Petra Mayer

Lessons Learned: LMS Feasibility Study

Petra Mayer

I recently completed an extensive LMS Feasibility Study, a project I wrote about in my previous article “ LMS implementation without frustration ” and that I discussed in my eLearning Case Study. This project provided many lessons that became apparent through the analysis of the RFI responses.

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LMS implementation without frustration

Petra Mayer

I recently completed an extensive LMS Feasibility Study for a municipality. This project gave great insights into the implementation of a Learning Management System, way before this project would take concrete form for this client of mine.

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eLearning platforms follow top trends in L&D

Petra Mayer

In my last two articles on eLearning, I focused on understanding the needs for your LMS and the assessment of the project for your organization through a feasibility analysis , which I recommend as your first two steps of your online course platform evaluation.

3 Priority Questions for your LMS Feasibility Study

Petra Mayer

When clients talk to me about their Learning Management System (LMS) project , above all, they typically ask three priority questions as part of their LMS Feasibility Study : Is what we want available? How much does it cost? Will we make that money back – i.e. what is the ROI?

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HR Benchmark Report: How to Recruit, Coach & Develop Teams

Do you really want a team of all-stars? Instead of trying to hire all Type A high performers, research shows it’s much more effective to hire a mix of personalities. In this report, Paycor will explain why and how to go about assembling, coaching, and developing effective teams at work.

8 Top Priorities For Your LMS Needs Assessment

Petra Mayer

When a company or organization decides to roll out a new Learning Management System (LMS) it typically raises many questions that an LMS Needs Assessment is designed to answer. Which LMS is right for us? How will we maintain the LMS, so it serves our needs today and 5-10 years into the future?

How eLearning Is A Great Lead Magnet

Petra Mayer

If you run your own business you’re likely doing everything you can to acquire new clients.

The Impact of Action-based Learning

Petra Mayer

In this following infographic, MyQuest demonstrates the importance for action-based learning and for building activities into your learning interventions. If you need any convincing, look at this statistic. Only 20% of information is retained when learned in a passive environment.

How an eLearning Business Strategy Saves Time and Money

Petra Mayer

We all know that time is money, so when you have the opportunity to save both time and money as a business, it’s a business strategy that you should pay attention to. eLearning is a learning tool that’s widely adopted around the world and it’s a beneficial business strategy, whatever their size.

How To Develop Online Courses And Grow Your Business

Petra Mayer

Do you ever wish that you could enhance and grow your business by providing an online course, but you’re unsure of where to start and how to do it all alone? I understand how confusing creating your own online course can be, especially if it’s not something you’ve ever done before.

There’s Not a Skills Gap in the U.S… or Is There?

Your search for the perfect candidate has resulted in zero perfectly skilled applicants. What’s going on? Enter… the skills gap. This report, ‘The Employment Skills Gap and What To Do About It,' breaks down the issue with solutions you can apply now.

How Not Being Ready is a Big Myth

Petra Mayer

One of the most common phrases I hear from my clients is “I’m just not ready yet”. But the truth is, I don’t think we ever truly feel that we are being ready as business owners and sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith, put your mind to it, and work as hard as you can to achieve your goals.

Interview on Brain Lady Speaks: Engaging Online Programs

Petra Mayer

The brain is a marvellous thing! And Julie “Brain Lady” Anderson has been exploring the brain and how it impacts what makes us successful for over 20 years. Julie has launched her own Radio Show “Brain Lady Speaks”, and I was very humbled to be asked to speak on her show about Engaging Online Programs. What has that got to do with the brain? Very much so. Understanding how people think and what engages them is extremely important when we create Online Programs.

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ID & eLearning Links 4/7/20

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 spaced learning, marketing, networking, free tools and images, and L&D skills. Spaced Learning and Practice.

Branch and Bottleneck Scenario Structure

Experiencing eLearning

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.

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The Better Way to Onboard Customers

Speaker: Skilljar Experts

The best onboarding programs have a super power: they’re constantly improving. Here at Skilljar, we’ve learned a thing or two about onboarding, both by crafting our own experience, and by collaborating with the best Customer Education professionals in the world. In our upcoming webinar, we’re going to share these learnings with you.

Streamlining Branching Scenario Planning and Design

Experiencing eLearning

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.

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Working From Home during the Pandemic

Experiencing eLearning

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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Finding a Good Fit in Instructional Design

Experiencing eLearning

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.

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

Experiencing eLearning

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.

3 Reasons to Invest in a Learning Culture: RECRUIT, RETAIN, ENGAGE

One of the least explored and most effective ways to drive recruiting, retention, and overall employee engagement is to establish a learning culture. If this is an area where you need help (or if you could just use a refresher) let Paycor walk you through actionable tips and insights on how you can develop the learning culture that works best for your business.

Two learning engineerings?

Clark Quinn

So, I’ve written before about ‘learning engineering’ And, separately, it’s become an issue just what the term means. It appears there are two ‘learning engineerings’, and the issue is how to resolve them. So, let’s look at the contenders.

Selling Storytelling in Learning

Experiencing eLearning

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.

How many options in branching scenario decisions?

Experiencing eLearning

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?

Cutscenes in Branching Scenarios

Experiencing eLearning

In video games, cutscenes are short, non-interactive scenes that “cut away” from the action. They can move the plot forward, show conversations, or build emotion. We can borrow this technique from video game design when we develop branching scenarios for learning.

Top E-Learning Software - Recommendations and Pricing

Zero in on the best E-Learning software for your company. Get expert recommendations and pricing comparisons based on your specific needs.

Learner Engagement: Behavioral, Cognitive, & Affective

Experiencing eLearning

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.

Mini-Scenarios for Assessment

Experiencing eLearning

Does scenario-based learning always have to involve complex branching or simulations? You can use one-question mini-scenarios to make your assessments more relevant and valuable. Mini-scenarios are fast and easy to build.

Focus on What’s Important for Learning

Experiencing eLearning

My daughter is in kindergarten this year. It’s been so much fun to watch her process of learning to read and write. During their unit about animals, my daughter wrote some facts about fish. A fish moves with its tail and fin. Its covering is called scales. Fish do not have eyebrows.

Consider 4 Cs in Scenario-Based Learning

Experiencing eLearning

When I create scenario-based 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.

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Employee Training Playbook by Lessonly

Strengthen new employees and develop existing teams with Lessonly’s Employee Training Playbook.

Instructional Design Portfolio Resources

Experiencing eLearning

Everyone working in instructional design, learning experience design, or elearning should have a portfolio. This is especially true for people who are job seeking or working independently. Why do you need a portfolio?

Convert Training: Design Online or Blended Learning

Experiencing eLearning

In my previous post on converting training to online , I provided questions to ask and tips for analysis. In this post, I’ll dig deeper in how to design an online or blended learning program based on an existing classroom training program.

Convert Training to Online

Experiencing eLearning

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.

Connect Scenarios to Objectives Plus More Tips

Experiencing eLearning

Recently, Bryan Jones from eLearningArt invited me and 59 other eLearning people to share their single best tip for creating effective eLearning scenarios. The post is now live, and you can check it out here: 13 eLearning Scenario Tips that 60 Experts Agree On.

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3 Reasons to Prioritize On-Demand Customer Training

On-demand training is a powerful tool you can leverage to support new customer onboarding and ongoing education through the customer lifecycle. In this eBook, we’ll delve into the 3 key benefits of on-demand training for your customer onboarding process.