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Two Things to Consider If You Build Compliance Training

Rapid eLearning

In a recent survey, 68% of e-learning developers told us that they build compliance training. In fact, it’s the majority of what people build. Compliance training is a bit tricky because e-learning contains the word learning, but often compliance training doesn’t really have a real connection to learning. But it doesn’t really change behaviors much, unless your work the mob, maybe.

How to Derail Your E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

The other day, I had a service technician from Xfinity come by to troubleshoot an issue with my cable connection. While we were waiting for the cable box to reboot, I asked about how he gets trained and what types of training he has to take. Upcoming E-Learning Events.

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Help! My E-Learning Course is Boring.

Rapid eLearning

One of the top questions about e-learning is how to make boring course content more engaging and interactive. Considering the state of many e-learning courses, it’s a good question. But I’m not sure it’s the right question. It’s the food we consume.

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9 Tips To Repurpose eLearning Content

InfoPro Learning

Are you about to spend valuable time and resources developing new eLearning content? Before you do, take a moment to read these 9 tips for re-purposing your existing eLearning materials. How To Repurpose eLearning Content. Recycling may be good for the environment. Repurposing eLearning materials can help you maximize your eLearning resources and reduce development time. Gather Your Existing eLearning Materials And Tools. The key is convenience.

How to Create Performance-based E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

E-learning courses generally fall into one of two buckets: tell people something or show them how to do something. One is all about the information and the other about performance. The reality is that a lot of e-learning is information-based and mostly driven by compliance requirements. Outside of certification of completion, there’s little performance requirement other than compliance to the policies or directives. Want to learn more?

Here’s How Many Organizations Ruin Their Online Training Courses

Rapid eLearning

One of the activities we do at my workshops is prototype an interactive elearning module. I provide some generic content and their task is to do two things: Determine how to get the learner to interact with the screen. Craft a relevant and engaging learning interaction. It never ceases to amaze me how creative they are and what they’re able to produce within the limited time. Get the people in and out as fast as you can. Learning Solutions.

How the Communication Process Impacts E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Effective e-learning is more than putting together screens of information and presenting them to learners. Instead it’s a process of curating content and then communicating it in a way that the learner understands and ultimately can apply. The challenge sometimes rests in how the content is communicated, which then determines the level of understanding for proper application. Overview of the Communication Process. Here is the basic communication process.

How to Be a REAL E-Learning Hero

Rapid eLearning

And on top of it, the news media seems to focus on all the discord and hardship. Where’s the good news? What can we do to make a difference in our little part of the universe? How to be an E-Learning Hero. Every week we feature various e-learning challenges. The goal is to use the e-learning tools in different ways. Move past the compliance projects we do at work and do something different. Want to learn more?

What to Know Before Building an E-Learning Course

Rapid eLearning

Before committing resources to your course, it’s important to understand what type of e-learning course you need to build. E-learning courses tend to be one of two types: Information. Information-based courses are more like explainer courses where the main objective is to share information or offer a linear explanation of the content. This is common for new initiatives where awareness is a key objective to the course. Types of E-learning Courses.

How to Build Meaningful E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

We spend hours building courses that look great and have rich interactive elements, but often we’re missing the key component to an effective course: tapping into the learner’s motivation. When you frame the e-learning content into a meaningful context, you’ll not only tap into the motivation of the learner, but there’s also a good chance you won’t be tempted to stuff the course with meaningless interactivity (that has the appearance of value).

4 Ways to Quickly Do a Needs Analysis for Your E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

We’ve all heard about analysis paralysis where we spend a lot of time collecting data and then worry so much about how to interpret it (or building the right course) that we never get anything done. I’ve worked on plenty of training projects where that was the case. It was frustrating for the customers, as well as the training team. Here are a few ideas to help in the analysis and getting things done at the speed of business.

Three Ways to Make Your E-Learning Content Meaningful

Rapid eLearning

The reality is that many e-learning courses are irrelevant to the needs of the person who has to take them. Lawsuits and regulatory compliance dictates a lot of demand for e-learning courses. It puts instructional design on the back-burner and end-of-year certification becomes the priority. By splitting into those groups, I know what resources to commit to the projects. Get to the Know the Learners & Their Environment.

Three Ways to Create Engaging Courses that Aren’t Boring

Rapid eLearning

Today we’ll look at how to deal with the bored people when building e-learning courses. E-Learning Courses Should Be Relevant and Meaningful. There’s a lot to learn about instructional design with all the theories and models. The goal isn’t learning per se.

6 Minor Updates To Your Microlearning Online Training Library That Make A Major Impact

Obsidian Learning

Is your microlearning online training library keeping your corporate learners interested? How Small Updates To Your Microlearning Online Training Library Can Bring Big Changes. If all your online training resources were tied up in hour-long sessions, your participation rates would be falling at record speed. You’ve caught the microlearning wave and have started thinking about how to provide bite-sized modules. Enables Just-In-Time online training.

How to Improve Your E-Learning Course Design Skills

Rapid eLearning

I’m a big fan of the e-learning challenges posted each week in the e-learning community. They offer good examples and creative ideas for building e-learning courses. Compliance training drives a lot of the demand for e-learning content. The initial goal of the e-learning challenges was to get e-learning course designers to play around with the software and try new things. Want to learn more?

The Future of E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Here’s an excerpt from a recent presentation on the future of learning technology. Right after I graduated, the video industry changed from analog to digital. At the time digital video technology was cutting-edge and super expensive. I see a lot of the same things in our industry today. E-Learning Democratized. A few years back, it was expensive to build e-learning courses. E-Learning Made Easy. Free E-Learning Resources.

Help! My Subject Matter Expert Needs to Edit My E-Learning Course

Rapid eLearning

You’re building an e-learning course and your subject matter expert needs to review and make edits to the course. But they don’t have access to your e-learning software. Before you start building the e-learning course, you should have a signed and approved script. I’ve been on projects where it seems things are done and then marketing steps in and throws a wrench in the process. How to Get the Subject Matter Expert to Make the Edits.

How to Create Engaging E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

Here’s a presentation from a previous workshop on how to create interactive e-learning. For this workshop, I focused on how to create an engaging e-learning experience for the end-user. Here are a few core points from the presentation on how to create engaging e-learning courses. Engaging E-Learning Starts with Not Building a Course. Often the client defaults to training as a solution. Is training the right solution?

3 Ways to Get Placeholder Text for Your E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

It helps us make sure things are looking right before we spent too much time building out the real content. In today’s post I’ll share three easy ways to add placeholder text to your elearning courses. Use the Built-in Lorem Ipsum Generator. Here are the steps: Add a text box. You can add numbers inside the parenthesis to control how many paragraphs and sentences are presented. Use an Online Lorem Ipsum Generator. Upcoming E-Learning Events.

What’s in Your E-Learning Pre-Flight Checklist

Rapid eLearning

On a recent flight, I watched the flight crew go through a pre-flight checklist. This is a series of things that need to happen prior to taking off. While watching them I wondered what we’d consider being part of an e-learning pre-flight checklist. Performance-based courses seek to change behaviors and have people learn and do something new or different. Knowing which bucket to place the course,, helps me know what type of resources to commit to it.

The 5 Myths of Rapid E-Learning Revisited

Rapid eLearning

I came into rapid e-learning from the world of Authorware and Flash where building courses took a lot of time and cost a lot more money. But I saw the light in the early 2000s when I started using Articulate Presenter. As soon as I asked that question, I heard all of the bellyaching from our Flash developers and most of the custom e-learning vendors we hired. Myth 1: Rapid E-Learning Is Crapid E-Learning! Free E-Learning Resources.

Save Time & Money with Hybrid E-Learning Design

Rapid eLearning

Back then, most e -learning was custom-built in Flash. Because this was the most expensive and time-consuming option, we tried to limit this and do most of our custom development using the hybrid approach. We always started with rapid e -learning and only moved to more expensive development when we could justify doing so. It made no sense, to custom build Flash when we could do the same thing faster and less expensive with PowerPoint. Free E-Learning Resources.

eLearning Engagement: A Formula for Success


In 2018 we ran a survey to investigate the major trends, challenges, and rewards facing businesses delivering eLearning. We knew that eLearning engagement was a big challenge, but we were shocked by how much. Of the 200 organizations that took part, there were 28 different learning management systems being used. 71% of respondents found engagement the most challenging part of delivering training. Download the eBook. Mobile learning.

A Simple Way to Track Courses without an LMS

Rapid eLearning

Generally , delivering e-learning courses is a two-step process: 1) create the course in your favorite e-learning software and 2) host the course in a learning management system. There are many small organizations that don’t use formal learning management systems; however they want simple tracking of the courses. I had someone ask how they could track people in their organization who have taken a compliance course. Embed the Form.

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The Role of Today’s Trainer

Rapid eLearning

The other day I was at Costco about to buy something. But before I made the purchase, I got online to do some research… right there in the store. I learned enough to make an informed decision. Despite all of that, I’m no expert on the product, but I am expert enough to meet my own needs. And this is the world our learners live in, as well. Otherwise, those on the other end wouldn’t be able to access what they needed.

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Build Effective Courses That Put the Learners in Charge

Rapid eLearning

It presented foundational ideas on how to build engaging e-learning courses and then focused on tips that help make the courses more learner-centric. In part one, we looked at how to create engaging training. Generally speaking, most training is info-centric where content plays the main role. Here are some tips on how to create courses that focus on the learner’s context. How is the content used in what they do in real life situations?

Here’s an Easy Way to Update an Old Course Without the Source Files

Rapid eLearning

“Help, I need to update my course, but I don’t have the source file. How to Convert the Course to HTML5. The secret to all of this is screen capturing your old e-learning courses. View the detailed tutorial on YouTube. Below are the basic steps. The video above has more detail. Basic Steps for Converting the Old Course. Determine the original course slide resolution. Don’t include the player; just the slide.

8 E-Learning Tips I Wish I Knew When I First Started to Build Courses

Rapid eLearning

During a recent interview, someone asked about what I’ve learned over the years. One point I always make is to not worry about what’s under the hood. Just worry about getting the output you need. All of the other stuff you’ll get as you gain experience and have to make edits. However, here are a few key points I shared in the interview. Odds are it won’t be the worst course our industry’s ever seen. Want to learn more?

Free People Icons for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

I only link to the ones that are free for commercial use. Free for commercial use and the site also includes additional icons. Click here to get the free PowerPoint template. Also includes the elusive Satan avatar which is critical for totally serious feedback in compliance training. Here’s a direct link to the designer’s site. Need ideas on how to use the free icons? You can download the free Storyline or PowerPoint template files.

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How to Create an E-Learning Portfolio

Rapid eLearning

The obvious next question is what tools and resources should I use to build a portfolio? What Goes in the Portfolio? The portfolio represents your skills and expertise. You need to decide if you want the portfolio to be static where you only do occasional maintenance and updates. For a static portfolio , the main goal is to show off the best of what you can do. No need to show the whole module. Where is the Portfolio Hosted?

How to be Successfull in the E-Learning Industry

Rapid eLearning

Successful e-learning is measured in many ways. If you’re just getting started, here are some things to keep in mind: Successful E-Learning Pleases the Customer. Thus it’s important to ensure the customer’s needs are met. The obvious answer is the one who commissions the e-learning course. How to Please the Customer. This way everyone is on the same page. Give them the credit when possible.

How to Get Started with E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

“How do I get started with elearning” is one of the most frequent questions I’m asked. It makes sense since the industry is still hot and growing and every day someone new joins it and needs help. Most elearning developers I meet are transitioning from face-to-face training and usually start by converting their classroom content into elearning courses. Get Started by Learning More About E-Learning. E-Learning Fundamentals.

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Create a Pre-Assessment Scenario for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Organizations operate at the speed of business and don’t like to waste time or money. And this is something that happens every time a person is asked to complete an elearning course. So it’s important to create the most cost-effective process possible and still meet the organization’s goals. One way to make elearning courses cost-effective is by sorting your learners and then pushing them to a successful learning path.

How to Create an Interactive Start Screen

Rapid eLearning

Basically, the screen freezes your interaction with the site until you’re oriented and then lets you continue. Some force the interaction and others allow you to opt-out. Those are not much different than the gate screens I’ve written about in the past (with free downloads ). The gate screen sort of does the same thing. Here are some examples of different instruction screens I’ve seen online. Do you need the progress dots?

How to Build Better Interactive Scenarios for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

The other is performance. When I meet with a client I quickly asses what type of course they want to build so that we can best meet the organization’s goals and control the cost of development. Here are few common examples: Awareness : sometimes, the only goal is an awareness campaign to share information. For example, the organization wants people to know about a new health program. In that case, the course is more like a multimedia textbook.