Do You Really Need That New Elearning Consultant? If So…

Spark Your Interest

So organizations everywhere are hiring elearning consultants to help them. But in the world of consulting, there are many nightmarish stories. Do you really need that new elearning consultant? Consulting War Stories. Including an elearning consultant.

Broad and Deep Instructional Design Skills

Experiencing eLearning

Do instructional designers and learning experience designers need to know how to use development tools, or should they focus just on analysis and design? What about people who only do development but no design; are they instructional designers?

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What Does an eLearning Consultant Do?

eLearning Architect

You probably see the job title bouncing around, but what does an eLearning consultant actually do? One of my colleagues once wrote an excellent article about the role of an instructional designer and I wanted to write something similar about my role. But I wanted to explain how I became a consultant, because I think experience is an essential part of what makes a consultant. “ “ Experience is an essential part of what makes a consultant. ”

Virtualization Major Leverages Subject Matter Expertise for Certification Training Development

Knowledge Synonyms

Virtualization Major Leverages Subject Matter Expertise for Certification Training Development. Work Engagement Type: Process, SME Engagement, ILT, vILT, eLearning and Assessments. Customer Size: 200000+ Employees. Country or Region Global. Industry: IT.

Is an eLearning Consultant Right For Your Business?

Academy of Mine

Is Hiring an eLearning Consultant The Right Move For Your Growing Online Teaching Business? Here, we’ll break down what you should expect from a consultant, if the benefits outweigh the costs, and where to find a consultant that’s right for your business.

Let Go Through BPO for eLearning

Web Courseworks

BPO: Managing Services & Association eLearning. Companies such as Accenture , GP Strategies and Web Courseworks offer external consulting and implementation solutions to businesses with needs ranging from IT services , training, and recruitment. Essentially, an association identifies a need that it lacks the expertise to fulfill in various ways. Let’s say they need to deliver eLearning to thousands of members. Subject matter expertise.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Designer as Consultant?

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Friday, February 08, 2008 Instructional Designer as Consultant? With the rise of rapid eLearning tools and the ease with which virtually anyone can now create a course, whats changing for the instructional designer? Consider this part two of my response to the Learning Circuits Big Question for February: Instructional Design - If, When and How Much?

10 Tools for Training Consultants

Ed App

Training consultants are the ones in charge of ensuring that this goal is achieved in collaboration with subject matter experts and the L&D team. Tool for Training Consultants #1 – EdApp. Tool for Training Consultants #2 – GoToTraining.

Should We Create Courses or Just Performance Support?

Experiencing eLearning

In that same conversation, Mirjam Neelen explained, “For me, a course means nothing but ‘a formally designed learning experience’ and can include many different instructional AND learning methods. Faster Expertise. Ruth Clark has written about accelerating expertise with scenario-based elearning (to be clear: I consider that a course). If they do scenario-based elearning, it only takes 33-66 hours to reach competence.

Do People Need to Learn, or Can They Look It All Up?

Experiencing eLearning

She said she takes all the elearning in their organization, regardless of quality, but doesn’t bother to remember much because she knows she can always look it up later. ” Deeper, Internalized Expertise. Some tasks require a deeper expertise though. A salesperson can’t ask a customer to “hold that thought” while he fires up the elearning on objection handling. But that domain expertise does not transfer to all other domains equally.

The Training Manager’s Guide to Accessible Elearning

The Learning Dispatch

This “Training Manager’s Guide to Accessible Elearning” provides practical steps for ensuring your online training fosters a welcoming experience for all of your learners, whether they are team members, clients, or the public. . Not to put too fine a point on it, but you need to ensure that the elearning (or online training, or web-based training) that your organization creates is accessible—that is, usable by people who have disabilities. What Is Elearning?

Top 5 Tips For Innovative eLearning Development

Adobe Captivate

Amongst the challenges that Learning and Development teams and Learning Consultants face today, the top 2 pertaining to training would be: 1) How to increase the efficacy of training?, In this article I will outline 5 tips for innovative eLearning development that will help organizations improve efficacy of training by making the learning stick. Innovative eLearning Development. 5 Tips to improve stickiness of learning through innovative eLearning development.

Should We Create Courses or Just Performance Support?

Experiencing eLearning

In that same conversation, Mirjam Neelen explained, “For me, a course means nothing but ‘a formally designed learning experience’ and can include many different instructional AND learning methods. Faster Expertise. Ruth Clark has written about accelerating expertise with scenario-based elearning (to be clear: I consider that a course). If they do scenario-based elearning, it only takes 33-66 hours to reach competence.

The Training Manager’s Guide to Accessible Elearning

The Learning Dispatch

This “Training Manager’s Guide to Accessible Elearning” provides practical steps for ensuring your online training fosters a welcoming experience for all of your learners, whether they are team members, clients, or the public. . Not to put too fine a point on it, but you need to ensure that the elearning (or online training, or web-based training) that your organization creates is accessible—that is, usable by people who have disabilities. What Is Elearning?

eLearning Predictions 2015

Web Courseworks

The arrival of a new year means we have new eLearning predictions to reveal! Before we unpack all five of our latest industry predictions, I want to take a moment to recap our past eLearning predictions from 2013 and 2014. What all that said, here are our eLearning predictions for 2015. DIY eLearning will Reveal the Value of Professional Course Design. The market for eLearning course creation is shifting. Those are our eLearning predictions for 2015.

Instructional Design in the VUCA World

ID Reflections

The L&D needs to comprise some of the following roles to cater to the changing needs of the future of work: Instructional Designer/Learning Designer- including needs analysis, designing learning in line with adult learning principles, structuring learning events for different delivery channels, and so on Learning Delivery- including facilitation / presentation of learning events, engaging learners, making best use of different media. Is expertise distributed?

Do People Need to Learn, or Can They Look It All Up?

Experiencing eLearning

She said she takes all the elearning in their organization, regardless of quality, but doesn’t bother to remember much because she knows she can always look it up later. ” Deeper, Internalized Expertise. Some tasks require a deeper expertise though. A salesperson can’t ask a customer to “hold that thought” while he fires up the elearning on objection handling. But that domain expertise does not transfer to all other domains equally.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Instructional Designers

Integrated Learnings

Stephen Covey is a well-known organizational consultant, perhaps especially well known for his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I was thinking about the book the other day, and I also started thinking about how those habits might translate for instructional design specifically. As instructional designers, we can be proactive by observing business trends and building relationships with our clients. This is what we should do as instructional designers as well.

Instructional Design Opportunities In Energy Generation, Transmission & Distribution

Convergence Training

Tom Baer is an instructional designer with Puget Sound Energy (PSE) in the Seattle, WA area. Faced with changes in the industry, PSE has recently doubled-down on their investment in instructional design and training at their organization. Tom was hired to perform instructional design work as part of that increased emphasis on instructional design at PSE, and he was nice enough to take some time and explain some of the instructional design opportunities in this industry.

From Instructional Design to Enterprise Community Facilitation

ID Reflections

An instructional designer by profession who started her career anlayzing learner needs, creating micro-design documents, writing story-boards and discussing the nitty-gritty of course navigation with visual designers, I have long been interested in the power of social, collaborative and informal learning. I wanted to understand how communities within an enterprise can help build capabilities, enable expertise, and truly transform an organization into a learning organization.

Amateur ELearning Mistakes to Avoid

LearnDash

If you are just getting started in instructional design, you may be a little confused as to how to get started and refine your skills. Whenever I am asked this question, I generally give two recommendations: Hire into a large consulting firm. The large organizations secure elearning development projects for you, which allows you to focus just on your skills and learning new technologies. instructional design

10 Tips to Earn Money as an eLearning Professional

Trivantis

As is the case with any worthwhile and rewarding career path, it takes time and dedication to be a successful eLearning professional. However, there are a number of ways that you can boost your earning potential and increase your profits even if you are new in the eLearning field. Review your competitors’ services, either these are eLearning freelancers or companies, to see how you can differentiate yours. . Capitalize on emerging eLearning technologies. .

DEEPER ELEARNING DESIGN: PART 1 – THE STARTING POINT: GOOD OBJECTIVES

Learnnovators

This is the first post in a series of six that covers Deeper eLearning. The goal of this series is to build upon good implementations of instructional design, and go deeper into the nuances of what makes learning that really works. There’s a process called performance consulting that looks to determine what the real need is, and this should be employed before determining a course is the solution. Deeper eLearning Design: Part 1 – The Starting Point: Good Objectives.

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Why Do I Need an eLearning Vendor When I Have My Own Team?

Illumen Group

Why Do I Need an eLearning Vendor When I Have My Own Team? It’s nearly impossible to staff for every role and depth of resource that a typical organization requires over the course of a few years when trying to successfully meet the eLearning demands of various internal clients. And adding one resource who has the skill of an entire eLearning company isn’t realistic. The Edge Goes to Expertise. How to leverage the latest technology and instructional training methods.

How to Get Started with Freelancing: The Instructional Design Story

Eat Learn Repeat

It’s never easy to start something new and it gets even tougher when you’re starting out as a freelance Instructional Designer. I’d setup a community hour, a virtual meetup for IDs to discuss their ideas and ask any questions they have in mind about freelancing in Instructional Design. Blogging is another great way for generating leads, putting out your ideas and sharing your thoughts on the latest happenings in the world of instructional design and demonstrate your expertise.

Evaluate The Right Partner To Outsource Your eLearning Content Development: Ultimate Cheat Sheet

Adobe Captivate

Outsourcing of eLearning content development has been there for a few decades. However, there are several challenges that are inherent to outsourcing eLearning content development. Here is how to evaluate the right partner to outsource your eLearning content development. Ultimate Cheat Sheet To Evaluate The Right Partner To Outsource Your eLearning Content Development. The Challenges When You Outsource Your eLearning Content Development.

Dead-Simple ‘Ninja’ Trick For Justifying Your ELearning Designs

LearnDash

I have come to a realization during my elearning consulting engagements: not everyone enjoys elearning but everyone has an opinion on it. If you are an instructional designer then you probably have seen this before yourself. When we finally met, he opened up an elearning course that they had worked on over 10 years ago(!) In the same respect, just because someone has taken an online course or two doesn’t make them an elearning developer.

Deeper eLearning Design: Part 1 – The Starting Point: Good Objectives

Learnnovators

This is the first post in a series of six that covers Deeper eLearning. The goal of this series is to build upon good implementations of instructional design, and go deeper into the nuances of what makes learning that really works. There’s a process called performance consulting that looks to determine what the real need is, and this should be employed before determining a course is the solution. Deeper eLearning Design: Part 1 – The Starting Point: Good Objectives.

How to Assemble the Perfect eLearning Team

ThinkingKap Solutions

For anyone who has not worked on a significant sized eLearning project, all the moving pieces can make it feel like a Rube Goldberg machine. Creating the perfect eLearning team that works best for you really depends on your staffing, structure, and bandwidth. There are at least 8 different roles that need to be performed on a typical eLearning project. As you consider your eLearning team, you need to determine where these skills are going to come from. Consulting

The Six Hats Of A Community Manager

Learnnovators

Collaboration platforms are all about connections — between content and people, between expertise and need, between skill-sets and projects, between people and people. Since community managers have a bird’s eye view of their community, they are often best placed to spot a need and a corresponding solution — be it for a certain expertise, content or skillset. THE HAT OF A CONSULTANT.

Celebrity Chefs versus Celebrity Instructional Designers?

Facilitador

Instructional designers have experienced the rise of the Internet, mobile devices and an ever increasing array of software tools and platforms giving them the ability to reach more learners in different ways than ever before. There appears to be a parallel between the creative work of the chef and the creative work of the instructional designer when developing either elearning, virtual classroom, instructor-led training or any blended training and development program.

MOOCS IN WORKPLACE LEARNING – PART 3: LAUNCHING A MOOC

Learnnovators

MOOCs are anthropological opportunities, not instructional ones. Teaching Presence: This role can be played by the SMEs (subject-matter experts) for that particular topic who pose queries, respond to questions of a technical nature, and share their expertise. Sahana Chattopadhyay is an L&D Consultant, OD Specialist, Blended Learning Architect, Social Learning Evangelist, and Blogger.

How to Sell Your Elearning Courses for Profit [PART 1]

LearnDash

One of the most attractive concepts for any instructional designer is the ability to sell their elearning courses over and over again. Every week I receive inquires from my fellow instructional designers asking how they can get into the direct sales game for their courses. Today I will be discussing techniques to help you find your niche (that is, the “topic” for your elearning courses). elearning instructional design

MARGIE MEACHAM – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

ABOUT MARGIE MEACHAM: Author and Learning Consultant Margie Meacham first became interested in helping people learn when she was a little girl struggling with first grade. If AI starts designing and creating e-learning solutions soon, what is left to do for the instructional designer?

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JULIE DIRKSEN – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

Her focus has been on utilizing the disciplines of educational psychology, instructional design, and behavioral science to promote and support the improvement of peoples’ lives through sustainable long-term learning and behavioral change. JULIE DIRKSEN - CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS.

Protagonists Should Be Like Your Learners

Experiencing eLearning

Joan is an instructional designer working on a branching scenario. Someone like Luisa might be your SME for a course, but she has much more expertise than Joan’s learners. At the risk of getting a little too meta, think back to Joan, the instructional designer.

KEITH KEATING – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

Keith has experience in a myriad of areas ranging from Performance Improvement, Instructional Design, Leadership Coaching, Operations Management, and Process Transformation. As with any craft, the expertise lies in knowing when—and how—to use it.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Value of Instructional Designers

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Monday, January 07, 2008 The Value of Instructional Designers Ive been having on ongoing conversation with other instructional designers as to whether or not we need to have the technical skill sets to actually build the courses we design. Many instructional designers ( Christy Tucker , Wendy Wickham ) build their own courses using tools like Captivate.

JOE GANCI – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

Joe holds a degree in Computer Science, and writes books and articles about eLearning. He is widely considered a guru for his expertise in eLearning development, and consults with clients worldwide. Joe is also a frequent teacher and presenter at industry conferences and at client sites, especially on the subject of eLearning development tools. His mission is to improve the quality of eLearning with practical approaches that work.

Response from an eLearning Creator

Matthew Guyan

When I develop a course, I work with people who have expertise in the field called subject matter experts (or SME for short and is pronounced smee ). Even though I have many years of experience, multiple degrees and diplomas in Adult Education and Multimedia and Educational Psychology, write for numerous online publications and actively participate in the eLearning community I still don’t know as much as they do about online learning.