Archive for Creativity

Peregrine Helps Bay Area Training Professionals Learn Concepts and Principles of Gamification

“The least exciting element of any game is the points, badges or leaderboards. People don’t play a game just for points, they play for mastery, to overcome challenges and to socialize with others. The most effective gamification efforts include more than points and badges — they contain elements of story, challenge and continual feedback as well as a high level of interactivity.” —Karl Kapp


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Posted in: Advice, Consulting, Creativity, Design, Development, eLearning, Facilitation, Games, Gamification, Performance Support, Project Management, Rapid Instructional Design

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Behind-the-Scenes at Russ’ TED-style Talk, I4PL Toronto 2016

At Peregrine, as instructional systems designers, we encourage our clients to go beyond traditional ‘smile’ sheets and evaluate actual on-the-job performance—the performance of their employees and customers, but also the performance of their training teams and departments. I think this is, actually I know it is, often difficult for them. It’s risky. Sometimes I think participating in a good, solid feedback loop is scarier than a flying hatchet, but it’s also one of the shortest routes to better performance.







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Which User Experience Research Method Do I Use for My e-Learning Design?

I tend to think of designing e-learning solutions as creating these little-worlds or environments in which users can carry out activities. I’m not a software programmer or web designer, but I imagine the e-learning design experience has things in common with software design, including creating the best user experience for the task at hand. Now I […]


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Systems Thinking and The Five Whys

Systems Thinking and The Five Whys

A Favorite Resource: The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook Last week I was speaking with one of our new consultants about the importance of systems thinking, especially when solving problems, and I was reminded of one of my favorite resources, The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook (1994, Senge, Kleiner, Ross, et al.), and a customer story. I love the […]


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Five Creative Ways to Implement An Idea

“Whether simply proposing a new idea or preparing to implement one, you must expect to encounter obstacles. This is especially true for radical ideas. New ideas are often met with resistance. Don’t be surprised by this. Call on your inner warrior to help you prepare for a world with its defenses up.”







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Edward Tufte Disses NSA’s PowerPoint Skills as ‘Dreadful’

“Say what you like about the NSA’s Internet-monitoring PRISM program. One thing is clear from the leaked slides that revealed it to the world: The top intelligence agency in the U.S. has some pretty awful PowerPoint skills.” – Chris Taylor







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10 Tips from Industry Thought-Leaders on How to Build Better eLearning

“Play Plants vs. Zombies. Seriously. Play it and notice how it provides feedback to help players adapt their performance, uses scaffolding to gradually develop skills, and uses incremental increases in complexity to teach highly complicated tasks.” –Julie Dirksen








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