Scaffolding in Microlearning
APRIL 13, 2017
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.
How to Get Started Writing a Branching Scenario for Learning
APRIL 21, 2017
In a recent conversation, a colleague asked, “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?”
Writing Conversations for eLearning
FEBRUARY 14, 2017
In the previous post, How to Start Creating Conversation-Driven eLearning , I described how I use conversations between two characters to deliver eLearning content. In this post, I’ll explain how to write and structure the conversation.
Media Options for Conversation-Driven eLearning
MARCH 1, 2017
Rather than delivering eLearning content as a lecture, you can explain it through conversations. While more resource-intensive multimedia may be desired, you have a range of options with this technique. It’s possible to use conversations even with a low budget.
Building a Business Case for Customer Training
Looking to expand your customer training program? Your executive team will likely have some concerns. Download this guide to learn how to prove the value of training and tackle objections head-on.
Do You Need a Villain in a Learning Story?
MARCH 14, 2017
I recently attended an interesting webinar by Joe Ganci on how to use science fiction to improve eLearning. In the presentation, Joe talked about elements of storytelling common to science fiction and how to incorporate those aspects for better stories in elearning.
What I Learned at LSCon
MARCH 30, 2017
I had a great experience at the eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions Conference last week. The days were long, but the time was really valuable. My own session on Avoiding Voice Over Script Pitfalls went very well. I had a very active, engaged audience. We even had a voice over artist and an editor attending, which was perfect for my session. I’ve had some requests to give a virtual version of my session, so stay tuned for that.
Benefits of Scenario-Based Learning
SEPTEMBER 14, 2016
Why are scenarios effective for learning? They provide realistic context and emotional engagement. They can increase motivation and accelerate expertise. Here’s a selection of quotes explaining the benefits.
Consider 4 Cs in Scenario-Based Learning
SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
When I create scenarios for learning, I keep these four elements in mind: characters, context, challenge, and consequences. Characters. The main character of your scenario who drives the action should generally be someone similar to your learners.
Take Charge of your eLearning environment
Learn how to maximize the impact of your learning by aligning to the goals of your organization, how to establish a learning culture with gamification including leaderboards and badges. Discover a learning content management system that is both powerful and easy to configure and manage.
Vary Sentence Structure in Voice Over Scripts
JUNE 28, 2016
When you use voice over for elearning, do you want it to sound natural and flowing, or do you want it to sound stiff and didactic? A great voice over person can make a good script more engaging, and a great script sound fantastic.
Motivating Learners to Look Up Compliance Policies Themselves
MARCH 22, 2016
In my last post, I explained how starting compliance training with a worst-case scenario can engage learners right from the start. Setting the course up with a scenario helps learners understand why the policies matter.
What’s Your Character’s Goal?
MAY 17, 2016
In Protagonists Should Be Like Your Learners , I mentioned some critical elements to creating a scenario for learning: Protagonist or main character. That character’s goal. The challenges that character faces. The main character’s goal is what drives the scenario.
Scenario-Based Learning: Why & How
OCTOBER 11, 2016
This is the recording of a presentation I gave to the Online Network of Learning and Development Professionals on September 28, 2016. The presentation covers: Why scenario-based learning works. A range of options for using scenarios in elearning and classroom training.
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.
12+ Books for Instructional Designers
MARCH 3, 2015
If you’re looking for some reading to improve your skills or get started in the field of instructional design, check out these books. General Instructional Design and E-Learning. Design For How People Learn by Julie Dirksen is one of my favorite books in the field.
Broad and Deep Instructional Design Skills
JULY 29, 2016
Do instructional designers or 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?
No, I Won’t “Tweak” Your PowerPoint Slides
FEBRUARY 19, 2015
I got a call from a prospective client. She and I spoke briefly once when she was looking for a pool of instructional designers to call on for specific projects, but we haven’t worked together yet. In fact, I’m pretty sure she’s never worked with any instructional designers before.
Online Learning Plagiarism Horror Stories
APRIL 17, 2015
It’s a common complaint about online education that students plagiarize, but my horror stories aren’t about students. My horror stories are about developing online courses. Some details changed to protect the not entirely innocent.). How NOT to Hide Your Tracks When Plagiarizing.
Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose
Navigating the ever-changing world of eLearning can be a challenge, but many people are finding a way to manage it, as well as a clear path forward. With Learning Insights, you can develop an even clearer sense of purpose, taking your vision to reality.
Make Learners Care about Compliance Training
MARCH 10, 2016
Compliance training is a common use for elearning. All those policies and regulations that affect our businesses need to be trained.
I’m Speaking at LS Con
MARCH 20, 2017
I’m presenting a session on Avoiding Voice Over Script Pitfalls. for the eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions Conference. If you’re attending the conference, it’s session LS403 on Wednesday afternoon.
Learning Experience Design: A Better Title Than Instructional Design?
JUNE 30, 2015
How many times have you told people, “I’m an instructional designer,” only to be met with a blank stare? How many people are thoroughly confused about what we do for a living?
Voice Over Script Pitfalls
NOVEMBER 25, 2014
Instructional designers sometimes run into pitfalls when writing voice over scripts. Jill Goldman of Goldivox is a voice over professional who graciously agreed to share with me the issues she sometimes sees in scripts. I’ll share her perspective in block quotes below, along with my own tips.
[New eBook] The 3 Stages of Customer Training Development
Want to expand your training efforts? You’ll often see success by starting small and growing your program in a sustainable way. Download the eBook to learn more.
Voice Over Script Review Checklist
DECEMBER 9, 2014
I’ve written several posts with tips on how to write voice over scripts. This review checklist summarizes all of the tips from the previous three posts into a single Word document you can download and use yourself. Voice Over Script Review Checklist.
Intrinsic and Instructional Feedback in Learning Scenarios
MARCH 19, 2015
A few years ago, I was a judge for a competition on scenario-based learning. While there were a few terrific submissions, I thought many of the courses missed the whole point of scenario-based learning.
30+ Ideas for eLearning Portfolio Samples
JULY 14, 2016
Whether you’re working freelance or looking for a full-time job, you need a portfolio. What if you can’t use any samples of your existing work due to confidentiality or security requirements? In some cases, it’s enough to remove logos and a few identifying details.
Diverse Characters In Learning Scenarios
SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
In response to my post on Name Generators for Learning Scenarios , someone asked, “Does it really matter if we choose John instead of Bob?” ” Christina, a graduate student who critiqued my blog post said she wished that post went deeper and listed some unanswered questions.
The complete eLearning journey
As an eLearning designer wouldn’t it be great if you could take charge of your eLearning environment right from storyboarding your ideas to generating responsive eLearning courses to being able to effectively deploy and track your learners’ performance?
Voice Over Scripts: Writing Style Tips
NOVEMBER 11, 2014
Photo Credit: Cameraman Phil via Compfight cc. Instructional designers often need to write voice over scripts, but many of us have never received any formal training on how writing for voice over is different from other writing. I recently completed a project with Jill Goldman of Goldivox.
Name Generators for Learning Scenarios
SEPTEMBER 2, 2015
Because I create lots of scenarios and stories for learning, I create lots of characters. Some of these characters are only mentioned for a sentence or two, while others drive the progress in extended narratives. All of those characters have one thing in common: they need names.
1 Million Views. Thank You!
AUGUST 19, 2015
Today, I reached a milestone in my blog: 1 million total views. Thank you to everyone who is reading this, from the long term readers who have been there since the beginning to the ones who just found me today.
When Is Audio Narration Helpful?
OCTOBER 13, 2015
In a discussion on eLearning Heroes , Judith Reymond asked about the research on when or whether audio narration is helpful to adult learners. In Clark and Mayer’s eLearning and the Science of Instruction , they say that the research generally supports using narration with on-screen visuals.
4 Ways to Close the Learning-Doing Gap for Front-Line Managers [GUIDE]
Wanted: A better way to develop front-line managers! It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to gain key insights into why so many programs fall short and learn 4 key principles for designing an effective solution.
Time Estimates for E-Learning Development
MARCH 18, 2014
One skill I’m constantly trying to improve is estimating how long it will take to complete a project. Because I work for myself, I have to create good estimates. If I don’t, I either bid low and lose money or bid high and lose a project.