2016

SA Water & B Online Learning Win LearnX Platinum for eLearning Adoption

B Online Learning

In this post find out the challenges faced by SA Water learning and development and how B Online Learning provided a solution using LearnFlex LMS and developing content with Articulate Storyline that led to a 2016 LearnX Platinum Award for Best eLearning Adoption. Due to the transient and often field-based nature of many areas of SA Water, […].

What Does UX Have to Do with eLearning? Everything!

eLearning Brothers

When I worked for a retail food and beverage company, everything was about the customer—especially what the customer would or wouldn’t like. As an example, to ensure that products met customer expectations, this company spent a good amount of time testing every single recipe before anything made it out the door. And, they followed up with customers to gather feedback once the product made it on the shelves. Think about your favorite website or mobile app.

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Three essential components of participatory e-learning

The eLearning Nomad

Participatory means providing the opportunity for people to be involved in deciding how something is done. The term is mostly used in politics and training/education jargons. We talk about a ‘participatory’ democracy. When running face-to-face workshops while doing development work in Africa in the nineties and later, it was considered important that we use ‘participatory’ approaches instead of the commonly used top-down techniques like lecture-style presentation.

eLearning Outsourcing – How to do it Right (Webinar)

Upside Learning

Learning outsourcing is widespread now, and an evident indication to this is that almost 70% organisations big and small are known to be outsourcing their eLearning development. The main reason is often that establishing and maintaining an in-house team to design and develop eLearning involves time and cost related to hiring, training, software and other […]. eLearning eLearning Outsourcing

The Real Cost of an Effective Learning and Development Program

Speaker: Cara North - Learning & Development Consultant, Speaker, & Researcher | Maggie Quigley - Senior Account Executive for US Market Userlane

In this webinar, L&D professionals Cara North and Maggie Quigley will discuss the various factors affecting training, and how you can stretch your budget to create an effective L&D program.

Top 5 eLearning Trends Happening Now

Association eLearning

I recently attended the Training 2016 Conference and Expo as an exhibitor. I was able to talk with many training and development representatives from a wide variety of organizations about their LMS needs. During these discussions I asked, “what aspects or features are you looking for in an LMS? What excites you?” Rather than offer a list of features the industry thinks are trending, these are the features that people told me are important to them.

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Best Practices for Voice-Over

CourseArc

Studio microphone and pop shield on mic stand. If you are designing and developing eLearning, you are most likely going to need voice-over work. As psychologist Richard Mayer points out in his book, Multimedia Learning , combining narration with visuals will help to increase learning and long-term retention of content.

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TechSmith Camtasia: Multiple Object Formatting Made Easy

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

by Kevin Siegel        When developing eLearning, one important goal is to ensure consistency from object to object. In addition, unless you're a top-notch designer you should use just a few fonts and a limited color palette. Lest you run the risk of creating an eLearning lesson that, despite your good intentions, is visually overwhelming to your learners.). This week I want to show you an easy way to ensure objects used in a project are formatted consistently.

Increase Course Performance with the Right Authoring Tool – Here’s How to Sort Out Your Options

Docebo

These 10 valuable tips will help you determine what authoring tool could be the best fit for your needs. Selecting an elearning authoring tool can be confusing. Because it’s usually best to try before you buy, selection can take a bit of time too.

5 Tips for Choosing an Awesome eLearning Development Partner

Dashe & Thomson

If you've ever had to augment your internal team's resources by bringing in a vendor to develop eLearning, you know that selecting the wrong partner can cost a lot -- in money, time, and sometimes a bit of your sanity. Finding an eLearning development partner that is highly skilled, cost-effective, and easy to work with can make or break your project. But how do you properly vet a potential partner?

Building the Foundation for a Modern K-12 Classroom

K-12 looks different these days. But one thing remains the same: you need a reliable learning platform that serves as the foundation for teaching and learning––for all students, in a variety of learning experiences.

Not All Micro-Learning is Created Equal

ej4 eLearning

Einstein once said that any idea “should be as simple as possible—and no more.” He realized that simplicity was a good thing, but like any good thing, there can sometimes be too much of it. The same advice applies to the trend of micro-learning. The slogan behind micro-learning endeavors are “shorter is better.” This is true, to a certain extent. Some vendors and educators are taking this to extremes without truly investigating the ideal length of learning material.

Articulate Rise – Responsive Authoring Like It Should Be

B Online Learning

One of the biggest challenges faced by e-learning developers the world over, is being able to efficiently and effectively develop learning for multiple devices and platforms. In the golden age of e-learning development, it was always a bit ‘hit and miss’ as to how your module would look across multiple platforms. How your module would look on a desktop was the known factor, because that is what most people used to access it.

TOPYX Learning Management System Makes The Inc. 5000 List For Third Consecutive Year

TOPYX LMS

BONITA SPRINGS, FL – August 18, 2016 – Interactyx, the developer of TOPYX® learning management system (LMS) , is excited to announce it has earned a spot on Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 listing of fastest-growing private companies for the third year in a row. For 35 years, Inc. magazine has welcomed the fastest-growing private companies in America into this very exclusive club ( [link] ). Interactyx is the developer of TOPYX ® , a leading learning management system (LMS) software.

Using an eWorkshop to initiate or enrich a community

The eLearning Nomad

One of our new clients, a small NGO with a wide network of local partners in Africa and Latin America is building an e-learning program from scratch. The Moodle site is up and running and now we’re brainstorming on how best to structure the platform to support the needs of the organisation and its partners. We talk about how great it would be if all their local partners would continuously share their expertise and experiences.

Discover the Secrets to Creating More Meaningful Training Experiences

Speaker: David Kelly - CEO The Learning Guild & Luke Talbot - Chief Product Officer at Userlane

During this webinar, you will learn how to streamline your software training, boost ROI for your systems, and increase employee productivity.

What Will eLearning Look Like in the Year 2066?

eLearning Brothers

I grew up watching re-runs of a popular cartoon called The Jetsons. If you haven’t watched ever watched it, you should check out an episode. But for now, let it suffice to say the original 1960s storyline is about a family of four (the Jetsons) that lives “in a futuristic utopia of elaborate robotic contraptions, aliens, holograms, and whimsical inventions.”. As a kid, I remember how watching The Jetsons sparked my imagination: What if someday we had flying cars? Vacuums that were robots?

The Magic of Microlearning

Association eLearning

One of you car’s headlights is out. It’s supposed to be pretty easy to replace, so you buy a new one and decide to give it a try. Where do you go for instructions? I’m guessing you’d probably try one or more of the following: Go to YouTube, or a similar site, and watch a video. Run a Google search. Ask someone at your local auto store. Ask a family member or friend who’s knowledgeable about cars. Check the car’s owner manual.

Learning Analytics: A great boost for creating Learner Centric eLearning

Raptivity

I am sure you already know about ‘analytics’. This term has been creating a lot of buzz for the past few years. It’s the process of collecting data, discovering meaningful patterns from it and transforming it into fact-based insights. Application of analytics is typically perceived as an aid for marketing and business decisions. Then does it have any relevance to eLearning? Well, yes.

Generational Differences

CourseArc

Most eLearning professionals know the importance of incorporating a variety of visual, auditory and kinesthetic activities. However, what many course creators do not realize is that generational differences also play a tremendous role in successful eLearning design. In this article, we will look at the three generational preferences, and review some best practices for developing eLearning solutions for each generation.

Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

eLearning: Attention, Attention!

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

by Kevin Siegel        A few years ago I wrote about the  perfect playtime for an eLearning lesson (or module). In my article, I referenced a piece by the BBC,  Turning into Digital Goldfish , where the author said "The addictive nature of web browsing can leave you with an attention span of a goldfish." 

How To Use Icons In eLearning

The eLearning Coach

Download the resource: I have a scandalous confession to make. I’m in love with icons. I think they are brilliant. I love the way they distill an object or concept to its essence. If visual design is of interest to you, then read on for more on icons styles and ways to use icons in eLearning. Icon Defined Icons communicate through an efficient […]. Developing eLearning

Finding the Right Elearning Company

Learnkit

Whether you are partnering with an elearning company for the first time, or have experience working with elearning vendors for years, there are a few questions you can ask to ensure you select the right elearning company for your needs. A good elearning content vendor should feel like a natural extension of your team.

What is Blended Learning, and Why is it Important?

ej4 eLearning

Most trainers and teachers have heard of blended learning. Perhaps you yourself have tried to incorporate it into your training programs. Still, the term has been used so much that it frequently gets misused. Once one understands what blended learning really is, it becomes a lot easier to see its benefits, and to recognize vendors that are actually offering true value, as opposed to a buzzword.

Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

Different Ways to Assess Learners Online

B Online Learning

There are many different ways to assess your learners in an online setting. Most of us have included quizzes or other tests in our online modules as this is a convenient way to track knowledge especially via an LMS. Before I decide on an assessment strategy, I always ask myself the ‘big’ questions during the […].

TOPYX Learning Management System Makes The Inc. 5000 List For Third Consecutive Year

TOPYX LMS

BONITA SPRINGS, FL – August 18, 2016 – Interactyx, the developer of TOPYX® learning management system (LMS) , is excited to announce it has earned a spot on Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 listing of fastest-growing private companies for the third year in a row. For 35 years, Inc. magazine has welcomed the fastest-growing private companies in America into this very exclusive club ( [link] ). Interactyx is the developer of TOPYX ® , a leading learning management system (LMS) software.

5 words to avoid in e-learning for professional development

The eLearning Nomad

If you want your adult learners to run a mile from your course, ‘teach’ them content, call them ‘students’ and make them submit an ‘assignment’ that will be ‘graded’. The words we use matter. They help us understand what we think about those practices. Words can continuously remind us what we all care about and what we believe in. This vocabulary is often found in online courses where there is little engagement and where learners just tick the boxes – doing minimum work.

The Power of Story in eLearning

eLearning Brothers

Think about the last speech you heard. Do you remember all the facts and statistics? Or, do you remember the details of the story the speaker (hopefully) shared to illustrate their point? I’m willing to bet you recall the story—the problem, the characters, the climax, the solution, and how that story made you feel. It’s a similar situation with eLearning. The power of story helps us engage learners with the eLearning content we deliver.

6 Tips for EdTech Evaluation by Adult Learning Institutions

Many continuing adult education institutions have turned to technology used by higher ed with the following benefits: elevates teaching and learning, scales to address changes in staffing, enrollment and budget, and protects student and institutional data.

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

Association eLearning

Chapter 1: The Basics. Quality assurance, or QA as it is better known, is a vastly important yet surprisingly underappreciated aspect of eLearning. Most course creators and teams do a fine job of working out the errors, called “bugs,” prior to delivery. But what good is a course if the learner can’t access it properly or the assessment doesn’t score correctly? Overlooking this aspect of course creation and implementation can be fatal.

The Art of Instructional Designing – PowerPoint Courses and Beyond

Raptivity

There is a forever need for corporate and educational online training to be effective and engaging, and the onus of the same generally lies with Instructional Designers. As an Instructional Designer, you may be asked to create a new educational course from scratch based on the curriculum or create an eLearning course based on PowerPoint being used for Instructor Led Trainings.

14 Essential eLearning Templates

eLearningArt

When I develop eLearning courses, there are many common elements that I use over and over. By identifying patterns, I can create a reusable framework that reduces development time on future courses. Tom Kuhlmann had an interesting analogy of an eLearning course being like a sandwich with the top and bottom slices of bread being the welcome and exit screens, respectively, and then a lot of course content in-between.