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Make Your eLearning Personal

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The way in which an eLearning course is written (including the script for the narration) can sometimes be the source of debate between developers and SME’s/clients. Opinions are often divided when asked if it is better to write in a formal rather than conversational style. But what does the research say? What’s better for learning? […].

Is Gamification the Answer?

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This post is based on a class presentation that I gave a little while ago as part of my educational psychology studies. My topic was ‘Video Games and Motivation’ and I looked at the research that has been done into the motivational pull of video game play and then linked this to gamification, which seems […].

Different Ways to Assess Learners Online

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There are many different ways to assess your learners in an online setting.  Most of us have included quizzes or other tests in our online modules as this is a convenient way to track knowledge especially via an LMS. Before I decide on an assessment strategy, I always ask myself the ‘big’ questions during the […].

7 Ways to Create Engaging eLearning Using Articulate Storyline

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Take a look at these suggestions to create engaging eLearning from the Articulate community. 1.  Personalise the Learning Experience A really simple but effective way to personalise the learning experience and engage learners is to capture a learner’s name, then reference their name as they progress through the course.  In Articulate Storyline this is achieved […].

Get an Exclusive Articulate Storyline Game Show Template from eLearning Brothers

Download one of the most popular game templates from eLearning Brothers with a look and feel exclusively made for eLearning Learning subscribers! eLearning Brothers creates awesome templates and assets to help you look like an eLearning Rockstar!

Learning and Cognitive Load

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In a previous post, I looked at the fundamentals of cognitive load theory. In summary, to assist learners in transferring information from their working memory to their long-term memory, we need to present the information in such a way that it reduces extraneous cognitive load (non-relevant items) and, if possible, increases germane cognitive load (items […].

Ten Handy Tips for using Fonts in eLearning

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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 […].

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Effective eLearning Design

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The aim of learning is to close the knowledge gaps that people have and to ultimately improve their performance. When it comes to eLearning (also known as multimedia learning), the challenge is how to best present information in such a way that it does not overload the known limits of working memory and allows for […].

SA Water & B Online Learning Win LearnX Platinum for eLearning Adoption

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In this post find out the challenges faced by SA Water learning and development and how B Online Learning provided a solution using LearnFlex LMS and developing content with Articulate Storyline that led to a 2016 LearnX Platinum Award for Best eLearning Adoption. Due to the transient and often field-based nature of many areas of SA Water, […].

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Transform Your Video Strategy for Enterprise Learning & Communication

We sat down with Tom Clancy, former CLO of EMC, to discuss the role of video in the future of enterprise learning and communication.

To Storyboard or not to Storyboard?

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One of the fundamental things drummed into people who have embarked down the path of the eLearning developer is the need to start your development project with a detailed and well planned storyboard. From this document/PowerPoint/flowchart/drawing, your content can be planned, screens can be devised, interactions envisaged and source material can be sculpted so as […].

Design for Non-Designers – Contrast

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Whenever I hear the word ‘contrast’ I always remember the old colour TV I grew up with in the 70’s (yes I know I’m a little old.) No remote control, big silver spring loaded push button to turn it on, vacuum tube innards (I bet there are a few people out there that don’t even […].

How to Get Ahead in the eLearning Industry

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I recently received an email from a past Master eLearning Course (MEC) student wondering what else she could do to keep her new eLearning skills fresh and up to date. This got me thinking about what happens once we finish formal training like the MEC, how we keep ourselves connected to this fast paced eLearning world. […].

Motivating Online Learners – the MUSIC Model

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This blog was inspired by one of our Master eLearning Course (MEC) students, Catharina. She wrote a fantastic blog post (in our online learning community) reflecting on her own actions and practice when trying to motivate students completing online courses. Catharina questioned how do we motivate ‘adult learners where the course isn’t compulsory and there […]. Adult Learning Principles eLearning Design eLearning Development Facilitating eLearning adult learning principles eLearning course design elearning development

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Customer Training Completion Rates

Curious to learn how different factors in your training courses may affect completion rates? We crunched the numbers to help you set goals for course completion and build your content strategy. Download the study to learn what kind of content keeps learners engaged, how long courses should be, and more.

Timesaving Tips When Using Articulate Storyline 2

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When developing eLearning modules, time is a very valuable commodity and sometimes there doesn’t seem to be enough! I’m all for saving time whenever I can, so here are five things that will save you some precious development time when using Storyline 2. 1. Master Slides If you have objects common to multiple slides, creating […].

Designing your eLearning Project

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When I first began creating eLearning modules some time ago, I often struggled to come up with ideas for taking content and transforming it into something that was both a good learning experience and also looked appealing. know it’s a challenge that’s faced by many ID’s but particularly those who are new to the […].

Use Gamification to Put Your Learners at Risk!

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Last week I presented at the iDesignX conference in Sydney. It was  great day and it was wonderful to connect with some many other eLearning practitioners and meet the Articulate legends a.k.a Tom Kuhlmann and David Anderson.  My presentation was called Personalising Learning through Conditional Interactivity. examined how we could use gamification techniques to […].

Integrating Motivation with Instructional Design

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As an Instructional Designer, motivating learners is an important consideration because in reality learners are not always motivated to learn. They are busy, have other things to do, don’t see the course/session as being important or have had a bad learning experience in the past. I’ve come across Dr. John Keller’s motivational design model known as […].

Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

Working with Cognitive Load

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When I first started working as an eLearninginstructional designer I became interested in the learning process and how people learn. figured that if I knew more about information processing and learning, I could hopefully design more effective courses. came across a book called Efficiency in Learning: Evidence-Based Guidelines to Manage Cognitive Loadby Ruth […].

Tips to Test Your eLearning

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“A stitch in time saves nine”, one of those classic old sayings that defies social, technological and spiritual upheavals and constantly rings true. Unlike “You want to have your cake and eat it too” which never made any sense to me because what is the point of cake if you cannot eat it, but I […].

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Make Performance the Goal

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In most, if not all eLearning and classroom courses, one of the first things mentioned are the Learning Outcomes. After all, they’re the purpose of the course. Unfortunately, in many cases, there isn’t a lot of thought put into them. Here are three examples that I dislike seeing: By the end of this course, you will: Understand something, or Be […].

Video Games and Motivation

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Every year globally, people spend huge amounts of money and time playing video games. Most people who engage in video game play choose to do so voluntarily, because it is fun and they enjoy it. This makes it an intrinsically motivating activity. Research into video game play has tended to focus on either the positive […].

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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.

Tips When Working with Images in Articulate Storyline

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Using imagery in your eLearning design is an additional way for you to communicate your message. You know the old saying, a picture tells a 1000 words! Let’s face it, the perfect image can help you convey your message much more succinctly than a not-so-perfect image. But we know that sometimes the perfect image won’t […].

Tips for Writing Effective Questions and Feedback for Online Assessment

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I recently delivered a webinar for B Online Learning: Tips for Writing Effective Questions and Feedback for Online Assessment.   I’ve recently just come back from maternity leave so it was wonderful to see so many familiar names attend the session as well as some newbies. You can watch the recorded webinar by clicking here. The […].

Insight Conference – What you missed

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What a magnificent day it was on Friday the 27th May as B Online Learning kicked of its Insight Conference to celebrate its 10 year birthday! The client exclusive affair was held at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, with a gorgeous backdrop of blue skies, water and sunshine. With our valued partners in tow, […]. Articulate eLearning News eLearning Strategy design elearning eLearning course design Insight online learning

Accessibility and Articulate Storyline 2

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Recently, Update 5 for Articulate Storyline 2 was released and as part of this, improvements were made that allow Storyline 2 to meet more of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). If you’re not familiar with WCAG, they cover a wide range of recommendations for making Web content (including eLearning) more accessible to people with […].

Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

Is your company ready to move beyond the annual performance review? Where do you start? What are the keys to success? In this guide, you’ll gain an understanding of: the forces driving change, three foundations of success and take a deep dive into the skills gap many managers have that will sink your efforts before they start and how to address them.

Target Enrolments to Streamline Learning in LearnFlex LMS

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In an effort to help save time and money, over the next few articles I’m going to outline a few different ways that can help you automate some of the functionality in LearnFlex LMS to take some of the load off the administration team that manages the LMS. In the first part I’ll explain how you […].

eLearning Authoring Tool Capability

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Since joining B Online Learning at the start of 2013 my world view of eLearning development practice and more importantly the capability of the so called rapid development technologies has changed. Prior to working with B Online Learning, I was working with consultancies that ran a local design, offshore development model. This is where the […].

eLearning Blunders

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Blunder: a stupid or careless mistake. Alternative words: mistake, error, gaffe, fault, slip, oversight, inaccuracy, botch. This post was inspired by David Anderson’s eLearning challenge #32: Death, Taxes and E-Learning Mistakes. The purpose of the challenge was to highlight blunders found in eLearning courses and Articulate Community members provided many great examples of what […]. Articulate eLearning Design eLearning Development authoring tools design elearning eLearning content eLearning course design instructional design Master elearning Course rapid authoring tools

The Importance of eLearn Source Files

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In the time that I have been working in the eLearning industry (about 20 years), I have noticed one truth from the clients side and that is that content vendors come and content vendors go. This is not a bad thing of course, unless you’re a content vendor on the ‘going’ side of the equation, […].

Quality Control process for E-Learning

Quality assurance is often reduced to correcting errors in a nearly completed learning product. But creating a quality assurance process that influences decisions throughout production reduces the amount of revisions. This is the final step to ensuring that e-Learning applications are not themselves a barrier to learning

The Value of Personal Learning Networks

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When I started working as an instructional designer a few years ago, I didn’t have much experience. In fact, I didn’t even realise that it was a career path! I’d been working as a classroom trainer and while I was mostly enjoying it, I wanted a change. Since becoming an ID I’ve had the opportunity […].