eLearning Glossary Part 2: More Commonly Used Terms
JUNE 9, 2016
Previously we dug into the alphabet soup of eLearning terms and acronyms. But you weren’t full. You asked for seconds. So, here are some of the additional terms you wanted to defined. ADDIE- The ADDIE model is a process used by instructional designers and training developers offering guidelines for creating effective training. Essentially this is the strategy phase. Implement improvements.
Top 5 eLearning Trends Happening Now
MARCH 17, 2016
I recently attended the Training 2016 Conference and Expo as an exhibitor. I was able to talk with many training and development representatives from a wide variety of organizations about their LMS needs. During these discussions I asked, “what aspects or features are you looking for in an LMS? What excites you?” These top 5 features are gaining popularity in 2016 and beyond. Gamification.
eLearning Glossary: Definitions for the Most Commonly Used Terms
MAY 11, 2016
If you’re new to eLearning or online training, it can seem like you’re wading through alphabet soup with all the various anagrams and terminology used in this industry. SCORM, LMS, AMS, LCMS, API, JITT, what does it all mean?! Grab a spoon, and let’s dig in to the soup, with this eLearning glossary. For many, their first experience with eLearning was educational computer games delivered via CD Rom.
Learning Myths: Debunked
AUGUST 20, 2015
Perhaps the most pervasive myth about education is the ubiquitous “learning styles” myth. quick Google search will bring up millions of hits. Many of those hits are, tellingly, for websites trying to sell you their “learning styles” program. One of the main reasons the myth is so widespread is because, on the surface, it seems very intuitive. Share this on Facebook.
New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends
Companies are increasingly dissatisfied with online learning tools, prompting many to reinvest in technology that supports a modern training approach. Download the report from Brandon Hall Group to see how new investments are bringing real business results.
Pokémon and Gamified Learning
JUNE 22, 2016
I recently had a conversation about something I hadn’t thought about for a long time. Pokémon. And it dawned upon me that the franchise is a surprisingly good metaphor for gamified learning. For those who aren’t familiar with them, Pokémon are fictional creatures. The people who catch, tame, and teach them to do battle are called trainers. The successful ones win badges. Sound familiar?
Competency-Based Learning: How to Bridge the Skills-Gap
APRIL 13, 2016
Competency-Based Learning: How to Bridge the Skills-Gap was originally published in the IACET blog as a guest post by Digitec President Jack McGrath. The skills-gap issue is growing more critical in the U.S., especially within those industries that are supported by professional associations. The answer relates to the value delivered through and association.edu approach. The Skills-Gap Crisis.
When Misused Buzzwords Attack
SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
Interactive. Immersive. Innovative/ Creative/ Different. Effective. All of the above. These words get thrown around a lot. Frankly, it troubles me when they’re used incorrectly because it leads to misunderstandings. Gamification and game-based learning were covered in their own post, so they’re not included here). With that said, let’s look at some common eLearning buzzwords. Interactive.
How to Write Good Assessment Questions
MARCH 23, 2016
“Can someone explain this question to me? I don’t know what it’s asking.”. How am I supposed to know the answer to this? It wasn’t in the lesson.”. Your association can have the best course in the world, but if the assessments or knowledge checks aren’t written well they can make the whole thing fall apart. Believe it or not, it can be hard to write effective questions. Don’t.
Motivation is More Important Than Information
MARCH 9, 2016
I inherited a “blackboard” poster from a friend. I can write on it with chalk, erase it, and use it again. But I don’t. It still says the same thing it did the day I received it: “Knowing What To Do. ≠. Doing It. Motivation > Information”. It’s absolutely true. Why Motivation > Information. People who aren’t motivated don’t get things done, even if they’re knowledgeable. Include a deadline.
The Worst eLearning Course Ever
SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
You read the title correctly. This post is dedicated to pet peeves, worst practices, and other abominations that terrorize eLearning. What follows is a combination of things that give Digitec-ies nightmares and headaches. considered listing them here, but there were quite a few and a list alone did not express the sheer torment these things can cause. Enjoy, if you can. Or more likely, don’t.
eLearning Memories of a Millennial Instructional Designer
APRIL 21, 2016
What do you picture when you hear the word “eLearning”? Chances are everyone thinks of something slightly different, based on their personal experiences. I’d like to share my first impressions of it, from back before I’d ever heard of “eLearning.” This was years before I became an instructional designer, back when I was a kid. Kid Meets Computer Games. That didn’t matter. It was like magic.
JANUARY 28, 2016
Think of your brain as a refrigerator. You put information in it to preserve and use later. When you need that information again you remember it, “taking it out of the fridge” so to speak. But what happens if you leave something in there for too long? In a fridge, old food goes bad and needs to be thrown out. In your brain, unused information gets tossed out too. No big deal.
Swiping or Matching?
MARCH 2, 2016
How do you meet your next employee… swipe or match? Your department is way behind deadlines, and your staff is screaming for help. You absolutely have to get that new hire onboard, right away. You’re extremely busy, so you pull the standard job description, pulling any resume that remotely fits the bill. According to Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, bad hires have cost his company well over $100 million.
Quality Assurance: Fine-Tuning Your eLearning to Be Its Best
MARCH 30, 2016
Chapter 1: The Basics. Quality assurance, or QA as it is better known, is a vastly important yet surprisingly underappreciated aspect of eLearning. Most course creators and teams do a fine job of working out the errors, called “bugs,” prior to delivery. But what good is a course if the learner can’t access it properly or the assessment doesn’t score correctly? The Basics.
Dense eLearning Isn’t Smart
JULY 16, 2015
“It was too much all at once. I was overwhelmed.” That’s not something you want to see in the feedback for your association’s eLearning. Luckily, there are ways to make eLearning more digestible, regardless of the subject matter. Managing content density is the key. What is Density? In essence, density is how much “stuff” is packed into a given space. For example, water is less dense than concrete.
Don’t Treat Beginners and Experienced Learners the Same Way
MAY 7, 2015
Some time ago, I was cast as a chorus member in a musical. could sing and read music, but I didn’t have any experience dancing. So, I was a beginner for one set of skills, but not for the other. Everyone had to learn everything together though, despite the fact that we were at different stages of learning. Trying to create one-size-fits-all eLearning can lead to similar difficulties. For Beginners.
Storyboarding for eLearning
Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.
If the User Experience Annoys, Fix It.
AUGUST 27, 2015
I had a bad user experience (UX) at a dollar store a while back. I’m not talking about customer service, but actual UX design. swiped my card into the card reader to pay. prompt told me to click “Enter,” with an arrow pointing at one of the buttons. It’s a good thing I stopped, because the button the arrow pointed to wasn’t the enter button. It was on the other end of the keypad. This is normal.
Education Balancing Act: Asynchronous, Synchronous, and Blended Learning
MAY 28, 2015
What do you think of when you hear the term eLearning? Maybe your mind jumps to webinars or interactive courses in a Learning Management System (LMS). There are many different types of eLearning, so it isn’t surprising that they can be divided into categories. Let’s explore them and take a look at their advantages and disadvantages. Asynchronous/ Self-Paced. Advantages. Disadvantages. Synchronous.
Top 4 Things You Can Learn from Buzzfeed (and #2 will blow your mind!)
APRIL 23, 2015
In the modern world, clickbait marketing has taken the internet by storm and websites like Buzzfeed are leading the charge. You’ve probably seen their articles with catchy titles like, “20 Reasons the 90’s were Awesome,” or, “10 of the Cutest Cats You’ve Ever Seen (#4 is so cute you’ll want to explode).” You’ve probably clicked on more than a few of them. Lists, Lists, Lists. Anticipation.
Learning isn’t Linear
OCTOBER 1, 2015
I heard a quote the other day that really got me thinking. “A three year old is not half a six year old.” The thought being that, on average, at six years old a person is not double a three year old in any capacity. Not in height or weight, but also not in knowledge. So, this begs the question, why isn’t a six year old twice as smart as a three year old? Learning isn’t linear. Tweet This!
Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI
Training evaluation is necessary and, in many ways, critical to the success of a business. But because short term priorities always seem to take precedence, it is typically something we plan to do better in the next course, or maybe next month, or even next year. After all, we’ve managed pretty well up to now, so surely another year can’t hurt!
The Content or the LMS? Which Comes First?
APRIL 16, 2015
You need both. Without content the LMS is an empty cookie jar. It’s pretty looking but frustrating every time you open it. Then again, content without an intuitive platform for delivery is a treasure hunt, often without a treasure map to guide you. But wait, don’t order yet, there’s more. What can I offer that is both relevant and unique? The end result of the original question? Tweet This!
The Four Stages of Learning
SEPTEMBER 30, 2014
I recently had an interesting conversation about life and how life lessons occur in stages. We compared it to learning to ride a bike. It was so difficult to learn, yet now you find it so easy you’ve forgotten how you learned it in the first place. It got me thinking about what those stages actually are. It turns out I’m not the first one to theorize about this. You don’t know what you don’t know.
7 Things About eLearning Your CEO/Executive Director Wants to Know
SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
You’ve decided that it’s time to move your courses online. Membership numbers seem stagnant and renewals are decreasing. As an Education Director, you see the writing on the wall, and have decided that eLearning is the answer your association’s needs. But wait…How will you explain eLearning to your Executive Director? Don’t show up unprepared. Cheaper isn’t always better.
Don’t Just Tell, Show: the Value of Examples
JANUARY 20, 2015
I found something interesting while cleaning off an old shelf recently. It was a children’s story called Officer Buckle and Gloria, by Peggy Rathmann. planned on reading it one last time and then donating it. Instead, I kept the book. Here’s a summary. Officer Buckle is a police officer. He spends a lot of time reading important safety tips to school children. But the children never listen.
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.
Creative: You Asked For It, But Now It’s Terrifying
OCTOBER 29, 2015
It was a bright and glowing computer screen. The reviewer stared at it with wide eyes, frozen in terror. The association had asked for something creative, but this… Cold sweat formed on the reviewer’s brow as their muscles tightened. The deadline for this eLearning was coming up fast and there was no way it could be released to the members like this. Be Able to Explain What “Creative” Means to You.
Writing Effective eLearning Narration: Making It Easy to Read, Say, and Comprehend
NOVEMBER 19, 2015
Many courses rely upon voiceover to help connect with their learners. This is a solid approach and, when used well, can make for great learning experiences. But what I have found is that the narrated portion of courses is often written like something you would find in a textbook. Reading straight from a book, of course, is not conversational. So what can be done to combat this? Here Keep it simple!
Knowledge Is in the Cards
JANUARY 14, 2016
I was recently introduced to a card game called Dixit. The goal is to figure out which picture card another player is thinking of, based on a hint they provide. figured I’d have some fun playing with friends and then go about business as usual. Instead, it changed how I think about “meaning.”. Here’s a summary of one of the rounds. The hint was, “I have a dream I hope will come true.
eLearning Trends for 2015: Here to Stay or Go Away?
JANUARY 12, 2015
Trends in eLearning come and go, but a good LMS is forever. Ok maybe not forever, but a provider can dream. Below is a list of eLearning trends we expect to see in 2015. Will they last or fade away? Only time will tell. MOOCs. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are definitely trending in eLearning. These are online courses offered to the masses, often for free. Exposure. Gamification. mLearning.
Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program
A better way to develop front-line managers !It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.
The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy (And when to use each one)
MAY 14, 2015
“Make your audience care.” It’s an often repeated tenet of instructional design and it sounds great in theory. If you can make your audience care about the material they will engage more deeply with the content and retain it longer. Just saying “make your audience care” is not the whole story though. present to you the difference between two major forms of caring, sympathy and empathy. Tweet This!
Frustratingly Effective Learning
OCTOBER 8, 2015
I worked on a particular course that had it all: pre-work, an individual practice activity, and then a live event assignment that drew on the earlier pieces. The learners demonstrated the skills they were supposed to be learning and came up with a range of creative solutions to the assignment. It was wonderful! Sometimes people seem to forget that learning takes effort. But wait a minute.
How to Create Engaging Video-based eLearning
MAY 8, 2014
Visuals are processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text. If that doesn’t make your jaw drop, then think about the fact that viewers spend twice as much time engaging with video content over text only. Video is great because it appeals to many types of learners. Here are some tips, tools, and techniques you can use to share educational footage that engages members: 1) Tell a story.
4 Tips to Writing eLearning Scripts That Sing
SEPTEMBER 2, 2014
If you’re getting started on a new script for an eLearning course, you probably aren’t planning to create a “musical” experience. But maybe you should. great song is relatable, the lyrics that get stuck in your head and you can recite them years later. Wouldn’t you like to write a script with that kind of impact? Here’s my take on the top 4 ways to make your eLearning scripts sing: 1. ” Yuck.
5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget
In the US alone, companies spend over $70 billion on corporate training and about $1000 on individual employees according to Bersin by Deloitte. When it comes to training budgets, leaders struggle to pinpoint what impact (if any) their training programs are having. So what's the result? Companies end up wasting millions of dollars each year on ineffective training practices.
To Train or Not to Train
FEBRUARY 18, 2016
A group of teachers’ assistants at a local school are given one hour each day to make copies of tests and assignments for the teachers. Often, one or more of the assistants return without the needed copies at the end of the hour. What would you do if you were in charge of providing education for these assistants? Training is probably the most common solution when there’s a performance problem.
The Importance of Implementing a Marcom Strategy for Continuing Education
OCTOBER 22, 2015
Marcom or marketing communications, is the branch of marketing that decides what messaging you’ll use, directed at whom, and on what channels you’ll place those messages. Marketing’s overall functions include: audience segmentation, demographic and psychographic research, and decisions on product, price, distribution, and promotion. Step 1: Define the message. What are their pain points?
Game Based Learning: Is It Appropriate For My Association?
NOVEMBER 10, 2014
According to BigFish games, 58% of Americans play video games , with 68% of that population older than 18. In fact, the average age of a video gamer is 35 – a key demographic we’d all like to include in our association’s ranks, right? Why are games so popular, and how can we leverage gamification for association learning? This flow state gives us a high degree of focus and engagement. Tweet This!
Four Wishes for LMS Buyers
JUNE 18, 2015
Every week, like clockwork, I get a call from someone who wants me to recommend an LMS for their association or small business. The conversation goes something like this… Typical Phone Call Example. If an eLearning Genie would come out of a bottle and grant me four wishes for my LMS buyers, here is what I’d request. Wish #1: LMS Buyers understand what they are buying. Share this on Facebook.
Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy
This workbook is a response to your need to understand how to strategically incorporate gamification into your learning strategy, in order to drive real business results. It’s designed to be printed, written in and used as a guide.
Avoiding Confusion During Reviews
DECEMBER 17, 2015
Reviews are a key part of developing any eLearning. In my experience, they’re also one of the steps that cause the most confusion and delays. Whether you’re working with an outside vendor or someone within your association, clear communication and good documentation can make the process much smoother. Reviews generally take place at two points, the storyboard and the actual course.
Why an Open Source LMS Isn’t Always the Best Option
SEPTEMBER 17, 2015
You’re shopping for an LMS and behold FREE OPEN SOURCE LMS pops up. you say excitedly. Yes, indeed. Free and open source. Well hold the phone because if it sounds too good to be true, it’s because open source isn’t all it claims to be. Yes, it sounds like a good idea, but if you own a business or run an association, you might want to think twice about open source. What does open source mean?