Psychology of Corporate eLearning: 5 Things to Consider
JULY 19, 2016
There comes a point in time when our inner voice starts whispering: “You are not clever and interesting enough. You’ll undergo degradation if you don’t start learning anything new right now!” ” Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? It’s not about learning how to prepare for life. Tell WHY they need it. ” Learning is hard. How can you figure them out?
When Should You Use Video in eLearning?
OCTOBER 19, 2016
Lights, camera, action…everyone loves a video! And, videos make a great addition to eLearning courses. But is a video always the right option? Not always. Here are five questions to ask before you spend the time (or money) adding video to your course: Will this video help increase learners’ understanding of the topic? Will a short video clip suffice? disagree. Can we create a quality video?
Tech Tools That Help eLearning Designers Collaborate
SEPTEMBER 14, 2016
The beauty—and sometimes the bane—of remote work is that you have the ability to create on your own. Most of the time, it’s great to have the space you need to think and get creative. But when you’ve reached the point when you need feedback or some suggestions to spur more creativity, you can’t just ask a colleague to check out the design on your screen. Has everyone reviewed it? Teamwork. Slack.
The Importance of Microlearning in eLearning Design
MARCH 2, 2016
If you search for a definition of “microlearning” in Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, you won’t find one. The way I describe microlearning is a brief, succinct learning activity that: Requires a short amount of time. Covers very specific topics. Exists (often) as part of a larger curriculum. Modern Learners. Today’s learners (myself included) are often overwhelmed with too much information.
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What are your SMART eLearning goals for 2017?
SEPTEMBER 28, 2016
There are only three months left in 2016, so it’s time to look at your professional eLearning goals and what you want to achieve in 2017. Many people in the corporate and educational worlds embrace the SMART Goal methodology— because it works. Measurable: It’s important to have a way to calculate and determine the progress you make. What SMART goals are related to your career in eLearning design?
4 Tricks for Achieving True Storyline Slide Mastery
SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
Creating an eLearning course can be a long process, especially if you have a lot of slides in your course. For those instructional designers and eLearning developers who have developed a good mastery of Storyline course creation, however, it’s much less time-consuming. Part of achieving that mastery is learning how to effectively and efficiently utilize master slides in your course.
How To Create Closed Captioning in Camtasia Videos
NOVEMBER 29, 2016
When you create a course, and you’ve put the work into making it the best freakin’ course you’ve ever made, you want nothing more than to have as many people take it as possible. Not making your course ADA compliant is doing nothing more than limiting the number of viewers you’re going to get. No longer could you lose your job because of a disability. Department of Justice here.
Top 5 Free Screen Recording Tools for Mac and Windows
OCTOBER 6, 2016
There are plenty of commercial screen recording tools on the market today. Besides video capturing, they offer lots of other functions, including but not limited to simultaneous web cam recording, video and audio editing, and adding video effects. Luckily, there are some good free apps for both Windows and Mac that incorporate most of these features. iSpring Free Cam. Available for Windows. ShareX.
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.
The Power of Story in eLearning
SEPTEMBER 7, 2016
Think about the last speech you heard. Do you remember all the facts and statistics? Or, do you remember the details of the story the speaker (hopefully) shared to illustrate their point? I’m willing to bet you recall the story—the problem, the characters, the climax, the solution, and how that story made you feel. It’s a similar situation with eLearning. The problem? Choose the characters.
5 Easy Ways to Promote eLearning
MARCH 9, 2016
Today’s learners are presented with hundreds of things to do and hundreds of decisions to make each day. Breaking through the information overload can be tough when you’re trying to promote your courses to learners. While the adage, “Build it and they will come” may be true for a baseball field, it doesn’t work the same way for eLearning. Advertise your courses. Create competition among learners.
7 Technical Tips for Creating Video Lectures
JUNE 14, 2016
Create engaging educational videos with no hassle or specific training? Never been easier – if you use the right approach and technology. Check out 7 tips for creating video lectures on how to put together text, visuals and audio for the ultimate video lecturing experience. Creating video lectures these days is a piece of cake. Engaging text is half the battle. redundancy goodbye. 2. Audio tips.
Should Your eLearning Course Include a Test-out Option?
AUGUST 24, 2016
You’ve spent hours, days, maybe even 12 months or more creating online learning content. It’s only natural that you want learners to view every last screen and complete all the activities you built. Even more, you want them to reap the rewards of their newfound knowledge. So when someone suggests the idea of a test-out option, you silently scream, “No! No, it means the opposite.
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Celebrating 50 eLearning Best Practices
JUNE 8, 2016
This article marks my fiftieth publication on the eLearning Brothers blog. wouldn’t be a true training and development professional if I didn’t take the opportunity to reflect on what I’ve learned. Come follow along this summary post where I highlight the top 50 eLearning best practices and insights I’ve covered over the past year. Games don’t have to be complex to be engaging. Data helps.
4 Reasons Why You Should Flip Your Training
APRIL 7, 2016
Let’s face it. The world of learning is changing and honestly, there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Technology has taken hold of every facet of our lives and now has revolutionized the way we work, play and learn. In a rapidly evolving marketplace, there’s an increasing need for a quickly adapting workforce. That’s where flipped learning comes in! What is it? . How does it work?
Do You Really Know Your Learners?
JULY 6, 2016
You may be familiar with your eLearning audiences – maybe they work in an industry with which you’re familiar. Or you know people who work in the industry. But chances are, you’ve had (or will have) eLearning design projects that require you to not only create content about a topic that’s new to you, but also requires that you create content for an audience of learners that’s new to you.
The Power of Symbols in eLearning
MARCH 16, 2016
The color green. Leprechauns. Shamrocks. rainbow that leads to a pot of gold. For most of us, these symbols bring one thing to mind: St. Patrick’s Day. If we were playing a game of Pictionary and I drew a shamrock or a pot of gold, I imagine you’d be able to make an educated guess about the word I was trying to illustrate. The same goes for back, pause, and exit. from the first screen to the last.
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.
Top 3 Reasons Your eLearning Needs Quality Assurance
AUGUST 31, 2016
During World War I, manufacturing processes became more complex, and a large number of workers led to minimal supervision. To address a drop in the quality of products being produced , full-time inspectors were employed to identify and correct any product quality failures. We have three reasons why it’s critical to include this step in your design: QA saves time. “We don’t have time!
Is Your Organization Ready for eLearning?
MAY 26, 2016
The value of eLearning is abundantly apparent to those of us working in the training and development industry. We could list hundreds of ways that it benefits learners and the larger institution. However, while we see the benefits and advantages of using eLearning, that doesn’t always mean that an organization is ready to embrace eLearning with open arms. laptops, tablets, desktops, etc.)
The Importance of Script Writing in Video Presentations
OCTOBER 4, 2016
It’s not fair, really. Books are allowed to put on paper eloquent words that paint a picture that is sometimes breathtaking. Lit up by the moon, it looked celestial; seemed some plumed and glittering god uprising from the sea. Chapter 51 of Moby Dick , by Herman Melville. Screenplays, however, are much more boxy. Looking at the land. Gerald puts his arm around her. FADE OUT.
What Can eLearning Borrow from Pokemon Go?
AUGUST 3, 2016
Pokémon Go is a free, location-based augmented reality game developed for mobile devices. Players use the GPS on their mobile device to located, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures (a.k.a. Pokémon). These creatures appear on screen making it seem they are in the same real-world location as the player. The game launched in July 2016. went directly to the source. asked my sons.
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.
What Can eLearning Learn from Facebook?
JULY 27, 2016
In February 2016, Facebook celebrated its 12 th birthday. According to data released by Facebook, at the end of December 2015, there were 1.59 billion monthly Facebook users. If you look at how Facebook has grown, matured, and become part of our daily (if not hourly) life, there are tips, tricks, and insights that designers of eLearning can glean from Facebook’s success.
Five Ways eLearning Supports Remote Workers
AUGUST 10, 2016
Remote work is quickly becoming a regular occurrence in the United States. According to data from Global Workplace Analytics , “50% of the U.S. workforce holds a job that is compatible with at least partial telework and approximately 20-25% of the workforce teleworks at some frequency.” ” Also, 80% to 90% of the U.S. workforce says they would like to work remotely at least part time.
5 Things You Need to Know About Learner-Centred eLearning
JUNE 28, 2016
If you are considering rolling out an eLearning strategy within your company to help your staff to develop their skills then you want to be sure that the type of strategy you employ is going to give you the best results possible. learner-centred approach to upskilling puts the student at the heart of the programme allowing them the opportunity to grow in the best way possible. It is Relevant.
3 Things That Will Impact eLearning in 2016
DECEMBER 30, 2015
I’ve spent the last month looking in my crystal ball, trying to determine what 2016 holds for the world of eLearning. Everything points to another year of big growth and opportunity. That growth and opportunity is all about maximizing the options today and tomorrow’s technology provides. In 2016, I see three big areas of focus for eLearning: mobile, the cloud, and big data. Mobile. Cloud. Big Data.
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.
4 Top eLearning Training and Development Trends for 2016
JANUARY 14, 2016
Technology-based eLearning programs are incredibly efficient. Not only do companies save time and money by eliminating the time and cost of on-site instruction, eLearning training solutions have also been proven to be much more successful at improving participation and retention of material. The benefits of eLearning are obvious. Gamified techniques increase participation.
Surviving the Millennial Apocalypse: Party Like It’s 1999
NOVEMBER 3, 2016
Much has been written about the changing demographic of our workforce, along with the changing landscape of learning techniques. Often these assessments have been full of fear and dread. Our jobs are changing and the new generation isn’t paying attention to us! More solutions are possible than ever before. The new technologies and technique are offering us many more options. Embrace it!
How to Transition In-person Training to eLearning
JANUARY 13, 2016
Based on many factors (budget, geography, maintenance, resources, scalability) you may be considering the transition of in-person training content to an eLearning format. But you might be wondering if that’s possible – can all content be converted to eLearning? Well, yes and…no. Learners learn by doing, by practicing, by putting concepts to work, and by asking questions. disagree.
How to Navigate Difficult Internal and External eLearning Customers
FEBRUARY 24, 2016
“That should be easy to change, right?” . “It costs that much to make a 15-minute course?”. After the final review, the vice president wants us to go in a different direction. So…we need to go back to the drawing board.”. You’ve probably heard the phrases above, or something similar, during your eLearning career. You may have heard them more than once. Education. Illustration. Documentation.
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
How to Get Your eLearning Audience Hooked From the First Slide
MARCH 15, 2016
You have got a little more than a minute to get your audience hooked to your course from the very beginning. So, the first couple of slides are the most important for any eLearning course. You need to answer the following questions in those slides to ensure that the learners stay on. What is in this course for me? How will it help me? Are the content and delivery right for me? Is it interesting?