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. It’s a convenient and efficient means of assessing e-learners, if it’s done well. At my workplace, I am regularly subjected to the multiple-choice quiz. But that’s no reason to vilify the multiple-choice quiz. The problem, unfortunately, is that it’s often done poorly.
Quiz Design: Recognizing Types of Learning
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
FEBRUARY 3, 2013
by Jennie Ruby Many of us start writing a quiz when we are sitting in front of our quiz-making software, and the software asks us whether we want a multiple-choice question or a true/false. But this method, although it will arrive at a functional quiz that our learner can click through, may not be accurately doing what a quiz should do. And what should a quiz do? Well, measure the learning, of course. But in order to measure the learning, we need to have a clear idea of what the learning should have been. What's that you say?
3 practical tips that will make your eLearning course more effective
Challenge to Learn
MARCH 3, 2015
Define proper learning objectives. Before you start with eLearning you need a well-defined goal for your eLearning course or quiz. All these things will help you to reach your goal, but every separate element will have its own specific objective. Make sure you have your overall goal clear and the separate objectives of separate element (course, quiz, classroom session, video, blog) that you will create. 2. Define proper learning objectives. This leads often to more than one learning objective. Do things in the right order.
Planning Assessments for your eLearning Course
JUNE 2, 2015
Assessment planning is the key to developing meaningful eLearning courses. The need for an eLearning course is defined by the gap in performance or the need for measurement of the learning progress. Without assessments, both learners and mentors might as well pretend they are reading a monotonous story with a “tapered off” ending! How do we gauge learning? Think about your course learning objectives. Make sure they are aligned with your organizations learning needs. Jumble up the Questions: Mixing questions helps keep the assessment list new.
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. Thus a central challenge to learning is finding a way to stem forgetting.”
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.
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. Before adding an assessment, determine its purpose.
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. Start by putting all of your learning objectives in one place.
How effective is your learning? Tips on assessing the effectiveness of Online Training
OCTOBER 14, 2013
Choosing the right way depends on the type of content and the learner profile, as well as the organizational objectives that helped conceptualize and implement the training. This provides a guide to the learner’s preferred learning styles and can help chart a more personalized learning plan for him to increase the effectiveness of training. Qualitative Assessments.
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. Learning objectives clarify exactly what it is youre trying to teach. Ray Sims has written a great summary on Writing Learning Objectives , with citations to some good resources, including Vicki Heaths post Learning Objectives: Writing Learning Outcomes So They Matter.
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. But not to worry, there are ways in which you can ensure that your assessments actually enhance the effectiveness of your courses. .
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. What do these people need to do? A.
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. 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. Once you’ve established good objectives, the next thing you do is make meaningful practice that aligns with those objectives. The formal goals for learning are twofold: 1. Practice is key to both. like to add a third: 3.
8 Steps for an Awesome eLearning Storyboard
DECEMBER 16, 2013
Define Learning Objectives. Define your learning objectives. Your learning objectives will guide your development process. 4. Create Assessment Criteria. Each learning objective needs to align with the levels of Blooms Taxonomy. This will help you create your knowledge checks or scenarios to assess your learners. 5.
5 Common Quiz Question Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)
OCTOBER 27, 2008
Assessing the learner’s progress is important. Avoid the following mistakes and you’ll create a more effective learning experience. Here’s a simple quiz that demonstrates some of the mistakes I discuss below. Click here to view quiz demo. This type of quiz question does nothing to measure the learner. What’s the point of the quiz?
10 Common eLearning Quiz Mistakes
APRIL 16, 2013
quiz can assess the learner’s progress, as well as motivate them to “want to” learn. However, with these benefits, there are also many common mistakes when assessing your students. We have compiled a list of the most common quiz mistakes and how to avoid them. You don’t always need a quiz. Not all courses require a quiz. Where? Comments.
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. In this article, you’ll learn 11 quick tips that you can use to create effective blended learning courses for your corporate audience. Formulate your blended learning goals in advance. Feedback is key!
Is Your Training Effective?
Voice of Clarity
JULY 22, 2015
Does it cover all the learning objectives? According to Kirkpatrick, assessing the effectiveness of a course falls into four distinct levels: Reaction. How can you assess it? Learning. While the reaction level tells you about the learner experience, here you are measuring how much they actually learned from the content. How can you assess it?
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. This is where interactive eLearning comes into play.
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. Professional Presenter X – comes with sim tool, assessment, capture tool, documents to flash tool, etc. Embed audio, images and Flash objects.
6 Instructional Design Tips For Noobs
OCTOBER 28, 2015
For most people the best way to learn is by doing. Establish Learning Objectives – Your course and lessons should have clear learning objectives. These objectives should be constantly communicated to the learner. At the end of the lesson and course you should mention how exactly the objective was satisfied. If you are a “noob” (i.e.
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. Simulation.
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.
Course Content Authoring Tools – Open Source (Free)
JUNE 7, 2010
Below is a list of course authoring tools – think “rapid e-learning authoring software. The list is followed by free open source software that mimics and can even beat – IMO some of its more well known competitors – that you might use when building your WBT. Rapid E-Learning Course Software. Jelsim - e-learning simulation software – create in java – can be used in corporate, semi target education. MLOAT - Multimedia Learning Object Authoring Tool. Design, manage and deliver online learning activities. Learning 24/7.
Getting it Right: A 3-Step Approach to Building Your Online Course
AUGUST 13, 2015
You’ll be ready to craft a framework for your course, organize course topics and content in a logical order, identify the additional material needed, and select the best learning experience to meet the desired learning outcomes. If you already have the course content written, you can start by writing a short course description, dividing your content into lessons and/or modules, and developing the learning objectives to go along with each section. Assessments give students feedback on how they are doing and can help correct misconceptions. What format?
How to Choose the Right Course-Authoring Tool
MARCH 5, 2015
So, you have the content ready with learning objectives. You have also planned out the assessment items and completed the storyboard. Determine your objective ELearning courses are designed according to the course objectives. If it’s all about disseminating knowledge, your course will be linear with periodic assessments and revision opportunities.
What’s in Your Technology-Enabled Learning Toolbox?
Your Training Edge
APRIL 23, 2015
Last week, we looked at the building blocks of technology-enabled learning , from elements like learning objectives that are common across all training formats to those that are specific to digital formats, like content authoring tools. Learning objectives. All training courses and programs should have learning objectives. Activities and assessments.
User Experience Design – What it Is / What it Isn’t
DECEMBER 6, 2012
However, when I recently entered into the world of learning design, I was surprised that I very rarely heard the term user experience within the elearning industry. What I have heard, however, are Instructional Designers that want to create “memorable and engaging learning experiences.” So, my goal is to further insert the UX paradigm to the eLearning design process. about technology.
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?
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? Snakes and Ladders–typical board game adaptation with quiz questions Sheesh, the dice rolling animation takes forever.
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.
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. You haven’t had a good night’s sleep in a while.
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. Pro plan.
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.
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.
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.
How to Design Learning Games With Knowledge Guru (Free Webinar)
MAY 21, 2013
Knowledge Guru is a game engine that lets you create quiz-style games that leverage the principles of repetition and spaced learning to help people learn facts fast – and remember them over time. Here’s what we’ll share: The basics of the tool – how to create a game with up to four topics, learning objectives and questions.
JANUARY 5, 2011
News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 1/02/2011 Top 10 Open Source e-Learning Projects to Watch for 2011 2011 is the e-Learning year! However, nowadays small and medium size organizations struggle to adopt an expensive e-Learning solution. Enjoy! Powered by Blogger.
A practical guide to creating quizzes: part 5
SEPTEMBER 26, 2011
In part 1 , we looked at the characteristics of online quizzes and explored how they could be used to assist or assess learning. In In part 2 , we explored the various question formats and the types of learning for which they are best suited. Prepare at least one quiz question for each of your knowledge objectives. Being thorough. Discouraging guessing.
Performance Based eLearning
DECEMBER 17, 2014
How do you access their learning and ensure that they will apply it in a real word context? Do near perfect scores in quizzes and assessments lead to A grade performance? Similarly, if your goal is to cultivate a new customer service attitude, a simple true or false quiz and its scores will not determine transfer, or lack of it, of learning to actual work context.
The characteristics of formal learning
OCTOBER 7, 2011
Throughout 2011 we will be publishing extracts from The New Learning Architect. We move on to chapter 7: Having explored the contextual model from top to bottom, it is time to begin a closer examination of the four main contexts in which learning takes place in the workplace, starting with formal learning. Well, simply because formal learning is what most people focus on when they think about learning at work. The difference with formal learning is in the way that this task is tackled. Coming next in chapter 7: When formal learning does the job.
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. So, the question is this: how do I develop engaging blended learning courses or modules that successfully merge these two approaches? What information must be included in the blended learning course?
New eLearning Projects Approved
MARCH 9, 2011
When it comes to the actual delivery, I really do want to package this up to include learning object design, and using our Dspace content repository for long term digital preservation. Well I am pleased to say that the eLearning project proposals have all been approved. We are currently in the process of generating an instance of Open Simulator for one and the iPad’s will be arriving soon for the other. One late request was from myself for the acquisition by the college of a licence for Wimba Create. This is in fact all part of our phased Moodle rollout, detail below.
Top 5 e-Learning books for beginners
JANUARY 10, 2011
The truth is that there are a lot of books for e-Learning professionals. The most of them are for professionals with experience in the e-Learning field but some of them are for beginners. The following list contains my Top 5 e-Learning books for beginners. Top 5 e-Learning books for beginners Top 10 Open Source e-Learning Projects to Watch fo. Mayer.