What is the 'Learning' World Coming to?
MARCH 4, 2011
Need for Control : If I got a penny for every time a stakeholder told me 'Our guys will just click Next-Next-Next and complete the course' I would be the richest person alive. The demand to lock the Next button is becoming a common feature that really (and I mean REALLY) excites the stakeholders. Do we have such little faith in the employees and even lesser faith in the quality of learning? My take: If the learner feels the urge to click next and finish the course, we have failed to create a good product. But we will never know till we test this and find out. Okay then. What to do? Fair deal!
Everything about ILT
DECEMBER 16, 2010
How can an ID add value to an ILT? ILT requires as much instructional design as an eLearning does. Even if PPT is the backbone of your presentation, an ID can do a lot. Make sure the course is real. Give your slides character: You can do this using a template or interface for your presentation. Define a theme for your ILT. Visual Look and Feel : Use placeholders for images. Avoid too much text.
Storyboarding at Kern
JULY 25, 2011
Recently, we had a client request us to storyboard on Microsoft Word. Whenever I hear this request, I cringe as I recollect my previous experiences of storyboard on Word. Word is a 'text-centered' tool. Word encourages me to write long descriptions of what will happen in each screen. Using drawing tools in Word is a pain. I am a more visual person (or so I have been told). Why did we use Word?
Power of Learner Analysis
MAY 5, 2011
When I starting writing this blog, I posted ' Why I like doing what I do '. Every other juncture in my life, I continue to reflect on why I like doing what I do and surprising my list only grows longer. Understanding the inner workings for the learner I think the importance of learner analysis is understated. There is so much we can learn by talking to the people we are designing the training for. The more obvious results are training needs, but what interests me more is the psyche of the learner. The management knew that they wanted training on time management. But, how can we help him?
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.
A Little Professionalism Please?
APRIL 15, 2011
Is professionalism going extinct? The more I interact with people outside my organization, the more I realize that professionalism is becoming the thing of the past. For those of you who are professional, the following list may seem very obvious. But, trust me, the people who are not need to read this: 1) It is not OK to take credit for another person's work. Whether you are a vendor, a senior, a junior, a stakeholder, SME, client, you have no right to take away credit from hard work done. Always give credit where it's due. If you see good work/manners/attitude, appreciate it openly.
Trainers and Instructional Design
FEBRUARY 23, 2012
A few months ago, I got an opportunity to interact with learning professionals from behavioral and technical domains in a reputed company. Given below are a few things I noticed: 1) All domains require instructional design to ensure that the sessions are interactive and engaging. Most of the technical training is handled in-house because it is vital to the business. When I spoke to the learning professionals in technical domain, I realized that they were plagued with concerns about boredom, dropouts, retention of information, design of presentations, and so on. What strikes me is? Keep it real.
Respect for Age - An overrated concept
MARCH 31, 2011
Have you ever come across a situation where you are not taken seriously because of your age? Have you had to throw in a line about your child to ensure that you are seen as a responsible person? Just take a minute and look around you, you will find several people who either look younger than their age or those who strive to look younger than their age. Noone is trying to look old. But I got this bizarre request from a client that has me thinking will this change soon? Me: Sure, but they charge a bomb because they are thought leaders. Client: Oh ok. How many wrinkles does he/she have? Do share.
Soft Skills - Don't Take it Lightly
MARCH 3, 2011
I have been in this field long enough to know that soft skills training does not get any respect from the client, the learner and the vendor. seriously feel we are making a big mistake by taking this domain very lightly. Here's why. Myth: Designing technical training is far more challenging than soft skills training. Technical training is challenging because of the content itself. You as an ID come from a completely different world and so you need to understand a whole lot of complicated stuff before you design the training. But, the challenge with soft skills training is to make it work.
7 Traits an ID Must Have
SEPTEMBER 7, 2009
I know I have already blogged about how most people outside the industry frown on eLearning. I am ready to crib about something else now. :) Why do people think instructional design is easy? Case 1: Acquaintance (who happens to be a software engineer): So, what do you do? Me: I am an instructional design. design learning programs for corporates. Acquaintance: Really? I am usually free during weekends, give me some work. would like to do something. Me: Yeah ok. You think you can master this task over the weekend? Case 2: Acquaintance: Hi, I hear you work from home. Me: I don't think so. Read it.
Instructional Design and Technical World
NOVEMBER 26, 2015
For majority of my career, I had the priviledge of working on some amazing content. After eight years of experimenting with the boundaries of ID in the domain of soft skills, products, and process training, I was skeptical when I got a job oppunity from an IT company. My thoughts were: Would technical training be as boring as I imagine? Do I really want to try my hand at this to see if I can tackle this domain also? Will creativity be restricted? reached out to my peers and received mixed opinions that left me more confused. My husband kept encouraging me to try something new.
My Thoughts on Geetha Krishnan's session on Learning and Technology
JUNE 28, 2010
I had this great opportunity of at the right place, at the right time. What am I referring to? I got an opportunity to attend Geetha Krishnan 's session at Kern during my one week long visit to Hyderabad. Geetha conducted a dynamite session where he introduced teasers that made us to think about several aspects of learning and technology. Now, given below are the truths and my response to these. 1.
Dick and Carey Model
AUGUST 4, 2008
Walter Dick and Lou Carey created a systematic process for designing instruction. This theory borrowed from behaviorist, cognitivist, and constructivist schools. Dick and Carey were influenced by Robert Gagne’s conditions of learning. The basic assumptions based on which this theory was proposed are: The relationship between instruction material-learning is similar to that of stimulus-response.
Child with a Learning Disability: Post 1
MARCH 30, 2014
These are a series of posts about a boy full of life, a happy child who sees no differences in people. A boy who thinks each and every person out there is a friend. A boy who doesn''t see that people are judging him because he is different. It is about a boy who faces the usual challenges of a boy his age and several more challenges than a boy his age. THE BOY AND THE SCHOOL The teacher complained that this boy was hitting other children in class. He needed help with his work. He was not interested in doing his work. She said please teach him at home also. But things worsened in the classroom.
Understanding Your learners: All things that you can do wrong
JANUARY 6, 2010
Jai and Prachi live in Bangalore with their 2 year and 2 month-old son, Druv. Druv is an active kid. He loves watching Hanuman and Jungle Book. He repeats words as soon as he hears them. He stays at home with his grandparents and parents. They typically converse in their mother tongue. He is the darling of the house. Thinking it is time, the parents start looking for a school for their son. They research the best schools in the area. They visit a few and select one. They approach the faculty for admissions. An appointment is made with the headmistress. Druv gets Apple and Banana right. Why? 1.
Grab Your Learner's Attention
SEPTEMBER 17, 2008
Why are gain attention strategies important? Within the first few minutes of the training program, the learner decides whether this course is worth his/her time or not. An effective gain attention strategy has the power to increase the motivational level of your learner. Using this, you can: Arouse their curiosity. Make them think about a particular concept. Make them laugh or break the ice. Help them grasp what is going to be covered in the course. Build expectations. Basically, it will make your learner want to see what comes ahead. Imagine! The learner is actually interested in learning.
Evaluating a Course
JULY 8, 2008
What factors must you check while evaluating a course? Are the learning objectives obvious? Are the learning tasks clearly defined? Visual: Is the interface intuitive? Does it facilitate learning? Is the visual layout and hierarchy neat and logical? Are the icons and graphics used appropriate? Does it facilitate learning? Audio Is the audio sufficient, too much, or too little? Is it appropriately paced, too fast, or too slow? Does it have life or would it put the learner to sleep? Text Is the text on screen too much, too little or just right? Is the instructional flow maintained?
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.
Choices - Too Many Does Not Help Anyone
AUGUST 10, 2010
What is the point of choices if they do not work for you? This is the new tagline for the latest commercial of Monster India , a online job search site. The ads are funny and the message is really strong. Whenever I view this ad, I am reminded of how true this is in our the learning arena also. Do we give our learner too much of content and expect them to choose what will suit them? she replied."Do
Working with the Client, not for Them
APRIL 27, 2010
I thought this video was very funny. I get the joke, seriously, I do! But what really gets to me is that most us may be working this way. wish the designer had given an opinion, made a case for himself, suggested why certain things work and certain things don't. WAKE UP, man! As a designer, your job is not to create SOMETHING for the client. They will treat you as an expert.
5 Unlearnable Elements in Your eLearning
APRIL 19, 2010
What are the 5 unlearnable elements that all IDs should steer clear off? 1. Definitions Definitions (especially poorly written ones) are not important. Look at a few examples. Negotiable instrument is a written document by which a right is created in favour of some person and this is transferable by delivery. Meaning? Sounds confusing! Now in English please. Help understand an idea/process better.
Instructional Design and Experiential Learning
MARCH 17, 2010
I was reading an interesting blog post on Instructional Design versus Experiential Design: do you have what it takes? by Koreen Olbrish. have picked out a particularly interesting bit. Experiential learning is a process of learning by doing. According to David Kolb , an individual learns from personal experiences and from the environment. 1. Even VLEs require to have a sound instructional base.
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!
MARCH 14, 2010
In my last post, The Role of a Trainer , I touched on what it takes to be a good trainer and what are the list of don'ts that the trainer can keep in mind. There are several more aspects of ILT that I find intriguing. 1. How your ID strategies may be absolutely brilliant but your trainer can ruin the training very easily or how a brilliant trainer can make up for poor ID 2. Are any props required?
The Role of a Trainer
MARCH 14, 2010
I have always worked on eLearning rather than ILTs. I did start my ID career working on an ILT. But last year, I have had the opportunity to work on two completely different types of ILT. Type 1: During this session, we had to teach call center executives the basics of Internet. We conducted telephonic contextual inquiry and mystery shopping (over the phone) to understand our learners.
The Art of Giving Feedback
FEBRUARY 24, 2010
(Photo Credit: Veer) Giving feedback is truly an art that one needs to master. Before I go ahead, let me make it clear that I am referring to feedback given for assessments. We had this really interesting #KernLearn session on Twitter last week on Designing Assessment in eLearning. Given below is the transcript. rnarchana 1. Do assessment questions aid learning? geetabose 1. KernLearn geetabose 1.
IDCI: LH Theory by Abhinava
AUGUST 23, 2009
Saturday, I had an opportunity to meet fellow IDCI members at Adobe, Bangalore. It was great to meet and interact with instructional designers from other companies. I was finally getting to meet the people I interact with online through Twitter, Ning, Linkedin, and blogs. Everyone was extremely friendly and the quick coffee before the session helped me catch up with everyone. Just the content?
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.
Pecha Kucha and Learning
JULY 15, 2009
Each Kernite gets an opportunity to present on a topic of their interest on Tuesdays and Fridays. This has not become a ritual at Kern. It was my turn to present and I was looking for a topic to present on. This was when I came across the term Pecha Kucha. read more about this and was quickly fascinated. presented on Using Pecha Kucha in Learning. They can show 20 images for 20 seconds each.
Quauntifying Time Spent on Web 2.0 Tools
JUNE 2, 2009
Is this a trick question? ;) My response to this month's Big Question: How much time do you spend and how did you find time for all the relatively newer things like reading blogs, twitter, social networks, etc.? I use TweetDeck and receive tweet notifications. If I am working on something that requires high concentration, I close this application. If the tweet inspires me, I tweet back immediately.
Designing Product Training - Challenges and Solutions
DECEMBER 15, 2010
About the project: We had to design an induction-product training for employees of a global bank. We had to share the history of the bank and share information about the products. The challenges: The learner profile was diverse. We had people who had varied roles and experience. The course had to cater to the needs of a new joinee and also cater to the needs of an existing employee who has moved to a new vertical. It was essential for the learners to not only know about the products in their vertical, but also to understand what other products the bank had to offer. How did we do this?
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.
Which feature do I add on the learner interface?
NOVEMBER 22, 2010
I was reading this articles posted by Geeta , NO Next and Back Buttons on Learnability Matters. It was great reading and reminiscing the experience of designing the course on 'Dealing with Conflict Management.' At Kern, we give a lot of importance to user and learning experience. How you ask? Let me ask you a question. How do you decide what goes on the learner interface ? A. We use the basic buttons/features: Next, Back, Pause/Play, Audio Mute, References, Glossary B. We decide based on the learner profile and the need for features If your answer is A: That's incorrect! Think about it.
Designing Effective Assessment Questions
AUGUST 21, 2008
Have you seen the following message before an assessment module? On completion of this module, you will be awarded a certificate. To me, this seems like the carrot stick technique to ensure that the learner takes the assessment questions. Another 'force' mechanism is disabling Next. You can only move forward if you attempt this assessment. He/she will just select an option randomly and move ahead.
How to make tea?
JULY 30, 2008
Add 2 spoons of tea leaves to water and wait for it to boil. Add two spoons of sugar and 1/4 th cup milk. Bring it to boil. Strain the tea into a cup. OR Step 1: Add 2 spoons tea leaves to water and wait for it to boil. Step 2: Add two spoons of sugar and 1/4 th cup milk. Step 3: Bring it to boil. Step 4: Strain the tea into a cup. OR OR OR.
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.
Humor: Handle with Care
JULY 16, 2008
Humor is a very effective tool to teach. Who doesn't like to enjoy a humorous situation? Why is humor not used popularly across training programs? They are worried that humor will dilute the issue. My take on this is as long as learning happens any strategy that best suits the learner can be used. How can humor be used? You need to keep the following in mind when using humor. This works well too.
Through the Eyes of a Child
JUNE 30, 2008
How does a child learn? Let us look at the following examples through the eyes of a child. Example 1 OR Example 2 The seven colours in a rainbow are Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange , and Red. OR OR Example 3 Evaporation is the process through which water is converted from its liquid form to its vapor form. It is transferred from land and water masses to the atmosphere.
The Grays in Learning
JUNE 2, 2010
I was reading Donald Clark's latest post on Funny Exam Answers. found the Neils Bohr's incident particularly interesting. Read the post to understand what I am referring to. This had me thinking. Do we always assume that there is only one way to do something or one right answer? When we design assessments, do we fail to take into consideration that there may be more than one right answer? Do we ever consider that the subject we are dealing with may have gray areas and is not necessarily black and white? Do we take into account the fact that there are several variables in a real situation?
Help L&D Transition to T&D
MAY 19, 2010
I was reading ' Is it a dead-end for L&D professionals? thoughts shared by Mathew Kuruvilla. In August, I had blogged on 8 Tips for the Training Department , but after reading this post I got an opportunity to understand things from the other side of the table. Mathew mentions: “Unless L&D professionals evolve to a more strategic role in the organization, it’s going to be dead end for them. L&D will always be treated as a support function to HR.” If you are just filling in the training calender with courses no one needs, it is surely a dead end for these L&D professionals.
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.
Gain Attention - What's the Fuss?
APRIL 26, 2010
The first few minutes of any interaction is crucial because the people involved are all judging what they are experiencing. This is true for face to face interaction, the first few pages of a book or movie, a phone conversation, and so on. First impressions. Have you ever picked up a novel and found it difficult to complete it? Have you sat in class and starting doodling or passing notes because you couldn't care less what the lecturer had to say? Have you formed an opinion to not like a movie just by looking at its trailer? First impressions. In learning also, first impressions are crucial.
DezineConnect: Connecting Designers
APRIL 21, 2010
Are you a designer? Are you inspired by one? Do you want to know how their mind works? Do you want a sneak peek into the kind of work they do? DezineConnect interviewed Neil Dantas , designer who designs graphical T-shirts with a strong social message. Read more here and be inspired! As an Instructional Designer, I think it is great that these sites bring us closer to the design community. There is so much we can learn from them. little about DezineConnect: DezineConnect celebrates design from India. It connects creative people to the world. You can follow DezineConnect on Facebook and Twitter.