Small is Big: Converting PDFs to E-Learning Modules
FEBRUARY 27, 2015
One of the biggest myths surrounding e-learning is that it is simply information presented on a computer screen. So, lengthy PDFs cannot be a part of an effective e-learning course. Existing PDFs, can however be converted into short e-learning courses, keeping the following things in mind: Chunking content. With e-learning or m-learning , small is big. Good luck!
Robert Gagne’s Nine Steps of Instruction: Do’s and Don’ts in E-Learning
MARCH 8, 2015
In 1985, American educational psychologist Robert Gagne created a nine-step process of instructional design which can guide the process of learning. The process is called ‘The Events of Instruction’ where in each event has a definite purpose of supporting learning and leads to definite outcomes. STEP 2: PROVIDE A LEARNING OBJECTIVE. STEP 7: PROVIDE FEEDBACK.
Achieving Learning Flow with Your Online Member Education
OCTOBER 28, 2014
Earlier this year, Associations Now wrote an article asking whether “binge learning” will become the new “binge watching.” Technology could easily create similar changes in how learners interact with and consume online learning. Whether you know it or not, you’ve experienced learning flow. But, have you considered how important it is for them to achieve learning flow?
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.
eLearning Glossary Part 2: More Commonly Used Terms
JUNE 9, 2016
In the first phase, analysis, the problem is defined, the learning goals are established, and the learners preexisting skills are identified. The design phase deals with learning objectives, assessment instruments, exercises, content, subject matter analysis, lesson planning and media selection. Module- A module is a section of a course, similar to a chapter in a textbook.
eLearning Glossary: Definitions for the Most Commonly Used Terms
MAY 11, 2016
eLearning -Also referred to as internet-based learning, web-based learning, and online learning is any training or education delivered via computer. Digitec, Instructional Designer, Jennifer Ritter wrote a blog about this recently explaining, “I now realize that I was raised with game-based learning. SCORM, LMS, AMS, LCMS, API, JITT, what does it all mean?!
How to Build a Successful Blended Learning Program
JANUARY 20, 2016
Educational institutions and corporate training teams alike have embraced the idea of blended learning – a training approach that combines the use of classroom instruction with the possibilities of online learning. Some of the benefits of a blended learning approach include: Establishing foundational knowledge prior to in-person sessions. Reinforcing learning objectives.
6 Steps to Develop Curriculum-based E-learning Courses for Medical Sales Training
JUNE 22, 2016
To overcome this setback, sales representatives must be provided comprehensive training, not only on the products but also on the diseases, their cures, symptoms, etiology, etc. Curriculum-based e-learning courses are a series of modules that provide in-depth knowledge of a particular subject. So how can we develop such curriculum e-learning courses?
Seven musts for creating effective elearning
Challenge to Learn
FEBRUARY 1, 2016
This article contains seven tips that will help you to create more engaging and effective eLearning modules. also created an eLearning module with more background information, There is a link to that full free module at the end of the page. efine a goal and objectives before you start. Based on your course goal, you can create one or more (learning) objectives.
A Quick Recap - ‘Create Learning Arcs Using Raptivity Linker Beta’
APRIL 3, 2014
For those of you who do not know what Raptivity Linker is, it is a tool that helps string together Raptivity interactions and in turn; helps create Learning Arcs. Team Raptivity also conducted a special webinar titled ‘ Create Learning Arcs using Raptivity Linker ’ on 19 th March, 2014 for a walk through of Raptivity Linker and the concept of Learning Arcs for the entire eLearning world. All three shared some interesting insights on creation of learning arcs using Raptivity Linker. The session began with Janhavi introducing Raptivity Linker and Learning Arcs.
8 Steps to a Learning Strategy That Wins
MARCH 5, 2015
In the case of learning, technology has changed, audience expectations have changed, needs have changed, the competitive landscape has changed.it Here are 8 steps to creating a winning learning strategy: Have a clearly established set of objectives. Ideally, an eLearning course has no more than five objectives. Make learning a campaign , not just a module.
eLearning: How to Incorporate Gamification Elements
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
NOVEMBER 26, 2012
by AJ George If you happened to catch my earlier article on the gamification of learning , then you know that I have been dubious about its effectiveness. To be clear, it's not the premise of having fun in learning that I feel we should be wary of. It's the tendency to turn everything into a competition based more on winning than on learning. Make your learning contextual. Let's say your objective is to teach proper procedures for setting a broken bone. Provide Continual On-The-Spot Feedback. Stories, Yes. Bullets, No!
Checklist for Online Courses
SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
The following provides broad high-level guidance for authors, subject matter experts, and instructional designers when planning an online course. Design for actual courses should reflect learner needs with respect to course objectives. 5-10 learning objectives , and per learning objective: 500-750 words (¾ – 1½ typed pages) 4-6 minutes of spoken audio 2-4 presentation slides + 1-3 context-rich interactive exercises or examples. All exercises tie back to learning objectives. Exercises create an active learning experience.
Define and Develop
APRIL 13, 2016
At CourseArc we have created hundreds of engaging online modules for our clients and in this process we have found that many K-12 organizations, universities, and corporate training departments have few to no resources with formal training in instructional design. Learn more about instructional design and eLearning with our fourth module, titled Define and Develop.
Creating e-Learning Content That Aligns To The Habits Of The Learners – A Way To Deliver Impactful Learning
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
Modern organizations are becoming serious about training and learning to keep up with the pressure of maintaining excellent quality of work. Employees now not only seek a good salary or work atmosphere, but also the opportunities the workplace provides to increase their worth as professionals. How cues can be built in e-learning? How behaviour can be built into e-learning?
The DIY Guide to Converting Existing Content into an eLearning Course
MAY 22, 2014
Those new to creating eLearning courses will find this post useful in answering their questions and providing them with a checklist of things to consider during the process of converting existing content, which goes far beyond simply transferring content to an online format. Step Two: Determining Learning Objectives. Interactive learning. Step One: Analyzing Content.
Tips for Training That Engages and Retains Your New Gen Workforce
JUNE 23, 2016
One of the ways you can engage better with your Millennial workforce is by providing training opportunities that work for them. training that is flexible, customized, and addresses their individual learning appetites. Provide autonomy & freedom to access training anytime. What you need to provide is access to training anywhere, anytime – i.e., from any device.
Microlearning – The Spot-on Solution to Train Your Service Technicians
JUNE 16, 2016
The same criterion applies to learning as well. When learning goes overboard, it can’t be absorbed by our brain. Hence, learning broken into bites is more effective than learning as a whole. Bite-sized learning or Microlearning is learning imparted in bites or short modules. How can Bite-sized learning help train Service Technicians? .
The Building Blocks of Technology-Enabled Learning
Your Training Edge
APRIL 16, 2015
So, you’ve decided to start using technology-enabled learning in your corporate training program. Well, just like there is not a one-size-fits-all solution to all of today’s training challenges, there also isn’t just a single way to “do” technology-enabled learning. Whether you are using a fully online model or a blended learning model. Learning objectives. Blogs.
Increasing student engagement through Interactive Learning Design
JUNE 30, 2014
Modern learning is a social and collaborative process of knowledge building where a learner interacts with the content and the instructor as well as with peers. For asynchronous learning delivery, where instructor and peers are absent, the Learner-to-Content interactions are of the utmost importance. Similarly, short videos can be included to provide an opportunity to learn instantly.
How to supercharge your elearning scenario with interactive video
MARCH 16, 2016
Scenarios are the building blocks of great learning. Interactive video is becoming easier to create, but ensuring it’s a good match for your learning objectives can still a challenge. Effectively simulating a real life experience is a powerful tool for learning designers. To find out more about our using interactive video for learning join our webinar.
Engage Your Learner: Add Suspense, Mystery, Intrigue
OCTOBER 8, 2013
A sense of suspense, mystery and intrigue draws people into games, movies and novels…but rarely learning events. On the other hand, most learning experiences begin with learning objectives which provide the learner no mystery or intrigue or suspense. Don’t start learning with specific objectives, start with questions or some type of mystery.
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. Multiple learning paths or branching. YouTube.
Free as in Freedom: The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Think Small (Iterations, Action Maps, Storyboards, and Mini-Modules)
The Learning Generalist
JUNE 24, 2009
The end of an iteration marks the opportunity to showcase working elearning to the customer, seek feedback and to potentially release the module(s) to learners. How many training modules does your client/ internal customer want this project to span? What's the framework you'll use to build your modules? question and be a learning object in its own right.
Getting it Right: A 3-Step Approach to Building Your Online Course
AUGUST 13, 2015
Is your course providing an overview or high-level understanding of the subject matter, or do you want to provide in-depth knowledge? These questions may be daunting at first, but they provide a solid foundation on which to build an online course. 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. Write short introductions and summaries for each module. What format?
How To Create Engaging eLearning: 10 Highly Effective Strategies For eLearning Professionals
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
Engaging learners is the ultimate goal of eLearning professionals, whether they create eLearning courses for students or employees, simply because the learning process becomes so, so much more difficult if their audience is not engaged in it. Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn ” once said Benjamin Franklin , and you know he was right. And it sticks.
10 eLearning Design and Development Mistakes
OCTOBER 6, 2014
As any eLearning professional will attest, learning from our mistakes allows us to become better in every aspect. On the other hand, wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a way to bypass all of the downsides of mistake-based learning, while still reaping all of the benefits? Losing Focus of Your Primary Objectives and Goals. Creating Verbose and Cluttered Modules.
Making the Move: Converting Training into Online Courses
JULY 23, 2015
Effective instructional technologies and rich learning experiences coupled with flexibility and cost-effectiveness make elearning an ideal way for people to develop knowledge and learn new skills with ease. Online learning empowers learners with complete ownership of their learning. It also offers a wealth of opportunities for trainers, subject matter experts, lecturers, teachers, and instructors to teach millions of online learners across the globe, providing diverse teaching experiences and boosting their monthly income at the same time. Parting thoughts.
Leadership through Blended Learning: Sorority LMS Success
JULY 12, 2016
Blended Learning programs are the ideal way to deliver leadership development programs as they are more effective at creating behavioral change and deep learning. The eLearning Coach , Connie Malamed, outlines some of the benefits of blended learning as follows: Technology-enabled delivery can reach a geographically dispersed audience.
Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning
OCTOBER 17, 2010
eFront News from the e-learning frontier 10/17/2010 Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning As an e-Learning consultant I always was fun of open source software. In this post I am not going to talk about open source learning management systems such as eFront  but rather dedicated open source "authoring tools". The answer is simple. by Christopher Pappas M.B.A.,
What Is Microlearning And Why You Should Care
MAY 11, 2016
Rather, it has been around for ages, helping learners learn smarter and save time by freeing them from having to re-learn familiar concepts. As an effective adult learning tool, it might just be the thing for the senior learners in your organization. You know, those who already possess plenty of knowledge and should now get their training on a need-to-learn basis.
How big data changes the training scenery
JUNE 14, 2016
All these data affects companies’ ability to deliver success in learning and development, learner engagement and ultimately, business performance. Big data offers insights on how people learn. Learning is somehow an organic process that is unique to each individual. cloud-based LMS can store an impressive amount of data on all the learning activities of each user.
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.
How Cisco Uses Knowledge Guru to Teach Product and Technical Knowledge (Interview)
MAY 6, 2015
I interviewed Paula Rossini, Global Program Manager at Cisco, to learn more about how Cisco uses Knowledge Guru games to teach its sales associates. How are the games part of a learning solution? For example, associates take Data Center as a six-day module. During each module, associates play part of the game at the end of day one, three and five. Every day they have 3.5
The challenges of training global workers
NOVEMBER 4, 2015
How can you provide effective training for all your employees wherever they are in the world? The key to creating a course that can be used anywhere is to break it into modules. By identifying the parts of the training that are unique to an area you can separate the parts which will require adapting from the standard core modules. How can elearning help?
How Long Should My E-Learning Course Be?
MARCH 17, 2015
My quick response is that it should last long enough to meet your objectives. The trend in online learning is small, digestible chunks. Some people call it YouTube learning. The modules are easier to update and modify; and they’re easier to move around to create custom learning solutions. Space the Learning Events. Learning Solutions. Updated!
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?