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Johnny Hamilton is a thought leader, author, and full-stack learning designer who has led projects that have resulted in over a dozen industry awards in corporate learning innovation from Brandon Hall, BIG Innovation, eLearning Magazine, and American Business Association.

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“What Types of Gamification Can You Make?”- Why This Is the Wrong Question to Ask

Recently, a client asked a seemingly simple and straightforward question, “What types of gamification can you make?” When asking an experienced learning designer with an Expert Level Gamification Design certification, you would think that this would be an easy question to answer. However, it’s not. Not because the question is difficult to answer, but because …

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How to Design Engaging MicroLearning Experiences, Part 3

Is this story familiar to you? You took a 20-minute online course a month ago on the company’s new privacy guidelines. You’re about to email a third-party vendor some business data about your customers and you’re not sure if doing so is within the company’s new guidelines. You remember taking the course, but not the …

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How to Design Engaging MicroLearning Experiences, Part 2

Is this story familiar to you? You took a 20-minute online course a month ago on the company’s new privacy guidelines. You’re about to email a third-party vendor some business data about your customers and you’re not sure if doing so is within the company’s new guidelines. You remember taking the course, but not the …

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How to Design Engaging MicroLearning Experiences, Part 1

Within two years, over half of your workforce will be comprised of tech-savvy Millennials who expect to be engaged at work. If you deliver your learning in traditional eLearning formats, you will not engage these employees effectively, which will increase the probability of employee turnover. In this competitive market, you can’t afford to lose employees …

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Why Is Everyone Talking About MicroLearning and Why Should You Care?

Recently, there’s been a lot of talk in the eLearning space about MicroLearning. There are many books, webinars, and workshop sessions at learning conferences exploring various aspects of MicroLearning. Is this just the latest learning fad or is this a learning design that’s worthwhile? In this first blog of a mini-series, we’ll explore MicroLearning, why …

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What You Didn’t Know About Story Design Could Hurt Your eLearning

Story design in eLearning is a hot topic. Just look at the schedule of any eLearning conference, and you’ll see many workshops that focus on different aspects of story design. Whether you are considering using story design for the first time, or you have used this approach in course development before, it’s a good idea …

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What Are Story-Based Objectives and Why You Should Be Using Them

Think back to the last time you took an online course. Regardless of what the topic was (soft skills, compliance, new software, etc.), I bet somewhere it included some objectives at the beginning of the course. You know what course objectives are… they start with a line like “In this course, learners will:” and then …

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7 Tips for Effective Storyboarding

Storyboarding is an essential process when developing eLearning with a production team. A storyboard should effectively communicate the intent, graphic layout, functionality, and content of the course to the production team so that they can produce the learning. When done well, the storyboarding process should result in minimal rework, reduced production time, increased customer satisfaction, …

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3 Ways Augmented Reality Attracts and Retains a Millennial Workforce

Augmented Reality has been getting a lot of attention as a way for people to engage in new and fun ways with many popular brands such as Star Wars, Legos, and IKEA. In these sectors (entertainment, toy, and retail furniture), it is easy to see how Augmented Reality adds value to the company brand by engaging the customer. …

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