eLearning: It's Time for Some Reflection
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
DECEMBER 10, 2014
by Kevin Siegel I was recently contacted by a client who wanted me to create software simulations of mobile apps. At first I thought he wanted me to create software simulations that could be accessed and used by mobile devices. Neither Captivate nor Storyline are available for mobile devices so creating software simulations directly on those devices wasn't an option.
eLearning Trends That Will Fizzle, Sizzle, or Simmer in 2014
FEBRUARY 3, 2014
Our industry is notorious for chasing after trends. We all enjoy reading the summaries of the past year – and seeing predictions for the new one. Most folks want to know: which trends are worth pursuing and which ones are going to fizzle? Is gamification going to go the way of Myspace and Foursquare? Will social learning be replaced by “isolation learning” (okay, I made that up)?
5 Brain Facts That Influence How People Learn
MAY 28, 2014
If you want to create powerful learning experiences, it’s very helpful to get an understanding of how the brain works. While technology changes at an incredible rate, the brain evolves slowly. The following “brain facts” will help provide a more thorough understanding of the mysterious muscle that is the brain. 1. Learning Brain Rules
3 ways of creating video-based online learning: An e-learning perspective
SEPTEMBER 4, 2014
It is a well-known and accepted fact that videos improve the effectiveness of online learning. Videos engage the cognitive processes of learners and promote constructivist learning – where the learners make sense of the learning material by creating a coherent mental representation of the same in their minds. The knowledge gained thus stays with the learner for a longer time. Animated videos.
Time Estimates for E-Learning Development
MARCH 18, 2014
One skill I’m constantly trying to improve is estimating how long it will take to complete a project. Because I work for myself, I have to create good estimates. If I don’t, I either bid low and lose money or bid high and lose a project. The two sources I use for benchmarks are Bryan Chapman’s research and Karl Kapp’s ASTD research. Front End Analysis: 9%. QA Testing: 6%.
Eight Leader Habits of a Learning Culture
The Peformance Improvement
JULY 31, 2014
Eight leader habits are essential to a learning culture. These are behaviors ingrained in the routines and rituals of organizations that are continually learning and learning how to learn. Leaders in these organizations do the following: Send the message - Leaders communicate the importance of learning to the organization. This message is in the guiding principles of the business.
ELearning Content Chunking is a Key!
NOVEMBER 20, 2014
ELearning Content Chunking is a Key! The term “Chunking” has been here for a while, however, not everybody knows where it came from and how to use it in eLearning practice to teach with the best possible outcome. Today’s article is here to highlight the most important aspects and guide you through the content chunking process. eLearning
Ten Handy Tips for using Fonts in eLearning
B Online Learning
APRIL 22, 2014
Fonts are always a hot topic. It was discussed in-depth at last week’s Articulate Storyline training in Sydney. Different people preferred different fonts while others were constrained by the fonts that their companies preferred e.g. Matt and Ryan’s ‘love’ for Century Gothic! So, it got me thinking about fonts…. why we use certain fonts?… … why […].
Take Charge of your eLearning environment
Role of L&D in the 21C Workplace
JUNE 29, 2014
It is increasingly becoming evident that L&D department in organizations can no longer function the way they used to, at least not if they want to be relevant and be a business partner to the organization. Refer to Ross Dawson’s The Future of Work for a detailed overview. The more of the same task they performed, the more efficient they became. And time to production improved.
Adobe Captivate 8: Responsive Projects for mLearning
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
JUNE 5, 2014
by Kevin Siegel Creating eLearning for mobile devices was high on the wish list a few years ago when Adobe asked users for the top features they'd like to see added to Adobe Captivate. It wasn't long before Adobe responded by adding HTML5 as a publishing option. Publishing HTML5 solved the issue of creating interactive eLearning on the iPad. No thanks! Awesome!
When Remembering Really Matters – New White Paper from Sharon Boller
APRIL 8, 2014
Sharon Boller, President of Bottom-Line Performance, has authored a new white paper: When Remembering Really Matters: Learning Strategies for Long-Term Retention. It’s full of research, case studies, and advice for learning professionals ready to reduce the amount of information learners forget from all types of training. The question is not asked often enough in most organizations.
22 Free e-Learning and Graphic Design Resources
JUNE 20, 2014
Everyone loves a freebie. The problem with many free resource sites is that you are often inundated with so much unusable garbage that it’s hard not to feel like you are wasting your time. Below is a collection of design resources that I have personally found useful as an e-Learning, web, and graphic designer. Learning Design elearning instructional design resource
Strategies for Creating Simulations in e-Learning: Helping Learners to Apply More
AUGUST 4, 2014
Simulations – a powerful learning tool – have been used in e-learning for many years. Essentially, simulations are imitations of the real world – creating a virtual environment with the same characteristics and challenges as the real world. This virtual world is where the learner gets a chance to learn new skills, and practice and perfect them as well. Make it all familiar.
Let’s get rid of the instructors!
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
The title of my previous post, Let’s get rid of the instructional designers! , was a tongue-in-cheek reference to a radical view of instructional design. think it would be safe to say that the vast majority of us in the L&D profession do not advocate the riddance of instructional designers. Ergo, xMOOCs are bad. Indeed, I advocate direct instruction under the following circumstances: 1.
The Pedagogy of Learning Design: Creating Learning Communities with Social Presence
MAY 19, 2014
This is the second post in a series of five titled The Pedagogy of Learning Design by Phylise H. Banner. To read the first in the series click here: The Pedagogy of Learning Design: A Translation of Pedagogies. Let’s have a look at how social presence guides the design and development of learning spaces where emotional expression, open communication, and group cohesion come into play!
Voice Over Script Pitfalls
NOVEMBER 25, 2014
Instructional designers sometimes run into pitfalls when writing voice over scripts. Jill Goldman of Goldivox is a voice over professional who graciously agreed to share with me the issues she sometimes sees in scripts. I’ll share her perspective in block quotes below, along with my own tips. This is part 3 of my series on writing voice over scripts. Formatting Tips for Voice Over Scripts.
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
Gamification is about Design, Not Technology
JUNE 2, 2014
Gamification should be thought of as a design sensibility. It is a thought process and a methodology to think about engaging and motivating learners. Gamification is not bounded by technology or the need to be delivered online; it doesn’t have to be digital. Instead, gamification is a design sensibility. Think about it. The same has been true for every type of learning design from the beginning.
The Changing Face of Corporate L&D
AUGUST 15, 2014
THE QUOTE: “ Learning & Development needs a makeover…It’s time for a change.” – Clark Quinn. THE JOURNEY: ‘Learning at the speed of need’ is a significant factor that powers up workplaces around the world today. The result? We have also been trying to leverage the power of emerging technologies for designing and developing cost effective and powerful performance support solutions. Quotes.
Knowledge Guru Spring ’14 Release is All About Options
APRIL 28, 2014
You want to use games for learning, but you need the games to fit the unique requirements of your organization. You believe that serious games can increase engagement and retention, but you are not so convinced that a platform can allow you to create games with enough variety to please your learners. Learners will love the new theme packs. Make it Your Own. Complete Branded Experience. Details ).
The Changing Nature of Workplace Learning
NOVEMBER 1, 2014
Recently, I read two posts that to me reflected the changing nature of work -- from divergently different perspectives. One was from the field of architecture and the other was by Harold Jarche on workplace and learning. Given below are excerpts from both. His concept split the office footprint into a handful of smaller "neighborhoods." In addition, tacit knowledge flows best in trusted networks.
Online Learning Conference: eLearning Development
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
We're deep into day 2 here in Chicago. This crew has been hard at work writing scripts and producing eLearning using every tool under the sun including Adobe Captivate, Adobe and Articulate Presenter, Articulate Storyline, and Techsmith Camtasia Studio. Adobe Captivate
Learning Theories Gone Wild – Urban Myths that Hurt Your Learning Designs
FEBRUARY 24, 2014
I had lunch with one of our team members last week, and she shared a story about her elementary-aged son that made me cringe. The teacher had students take a “learning styles” assessment to determine their learning styles and assigned homework based on the learning style. Yikes! thought the myths around learning styles had been settled long ago. ” Let’s clear a few up.
13 Critical Questions to Ask Your Client When Scoping a Learning Development Engagement
MAY 15, 2014
As a salesperson in the enterprise learning industry, a critical responsibility of mine is to obtain the necessary information from a client in order to appropriately scope a solution. Many times the client won’t have all of the answers, in which case it is even more important to find them. Training Development corporate training elearning
Creating interactivities in e-Learning: 10 ways to challenge and engage your Learner
APRIL 15, 2014
Lets be honest – Learning is not always an activity we look forward to. Trainings can be monotonous, especially in the context of ‘pure’ technology-aided learning. You do not have an instructor talking to the class, cluing in when attention flounders and suitably interjecting relief from time to time. Neither can you discuss and thrash-out concepts with fellow learners or have heated debates.