Creative Approaches

Adaptive Learning Comes of Age

Posted by Hal Stokes on Fri, 06/07/2019 – 16:12 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 […]

Three in a Week? What Was I Thinking?

Posted by Jean Marrapodi on Wed, 11/21/2018 – 08:59 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 […]

Guest Blog: Why Customer Experience Training Matters

Posted by Michael Getz on Thu, 08/23/2018 – 21:27 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 […]

Mind Mapping for Better Instructional Design

What if there was a better way? Posted by Jean Marrapodi on Thu, 07/12/2018 – 10:36 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 […]

Guest Blog: Lessons from a Nationwide News Story

Posted by Michael Getz on Mon, 06/25/2018 – 16:04 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 […]

You’ve Never Had a Blueberry Muffin?

Posted by Jean Marrapodi on Sun, 04/15/2018 – 14:36 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 […]

Building eLearning: Behind the Scenes with Instructional Design

Posted by Rachel Sciaba on Wed, 03/21/2018 – 22:21 Last fall we began our backstage tour of Illumina’s process for creating eLearning. We’ve looked at Project Management, Graphic Design, Quality Assurance, and Development to learn what it takes to create a world-class look and feel for eLearning.  Our series wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t catch up with our experts who align […]

Five Steps to Stellar Scenarios

Posted by Jim Adelson on Fri, 05/26/2017 – 09:06 Ideally, what would you want your audience to take away from their learning activities? You’d like them to emerge with expanded knowledge or skills, and the inclination and confidence to apply them at work. We know that stories increase learner interest in our content. When the learner is […]

Getting Learners What They Need

Posted by Jean Marrapodi on Wed, 03/15/2017 – 09:44 Sputter, sputter, splat. Silence. Recently, my Keurig painfully ground to a halt as I was making my morning coffee. How unfair to expect me to deal with this before caffeine! My first response? Post its obituary on Facebook. Within 30 minutes I had all kinds of advice and […]

Universal Design for Learning

Posted by Jean Marrapodi on Thu, 12/08/2016 – 13:25 Have you ever dragged your suitcase up a ramp to avoid schlepping it up the stairs? Ridden an elevator rather than exercise your way up six flights? Opened a door with your elbow? If you have, you’ve leveraged some of the features that designers put into buildings to […]