Creative Approaches

Adaptive Learning Comes of Age

Back in the early days of my career, I was privileged to be involved in something that has lately become a fairly hot topic in today’s eLearning community. I’m talking about what we’re now calling “adaptive learning.”

The year was 1991, and in that time there wasn’t such a catch-all name for what we were doing. Back then, most companies were producing their training programs on videotape. Which is precisely where I fit in, making my living writing, producing and directing corporate and educational training videos.

Three in a Week? What Was I Thinking?

I just returned from a whirlwind adventure of speaking at three conferences in a week. Three airports, two cities, one hotel, one AirBnB apartment, and three presentations in three different conference centers is a lot to juggle, but the learning, new connections, seeing friends and new discoveries made it all worthwhile. If you aren't attending conferences and professional development sessions to expand your horizons, perhaps you should rethink that. Let me share my discoveries.

Visuals in eLearning: Taking Stock of Stock Photography

What kinds of visuals do you use in your e-learning programs? Do you use stock photography? Do you occasionally download an image from a Google search as a placeholder in your storyboards? Do terms like "royalty-free" and "rights-managed" make you cringe? Today's article – about the ins and outs of using stock photography – comes to us from John Scarano, Illumina's talented Senior Graphic Designer.


Guest Blog: Why Customer Experience Training Matters

Today’s post is from Bruce Temkin, a long-time client at Illumina Interactive. His company, the Temkin Group, helps many of the world’s largest organizations improve their customer experience. Through their research of leading trends and best practices, they advise and train companies by driving change across organizations, impacting millions of customers and thousands of employees.

Mind Mapping for Better Instructional Design

What if there was a better way?

Have you ever sat before a project that seemed too big to conquer? An event to plan? A committee with more ideas than action? A massive collection of content that you need to distill into a short eLearning course? An overwhelming problem you don't know how to solve?

What if there was a way to tackle those challenges that encapsulated the work into an actionable plan? There is!  Let's see how you can...

Guest Blog: Lessons from a Nationwide News Story

In early April of this year, an incident of racial bias at a Starbucks store became a nationwide news story that resulted in many companies around the country looking at the issue even more closely than before. At Illumina Interactive we were particularly attuned to the story because we’d recently launched a series of online learning programs on unconscious bias with one of our content partners, IBIS Consulting Group, a leader in workplace diversity and inclusion. 

You've Never Had a Blueberry Muffin?

It was a gloomy, gray February morning at Training 2018 in Atlanta. Michael Getz, our President and Founder, and I were in the final minutes before the kickoff of our Rubrics 101 workshop. We'd carefully crafted our handouts and our slides to provide a good experience for the conference attendees who would be joining our session.  I'm am not a morning person, so presenting at 8:00 AM session was extra challenging. The tweets were flying!

Better eLearning: Lessons From Marketing

At Illumina Interactive, we’re always learning and on the hunt for new ideas. One of the ways we do that is to leverage the talented people in our personal learning network who we’ve met over the years.

Building eLearning: Behind the Scenes with eLearning Development

In our ongoing series looking behind the scenes of building eLearning, we've explored project management, graphic design and quality assurance. We also introduced you to the infographic of our team approach to content creation. This month, we're going to look at eLearning development, and the work the developers do to bring our projects to life. Our new blog editor Rachel pulled a panel of our development experts away from their computers (not an easy feat!) to get the scoop on what it takes to create a course. Jason, Carrie, Karen and Rich, who have over 30 years of combined experience in eLearning, reflect on their experiences as course developers.

Building eLearning: Behind the Scenes with Quality Assurance

Last month we began our backstage tour of Illumina's work by exploring the world of graphic design and what it takes to create a world-class look and feel for elearning. We introduced you to our infographic of our team approach to content creation. This month, we're going to look at quality assurance, and the work we do to ensure things work perfectly in your elearning programs. Our blog editor caught up with Ashley Shaffer, Illumina's magnate of precision and detail to hear her story of quality assurance work. 

Illumina on the Move

We'll be presenting at some upcoming conferences and webinars. Track us down and say hello if you'll be there.

Need some help solving your eLearning problems? Let us help you. Connect with us today and we'll collaborate with your team to generate Good eLearning. Done well.