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Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS The Sound of Silence by Jim on April 7, 2011 in eLearning At what point does narration really add anything to an eLearning module, and at what point is it simply being added because “it’s what’s expected?” These are serious questions that deserve serious consideration, but unfortunately they don’t always get it. The usual rationale given for why eLearning needs both text and audio is that it accommodates multiple learning styles. Some people synthesize material when it is presented in written form, and some just do better when they are free to listen without reading. That’s all fair, and we should seek to accommodate as many people as possible in our pursuit of effective training. Oddly enough, however, it’s a rare day when you hear people say “I learn so much better when my brain is trying to do two things at once.” Why don’t we hear that? Because it’s not true. And yet that’s effectively what is happening when we present text visually and then have someone say it at the same time. Whether you are reading or listening, you’re also being distracted by the option your brain is not trying to pay attention to. For an excellent illustration of this problem, check out this great example provided by the always-interesting Cathy Moore (click the image to launch the Flash player): Courtesy of [link] So, why does narration in eLearning frequently do nothing more than parrot back what’s written on the screen? Because that’s what clients have come to expect, and because it looks professional. Think about it. If you had to choose an eLearning provider solely on the basis of samples, and one gave you a module with just text, and the other gave you a module with text and a voice-over provided by professional talent, you’d be likely to think the latter represented the better product. And you’d be wrong. But you’re the client, so you’re actually right. So, as eLearning providers, it’s high time that we have the courage of our convictions, and take a stand to say: “This may be flashy, but retention will be down, time lost to training will go up, and overall costs (especially long term maintenance) will be far higher.” Because after all, we’re here to provide the best value, and while there is certainly a place for judicious use of narration (for instance, explanation of an imbedded Flash animation), it’s not by just regurgitating what’s on the screen. Check out these links for more insight on the topic: [link] [link] [link] And in case you read through this entire article in the hopes of hearing the song by Simon & Garfunkel, and are now really upset, here you go: Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Print for later Bookmark in Browser Tell a friend Tags: elearning , narration About Jim Im a Project Manager for Dashe & Thomson, focused on getting the best results for clients whether big (Fortune 500) or small (Fortune 500,000). My goal is to make sure that no matter the size of the project, each company that comes to us gets immediate, attentive, personal service. When Im not busy helping to change the face of corporate learning, I like to train with the Dashe & Thomson company bike team, travel and read. 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6 Ways to Promote Modern Learning Adoption

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Although many sales managers and reps immediately appreciate the benefits of a modern sales learning platform, some are like Hayes: it sounds great but they’re not sure they’ll actually use it. The post 6 Ways to Promote Modern Learning Adoption appeared first on Allego.

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Technology Evaluation Checklist for Learning Professionals (Free Download)

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We hear about a new smartphone, new app, new technology every single day. With so many new technologies on the market, how do you sort through the irrelevant and the junk? Lots of new tech sounds exciting… but all that glitters isn’t gold.

Technology and Training: Using Artificial Intelligence for Learning and Development

Abreon

For these reasons and more, it’s only a matter of time before AI and related technologies such as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality transform the field of Learning & Development (L&D). The earliest VR used screens and speakers to surround the user with moving images and sound.

12 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Authoring Tool

organizations: • Value personal development among their teams • Create curated learning experiences • Use learning technologies to achieve their goals As leading analysts Fosway Group point out, learning technology deserves a much more strategic. 12 Ways to Get the Most.

When Technology is your Friend: Regaining Control of your Content

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Instead of perceiving technology as a threat to their independence, university educators should see it as a chance to share the responsibility for creating e-learning content. In fact, my message today is the opposite: technology is not my enemy. The sound is a thing of beauty.

Three Ways Technology is Changing the Learning Space (Plus One)

Learningtogo

Most of us in the learning profession pride ourselves on being comfortable with technology. Whenever a new tool is available, we’re ready to give it a try, eager to adopt the latest way to help people learn. Or have you started working with this technology already?).

Learning Technologies 2016 UK Recap

Obsidian Learning

New post Learning Technologies 2016 UK Recap on Obsidian Learning. I had the pleasure of being in London last week attending the annual Learning and Technologies 2016 conference ( [link] ) there. The technology has to work.

What is Just-in Time Training (and the Best Practices to Adopt it for your Business)

eFront

With today’s advances in technology, on-demand services have been integrated into almost all aspects of everyday life. Through the help of today’s technology, learning has definitely hopped onto the on-demand service bandwagon too. . The Use of Responsive Technology.

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Driving learning program adoption: Start with the right tool (part 1)

Litmos

Welcome to Part One of a three-part series on the value of driving the adoption of your learning program. Today, we'll focus on the first of those -- the solution -- and what's required in an LMS to drive strong adoption of your learning program.

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A technology angle to Christmas and the way we greet!

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LearnTrends - Sound - Best of eLearning Learning

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How Technology is Changing the Way We Do Product Training

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Social media: It’s not about the technology!

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It might be said it’s adopting a cautious, almost experimental approach to the concept. While the organisation has invested in social technology, and maybe even documented a social media policy, the majority of its social media activity is driven from the bottom up.

Elearning innovation: examples, tips and technology

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The latest technology. I know this sounds obvious, but too often I hear learning impact measured in business KPIs. Adopt a people-centered approach. Adopting a modern, learner-focused approach to content creation is an easy way to get better results. Sounds good, right?

Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | April 26, 2019

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I also hope these things from the learning, design, and technology world this week bring you a little something worthwhile too. Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany. A collection of free sound effects for your multimedia projects.

Starting a Customer Education Program: What You Should Know

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This means your customer education charter should be to help drive these metrics at scale, by enabling customers to adopt and use your product successfully in their space. Product adoption rates?

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How Technology is Changing the Way We Do Product Training

Lemonade

However traditional learning technology isn’t well-suited to the challenges and goals of modern product training. Let’s break down the various tools and technologies available for improving product training.

How Technology is Changing the Way We Do Product Training

Lemonade

However traditional learning technology isn’t well-suited to the challenges and goals of modern product training. Let’s break down the various tools and technologies available for improving product training.

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Reality Meets VR, AR, and New Learning Technologies

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New Learning Technologies Offer Powerful Advantages. Your learners are ready for the benefits of Virtual Reality , Augmented Reality , and other new learning technologies in their learning. What Are These New Learning Technologies?

Musings on Memory Engineering to Aid Learning Retention

Dashe & Thomson

Frankly, this reaction probably dates me as a hopeless curmudgeon who finds that many forms of technology with which we interact contribute to the overall chaos of our lives rather than simplifying and improving them. So this “service” sounds a little like my worst nightmare.

How VoiceFirst Technology can be used for Learning and Development

Webanywhere

The freedom to choose how to access technology when, where and how you choose. Mobile learning technology gives us the freedom to take learning into our own hands. VoiceFirst technology removes the bind to the keyboard. We want to shift VoiceFirst technology right into the centre of the eLearning environment. VoiceFirst technology can also be used to replace chatbots – group and individual messaging services. Is VoiceFirst technology really worth the effort?

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Future of Learning – 3 top technologies that will deliver better learning

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Podcast 19: Customer Education 101 – With Dave Derington of Azuqua

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It sounds mostly like webinars and live streaming. I tend to look more at consumption and adoption. And for the long term, I need to focus on adoption. ” How do you move the meter on adoption? Then I can begin correlating this with customer adoption and success.

Should I buy books about technology in education? Answer: NO!

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I received a great question over the weekend asking if I could “ help finding a good book about technology in post secondary education ” and I had to take a couple of days to think about it. Technological tools and strategies change faster than print.

Future of Learning – 3 top technologies that will deliver better learning

Ed App

So which technologies will deliver these methodologies in the near future of learning? Future of Learning – 3 top technologies that will deliver better learning. But the technology is here, now.

Build An Air-tight Business Case For A Learning Platform

Docebo

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Experience (Tin Can) API: What to Expect from Your LMS Provider

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S/4HANA – 10 Things To Do in Phase Zero

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It sounds logical – wait for the plan to start before you begin work, right? That way, you will know when it is acceptable to adapt the software to map to your process and when it is better to adopt a new process to align with the software. Some of your business processes will change because the focus of S / 4HANA is using its technology right out of the box. You will face changes in both your technology and your business processes.

Gamification Elements That Rocket Boost Learner Engagement

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Gamification is the process of adding motivational elements within a learning framework or system to increase user engagement based upon sound game theory and game mechanics. Docebo Blog Learning Technology Trends Learning technology solutions lms

3 Cs – CEOs, Companies, Countries need to get it right…

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Explosion of devices, information and the fast evolution of technology, not to forget the redundancy factor,underscore the urgency of finding timely and relevant solutions. So, will technology remain the only disruptor for companies? Can “smart” learning ways or technologies work?

Do We Learn Differently Now?

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Just before I went on holiday recently I was asked how human learning has changed with the advent, penetration and increasing ubiquity of computing technology. We’ve always used technology to escape the bounds of human physiological limits.

IFTTT: Automation and the philosophy of causation

Docebo

To me, this sounds just like cause and effect. The fact of the matter is that the greatest If This Then That condition that we face in our industry right now is: If the new learning technologies exist, Then we must adopt those technologies and change our ways.

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Social media: It’s not about the technology!

Learning Cafe

It might be said it’s adopting a cautious, almost experimental approach to the concept. While the organisation has invested in social technology, and maybe even documented a social media policy, the majority of its social media activity is driven from the bottom up. Does this sound like your workplace? Numerous reasons might explain their lack of participation, such as: • scared of technology. •

Bringing the Future Forward

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According to one expert, virtual reality is the first real disruptive technology in learning, breaking away from the flat-screen mode of learning and hacking the senses to enter a three-dimensional world filled with sights and sound. “It You can’t ignore technology.