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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.

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?

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

Association eLearning

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.

eLearning Memories of a Millennial Instructional Designer

Association eLearning

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.” This was years before I became an instructional designer, back when I was a kid. Instructional Designer Reflects. That’s where my brain goes when I hear “eLearning,” and I have fond memories of it. What do you think of when you hear the word “eLearning?”.

The Worst eLearning Course Ever

Association eLearning

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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Top 5 Tips For Innovative eLearning Development

Adobe Captivate

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.

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

Association eLearning

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.

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.

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

Association eLearning

Instructional designers and subject matter experts (SMEs) mean well; they want to share and teach all the content needed to understand and master a topic. 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.

Learning isn’t Linear

Association eLearning

Beginners need more encouragement, more step-by-step instructions, and understanding instructors who remember what it was like to be a beginner. 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.

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.

Another Lens for Viewing Your eLearning

Association eLearning

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. It should tie back to the instruction. When you present eLearning, organize the content so it makes sense. Sadly, this is where a lot of eLearning falls short. This could mean a hands-on workshop, an eLearning scenario, or any other number of things.

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.

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. But our choreographer didn’t seem to realize that her instructions to “grapevine” or “step ball change” didn’t mean anything to us. To her, each of the instructions conveyed a lot of information because she knew what they meant. When you create eLearning for beginners: Spend time showing them how they’ll benefit and get them motivated.

How to Prevent Member Education Burnout

Association eLearning

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?

Association eLearning

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.

Bridge the Skills-Gap with Competency Based Learning

Association eLearning

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.

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

Association eLearning

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.

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.

Should Marketing Review eLearning Courses?

Association eLearning

Recently, an instructional designer friend of mine asked me, “Should Marketing review eLearning courses and approve them before they are released?” I am a marketing person, I am not an instructional designer. If your marketing department is filled with marketing people who aren’t instructional designers either, then it is important that a marketing review stick to marketing issues. In short, we are not instructional designers.

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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

Association eLearning

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

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

Association eLearning

It’s an often repeated tenet of instructional design and it sounds great in theory. For example, when another instructional designer is up against the wall and has numerous assignments due at the end of the week, I empathize with them since I’ve been there myself. Incorrectly using empathy over sympathy, or vice-versa, can limit the efficacy of your eLearning program. “Make your audience care.”

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.

Frustratingly Effective Learning

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How eLearning Fits In. eLearning gives learners a safe place to try, fail, improve, try again, and practice until they’re confident and knowledgeable. How to Tell Frustratingly Effective eLearning from Bad eLearning. When it comes to learning, whether it’s eLearning or not, people get out what they put in. eLearning provides a safe environment for practice that doesn’t have the same consequences as the real world.

3 Questions to Consider Before Developing New eLearning

Association eLearning

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.

If the User Experience Annoys, Fix It.

Association eLearning

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.

How to Write Good Assessment Questions

Association eLearning

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). Provide instructive feedback for each question. “Can someone explain this question to me?

What Copywriting Can Teach Us About Writing for an Audience

Association eLearning

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 Glossary: Definitions for the Most Commonly Used Terms

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If you’re new to eLearning or online training, it can seem like you’re wading through alphabet soup with all the various anagrams and terminology used in this industry. Grab a spoon, and let’s dig in to the soup, with this eLearning glossary. eLearning -Also referred to as internet-based learning, web-based learning, and online learning is any training or education delivered via computer. That’s where my brain goes when I hear “eLearning,” and I have fond memories of it.

Quality Assurance: Fine-Tuning Your eLearning to Be Its Best

Association eLearning

Quality assurance, or QA as it is better known, is a vastly important yet surprisingly underappreciated aspect of eLearning. Many businesses and associations, for example, refer to their customers as “Guests” rather than “guests” or “Clients” rather than “clients.” They require their eLearning to use these terms and to follow suit any time they’re mentioned. Chapter 1: The Basics.

Behind the Scenes of eLearning Troubleshooting

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eLearning is no exception. Seeing as eLearning is digital, it has the not-so-fun gray area of “it can work for some people and be broken for others at the same time.”. The short answer is that there are a lot of different pieces that need to work together for an eLearning course to run correctly. There you have it, a behind the scenes look at some of the basic considerations that go into troubleshooting eLearning difficulties.

Fighting Forgetfulness

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For instance, your association’s members will probably forget most of what they learn from your educational offerings within a week or so. Think of your brain as a refrigerator. You put information in it to preserve and use later. When you need that information again you remember it, “taking it out of the fridge” so to speak. But what happens if you leave something in there for too long? In a fridge, old food goes bad and needs to be thrown out.

eLearning Glossary Part 2: More Commonly Used Terms

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Previously we dug into the alphabet soup of eLearning terms and acronyms. ADDIE- The ADDIE model is a process used by instructional designers and training developers offering guidelines for creating effective training. This model is broken up into 5 phases: Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. The development phase is where the course is actually created from the storyboards and media assembled in the design phase.

Avoiding Confusion During Reviews

Association eLearning

Reviews are a key part of developing any eLearning. Whether you’re working with an outside vendor or someone within your association, clear communication and good documentation can make the process much smoother. They’re blueprints for an eLearning course with explanations of what’s supposed to happen, proposed audio narration, approximately what the screens will look like, etc. Follow any review instructions you’re given.

2015 Year End Review

Association eLearning

What new technologies will emerge in eLearning? What new trends will be important to association leaders? “Digitec and the Knowledge Direct LMS has helped our association provide a wonderful learning experience to our members,” says Veronica Hunt of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. The added convenience and simplicity allows our association to go the extra mile for our members seeking continuing education.

2015 Year End Review

Association eLearning

What new technologies will emerge in eLearning? What new trends will be important to association leaders? “Digitec and the Knowledge Direct LMS has helped our association provide a wonderful learning experience to our members,” says Veronica Hunt of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. The added convenience and simplicity allows our association to go the extra mile for our members seeking continuing education.