#BLPLearn is our way of saving all of the great content our team curates… and sharing it with the wider community. We’ll take the best articles shared by our Learning Services, Multimedia, and Product Development teams in their weekly meetings and include them in the weekly #BLPLearn blog. We’ll usually include some commentary from the original team member who found the article, too.

Our goal is to make the weekly #BLPLearn blog a dependable source for quality, curated L&D content. Check back every Thursday.


Rather than restricting the social media conversation to a 30 minute window, we’re inviting everyone inside and outside BLP to share interesting links, thoughts, and articles with the #BLPLearn hashtag on Twitter. We’ll check the feed once a week and include the best articles submitted via Twitter in the post, too.


Now that introductions are out of the way, let’s dive in to this week’s articles:

The Rise of Animation in Web Design
Submitted by Jake Huhn, Marketing Technologist

As we all know, I’m a follower of web design trends. It’s pretty beneficial to my job here at BLP. One trend that’s popped up a lot recently is CSS animation. This particular trend caught my eye because 1. it’s awesome and looks great and 2. following the trend will make some subtle, yet very effective improvements to usability. If you look at the examples presented, you’ll see screen shots zoom and fade in. This also has the additional benefit of making the page load faster: when the images are lazy-loaded, the web server doesn’t fetch them until they scroll into view.

That’s just one example… what can you think of? Do you like the idea of more subtle animations? Can we use this in courses?

The Rise of Animation in Web Design

6 Proven Ways to Use Examples and Nonexamples
Submitted by Abram Siegel, Senior Learning Designer

Warning: This article is old. But since I appreciate it for its conciseness and I still find it relevant in my work, I’d like to share.

I suspect that the majority of the learning opportunities we create at BLP involve examples. In some ways, examples are so predictable, right? I can think of some courses: “Concept 1 followed by example. Concept 2 followed by example. Concept 3 followed by example. etc.” Totally boring. And let’s not forget that when the brain can start predicting a pattern, you’ve lost the learner. I’d love to hear your thoughts on some good and possibly bad uses of examples in your experiences.

6 Proven Ways to Use Examples and Nonexamples