5 Out-of-the-Box Ideas from Instructional Design Consultants

Posted by Ashley White on Jul 1, 2015 10:27:00 AM

5 Out-of-the-Box Ideas from Instructional Design Consultants

Have you been craving a unique way to engage your learners? Are your courses blending together? It's time to take off the rose-colored glasses and see your training program for what it really is. Our top instructional design consultants have discovered 5 out-of-the-box ideas that will wake you up from training déjà vu.

1. Get Gamified!

The truth is, the use of gamification is everywhere. And it's growing - the gamification market is predicted to reach $2.8 billion in direct spending by 2016. Why? Because gamification really works. It encourages users to engage in desired behaviors by showing a path of mastering, and by taking advantage of our human psyche predisposition to engage in gaming. 

What do our instructional design consultants use to make their gamification unique and successful? They include items such as leader boards, badges, levels, challenges and the possibility to level up.  Incorporate those items with game-like dynamics such as competition, urgency, rewards, pride and status- building. Successful gamification can turn work into fun and make learning a joy. The potential is enormous.

Interested in implementing gamification within your organization? Download our checklist for evaluating gamification platforms!

Gamification Platform Checklist

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Topics: instructional designer, Gamification, instructional design consultant, top instructional design consultants

Corporate Training: Top 7 Trends For Training Programs *Update*

Posted by Ashley White on Jun 19, 2015 12:09:00 PM

Corporate Training: Top 7 Trends For Training Programs 

Due to the high popularity of our previous post, "Corporate Training: Top 5 Trends for Training Programs", we decided to update the content by adding two more corporate training trends that organizations can't afford to ignore in 2015.

As these trends are on the rise, the need to find the right Instructional Designer (ID) has become increasingly important. Finding an ID with the right qualifications to keep up with these trends is a tall order. Locate your "Super ID". Download our "Top 5 Interview Questions for an Instructional Designer" today!

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Topics: training consultant, corporate training companies, corporate training, corporate training program, instructional designer, contract training consultants

Are Instructional Designers Still Relevant?

Posted by Lora Boiago on Aug 14, 2013 9:25:00 AM

Are Instructional Designers Still Relevant?

The growth and quick adoption rates of eLearning authoring tools like Articulate, Captivate and Lectora have raised questions in many organizations as to the relevancy and value of instructional design services.  

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Topics: corporate training program, instructional designers, instructional designer, corporate training programs, Articulate, Lectora, eLearning authoring tools, instructional design service, instructional design services, eLearning authoring tool, Captivate

How to Maximize Effectiveness when Interviewing Training Consultants

Posted by Lora Boiago on Aug 12, 2013 9:24:00 AM

Maximize Effectiveness when Interviewing Training Consultants


Interviewing a training consultant may be rather intimidating when trying to determine if the candidate has the right skill set you are looking for.  Knowing whether or not they are the right fit for your group is sometimes hard to assess in one conversation, especially if you are interviewing from a virtual location. 

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Topics: training consultant, training consultants, instructional designers, instructional designer, management training consultant

TrainingFolks Receives PROFIT 500 Award!

Posted by Lora Boiago on Jun 24, 2013 11:54:00 AM

TrainingFolks Ranks No. 3 on the 2013 PROFIT 500 in the Education & Certification Industry

TrainingFolks Ranks No. 222 on the 2013 PROFIT 500 in Canada

- PROFIT Magazine unveils 25th annual list o

f Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies -

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Topics: training consultant, training consultants, instructional designers, instructional designer, custom eLearning solution, custom eLearning solutions, facilitator, facilitators

Instructional Designer: eLearning Chunking Strategy Tips

Posted by Lora Boiago on Jun 17, 2013 5:14:00 PM

Tips From Your Instructional Design Company

Instructional Designer: eLearning Chunking Strategy Tips

As instructional designers, we’re always looking for new concepts that will lead to successful
learning experiences.  A main psychological phenomenon heavily practiced in the world of instructional design is information chunking. Chunking content is critical because of the way the human brain works.

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Topics: Instructional design, instructional designers, instructional designer, eLearning, instructional designer service

TrainingFolks Reaches Out!

Posted by Lora Boiago on Jun 12, 2013 11:12:00 AM

TrainingFolks Reaches Out

Last weekend, the team here at TrainingFolks banded together to help extend the lives of Canadians by participating in Becels RIDE for Heart.  

The funds raised will be used to support life-giving research, social change programs and health information initiatives, moving the Heart & Stroke foundation closer towards its ultimate goal of eradicating heart disease and stroke.  

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Topics: training consultant, training consultants, instructional designers, instructional designer, custom learning solution, custom learning solutions, contingent workforce service, contingent workforce services

Instructional Design Services: Visualize Through Storyboarding

Posted by Lora Boiago on May 15, 2013 4:07:00 PM

Tips from your Instructional Design Services Provider

Instructional Design Services: Visualize Through Storyboarding

Previously, in our Course Development Tips – How to Build a Good Design Plan post, we wrote about the importance of having a good design plan in place before jumping into development to ensure the success of a corporate training program.  For an eLearning course, instructional design services should also include creating a visual storyboard as part of that plan.  A great storyboard will save time, money and avoid clients being surprised or disappointed by the end results.  A visual storyboard is, in essence, a bridge between what is envisioned and what will be.

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Topics: Instructional design, corporate training, corporate training program, instructional designers, instructional designer, eLearning, instructional designer service, instructional designer services

Instructional Design Company: Working in Partnership with Your SMEs

Posted by Lora Boiago on Apr 7, 2013 5:03:00 PM

Working in Partnership with Your SMEs


How do instructional design companies build and leverage valuable relationships with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) when designing a new learning program?

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Topics: Instructional design, instructional designers, instructional designer, instructional design companies, instructional design company

Course Development Tips – How to Build a Good Design Plan

Posted by Lora Boiago on Mar 22, 2013 5:19:00 PM

Course Development Tips –How to Build a Good Design Plan

"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." - Steve Jobs

It seems like a logical progression - design your corporate training program, then develop it.  But often, a good upfront corporate design plan – if it exists at all - is pushed aside as we rush to develop the course first.  This results in the content being written and forced to fit into the course development schedule as opposed to the course development emerging from a good design plan.

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Topics: Instructional design, corporate training, corporate training program, instructional designers, instructional designer, corporate training consultants, corporate training programs, course development, course design, how to hire instructional designer

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