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Learning Lights - The Instructional Design, eLearning, and Training Podcast by Shafali Anand

Learning Lights - The Instructional Design, eLearning, and Training Podcast by Shafali Anand

By Shafali Anand
This podcast covers topics on instructional design, eLearning content development, training design and development - and talks about how to create content that binds your audience.

This podcast is for aspiring and practicing learning professionals, including content developers, instructional designers, trainers, and teachers. The host of this podcast, Shafali Anand, has been designing and delivering online and classroom training programs on Instructional Design and eLearning for the past 15 years. She offers her courses and training programs through Creative Agni - (http://creativeagni.com)
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How to Storyboard for your 3 Audiences: The Dos and Don’ts
The perfect storyboard is an illusion. But you already know this – don't you? You also know that storyboards are the craziest thing to create. They require: Creativity of all the four kinds (visual, textual, aural, and kinesthetic,) logic, smarts, empathy, passion, patience…and a few more attributes. In this episode, we discuss the important dos and don’ts of writing good visual descriptions, onscreen texts, and programming notes or interactivity descriptions. So if you are an instructional designer who has storyboarded at least once, then this episode can help you enhance your storyboarding skills. Warning: If you’ve never storyboarded before – this episode isn’t going to make a lot of sense to you. It assumes that you’ve been into eLearning storyboarding and want to go further. I’d like to thank Tripti Saun, an instructional designer and curriculum developer from Mumbai, India (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tripti-saun-ba0052112/) for suggesting that I do a podcast on storyboarding.  If you enjoy this episode, please share the Learning Lights podcast with others who would like it or find it useful. If you are listening to it on Apple Podcasts, please rate and review. I’d also love to “hear” your thoughts. If you leave your voice comment at http://anchor.fm/learninglights, I would love to answer your queries in a future episode of this podcast. And yes, if you and I are not connected on LinkedIn, please find me at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shafali-r-anand/ Thank you! ========================================================================================= Icon Art Credit: Ranjeet Anand (http://instagram.com/poetrywithpixels) Music Credits: From Song “Trophy Endorphins” by Andy G. Cohen released under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License =========================================================================================
20:42
February 11, 2021
Ep 9: Are you designing your Courses and Trainings to Fail? (The 3 Biases.)
Episode 9 :: Are your biases preventing your courses and training programs from succeeding? Does your content suffer from any of the following mismatches? Content-audience mismatch Presentation-audience mismatch Theme-audience mismatch And these mismatches almost always happen because one of your biases acted up. In this episode, we will talk about audience or the reason why we engage in content-creation. We will discuss the three biases that we the content professionals may have and how these three biases could destroy a perfectly great course or training program. If you enjoy this episode, please share the Learning Lights podcast with others who would like it or find it useful. If you are listening to it on Apple Podcasts, please rate and review. I’d also love to “hear” your thoughts. If you leave your voice comment at http://anchor.fm/learninglights, I would love to answer your queries in a future episode of this podcast. Thank you! ========================================================================================= Icon Art Credit: Ranjeet Anand (http://instagram.com/poetrywithpixels) Music Credits: From Song “Trophy Endorphins” by Andy G. Cohen released under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License =========================================================================================
09:26
February 4, 2021
Ep 8: The Gestalt Principles & Instructional Design
Episode 8 :: This episode discusses the psychology behind the Gestalt Laws/Principles and extends them to instructional design. Why you don’t remember the face of everyone who dances behind Hrithik Roshan or Katrina Kaif? Why don’t you remember the details of every object on your desk, but despite the clutter you remember the exact spot where you would find your favorite pen? Why the man and the woman who were sitting on that bench silently, appear to be a couple? Why you enjoy seeing videos of performances that appear perfect? Why can’t you sleep when you are trying to find out why something happened or why do you keep seeing a triangle when three sticks are set up so that their ends touch? And…what does it all have to do with design, and more specifically with instructional design? In this episode the following five Gestalt Principles are covered in depth. The Law of Figure and Ground The Law of Pragnanz The Law of Proximity The Law of Good Continuation The Law of Closure If you enjoy this episode, please share it with your friends and colleagues. If you are listening to it on Apple Podcasts, please rate and review. I’d also love to “hear” your thoughts. If you leave your voice comment at http://anchor.fm/learninglights, I would love to answer your queries in a future episode of this podcast. Thank you! ========================================================================================= Icon Art Credit: Ranjeet Anand (http://instagram.com/poetrywithpixels) Music Credits: From Song “Trophy Endorphins” by Andy G. Cohen  released under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License =========================================================================================
16:18
January 29, 2021
Ep 7: Ravi's Story (Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs)
Episode 7 :: This episode tells the story of Ravi. In this episode, let us accompany Ravi on his journey from Kanpur in India where he was born, to Los Angeles in the United States, and watch him transform from a poor but carefree child into an unhappy millionaire. Ravi’s story is about love and life, about hope and desire, about guilt and regret, and it is about Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is a theory of human motivation given by Dr. Abraham Maslow, and I am of the opinion that the roots of learner motivation are deeply embedded in the psychology of human motivation. I recommend keeping your notebook and a pen handy. If you enjoy this episode, please share the Learning Lights podcast with others who would like it or find it useful. If you are listening to it on Apple Podcasts, please rate and review. I’d also love to “hear” your thoughts. If you leave your voice comment at http://anchor.fm/learninglights, I would love to answer your queries in a future episode of this podcast. Thank you! ========================================================================================= Icon Art Credit: Ranjeet Anand (http://instagram.com/poetrywithpixels) Music Credits: From Song “Trophy Endorphins” by Andy G. Cohen released under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License =========================================================================================
20:04
January 21, 2021
Ep 6: The AFR Learner Types (Learning in a Changing Evolving World)
Episode 6 :: As new technologies spawn new jobs, and new jobs demand new competencies…will you thrive, survive, or strive? In this episode, I talk about the AFR Learner Types and how self-identifying as one of the types and changing ourselves in the right direction could help us stay employable in the coming two decades. You can download the text of this episode as the pdf of the article, “The AFR Learner Types – Learning in this Changing Evolving World.” In the last one year, this has been the most downloaded PDF on our site, and I believe that the reason behind it is that the pandemic has hastened the pace of the change that was anyway coming. Now, it’s so close that we can feel it, hear it, smell it! And this is also why we now feel a greater need to be prepared. In the episode I also refer to the article “Jobs in this Changing Evolving World” that preceded the above AFR article. It will help you contextualize the AFR learners better. Please visit the Resources page at the Creative Agni Website at: http://creativeagni.com/downloads-pdfs-whitepapers-articles/free-resources-docs.htm. If you have thoughts to share or questions to ask, please email me. You are also welcome to leave a voice comment at http://anchor.fm/learninglights Thank you and have a great week ahead! ========================================================================================= Icon Art Credit: Ranjeet Anand (http://instagram.com/poetrywithpixels) Music Credits: From Song “Trophy Endorphins” by Andy G. Cohen released under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License =========================================================================================
18:00
January 14, 2021
Ep 5: Trainers, Instructional Design, and Online Trainings
Episode 5 :: This episode explores the connection between trainers, Instructional Design, and Online Trainings.  It starts with a quick historical overview of how the Indian training industry connected with Instructional Design. Then it talks about how Instructional Design helps a trainer deliver the usual on-ground training programs with higher effectiveness. Finally, it discusses the challenges that trainers face during the online roll outs of the same on-ground training programs, and how instructional design helps them overcome those challenges. The Learning Lights episodes publish every Wednesday. If you are a trainer, content developer, instructional designer, or any other learning professional; or if you inspire to be one, I invite you to subscribe to The Learning Lights Podcast. It is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor.fm. For a lighter, non-Instructional Design, inspirational podcast marinated in humor and satire, check out The Spinning Top podcast. ========================================================================================= Icon Art Credit: Ranjeet Anand (http://instagram.com/poetrywithpixels) Music Credits: From Song “Trophy Endorphins” by Andy G. Cohen released under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License ========================================================================================= Note from the Host: An Update for any listener who might've been wondering. I didn't podcast on January 5, 2021 (Wednesday,) because I've been designing the podcast to meet your learning needs better. I shall be back on January 14th (Thursday,) with the next edition of the podcast, in which I will discuss the AFR Learner Types. Meanwhile if there's anything specific you'd like me to talk about, please drop me a line. Have a Great New Year!
15:11
December 30, 2020
Ep 4: Kolb’s Cycle or The Experiential Learning Model
Episode 4 :: In this episode, I introduce and explain the 4-Stage Experiential Learning Model given by David Kolb. I also illustrate it through two examples – one historical, the other contemporary, and then provide tips that you can use for ensuring that you take your audience through each of the four stages. I strongly recommend finding your notebook and a couple of pencils before you start listening. There’s stuff that you’d like to note down and reflect upon. Also, since I view instructional design as a practical discipline that I use all the time, I’ll be speaking about Kolb’s Cycle from the viewpoint of a user and not that of an academician. After you’ve listened to this episode, if you want to dig deeper into the concept with a discussion on how Kolb’s Cycle applies to the novice and the expert learners, head over to the Downloads section of the Creative Agni Website and download the pdf of the article from http://creativeagni.com/downloads-pdfs-whitepapers-articles/free-resources-docs.htm#kolbcycle If you like listening to the Listening Lights podcast, please subscribe, follow, and share. You can also leave an audio-comment at http://anchor.fm/learninglights. You are also welcome to write to me with your thoughts and questions. I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year! Thank you! ************************** Icon Art Credit: Ranjeet Anand (http://instagram.com/poetrywithpixels) Music Credits: From Song “Trophy Endorphins” by Andy G. Cohen released under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License **************************
11:53
December 23, 2020
Ep 3: Siya’s Story (An Instructional Designer’s Job.)
Episode 3 :: In this episode, meet Siya, a mint-fresh instructional designer who is discovering what it means to be an instructional designer. This episode is an introduction to what an Instructional Designer’s Job comprises, takes you through the fears and apprehensions of a new ID, and then puts them to rest through the knowledge of an experienced instructional designer. With this episode, we are through with laying the basic groundwork. In the coming episodes, I intend to discuss a few concepts of instructional design and cognitive psychology within the context of their application in eLearning and/or training. If you’d like to join me on this fun ride, do subscribe or follow Learning Lights on a podcasting app of your choice. If you’d like to read articles on elearning, instructional design, training, and creativity, please visit http://creativeagni.com If you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts on ID and its application areas, leave a voice comment at http://anchor.fm/learninglights and I will attempt to address them in one of the future episodes. And yes, Learning Lights is now also available at: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1542499729 Thanks :) ************************** Icon Art Credit: Ranjeet Anand (http://instagram.com/poetrywithpixels) Music Credits: From Song “Trophy Endorphins” by Andy G. Cohen released under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License **************************
08:55
December 16, 2020
Ep 2: Who Should be an Instructional Designer? (Characteristics of a good ID.)
Episode 2 :: Am I made for Instructional Design...and vice-versa? This is a question asked by many accidental content professionals and all those fresh job-seekers who are exploring the field of content development and Instructional Design. They want to find out if they are temperamentally suited for a successful career in ID and content development, whether they are creative enough, and what sort of skills they must possess. If you too are trying to ascertain whether or not you have the right temperament and skills for becoming an instructional designer, then you should listen in. In this episode, I present to you the three most important characteristics of an Instructional Designer and help dispel a debilitating myth. After you've listened to this episode, please read more about this topic at: Four Key Traits of an Instructional Designer. Visit http://creativeagni.com to explore the world of creativity and instructional design. Thank you! ************************** Icon Art Credit: Ranjeet Anand (http://instagram.com/poetrywithpixels) Music Credits: From Song “Trophy Endorphins” by Andy G. Cohen released under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License **************************
10:03
December 9, 2020
Ep 1: Instructional Design? What’s that?!
Episode 1 :: "Instructional Design? What’s that?!" "Is it something like Graphic Design?" "Oh, you mean Industrial Design?" If this is how people react when you mention the term instructional design, or if you are someone whose own reaction is similar to this – then, listen to this episode of the Learning Lights podcast. In this episode, we face our instructional truth – that instructional design isn’t a stranger to us and that we’ve felt its presence our entire lives! As Shafali shares two extremely relatable examples from her own life and lays down the foundation for this podcast in your beautiful mind – you feel instructional design helping your own learning along. This episode also explains why we need Instructional Design for creating content for eLearning, training, and other educational material, and how it helps. If you are starting out in Instructional Design, or even if you’ve been into it for a while whether as an ID, a trainer, a content developer, or a teacher, but you are still not quite sure of what it means (this happens a lot, and it happens to a lot of us…so don’t worry,) then you should tune in to this episode and subscribe to the Learning Lights Podcast – it’s available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Radio Public. Check out articles on Instructional Design, Training, eLearning, mLearning, Gamification, and Micro-Learning at http://creativeagni.com. If you want a break from all this serious but seriously lovable instructional stuff and your brain would like to break a leg – you are invited to The Spinning Top podcast at http://anchor.fm/shafali-anand. ************************** Icon Art Credit: Ranjeet Anand (http://instagram.com/poetrywithpixels) Music Credits: From Song “Trophy Endorphins” by Andy G. Cohen released under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License **************************
08:37
December 2, 2020
The Trailer of Learning Lights - The Instructional Design, eLearning, and Training Podcast by Shafali Anand.
Trailer :: Step into the beautiful world of Instructional Design with Shafali as your companion. Immerse yourself into a learning experience filled with softly glowing logical connections, which make the job of designing, developing, and delivering online courses and classroom training programs so much more fun and exciting. In this trailer episode, the host Shafali Anand asks the four questions that you want to ask her about the Learning Lights Podcast and answers them. This trailer sets the mood for the Learning Lights podcast and talks about what this podcast is going to be about, who should be listening to it, who Shafali Anand is, and how this podcast is going to be different. Visit http://www.CreativeAgni.com to read and download articles on Instructional Design, eLearning, and Training by Shafali Anand. Music Credits: From Song “Trophy Endorphins” by Andy G. Cohen released under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License. Icon Art Credit: Ranjeet Anand (http://instagram.com/poetrywithpixels)
08:16
November 29, 2020