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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 Todd Dewett | Monday, April 20, 2015

Online Learning Boosts Employee Engagement

Employee engagement lifts when training is available

Employee engagement matters. It improves morale, productivity, and retention. Stronger engagement means stronger performance.

Many factors influence engagement, including the quality of the leader-follower relationship, trust in management, and the use of recognition and rewards.

Career-development activities—especially training—are another strong and sometimes overlooked contributor to engagement. This is particularly true in the managerial ranks. While we know that management-related training produces better managers, companies still don’t always provide it.

One reason has always been cost, but that simply isn’t an excuse with today’s online learning options. In fact, it’s now possible to add more value than we did back in the classroom—at a fraction of the cost.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, January 11, 2015

David Rivers Publishes His 100th lynda.com Course

David Rivers publishes 100th lynda.com course

There’s prolific and then there’s prolific. Beloved lynda.com author David Rivers just published his 100th course with us!

Beginning a dozen years ago with Word 2003 Essential Training, David has taught everything from Excel and PowerPoint to Captivate and Evernote.

Our new eight-minute video 100 Courses and Counting: David Rivers on Elearning gives you a glimpse into his recording process and reveals his passion both for teaching—and for the subjects he teaches. Plus you get to see him Rollerblading with his dog, and who’d want to miss that?

We know lynda.com fans have learned a lot from David. In the following Q&A, he tells us what he’s learned in his years of teaching.

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 Aaron Quigley | Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Design Mobile Learning Rapidly in Captivate 8

Adobe Captivate 8 First Look

Last week, Adobe launched a new version of Captivate 8, which adds an array of mobile learning tools on top of the already robust elearning software. The new release also includes a completely redesigned workspace with easy-to-navigate menus and better use of tool-bar real estate. The result: You can quickly create beautiful theme-based elearning content without ever touching code.

What’s new in Captivate 8

The new mobile features include responsive project designs. You can start with a responsive template to create projects that adapt to desktops, tablets, and mobile devices, all from a single file. Then turn on touch gesture support so learners can swipe between slides, double tap for a table of contents, or even pinch to zoom as they move through the elearning.

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