How to Create Clear Learning Objectives
MAY 14, 2014
The phrase “learning objectives” gets thrown around a lot in discussions about training and development. Courses are supposed to have learning objectives, competencies should be related to them, quiz questions should assess how well they’ve been met, and more. But what are learning objectives? By the end of this post, you will be able to define “learning objectives,” recognize why they are important, and create them. . Learning objectives are mini learning promises. That’s a learning objective!
14 reasons why your multiple-choice quiz sucks
APRIL 19, 2011
Unlike some of my peers, I’m not an opponent of the multiple-choice quiz. At my workplace, I am regularly subjected to the multiple-choice quiz. So I feel eminently qualified to tell you why yours sucks… The questions don’t represent the learning objectives, so why did I waste my time doing the course? Let’s just design it better.
6 Instructional Design Tips For Noobs
OCTOBER 28, 2015
Instructional design is an exciting field and it is only growing in popularity given the strong presence of elearning in both the educational and for-profit industries. Today there are multiple universities that offer degrees in instructional design (both bachelors and masters), and a handful of professional organizations that have certification courses available.
Pop Quiz! Do You Really Need Quizzes in Online Training?
JULY 28, 2014
But if your purpose for creating a training course includes one or more of the following—to motivate the learner, make learning engaging, assess knowledge, drive behavioral change, close training gaps, gain visibility into performance, or measure ROI—you should probably include quizzes in your online training. And think outside the box when designing your testing strategy. Always. B.
Simple Way to Write eLearning Quiz Questions
SEPTEMBER 26, 2013
Write a few quiz questions. You find a slide, write a quiz question, and then skip a few more slides looking for the next topic. . ” These are common questions among eLearning designers, and they can be easily solved with a simple system for writing quiz questions. Cover Each Learning Objective. The problem is that you are stuck.
ADDIE vs AGILE: How to set up a fast and effective eLearning production process
APRIL 21, 2016
The best process is the one that can reliably deliver high quality learning content that’s fit for purpose to an audience within an appropriate timeframe. The ADDIE model for eLearning. ADDIE has been around since the 1950s. Learning Management System (LMS)? Design. The information gained during analysis informs the design phase. Pros of ADDIE.
8 Steps for an Awesome eLearning Storyboard
DECEMBER 16, 2013
Here is an eLearning inforgraphic for Instructional Designers that uses eight steps for an Awesome eLearning Storyboard. With these eight steps and along with the Free Instructional Design Storyboard template , you will have a the tools you need for awesome eLearning Storyboards. Define Learning Objectives. Define your learning objectives.
Online courses must die!
JULY 7, 2010
If we dispense with online courses in favour of PDFs, how can we incorporate interactivity into the learning experience? Enter the Informal Learning Environment (ILE). Occupying a place on the continuum somewhere between a VLE and a PLE, an ILE is an informal learning environment that a facilitator manages on behalf of a group of learners. In other words, facilitate learning.
Integrating Game Design Principles into Instructional Design for e-Learning
MAY 4, 2011
Integrating Game Design Principles into Instructional Design for e-Learning. Learning Objectives. Integrate game structures into instructional designs for standard e-learning content. What is the appeal of gaming principles for learning? As you play a game, you get better: you learn. What design element is most important?
Deeper eLearning Design: Part 2 – Practice Makes Perfect
JUNE 16, 2015
The goal of this series is to build upon good implementations of instructional design, and go deeper into the nuances of what makes learning really work. It is particularly focused on eLearning, but almost all of what is mentioned also applies to face-to-face or virtual instruction. We started with objectives and we’ll continue on through concepts, examples, emotional elements, and putting it together, but here we’re talking about good practice for learning. The formal goals for learning are twofold: 1. Practice is key to both.
Cammy Beans Learning Visions: My Objection to Learning Objectives
DECEMBER 20, 2007
Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. At least from the instructional designers and the businesss point of view. Learning objectives clarify exactly what it is youre trying to teach. 159) The objectives page is one that I always click NEXT to slide right on by. How about you? Really?
Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Beginning Instructional Designers Toolkit
MAY 1, 2007
Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Tuesday, May 01, 2007 Beginning Instructional Designers Toolkit I want to incorporate a reading list for the next level of the 30-minute masters (taking a crash course in Instructional Design). This would be for those who want to take their own learning to the next level. And, more importantly, you can improve your design when you understand the theory. (Im not a big theory person. And I have learned a lot by looking into each of them.
How to Use eLearning Quizzes Effectively
JULY 16, 2013
Most of us have been through an eLearning course and completed a simple multiple choice quiz that seemed pointless and a waste of time. These poorly developed assessments can reduce the credibility of our otherwise well-designed eLearning courses. Match Questions to Learning Objectives. How do you make sure your quiz questions are as effective as possible?
Why you want to focus on actions, not learning objectives » Making Change
AUGUST 5, 2009
Pop quiz! 1. Which objective are you more likely to fund? A. Learning objectives are wimpy. typical learning objective focuses on what each person supposedly needs to know, ignoring whether this knowledge will actually lead to useful action. Many people start their design by writing learning objectives. Put out the fire. B.
An innovative use of Mind mapping in Education
JULY 21, 2014
It is no secret that a Learning map is based on a mind mapping technique. Majority of them could be applied also on a Learning map. Learning map is actually a version of a mind map used as a teaching aid for designing an online interactive learning content. However, for providing maximum efficiency of a Leaning map we must design it properly. Horton, W.
How to design your course to achieve engaging learning experiences?
OCTOBER 20, 2014
What we must keep in mind when designing online course is that the students want to have control over their learning environment and its content. Our particular concern is the creation of engaging and appropriate learning experiences which lead students to achieving intended learning outcomes. With Learning map students gather their own views on the learning subject.
6 Steps For Flipping Your Classroom
OCTOBER 1, 2014
Consider the six steps below as a general road-map for implementing a flipped learning model for your coursework. Once decided, outline the key learning outcomes you want the students to take away when the lesson is complete. Having these objectives in place will guide the lesson plan. Once you have the learning objectives outlined, you can create the content.
Once Upon a Time, Stories Transformed eLearning
Voice of Clarity
AUGUST 10, 2015
Story-based learning (SBL) uses narrative as the main way to present course material. According to neuroeconomist Paul Zak, a good story can trigger the release of oxytocin, a powerful chemical that facilitates learning and memory. The benefits of story-based learning. The best part about story-based learning is that it can be as simple or complicated as you want it to be.
Role of Interactivity in eLearning
MAY 24, 2016
Include a Variety of Learning Activities – Most eLearning interactions contain both visual and auditory elements, but depending on the content and objectives, instructional designers can add simulations, games, drag and drop interactions, hands on exercises and assessments that support high levels of engagement. Encourage Reflection – Interactivity encourages learners to think about the content by completing exercises, responding to scenarios, and even selecting the most appropriate response to quiz questions.
Is your Learning map student friendly? – CHECKLIST
OCTOBER 27, 2014
So I gathered 13 guidelines on how to create student friendly Learning map in Edynco and put it in a checklist form. Chunk courses into lesson, lessons into topics, topic into learning objects. It also helps the student to locate the information when he returns to the Learning map. 5 Use larger fonts to emphasize more important information This helps your students to organise information more efficiently because they can easily recognize important information. 11 Predict learning path Predict learning steps for students who need guidance. Draw max.
Planning Assessments for your eLearning Course
JUNE 2, 2015
The need for an eLearning course is defined by the gap in performance or the need for measurement of the learning progress. How do we gauge learning? Think about your course learning objectives. Make sure they are aligned with your organizations learning needs. Once you have your learning objectives aligned, it’s time to convert them into assessments. One of the basic mistakes most course designers make is creating test items that do not pair well with learning objectives and related reinforcement activities. That’s right!
4 Ways to Jump Start an eLearning Lesson
AUGUST 20, 2014
Think about all the material that some lessons place before the actual content: title slide, copyright and/or confidentiality statements, navigation instructions, learning objectives, etc. That way, this information is accessible to learners without setting a bland tone for the lesson. --2-- Place learning objectives after a compelling story or challenge. If you create a pre-quiz that is informal and short, you might put it right on the title side. Integrated Learning Services, Inc. By Shelley A. And a “Confidentiality” button, for example.
The DIY Guide to Converting Existing Content into an eLearning Course
MAY 22, 2014
Step Two: Determining Learning Objectives. Determining learning objectives helps designers determine what to include (or exclude) in their eLearning courses. Learning objectives also act as a guide before creators even begin designing the course by keeping the module in line with the current educational philosophy. Interactive learning.
Creating Award Winning Learning with Lectora
OCTOBER 13, 2015
The eLearning Brothers recently earned a 2015 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Learning Bronze Award for Best Use of Games and Simulations. It featured a time travel theme, cool cars, and solid instructional design supporting the client’s needs. Instructional design was key. Quiz #1… pretty cool looking!). Blog Instructional Design
11 Invaluable Tips To Design Blended Learning Courses for Corporate Training
AUGUST 7, 2015
The beauty of the blended learning experience lies in the fact that you get all the benefits of technology, without having to sacrifice that all-important human element. Your learners have the opportunity to access online resources whenever, wherever to enrich their eLearning experience, but still have the support and feedback they need from face-to-face instruction. Feedback is key!
Course Authoring Tools for eLearning Developers and the masses
SEPTEMBER 4, 2012
Geared toward e-learning developers and instructional designers. The biggest problem facing the industry in the past few years are the lack of course authoring tools for e-learning developers and instructional designers. MLOAT - Multimedia Learning Object Authoring Tool. Embed audio, images and Flash objects. Learning 24/7.
Getting Answers: Tips to Design Effective eLearning Assessments
OCTOBER 9, 2015
Learning is challenging. It demands teachers frame assessments in a way that not only tracks learners’ performance and tests their knowledge of the subject matter, but also challenges their thinking skills and reinforces learning. An effective test is about more than writing good questions. It is also about having the right test design, so that you are not only evaluating learners, but also providing a learning opportunity that overcomes learning barriers and facilitates learning transfer. It requires learners’ attention and interest. Closing Thoughts.
The 12 Days of eLearning
DECEMBER 14, 2015
Learning Objectives. Quiz Introduction Page. Quiz Question Page. Quiz Conclusion Page. Sketch out your design by hand or using a wireframe software. Follow graphic design principles to execute your concept. Comes with our templates included, along with new support for Responsive Course Design. Video Layout Screen. Click and Reveal Interaction.
Fire Up Learning: Tips to Motivate Adult Learners
FEBRUARY 18, 2016
Continuous learning and development has become crucial to stay abreast of rapid changes and succeed. To effectively face the challenges of the changing world, more and more adult learners are turning to professional development courses and online learning programs. What type of learning experience is best for the learner? In order to motivate learners in an eLearning course, having a set of learning objectives is not enough. Add real-life examples and success stories or short videos of industry experts to inspire and motivate them to learn.
Avoiding drop outs in your eLearning courses
JULY 17, 2015
Unfortunately, and we hate to break it to you, many of the eLearning courses fail to create loyal learners and dedicated followers in the course learning communities. Online learning is a potentially ambiguous environment. Regular communication helps dispel any doubts or concerns learners may have during the learning process, some maybe crucial to clear in order to achieve learning goals. Through online collaboration, they are able to share their ideas, feedback and personal experiences, which makes them feel as part of an active online learning community.
Six Ways Innovation is Stifled in the Learning Field
DECEMBER 2, 2014
To have break through innovation in the field of learning and development, we must first think about how innovation is stifled in the field. We all have been through a traditional learning model at early, impressionable age. Little room for nuances in understanding or learning. Content, content, quiz question, content, content, quiz question. Final exam at end.
Bridge the eLearning Gap with Effective Feedback
JUNE 4, 2015
Apart from the learner’s frustration, ineffective feedback can erect learning barriers that prevent learners from meeting the learning objectives of the course, and result in your hard work going in vain! Here are a few tips to help you fill in learning gaps and maximize learning transfer by writing effective feedback for your elearning courses. The feedback students need depends on your course content, the level and type of information you are providing, the existing knowledge of your students, the learning objectives of your course, and so forth.
Elements of Storyboards for Designing Interactive E-Learning
JUNE 17, 2016
From desktops to mobiles, e-learning has come a long way and gained a lot of popularity. The foundation of any good e-learning course is a good storyboard. An e-learning storyboard is a document which combines instructions on using video, text, audio elements, still photos, graphics, and interactivities wherein the information in each of these mediums complements the main message.
Why Building Interactive E-Learning is a Two-step Process
OCTOBER 14, 2014
Step 1: Interactive E-Learning Requires Onscreen Actions. The course’s visual design needs to be contextual. Regardless of how you design your course’s interactions, the learner is going to interact with it. Step 2: Interactive E-Learning Requires In-brain Actions. Interacting with onscreen elements is an important part of elearning course design. Weekly Updates.
Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Confessions of an Instructional Designer
FEBRUARY 28, 2007
Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Wednesday, February 28, 2007 Confessions of an Instructional Designer I failed Will Thalheimers Learning Research Quiz. I was mortified. How can I even call myself an instructional designer? Will just published the results of the Learning Research Quiz (2002-2007). It was a hard quiz. took the quiz then immediately reviewed the feedback and results. Meaning, I think I done learned me something.
How would you go about converting a face to face course to an eLearning format?
OCTOBER 18, 2011
Cook raised an interesting question at the Instructional Design and eLearning Professionals' Group " How would you go about converting a face to face course to an eLearning format?" Several professionals in the Learning industry want to convert their f2f courses into an eLearning format. primary area of investment in corporate eLearning development is asynchronous learning.
E-Learning 101: Straightforward Answers to Fundamental Questions
ATD Learning Technologies
FEBRUARY 28, 2016
At the 2016 ATD TechKnowledge Conference, I hosted a session designed for people just getting started with e-learning. In the first installment of this two-part series, we will look at some basic e-learning terminology and concepts questions that were asked during the session. An LMS is a learning management system used to launch and track e-learning courses. Learners can log into the system to find and register for available or assigned courses; administrators can assign courses and run reports on completion and quiz results. What is responsive design?
User Experience Design – What it Is / What it Isn’t
DECEMBER 6, 2012
Scoff at designs that don’t communicate efficiently? You, my friend, are a victim of bad user experience design, and you’re not alone. I’m not an angry person or an overly anal person, but I just take notice of dysfunctional design in the physical and digital world. User Experience is a broad term that is most often used within the web design world. about technology.
Coaching Critical Thinking to Think Creatively! (Zaid Alsagoff)
MARCH 12, 2008
Here I was leading a Learning and Teaching Unit (in the Quality Assurance department) facilitating change and improvements to our e-learning approach, and managing a University wide ‘Thinking Skills Infusion Programme’ (TSIP). Even the course objectives and topic outline seemed to be paraphrased out of the book. The second online quiz was based on the module 4 (Fallacies).
How to Choose the Right Course-Authoring Tool
MARCH 5, 2015
So, you have the content ready with learning objectives. The best part is, you are enjoying this instructional design process. Determine your objective ELearning courses are designed according to the course objectives. Define your course objective as a knowledge, skill or attitude (KSA). Is it a blend between in-class and online instruction?
The Effective Blended Learning Strategy
APRIL 8, 2015
Blended learning is often mixed with Instructor Led learning programs. Blended learning offers the best of both worlds. Not only do you benefit from the implementation of a synchronous learning strategy, but also you have the chance to benefit from “go at your own pace” techniques that are part of an asynchronous learning strategy. What is the difference?
Open Source eLearning Tools
OCTOBER 13, 2010
Probably one of the better sources on this is Jane Hart’s Instructional Tools Directory. You can find a long list of tools broken into authoring tools, games/simulations, quiz/test tools, social media, delivery platforms, tracking and whether they support mobile. Beyond that, probably the best thing to do is to use eLearning Learning to go through it’s open source eLearning and open source eLearning Tools. Of course, I’d recommend skimming through eLearning Learning to find the latest and greatest. Here’s some of what I pulled out.
Performance Based eLearning
DECEMBER 17, 2014
How do you access their learning and ensure that they will apply it in a real word context? Whether you are an instructional designer or an aspiring one, this article will boost your performance as an effective e-course designer and developer. This is where the perceptions of the client and the design of the instructional designer differ.
The Learning and Forgetting Curve: How to Make eLearning Memorable
FEBRUARY 2, 2015
Taking a short nap after learning or reading something challenging actually improves memorization and recall (Bjork, 2001). When you give your brain a chance to connect new knowledge with the prior experience, learning is “sedimented”. Which simply means, sleep registers your training or learning material into long-term memory. Tips eLearning design The culprit? 2014).
Easygenerator releases 2015 Roadmap
JANUARY 27, 2015
In 2015 we will bring the Pro Plan to the web, the complete e-learning solution for instructional designers. You can even create your own templates to create a custom learning experience. Based on an answer given, an assessment result or progress on a learning objective you can navigate a user to a specific page or part of your course. This way you can offer them a personalized learning experience based on their needs. will bring out a newly designed quiz template, with improved layout and user interaction based on user feedback.