Demystifying Instructional Design Software

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Learning and development teams have many options when it comes to instructional design software. And it’s not just about authoring; all stages of training development can benefit from the tools that make instructional design a much smoother process.  But figuring it all out can be a daunting task!  You’re in luck! In this handy post, […]

AI and Adaptive Learning: the Future of Instructional Design

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We’ve spoken recently about the potential impact of AI on elearning in the near future. Adaptive learning has been the precursor to a much more complex approach to the design and delivery of learning. With the rapid progression of AI technology in learning and development, the future of instructional design is here as adaptive learning […]

What is Bloom’s Taxonomy?

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Bloom’s taxonomy is a set of three hierarchical models used to classify educational learning objectives into levels of complexity and specificity. The models organize learning objectives into three different domains: Cognitive, Affective, and Sensory/Psychomotor.   Bloom’s taxonomy was developed to promote higher forms of thinking in education, such as analyzing and evaluating concepts, processes, procedures, and principles, rather than simply memorizing facts. […]

How Collaboration Can Fuel Success in Corporate Training


Training content certainly doesn’t create itself. And it’s not created in a vacuum, either. Collaboration is key. Whether it’s seeking out internal subject matter experts (SMEs) to provide the expert knowledge on which courses are built, or garnering buy-in from far-flung department managers who can throw resources behind a project, the ability to build and manage the […]

You Don’t Need Dragon Glass to Slay an L&D Project – Just Watch Game of Thrones

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The much anticipated Season 8 of pop-culture favorite Game of Thrones is (finally!) here. They say life imitates art, but in this case, we think art imitates an L&D department pretty well! We’re such big fans of the show here at Cognota that we couldn’t help drawing comparisons between some of our favorite characters and […]

New Funding to Fuel Growth of Our Learning Design System

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Dear Reader, I shared some exciting news with our customers and other friends of Cognota this morning and would like to share it here as well! We announced this morning that Cognota has closed its $2.5M seed funding round led by Generation Ventures with investment from Ripple Ventures, Differential Ventures, CEAS Investments, Cathexis Ventures, Ideal […]

Keeping Employees Engaged: How Do You Know If Your Organization Needs Training?

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According to LinkedIn’s 2019 Workforce Learning Report, 94 percent of employees say that they would stay at a company longer if it simply invested in helping them learn. Corporate training programs can go a long way towards meeting those expectations and keeping employees engaged. Following a yearly trend, increased budgets and executive support are paving the […]

6 Steps to Destroy the Training Silos Slowing Down Learning & Development Processes

Many companies consider the learning and development function to be a separate, standalone entity. Learning managers and instructional designers are thought to have unique skill sets not shared or even sought out by others across the organization, and managers and employees generally believe that any learning and development processes must originate with the L&D department. This […]

Cognota Feature Update: Custom Best Practices

Synapse Feature Update: Custom Best Practices

We’ve rolled out a new version with exciting changes, features, and improvements!  Here’s what’s new: Custom Best Practices When you create a template, you can now customize the text for each card with your own best practices. This makes it easy to provide collaborators with context sensitive help and examples for your different use cases. Other Improvements Home page […]