My Favorite e-Learning Infographics
NOVEMBER 25, 2012
Summary: Christopher Pappas posted links to 10 Awesome Infographics About e-Learning. looked at all ten and here are the three I liked best. The first infographic below discusses the principles of adult learning. Of course, this isn’t all that could be said about the topic, but the information Nicole gives here is generally consistent with the empirical evidence. Guess who wins?
#DevLearn-313: A New Agile Model – Leaving ADDIE Behind
OCTOBER 31, 2012
Summary: Michael discussed the reasons why we should replace the ADDIE model with Successive Approximation, and how Successive Approximation improves the learning experience. This session was presented by Michael Allen, Chairman and CEO, Allen Interactions. While there have been many adaptations of ADDIE, many of them were made before today’s tools, challenges, and opportunities.
#LCBQ: Does Gamification Have a Role in Workplace Learning?
DECEMBER 18, 2011
Summary: Yes, there’s not only a role for “gamification” in e-learning but the revolution (as I define it) is already well underway! October’s Big Question on the Learning Circuits Blog has to do with gamification and its possible role in workplace learning. Does it have a role? In this post, I’ll weigh in on that question but only as it applies to formal e-learning. Sites like Gamify and Badgeville perpetuate this kind of definition. The problem is that this definition doesn’t go far enough. There are other problems too. Learning Best Practice.
#DevLearn-113: Applying the Magic of Hollywood to e-Learning
OCTOBER 31, 2012
Summary: Tom argued that quality is all that matters. We should strive for higher production values and shorter trainings that more fully engage our learners. This session was presented by Tom Graunke, Co-Founder and CEO, Stormwind. Why do we remember many details of a three-minute movie trailer? Because it’s exciting and engaging. The goal is to create raving fans! Why do we do this, he asks?
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.
Kevin Mulvihill Now A Featured Writer On eLearning Learning
JUNE 21, 2012
Summary: I’m honored and privileged to announce that I am now one of the featured writers on eLearning Learning. You may have noticed the little badge on the bottom right of this blog that says I’m now one of elearninglearning.com ‘s featured writers! This also means that my blog content here at Sudden Insight is available directly through their site. Other
Why Articulate Storyline Is My Go-To Authoring Tool
MAY 22, 2012
Summary: With Storyline, you get the simplicity you want with the flexibility and power you need. Whether you’re building simple information-based courses or the most critical performance-based trainings, you’ll benefit from the rich capabilities of this powerful tool. friend asked me what all the fuss was about concerning Articulate Storyline, a new e-learning authoring tool. Power.
Great Adobe Photoshop Training – All Free – This Week!
FEBRUARY 26, 2013
Summary: CreativeLive is offering great Photoshop training for both beginners and advanced designers all for free this week. Check it out! If you miss it live during the day, you can catch the sessions again during the evening or buy a DVD later that contains all the sessions. In total, they are offering over 4o classes in just 6 days. If you have time, check them out. Graphic Design Photoshop
#DevLearn-607: Methods for Designing Serious Games
NOVEMBER 2, 2012
Summary: Dexter and Geoff discussed a variety of methods for developing serious games, and introduced the audience to their now-free game engine. This session was presented by Dexter Chow, Chief Creative Officer, and Geoff Beckstrom, Lead Technical Writer; both are from GarageGames. There is market demand for serious games in the consumer and educational markets. Real-world game design methods.
#DevLearn-704: Designing eLearning that Gains and Keeps Learner Attention
NOVEMBER 2, 2012
Summary: Dan provided a variety of techniques and examples to show how we can gain and keep our learner’s attention. This session was presented by Dan Myers, Manager of Instructional Design, The Cheesecake Factory. Today’s learners are faced with distractions – text messages, status updates, phone calls, tweets, and e-mail. These distractions are constant and are not going away.
#DevLearn-GS5: Dayna Steele – 101 Ways to Rock for Success
NOVEMBER 2, 2012
Summary: Dayna provided a number of techniques to make us more successful in life. In the music industry, the term “going platinum” is synonymous with success. Are you creating platinum eLearning? If not, maybe some rock n’ roll inspiration will help. Her latest book is 101 Ways to Rock Your World. But you must also know the passions of your audience. Homework : Do your homework. But keep it brief.
#DevLearn-409: Soft-Skills Simulations – A Road Map for Success
NOVEMBER 1, 2012
Summary: Frito-Lay built a compelling soft-skills simulation using mostly-traditional branching techniques and Articulate Storyline. This session was presented by Chris Ayers, President and CEO, Yukon Learning, and Marvin Mullins, Project Manager, Frito-Lay. Project Background. Frito-Lay has a very structured program that consists of multiple learning events for new hires. Development Process.
#DevLearn-212: Taking Video to the Next Level
OCTOBER 31, 2012
Summary: Mark tells simple stories through his videos and uses compelling, entertaining characters to tell them. This session was presented by Mark Locke, Multimedia Training Specialist, ServPro Industries, Inc. Video is everywhere and at our fingertips – literally. But of the companies that use video, many aren’t using it to its full potential. What we need to get started. DevLearn 2012
#DevLearn-GS1: Jon Landau – Innovation in Avatar and What Lies Ahead
OCTOBER 31, 2012
Summary: Jon Landau made the case for innovation in e-learning, and also discussed the need to generate an emotional reaction. Jon Landau embraces technology so aggressively and successfully that he’s earned an Academy Award and two Golden Globes for his work producing the two highest-grossing movies of all-time, Avatar and Titanic. We have to be willing to fail to succeed. DevLearn 2012
Book Review: Design For How People Learn
OCTOBER 2, 2012
Summary: Written by a master instructional designer, this is a fun, easy read that teaches experienced designers as well as newbies. Highly recommended. Julie Dirksen knows her stuff. As a former staffer with Allen Interactions, she’s been around the best and was obviously paying attention. This is not a college textbook, folks. You will create smart e-learning. Organizational Structure.
eLearning Learning Partners with Training Magazine Network
SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
Summary: eLearning Learning is now providing content for the Training Magazine Network. Training Magazine Network has just announced a partnership with eLearning Learning to bring together their extensive content and community offerings to form the largest e-learning site on the Web. He’s also a fellow blogger and you’ll see a link to his site on my Blogroll at right. Other
Why Articulate Storyline Has Already Become My Go-To Authoring Tool
FEBRUARY 6, 2012
Summary: With Storyline, you get the simplicity you want with the flexibility and power you need. Whether you’re building simple information-based courses or the most critical performance-based trainings, you’ll benefit from the rich capabilities of this forthcoming tool. friend asked me what all the fuss was about concerning Articulate Storyline, a new desktop authoring tool. Power.
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.
#astdTK12: Immersive Learning Simulations – Cutting Through the Hype
JANUARY 30, 2012
Summary: At ASTD’s TechKnowledge 2012, Steven Villachica and Deborah Stone defined immersive learning simulations, offered four tips for building them, and then discussed a simulation they had built together. Steven and Deborah defined an immersive learning simulation loosely, in my opinion. Learners should be engaged at the problem or task level, not just the operational or action level.
#astdTK12: Stuart Crabb Opening Keynote
JANUARY 26, 2012
Summary: Stuart Crabb runs L&D for Facebook and, together with other senior leaders, has crafted a unique culture that inspires excellence and pervasive job satisfaction with their Gen Y staff. Facebook is one of the leading companies on the planet today and they continue to excel even as competitors attempt to catch up to both their business model and market share. Characteristics.
#astdTK12: Yawn-Proof Your e-Learning
JANUARY 26, 2012
Summary: Cammy Bean provided tips for making our e-learning yawn-proof. Finding yourself a bit bored with the e-learning you’ve been creating lately? Cammy Bean offered some tips to jazz up our e-learning courses in this informative session at ASTD TechKnowledge 2012. It was nice-looking, professional-level training. Be conversational. Courses should have stories.
#astdTK12: Tony Bingham and Jane McGonigal Opening Keynote
JANUARY 25, 2012
Summary: In their opening keynotes to the ASTD TechKnowledge 2012 conference, Tony Bingham and Jane McGonigal emphasized the need for collaborative and game-based approaches in our future e-learning projects. Tony Bingham, current ASTD national president, discussed the power of collaboration in his keynote. And nearly everyone is connected through some sort of smart device. Contentment. Excitement.
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!
#astdTK12: Instructional Design for a Semantic Web
JANUARY 25, 2012
Summary: Reuben Tozman introduced the non-technical instructional designer to the principles of the semantic web and presented general areas of interest where instructional designers can begin learning new design skills. Reuben Tozman led a very thought-provoking session on how instructional design should change to integrate more effectively with the coming “semantic” web.
#astdTK12: The ASTD 2012 TechKnowledge Conference is Ready to Begin!
JANUARY 24, 2012
Summary: The conference begins in the morning and I’m attending! Look for new posts on content for the balance of the week! There were some pre-conference workshops to start the week but I skipped those. Regular conference sessions begin in the morning and I’ll be there to update you on the latest trends and topics. ASTD TechKnowledge 2012 Conferences
DECEMBER 4, 2011
Summary: Terrence Wing was the consummate professional and still had so much to give to the learning and development community. He will be missed. Friday afternoon I received an email from ASTD and opened it as I normally do without thinking too much about what might be inside. just figured it would be training-related and it turned out it was, but in a very sad way. liked him. Other
My Top 3 Free Stock Art Sites for e-Learning
NOVEMBER 21, 2011
Summary: My top 3 free stock art sites are Every Stock Photo, Creative Commons and Dreamstime. Here are my top 3 favorite sites for stock art that is free to use in my e-learning projects. Since I work as a consultant developing e-learning for different clients, I always have a budget associated with a project, and I always include third party graphic assets in that budget. Every Stock Photo.
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.
My Top 3 Paid Stock Art Sites for e-Learning
OCTOBER 24, 2011
Summary: My top 3 paid stock art sites are iStockPhoto, Fotolia and Shutterstock. Here are my top 3 favorite sites for stock art that I must pay to use in my e-learning projects. I’ll list my top 3 sites for free graphics in a later post. In my courses, I tend to use visual elements on just about every content screen, but I frequently find myself creating my own artwork for these screens. Fotolia.
DevLearn 2011: My Impressions
NOVEMBER 12, 2011
Summary: DevLearn is a great place for e-learning developers to gather and compare notes, and meet their peers. Prepare for the conference properly, and you will maximize the benefit of being there. attended the DevLearn conference in Las Vegas last week. I had a great time, and met a number of my peers, including some whose work I’ve respected for years – people like Ruth Clark, Michael Allen and Clark Quinn. The Pre-Conference Workshop. The workshop didn’t disappoint. Great job, Ruth! Her e-learning best practices absolutely run the gamut of everything we do. product.
The Future Role of Learning & Development
APRIL 22, 2016
I’ve just returned from the ASU GSV Summit this week in San Diego, CA. The summit is THE event for Education Technology companies, practitioners, and investors. This year 3500 people from all over the world converged in lovely San Diego to discuss (and envision) the next major transformational innovations in EdTech. It was a fascinating discussion covering a wide range of topics around the future of corporate learning and skills development. One particularly interesting discussion point touched on the future role of the Learning & Development (L&D) organization within corporations.
Top 5 Learning Technology Trends for 2016
Your Training Edge
DECEMBER 23, 2015
New Year is coming and we all are at the edge of planning and redefining a lot of things, so do the businesses and their learning departments. If there is something quite certain about the future, it’s the emerging eLearning. In this article, we would explore what’s in the store for the novel learning methods in 2016. Trend # 1 Automation. Trend # 2 Augmented Learning. Trend # 3 Big Data.
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.
eLearning: Quick Tips for Engaging the Learner
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
MAY 17, 2016
by Sally Cox Creating engagement with your learners greatly increases their retention of the information and makes the course that much more enjoyable. often use the word "fun" when I describe eLearning--we're not talking balloons and unicorns here. But I want the course to be easy to navigate, thought-provoking, and an all-around pleasant experience for the learner.
10 Mobile Learning Terms that Every Instructional Designer Should Know
APRIL 27, 2016
By Guest Blogger Christopher Pappas / @cpappas. Are you looking for a quick reference guide that can help you brush up on your mobile learning vocabulary before your next Learning and Design meeting? In this article, I'll highlight 10 mobile learning terms that you may want to commit to memory by the time you walk into the conference room. Mobile Learning Christopher Pappas
eLearning: Interactive vs. Engaging
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
JUNE 15, 2016
by Sally Cox People love to talk about how they want their eLearning courses to be interactive, but to be really effective eLearning, it has to do more than just interact with the learner; it has to engage them. Just adding a simple button is interactive, but it's not engaging the learner. No learning here! Therefore, I engaged them. Learn. Then Do.
How to Get the Greatest ROI from eLearning
JUNE 7, 2016
It’s safe to say that no intelligent individual has ever spent a significant amount of time and money on an investment that did not promise to yield a good return. Whether it’s an investment in oneself, a business, another person, or a product, a quality return is always desired. These movers and shakers want the very best for their organizations and personnel but also have budgets to honor.
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.
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.
E-Learning Interaction Building Tools Comparison
MAY 9, 2016
An eLearning course looks incomplete without interactions. No one likes to take a boring page turner course. Interactions help in making the course engaging and collaborative. They foster active learning through a meaningful interchange between the course and learners. We are excited to bring out the first ever Interaction Building Tools Comparison. Here is the detailed comparison for you.
eLearning: Attention, Attention!
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
APRIL 7, 2016
by Kevin Siegel A few years ago I wrote about the perfect playtime for an eLearning lesson (or module). In my article, I referenced a piece by the BBC, Turning into Digital Goldfish , where the author said "The addictive nature of web browsing can leave you with an attention span of a goldfish." 15 seconds! Does
The benefits of applying the 70:20:10 learning framework
MARCH 1, 2016
Considering a new informal learning approach? New report outlines the benefits of applying 70:20:10. The report discusses, in part, the benefits of applying 70:20:10 — the concept that suggests the majority of learning happens via on-the-job training and through coaching — to any organizational learning and development strategy. Does the 70:20:10 framework help?
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.
3 Challenges Vendors Face When Going LMS SaaS
JUNE 14, 2016
Most LMS vendors operate or either wish to operate in a SaaS engagement model. While there is no denying the possible pros of SaaS (for both the vendors and the customers), the learning domain offers some unique challenges to vendors in going the SaaS way. Below are some critical challenges of SaaS specific to vendors […]. Learning Management Hybrid SaaS SaaS LMS
Microlearning Madness: 25 Great Resources
MAY 18, 2016
Over the last five to ten years, corporate learning professionals have scrambled to engage their learners in an increasingly digital world. Learning trends such as mobile, gamification, game-based learning, performance support, use of learning science and interactive video are all attempts to capture learner attention and engage them on a deeper level. Training has to be engaging for it to stick.