A Free Checklist to Assess the Quality of an E-Learning Course
MAY 6, 2013
It’s 2013 and I am still seeing poor quality e-learning courses being built by so-called ‘professional’ e-learning developers who then sell these to uninformed organisations. Design Development
Tips for E-Learning Project Management and Pedagogy Fit
JUNE 8, 2013
The following is a summary of my presentation at the ElNet E-Learning Project Management Adventures Congress being held in North Sydney on June 14, 2013. Have you ever been caught in the middle between what a project sponsor or subject matter expert (SME) wants to deliver and what you know to be good learning design? Has [.]. Changing practice Design Development Project Management
How much does it cost to have e-learning developed by an external provider?
APRIL 19, 2014
As an independent e-learning consultant, I am often asked how much will it cost to engage an external e-learning vendor to develop, say, 20 minutes of e-learning. This is a difficult question to answer, as there are lots of variables including: the state of the existing content that will be used to. The post How much does it cost to have e-learning developed by an external provider?
How I Make My Videos Using PowerPoint and Camtasia
MARCH 1, 2013
Vidoe is a very powerful medium for learning, as described in our E-Learning Academy YouTube Channel playlist: Video for Organisational Learning. well scripted and camera shot video is very powerful for distributing corporate messages and training staff on concepts and processes. However, training budgets don’t always have the budget for high-end production videos. There are [.].
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.
E-Learning: “How do I start?”
MARCH 8, 2013
When I’m asked “How do I start e-learning?”(courses, ”(courses, webinar, video or other), my immediate reaction in my head is “What can I say that will help this person be considered?” ” What I mean is that I want to ensure a person who is new to e-learning: a) knows what they are getting into from an effort [.]. Changing practice Design Development E-Learning strategy
Is E-Learning Still an Unrealised Opportunity for You?
AUGUST 12, 2013
We have all seen the stats. According to 2011 National Learning and Development Index (Blanchard International), 68.5% of Australian Learning and Development or Training Departments offer e-learning as part of their learning delivery. Yet, ask any group of learning practitioners their perception of e-learning, and the response is generally one of unrealised opportunity.
Free E-Learning Podcast 30: Tips for Producing Video for Organisational Learning
DECEMBER 28, 2012
Podcast 30 is the second of a series of three videos exploring the role of video in organisational learning. In this video we explore video design for four kinds of video – conceptual, procedural, expertise and recordings. Why not down this free training resource from iTunes. Or read the transcript. Or watch the entire free e-learning [.].
Storyboarding for E-Learning: Challenges and Tips
JULY 20, 2012
The storyboard is a representation of content, visual design, interactivity, navigation, narration etc in soft copy form. For examples of storyboards, check out Connie Malamed’s blog. Storyboards are used by the instructional designer (ID) to: Gain agreement with the subject matter expert (SME) on the design approach of the e-learning course Provide instruction to the e-learning developer on [.]. Design Development
Seven Tips on Compliance E-Learning Design
AUGUST 24, 2012
Last week on the Connect Thinking blog I wrote an article Compliance E-Learning Alone Will Not Make an Ethical Culture. discussed the over-reliance of compliance e-learning as the solution to addressing organisational ethics. also brought into question the authoritarian nature of the instructional design approach of many of the compliance e-learning I see. [.]. Compliance Design Organisational culture
How I make my video podcasts
AUGUST 17, 2012
I’ve been making video podcasts for YouTube and iTunes for a couple of years now, and I am often asked how I make these. Here’s how I do it. Choose a format The first thing I did was settle on a format which I could use consistently as part of the brand. This included: Creating [.]. Development Polls Video
Tracking E-Learning in a LMS: The role of SCORM
DECEMBER 1, 2012
Question from a client: How are e-learning courses tracked in a LMS? Simply put, for e-learning courses to track in a LMS both the LMS and the e-learning course must be compliant to a standard. In Australia, the most common standard is SCORM 1.2. The value of using a standard is that e-learning courses can [.]. Learning Management Systems
Why E-Learning Alone Just Isn’t Enough
FEBRUARY 20, 2013
E-Learning courseware is not the panacea of staff training. It can play a very important role in supporting staff to acquire foundation (black and white) content. But it cannot guarantee staff will perform the intended course outcomes. Building Building and implementing e-learning courseware does not guarantee learners will apply content into the workplace. There are several reasons for this: Unclear instructional [.]. Evaluation Workplace learning
Fail to Follow Up E-learning Non-completions at your Peril
APRIL 5, 2013
One of the main reasons for having a Learning Management System (LMS) is the reporting function. Reports are used to assess e-learning uptake, Return on investment (ROI) and to justify an LMS upgrade. They are also utilised to provide evidence that a user has completed the training that has been assigned to them. Compulsory doesn’t mean [.].
Free E-Learning Video 32: Managing Change in Organisational Learning
FEBRUARY 22, 2013
Video podcast 32 is the first of a series of five videos exploring the role of change management when implementing a learning technology strategy; such as e-learning courseware, a Learning Management System, webinar, social media or a video platform for performance support. Why not doenload this free training resource from iTunes. Or read the transcript [.].
How to facilitate a webinar or virtual classroom
JUNE 15, 2012
How do I facilitate a webinar (also known as virtual classroom) is a question I’m often asked. To help answer this question, here are the links to all of our free videos and articles on designing and facilitating virtual classrooms. The videos are also available on our YouTube and iTunes channels. Free videos and articles: [.]. Learning tutorial Video Virtual classroom
Newsflash! Paper Must Remain a Viable Alternative to E-Learning
JANUARY 11, 2013
Newsflash to e-learning poviders out there. Learning courseware is not accessible or re-usable to subgroups of staff in many organisations. Sometimes a paper-based manual of instruction, guide for coaches or paper-based job aid is the best solution. When offering a holistic solution to organisations, can you please include paper-based instructional design alternatives as well? It’s been [.].
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.
Free E-Learning Video 33: An Organisational Perspective to Managing Change in Learning
MARCH 22, 2013
Video podcast 33 is the second in a series of five videos exploring the role of change management when implementing a learning technology strategy; such as e-learning courseware, a Learning Management System, webinar, social media or a video platform for performance support. This video examines an organisational perspective to managing change, including corporate, not-for-profit and [.].
Six factors to quality e-learning design
JANUARY 20, 2012
Question from a client: I am working with Subject Matter Experts to manage the development of an e-learning course. What can I do to help the SMEs understand what is required for a quality e-learning outcome? There are a couple of overarching things we need to achieve when working with SMEs: Help SMEs become discerning [.]. Changing practice Design Project Management
Differences in instructional design: Mandatory versus non-mandatory e-learning
AUGUST 4, 2012
Last week I write about factors affecting the adoption of non-mandatory e-learning, and made a comment that whether or not your e-learning will be mandatory (i.e. compulsory for staff to complete) will affect your instructional design approach. Today I’ll address this comment. First of all, let me explain this post is only addressing differences in [.]. Compliance Design
The Role of Content Curator in Workplace Learning
SEPTEMBER 29, 2012
Last week I wrote about content management and content access for on-demand learning, as described by Mark Vickers of Bersin and Associated. As a subset of this, I’d like to raise the role of content curator in workplace learning. Who is a content curator? good content curator is someone who: Is keeny interested in a [.]. Performance support tools Workplace learning
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!
Should I accept free e-learning for my organisation?
OCTOBER 19, 2012
Question from a client: We work closely with an affiliate organisation who has offered us their compliance e-learning for free. Should I accept? What are the risks? This is a great question. On the face of it, an organisation offering a copy of their e-learning for your use is a generous gesture. However, like all e-learning, [.]. Client question E-Learning strategy Implementation
Factors affecting the adoption of non-mandatory e-learning on the LMS
JULY 28, 2012
Question from a client: We want to create 2 non-mandatory e-learning courses to train staff in a new HR procedure. The e-learning will be tracked on the LMS, because one day we may want to reference the historical completion data. What do you think about this approach? Mandatory e-learning implies staff must complete it or there will [.]. Client question Design Learning Management Systems Workplace learning
Free E-Learning Video 35: A Manager’s Perspective to Managing Change in Learning
MAY 17, 2013
Video podcast 35 is the fourth in a series of five videos exploring the role of change management when implementing a learning technology strategy; such as e-learning courseware, a Learning Management System, webinar, social media or a video platform for performance support. This video examines a manager’s perspective to: Introducing technology Roles and responsibilities Refining [.]. Announcement Change management E-Learning strategy E-Learning tutorial Implementation Learning Management Systems Podcast Video
Free E-Learning Video 34: A Functional Perspective to Managing Change in Learning
APRIL 19, 2013
Video podcast 34 is the third in a series of five videos exploring the role of change management when implementing a learning technology strategy; such as e-learning courseware, a Learning Management System, webinar, social media or a video platform for performance support. This video examines an learning and development or training department functional perspective to [.].
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.
Free E-Learning Video 35: An End User’s Perspective to Managing Change in Learning
JUNE 15, 2013
Video podcast 36 is the fifth and final in a series of videos exploring the role of change management when implementing a learning technology strategy; such as e-learning courseware, a Learning Management System, webinar, social media or a video platform for performance support. This video examines an end user’s perspective to: Meeting expectations Accountability Learning self-management, self-directedness [.]. Change management E-Learning strategy E-Learning tutorial Podcast Video
Milestones of a Typical E-Learning Project
APRIL 13, 2012
Last week I blogged about what to include in an e-learning request for quotation (RFQ). A RFQ helps make clear the requirements of an e-learning course for development. Meeting requirements and expectations during an e-learning courseware development project is a 2-way street. The role of the client is to keep objectives clear, manage the internal stakeholders and project [.]. Development Project Management
Free E-Learning Video 31: Video Platforms for Organisations – Opportunities and Trends
JANUARY 25, 2013
Video podcast 31 is the third of a series of three videos exploring the role of video in organisational learning and training. In this video we explore the important role of video platforms in the learning architecture of your organisation. We take a look at the benefits and challenges of a video strategy, and predict [.]. Design E-Learning strategy E-Learning tutorial Performance support tools Podcast Video
E-Learning Options for a Leadership Program
MAY 27, 2012
Question from a client: We are developing a leadership program and need to sustain it beyond 2012. We want to look at learning technology options to help us do this. What do you suggest? This is a great question because the client is thinking ahead. With tightening budgets, strains on resources and incoming carbon tax, [.]. Client question Design Performance support tools Video Virtual classroom
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.
E-Learning Approaches to Developing Systems Training
MARCH 7, 2012
Question from a client: What’s an effective and efficient way to developing training of a new system that won’t break the bank? If this was a question for broad use systems training, such as Microsoft Office 2010, then the answer may have been to: use the performance support tools that the systems provider offers (Microsoft [.]. Client question Systems training
Free E-Learning Podcast 29: Video for Organisational Learning
NOVEMBER 27, 2012
Podcast 29 is the first of a series of three videos exploring the role of video in organisational learning. In this video we explore five different kinds of video, in particular video for evaluation or assessment activities. Why not down this free training resource from iTunes. Or read the transcript. Or watch the entire free [.].
Resources: How to Design and Facilitate a Virtual Classroom (webinar)
MARCH 30, 2012
Looking for cost effective and agile ways to train staff? Then virtual classroom (VC) may be the answer you are looking for (other terms for VC include webinar and web conferencing). At first, virtual classroom can seem a little daunting to design and facilitate. virtual classroom train-the-trainer workshop is a great way to build [.]. Design E-Learning tutorial Video Virtual classroom
What is E-Learning?
FEBRUARY 9, 2013
Recently one of my colleagues, and a new LMS end user, had a confusing exchange. The end user was looking for an e-learning course on a topic that my colleague didn’t have available online. The user was adamant that it was online. After some clever questioning, everyone began to realise the user’s perception of the LMS [.]. Implementation
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.
Webinar recording: Top Tips on Designing and Using Video for Online Training
APRIL 14, 2013
Below is a 3 part recording of a webinar I presented on behalf of Redback Conferencing in March 2013, entitled “Video is King: Top tips in designing and using video for online training” This recording is also available from our YouTube playlist, Video for Organisational Learning. Should you have amy questions or thoughts, please leave [.]. Announcement E-Learning strategy Performance support tools Video Workplace learning
Free E-Learning Podcast 28: Blended Learning Trends, Benefits and Challenges
OCTOBER 5, 2012
Podcast 28 is the third of a series of three tutorials exploring blended learning in organisations. In this video we explore tips for implementing blended learning, and include an example. Why not download this free training resource from iTunes Or read the transcript Or watch the entire free e-learning tutorial series on our YouTube channel (Podcast [.]. Design E-Learning strategy E-Learning tutorial Podcast
Book Review: E-Learning Provocateur Volume 2, by Ryan Tracey
SEPTEMBER 15, 2012
I have been a fan of Ryan Tracey’s popular blog for a long time, and was delighted when he self-published E-Learning Provocateur Volume 1. Imagine my delight getting my hands on E-Learning Provocateur Volume 2 which has just been released. Volume 2 also takes us on a journey through Tracey’s reflections on his practice as a [.]. Changing practice E-Learning strategy Workplace learning
How I Make an Audio Podcast for Website Information
JANUARY 4, 2013
Question from a client: We have new information to tell our clients, but we aren’t ready to make videos. We’d like to create an interim audio podcast to provide this information in a simple and accessible format. How do we do this using a PC? There is still a role for audio podcasts on websites. [.]. Client question Development Podcast
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.
Free E–Learning Podcast 25: Trends in Social Media Platforms for Learning
JUNE 30, 2012
Podcast 25 is the third of a series of three tutorials exploring social media platforms for formal and informal learning in organisations. Why not download this free e-learning training resource from iTunes. Or read the transcript. Or watch the entire free e-learning tutorial series on our YouTube Channel (Podcast 25 is imbedded below). Learning strategy E-Learning tutorial Learning Management Systems Podcast Social media Video
12 Questions To Ask An Elearning Provider
FEBRUARY 10, 2012
Here is a list of questions to ask an e-learning provider before you engage them. Thank you to Zoe Karathomas for allowing me to share our combined thoughts: Have you worked with clients of a similar size/industry to ours? and can I have a list of recent referees to contact?) Have you developed similar materials and content [.]. Development Project Management