LMS History and Current Trends
APRIL 18, 2016
The elearning industry is constantly evolving, and at a quick pace too. Everything from the software we use to create elearning to the systems in place to deliver online training programs is shaped by emerging technologies. One of the cornerstones in elearning is the learning management system. It is the workhorse behind the scenes that ensures courses are delivered and tracked.
Mobile Learning Versus ELearning
JANUARY 21, 2016
There was once a time when the term “elearning” encompassed what we know today as mobile learning. When mobile learning (also referred to as mlearning) first came about it wasn’t exactly clear the difference between the two. Now the distinction isn’t as fuzzy as people generally have an understanding of what constitutes elearning versus what constitutes mobile learning.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
6 Gamification Benefits You Should Know
MARCH 28, 2016
Many elearning programs benefit from having some form of gamification incorporated into their courses. Why Use Gamification? So why would you take the time to set-up a gamification component to your courses? Prompts Change in Behavior – Certain behaviors are reinforced by granting learners the ability to earn points and badges. Reference: EIDesign. gamification
The Power & Potential of Mobile Learning
JUNE 1, 2016
Chances are that by now you have at least heard of mobile learning, though you may still be confused as to what that actually means. In the early years of mlearning there was some confusion but now this is an industry all its own with clear technology and instructional design methodology. It isn’t going anywhere, that much we know. In other words: ignore mobile learning at your own peril!
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.
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
Introduction to Personalized ELearning
FEBRUARY 3, 2016
The expectations of elearning today have come a long way since it was first introduced. In the past it wasn’t uncommon for an elearning module to simply have some generic text in a PowerPoint-type format. If you were lucky there would be some Clipart included as well. Well, gone are those days (and same with Clipart , if you didn’t know). Use relevant examples and scenarios.
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.
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 “WIIFM” Matters For ELearning
MARCH 31, 2016
When creating an elearning course there are many different components that are said to improve their effectiveness. First and foremost: the course has to have quality content. Without good content then the course will always be sub-par. But let’s assume your course has really good content, then what? Should you add gamification ? What about forums? Chat functionality? Simulations?
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.
Stop Abandoning Your Learners!
MAY 10, 2016
I have seen it countless of times. Employees are encouraged to take a virtual training course (or perhaps a live seminar) because they are told that it is vital to their job. They take time out of their busy schedules to learn new skills and processes. The instructors (be it virtually or in-person) are full of energy about the material they are teaching. What Is Your Post-Training Support Plan?
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!
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.
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?
Online Education Isn’t Always Glamorous
JUNE 9, 2016
Despite its advantages there are still many people who are skeptical of online education. It is hard to imagine that the same learning experience can occur from a 100% online (or virtual) course. Still, online-only schools do exist and are attracting students from all over the world. The content is often delivered as a combination of pre-made elearning modules, recorded lectures, and live webinars.
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
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.
Micro-Learning Becoming Latest Trend
MAY 5, 2016
Following elearning industry trends is something I enjoy doing – everything from the tech-tools to instructional design strategies. A few years back gamification was all the rage. It still is popular (and with good reason ), but it’s not being written about to the same degree as it once was in our industry. The same thing happened with Tin Can API (xAPI). What Does This Mean?
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.
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
Tool For Creating Educational Games
OCTOBER 13, 2015
In recent years games have started to play a bigger role in not only learning but also elearning. There has been quite a bit written on the topic of games, gamification, and gaming elements in training & education. Gaming is proving to be a successful way to help learners grasp new concepts, but how do you actually create games with an intent to learning? But what about games? Enter Gamefroot.
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.
Gamification in Education Stats
JANUARY 12, 2016
Gamification in elearning is the hot-topic these days, and with good reason. It has proven to be useful in helping learners further comprehend and apply new information. Still, there are people out there who view gamification as ‘fluff’ and contend that it doesn’t really result in any measureable value. In other words, the information is more easily committed to long-term memory.
Learning is a Marathon, Not a Sprint
DECEMBER 8, 2015
When I have conversations with people about elearning, training, and all things related, it I find a curious similarity in the way these events are described. All seem to be referred to as standalone, finite events. While less common in the educational sector, I found this to be unanimously true with my corporate consulting engagements. logical sequence, but in my opinion is too narrow in scope.
Do You Have a Mobile Learning Strategy?
JUNE 15, 2016
Many organizations have an elearning strategy, but do they have one for mobile learning? The rise of mobile technology has made elearning professionals re-think how we view elearning. What was once considered to be a part of elearning has now grown into its own industry. There are now tools and techniques specific to the mobile learning market. Some of which include: What devices will you support?
Need Reasons To Use Gamification?
AUGUST 24, 2015
Games in elearning? It doesn’t seem like this could be of benefit to anyone but as it turns out gamification in elearning is proving quite effective. If you are currently creating an elearning course or already have courses created then you too may want to incorporate gaming elements. There are a variety of ways to go about this. If anything, it just sounds like more work. gamification
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.
Blended Learning Success Tips
APRIL 6, 2015
Blended learning can be extremely effective when implemented properly. Problem is, sometimes the full potential of blended learning isn’t always realized. There can be a variety of factors for this, but usually it has to do with execution. Programs often start with good intentions, but somewhere along the line they falter. Tip #1: Implement Variety. Tip #2: Mentor. Tip #3: Various Media.
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?
Adobe Joins LMS Space Late
AUGUST 6, 2015
If you haven’t heard yet, recently Adobe announced that they too will be trying their luck in the learning management system market. They shared this via their blog just a couple of days ago. Perhaps what’s more surprising than this announcement though is that Adobe isn’t already in this space given their Captivate, Presenter, and Connect product line. Measuring training impact.
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.
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.
Social Learning Facts You Should Know
SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
The concept of social learning can be somewhat unclear. Isn’t all learning “social” in some respect? If we overthink the semantics then I agree that social learning can seem somewhat redundant. To put this more simply: social learning happens as we observe (or are told) about new ideas. As people share ideas we learn. social learning
Reasons to use Infographics in ELearning
DECEMBER 28, 2015
ELearning often boasts a variety of media to convey key points. In fact, it’s not uncommon for a single course to include videos, charts, graphs, audio, text, and diagrams. Each media method is designed for a specific purpose. For example, when numerical data is being shared it’s often best into chart format as it is easier to understand. Putting Information Into Graphics.