eLearning blog title: Scissortail's Learning Nest by Kayleen Holt

Who Writes This Blog?

Hi, I’m Kayleen. I’m an instructional designer/learning experience designer and performance improvement consultant. Before coming to instructional design 15 years ago, I was a high school English teacher. I blog about learning & development, storytelling, eLearning scenarios, effective writing, and accessibility. 

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Billboard in the sky reads "5 Ways to Get Learners' Attention—and 1 Way to Lose It"

5 Ways to Gain Learners’ Attention—and 1 Way to Lose It

Reading Time: 6 minutes In your experience, what’s the hardest part of a lesson to design? For me, it’s the “hook”—the first screen of an eLearning course or the first few minutes of an instructor-led course. It’s not that it’s especially difficult, but it requires creative and careful thought. It’s also arguably the most critical part because it sets the tone for the rest of the lesson.

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Practical Ways to Use Reflection for Sticky Learning. Background photo of mountains reflecting in still water.

Practical Ways to Use Reflection for Sticky Learning

Reading Time: 5 minutes Over the past week, I’ve thinking a lot about the value of reflection in learning. You might say I’m reflecting on reflection. How very meta of me. Reflection is a way for your brain to practice retrieving information. It can help you form connections between newly learning information and prior knowledge and experience. It can cause you to visualize yourself performing an activity in a better way.

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Applying the POUR Principles to Create Accessible Documents and Presentations. Illustration of a glass with liquid pouring out.

Applying the POUR Principles to Create Accessible Documents and Presentations

Reading Time: 7 minutes We usually think about accessibility in terms of websites and eLearning courses. But what about that great job aid you created? Or the instructor guide you developed? Or the slide deck you’re sending to participants to download? Would people with disabilities be able to access that content? In this post, I’ll share some ways you can use the POUR principles to create accessible documents and presentations.

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What Being in the Disabled Community Hs Taught Me About Accessibility and Inclusive Design. Diverse group of six business people meeting around a table.

What Being in the Disabled Community Has Taught Me About Accessibility and Inclusive Design

Reading Time: 8 minutes Until I developed disabilities of my own, accessibility was not at the forefront of my thoughts. Connecting with members of the disability community has taught me to consider a broader definition of disabilities and accessibility so I can build learning and development opportunities that are truly inclusive. In this post, I’ll share some lessons I’ve learned about disabilities, accessibility, and inclusive design. I’ll continue the discussion in next week’s post, when I’ll focus on inclusive design principles.

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5 Planning & Design Tips for More Engaging & Interactive Presentations. Young woman wearing headphones and smiling while using a laptop computer.

5 Planning and Design Tips for More Engaging, Interactive Remote Learning

Reading Time: 5 minutes Remote learning is here to stay. Even after the pandemic is over, organizations will likely continue offering virtual learning and development opportunities—not only because of the substantial cost savings, but also the added convenience, flexibility, and accessibility that remote learning provides. However, simply moving a face-to-face class into a virtual platform—without rethinking the design—is a sure path to failure.

This is the first of two posts with tips for leveraging remote learning effectively. In this post, I’ll share five planning and design tips for more engaging and interactive remote learning opportunities.

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Accessibility & Inclusion Lessons from the Pandemic. A laptop computer displays a woman wearing a mask on a virtual meeting, while another woman's hand is shown holding a pen over a notebook.

Accessibility & Inclusion Lessons from the Pandemic

Reading Time: 6 minutes Last week, I shared Heather Younger’s advice to be authentic in everything you do, as well as Sarah Elkins’ advice to share your story. In this very personal post, I’ll do both. This post discusses lessons we’ve learned from the past year that we should apply toward making the world more accessible and inclusive.

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