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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? Like any effective learning project, it’s critical to define your audience and determine if gamification is a good fit. Csikszentmihalyi believed that this flow state makes our minds more receptive to learning new ideas and concepts.

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. It’s a good way to get them actively involved in their learning. Then it exploded.

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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. Start with clear learning objectives, manage the content density, and be mindful of the visual design. You read the title correctly. What follows is a combination of things that give Digitec-ies nightmares and headaches.

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What’s the Difference Between an LMS and an LCMS? Hint: It’s Not Just the Letter “C”

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It can be difficult to understand eLearning terms when they’re used interchangeably. For example, you’ve likely seen Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) discussed on various websites and company pages. An LMS manages people’s interactions with learning content. It gives your association one software package that delivers, assesses, and reports on online training programs.

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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. Yet, how much more could I have learned if I didn’t have to drive across town to take the course?

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

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You’ve decided that it’s time to move your courses online. 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.

Learning isn’t Linear

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To put this into context, let’s take a broader look at how learning occurs. People sometimes think that the rate of learning (skill, knowledge, wisdom, etc.) They picture a line moving steadily upward as a person learns. Learning isn’t linear. To play the guitar, for instance, one must first learn strumming, fret work, chords, rhythm, etc. Learning something new can be an intimidating process. I heard a quote the other day that really got me thinking. “A

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

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This is a solid approach and, when used well, can make for great learning experiences. 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.

Education Balancing Act: Asynchronous, Synchronous, and Blended Learning

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What do you think of when you hear the term eLearning? Maybe your mind jumps to webinars or interactive courses in a Learning Management System (LMS). 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. Blended courses are a bit different because they’re not purely eLearning.

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). They want us to start offering them online. 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? Cue the 1950’s film strip… “Learning Management Systems and You!”. An LMS is a system for managing learning.

Don’t Treat Beginners and Experienced Learners the Same Way

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Everyone had to learn everything together though, despite the fact that we were at different stages of learning. Trying to create one-size-fits-all eLearning can lead to similar difficulties. When learners feel alienated or overly frustrated it can actually impair their ability to learn. When you create eLearning for beginners: Spend time showing them how they’ll benefit and get them motivated. Some time ago, I was cast as a chorus member in a musical.

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

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Gamification and game-based learning (sometimes abbreviated GBL) are both hot topics and the terms are often used interchangeably. Game-Based Learning, “A New Cake”. The big difference between gamification and GBL is that you could still learn something from the content you gamified before you gamified it. With GBL the learning takes place during play. If you don’t play you won’t learn, and if you don’t learn you can’t advance in the game.

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. You can help your members over the skills gap with competency based learning, career focused training, and micro-credentialing. I could have joined an association to get better. What would make me join an association today?

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.

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

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Blended learning is not new to training. Yes, you probably do remember and that’s the point of blended learning. Make no mistake, today blended learning goes beyond merely tagging on a movie or performing a Web Quest on the internet. The “new” blended learning means finding the right balance of learner participation and instructor facilitation. Today’s learners expect a different kind of learning experience. Without Blended Learning.

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. We need to learn how to use it too because we’re falling behind them. Maybe I should learn how to use it.

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. After all, you want learners thinking about and applying what they’re learning, and that takes mental effort. Only include essential content in your eLearning. Make a series of short eLearning offerings rather than one big one.

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. By understanding the difference and consciously choosing which to use, you will be on your way to tailoring learning experiences to your audience. “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.

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

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Competency-Based Learning: How to Bridge the Skills-Gap was originally published in the IACET blog as a guest post by Digitec President Jack McGrath. 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. A Social Learning Network.

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. Ensure the questions are tied to the course’s learning objectives. Randomize the order of the answer options, when possible (applies to eLearning). “Can someone explain this question to me?

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

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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.

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.

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.” Kid Learns from Computer Games. Looking back, I now realize that I was raised with game-based learning. 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?”.

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.

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. What people learn in training is more important than recalling their second grade teacher’s name. With the trip home, catching up on sleep, and then getting back to their usual routine all on the immediate schedule it’s not hard to see why they probably won’t think about what they learned for a few days.

Frustratingly Effective Learning

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The learners demonstrated the skills they were supposed to be learning and came up with a range of creative solutions to the assignment. And it got bad reviews because it was “too hard,” even though their performance proved that they’d met the objectives and could apply what they’d learned. Sometimes people seem to forget that learning takes effort. In short, effective learning usually isn’t “the quick and easy path.”. How eLearning Fits In.

Avoiding Confusion During Reviews

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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. In my experience, they’re also one of the steps that cause the most confusion and delays.

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. In the first phase, analysis, the problem is defined, the learning goals are established, and the learners preexisting skills are identified.

Knowledge Is in the Cards

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Maybe your association has some baseline information or compliance requirements that all members are supposed to know. There are, however, a few ways your association’s educational offerings can benefit from your learners’ unique experiences and values: • Ask members for their ideas, concerns, interests, etc. I was recently introduced to a card game called Dixit. The goal is to figure out which picture card another player is thinking of, based on a hint they provide.

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

Association eLearning

This is a solid approach and, when used well, can make for great learning experiences. 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.

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.

Knowledge Is in the Cards

Association eLearning

Maybe your association has some baseline information or compliance requirements that all members are supposed to know. There are, however, a few ways your association’s educational offerings can benefit from your learners’ unique experiences and values: • Ask members for their ideas, concerns, interests, etc. I was recently introduced to a card game called Dixit. The goal is to figure out which picture card another player is thinking of, based on a hint they provide.

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. In my experience, they’re also one of the steps that cause the most confusion and delays.

Fighting Forgetfulness

Association eLearning

For instance, your association’s members will probably forget most of what they learn from your educational offerings within a week or so. What people learn in training is more important than recalling their second grade teacher’s name. With the trip home, catching up on sleep, and then getting back to their usual routine all on the immediate schedule it’s not hard to see why they probably won’t think about what they learned for a few days.

How to Create eLearning Using PowerPoint

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Having a solid foundation in PowerPoint is a must when using rapid content authoring tools to create online learning. 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. Develop a “look” for the course.

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. This trend indicates a growing preference for this style of learning.

Learning Myths: Debunked

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Perhaps the most pervasive myth about education is the ubiquitous “learning styles” myth. Many of those hits are, tellingly, for websites trying to sell you their “learning styles” program. Rigorous scientific studies have been conducted to determine the efficacy of learning styles, and they all come to the same conclusion: using a student’s preferred “learning style” does not improve learning in any reliable way.

What Can Keep And Hold A Millennial In Your Organization? Learning and Development

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Everyone wins when your organization creates and supports opportunities for Millennials to perpetually learn and absorb your organization’s culture. The use of gamification in training and other tailored learning tools are very familiar to the Millennial. Mobile responsive training also builds incentive in their developmental strengths with consistent and time-efficient learning approach any time or any where on their iPads and Smartphones.

Where, Oh Where, Should Content On A Screen Go?

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The layouts and visual hierarchies of your organization’s eLearning courses can either help learners process information or leave them completely confused. You probably even learned something from that quick glance. Now let’s dive into how your organization can help make that happen in its eLearning. Navigation and interactivity for smartphone-focused eLearning should be near the lower right of the screen.

What Is eLearning? The Good, Bad, and The Ugly

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eLearning is an education system that primarily utilizes technology to transfer skills and knowledge. You might also notice eLearning being referred to as online learning, web-based learning, or distance learning. Elearning can include virtual education, social media, digital collaboration, computer-based curriculum, mobile performance support, and the list goes on. Our brains have been wired over the last 2,500 years to learn through stories.