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The eLearning Coach Podcast

Summary: Connie Malamed, from The eLearning Coach site, shares fresh ideas and actionable tips for success with creating online and mobile learning experiences. Listen to interviews with expert designers, developers, authors and professors who provide strategies for both learning architects and educators. If you have a passion for instructional design, cognitive psychology, visual communication, social media learning, mLearning, and related topics, this podcast is for you.

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 ELC 056: How To Develop Your Creativity | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:35

Do you ever find yourself wishing you could come up with more creative ideas? Do you think of creativity is a gift bestowed on the lucky few? The guest for this episode, Brad Hokanson, will help you see that creativity is fluid and that it is a skill that can be developed. Brad is a professor and author, who teaches students how to develop their creative skills. He is a professor in Graphic Design at the University of Minnesota. Brad has a diverse academic record, including degrees in art, architecture and urban design, and received his PhD in Instructional Technology. He teaches in the area of creative problem solving and has published research in the fields of creativity and educational technology. His most recent book on the subject is Developing Creative Thinking Skills. He won his college's award for outstanding teaching in 2002 and 2008. WE DISCUSS: * An accepted definition of creativity * Increasing importance of creativity * Characteristics of a creative solution * Traits of the creative person * Metrics for measuring creativity * Why we come up with more creative solutions over time * Evidence that creativity can be improved * How to improve creativity * Divergent and convergent thinking * Combinatory thinking * Exercises to improve creativity * Stories of people who improved their creativity * A brainstorming technique: the idea relay * Stretching the solution space TRANSCRIPT: Download the [Download not found] RATE: Rate this podcast in iTunes TIME: 33 minutes RESOURCES: * Developing Creative Thinking Skills by Brad Hokanson * Investment Theory of Creativity, article by Sternberger * Cambridge Handbook of Creativity, book by Sternberger * [Download not found] (brainstorming technique) Get the latest articles, resources and freebies once a month plus my free eBook, Writing for Instructional Design. SEND EBOOK NOW

 ELC 055: What You Need to Know About Cognitive Load | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:47

If you are a learning professional or if you think of yourself as a product designer, one of the most important aspects of your work is understanding how people learn. Yet, many of us in the field lack a basic understanding of the key theories that explain human cognitive architecture and how to best leverage it for learning. It’s up to us to learn about it, spread the word and advocate for learners. That’s why I couldn’t be more excited to present a conversation I had with John Sweller, PhD, the person who developed cognitive load theory. John Sweller is an Emeritus Professor in the school of Education at the University of South Wales Sydney. He is an educational psychologist, best known for formulating cognitive load theory, which uses our knowledge of evolutionary psychology and human cognitive architecture as a basis for instructional design. Cognitive load theory is one of the most highly cited educational psychology theories. WE DISCUSS: * Characteristics of working memory and long-term memory * Importance of tying novel information to previously learned information * What causes cognitive load * Cognitive load considerations in user interface and visual design * Examples of taxing cognitive resources in instruction: redundancy effect, split attention effect, transient information effect * Intrinsic and extrinsic cognitive load * Isolating elements as an instructional strategy * Why guided instruction is superior for novices learning difficult material TRANSCRIPT: Download the [Download not found] RATE: Rate this podcast in iTunes TIME: 37 minutes RESOURCES: You may need access to an academic library to read many of Sweller's publications. * Select publications by John Sweller * Book chapters by John Sweller Cognitive Load Articles on The eLearning Coach * 8 Principles on Cognitive Load and Collaborative Learning * Six Strategies You May Not Be Using To Reduce Cognitive Load * What is cognitive load?   Get the latest articles, resources and freebies once a month plus my free eBook, Writing for Instructional Design. SEND EBOOK NOW

 ELC 054: Do learners understand your instructional graphics? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:22

Are we all a little over-confident about the graphics we use to promote learning? Today’s guest, Elizabeth Boling, has done research that demonstrates we are. We assume that people can understand our intent in the instructional graphics that we or others produce. Elizabeth has done a lot of thinking and research in this area. She is a professor of instructional systems technology in the School of Education at Indiana University. Her resume includes 10 years of design practice, five of which were at Apple. She was editor-in chief at Tech Trends and is founding editor and current editor-in-chief of International Journal of Designs for Learning,  WE DISCUSS: * How people interpret instructional illustrations versus what the designer intended * What affects decoding of a graphical element * Visual literacy * How text augments visuals * Why schools should be teaching students how to create graphics * Decoding icons and information graphics * Importance of testing graphics on users * Some criteria for when graphics are needed to enhance learning * When graphics may detract from learning TRANSCRIPT: Download the [Download not found] RATE: Rate this podcast in iTunes TIME: 30 minutes RESOURCES: * elizabethboling.com * International Journal of Designs for Learning * Studio Teaching in Higher Education * Instructional Illustrations: Intended Meanings and Learner Interpretations * List of Elizabeth's research papers * Yes, Icons Need Labels (related to the conversation) Get the latest articles, resources and freebies once a month plus my free eBook, Writing for Instructional Design. SEND EBOOK NOW

 ELC 053: Creating Long-term Engagement with Game Thinking | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:15

As learning experience designers, we can borrow techniques for innovation from product design and game design. That's why I was eager to chat with Amy Jo Kim, who has written an excellent book, Game Thinking: Innovate smarter & drive deep engagement with design techniques from hit games. "Game thinking is the art and science of engaging your customers on the path to mastery." In this conversation, Amy Jo presents ideas for applying  Game Thinking to Learning Experience Design. Specifically, she focuses on ways to bring long-term engagement to new products. Amy Jo started her career as a neuroscientist and eventually became a social game designer, community architect, and startup coach. She works with startups & game studios worldwide to help them accelerate innovation and create compelling experiences. WE DISCUSS: * Five steps of Game Thinking: hypothesize, empathize, design, play test, and implement * The double-diamond approach to design: problem space and solution space * Extrinsic and intrinsic motivation * What it means to play test * The Minimum Valuable Product concept * How to find super fans to get good results from testing in a short amount of time * Three pillars of game thinking: super-fans, path to mastery and learning loop * How to overcome obstacles through leadership * Emotional journey to mastery * Important qualities of early adopters * Favorite method for unlocking creativity TRANSCRIPT: Download the [Download not found] RATE: Rate this podcast in iTunes TIME: 42 minutes RESOURCES: * Amy Jo's website: amyjokim.com * Book: Game Thinking: Innovate smarter & drive deep engagement with design techniques from hit games by Amy Jo Kim  * Find out about programs: Game Thinking Master Class * Podcast: Getting2Alpha * Double-diamond approach * Four Ways to Improve Your Strategic Thinking Skills Find out where you can get 110 free assets and tools for Learning Experience Designers. GET FREEBIES LIST Get the latest articles, resources and good finds once a month plus this freebies list.

 ELC 052: The Story of Becoming a Great Manager | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:01

If you are a new or experienced manager or an aspiring manager, this episode is for you. If you want to develop leadership skills, you'll find some relevant conversation here too. And if you want to better understand your manager, you may benefit from this episode. In this session, I speak with Katy Tynan about the misconceptions people have about management, the best ways to manage a creative team, the relationship between leadership and management and much more. Katy is an author, speaker and internationally-recognized expert on how work is evolving and how the employer/employee relationship is changing. She works as a talent strategy and organizational development consultant with a focus on helping individuals, businesses and educational institutions adapt to the evolving landscape of work. Her book, How Did I Not See This Coming, is written as fiction. Readers follow a new manager, Julie, who is less than competent. Along the way, you learn the lessons of how to become a more effective manager. You can find find her book at ATD Press and Amazon. WE DISCUSS: * The situation new managers find themselves in * Good intentions are quite enough * The core skill of an effective manager * Reflections on leadership and its role in management * Common misconceptions of new managers * Six practices that demotivate creative work * Mistakes new and experienced managers make * How to write a team vision * How to facilitate a growth mindset * How to discover what motivates team members * Ways to develop leadership skills RATE: Rate this podcast in iTunes TIME: 37 minutes TRANSCRIPT: [Download not found] LINKS TO RESOURCES DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: * Katy's Website: www.katytynan.com * How Did I Not See This Coming by Katy Tynan available at Amazon and ATD Press * Start with Why by Simon Sinek * Theresa Amabile (creativity at work research) * Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink * Stephen Covey books * Servant Leadership in Action by Ken Blanchard * Lynda.com * SkillSoft * Harvard ManageMentor Get the latest articles, resources and freebies once a month plus my free eBook, Writing for Instructional Design. SEND EBOOK NOW

 ELC 051: Tips and Tools for Creating an eLearning Portfolio | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:45

Life happens. You never know when you might need to show an eLearning portfolio. If you don't have one yet, this episode will demonstrate how valuable a portfolio can be. If you've been resisting, listen to get inspired with ideas. And if you already have one, Mike Taylor's insights will prepare you to refine your current version. Mike Taylor works, speaks, facilitates and writes at the intersection of learning, design, technology and social media. He works at Mindset Digital, where he develops videos and online courses to educate learners on social media and online best practices. Mike is big on sharing and he’s the first person I thought of when I was creating the ideas for this episode. He has made presentations about eLearning portfolios and has a great curated site on the topic too. See Resources below for links. WE DISCUSS: * Why everyone should have an eLearning portfolio * Wide variety of types of portfolios * The competitive advantages of the work portfolio * The case study portfolio * What to do if your work is proprietary * How extensive a portfolio should be * The technical side of portfolios: platforms for the front page and hosting options * The Desperation Option (if you need something in an hour or two) * Technical obstacles you can easily overcome * Creating a good user experience for viewers * Organizing, categorizing and tagging for meaning * Overcoming obstacles RATE: Rate this podcast in iTunes TIME: 30 minutes TRANSCRIPT : Download the [Download not found] in PDF format or see the full text below. LINKS TO RESOURCES: * Mike Taylor's Website * Mike's Curated eLearning Portfolio Site * Sign up for Mike's newsletter Portfolio Front Page Platforms 1. Easiest * LinkedIn * About Me * Mural 2. Portfolio Platforms * Behance * Krop * Carbon-made * Dribble 3. Website Builders * Wix * Square Space * Wordpress.com (hosted on their site) or Wordpress.org (find your own host) Hosting Your Files * Articulate Tempshare and Articulate 360 Review (these are for Articulate products and only a temporary option) *

 ELC 050: Should you believe it? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:13

Are you inadvertently believing learning myths? Are your best practices based on hearsay? In this episode, I speak with Clark Quinn, Ph.D., about many of the myths, superstitions and misconceptions he explains in his book Millennials, Goldfish and Other Training Misconceptions. Clark is a prolific author and a recognized leader in learning technology strategy. He helps organizations take advantage of information systems to meet learning, knowledge, and performance needs. He's been involved in the design, development, and evaluation of a wide variety of educational technology for over 30 years. WE DISCUSS: * Prevalence of learning myths and misconceptions * Problems in our industry caused by learning misinformation * Do generations think differently? * Do humans have a shorter attention span than goldfish? * Are data from fMRIs reliable? * Is there such a thing as learning styles? * Has the human brain evolved from continuous use of technology? * Are mistakes useful for learning? * Is knowledge required as a prerequisite for learning a skill? * Do click to reveal interactions engage learners? * Should learning be easy or difficult? * Is the 70-20-10 framework effective? * Is there a good way to identify the credibility of a claim? RATE: Rate this podcast in iTunes TIME: 38 minutes TRANSCRIPT: Download [Download not found] RESOURCES AND LINKS: * Millenials, Goldfish and Other Training Misconceptions on Amazon and ATD Books * Learnlet's (Clark's blog) * Clark's Amazon Page (lots 'o books!) * Four Component Instructional Design Model by van Merriënboer * BadAss: Making Users Awesome by Kathy Sierra (see my short review) * Vgotsky's Zone of Proximal Development (an explanation of Vgotsky's theories) * Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's Ted Talk: Flow, the secret to happiness * 70-20-10 Institute Get the latest articles, resources and freebies once a month plus my free eBook, Writing for Instructional Design. SEND EBOOK NOW

 ELC 049: How to ‘Find Funny’ When Speaking, Writing and Installing Mufflers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:11

Mark Shatz, Ph.D., teaches educational psychology, statistics and a course on writing humor at the University of Ohio, Zanesville. He's a coauthor of the book, Comedy Writing Secrets. Research shows that appropriate humor in the instructional setting can set the stage for a positive attitude toward learning. It can enhance interest, build rapport and heighten attention. In this conversation, Mark explains techniques for speaking and writing with humor. WE DISCUSS: * What funny is * How to "find funny" * Why it's easy to be funny in instructional settings * The psychology of why people laugh * How humor can benefit learning * Whether placement of humor affects learning * The pitfalls of using humor in learning * The best style for writing humor * Beginner mistakes * Techniques for making situations funny * The structure of stand-up comedy jokes * Finding your writer's voice RATE: Rate this podcast in iTunes TIME: 32 minutes TRANSCRIPT: Download the [Download not found] RESOURCE LINKS: * Comedy Writing Secrets: The Best-Selling Guide to Writing Funny and Getting Paid for It, 3rd Edition by Mark Shatz and Mel Helitzer * Enhancing Online Instruction with Humor by Loschiavo and Shatz (Download article on request) * Does Humor Enhance Learning? * Teaching Humor: An Interview with Dr. Mark Shatz   Get the latest articles, resources and freebies once a month plus my free eBook, Writing for Instructional Design. SEND EBOOK NOW

 ELC 048: The Strategic Use of Learning Management Systems | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:10

If you think of the learning management system (LMS) as an antiquated platform, then listen to this conversation with John Leh. He has a fascinating perspective on the evolution of LMSs and the value they can add to an organization. John is the CEO and Lead Analyst at Talented Learning, a learning management research and consulting firm devoted to helping organizations of all sizes choose and use LMS solutions and related technologies for their unique business needs. His company has reviewed scores of learning management systems and he shares his insights on this podcast. WE DISCUSS: * What a Learning Management System is * Number of LMSs in the market * Flavors of Learning Management Systems * The hottest category of LMS in the market today * Determining the use cases prior to purchasing an LMS * Criteria for reviewing an LMS * How LMSs are evolving and changing * Consolidating your credentials using Mozilla backpack, Credly and others * LMS platforms and xAPI integration (or not) * LMS and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) integration * LMS platforms with authoring tool integration * Costs of using a free open source LMS * How not to define your requirements and a better way to do it * How to measure the success of your LMS implementation RATE: Rate this podcast in iTunes TIME: 30 minutes TRANSCRIPT: Download the [Download not found] RESOURCE LINKS: * Talented Learning * The Talented Learning Show * Talented Learning LMS Directory * More on LMS and CRM Integration Get the latest articles, resources and freebies once a month plus my free eBook, Writing for Instructional Design. SEND EBOOK NOW

 ELC 047: The Action Mapping Alternative | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:04

If you are frustrated with the limited models available for instructional design, then you’ll be interested in this conversation with Cathy Moore. She is the creator of Action Mapping and author of Map It, a model of training design that focuses on improving workplace performance. Cathy is a training designer, teacher, speaker and author. Her advice and designs have been used by many organizations and the U.S. government. She also teaches online workshops on scenario design. Cathy has made it her mission to save the world from boring instruction. In this conversation, we discuss her book, Map It!. We also talk about the changing role of learning experience designers, measuring the effects of training, how to tell whether training is the solution to a performance problem, tracking practice activities (or not), creating prototypes and much more. WE DISCUSS: * Providing effective solutions that go beyond training * Action Mapping process * Using business metrics to measure performance improvement and behavior change * How action mapping has evolved and changed over the years * Criteria to determine whether a performance problem can be solved with training * Action mapping as a method for practicing instructional design * When to use and not use action mapping * How to choose the tasks that require practice activities * Advantages of branching scenarios * Technical implementation of practice activities * Prototyping guidelines RATE: Rate this podcast in iTunes TIME: 24 minutes TRANSCRIPT: Download the [Download not found] RESOURCES: * Map It by Cathy Moore * Cathy's website * Is training the answer? Use this flowchart * Will Action Mapping work for my project? (interactive flowchart) * Action Mapping * Cathy's Scenario Design Course * Balsamiq (mockup tool) * Twine (for telling branching stories) Get the latest articles, resources and freebies once a month plus my free eBook, Writing for Instructional Design. SEND EBOOK NOW

 ELC 046: Best Podcast Gems Of 2013 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:42

I've been producing The eLearning Coach podcast since January of 2013, and I've been learning and growing along with you. When I look back through the podcasts I see that there are many older ones that you may not have heard or certainly, you've forgotten. So I thought that every so often, I would pull out a few gems for you from years past and put them together into a Best of Show. I hope you enjoy this one. WE DISCUSS This episode includes segments from: * ELC 001: Joe Fournier on finding a job in instructional design * ELC 002: Jane Bozarth on how to use social media for learning * ELC 004: Lisa Cron on how to write awesome stories * ELC 007: Susan Weinshenck on working memory, schemas and mental models * ELC 010: Alberto Cairo on the purpose of visuals and information graphics RATE: Rate this podcast in iTunes TIME: 28 minutes TRANSCRIPT: Download the [Download not found]. RESOURCES: * Spot Learning: Joe Fournier's blog * Social Media for Trainers by Jane Bozarth * Wired for Story by Lisa Cron * 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People and Neuro Web Design by Susan Weinschenk * The Functional Art by Alberto Cairo Get the latest articles, resources and freebies once a month plus my free eBook, Writing for Instructional Design. SEND EBOOK NOW

 ELC 045: The Art And Science Of Practice And Feedback | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:07

Practice and feedback. Seems easy, right? Actually, designing the appropriate type of practice and providing effective feedback requires a lot of know-how. Patti Shank, PhD., has been studying the research on this topic and wrote a book about it. In this conversation, she shares some of the key takeaways that she has gleaned from the research. Patti has more than 20 years of experience with performance and learning analysis, instructional design, learning sciences,information design and usability principles. She is deeply engaged in researching what works best for workplace learning and training outcomes. WE DISCUSS: * Difference between deep learning and superficial learning * Importance of practice and feedback * Why humans need a lot of practice to learn skills and retain knowledge * Types of practice that promote learning transfer (fidelity, consequences, variability, social interaction) * Types of practice that promote remembering (context, realism, reference) * Formative feedback versus summative feedback * Feedback for novices versus those with experience * Value of effortful learning RATE: Rate this podcast in iTunes TIME: 24 minutes TRANSCRIPT: Download the transcript: [Download not found] RESOURCES: * Practice and Feedback for Deeper Learning by Patti Shank * Patti Shank (Patti's website) Get the latest articles, resources and freebies once a month plus my free eBook, Writing for Instructional Design. SEND EBOOK NOW

 ELC 044: Behind The Scenes With Three Voice Actors/Artists | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:57

If you use audio in your learning materials, then you'll be fascinated by what these voice actors reveal about their work and the scripts they are given. What do voice actors, voice artists and narrators need in a script? What can we provide to ensure we support them to do their best. How do we reduce the corrections cycle? These questions and more are answered in this episode by three excellent and experienced voice actors. WE DISCUSS: * Education and training needed to become a voice artist * Characteristics of good scripts * Script formatting that makes it easier for a voice actor to perform * What to provide prior to recording * Discussing rates and timelines * Common mistakes to avoid * What a voice over job for eLearning entails * Pronunciation keys * *How to make a dying sound for a video game RATE: Rate this podcast in iTunes TIME: 31 minutes TRANSCRIPT: Download the [Download not found]. RESOURCES: * Kim Handysides * George Washington III, VO Evolution * Rebecca Haugh, Love That Rebecca * If You Can Talk, You Can Write (Book) * World Voices * Voices.com *Extremely important Get the latest articles, resources and freebies once a month plus 12 Scripting Tips. SEND THE SCRIPTING TIPS

 ELC 043: Will you design intelligent agents in the future? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:23

The future is now. I’m talking about the fact that software we use every day is based on artificial intelligence algorithms and the trend is growing. How will you be using AI in the future? Will you benefit from automation?  Will you design AI software for learning? Will you be training AI agents? In this session, I interview Chris Noessel, about a fascinating category of artificial intelligence known as agentive technology. Chris is the author of Designing Agentive Technology: AI That Works for People and coauthor of Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction. He is also a UX professional, where he has designed products, services, and strategy for a variety of domains, including health, financial, and consumer. Chris currently works with IBM, as Global Design Practice Lead for the Travel and Transportation sector. WE DISCUSS: * Artificial intelligence categories: General AI, Super AI, Narrow AI * The Singularity * Machine learning versus deep learning * Differences between agentive AI and assistive narrow AI * How online services are using AI * Benefits of agentive technology * How agentive technology will affect your job * We step through the ux design process of agentive software (setup, touchpoints,monitoring) RATE: Rate this podcast in iTunes TIME: 40 minutes TRANSCRIPT: Download the [Download not found]. RESOURCES AND MENTIONS: * Chris Noessel's web page * Designing Agentive Technology: AI That Works for People by Chris Noessel (Amazon or Rosenfeld Media) * Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction by Nathan Shedroff and Chris Noessel * Sci-fi Interfaces (Interaction design lessons from sci-fi) * Roomba Vacuum (Narrow AI machine) * Person of Interest (AI Show) * Near Future Laboratory * Society of Mind Get the latest articles, resources and freebies once a month plus my free eBook, Writing for Instructional Design. SEND EBOOK NOW

 ELC 042: The Power and Practice of Digital Curation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Digital curation is emerging as a sound strategy in learning experience design to replace or enhance courses. It's also a strategy for building community and a way to support informal learning and a backchannel. In this episode, I speak with Allison Anderson and Ben Betts, co-authors and editors of Ready, Set, Curate: 8 Learning Experts Tell You How. Allison is a Chief Learning Strategist at Learning EcoStrategies. She has more than 20 years of experience as a learning leader in both higher education and the private sector. Ben leads the team at his startup, HT2 Labs, an R&D company for learning and performance technology. Ben is a thought-leader in Learning Technology with more than 15 years of experience and a doctorate where he studied the impact of gamification on adult social learning. WE DISCUSS: * Defining digital curation * Difference between aggregation and curation * Why curation is a viable solution for workplace learning * Examples of how digital curation can be used: Imagination, Instruction, Integration and Implementation * How curation is supported by instructional science * Curation and community—the social aspect of curation * Curation strategies for learning experience design * Effective curation process * Determining valid sources to curate * Curation copyright and licensing issues * Common mistakes new curators make * Curation tools TIME: 31 minutes RATE: Review this podcast in iTunes TRANSCRIPT: Download the [Download not found]. RESOURCES: * Ready, Set, Curate: 8 Learning Experts Tell You How by Allison Anderson and Ben Betts * HT2 Labs where Ben is the CEO * Scoop.it: curation tool * Medium: writing platform * AndersPink: automated curation tool * Curatr: Ht2 Labs curation tool that incorporates social learning and gamification * Degreed: micro-credentialing platform * PathGather: enterprise learning platform * Review of Ready, Set, Curate Get the latest articles, resources and freebies once a month plus my free eBook, Writing for Instructional Design. SEND EBOOK NOW

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