Attention Spans Are Getting Shorter

Nick Leffler

Attentions spans are shrinking, nobody can pay attention for more than a few seconds. Just to clear things up, an attention span is that thing that allows us to pay attention to something. You know, when something captures our attention because it’s so incredibly interesting and we can’t turn away. Patience goes along with attention spans, it takes patience to have a long attention span. Blogging! Attention Span Statistics ).

George Orwell's Advice for Writing eLearning Content

Integrated Learnings

Though highly interactive , problem-based eLearning can help maintain engagement, completing these activities usually requires learners to read words that we write. In a culture of multi-tasking skimmers, we must write as clearly and concisely as possible to help keep learners motivated. Practical Writing Advice from George Orwell. Especially for those of us who write training materials. His essay builds a case for six simple writing rules. --1--


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Musings on completing a PBL MOOC about PBL (problem-based learning)

The eLearning Nomad

Early December I completed the MOOC ‘Problem-Based Learning: Principles and Design’ organised by Maastricht University: a course where participants “learn about PBL by doing PBL”. This blog post is a summary of musings and reflections following this experience. It talks about problem-based learning (PBL) as well as the PBL MOOC and MOOCs in general. The ‘problems’ at the start of each task in the PBL MOOC consisted of one paragraph ‘contexts’ followed by a question.

Writing Daily Reports as a First Step to Strong Team Building

Your Training Edge

Fortunately, this problem is easy to prevent, however, it may be quite challenging to fix it. This is writing daily reports. It takes some time to write a sufficient report. How to write a progress report. To write an effective progress report, you need to understand to which aspects you should pay attention and how exactly to compel your research. First, you need to define the problem a person or a team deals with during the estimated period of time.

The Problem With Praise


Recently, a pair of posts on the HBR blogs laid out the findings of prominent neuroscientist Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford, who presented at the 2011 NeuroLeadership summit in San Francisco. Those of us with a fixed mindset see talent as a static trait, and those a growth mindset see it as a potential that can be developed,” he writes. Are you paying attention to how you praise those you train?

How to write scripts for webinars, videos and eLearning


This blog article could also be called ‘confessions of a voice-over artist.’ So here are my top tips for writing a good script for webinars and videos. Writing scripts: Keep it simple, keep it snappy. In this example it’s adopting a method of working, but it might be buying into a solution, or realising there is a problem with the way they currently approach a certain issue as a business. Writing scripts: Use punctuation. Writing scripts: Be direct.

5 Great Tips to Write Engaging Quiz Questions for Marketing


On July 7, 2014, a food blog shared a quiz called “Which cake are you?” on social media. Although, many factors contribute to the success of a quiz (which have been talked about a zillion times), very less attention has been given to its questions that play an essential role in carrying the participant to the end. So, the first thing that you need to take care of when deciding on how to write a quiz should be the quality of the questions.

Solve problems with screencasting

E-Learning Acupuncture

In this particular course, the emphasis is on mathematical problem solving. When they deliver the course in class, they spent the first 15-20 minutes of each lecture thoroughly going over solutions from previously assigned homework problems. Students report that this investment of time in problem solving in the classroom really helps them master the subject matter. In January 2005 I first wrote in this blog about a now famous screencast by John Udell on Wikipedia.

The Most Popular Blog Posts for 2016


It's the end of the year and, in case you've missed the most popular blog posts throughout 2016, I've compiled the top 5 for you here. The act of reflection is a major learning theme for me this year and reviewing the year's blog posts is a great reflection exercise. There is a lot involved including timing, title choice, writing style, and many others. What got my attention was the scientific approach they took to solving a knowledge problem.

The Benefits of Strategic Agility and Systematic Innovation


This can be a challenge which is why so many business websites, journals, blogs, etc. Business leaders, including Steve Denning, study and write on strategic agility and innovation frequently because these methods have proved useful time and time again. Customer problem – identify the customer problem, customer promise, product/service and what makes you unique. Clarify your approach to problem-solving – creating a working hypothesis for your business model.

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From the Archives: Our Top 5 Webinars

eLearning Brothers

Writing Much More Better. This spectacular webinar with one of our instructional designers, Dr. David Christiansen, discussed writing for eLearning! Hone your writing skills with real-world examples of proper narration and text-on-screen best practices. Future of eLearning – Games and the Millennials’ Attention Deficit Disorder. Eight seconds: That’s the time you have to grab an employee’s attention. What’s causing this attention deficit problem?

Navigating the Digital Ecosystem, Preselling, and the Problems with the Culture of Free with Robin Harris


Navigating the digital ecosystem, preselling, and the problems with the culture of free with Robin Harris in this episode of the LMScast podcast with Chris Badgett of LifterLMS. ” Chris: It’s almost cliché at this point, the whole problem if you build it, they will come, is kind of the mindset. We talk a lot on this show and I go on and on about it, the five hats problems. They get tax write-offs. I’m just trying to get their attention.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Blogging is the new Graduate School

Learning Visions

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 Blogging is the new Graduate School Im not the only one getting an informal masters degree out here. In a guest post on the Brazen Careerist, Ryan Healy writes, "maybe blogging is the new graduate school." Twentysomething: Blogging is the new Graduate School It’s ironic, though, because blogging is a way to deal with the biggest problem at the beginning of one’s career: No expertise.

“It’s Like Writing a Play:” Make Screencasts Painless with Storyboards, Scripts

TechSmith Camtasia

Before starting any video, we write down exactly what we want the viewer to take away from the video,” said John. It’s a lot like writing a play.”. Their process is simple: Write down what you want to communicate with your video. Write an audio script to guide viewers through the information. But if you make a video ad hoc, you start to fix things as you go and then parts no longer match up and the project snowballs into a big problem.

Protagonists Should Be Like Your Learners

Experiencing eLearning

When you write a story for learning, you need a few essential elements such as a protagonist (the main character), the protagonist’s goal, and the challenges the protagonist faces. The learners should recognize the problems the character is dealing with and ideally share the protagonist’s goal. Joan decides to create an option in the branching scenario where Cindy tries to handle the problem herself without HR but causes a costly misstep.

You Should Comment More

Nick Leffler

If you’re not a blogger or don’t write on a regular basis, you should. It doesn’t have to be difficult to write, you don’t have to have a website, you don’t even have to have a topic to write about. The easiest way to write and continue to write is just to simply comment on posts you read. If you do by any chance find you read something and have nothing to say, you can just write a few lines about what you enjoyed about the post.

Those who are about to blog.

Learning with 'e's

If you are considering taking up blogging this year, and wondering what it might involve, I would be happy to offer you a few tips from my own experience. I have been blogging for just over 5 years and during that time have learnt a few things. Blogging can be a thoroughly absorbing activity, which ultimately will pay you back as much as you invest in it, and also some interest. Firstly, blogging can be time consuming. I wrote about this problem in a post a year ago.

LIVE BLOG - Craig Weiss 'eLearning 2020' Seminar

Unicorn Training

Wifi becoming more ubiquitous and 4G evolving and probably won't be a problem in 5yrs time in UK. User experience - gestures, do you have to write content specific to platform or cross-platform? Click next - information not being processed as feel lengthy, doesn't grab attention they won't engage. 2-3mins max from attention standpoint. Problems: What happens if go to LMS without an LRS, where does that data store sit?

Reflections on Adobe eLearning Conference 2017

Adobe Captivate

I’m someone with one foot in online learning space and the other firmly planted in technical writing. My only problem with this conference was this: there was just too much to learn and attend to since there were five tracks of presentations lasting the whole day. I enjoyed some wonderful presentations about mobile elearning, principles of sound elearning design, how to use videos properly in elarning, how to design a great learning system in this “attention economy,” etc.

Evidence-Based Deep Learning – 12 Tips from Patti Shank


Problem is, who has time to source, study, and sort out academic research in cognitive science, instructional theory, and education? Take 30 seconds now and enter the free $1,070 Ultimate eLearning Writing Bundle of Patti’s course and books that we’re running. Content that requires splitting attention between two sources of information in order to understand them (for example, a diagram and a written explanation of the diagram). Uncategorized blog

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Half of Companies Blocking Facebook

Learning Visions

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 Half of Companies Blocking Facebook Christy Tucker has been musing on Social Networking as LMS: Problems and Opportunities. One real problem is corporate fear of social networking tools. Update: Also be sure to check out this Facebook post over at the Read/Write Web that follows this same "study." sure to check out the Read/Write Web article that I posted a link to in this original post (as an update). Can I, um, have your attention, please?

How to Choose the Best Games for Your e-Learning Courses


Blog. Grab learners’ attention and keep them engaged with dynamic, interactive games in your online e-Learning courses. Learn Best Using: Problems, examples. Christie Wroten graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a bachelors degree in English and Writing. When shes not writing about e-Learning, Christie enjoys traveling or playing piano and guitar. Back to Blog Home. Be the First to Know with the Lectora Blog. Lectora eLearning Blog.

Tips to Choose the Ideal eLearning Content Provider for Online Training Program

Infopro Learning

But you must also pay attention to the design of the online portfolio , itself. Also, pay close attention to how long they’ve been in business and their overall user satisfaction score. Bonus Tip: Get Everything in Writing! Get everything in writing so that there aren’t any issues later. You may not foresee any problems now, but ambiguities can cause conflicts down the line. Blog Learning and Development Learning Experience Managed Learning Services

7 Proven Techniques for Keeping Your E-Learning Customers Happy - The Rapid eLearning Blog

Rapid eLearning

The Rapid Elearning Blog. The problem is that all of the other people on the board are a little uptight so we should probably not get too wild with these ideas." Going back to my CPA project, my problem was my lack of experience working with customers at a higher level. You’re there to help solve a problem. Having clear objectives and expectations helps solve this problem. Earn the customer’s attention. Search the Blog.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Design: Whats in a name?

Learning Visions

I stumbled across this on a writers blog today: "Officially, I’m now an Instructional Designer. A fancy term for writing training material." Blog link not provided to protect the innocent]. If all we do is write training material, then perhaps yes. The ID survey on this blog now has over 200 responses: 62% do not have advanced degrees. I write and design self-paced eLearning for the corporate market. Can I, um, have your attention, please?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Do Instructional Design Degrees Get "Wasted"?

Learning Visions

ID student commented: My problem with the industry is that the degree in instructional design is required of management. In the most basic view, when youre in a training group, your job is to help resolve problems related to lack of skill or knowledge insofar as they detract from the organizations ability to achieve its results. One of the problems with this country is that too many people have MBA degrees with no experience in the field in which they are managing.

Making Learning Games Effective: 5 ways of ensuring that players LEARN


A Conflict or challenge or a problem to be solved. Balance between instruction and entertainment: Another problem of the excess is when the learning game creates an experience that is all about entertainment and loses focus on the main goal – that is to impart necessary skills for professional excellence. If the level of challenge is just right for your learners, they will find the problems they solve to be motivating and fun – and most importantly learn from them.It

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Understanding the basics of Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy application in eLearning

Adobe Captivate

In this blog, I touch upon the basics of Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy (in contrast to Bloom’s Taxonomy). Applying: Use information in new or familiar situations to resolve problems by using the acquired facts, knowledge, rules and techniques. During the initial phase of a project life cycle, appropriate Revised Bloom’s verbs are applied to write the Terminal Learning Outcomes (TLOs) and the Enabling Learning Outcomes (ELOs) of the course. Introduction.

5 Ways to Protect Employee Well-Being During a Crisis

Tesseract Learning

In this blog, I will focus on certain ways to protect your employees’ well-being during a crisis. These things also require time, energy, and attention. To know more about our services and how we can help you, contact us or write to us at <>.

7 Ways to Improve Team Morale in your organization

Learning Pool

The problem we then have is that people associate a budget with both. It is critical as well, however, that we give just as much attention to creating an emotionally safe environment. Blog Learn & Connect“Morale is the state of mind.

Using Learning Objects as ?Knowledge Packages? to Achieve Learning Objectives


When developing your learning objects, you should consider the following questions: What problem am I trying to solve with this learning object? The Learning Object title has to be meaningful, and able to catch the students’ attention. Write a presentation letter with Microsoft Word. The subtitle introduces the topic of the Learning Object by using various strategies: you can be ironic, engaging, or catch the attention with an exclamation or a question.

Break Out the Crayons – Your Brain Needs to Color!


The child needs to focus on the task at hand and finish the page, building self-management skills that will later make it easier to work math problems or write a school paper. If you have a child in your life, check out the free coloring page templates on the kid’s activities blog. LearningToGo Blog adult coloring book brain color coloring book education instructional design meditation memory mindfulness neuroscience reflection stress training

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Turn These Slides into eLearning

Integrated Learnings

Additionally, creating a quick list of what learners must be able to do can help you: Write objectives. Write scenarios immediately. I’ve heard some people say that when deadlines are tight, there just isn’t time to write scenarios. I understand how writing scenarios can feel like an extra task, considering that scenarios are probably not included in the original pile of content. a problem for learners to solve) offers an immediate reason for learners to pay attention.

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Announcing the Brain Matters Coloring Book


The child needs to focus on the task at hand and finish the page, building self-management skills that will later make it easier to work math problems or write a school paper. If you have a child in your life, check out the free coloring page templates on the kid’s activities blog. Events Featured LearningToGo Blog Publications Upcoming Events adult coloring book brain brain science color coloring book education instructional design Learning neuroscience

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3 ways of creating video-based online learning: An e-learning perspective


Graphics were kept to the bare minimum –to make sure that the attention of the learners did not waver. But these problems can be tackled using the new technologies in graphics and animation, and hard-hitting animated videos can be created on a variety of subjects. To know more about our experiences of creating video-based training solutions, write to or fill the form below: [contact-form-7].

Creating interactivities in e-Learning: 10 ways to challenge and engage your Learner


You do not have an instructor talking to the class, cluing in when attention flounders and suitably interjecting relief from time to time. Alternatively, an open text field may also be provided, where the learners can write their responses. For corporate learners, especially from sales or client-facing profiles, a change in perspective does a whole lot of good in terms of understanding the problems faced by their customers.

When learning experience design goes wrong

Learning Pool

Part of the problem with all this talk about “learning experience”,’ says Leonard Houx, Senior Instructional Designer at the Cass Business School and director of the eLearning Network, ‘ is it’s questionable whether learning is actually experienced at all.’ That’s the real meeting place … when you identify usability problems, what you’re really identifying is a wasteful use of working memory.’ . Blog Learn & Connect

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: My Second Second Life Experience

Learning Visions

At Virtual Learning Worlds "Bartman" responds to that Wired article (A Deserted Second Life) : The problem I have with it [the Wired article], is that it deals almost COMPLETELY with Second Life as it pertains to marketing and corporations…and inevitabley why SL sucks in that space. Eventually we hope to have more student invovlement, such as having them research and write addtional notecards like the one you picked up about the history of Elizabethan towns.

Breathing life into Employee Development Trainings – An e-learning perspective


We knew that we needed to grab the attention of the learner at the very beginning of the course, to sustain interest throughout. We introduced several scenarios that reflected on real-life situations and common problems arising out of wrong posture while working or travelling. The solution too was given in the same topic, so the learner could relate to the problem as well as read up on the solution together.

Looking Back on 2010 with ADDIE

Integrated Learnings

So with this in mind, it seems appropriate to take a look at the articles posted to this blog over the past year and organize them according to how they jive with ADDIE. A = Analysis (analyze the problem/opportunity and its causes). Three more articles focus on specific components of those models: 6 Techniques that Stimulate Recall in eLearning 7 Techniques to Capture Attention in eLearning Start and End eLearning Courses with Methods That Facilitate Learning. By Shelley A.