7 eLearning Design Trends for 2017
JANUARY 27, 2017
Working as a designer for eLearning courses and templates at eLearning Brothers means that I need to constantly stay on top of the latest trends in both web development and graphic design. There are lots of places to get inspiration out there, and after some research, I’ve come up with seven trends that will see a lot of use in 2017. Modern-Retro Design. Minimalism. Failure Mapping.
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?
8 Questions to Answer for Impressive PowerPoint Presentations
FEBRUARY 1, 2017
Before I developed a huge passion for presentations and visual communications, I worked as an instructional designer for telecommunications courseware. We had to work with SMEs, usually engineers, to pick their brains to help them structure and put on paper all the knowledge required by technicians in the field. What’s the presentation purpose? Training? Information? Selling? Example? Examples?
5 Essential PowerPoint Add-Ins
FEBRUARY 22, 2017
Microsoft PowerPoint can do so many things very well on its own, but don’t underestimate the power of PowerPoint add-Ins and the productivity it can bring to your development, teaching, and designing. You are not using PowerPoint to its fullest potential without using Add-Ins. If you need help on installing add-Ins, here is an awesome blog! iSpring (Paid). INPRES (Free). Code Presenter Pro (Free).
[Study] The Anatomy of a Training Course
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 Things to Know When Using Layers in Storyline
OCTOBER 26, 2016
As I talk with other Storyline users about their projects, almost inevitably the topic of layers vs slides (or sometimes vs states) comes up. There are some passionate people on both sides of the discussion. So, for the sake of those who might be wondering about layers, I thought I’d put together this list of four important things to understand when considering using layers in Storyline.
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 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.
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.
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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!
Engage Your Audience With These New Cutout People
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
With the online training world growing at a rapid pace, presenters and instructional designers are looking for effective ways to create connections between them—or the content—and their learners. Since eLearning is electronic (thats what the “e” stands for, right?), it is more difficult for the learner to create a connection with a presenter or teacher. The solution? Cutout People. Casting Call .
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get the Most Out of Your DevLearn Conference Experience
OCTOBER 27, 2016
In just less than a month, learning professionals from hither and yon will flock to Las Vegas November 16 – 18 to attend this year’s DevLearn Conference. If it’s your first conference—or your fifth—the size and scale of the conference can be a bit daunting. Before you arrive at DevLearn 2016: Find fellow attendees online. Post your thoughts and questions about the conference. Plan your schedule.
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.
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.
How Are You Providing Performance Feedback in Your eLearning?
JULY 13, 2016
If you create eLearning, you know how important it is to measure its effectiveness. You, You, your organization, and your learners don’t want to spend time—or money—on training that doesn’t provide a solid return. Most instructional designers and training professionals use the Kirkpatrick Model as a standard for evaluating the effectiveness of training. about areas for improvement.
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.
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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.