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How ERPs Are Compromising Learning Innovation

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An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage. Jack Welch.

Creating Real Engagement in eLearning

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In the eLearning space, a phrase that I see used a lot – to the point of overuse – by designers and developers is their ability to ‘create engaging eLearning experiences’. But what does that really mean?

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Make Your eLearning Personal

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The way in which an eLearning course is written (including the script for the narration) can sometimes be the source of debate between developers and SME’s/clients. Opinions are often divided when asked if it is better to write in a formal rather than conversational style.

Manage Cognitive Load in Digital Learning

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It’s widely accepted that our memory system consists of three components – a sensory memory that receives information from our surroundings, a working memory to process this information and also to retrieve information from our long-term memory.

2018 Customer Training Goals

Are your customer training goals actually achievable? Or will they be cast aside as your team gets caught up in their daily tasks? If you’re not sure, this guide can help.

Who is the Blended Learner?

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This is the second blog in a series that looks at the learning principles behind blended learning, the needs of the audience and how these are determined, the technologies available and combining all these aspects together.

Different Ways to Assess Learners Online

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There are many different ways to assess your learners in an online setting. Most of us have included quizzes or other tests in our online modules as this is a convenient way to track knowledge especially via an LMS.

Chunking Information to Design eLearning

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This blog post covers a recent online conversation I had with an attendee at one of our eLearning Design Essentials workshops. I thought it might be useful to share our conversation with some of you. How do I convert a large training manual into a short eLearning module?

Learning and Cognitive Load

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In a previous post, I looked at the fundamentals of cognitive load theory.

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.

Ten Handy Tips for using Fonts in eLearning

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Fonts are always a hot topic. It was discussed in-depth at last week’s Articulate Storyline training in Sydney. Different people preferred different fonts while others were constrained by the fonts that their companies preferred e.g. Matt and Ryan’s ‘love’ for Century Gothic!

Anything is Possible with Articulate Storyline

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B Online Learning was recently engaged by the Association of Independent Schools of NSW (AIS) to assist in building four modules as part of the online component of the Early Literacy Project. This project aims to promote the explicit teaching of early literacy skills in independent schools.

Aligning eLearning Levels of Interactivity with Articulate 360

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This post is adapted from a webinar – register here to view the recording. They say for eLearning to be engaging, it needs to be interactive. Interactivity is the key that keeps the learner’s interest, and assists them in embedding new knowledge once they have completed a learning module.

To Storyboard or not to Storyboard?

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One of the fundamental things drummed into people who have embarked down the path of the eLearning developer is the need to start your development project with a detailed and well planned storyboard.

State of the Front-Line Manager

It's no secret that front-line managers are essential to your organization's success. They form the base of your leadership development funnel and, most likely, account for over half of all your organization's leaders. Improving how front-line managers perform yields mouthwatering increases in how individual contributors perform.

How to Get Ahead in the eLearning Industry

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I recently received an email from a past Master eLearning Course (MEC) student wondering what else she could do to keep her new eLearning skills fresh and up to date.

Use Gamification to Put Your Learners at Risk!

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Last week I presented at the iDesignX conference in Sydney. It was great day and it was wonderful to connect with some many other eLearning practitioners and meet the Articulate legends a.k.a Tom Kuhlmann and David Anderson.

Integrating Motivation with Instructional Design

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As an Instructional Designer, motivating learners is an important consideration because in reality learners are not always motivated to learn. They are busy, have other things to do, don’t see the course/session as being important or have had a bad learning experience in the past.

Timesaving Tips When Using Articulate Storyline 2

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When developing eLearning modules, time is a very valuable commodity and sometimes there doesn’t seem to be enough! I’m all for saving time whenever I can, so here are five things that will save you some precious development time when using Storyline 2.

Content Planning Map: A Template for Training Teams

Are you delivering disjointed feature-based training? Rather than looking at small tasks, focus training content on goals that you want your students to achieve. Download the template to learn how!

Working with Cognitive Load

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When I first started working as an eLearninginstructional designer I became interested in the learning process and how people learn. I figured that if I knew more about information processing and learning, I could hopefully design more effective courses.

Online Learning and Self-Determination Theory

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Motivation has been and continues to be a widely-studied area across many of life’s domains. People are keen to know ways to move themselves or others into action. Motivation is important in many areas such as schools, workplaces, sporting teams and education just to name a few. What is motivation?

Video Games and Motivation

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Every year globally, people spend huge amounts of money and time playing video games. Most people who engage in video game play choose to do so voluntarily, because it is fun and they enjoy it. This makes it an intrinsically motivating activity.

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Effective eLearning Design

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The aim of learning is to close the knowledge gaps that people have and to ultimately improve their performance.

The Secret to Getting Learning Results May Not Be What You Think

Do you struggle to achieve measurable results with your learning solutions? If so, you’re not alone. According to CEB, traditional training only creates 37% learning transfer. This guide explores the causes of poor transfer and concrete steps to achieving better outcomes.

Make Performance the Goal

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In most, if not all eLearning and classroom courses, one of the first things mentioned are the Learning Outcomes. After all, they’re the purpose of the course. Unfortunately, in many cases, there isn’t a lot of thought put into them.

Designing your eLearning Project

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When I first began creating eLearning modules some time ago, I often struggled to come up with ideas for taking content and transforming it into something that was both a good learning experience and also looked appealing.

Tips When Working with Images in Articulate Storyline

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Using imagery in your eLearning design is an additional way for you to communicate your message. You know the old saying, a picture tells a 1000 words! Let’s face it, the perfect image can help you convey your message much more succinctly than a not-so-perfect image.

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Tips to Test Your eLearning

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“A stitch in time saves nine”, one of those classic old sayings that defies social, technological and spiritual upheavals and constantly rings true.

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The Essential Template for Your Customer Training Strategy

Looking to build your customer training strategy? The process can be overwhelming, if you don’t have a set plan from the start. This template can help.

Design for Non-Designers – Contrast

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Whenever I hear the word ‘contrast’ I always remember the old colour TV I grew up with in the 70’s (yes I know I’m a little old.) No remote control, big silver spring loaded push button to turn it on, vacuum tube innards (I bet there are a few people out there that don’t even […].

Enhance Digital Learning Experiences with Video

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I love a good vid. In this age of Netflix, Stan, Foxtel Now and YouTube, you can be pretty much guaranteed to find something you want to watch that is engaging and entertaining. Pretty much any interest you have can be ‘googled’ and located not only for entertainment purposes but also for learning.

Accessibility and Articulate Storyline 2

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Recently, Update 5 for Articulate Storyline 2 was released and as part of this, improvements were made that allow Storyline 2 to meet more of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

Target Enrolments to Streamline Learning in LearnFlex LMS

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In an effort to help save time and money, over the next few articles I’m going to outline a few different ways that can help you automate some of the functionality in LearnFlex LMS to take some of the load off the administration team that manages the LMS.

Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

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 Blunders

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Blunder: a stupid or careless mistake. Alternative words: mistake, error, gaffe, fault, slip, oversight, inaccuracy, botch. This post was inspired by David Anderson’s eLearning challenge #32: Death, Taxes and E-Learning Mistakes. The purpose of the challenge was to highlight blunders found in eLearning courses and Articulate Community members provided many great examples of what […].

3 Tips To Meet Modern Learners Digital Expectations

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Did you know that people unlock their phones up to 9 times every hour? If you find this hard to believe, then think about how often you grab your phone as you see a notification light up or hear your phone chime.

Simple Articulate Storyline Tips to Save Time

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I haven’t been working with Articulate Storyline for all that long, and most things I’ve picked up have been self-taught, so I thought I’d share a few of those little tips that have truly saved my life (well, a lot of time anyway) so to speak!

Tips for Writing Effective Questions and Feedback for Online Assessment

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I recently delivered a webinar for B Online Learning: Tips for Writing Effective Questions and Feedback for Online Assessment. I’ve recently just come back from maternity leave so it was wonderful to see so many familiar names attend the session as well as some newbies.

Aligning Customer Training With Certifications

Want to deliver a cohesive customer training certification program? From strategy to systems to job functions, it's time for us to reassess how learning and certifications are delivered together. Download the guide to see how!