Top 10 Instructional Design and eLearning Blogs


Do you want to know:

  • what other instructional designers are learning about?
  • what you should be adding to your toolkit?
  • how to become a better instructional designer?
It is time to level yourself up. 🤩

We have pulled together our top 10 Belvista Studios’ instructional design and eLearning blogs. These blogs were read most by our community and we know they will add value to your work and life as they have for others (they tell us so). 💜

We are all about change in behaviour so in the spirit of this not being a passive experience for you, there are a number of ways that you can gain value from this.

You can:

  1. Skim through the list of blogs below and decide which ones interest you. Read those ones.
  2. Book out time in your calendar to read each blog (e.g. Read 1 blog a week).
  3. Treat yourself and read them all now.
  4. Check out all of our blogs here and go wild (Belvista Studios, 2021).
  5. Share any blogs that you think will add value to your colleagues, friends and family. Sharing is caring!
We encourage you to experiment and take action on the tips and insights that resonate with you but we will leave the next steps to you. You are in charge of your development and journey after all. 😉

Here we go! 👇🏻

#10. How To Create Customised eLearning Navigation | Articulate Storyline Tips



An important part of an eLearning course is the ability for the learner to navigate through the course with ease. Articulate Storyline does come with its own default navigation that can be accessed through the ‘Player’. Here you can add navigation options for functions such as volume, a seek bar and even a menu that displays on each screen of your course.

📃 Read the blog and find out more here.

#9. How to Create an Effective Conversation eLearning Scenario




We have been having conversations since we were young and for many, the art of conversation is second nature. What we are focusing on in this blog is training people on how to improve their skill level for certain conversations that follow a structure and may not be quite so simple.

In this blog we share the process we took to design a practice wellness conversation for the online environment. So get your trusty notepad out and be ready to write notes because this process really does work.

📃 Read the blog and find out more here.

#8. 10 Tips for Creating Great eLearning




Each of these tips have come from years of our eLearning design and development experience. Ultimately, they will help you to create better eLearning solutions.

📃 Read the blog and find out more here.

#7. The UDL Framework Part 4 - Representation 'The WHAT of Learning'




In this blog we explore the UDL principle of ‘Representation’.

The ‘Representation’ part of the UDL Guidelines focuses on, “Giving learners different ways to acquire information and knowledge” (Alberta Education, 2015).

📃 Read the blog and find out more here.

#6. Top Three Tips for Instructional Designers on Client Interaction



Every client that you work for is different. Each of your clients have different personalities, working styles and expectations. They also work for companies that have their own culture and expectations. So, how do you work with each of them in an effective way?

In this blog we share with you what we have learnt so that you can learn from us. Effective client interactions are crucial to your success. They will make your life easier, the life of your client easier and most importantly enable you to deliver a solution that is fit for purpose.

📃 Read the blog and find out more here.

#5. What Social Media can Teach us About Engagement



If you are reading this and you are an instructional designer, L&D guru or HR manager then strap yourself in because you are about to discover the secrets of engagement, proudly supported by our dearly beloved social media.

📃 Read the blog and find out more here.

#4. How to Empathise with your Learner: Behavioural Archetypes



Our team at Belvista Studios has become more and more aware over the years of the importance of putting the learner at the heart of the design. Creating an amazing piece of learning is not enough anymore. The bar has been raised and it is crucial that learning experiences ‘speak’ to the learner at their level.

So, how can you seek to understand your end-users? Well, you need to step into their shoes and empathise with them. A great way to do this is to create user profiles through personas and archetypes.

📃 Read the blog and find out more here.

#3. The Art of Systems Thinking - Part Three



Approaching your organisational problems and learning needs with a ‘Systems Thinking’ mind-set allows you to look at the bigger picture and design relevant and effective solutions (that really work!).

This stage explores ‘the structural forces at play contributing to organisational patterns’.

📃 Read the blog and find out more here.

#2. How Action Mapping can Transform Your Learning Solutions



In this blog we provide some hot tips to support you in using the ‘Action Mapping’ process and to spark some thoughts on how it could work for you and your organisation.

📃 Read the blog and find out more here.

#1. The Art of Systems Thinking - Part Four



This is the final post for the blog series on ‘Systems Thinking’. In this blog we explore the level of thinking called ‘Mental Model’. We are now looking at a form of thinking that is completely below the surface. Delving this deep can allow us to see the bigger picture of how a system actually works.

📃 Read the blog and find out more here.

If you liked this blog, you will love our creator hub. There are heaps of resources for instructional designers and learning and development practitioners that you will find valuable, including many resources that help you achieve the strategies in this blog.

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If you would like to discuss any of these blogs in further detail, contact our passionate founder Kim Tuohy by emailing kim@belvistastudios.com or by connecting with her on LinkedIn.

References

Alberta Education. (2015). [Alberta Education]. (2015, January 30). Making Sense of Universal Design for Learning [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOUdmzaZrc8

Belvista Studios. 2021. Belvista Studios Blog. Retrieved from http://blog.belvistastudios.com/.

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