Storytelling and scenarios are my passion. I share practical strategies on how to design your own engagement rich interactive experiences, work with subject matter experts, apply psychology to optimize learning, give raw feedback and spunky advice, all this to help make your efforts at designing learning that makes a difference a reality. I'm Anna Sabramowicz and this is the Elearning Scenario Design Podcast!
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Are you hesitant to use scenarios because of the nature of your content? You can't tell people "what to do"...so scenarios are tricky? You'll love this video! I share two strategies about how you can overcome this and think about it a little differently so you can make better decisions.
To watch this on YouTube: https://youtu.be/9pf5aRFUQs0
Enjoy and share with a colleague!
If you're overwhelmed with the crazy amount of assets that you have access to and still don't know where to begin your next eLearning project..... this will help you.
For LIVE training from me on this (for free!) visit: https://www.elearningsecrets.com/
I struggled with incorporating story into my training - the biggest pain was branching simulations... this will help you see it from a different perspective. It might be better on youTube because of my chicken scratch visualisations - https://youtu.be/AlE58VUSca0
Here are some tips on how to overcome this and how to think about all that resistance you're facing.
Serious about creating something real and meaningful for your audience? Go here and register for the free training: www.elearningsecrets.com
We have some unlearning to do - how you ask for what you need, how you manage your relationships, and how you're going to show up.
Want to learn more about the questions you need to ask during those critical practitioner interviews?
Go here: https://www.elearningsecrets.com/
What if instead of recreating all the content into more "mobile-friendly" versions... we focus on getting people excited about what is already in the LMS? How do you do that? Here are some dos and don'ts on how to accomplish this. Enjoy and share!
Engagement in learning? Here is the audio from a recent live where I added some distinction between shallow and deep engagement. With deep engagement always being the super goal.
There’s a lot of talk out there...and there’s a lot of bad info too 😂😂 and I learned the hard way that the best way to complain if you think something should change is to build something that demonstrates that change.... everything else is a verbal hobby, and there’s enough of that around as far as I am concerned. People talk about steak and sizzle in learning but don’t even know what that means... or what that translates into when it comes to the actual CRAFT of designing learning for adults.
So if this is something you want to get REALLY good at AND learn from my mistakes AND pack some of my engagement practises into your own repertoire... then check out my free training at
👉www.elearningsecrets.com 👈#elearning #instructionaldesign #feelinginspired #storytelling
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I ran a webinar recently and afterwards got a lot of great questions and compliments. One of the comments was... "that's great Anna, but my learners are different, they are way too serious for stories and comic style anything... this won't work for them" - here's what I said :)
We think that telling our learners what's in it for them when they get into our elearning module is helpful. But friend, it might be too late by then. Here is a great strategy to get you thinking about the approach a different way. Visit elearningsecrets.com to sign up for my webinar.
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This is an audio excerpt from my live session on LinkedIn - feel free to check these out on youtube as well - especially because for some, not all I heavily rely on stick drawings on the whiteboard :D
Link to record your own question or message :) Or just do it to say "hi" or share your feedback of my podcast!
How Thais Went From Electrical Engineer to Scenario Designer.
Want to learn how she did it?
Her Learners: Professional Adults
Here's what we cover:
Where Thais was before joining Skillagents, her goals and motivation for seeking more.
How she transitioned from Engineering to Instructional Design.
Her journey from technical guides to full simulations.
How she continues to use the strategies, systems and guides in her daily work, her most impactful and memorable ideas and concepts.
Thais’ experience working with SME’s and how she brings them onboard to active learning.
The challenges of transitioning from one industry to another and the challenges she faced along the way.
What kept her going, the surprising support she found for her transition.
How she uses quick prototypes to get buy-in and create better outcomes for the learner.
How she celebrates her successes and why! Hint hint... Brownies are involved! :)
Her #1 piece of advice for those transitioning into elearning from training:
Build something! Even if it is first in PowerPoint.
f you see a little problem in your work, see if you can improve it by building that small piece of learning to address it. Then share your demo with your manager or colleagues and get their buy-in. Then go build it in the software
Don’t stress about the technology - you can never keep up. It’s about the context. Make it relevant. Always focus on making it useful to the learner.
Connect with Thais: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thais-gomez-gascon-94046319/
Want to learn how she did it? https://annasabramowicz.teachable.com/p/scenario-design-accelerator
About Joanna Wiebe: "I fell into copywriting. Just totally tumbled in, head over feet. I didn’t like the word “copywriter” when I first started – so I went by “creative writer”. Big mistake. That must’ve set me back a good 3 years. Now I know that COPY is awesome, and copywriters are the best-kept secret in the sales and marketing world."
What you’ll learn about listening to this interview:
What is copywriting? What makes it different from academic or technical writing? Why this is the secret to every single news story that grabs your attention and how you can use this to increase the sexiness of your own learning projects. Because, who doesn't want to have sexier learning???? (okay, maybe some people don't... but they are a tiny tiny minority)
What skill set does a copywriter bring to a project? Where do they help? Where do they fit?
CONTEXT: How does language change with context? How does it affect the reader?
Many instructional designers get procedure manuals that they then have to turn into engaging reading and learning online. Joanna’s top three (or two!) tips for them to make the resources more engaging and meaningful. HINT HINT: Frameworks are involved!!!
Joanna’s suggestions for someone wanting to get better at writing good copy.
Joanna’s favourite resource for learning.... we get no endorsement dollars for this!! Yet... :)
A book she thinks everyone who has a business should read - They Ask, You Answer, by Marcus Sheridan.
One of the best/most impactful lesson she’s learned over your career.
To learn more about Joanna on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/jwiebe/
Her business, Copyhackers: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jwiebe/
Articles we discussed about headline formulas: https://copyhackers.com/?s=headline+formula
Joanna is very active on Twitter: @copyhackers
When you meet Erica you are immediately taken in by her warm personality, she makes you feel at ease instantly. After a few minutes into the conversation, you realize that behind this bubbly personality, which is meant to completely disarm you into submission... is a thoughtful, driven and goal oriented woman.... with a great story to tell.
Erica's Target Audience: University Students
Here's what we talked about:
The “gateway drug” experience that inspired Erica to get into eLearning.
Elements of the Skillagents program she found most beneficial for her work.
Her favorite resources and how she’s leveraged them for her own projects.
The perspective that keeps her going and motivated to continue using active learning strategies.
The people she surrounds herself with to feel supported and creative.
Her “secret weapons” for getting stakeholders to focus on the right things.
Her strategy and approach for working well with subject matter experts.
Want to learn how she did it? http://skillagents.com
Want to learn how he did it? https://annasabramowicz.teachable.com/
Target Audience: Adult Learners (Chinese Corporate Sector)
Here's what we cover:
1. Where Prentice was before joining Skillagents.
2. His experience and impressions teaching and living in China for the past 13 years.
3. Elements of the Skillagents program he found most beneficial for his work.
4 How his approach to language learning has evolved over the years and he’s been able to in some ways “flip instruction on its head”
5. What trust and community have to do with active learning and getting results in the classroom.
6. What kept him going and motivated to continue implementing strategies that require so much more work than traditional lectures.
7. How he continues to use the strategies in his daily work, his most impactful and memorable ideas and concepts from the course..
8. How he defines “happiness”
Prentice’s #1 piece of advice for members:
Use the built-in reflections to really think about how you’re going to use each strategy in your work and don’t be afraid to tap into the community! Enjoy!
Connect with Prentice on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/prentice-...
Get in touch directly via email: Prenticealston@palstontraining.com Or find him on WeChat using Palston_CCJM
Want to learn how he did it? https://annasabramowicz.teachable.com/
Want to learn how he did it? https://annasabramowicz.teachable.com...
His Learners: Adult Learners (Mainly in Corporate Sector)
Here's what we cover:
Where Andlen was before joining the Designing Elearning Scenario course, his goals and motivation for seeking more.
The experience that inspired Andlen to get into eLearning and scenario design.
What music and coding have in common!?!
Andlen’s initial experiences after joining the program and something that surprised him about its delivery - still deciding if he liked the approach I think!
Elements of the program he found most beneficial to his goal.
How he continues to use the frameworks and strategies in his daily work and how they affected his approach of designing eLearning scenarios.
Andlen’s experience working with SME’s and his strategies to manage expectations and build consensus among his stakeholders.
What keeps him going and helps him focus when the projects feel overwhelming and the team experiences challenges.
Andlen's #1 piece of advice for anyone getting started on this journey.
"Become good at managing distractions. Distractions are unavoidable, but learning how to control them will help you reach your goal faster."
Link to leave me a message with your questions, ideas, feedback!! https://anchor.fm/elearning-scenario-design-podcast/message
Listen, my lovely lovely fellow human beings... there's a lot of garbage out there. When you think about it about 95% of the stuff you see out there sucks, this applies to ALL categories of everything. Imagine... new songs, 95% of what is released suck. Art... Books... I could go on. Well the same goes for elearning portfolio pieces. OMG, the dread I feel when someone just out of school sends me their "elearning portfolio" OUCH... why why? Although out of school novices are not the only ones with poor portfolios. How to fix this? Listen to this brief, but honest and hopefully useful to your goals, FB live recording episode.
For an end to end portfolio piece experience I helped create visit: www.brokencoworker.com
Want to learn how he did it? https://annasabramowicz.teachable.com...
His Learners: Financial and Housing Consultants
Here's what we cover:
Where Jeffrey was before joining Skillagents, his goals and motivation for seeking more.
Jeffrey’s initial experiences after joining the program.
Elements of the program he found most beneficial for his work and even some things he had to unlearn.
Where he found support and resistance on his journey.
How he continues to use the strategies in his daily work, his most impactful and memorable ideas and concepts.
Jeffrey’s experience working with SME’s and their contribution to the design of learning.
The pros and cons of being a one-person department!
Jeffrey’s’ #1 piece of advice for members when they see a job posting that intimidates them:
GO FOR IT! Anyone can learn the software, it’s the ATTITUDE you come in with that gets you hired.
Connect with Jeffrey: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jdmoffit/
Enjoy! Want to learn how he did it? https://annasabramowicz.teachable.com...
Do you ever hear people who design learning say "My learners are different, they're not motivated to learn."? I feel ya... been there. Hit that head against the wall too... like, a ton.
These are my lessons...
Well ok, friend, what I've learned is that motivation isn't a single thing, a simple decision.... there's several factors that play a part in whether someone is inspired to take your amazin' course. In this video I unpack some of those elements, so you can stack the odds in your favour and create an experience that has a higher chance of being experienced, used, learned from... all the good stuff.
Also, just as a test, I am going to include "chocolate cake" in my description. To see if anyone, other than bots that scour the internet, actually read this. I call it a "description Easter Egg" Ha!
Next time, I'll try to be more entertaining :)
Want to join our/my community? Are you designing your own masterpiece and need guidance and mentorship?
Check this out: https://annasabramowicz.teachable.com/p/scenario-design-accelerator/
This is a loaded full of chocolate and excitement episode about tiny habits and behaviour change doing what works being inspired by research and having epiphanies. This episode description is also a test because I don’t believe anybody reads these ever. So if you actually read it let me know. #InstructionalDesign #E-learning #Scenarios #BehaviorChange #TinyHabits#Apiphany #Chocolate #ChocolateMacaroons
In this episode I talk about psychology and dopamine and how working with a subject matter expert gets very difficult when they’ve amalgamated their skills into these compact little systems of execution . I propose ways to leverage people who are extreme experts and also how to remedy this gap which is their inability to share with you their struggles and their learning because it happened so long ago and they’re no longer focused on mistakes, they’re focussed on efficiency. Enjoy!
In this video I get real with some of the strategies I've adopted over the years while working on elearning projects. These are my lessons, some I am still working to implement. The obstacles I've faced come from both internal and external clients... hopefully this will inspire you to think from a different vantage point and use my lessons to improve your practice. Much love and success to you :) #elearning #instructionaldesign #freelancer #activelearning #scenarios
This episode covers two important topics - how to design surveys that actually give you relevant feedback to improve the elearning you design. AND A question from our community: Learning outcomes - who should design them, you or your client?
Join me for the full FB Live experience by joining my free FB group: Engaging Elearning
#instructionaldesign #elearning #likertscale #surveys #learningoutcomes #training
Hey, working with an expert is not always a cake walk. But I gotta say, the propensity for success comes from working with the RIGHT experts, not just the people assigned to your project and framing your interactions in a way that helps you produce a consistently good product. This is a recent FB live audio extraction... so you'll hear me refer to the participants and their comments.
If you want to participate in these FB Lives, and actually see all my fun diagrams, just look for the Engaging Elearning group on FB and ask to be a part of our community :)
There’s a lot of stuff we believe about ourselves that is false - guess what? It’s the same for our learners. What do you do when someone has all the instructions but doesn’t believe they can execute? Let’s start with you and then go from there... shall we?
If all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail. Well, in elearning we can also fall prey to thinking a scenario is a good fit everywhere- learn from my errors and see if these three tips will help.
Major issues I discussed in this livestream are the models and frameworks to use for scenarios. How to use this to decide what kind of scenario you're going to have? Where to put feedback? and other goodies! Enjoy!
In this episode I discuss ways for us to do more of what we love, basically recognize our strengths, and collaborate to delegate the rest. This is the only way to scale and reduce procrastination. Enjoy!
A week in reflection, and a story from a new client. When priorities change, training goes first... while the first order consequences are great, the second and third will probably not work out in the organizations favour.
Jeffrey Dalto is an Instructional Designer and the Senior Learning & Development Specialist at Convergence Training. He's worked in training/learning & development for 20 years, in safety and safety training for more than 10, is an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer for General Industry OSHA 10 and 30.
At the end of the interview, we reverse roles and he asks me questions about scenario design. Enjoy!
I have a poster that sits on my desk, I look at it every day... I talk about it in this episode. The reason behind these podcasts, and how I plan to make a difference. Thanks for listening! Get in touch if you want to join the upcoming cohort.
Siobhan Brown-Calderbank is the Director of Learning and Development at Intelex. She is a keynote speaker, consultant, award-winning author and project professional. Siobhan has over 20 years of progressive experience in transforming businesses, leading change and developing leaders. She has spoken to diverse groups at conferences, events, seminars, and planning sessions to motivate individuals to work more collaboratively. Enjoy!
When I was younger, I believed that having a bunch of projects on the go was a sign of creativity. All creative people do this... actually, this is a bad mental habit. I reflect on my personal growth and struggles in this area and suggest some ways you can take charge. Enjoy!
I work with a lot of skilled people, but there's some that are always held back. What's getting in their way? In this episode, we discuss the strategies that will help you overcome any confidence issue.
In this episode, I ask you to consider how to use both digital and face to face opportunities to leverage scenarios. How to structure virtual sessions (using Zoom for example) to drive leadership cohorts and use your current scenarios to offer better training more often. Enjoy!
In this interview, I talk to one of my personal mentors and heroes. He has supremely influenced how I design online courses and how I structure my course design workflows. He's the father of backwards design in courses. A fabulous person and a great resource, if you get a chance... attend one of his workshops, he practices all that he preaches. Also, check out his book: Creating Significant Learning Experiences.
My major lessons learned from 2018 and some strategies that will help you have a better 2019 when it comes to instructional design, scenarios, elearning, and life. Enjoy friend and have a great end of year celebration! Set some audacious goals and get after them.
I get a little raw and share some tough love in this episode. I got a letter from a fan and had to share what I thought. It's not pretty, but it is helpful. It's the kind of advice I wish I got when I showed up with reasons why the world was against me. Enjoy! And leave a comment.
This episode is an interview with a long time veteran in the instructional design, consulting and humanitarian aid elearning development sphere. She has worked with many remote teams and has some fabulous insights to offer those getting not only into the field of instructional design but anyone working with remote teams, subject matter experts and designing solutions for the modern workforce. Enjoy!
Ever work with an SME that just didn't understand what you did? or gave you info that just didn't fit with what you wanted to accomplish in the eLearning scenario? In this episode, I quickly share the approach you can take to get all the info you need, without having the SME learn the basics of instructional design.
In this episode, I discuss The 4 Disciplines of Execution by McChesney, Covey, and Huling. The book goes into great detail about how to manage successful teams and projects. I pull out some of those key lessons to help you improve the elearning you deliver. Mainly Agile Project Development, the Pareto Principle and discuss their exploration of Lag and Lead measures and how those can be used to design engaging elearning for the RIGHT audience. Enjoy!
In this short episode, I discuss a recent conversation with a client who was struggling with how to deliver an e-learning module for one of his departments. The challenge was how to deliver something valuable without throwing the already stretched thin team into an 18-month project. I discuss the advice I shared and hope you take me up on it too. Share if you found useful. https://www.elearningsecrets.com
Have you ever invested a ton of time on a project that then makes you afraid to talk about that project to stakeholders or SME's to get feedback? I help you by sharing a quick tip on how to build up resistance to fear, by tackling it head-on by getting feedback on a tiny fraction of that project.
Do you want your elearning scenarios to affect behavior change? Well, instead of adding more learning objectives, find out what stands in the way. What do your learners believe that is getting in the way of using all the information at their disposal? What is preventing them from applying their skills? I discuss strategies that will help you bridge the gap between behavior and performance.
When you observe master storytellers, you can easily believe that the end product you get to enjoy, because of how effortlessly it was delivered, is not the result of careful deliberate practice. Or that this artful performance can be reduced to a pattern, we want there to be magic and when we see how the trick is done we cannot accept that the process is that simple - so we dismiss it, or pretend it does not need concerted effort to master.
As elearning designers we usually get access to a Subject Matter Expert, but this is not sufficient to design next level elearning scenarios. For that kind of awesome, you need to talk to the top performer as well.
All the problems we work to solve, need to be deconstructed to discover the root cause. What is a problem we can actually solve? How do we discover it, even if someone already has told us what they think it is and how our training is going to address it? I'll show you how.
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the information and activities that you have to build for your elearning module? In this episode, I discuss the Pareto principle, a strategy that will help you get focused on the most important things and deliver more value with your scenarios.
In this episode, you'll learn how to diagnose which areas you should focus on with your scenario. You'll also discover which questions to ask to find out what is going to be a scenario useful to your company or business.
With the job posting these days, we are asked to take on and develop more and more skillsets. This leads to overwhelm and feeling like very few of the products you put out actually make you proud. So I propose you don't fight with your circumstances but create your own "invest in yourself" project. And I am here to help if it happens to be becoming world class at eLearning Scenario Design! Enjoy.
Don't stare at the giant folder of info or procedures, or a blank software page or search hours to find the right design template for your elearning. Just follow the steps I outline, to first design a great and compelling multiple choice question. Focus on it being contextual, have meaningful options and consequences that make them think. I give you practical tips, examples, and advice to achieve a great result. The rest is easy. Enjoy!
The only way we can innovate and create good disruption within our field, and create learning that can truly engage is by borrowing from other disciplines. Here I discuss how learning can be enhanced with strategies and patterns from games - specifically "mechanics" and "game space".
Learning While Working Conference https://www.sproutlabs.com.au/resources/18-the-learning-while-working-virtual-conference/
In this episode, I interview Chris Tompkins who is a de facto expert on all things SCORM related and the Director of Sales at Rustici Software. Why do you need to know about SCORM?
Well even if you don't publish anything yourself, let’s say you have a technical team for that, knowing about the technology that's going to be used to wrap up your package Will help you create a better learning package and ultimately give you the data you need to enhance the learning impact it will have.
In this episode, I discuss Needs Assessment, ways to connect what you do to big business initiatives. I discuss the elements that need to be in place for success and questions you can ask to ensure it happens. Other topics discussed are Brazil nuts, dog training, Kirkpatrick and follow up survey strategies.
In this episode, I discuss the details of cognitive load, how to develop learning that helps your learners focus, while still engaging them with the right elements, even if that means just a simple timeline display. I also discuss one of my research staples, e-learning and the science of instruction, by Ruth Clark and Richard Mayer.. and use their best practices to help sequence and display learning in a way that does not affect the learning that needs to take place.
This episode is loaded with psychology from Robert Cialdini's book Influence, I also talk about bullying and harassment and how to get the individual to feel empowered and ready to take action. Then I go on to discuss what makes a culture or a crowd difficult to influence in certain respects and the strategies to get the individual to feel they can take action to make changes. Enjoy!
Have you ever heard people say "I could do that better" or "how can they call that learning?" or "what a page turner!" and thought... well, sure but what have you built lately? what are some examples you can point to that are great? Well, it is easy to criticize... hey, I've had my work called funny names, but those people have not produced anything award-winning... like, ever! So, how do you complain about the state of the elearning out there the right way?
A lot of times we think just telling someone why something is good for them will be enough to convince them to take the time to do it. I will teach you how to use scenarios to shatter some of those misconceptions and leverage consequences and time compression to help adult learners discover their gaps and tap into their inner motivations to learn. Enjoy!
I get this question a lot: how do I get my SME (subject matter expert) to give me all the info I need to make great scenarios? How do I explain my process to them? How do I prepare so that I ask the right questions? I get into this and more and share strategies from the trenches of instructional design. Plus, bonus tips and psychological tricks that will actually help everyone (you and your SME) have a better experience. Enjoy and leave a review to let me know if you liked this episode.
This episode is all about storytelling. How to use it to enhance your learners experience, their buy-in and how to influence their behaviors. I have a guest on for this episode: Ryan Martin, a storytelling expert and the co-creator of Broken Co-Worker. We spend an hour actively discussing storytelling strategies, elements that make a great story and why you should be using more stories more often as part of your defacto elearning strategy. Enjoy!
Yeah, you call it needs analysis or something like that, but really it's all about finding what our learner will actually find interesting and engaging enough to make them BELIEVE they need to and then WANT to change. Sorry, don't mean to yell with all caps... but I got your attention, didn't I? How can you help people CHANGE, or LEARN something useful in 15 minutes of scenarios? I've got some ideas... and I do go on about explaining them with some great examples. Enjoy friend!
Getting good at talking with Subject Matter Experts for our elearning and scenarios is ALWAYS a topic of interest, maybe because we demand too much and prepare in the wrong way? What about coming in with a model and expecting the SME to know nothing about our elearning project, in effect letting them be the Subject Matter Expert in their domain and letting us remain one in ours. I explore this and more in this episode. Enjoy!
Ok, so in this episode, my esteemed friend, I deconstruct Engagement, what it means and how to get it layered on. The idea is that there are many different ways to engage people, some people will respond to one kind of engagement while others don't. What you want to do, is stack the odds in your favor... how do you do that? Engagement Scenario Strategies. I am ready!
Are you ready to get emotional? Just kidding. This is to get you familiar with the reason why I do what I do, why I talk about scenarios, why I am so passionate about making them awesome and spreading the word. Yep, I get a bit personal... but nothing you've never seen anywhere else. And I encourage you to check out Broken Co-Worker... I am such a great actress.
Woot! You're back for episode two! In this magical conversation with myself, I talk about that fear of not meeting perfection, the one that makes us afraid to share your first drafts, makes you spend and invest WAY TOO MUCH time on prototypes that are either never seen, or seen too late. I discuss some ways to overcome this disease because do not fool yourself, perfection is a disease and we must stamp it out. Say it with me "good enough, is good enough" Enjoy!
What is context in learning? Why do we throw it around like everyone knows what it means? Or how to use it. I piggyback off an article by Ethan Edwards that helps me deconstruct and share more ideas and tips on how to add context to your own scenario design in elearning so you can make it as awesome as you need to, for maximum learning engagement. If you have any questions get in touch with me via email.