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SEPTEMBER 1, 2009  Characters in eLearning
I read this interesting post on Have you thought of Character Driven Stories for Your eLearning? by Rupa (@ruparajgo). was tempted to blog about it myself (thanks for the inspiration, Rupa). What role can a character(s) play in your eLearning porgram? Expert: This is probably the most common use of a character in eLearning. Type 1: This type takes you through the course and is a constant feature. You can design an expert who will take the learner through the course. This expert simplifies information or provides useful tips drawing from his experience. It is a little freaky.)
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JANUARY 28, 2009  Design rules that you must always follow
Rule 1: Unless you are conducting learner testing, do not experiment with positioning of buttons. There is a logic why the next button is positioned in the right bottom corner and why the exit button is positioned in the top right corner. Understand the logic before you experiment. Rule 2: Always use radio buttons for single select MCQs and check boxes for MMCQs or multiple select questions. Rule 3: Buttons should look clickable. Non-buttons such as placeholders, text boxes, and so on should not have the affordance of being clickable. Rule 5: Colors should be selected using the color wheel.
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FEBRUARY 16, 2009  When should we use pre tests?
I am hooked to Clark Quinn's blog posts on ID. When reading one such post, I came across another article, The Case Against Pre Testing for Online Courses by the same author. This had me thinking, when do I use pre-tests in courses? When there is a discrepancy between what the learner knows and what he/she thinks he knows. It is a dangerous situation when the learner thinks he/she already knows what you are about to teach him/her but from your research you know otherwise. To help the learner understand which areas need more focus. To help the learner understand more about themselves.
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APRIL 2, 2009  How to tackle a demotivated learner?
A demotivated learner is any IDs nightmare. Don't we love it when learners are highly motivated, thirsty for knowledge, and realize the 'what is in it for me' even before the course begins? Symptoms of a demotivated learner: During interviews, they frown over the concept that you are going to teach. They do not appreciate the fact that HAVE to take the course. I can't blame them.) They try to convince you that they know everything they need to about the concept (you know otherwise through research). The situation is very, very dangerous if you spot all the five symptoms in your learner profile.
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APRIL 13, 2009  Can Online Learning Environment Kill Motivation?
Ros Aini posed a question in my previous post, "Online learning environment can demotivate online learners. What do you think are the aspects that contribute to this matter?" I am going to try an attempt answering this question based on my experience and what I have read/heard. If you think you disagree, please help me learn more by sharing your thoughts. If you agree and would like to add and give more clarity, please feel free to do so. First let me clarify, online learning environment can demotivate online learners is a generalization. You will be closer to getting it right.
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APRIL 29, 2009  How important is the SME?
You would have interacted with several SMEs. have attempted to classify the SME. Five prominent personae emerged. These are based on my experiences. Please feel free to add your thoughts.) Temperamental SME: This SME loves to throw her weight around. She demands that things be done her way, else she will not cooperate. She dons the role of the boss and tells you when she expects things. She expects you to work only on her project and on nothing else. She throws a tantrum every time she thinks she has been let down. Easy Go Lucky SME: This SME agrees to everything you say. Go ahead.'
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SPEAK OUT  Expert Usability Evaluation and Learning Audit of an Online Course
| MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2009
You do not have access to learners or you are really short of time. However, you want to find out if your online course is easy to use and learn. What do you do? You can conduct an expert usability evaluation and expert learning audit. Both these evaluation techniques have their roots in usability inspection. Before I proceed further, these techniques have evolved from usability, but have been modified to suit the requirements of the learning field. If you use some other techniques, please do share. We are always eager to learn more effective ways of doing things. Is this intuitive enough? MORE >>
SPEAK OUT  Are you ready to change?
| MONDAY, JULY 20, 2009
I was reading Dave Ferguson's post, Resisting change: a phone-y example. This had me thinking. How do people in the training/learning field resist change? These are only generalizations.) Clients: Avoid trying news modes of delivering training. Refuse to understand that a learning program that is fun, can also be serious. Spend money on things they have been spending money on for so many years. Being part of the brainstorming session which will help them contribute and stay in the loop. Refuse to treat their learners as responsible adults and are always suspicious of their intentions. MORE >>
SPEAK OUT  7 Traits an ID Must Have
| MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2009
I know I have already blogged about how most people outside the industry frown on eLearning. 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? am usually free during weekends, give me some work. would like to do something. Me: Yeah ok. Thinking to myself: Do you know that you need to learn how to do my work? You think you can master this task over the weekend? Read it. MORE >>
SPEAK OUT  Using Game Elements in eLearning
| TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2009
The typical mindset regarding use of game elements in elearning is "We don't have that kind of budget!" But, are we trying to design a high end graphic game? You can use game elements in a modest budget. How you ask? Let us think about the elements that make a game and which of these can be used for an elearning application. We designed a decision tree with branching stories. Given below is the description of how we included game elements in elearning. Rewards and punishments were displayed in terms of the reaction of the customer to a particular action taken by the learner and points gained. MORE >>
SPEAK OUT  Audio - A Gamble?
| THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2009
Audio is a crucial aspect of an elearning application. There are lots of courses that do not have audio. These courses can still be good if the learner hates audio. But audio can play an important role in learning. Audio: Sets the tone for your course. If the audio is formal, the theme of your course will be formal. If the audio is humorous, the theme of your course is light and humorous. Adds a personal touch by giving your course a personality. This does not apply for robot-like audio. Captures learner's attention. Completes the learning experience. Using audio in your course can be a gamble. MORE >>
-  Micky Mouse Club House SPEAK OUT | TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
-  Exercises that help reflect on gray areas SPEAK OUT | TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2009
-  Scenario Based Learning SPEAK OUT | SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2009
-  Testing eLearning Products SPEAK OUT | THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2009
-  IDCI: LH Theory by Abhinava SPEAK OUT | SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 2009
-  Quauntifying Time Spent on Web 2.0 Tools SPEAK OUT | TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2009
-  8 Tips for the Training Department SPEAK OUT | THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2009
-  When are personality tests useful? SPEAK OUT | FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2009
-  Hate to Rework? SPEAK OUT | WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2009
-  Speak Out Featured in eLearning Learning SPEAK OUT | THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
-  MUVEs SPEAK OUT | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2008
-  To-Do List SPEAK OUT | FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009
-  A Workshop on Web 2.0 SPEAK OUT | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2009
-  7 things you need not know about me SPEAK OUT | SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2009
-  ID close to extinction? SPEAK OUT | FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
-  Internal Motivation SPEAK OUT | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009
-  Blog Personality Type SPEAK OUT | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009
-  Siftables SPEAK OUT | WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2009
-  Myth about eLearning and Interactivity SPEAK OUT | THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009
-  Informal Learning SPEAK OUT | WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2009
-  Issues with Second Life SPEAK OUT | MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2009
-  Pecha Kucha and Learning SPEAK OUT | WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2009
-  Getting Information Gathering Right SPEAK OUT | THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2009
-  Bringing About a Change SPEAK OUT | FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009
-  Social learning without Web 2.0 tools? SPEAK OUT | FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2009
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