – Relationships!

April 10, 2015
IDEAL: Cognitive Dissonance & Other ID Principles – Relationships!

Previous posts in this series: IDEAL: Understanding Cognitive Dissonance – Explanation and Illustration. IDEAL: Cognitive Dissonance in On-ground and Online Trainings – Reasons & Remedy. Cognitive Dissonance & Other Instructional Design Principles: Cognitive dissonance reflects in many other ID theories and models. This isn’t surprising because many ID theories are based on observations of the human learning behavior. If...

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IDEAL: Cognitive Dissonance in On-ground and Online Trainings – Reasons & Remedy.

April 8, 2015
IDEAL: Cognitive Dissonance in On-ground and Online Trainings – Reasons & Remedy.

Read the previous post “IDEAL: Understanding Cognitive Dissonance – Explanation and Illustration” here. Cognitive Dissonance in Classrooms and Other Learning Environments: According to Leon Festinger, who proposed the theory, Cognitive dissonance may arise due to two or more conflicting cognitions (thoughts.) Such dissonance is often experienced in adult-learning classrooms where the learners come in with prior knowledge that may oppose...

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IDEAL: Understanding Cognitive Dissonance – Explanation and Illustration.

April 7, 2015
IDEAL: Understanding Cognitive Dissonance – Explanation and Illustration.

Cognitive Dissonance: (Explanation, Illustration, and its Impact on Learning.)   Understanding Cognitive Dissonance: I had first encountered this term when I was a student of management. The context was customer behavior, and the concept being discussed was Post-purchase Dissonance. To simplify matters, let me explain Post-purchase Dissonance first. Every once in a while, after having bought something of high...

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Using Instructional Storytelling Storytelling for Soft-skills, Conceptual, and Technical Trainings

July 27, 2013

The battle-lines between creativity and practicality never fade, yet some instructional designers and trainers make the effort to bring creativity into the domain of teaching and training. They use various techniques to make learning more palatable and also more effective. One of these techniques is Instructional Storytelling. Through his Daily Kick in the Pants, David Wolverton (who writes fantasy...

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The IDEAL: Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience – What they are and How they Impact Trainings?

February 24, 2013
The IDEAL: Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience – What they are and How they Impact Trainings?

Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience (Explanation and Comparison with General and Training-Specific Illustrations.)   If you are a trainer, you’ve seen them all – right there in your classroom. Accepting the existence of these behaviors, and understanding them could help you implement your training programs more smoothly. Let us understand and illustrate each of these. Conformity This term is related...

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Learning the Art of Content Creation from the Master Creator

August 8, 2012

According to the Genesis I, God first created the heaven and the earth. The earth was created formless and there was darkness all around, so God said, “Let there be light,” and then there was light. Then God named the light, Day, and the dark, Night. Then God made the sky before he rested. Then the next morning, he...

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Dreams and Nightmares – A Short Story about Success, Pride, and Fear

August 8, 2012
Dreams and Nightmares – A Short Story about Success, Pride, and Fear

Dreams and Nightmares – A Short Story about Success, Pride, and Fear   The sound of the footsteps echoed in the silence of the night. As Lisa hurriedly made her way across the society compound to reach her block of apartments, the sound began to fade. She wiped the beads of perspiration from her forehead and tried to control...

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The IDEAL: Verbal Information

August 1, 2012
The IDEAL: Verbal Information

  Verbal Information / Verbal Skills Robert Gagne classified the outcomes of all learning processes into 5 types. Intellectual Skills Cognitive Strategy Verbal Information Attitude Motor Skill We’ve already discussed Intellectual Skills and Cognitive Strategy, and understood what sort of abilities fall under these two classes. Verbal Information is possibly the most abundantly found among the three types of...

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