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By Jolie Miller | Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Instructional Design at lynda.com: How We Do What We Do

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One of the most common questions we get here at lynda.com is: How do you do what you do?

While there’s a certain amount of magic that happens on our campus (it’s impressive, I’ll be honest), a lot of our process boils down to simple instructional design principles for teaching adult learners.

Whether you’re teaching a friend how to knit, creating online instruction, or just want to be able to better communicate—these strategies don’t disappoint.

Here are my 10 favorite tips:

By Justin Seeley | Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Do Graphic Designers HAVE to Go to College?

Must a graphic designer go to college these days?

Do I have to go to college if I want to be a graphic designer?

This is a question I hear on almost a weekly basis. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t as cut and dry as you might hope. These days the rules are much different than those that governed the workplace even five or ten years ago.

Do you have to go to college to be a graphic designer? No.

Here’s why you may—or may not—want to go:

By Britt Andreatta | Tuesday, May 05, 2015

6 Steps to Creating a Learning Culture — and Why You Should

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Whether you know it or not, your organization already has a learning culture. If you employ humans, then learning happens in your workplace every day because we’re biologically wired to learn; we can’t stop ourselves from doing it.

The real question is whether you have a transformative learning culture that makes your organization more successful—or one that breeds conformity and stagnation.

I could go on and on about the perils of the latter: how organizations with poor learning cultures experience high turnover of their top talent, struggle to keep their customers, and ultimately fall behind their competitors on a number of fronts. They may seem profitable on paper for a bit, but ultimately the costs of the human factor catch up and they fail.

Organizations that create transformative learning cultures not only succeed but thrive. They know that learning is as natural and biologically driven as breathing—and they cultivate people’s potential through learning opportunities.

Here are the six steps to create a learning culture at your organization—and how it will help.

By Vince Kotchian | Friday, February 27, 2015

Real-Life Math: What Are Your Chances of Winning the Lottery?

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We all know it’s a long shot. But sometimes the lottery jackpot gets so big that everyone starts talking about it: “What would you do with the money?”

After all, someone is going to win, right? Why not give yourself the chance to be that person?

Here’s how to calculate your chances of winning the lottery — specifically, the MegaMillions jackpot.

By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Teacher Tips: Using Social Media in the Classroom

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A growing number of teachers are incorporating social media into their lesson plans—and I’m one of them.

It’s been great to see students really embrace some innovative ways of expression through apps like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and WordPress—creating and curating images and ideas while interacting with their world outside of the classroom. It helps us teachers break down classroom walls and class-time barriers as students learn and reflect by using tools on their mobile devices.

Here are some great ways to use social media in the classroom:

By Koreen Pagano | Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Lessons from DevLearn: How Characters Help Us Learn

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Have a message you want people to associate with your product, organization, or educational experience? Consider using characters to strengthen the lesson.

When we associate what we’ve learned with a strong character—say, Smokey the Bear or even Darth Vader—we learn better.

At the DevLearn conference in Las Vegas this week, I’m presenting several sessions on immersive learning and how interactive characters have incredible potential to teach.

By Jethro Jones | Friday, October 24, 2014

Teachers: Prep Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Make parent-teacher conferences easier

It’s that time of year. The leaves are changing, the air is cooling—and that means parent-teacher conferences are right around the corner.

Regardless of what format your school uses, parent-teacher conferences can be difficult when you have a student who’s struggling in one way or another; they’re hard for both the parent and the teacher.

Here are some tips to make sure conferences go smoothly for both parties.

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, October 17, 2014

Visit to lynda.com Studios Surprises First-Time Author

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Ever wonder what it’s like to record a course at lynda.com?

Flying out to our seaside California studios from his Pennsylvania home, first-time author Karl Kapp was surprised by the overt friendliness of the staff, the exotic afternoon snacks, and the intense recording pace (he shot 29 videos in a single day!). So surprised, in fact, that he blogged about it.

During the five days he spent recording his new course, Gamification of Learning, Karl learned a lot about lynda.com that you’d never know just from watching our videos.

Here’s what surprised him most:

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