Niche Chess LMS Making Waves
JANUARY 30, 2017
I am always impressed to see the new and innovative online learning programs sprouting up on a weekly basis. There are niche training programs for languages, learning how to code, industry professions (like CPAs, realtors, marketers, etc), and even for games – such as chess! For those that may not be aware, in chess there are three recognized parts to a game: The opening. The middle-game.
3 ELearning Predictions for 2017
JANUARY 31, 2017
It is that time. The time when I make three predictions for the coming calendar year with regards to the elearning industry. At the end of the year I will take a look back at these predictions to see if any of them came true. recently did this for 2016, you can see the predictions for last year here as well as the end-of year assessment. Why Predictions? To be honest I just enjoy doing it.
Will Pokémon GO Influence ELearning?
JULY 25, 2016
Unless you have been locked in a basement for the past month then you have likely been hearing about the latest craze that is Pokémon GO. It’s It’s everywhere. For the uninitiated, Pokémon GO is a free location-based mobile game that leverages GPS and mobile phone cameras. The point of the game is to use your phone to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures. elearning mlearning
2017 ELearning & Training Conferences
JANUARY 4, 2017
It is a new year and that means there are some new elearning and training conferences you should mark on your calendars! Every year there are hundreds of conferences nationwide in the United States dedicated to the elearning industry. They provide professionals and businesses alike an opportunity to network and learn. There is something for everyone at these events. Want to share an event?
[Study] The Anatomy of a Training Course
Gamification or Game-Based Learning?
OCTOBER 6, 2015
If you have been around the elearning world long enough you have probably heard of using games in learning. You have probably heard of gamification. Chances are you have also heard of game-based learning. In the situations where you heard these terms being used you likely thought that they were referring to the same thing. However, to some people these three are entirely different. gamification
12 Mobile Learning Trends On The Rise
APRIL 21, 2015
In the elearning industry there is sometimes confusion as to the difference between elearning and “mobile learning” In many respects elearning is mobile – so why make a distinction? The mobile learning boom started to come about when people began to rely upon mobile technology on a more regular basis. Specifically, this referes to tablets and smartphones.
5 Micro-Learning Articles Worth Reading
AUGUST 11, 2016
Micro-learning is somewhat of a newcomer in everyday elearning vernacular. Sure, instructional designers have always known about delivering content in small, manageable chunks but it was never as much of a necessity as it is today. The rise of mobile devices and elearning has resulted in greater demand for micro-content. The concept is rather straight-forward. Must-Read Micro-Learning Articles.
WordPress Is Becoming The Best LMS
SEPTEMBER 14, 2015
Just recently LearnDash was included as a Top 5 LMS Off the Beaten Track, and a nifty infographic was created that sums up both the benefits and potential opportunity areas. While the infographic itself is just a brief summary, it does emphasize a point that I have been harping on since we first started our WordPress learning management system. learning management system WordPress wordpress lms
6 Game Types for Learning
SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
Incorporating gaming methodology into formal learning events is a great way to help learners grasp complex concepts. It can be used in nearly every context including the educational sector, corporate setting, and non-profit industry. What might not be as well known is that the use of games for teaching initiatives is more than just throwing up leaderboards and ways for distributing points.
Habits of Good Instructional Designers
JULY 13, 2015
Instructional design is a fascinating profession with a vast array of tools, guidelines, theories, and best-practices. If you are just getting started with instructional design, then all of this can seem pretty overwhelming. As you hone your craft, you will begin to develop habits. Successful elearning course developers formulate these habits after years of practical application.
12 Characteristics of Social Learning
MARCH 7, 2016
Social learning is being used in organizations of all sizes as it has shown to be quite successful for training and development purposes. Today it has never been easier to incorporate a social learning component into both virtual and live training events. Specifically, using a blended learning approach with social learning components can yield positive results. Social Learning Success Factors.
Read These Instructional Design Articles
FEBRUARY 8, 2017
While I spend a lot of time writing about elearning, instructional design, and various technologies in our industry, I also enjoy reading what other people write. Our industry is one of diverse skill-sets, demands, and opinions. We all have a chance to learn from someone else’s experience. Learning management administrators can learn about new technologies. instructional design
Here Is Why Mobile Learning Matters
FEBRUARY 16, 2016
Mobile learning shouldn’t be ignored. In fact, you should ignore it at your own peril! There is a shift occurring in the way people consume digital content. Wherever possible it seems that micro-course content is the perfect way to communicate key messages to learners. One major reason being that people are nearly always connected to their mobile devices. Evidence of this is everywhere.
Design Thinking and ELearning
AUGUST 10, 2015
Instructional designers are tasked with more than creating an elearning course. They are expected to create a course that is effective. The content and the way that it is presented has to fulfill a set of objectives and in many cases elicit some form of measurable change. Because of this requirement instructional designers think about course content differently than most. instructional design
Why Infographics are Good for ELearning
FEBRUARY 17, 2015
Graphics can often make or beak an online course. Rarely today do you see a course that doesn’t contain any relevant images – although I have unfortunately come across some. Luckily most elearning will make use of graphics, but sometimes they are not implemented properly. Why use graphics in the first place? This doesn’t mean you need to create a long graphic such as this one.
Skills Instructional Designers Should Have
JULY 1, 2015
Instructional design is a robust field that requires constant vigilance to new technology and methodology. If you don’t hone your craft and keep your skills relevant, then you run the risk of being left behind. Now, for those of us in the field this isn’t threatening in the least bit. In fact, it’s quite the opposite! Famous for being famous perhaps? instructional design
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
2016 Corporate ELearning Trends
MARCH 8, 2016
One of the things I love about elearning is that it spans across so many industries and forms of technology. You can find elearning in early educational settings like grade-school, higher education at the universities, the non-profit sector, and for-profit organizations. Wherever you go you can find elearning courses as they become a staple in the way we learn. Will these trends carry over to 2017?
10 Strategies for Impactful Instruction
JANUARY 28, 2016
Whether you’re administering elearning or live classroom training the end-goal is often the same. At the end of the course you want the participants to leave with new information. Not only that, you want them to apply this information. The interesting this is that the majority of the time the success of a course (be it online or in-person) is hardly the result of the content.
The Biggest Flaw with Articulate Rise
JANUARY 3, 2017
Last year Articulate unveiled a new offering (or several new offerings to be more accurate) under the umbrella of “Articulate360” The entire presentation is quite impressive. This presentation is equally matched by the updates they made to their line of products. But when you look under the hood you might be shocked at what you see (I know I was). This is a big deal.
6 Popular Trends in ELearning
APRIL 25, 2016
The elearning industry is constantly in flux. Some trends come and they stay with us while others are merely passing through. While it is hard to say which trends will stay and for how long, it is always interesting to take a look at what is “hot right now” in the field. Below are six of the more common trends in our field. Current ELearning Trends You Should Know. Reference: exult.
7 ELearning Traps to Avoid
JUNE 7, 2016
Anyone who sets out to create an elearning course does so with the best intentions. They want the course to be both fun and effective. But this does not always happen. I am sure that at some point you have had a poor elearning experience. Sometimes it is because the course lacks interactions, and sometimes it is because there are too many “bells and whistles” in place.
Google Classroom – Should You Use It?
AUGUST 28, 2014
As we all know, Google is a force in many different facets of our daily lives. It only makes sense that they also have their involvement within education. From a formal standpoint, Google scrapped their course builder program in favor of partnering with edX , but they still have other tools that are being leveraged across classrooms big and small. Most notably, the Google Classroom program.
Google’s Micro-Learning Findings
JULY 18, 2016
With the rise of mobile devises there has been more talk about micro-learning. There are many resources to learn more about micro-learning , but in a sentence it is a way to deliver learning content that is optimal for the smartphones and tablets. It is a really exciting time for the elearning industry. In fact, Google has set-up an entire site on the topic at thinkwithgoogle.com. Micro-Learning
10 Ways ELearning Maximizes ROI
MARCH 9, 2015
The general benefits of elearning are fairly well known today. It is clearly a convienient and cost effective way to deliver training content to a large audience. But what every business wants to know is how does elearning impact their bottom-line? In other words, how is it saving money, or better yet, making them money? First, it has to be implemented correctly. elearning
Estimating ELearning Development Time
JUNE 22, 2015
When it comes to elearning development, one of the first things people want to know is how long it will take. This is true for both consulting projects where you are performing the development for a client and internal company projects. What key stakeholders often overlook is that quality elearning course development takes a significant amount of time. instructional design
Why Moodle Is Becoming Irrelevant
JUNE 16, 2014
For many organizations today, Moodle is the cornerstone of their learning program. From Moodle, they launch courses, administer quizzes, manage users, and much more. When it first hit the scene, it was applauded for the flexibility it gave the everyday user to establish a learning management system. Today, not so much. It is not user friendly. Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder? What About Themes?
Where ELearning is Headed
APRIL 27, 2016
In a recent interview I was asked where I think the elearning industry is headed in the years to come. While I would never claim to be all knowing about the movements in the elearning industry, I do have an eye for spotting trends over time. Now, the elearning industry is pretty massive. But still, where do I think elearning is headed? Some of you may be rolling your eyes.
10 Ways to Keep ELearning Interesting
JULY 20, 2014
Anyone who has created elearning has at some point wondered if the training has the ability to capture, and then hold, the learner’s attention. There is a lot of theory in this area, it is a topic that could result in thousands of words in explanations and various strategies. You may already be aware of a few of these, perhaps using them unknowingly because of previous experience.
How to Create a Customer Training Strategy
ELearning and MLearning Differences
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
There was a time roughly 10 years ago or so when the concept of elearning was pretty straight-forward. Whenever someone mentioned “elearning” you generally knew what they were referring to. Today it’s not so black and white. This is where there is some confusion. For all intents and purposes I think it’s fine to group mlearning with elearning. desktops or laptops). Design.