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How to Create Effective Test Questions

CourseArc

Since online learning often separates teachers from learners across time and distance, we rely on evaluations – in the form of tests, quizzes and assessments – to judge each student’s successful comprehension of the content (and to judge how well the course designers presented their information). If every student answers a question correctly, does that mean your question is too easy, or is it a perfect example of an effective test question?

How to Measure Online Course Effectiveness

CourseArc

Every course or training initiative has at least one of two goals: to bridge knowledge gaps , and/or to transform the learner’s behavior. Instructional designers aim to provide the necessary content to accomplish these goals, but sometimes the delivery of a course or training isn’t very effective. Luckily, there’s a proven process that helps you measure the effectiveness of your courses and start to fix any problems in their delivery.

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Emergence of the Performance Catalyst

Tom Spiglanin

Shannon Tipton recently shared how she had come into possession of a Training and Development Handbook from 1976 that detailed many good practices for the traditional training format to ensure learner-centered development. ” Perhaps this is a natural aspect of human nature to take the safe path rather than to explore uncharted territory to find better, more effective paths. An even smaller number will evolve into the role of Performance Catalyst.

Emergence of the Performance Catalyst

Tom Spiglanin

Shannon Tipton recently shared how she had come into possession of a Training and Development Handbook from 1976 that detailed many good practices for the traditional training format to ensure learner-centered development. ” Perhaps this is a natural aspect of human nature to take the safe path rather than to explore uncharted territory to find better, more effective paths. An even smaller number will evolve into the role of Performance Catalyst.

The hidden audience effect

Learning with 'e's

It must have been a very long day for the kids, but they performed very well, and were very entertaining and raised a few laughs too. In effect, S'cool Radio is taking a similar approach to Dave Mitchell's Quadblogging concept but developing it in another direction. What both projects have in common is their capitalisation on the 'hidden audience' effect. Performance levels are raised as extra effort is made.

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The State of Instructional Design

Tom Spiglanin

Perhaps it’s tempting to blame the design process for failing to produce effective solutions, but I would disagree. They may also include online social components, performance support options, Internet-based resources, internal proprietary content, video, learner-produced content, and much more. This in no way suggests we give up responsibility for developing effective formal workplace training.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Jane Bozarth: Better than Bullet Points

Learning Visions

Effective design using PPT as a tool. It’s very easy to load content on slides – but it takes more creativity to move learner to actual understanding! Use scenarios – apply what you know to make a decision.Ask the learner to take info that’s not clearcut and apply it using a question (in PPT – picture of a farmer and 3 images of “experts&# to ask for advice. Useful feedback in an online quiz Use feedback to help the learner learn.

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MOOCS IN WORKPLACE LEARNING – PART 2: DESIGNING A MOOC

Learnnovators

@ ignatia (Inge de Waard) describes MOOCs thus in her Master’s Thesis: “MOOC is above all referring to a pedagogical model with independent learners, access to information, opportunity to create emerging, spontaneous, yet not directed learning communities, etcetera. As such the term MOOC can be seen as a new educational term. ” ~ Analyzing the Impact of Mobile Access on Learner Interaction in a MOOC. and sharing of the same with the learner community.

How to Make Sure Your Course Meets Its Learning Objectives

CourseArc

Scientists, economists, accountants, and mathematicians all have one thing in common: they all deal in “absolutes.” To be effectively measured, these objectives must be framed in terms of the ABCD guidelines proposed by educational psychologist and theorist Robert Mager to include: A = Audience. To meet a learning objective, you must first know who your learners will be. Image: “ Bullseye ” by Emilio Kuffer, via Flickr Creative Commons License.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Kineo Product Knowledge E-Learning Webinar

Learning Visions

Monday, July 13, 2009 Kineo Product Knowledge E-Learning Webinar Kineo will be holding a free webinar on creating effective product knowledge e-learning on July 16th, 2009. Learners need to know the benefits, how to recognize customer needs for a product, and how to close the sale. Keeping costs down: Given the pace of change, product knowledge e-learning has got to be cost effective, otherwise the maintenance costs will be prohibitive.

I Believe that Learning is Inherently Social

Tom Spiglanin

We may follow a manual to effect a repair we’ve never attempted before. Learning by experience can be quite effective. ” But while effective, it isn’t terribly efficient on its own. Learning alone may be effective, but very inefficient. It’s efficient in some ways, but it’s not effective. It seems to be both effective and efficient at transferring skills, knowledge, and even attitudes about the Starbucks customer experience.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Visual and Auditory Multi-Tasking

Learning Visions

Monday, June 18, 2007 Visual and Auditory Multi-Tasking From the Eide Neurolearning Blog: Voluntary Control of Attention - Visual and Auditory Multi-Tasking There is a yin and yang effect between visual and auditory attention. Mixed visual-auditory stimuli have an underadditive effect, so that if you have to do both at the same time, total brain activation goes down. Maybe the "underadditive effect" occurs when a multimedia presentation does all the thinking for you.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Learning Mate Demo

Learning Visions

Thursday, March 15, 2007 Learning Mate Demo Im in search of good examples of cheap but effective e-Learning in the vein of the 21st century designer (web 2.0, Bob Mosher: Performance Support and Learning at th. Cammy at Learning Solutions #ls2010 Audio Interview with Will Thalheimer on Common Des. Free the Learners -- Free the LMS Open Simulations vs. Page Turners? Wendy Wickham This work by Cammy Bean is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: eLearning Technology: What is eLearning 2.0?

Learning Visions

this clearly effects how we should all be designing and building courses now. These learners would go through online courseware for about 6 hours that would teach them about the software and test them using simulations. At any time during the course, the learner could click “Ask a Question&# and it would allow them to type in a question that would be saved in their question list. Bob Mosher: Performance Support and Learning at th.

It’s Happening…

Tom Spiglanin

Some took that to an extreme, arguing the L&D function presents a barrier to learners. I interpreted their collective comments as reflecting the need for substantial change, but that the function would likely continue to exist in some form, or devolve and then reemerge with a different purpose, focusing on removing workplace barriers and directly facilitating improved performance. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0

E-Learning 101: Straightforward Answers to Fundamental Questions

ATD Learning Technologies

Learners can log into the system to find and register for available or assigned courses; administrators can assign courses and run reports on completion and quiz results. Some LMSs offer advanced features that support performance management and social learning opportunities. Common with higher education institutions, a MOOC has an instructor, includes beginning and end dates over a series of weeks, and all participants start together and go through the learning experience together.

It’s Happening…

Tom Spiglanin

Some took that to an extreme, arguing the L&D function presents a barrier to learners. I interpreted their collective comments as reflecting the need for substantial change, but that the function would likely continue to exist in some form, or devolve and then reemerge with a different purpose, focusing on removing workplace barriers and directly facilitating improved performance. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0

9 Budget-Friendly Ways to Revamp Outdated Online Training Content

Infopro Learning

Here are 9 cost-effective ways to revamp outdated online training content as quickly as possible. Corporate learners expect to be able to take their training with them. You can also give corporate learners control of the audio so that they can access the online training materials anytime, anywhere. De-cluttering your eLearning course design can give it a cost-effective makeover. Has your online training gone sour?

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Is the Training You’re Providing the Training Your Employees Want?

Your Training Edge

Instead, find ways to more effectively engage your audience by delivering the right training to the right employees at the right time. For example, provide performance support resources online so that people can access the resources they need at the moment they need them. Given the close link between emotion and memory, the importance of engaging learners emotionally can’t be overestimated. Featured image by Alex Proimos [Creative Commons].

Three Questions Every Workplace Trainer Should Ask

Mindflash

Here are three questions trainers should ask to get learners talking. By understanding how an employee spends his day, the educator can identify whether their performance is a result of being well-matched to their job, or whether they may requires further skills training. And lastly, asking this kind of question can help identify whether the learner has real interest in improving their performance. How does it help you become more effective in your work?

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Python's got legs!

Learning with 'e's

Actually, if you're a teacher who's interested in anything to do with critical thinking, creativity or logical reasoning you should definitely be interested. At each stage, students can check the viability of their coding by clicking on a self-checking tool 'Assess Your Performance' icon. The cartoons and graphics provide visual stimuli to show students the effects of their coding efforts.

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Connected pedagogy: Social networks

Learning with 'e's

Connected students can become the nodes of their own production, and are creating more content than ever before as they perform their learning for global audiences." A large proportion of younger learners are perpetually online, constantly using their smartphones as gateways into this world. Many writers have highlighted the power of the global digital tribe , particularly the way groups tend to solve problems more effectively than individual experts (Surowiecki, 2009).

Three Ways to Speed Up Instructional Design

Mindflash

” Whatever you call it, it is a mindset in which everything you’re working on is constantly being evaluated and improved based on changes in environment or customer (or learner, in this case) feedback. Let Learners Create Their Own Learning. I know this seems scary to most instructional designers — after all, if learners create their own programs, what do they need us for? Learners will decide for themselves what they need to learn, whether we are involved or not.

Nine Training Alternatives to ‘Correct’ and ‘Incorrect’

Mindflash

Even though it seems futile, this is one of the most common types of feedback we use in e-learning courses to respond to user actions and answers. Let’s look at some of your options for providing feedback that is sufficiently informative and moves the learner forward. In simulations and virtual worlds, learners are given a chance to explore, manipulate and practice so they can learn in a safe environment. For example, when the learner clicks a menu item, the menu displays.

How to Save ‘Social Learning’ Before We Destroy It

Mindflash

Social Learning is a term that is rapidly spreading throughout the learning and performance field. The phrase and topic “social learning” followed shortly thereafter within the learning and performance industry. Case studies started to come out sharing stories of programs that focused on the learning potential that could be harnessed when you focused on connecting learners with each other as opposed to a more formal top-down approach.

Fade away

Learning with 'e's

Technology, just like any other set of tools, is there to help us all to do the job better, smarter, more effectively. Just don''t ever make it appear to be special - the most effective educational technologies fade into the background as learning, and the student, take centre stage. Technology, just like any other set of tools, is there to help the user perform. I firmly believe that if we are to reform education we need the help of technology.

Want People to Learn? Get Them to Collaborate

Mindflash

collaboration to help people work together more easily and improve performance through learning. Effective learning designs make use of activities in which learners create their own learning. In a classroom setting, learners can engage in self-reflection or in group activities to design their own learning. Only by sitting close to the action can learning professionals truly understand the business well enough to help people work together more effectively.

Everyone's a critic

Learning with e's

I recently blogged about the hidden audience effect , and cited Westfields Junior School's S'cool Internet Radio and David Mitchell's Quadblogging projects as examples of how students can become better engaged with learning when they perform their work for an audience. Before social media, the school play or the end of term concert was a good way to allow children to perform to an audience, as was the art display and the school sports day.

Design for life

Learning with 'e's

It can also be present in the design of the objects you use to perform the skill. How it can be applied in education As Norman suggests, when information to perform a task is present within the design of an object, the need to learn it is reduced. This can be a desirable effect if the student is required to learn something deeply and reason about its significance. This is number 30 in my series on learning theories.

Teach less, learn more

Learning with e's

John Davitt, in his quirky, off-the-wall session: 'From Silo to Orchestra: The staccato progress of eLearning' encouraged us all to perform our teaching in a different way, using different steps, alternative tempos and creative melodies, so that learners were engaged in many new ways. I think this is quite profound, that in effect we as teachers can get in the way of a child's progress. I have now had some time to reflect on this week's Plymouth e-Learning Conference.

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The big switch

Learning with 'e's

What happens when the students become teachers and the teacher becomes a learner? If you subscribe to a kind of pedagogy where you believe that facilitating learning is more effective than direct instruction, you will probably recognise the potential. They are student led, and each learner is assigned a specific area to study, understand and then present to their peer group. Most teachers by now will be aware of the concept of the flipped classroom.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Objectives -- How Some of them Work

Learning Visions

responses in parens below) Hit us Hard (18%) Hurt a Little (50%) Not much effect (32?) Instructional Objectives The Learning Landscape (how the learning experience goes): Learning Intervention (Learner Learns) Performance Situation (Learner Retrieves, Learner Applies) Learning Outcome (Learner Fulfillment, Organization gets Learning Results) Question : ID creates course on threshing and grinding, but only presents objections on threshing.

Freinet and social media

Learning with 'e's

When I wrote Blogging with Freire , I was speculating on what that great Brazilian educator and theorist might have made of educational blogging - a concept he never knew, because he died before the Internet and social media came in to common use. Learners should be encouraged to learn through making products and providing services. Learning by asking questions is not only fun, it''s effective.

Learning in round spaces

Learning with 'e's

It is of course possible in traditional classrooms to create opportunities for learning to be driven by learners, where collaborative and cooperative learning can be facilitated, and where students can move around the room as they investigate and experiment, create and discuss. Think for example of theatre that is performed ''in the round''. The action happens in the middle of the room, and all those who participate face inwards towards the performance.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Learning Styles as Fortune Telling

Learning Visions

The reason researchers roll their eyes at learning styles is the utter failure to find that assessing childrens learning and matching to instructional methods has any effect on their learning." Rather than segregating learners by different styles where they will receive "one-dimensional instruction", we should instead create "multidimensional instruction" using a variety of activities and presentation modes. Provide support and control mechanisms to help learners "stick with it."

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Strategies?

Learning Visions

Strategies that help learners connect with and remember the content. Or chunk out your content and create an easily remembered acronym to remind the learner of the steps they need to follow? She described getting her learners to "snap things out." She works with the content, chunks it out, and creates snappy rhymes to help learners remember the material. In class, she has the learners walk around the classroom, chanting the rhyme and snapping it out.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Learning Myths with Dr. Will Thalheimer

Learning Visions

9% Hit us Hard 47% Hurt a little 41% Not much effect 3% Helped us MYTHS the Business Side Has about Learning Client asked him to develop a course for business side. Everybodys got myths: business side, learners, learning professionals Captured 140 myths and categorized them (not a scientific set of findings.) Learners know how to learn. Training alone produces improvements in on-the-job performance. Bob Mosher: Performance Support and Learning at th.

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Top 40 eLearning Articles and 5 Hot Topics for Early March

eLearning Learning Posts

Virtual Team Management - ID Reflections , March 8, 2010 I recommend this simulation to all those who either are handling a globally distributed team or a project, and to all managers who feel that effective communication is one of the keys to business success. Creative Commons Use in For-Profit Company eLearning? However Amplify seems to be a much more effective tool for collaborative learning than any other freely available learning tools today.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Elliott Masie Learners as designers. The availability of cost-effective resources to facilitate wide collaboration (including open source software that enables wikis, discussion groups, chat and even web conferencing) presents the chance for organizations to reconsider the effectiveness of the performance support being offered to their people. Sometimes it’s easier to add smarts to the workflow (performance support) than to stuff things into people’s heads.

The Only Person Who Behaves Sensibly Is My Tailor

Charles Jennings

Shaw was also a lifelong learner. Effective Metrics for Learning and Development I wonder what Shaw would think if he saw the way learning and development is predominantly measured in organisations today. For example a study of 829 companies over 31 years showed diversity training had "no positive effects in the average workplace." " The study reported that mandatory training sometimes has a positive effect, but overall has a negative effect.