Tips For Successful eLearning Development Services

Dan Keckan

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Game Based Learning: Is It Appropriate For My Association?

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In fact, the average age of a video gamer is 35 – a key demographic we’d all like to include in our association’s ranks, right? Why are games so popular, and how can we leverage gamification for association learning? Game developers like Ubisoft, Activision, Blizzard spend millions of dollars on research to learn what game play elements engage which demographic. So, it’s no surprise that so many associations are exploring game-based learning experiences for their members.

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5 Ways to Bring Contextual Learning to Your Association

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eLearning works the same way. Making your association’s learning contextual will not only help your members make sense of information, it will also help them remember it. Let’s take a look at five ways your association can add context to its eLearning. The first thing a potential learner sees about an eLearning offering is usually a promotion or description. Then it exploded. By itself, this sentence doesn’t say much. What exploded and was it supposed to?

7 Things About eLearning Your CEO/Executive Director Wants to Know

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As an Education Director, you see the writing on the wall, and have decided that eLearning is the answer your association’s needs. But wait…How will you explain eLearning to your Executive Director? If you’re part of a corporation, maybe you’ve decided that training and employee development would be more efficient if it were all online. Here are 7 things about eLearning your CEO/Executive Director will want to know.

Top 5 Tips For Innovative eLearning Development

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Amongst the challenges that Learning and Development teams and Learning Consultants face today, the top 2 pertaining to training would be: 1) How to increase the efficacy of training?, In this article I will outline 5 tips for innovative eLearning development that will help organizations improve efficacy of training by making the learning stick. Innovative eLearning Development. 5 Tips to improve stickiness of learning through innovative eLearning development.

The Worst eLearning Course Ever

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This post is dedicated to pet peeves, worst practices, and other abominations that terrorize eLearning. You can help keep bad eLearning away from your association. You read the title correctly. What follows is a combination of things that give Digitec-ies nightmares and headaches. I considered listing them here, but there were quite a few and a list alone did not express the sheer torment these things can cause.

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Getting Started with Online Member Education

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Way back when I was just a marketing minion working in development at a nonprofit, I used to attend workshops and classes that would help me learn more about my industry. Although I didn’t join the associations that put these things on, I voraciously ate up the content they were offering, as often as my employer would allow me to attend. I have since moved on, from marketing minion to marketing maven, but have never forgotten the associations that taught me a thing or two.

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Elearning development tools: only Adobe? Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). In recent years, with the inclusion of various features in Flash and the vast installation base of Flash Player amongst internet users, Flash has become be first choice for eLearning development and delivery over web.

What is WCAG 2.0 and Why Does it Matter?

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Neither are the American Heart Association or Harvard, but that didn’t stop students from suing them for accessibility issues. In March , a medical student sued the American Heart Association for failure to provide access to disabled persons with hearing impairments, alleging the organization refused to provide subtitles for video content. The American Heart Association isn’t alone. We expect to see accessibility issues continue to ripple through the eLearning industry.

eLearning Trends for 2015: Here to Stay or Go Away?

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Trends in eLearning come and go, but a good LMS is forever. Below is a list of eLearning trends we expect to see in 2015. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are definitely trending in eLearning. Why, you ask, would an association want to create a MOOC? An association can leverage this free course model to increase membership and attract more people who are willing to pay for educational offerings in the future.

Top 5 eLearning Trends Happening Now

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I was able to talk with many training and development representatives from a wide variety of organizations about their LMS needs. Once again Gamification tops the list of eLearning trends for 2016, as more training departments and continuing education providers seek new methods to engage learners and increase retention. Competencies are another area where training and development departments are getting excited.

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Elearning development tools: only Adobe? Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). In recent years, with the inclusion of various features in Flash and the vast installation base of Flash Player amongst internet users, Flash has become be first choice for eLearning development and delivery over web.

The Content or the LMS? Which Comes First?

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When we get requests from associations considering an LMS, it is always interesting to get an understanding of the current learning environment. For many there is already educational content, but it’s been developed sporadically, over time, it’s not all consolidated in one location, and it’s hard to navigate through all the archives. Once an LMS is selected, there is still time to continue developing content. You need both. Without content the LMS is an empty cookie jar.

Writing Effective eLearning Narration: Making It Easy to Read, Say, and Comprehend

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Clearly, this is not what you want to have happen with your eLearning! If you can minimize your narration while maximizing the information you convey in it, your eLearning will be that much more effective. Many courses rely upon voiceover to help connect with their learners. This is a solid approach and, when used well, can make for great learning experiences. But what I have found is that the narrated portion of courses is often written like something you would find in a textbook.

Learning Management Systems and You

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People always want to know how their association could benefit from a Learning Management System (LMS). How are you supposed to compile all of your association’s training material in one, easy-to-access place, and still finish everything else that’s on your plate? Online training programs are often called eLearning. Remember those courses from the conference your association already has?

Learning isn’t Linear

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I heard a quote the other day that really got me thinking. “A A three year old is not half a six year old.” The thought being that, on average, at six years old a person is not double a three year old in any capacity. Not in height or weight, but also not in knowledge. So, this begs the question, why isn’t a six year old twice as smart as a three year old? The answer has to do with the sheer amount of knowledge a newborn gains between the ages of zero and three.

Education Balancing Act: Asynchronous, Synchronous, and Blended Learning

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What do you think of when you hear the term eLearning? There are many different types of eLearning, so it isn’t surprising that they can be divided into categories. Asynchronous refers to eLearning offerings you take on your own. Synchronous refers to eLearning offerings where you participate as part of a group and everyone in the group needs to be logged in at the same time. Blended courses are a bit different because they’re not purely eLearning.

When Misused Buzzwords Attack

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It’s important to realize that these can mean one thing to you and your association and something different to an eLearning vendor or instructional designer. With that said, let’s look at some common eLearning buzzwords. This is the ultimate goal of all eLearning. Example : Someone goes to an eLearning vendor and asks for a course that’s interactive, immersive, innovative, effective, and fun. Interactive. Immersive. Innovative/ Creative/ Different. Effective.

Another Lens for Viewing Your eLearning

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This is also true of eLearning. There are nine elements of good instruction you can use as litmus tests to see where your association’s eLearning is doing well and where it has room to grow. When you present eLearning, organize the content so it makes sense. Sadly, this is where a lot of eLearning falls short. Your association should guide its members and let them know what to do next, even when they’ve finished a course.

Bridge the Skills-Gap with Competency Based Learning

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Dear Associations, I am trying to get into a skilled labor position at company X. Dear Associations, Help! Associations, the letters above represent your prospective members, and what they want is a career. I could have joined an association to get better. What would make me join an association today? Give me a learning path, a journey, and support that journey with the courses I need to be better, to grow from an entry level marketing associate to a CMO.

How to Prevent Member Education Burnout

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After your organization decides to increase learning opportunities, there is usually a flurry of activity to roll out some eLearning. With 86 per cent of organizations now using some form of eLearning courses (Dixon and Overton, 2011) [1] , you need to look at what you are offering. Your association is in a unique position to provide subject matter expertise that can define your membership and keep their knowledge of the field current.

Gamification or Game-Based Learning? What’s the Difference?

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There are two ways to implement game-based eLearning: Store-Bought Cake. If your association decides to go this route, make sure the game(s) fulfills your needs. This is a big undertaking, so your association will want to find a proven vendor that will work with you to make your game-based eLearning a reality. One is purely motivational and the other, although also motivational, focuses on changing the way your eLearning is served.

Creative: You Asked For It, But Now It’s Terrifying

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The association had asked for something creative, but this… Cold sweat formed on the reviewer’s brow as their muscles tightened. The deadline for this eLearning was coming up fast and there was no way it could be released to the members like this. I’m talking about innovative, creative, or “different” eLearning. It’s critical that you and your course developer (whether it’s an external vendor or someone in your association) have the same creative vision.

Don’t Treat Beginners and Experienced Learners the Same Way

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Trying to create one-size-fits-all eLearning can lead to similar difficulties. When you create eLearning for beginners: Spend time showing them how they’ll benefit and get them motivated. When you create eLearning for experienced learners: Don’t spend too much time on benefits and motivation, they already know the value. One-size-fits-all eLearning may sound like a good thing, but that isn’t always the case. Some time ago, I was cast as a chorus member in a musical.

Why Negative Reinforcement is Actually Quite Positive!

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Four Wishes for LMS Buyers

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Every week, like clockwork, I get a call from someone who wants me to recommend an LMS for their association or small business. If an eLearning Genie would come out of a bottle and grant me four wishes for my LMS buyers, here is what I’d request. Notice that course development is generally not one of the functions of an LMS. Sometimes LMSs offer some basic course development tools, but it’s not a core LMS function. Best wishes in your eLearning endeavors.

Blended Learning: Not your Mother’s, Grandmother’s, or Possibly Even Older Sibling’s Training

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In hopes of saving time and increasing learners’ base knowledge, the association offering Melanie’s certification has sent out a link in advance of the face-to-face training with some key information. This is how blended learning can not only help your association cover more ground, but improve the overall learner experience. For associations, it’s not always easy to incorporate change in training programs. Blended learning is not new to training.

Don’t Just Tell, Show: the Value of Examples

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Uninspired eLearning tends to fail on both of these points. Perhaps your association has best practices, regulations, or new techniques you’d like your members to follow. You could just tell them by sending out an e-mail or making an eLearning course full of animated text that lists all of the information. There are a number of ways to put examples to work in your association’s eLearning: Present case studies.

Custom Content vs Off the Shelf

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Requires significant development resources and staff. Some topic areas, such as employee soft skill development and management development, might not require that level of customization. As providers of both off the shelf content and custom course developers, we recognize the benefits of both, and suggest that a combination of approaches is likely necessary for an organization. In a prior post, we asked, “ what comes first, the LMS or the content ?Today

How to Create eLearning Using PowerPoint

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If you’re not an experienced Flash or HTML programmer or are short on resources, PowerPoint may be the only eLearning development tool you have available. While “Death by PowerPoint,” is a popular expression in eLearning, you are not limited to click-and-read presentations. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts for creating engaging eLearning courses entirely with PowerPoint: Do. Develop a “look” for the course.

Dense eLearning Isn’t Smart

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That’s not something you want to see in the feedback for your association’s eLearning. Luckily, there are ways to make eLearning more digestible, regardless of the subject matter. Think of your eLearning as a pool. Only include essential content in your eLearning. Make a series of short eLearning offerings rather than one big one. Give your learners room to “swim” to success by managing your eLearning’s density. “It was too much all at once.

3 Questions to Consider Before Developing New eLearning

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Developing new eLearning is a big undertaking. Why are you considering developing this eLearning? eLearning courses do not exist in a vacuum; they’re designed to address needs, wants, and requirements. It would be great to have unlimited time and resources for creating the best eLearning humanly possible. Unfortunately, that’s not an opportunity most training departments or eLearning developers will ever have.

The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy (And when to use each one)

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Incorrectly using empathy over sympathy, or vice-versa, can limit the efficacy of your eLearning program. “Make your audience care.” It’s an often repeated tenet of instructional design and it sounds great in theory. If you can make your audience care about the material they will engage more deeply with the content and retain it longer. Just saying “make your audience care” is not the whole story though.

Top 3 Questions to Ask Before Choosing eLearning for Your Association

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For years, associations have played a critical role in addressing the skills gap problem by providing professional and continuing education for their members. In the past, highly-specialized, industry education was provided through association annual meetings and educational sessions. But due to increased travel costs, many associations are seeing lower attendance at their annual meetings. For eLearning, ask yourself: • How many potential learners would take this course?

Competency-Based Learning: How to Bridge the Skills-Gap

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especially within those industries that are supported by professional associations. Continuing education is needed to address the crisis, but while most associations do provide education, a number of third-party suppliers have entered the marketplace as well. But if continuing education is readily available elsewhere, why should members continue to join associations? – Attracting new members to the association, while giving the labor force new career opportunities.

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Elearning development tools: only Adobe? Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). In recent years, with the inclusion of various features in Flash and the vast installation base of Flash Player amongst internet users, Flash has become be first choice for eLearning development and delivery over web.

How to Write Good Assessment Questions

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Your association can have the best course in the world, but if the assessments or knowledge checks aren’t written well they can make the whole thing fall apart. This is true whether you’re making an eLearning assessment or writing questions for a traditional in-classroom test. Randomize the order of the answer options, when possible (applies to eLearning). “Can someone explain this question to me? I don’t know what it’s asking.”. How am I supposed to know the answer to this?

What Copywriting Can Teach Us About Writing for an Audience

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Anything that helps you break down information and transform it into something useful for your reader, whether it’s an association member or an employee taking training, is valuable. Copywriting is the practice of using written content, both online and in print to market, advertise, raise brand awareness and communicate core brand values.

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eLearning Memories of a Millennial Instructional Designer

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What do you picture when you hear the word “eLearning”? I’d like to share my first impressions of it, from back before I’d ever heard of “eLearning.” That’s where my brain goes when I hear “eLearning,” and I have fond memories of it. If a customer service agent has had to sit through dry lecture videos that were filmed ten years ago, which are now online, that may be their image of eLearning. What do you think of when you hear the word “eLearning?”.

If the User Experience Annoys, Fix It.

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That’s definitely not the feeling any association wants its learners to have when they’re taking eLearning. Let’s take a look at some best practices you can use to keep your eLearning user-friendly. If you roll out the best eLearning your association has ever had but it doesn’t work correctly it won’t do anyone any good. So, it’s up to you and your association to think about the UX when you’re developing eLearning.