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What is the 'Learning' World Coming to?

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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

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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.

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Storyboarding at Kern

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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

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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?

Attract, Engage, and Develop Talent using Open Badges: An IBM case study

Companies have an incredible opportunity to use badges to help attract, engage, recognize and develop talent. There have been significant developments around digital credentials and particularly the fast rise of badges and micro-credentials. Learning Professionals need to be aware of what's happening and innovators should be taking a leading role. In this session, David will go through the well-known IBM Open Badge Program to help explain badge programs.

Respect for Age - An overrated concept

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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My Thoughts on Geetha Krishnan's session on Learning and Technology

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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

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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.

Understanding Your learners: All things that you can do wrong

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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.

Child with a Learning Disability: Post 1

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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.

Whitepaper: When The LMS Isn’t Enough

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Grab Your Learner's Attention

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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

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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?

Choices - Too Many Does Not Help Anyone

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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

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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.

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.

5 Unlearnable Elements in Your eLearning

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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

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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.

Unconventional ILTs

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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

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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.


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.

The Art of Giving Feedback

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(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

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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?

Pecha Kucha and Learning

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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

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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.

The Performance Management Storm: Four Macro-Trends Driving the Change

Needed: A shift from traditional performance management systems (organized as an annual review process) to newer performance development systems (organized around real-time dynamics). Download part one in a series to gain insight into why this shift must happen and why it needs to happening now


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I came across this really cool and thought provoking video on siftables on the Simply Speaking blog. just had to share it here. How interesting would it be to use this to teach

Designing Product Training - Challenges and Solutions

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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?

Which feature do I add on the learner interface?

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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

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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.

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.

How to make tea?

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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.

Word Clouds

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I tried Wordle for the first time today. could not think of any words, therefore, I submitted my blog link and this is what was generated. This was also inspired by ashim. Go ahead, try it out

Humor: Handle with Care

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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

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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.

How the right tech tools for your team can power your sales enablement strategy

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