eLearning Alchemy

Ready Player None: The Pitfalls of Gamification

eLearning Alchemy

Length: 777 words. Reading Time: ~3.5 minutes. It’s hard to have missed the rise of gamification in the learning industry over the past few years. Self-proclaimed gamification “experts” have seemingly dropped from the sky to fill our conferences and social media channels.

5 TED Talks (and Big Questions) for Adult Learning Professional

eLearning Alchemy

f schools kill creativity, does corporate training kill leadership? Most of these TED Talks aren’t new; however, as an adult learning professional you may have skipped them or not considered them too deeply. The best TED Talks on education focus on reforming education for children.

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Spaced Odyssey: How Spaced-Retrieval Improves Learning

eLearning Alchemy

Length : 848 words. Reading Time : ~4.5 minutes. The term “brain science” gets a lot of play these days. We’ve moved into an age where information is ubiquitous and learning is a survival skill. Understanding how we learn and applying that knowledge has maybe never been more important.

5 Big Ideas for Learning Professionals in 2017

eLearning Alchemy

Length : 1301 words. Reading Time : ~6.5 minutes. Summary. The summary goes at the end, no? You’re busy. You may not have time to read the whole blog. If not, just read the following short summary and carry on. If you like what you see, read more. In 2017 : Get better. Create better.

How to Select an LMS for Customer Training

Finding an LMS suitable for customer training can be tough. Check out our guide to learn about some key considerations for selecting a customer education platform.

The ROI Disease is Killing L&D

eLearning Alchemy

Length: 1032 words. Reading Time: ~ 5 minutes. If you work in L&D, it’s going to happen: You’ll be sitting at your desk basking in the glow of a learning program that was delivered flawlessly.

The NEXT Big Thing in eLearning

eLearning Alchemy

Length: 876 words. Reading Time: ~4 minutes. Over the past decade eLearning has gone through a rapid transformation. Once cumbersome processes requiring specialized skills have been replaced with rapid authoring tools.

You Suck at Instructional Design

eLearning Alchemy

Length: 1329 words. Reading Time: ~6 minutes. Yep, you. You suck at Instructional Design. Okay, maybe that’s not true, I don’t know you and I’ve probably never seen your work.

SKETCHNOTE: Gamification

eLearning Alchemy

Take a break from regular blogs and enjoy this gamification sketchnote. How many stars are in this sketchnote? How many people are in this sketchnote? How many times do the words gamification or game appear?

The Top 7 Features Your LMS Must Have

An LMS has the power to enhance training effectiveness, and improve business outcomes. The key is knowing which features will enable your organization to get there. This guide will help ensure your LMS is capable of meeting your learning objectives.

Why Won’t “Millennials” Just Die?

eLearning Alchemy

Length: 881 words. Reading Time: ~4.5 minutes. What’s got me fired up… After attending two conferences recently, I’ve given up all hope: “Millennials” just won’t die. Unmanageable, un-loyal, un-motivated and now un-killable.

SKETCHNOTE: Learning Escape Rooms

eLearning Alchemy

Reading is hard. So, here’s a sketchnote about escape rooms for learning.

Deconstructing Design IV: Learning Escape Room (Part 2 – The Escape)

eLearning Alchemy

Length: 1374 words. Reading Time: ~6.5 minutes. Deconstructing Design (DD) is a blog series dedicated to reviewing an instructional design challenge, output, or experience. Readers are encouraged to confirm, challenge, or improve on the logic presented. Context.

The Knowledge and Learning Transfer Problem

Performance Learning Productivity

During a meeting at Cambridge University around 30 years ago I was thoroughly chastised by a Cambridge academic. I’d used the phrase ‘learning delivery’ when describing computer-supported collaborative learning ( CSCL ) approaches.

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.

The changing skill set of the learning professional

Clive on Learning

Skills define us. They are what make us useful and productive. They are the foundation of our achievements. On our death bed, it is our skills that we will reflect on with pride.

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6 Pervasive Corporate Training Pitfalls

Bottom-Line Performance

Remember when you were new to learning and development? If you really are new, congratulations and welcome to the field! If you’ve been around for a little while, I want you to think back: what do you wish you could tell your former self about what he/she is getting themselves into?

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How Long Should We Let Learners Go Down the Wrong Path?

Experiencing eLearning

In a comment to my post on Managing the Complexity in Branching Scenarios , Nicole Legault made a interesting point. “Why make a learner go so far down a wrong path? I think it’s best to correct and try to get them back on the right (or best) path.”

5 games every e-learning professional should play

E-Learning Provocateur

You can narrow down someone’s age by whether they include spaces in their file names. If they do, they’re under 40. That is a sweeping declaration, and quite possibly true. Here’s another one… Gamers are a sub-culture dominated by young men.

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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.

The Forgetting Curve: What It Is and Why It Matters

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If you’ve been in the industry long enough, you’ve probably heard about (drum roll please) the forgetting curve. It’s an often-used, and sometimes over-used concept that refers to the human tendency to rapidly forget what we learn without subsequent relearning or reinforcement.

The Microlearning Hype: Is It All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Bottom-Line Performance

If ATD ICE had created a word cloud for the most talked-about “new” concepts, techniques, etc, microlearning would have been the biggest word. Though the term has been around at least 20 years, it’s suddenly become “hot” and its definition has most definitely morphed.

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Top 5 Learning Technology Trends for 2016

Your Training Edge

New Year is coming and we all are at the edge of planning and redefining a lot of things, so do the businesses and their learning departments. If there is something quite certain about the future, it’s the emerging eLearning.

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4 Writing Principles Every eLearning Designer Should Know

Allen Interactions

By Kody Jackson, Instructional Writer. In my time as a university teaching assistant (TA), I saw a lot of bad writing. Clauses hanging all over the place, dangling participles, comma splices…a veritable side-show horror of prose. Let’s go through my writing steps guaranteed to make you sound better.

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Training for Lead Generation, Customer Onboarding & Support

Looking to create customers for life? Training can be used to successfully engage customers throughout their entire lifecycle - from initial awareness, to onboarding, to continuing support. Download this eBook to learn more.

The NexGen LMS Grid

eLearning 24-7

It’s been a long time coming. One Grid that goes beyond the Quadrants of the world, the other type of grids focusing on the space, the vendors that make it based on a variety of factors as defined by the firms themselves. I totally get it.

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Design Your E-Learning Course Using Gagné’s Nine Events Of Instruction

G-Cube

To follow the behaviorist approach of e-learning, most industry experts have adopted Gagné’s ­9 Events of Instruction. It helps learners relate e-course content with something they already know or have experienced.

How to Motivate Your Team: 12 Must-Have Methods For The L&D Manager

Dashe & Thomson

by Nell Gelhaus. Plenty of material is available for learning and development professionals who are looking for ways to increase their employees’ desire to learn. In fact, we’ve even written about it. But what about your team?

Seven 2017 Learning Trends: Novel or Norm?

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At the start of a new year – or the end of an old one – we love to read about trends. Articles on trends can be fun reads, but do they really help us see the future? Do trends really matter? I’ll let you decide. I went back and found a 1998 ATD (then ASTD) State of the Industry report.

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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.

Learning is Not a Hat, and One Size Does Not Fit All

mLevel

How to Adapt Your Learning Strategy to Reach All Learners. When is the last time you took a standardized test? Do you feel like it fairly measured your intelligence and knowledge? Did you enjoy taking the SAT or ACT? For most (and myself), the answer is no.

7 eLearning Design Trends for 2017

eLearning Brothers

Working as a designer for eLearning courses and templates at eLearning Brothers means that I need to constantly stay on top of the latest trends in both web development and graphic design.

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Microlearning: What It Is and What It Isn’t

Bottom-Line Performance

Last month, we published the results from our 2017 Learning and Remembering Survey. In the survey, we asked respondents to tell us what learning trends or new training delivery methods they are most excited about for 2017. The number one answer? Microlearning.

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Scaffolding in Microlearning

Experiencing eLearning

How do you incorporate scaffolding in microlearning? How is scaffolding different in microlearning than in longer formats? First, let’s define scaffolding. Scaffolding is support for learners that gradually fades away until the learner can do the task without support.

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5 Key Aspects of Accurate Learning Management Systems Pricing

Simplify your software evaluation process with this free Learning Management Systems software pricing guide! Don't let price confusion keep you from selecting the best LMS software for your organization's needs. Download your free guide today!