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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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?
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.
How to Handle Feedback About Your eLearning Design
JUNE 2, 2016
As creators of eLearning content, we often put our heart and soul into what we design. That makes receiving constructive feedback a difficult, if not painful, experience. But receiving feedback doesn’t have to be a negative exchange. We have four suggestions to help make receiving eLearning design feedback a more manageable experience: Listen with an open mind. Don’t get defensive. To the audio?
This Isn’t Your Father’s eLearning…
JUNE 15, 2016
My 74-year-old father got his first cell phone about a month ago. He’s been holding out, but when the landline in his house was out for a few weeks, and the phone company wasn’t sure when they’d be able to get around to fixing it, he knew it was time to get a mobile phone. I don’t expect to receive a text from him. Chances are he will still refuse to join Facebook.
Harnessing the Power of Mobile eLearning: A White Paper from the eLearning Guild
MAY 27, 2016
The good people at the eLearning Guild have been hard at work on a 27-page report regarding the state of mobile eLearning and where it’s headed. We’ve gained some interesting knowledge from the paper and wanted to tease a few tidbits we found particularly fascinating. Accelerating growth of technology. We are constantly on the move, in contact, working, moving, going, doing.
How Do You Stand Out as an eLearning Designer?
APRIL 27, 2016
Maybe you’ve been working as an eLearning designer for a decade, or maybe just for a year. Either way, you want to make sure you stand out from the crowd. You want to be the person with whom internal or external clients choose to work, the designer your manager selects for the next promotion, or the candidate who gets hired for the coveted eLearning design job. Be a team player. Talk in lay terms.
5 Ways to Evaluate If Your eLearning Hits the Mark
JUNE 22, 2016
It takes hours, weeks, and sometimes months to create eLearning content. And then, once the course launches, there’s a bit of a void. The course is in production, and the eLearning content team wonders if it’s well received. Hopefully…fingers crossed…it’s making a difference for learners. quick way to collect this feedback is by including a satisfaction survey on the last page.
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.
3 Key Attributes of a Successful eLearning Team
MAY 4, 2016
The Merriam-Webster dictionary provides these simple definitions for the word “team”: a group of people who compete in a sport, game, etc., against another group. group of two or more animals used to pull a wagon, cart, etc. group of people who work together. I’d argue that all three definitions apply to eLearning teams. Capable leadership. Variety of strengths. Commitment to work together.
3 Signs Your Training Department is Instructional Design Deficient
MARCH 29, 2016
Have you ever worked on an eLearning program only to discover your hard work was in vain? The powers that be handed you content and told you to get to work. Being the proactive eLearning developer that you are, you dove into the deep end with the bloodthirsty sharks, head first. After you submitted the course for review, however, the client decided that the content was no longer relevant.
How to Support Bilingual eLearning
MAY 11, 2016
I taught English in Japanese public junior and senior high schools for three years, and my experiences in the classroom taught me this: word-for-word translation doesn’t work. The perfect example comes from one of the first lessons I led. This is my mother. Her name is Gayl,” I said. Giggles erupted in the front row. Weird, I thought…I didn’t think I’d made a joke. Again, giggles.
3 Vital Steps for Creating Storyline Game Zen Part 1
JUNE 16, 2016
When you think of building a Storyline game, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all of the seemingly endless revisions, hours of testing, and things you don’t know or are unsure about. Even in Storyline, the idea of building a well-rounded game can be very daunting. Scoring and Percentage Variables. The next step is to create another number variable equal to 0. Simple!
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.
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?
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.
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.
How to Bring Data Sharing to Your eLearning Courses
APRIL 14, 2016
There is a good chance you may have never heard about Firebase. It’s a great service for web developers that began by focusing on instant data sharing across users and devices. Google bought it not too long ago and has expanded its services. What is instant data sharing?” I hear you ask. Facebook doesn’t use Firebase but their solution is similar. Track learner actions for improved analytics.
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!
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.
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.
Infographic: The Top 25 Learning Management Systems
FEBRUARY 16, 2016
We recently came across a great infographic from the folks over at GetApp, a site that helps businesses find the right learning management systems for their needs, that answers one of the big questions we get all the time from members and clients: What is the best LMS to use? We use a combination of GetApp’s product listing data and third-party sources to collect data for the ranking.
What Will eLearning Look Like in the Year 2066?
MARCH 30, 2016
I grew up watching re-runs of a popular cartoon called The Jetsons. If you haven’t watched ever watched it, you should check out an episode. But for now, let it suffice to say the original 1960s storyline is about a family of four (the Jetsons) that lives “in a futuristic utopia of elaborate robotic contraptions, aliens, holograms, and whimsical inventions.”. Vacuums that were robots? Videophones?
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.
Three Secrets to Memorable eLearning Experiences
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
What is eLearning, really? For the last ten years, I’ve developed training in some capacity. I’ve used everything from Authorware to PowerPoint to create materials. remember a couple years ago a co-worker asked me what software program converted content to eLearning. laughed to myself–as if it’s just a matter of clicking a button and an eLearning course magically appears. Recall. Set a Theme.
Learning Management Systems: Why You Need One
APRIL 20, 2016
A Learning Management System (LMS) is a platform that enables the storage and delivery of learning content for the purpose of training and educating employees. The idea of choosing an LMS can be daunting. But before you decide to jump into the LMS search, it’s important to identify why you need this system in the first place. Business results. Compliance. Then take the time to find the right one.
5 Ways to Get Rid of Designer’s Block
MAY 18, 2016
Anyone who works in a creative capacity understands the issue of [fill in the blank] block. It’s an irritating occurrence that silently creeps into your creative process and brings it to a grinding halt. Whether you’re a writer, graphic artist, or eLearning designer, you’ve experienced those blocks which always seem to happen at the most inopportune times. Or create a new playlist. Take a walk.
Developer Diaries: A Healthier Developer
APRIL 29, 2016
When working from home, Instructional Designers and Developers can easily fall into a routine that involves a lot less getting ready for the work day and a lot more getting straight to work – which can be problematic for many of us who call home their office. For myself, I know I am guilty of rolling out of bed, letting the dogs out, then promptly getting to it. Coffee – it’s not negotiable for me.
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.
Bite-sized eLearning in a Call Center Environment
FEBRUARY 17, 2016
Believe it! Call center employees love their jobs. They are not bored nor do they think that their work is pointless. Creating a good working atmosphere is an important part of a supervisor’s function. Employees have to be prepared to work hard, be able to adapt to difficult and stressful situations and show initiative. So, how can we make training quick, fun and engaging? economy $1.3
4 Tips for Improved Video in eLearning
MARCH 25, 2016
The online video revolution that has occurred in the past decade influences many aspects of our lives, and that includes eLearning. Video has a growing presence in eLearning courses, and that’s for good reason. It’s a very effective medium that combines the best aspects of audio, picture, and plain ol’ face-to-face teaching. Easy, safe, and uniform. . Script it Out.
Engagement Tips from Learning Solutions Thought Leaders
JANUARY 18, 2016
Our friends at the eLearning Guild are dedicated to building a strong and well-informed community of eLearning professionals. To that end, they have recently put out a free e-book full of brilliant advice from 39 well-known figures in eLearning industry, many of which are speakers at the upcoming 2016 Learning Solutions Conference & Expo. What kind of person is going to be taking this course?
Why Your Employees Get Frustrated With eLearning (and How to Fix It!)
JANUARY 7, 2016
Creating courses for your employees is now easier than ever thanks to technology. However, before you rush ahead and start blowing your budget churning out courses that no one wants to suffer through, take a look at the following reasons why eLearning courses fail with employees and what steps you can take to ensure the courses you produce are winners. Boring content that puts people to sleep.
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.
How to Be Culturally Sensitive with Your eLearning Courses
DECEMBER 16, 2015
When I taught English in Japan, I quickly realized that it was easier for my students to learn when the content I used was culturally relevant, or at least not based solely on my cultural perspective. If there were cultural elements familiar to them – food, names, places, holidays, images – in our English language lessons, they were more likely to engage with the content. Step 3: Gather feedback.
5 Benefits of Automating Your eLearning Content Creation
MAY 17, 2016
Creating eLearning content is tough. It can be a time-consuming and arduous process with no guarantee that it will even resonate with employees, no matter how much effort you put in. Picture this: you’ve crafted a new eLearning course for your employees, spending hours choosing the perfect information and examples, and adding elements such as videos, quizzes, and games. It improves engagement.
The 12 Days of eLearning
DECEMBER 14, 2015
12 Lectoras Inspiring – This was the year that the eLearning industry was taken by storm and witnessed a powerful partnership as Trivantis incorporated our template library and cutout people images into the Lectora Inspire 12 feature set. Every user who purchases Lectora Inspire gains instant access to our eLearning templates, interactions, games, and more through the Inspire product. Supercell.
5 Psychological Tips To Incorporate Into Your eLearning
AUGUST 13, 2015
Juste is a serious life passionista with a flair for learning new things. She’s an author of hundreds of unfinished works and a lover of all things curious. Juste works @vzaar, the video hosting platform for business, and practices word-crafting daily. You can ping her at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @JusteSem. You have a lot of passion for what you teach. Just hang on a second. – quite empty.
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.
The Training Industry 2016 Content Development Companies Watch List
JUNE 3, 2016
eLearning Brothers is honored to announce that we have been selected as 1 of 20 fine training companies in this year’s Content Development Companies Watch List. Each company was selected by TrainingIndustry.com based on their industry visibility, versatility, growth, depth and breadth of subject matter expertise, quality of clients, and geographic reach. You won’t regret it!
Make ‘em Laugh in eLearning
APRIL 8, 2016
There is not a soul on earth who doesn’t like to laugh. Sure, you may have a person here or there with abdominal injuries who may be caused pain from excessive laughter, but under normal circumstances, humorous laughter is a universally pleasant experience. eLearning can benefit greatly when a little humor is introduced to the mix. You ask him about his kids and he glares. Make it relevant.