Experiencing eLearning

L&D and D&D: Learning and Role Playing Games

Experiencing eLearning

I was invited to be part of a discussion about D&D (Dungeons and Dragons), role playing games, and learning. Luis Malbas of TLDC hosted a conversation with Matthew Piece, Jonathan Rock, and me.

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ID and eLearning Links 8/25/20

Experiencing eLearning

As I read online, I bookmark resources I find interesting and useful. I share these links periodically here on my blog. In this post, I share links on video conference tips and tools, video production costs, diversity, and freelancing. Video conference tips and tools.

Build a Branching Scenario in Google Forms

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While tailor-made tools like Twine may be easier for building branching scenarios, it’s possible to use a survey tool like Google Forms. Most survey tools have the option to jump to different questions or sections based on responses. Using that ability, you can create a simple branching scenario in Google Forms. Try the scenario. Try the scenario yourself to see how it works. This will open the form in a new tab.). This is a short scenario.

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How to Get Started Writing a Branching Scenario for Learning

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A colleague asked me, “Once you and your client have agreed on a branching scenario approach, how do you get started writing it? How do you get from the broad concept of training on X topic to actually creating the scenario?”

How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.

How To Set Daily Goals to Manage Multiple Projects

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Many instructional designers, elearning developers, and LXDs manage multiple projects simultaneously. We’re often working on several staggered projects, especially while waiting for stakeholders to review something.

Instructional Story Design: Book Review

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Rance Greene’s new book, Instructional Story Design: Develop Stories that Train , provides a systematic process for creating stories for training. Even if you don’t consider yourself a storyteller, you can create stories to support learning with this book. Example stories.

Remote Instructional Design Jobs

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Instructional design jobs were often done remotely before the pandemic. Now that most of us are staying home, even more opportunities for remote instructional design and elearning work are available. My experience. As an independent consultant, I have worked from home full time since 2011.

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Broad and Deep Instructional Design Skills

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Do instructional designers and learning experience designers need to know how to use development tools, or should they focus just on analysis and design? What about people who only do development but no design; are they instructional designers? How much project management falls under the role of instructional designer? What about LMSs—do instructional designers need to know about those too?

How many options in branching scenario decisions?

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When you create branching scenarios, each decision point provides learners with multiple choices. How many options do you need to provide in a branching scenario?

Don't Pick Your Next LMS Until You Read This Guide!

With so many factors and people to consider, how do you make sure you pick the right LMS? It’s simple: This guide covers crucial considerations with actionable advice and professional insights, so you know you’ve picked the perfect eLearning solution.

Branch and Bottleneck Scenario Structure

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One of the challenges of branching scenarios is that you can generate so many options and paths that it quickly becomes unwieldy. A branch and bottleneck scenario structure is one strategy for keeping the complexity manageable. Branch and Bottleneck. In a branch and bottleneck structure, you branch into different options for a while, but then all paths return to a single bottleneck. The bottleneck is an event or choice that happens the same in every path.

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What’s Your Character’s Goal?

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In a scenario for learning, the main character’s goal drives the story. All of the action and decisions in the scenario move you closer or further from that goal.

How To Maintain Momentum in Blogging

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Someone asked me in last week’s eLearning Freelancer Bootcamp Q&A about how I maintain my blogging momentum. I’ve been blogging since late 2006, and I’m still publishing every week. I have published over 1100 posts (about 400 “real” posts plus 700 posts of curated links). That’s a lot of writing. Many people start blogging but struggle to get past the first handful of posts. These are the methods I use to keep blogging consistently, year after year.

ID & eLearning Links 4/7/20

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As I read online, I bookmark resources I find interesting and useful. I share these links periodically here on my blog. In this post, I share links on spaced learning, marketing, networking, free tools and images, and L&D skills. Spaced Learning and Practice.

Mission Critical: Leveraging Learning Engineering to Drive Digital Transformation

Speaker: Trish Uhl, Founder of Owl's Ledge LLC and the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum

Digital is disrupting every part of an organization's value chain at a record pace, creating a critical need to transform operations and employees' ways of working. Formal training alone can't keep up; it's often too slow, too generic, inconvenient, inefficient, unduly expensive and lacks or lags methods for measuring business-related effectiveness. Trish Uhl show you how to start leveraging Learning Engineering, a multidisciplinary approach that combines modern technology, data analytics, decision science, learning sciences and change management with human-centered engineering design methodologies to ultimately deliver targeted learning outcomes and business results that keep pace with the business and merge learning into the flow of work and lead Digital Adoption.

ID and eLearning Links 7/14/20

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As I read online, I bookmark resources I find interesting and useful. I share these links periodically here on my blog. In this post, I share links on estimating development time, branching scenarios, and new tools. Estimating development time in higher ed. How long does it take to develop an online course? | UT Dallas eLearning Team While a few studies exist about development time for workplace elearning, not as much seems to be readily available for higher education.

ID and eLearning Links 5/26/20

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As I read online, I bookmark resources I find interesting and useful. I share these links periodically here on my blog. In this post, I share links on writing about unfamiliar subjects plus 3 different sets of instructional design competencies. Writing when you’re not a SME.

Designing Engaging Digital Learning Podcast

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I had the great pleasure of having an extended conversation with Keith Quinn for the SSSC (Scottish Social Services Council) Learncast. Recording this podcast on learning was genuinely a highlight of my week. Keith asked some thought-provoking questions, and we had a great, varied (if sometimes rambling) chat. We spoke for over an hour, but I feel like we could have continued for much longer. Listen to the podcast. You can listen to the podcast on Spotify or on Apple podcasts. What we discussed.

What would you like to learn about scenarios?

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Many of my most popular blog posts have been prompted by questions from readers. I’d like your help answering a 2-question survey about what you’d like to learn about scenarios for learning. If there’s something you’d like to see me write about in a future post, now is the time to ask. I’m also considering offering some paid online training related to scenarios.

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6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

Streamlining Branching Scenario Planning and Design

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This week, I was originally scheduled to be at the Learning Solutions Conference in Orlando. The eLearning Guild wisely canceled that conference due to the pandemic. I’m sad to miss seeing so many folks, but it was absolutely the right choice for the Guild to cancel and keep everyone safe. I’m also disappointed that I won’t be giving my scheduled session on Streamlining Branching Scenario Planning and Design. Watch the presentation.

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Working From Home during the Pandemic

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I normally plan out the topics for my blog a month or two ahead of time. According to my plan, this week should be an update of one of my old posts. But right now, nothing is really going according to plan. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown off everyone’s normal schedule. How people work is changing. I’ve got some tips based on my experiences working from home. Social distancing. As I write this, it’s Thursday, 3/19/20. My family has been doing social distancing since Saturday.

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Learner Engagement: Behavioral, Cognitive, & Affective

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We’re all looking to improve our “learner engagement,” right? But what exactly do we mean by “engagement”? In elearning, we often focus on clicks and interaction. That’s part of behavioral engagement.

Protagonists Should Be Like Your Learners

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When you write a story for learning, you need a few essential elements: a protagonist (the main character), the protagonist’s goal , and the challenges the protagonist faces. The protagonist should be someone your learners identify with.

[On-Demand Webinar] The State of Customer Education: Trends and Benchmarks Report

Speaker: Sandi Lin & Linda Schwaber-Cohen

In this webinar, Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin shared learnings from Skilljar's recent study and her insights on the state of Customer Education. She dug into key findings so you can benchmark against industry trends and understand how your strategy and metrics compare.

Make Learners Care about Compliance Training

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What if you could create compliance training that learners actually wanted to complete, that they cared about? Imagine creating courses that did more than check a box, that actually increased the odds that employees would follow the policy.

Short Sims by Clark Aldrich: Book Review

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In his book Short Sims: A Game Changer , Clark Aldrich provides a system for creating engaging, interactive learning experiences quickly (in about 40 hours of work). Clark provides multiple examples so you can play through the Short Sims yourself to see the possibilities. What are Short Sims? Short sims are similar to branching scenarios and simulations, but with some specific characteristics.

Color-Coded Branching Scenario Flowchart

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A color-coded branching scenario flowchart shows you the overall structure of a branching scenario at a glance. I use Twine to create branching scenarios. In the default interface and formats, passages are all the same color. Using the DotGraph proofing format, you can generate a color-coded flowchart like this. This flowchart shows the structure of my client screening branching scenario, which you can view in Twine and built in Storyline. Setting up your Twine story.

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Finding a Good Fit in Instructional Design

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When you’re looking for an instructional design role, it’s important to find a good “fit.” ” A good fit means doing work you find satisfying, in an organization or with clients that value your contributions. Generalist or specialist. Generalists do a little bit of everything. This is pretty common in instructional design and elearning roles, especially in smaller organizations. Generalists have a broad set of skills.

COVID & the Future of Work: Insights from Paycor’s C-Suite

In Paycor’s newest report, our Chief Executive and Group Leaders consider how your clients will recruit, manage their workforce, optimize benefits, and foster employee experience in the new normal of 2020 and beyond. For actionable insights and tips download and share our guide with your clients!

Go Beyond Boring: Creating Scenario-based Learning That Engages Participants (Podcast)

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In this presentation, I discussed why scenario-based learning engages participants. I gave examples of how to “hook” learners to draw them into a story right from the beginning. I also talked about some elements to help craft narratives. Since the TLDC community has several D&D players, this version of the presentation has some references and examples related to D&D. This is part of the TLDC Storytelling playlist.

Convert Training to Online

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One common request from clients and stakeholders is to convert an existing classroom training program to an online or blended format. Just taking your existing PowerPoint slides and putting them online won’t be very effective. The conversion process is more about transforming the content and activities to provide a better experience and improve skills. In this post, I explain the analysis process for converting training to online or blended formats.

Selling Storytelling in Learning

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I got a call from a prospective client looking to hire an instructional designer. “Tell me about what you’re looking for,” I said. “Well, I have a classroom training program I’d like to convert to online. It’s a course on pregnancy discrimination. Our company has added a ton of specifics about this to our employee handbook, so it’s important everyone’s aware of the new policy.

Training Tips from 11 Experts (Including Me)

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TalentLMS asked 11 folks in the learning and development world for tips for improving workplace training. Now that nearly everyone is a remote worker, these tips can help train remote employees. Many of the tips could apply to any workplace training though, not just elearning for remote workers. It’s an honor to be included in a list with folks like Connie Malamed, Tim Slade, Ashley Chiasson, Anna Sabramowicz, Allison Rossett, and others. (I’ll

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Build or Buy an LMS? How to Pick the Right Solution for Your Budget

BUDGET. When it comes to picking your next LMS that six-letter word is probably the most important part of the decision-making process. So, what are your options to get the best possible eLearning solution without breaking the bank? Build it or buy it. This guide from Lambda’s eLearning experts details absolutely everything you need to consider so you can pick the perfect eLearning solution for your organization and budget.

Off the Cuff on Scenario-Based Learning

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I had the pleasure of speaking about scenario-based learning with Alexander Salas, Chapter President of ATDCFL (Central Florida) for his “Off the Cuff” interview series. Alex is also the Chief of Awesomeness for eLearning Launch and on Twitter as @StyleLearn. It’s always fun to hang out with Alex (especially since we missed seeing each other at LSCon this year). Watch the interview. You can watch the interview on YouTube or embedded above.