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The ISD-ADDIE Process III:
What You need to Know

This is the third installment in our series about using the byproducts from the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) – ADDIE process to inform the review-signoff process for developing multimedia instruction (MMI).
In Part I of this series, we stressed the importance of the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) – ADDIE process as the foundation of any development project. When (ISD) – ADDIE is used, there are several tangible products that result from each phase that help guide development.

The first product, the Design Specification Document (DSD), was discussed in part II of this series. The DSD can be used to create, proof, update, and improve courseware, particularly those products created during the Design Phase.

In Part III, we’ll continue discussing key products that guide product development through the (ISD) – ADDIE Development process. The next two products that go hand in hand are the audio script and the storyboard. read more …

The ISD-ADDIE Process II:
What You need to Know

In Part I of this series, we stressed the importance of the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) – ADDIE process as the foundation of any eLearning development project. When ISD-ADDIE is used, there are several tangible products that result from each phase that help guide development.
The first product, the Design Specification Document (DSD), will be discussed in part II with an emphasis on how it can be used to create, proof, change and update, and improve the educational software, known as courseware.  read more …

The ISD-ADDIE Process I:
What You Need to Know

eLearning companies that follow the Instructional Design (ID) process, or more specifically the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) process, are in a better position to meet your needs than companies that do not. Although introduced in 1998 by Seels and Glagow*, the ADDIE process (see Figure 1) is still an effective and proven method for the creation of all forms of instruction, whether classroom, eLearning, or blended. Because of ADDIE’s structured, consistent, and systematic approach, instructional design became instructional systems design as ADDIE gained popularity**. The big difference between ID and ISD lies in the attention to the different systems that improve instruction such as message delivery, learner orientation and ability to access content, use of language, text, and symbols, and the integration of evaluation/assessment. read more …

What is Interactivity?

What do you think of when you hear the term interactivity? When it comes to eLearning, interactivity means different things to different people. From a design theory perspective, interaction is the relationship between learners and the objects designed for them. From the human-computer interface perspective, it’s a system where learners set goals to achieve while interacting with their environment. read more …

Easy Tips for Website Localization

Website Localization Tips

In today’s global economy, companies are able to reach prospective clients in more diverse markets with the use of the Internet. Did you know that 89% of internet users are outside of the United States, and of those, 72% spend most of their time on sites in their own language? If you truly want to be global, it is imperative that your website be localized in a way that is more than just translating words on page.

Localization involves changing and adapting a website to fit a local language and culture for a target market. Website localization is more than changing the text; it’s impacting the global audience with graphics, videos, metaphors, characters, and stories that seem authentic and native to their specific culture. This also includes changing currency, time and dates, telephone numbers, and measurement units as well.  read more …