Illuminating Ideas

You've Never Had a Blueberry Muffin?

It was a gloomy, gray February morning at Training 2018 in Atlanta. Michael Getz, our President and Founder, and I were in the final minutes before the kickoff of our Rubrics 101 workshop. We'd carefully crafted our handouts and our slides to provide a good experience for the conference attendees who would be joining our session.  I'm am not a morning person, so presenting at 8:00 AM session was extra challenging. The tweets were flying!

Better eLearning: Lessons From Marketing

At Illumina Interactive, we’re always learning and on the hunt for new ideas. One of the ways we do that is to leverage the talented people in our personal learning network who we’ve met over the years.

Building eLearning: Behind the Scenes with Instructional Design

Last fall we began our backstage tour of Illumina's process for creating eLearning. We've looked at Project Management, Graphic Design, Quality Assurance, and Development to learn what it takes to create a world-class look and feel for eLearning. Our series wouldn't be complete if we didn't catch up with our experts who align content, activities and assessments with learning goals. We close out our behind the scenes series with Instructional Design. Our blog editor caught up with Mary Ellen Whitaker and Jean Marrapodi, Illumina's instructional designers, to hear how they contribute to the process.

Building eLearning: Behind the Scenes with eLearning Development

In our ongoing series looking behind the scenes of building eLearning, we've explored project management, graphic design and quality assurance. We also introduced you to the infographic of our team approach to content creation. This month, we're going to look at eLearning development, and the work the developers do to bring our projects to life. Our new blog editor Rachel pulled a panel of our development experts away from their computers (not an easy feat!) to get the scoop on what it takes to create a course. Jason, Carrie, Karen and Rich, who have over 30 years of combined experience in eLearning, reflect on their experiences as course developers.

Is Flash Really Dead??? And What’s a Learning Department to Do About It?

It’s now more than seven years since Steve Jobs made the case that Flash was an outdated web technology and would not be supported on Apple iOS devices. Over the past year, companies like Google, Facebook and others have begun blocking Flash from their browsers and platforms unless users specifically opt in to enable Flash content and Microsoft and others are following suit. And in July of this year, Adobe announced that it would officially end all development and support for the Flash Player at the end of 2020.